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The Funeral: At a Loss
The Funeral: At a Loss

Juzo Itami’s tragicomic directorial debut has scandalous fun with the Japanese traditions governing death.

By Pico Iyer

Reality Breaks in Irma Vep

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Reality Breaks in Irma Vep

The director of We’re All Going to the World’s Fair reflects on the transformative power of a Sonic Youth needle drop in Olivier Assayas’s 1996 film.

By Jane Schoenbrun

The Eyes That Fascinate
The Eyes That Fascinate

Louis Feuillade’s influential serial Les Vampires reflected the French national subconscious at the time by depicting a madcap world of anarchy and violent spectacle.

By Lucy Sante

Mr. Klein: It’s All in the Name
Mr. Klein: It’s All in the Name

Joseph Losey’s sumptuous portrait of Nazi-occupied Paris sees an icy Alain Delon as an art dealer on a Kafkaesque quest for identity.

By Ginette Vincendeau

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Closet Picks
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Closet Picks

While perusing our collection, the acclaimed actor and singer-songwriter linked some of her favorite films to memories of her family.

Memories of a Vibrant Moment in Asian American Cinema
Memories of a Vibrant Moment in Asian American Cinema

Five pioneering filmmakers look back on the communities and institutions that helped them flourish in the 1990s, an era in Asian American moving-image culture that has since gone underappreciated.

The Criterion Channel’s May 2022 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s May 2022 Lineup

This month’s programs include spotlights on Richard Linklater, Ida Lupino, and Jean Gabin, as well as a revelatory showcase of Asian American filmmaking in the 1990s.

Kazuo Hara’s Dedicated Lives
Kazuo Hara’s Dedicated Lives

In his uncompromising chronicles of modern Japanese society, the celebrated filmmaker shows a deep understanding of both larger-than-life individuals and collectives of ordinary citizens.

By Markus Nornes

Eyimofe (This Is My Desire): Floating Currencies
Eyimofe (This Is My Desire): Floating Currencies

In their ambitious debut feature, brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri capture the vibrancy of contemporary Lagos while also showing the desperation with which its two protagonists seek to leave it.

By Maryam Kazeem

’Round Midnight: Return from Exile
’Round Midnight: Return from Exile

A longtime lover of jazz, Bertrand Tavernier honors its legacy by throwing the spotlight on real musicians—including legendary tenor sax player Dexter Gordon—improvising on-screen.

By Mark Anthony Neal

Documentary’s Newest Forms: A Conversation with Inney Prakash
Documentary’s Newest Forms: A Conversation with Inney Prakash

The founder of the experimental documentary festival Prismatic Ground discusses his vision for rethinking the bounds of nonfiction cinema.

By Jordan Cronk

A Movie About Leaving Earth
A Movie About Leaving Earth

On Earth Day, we celebrate Al Reinert’s For All Mankind, a groundbreaking documentary that is as much a reflection on our planet as it is a chronicle of space travel.

By Jonathan Turell

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Inside Criterion  – 15 Apr 2022