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Thus Spake the Fox: A Moment of Truth in Antichrist

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Thus Spake the Fox: A Moment of Truth in Antichrist

Artificiality becomes a pathway to unbearable reality in a shocking scene at the center of Lars von Trier’s nightmarish marital drama.

By Angela Schanelec

Roma, or the Art of Making Ruins
Roma, or the Art of Making Ruins

Alfonso Cuarón’s vivid re-creation of his childhood memories holds up a mirror to the social instability that roiled his hometown in the 1970s.

By Valeria Luiselli

The Layers of Roma
The Layers of Roma

In a polarized and violent world, Alfonso Cuarón’s masterpiece offers a pure message of human solidarity that transcends class and race. But its story is also firmly rooted in the historical specificity of 1970s Mexico City.

By Enrique Krauze

Nothing at Stake
Nothing at Stake

In this video essay, the director of Columbus examines how Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma combines intimate observations of everyday life with the grand sweep of history.

By Kogonada

Marco Bellocchio’s Closet Picks
Marco Bellocchio’s Closet Picks

The celebrated Italian auteur stopped by our closet last year while in town to present his new mafia epic, The Traitor.

Double Extremity: Judy Davis in Naked Lunch

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Double Extremity: Judy Davis in Naked Lunch

In David Cronenberg’s deeply strange adaptation of the William S. Burroughs novel, Judy Davis plays two dissonant variations on the theme of the archetypal Beatnik Muse.

By Howard Hampton

The Criterion Channel’s February 2020 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s February 2020 Lineup

Check out what’s in store next month on our streaming service!

Fail Safe: Very Little Left of the World
Fail Safe: Very Little Left of the World

Sidney Lumet brought his vivid sense of the messiness of human experience to this stark nuclear thriller, which centers on a series of earth-shattering decisions made in quiet rooms.

By Bilge Ebiri

All About My Mother: Matriarchal Society
All About My Mother: Matriarchal Society

Of the many odes to motherhood in Pedro Almodóvar’s filmography, this Oscar-winning hit is the most exquisite exploration of maternal love’s all-consuming power.

By Emma Wilson

Farewell to Our Friend Jason Polan
Farewell to Our Friend Jason Polan

Art director Eric Skillman pays tribute to the beloved New York artist, whose work has been an integral part of Criterion for over a decade.

By Eric Skillman

Burt Lancaster: Body and Soul
Burt Lancaster: Body and Soul

Having mastered his imposing physicality early in his career, the legendary Hollywood actor later gravitated toward roles that allowed him to explore a rich, complicated inner life.

By Dan Callahan

Alex Ross Perry Pays a Visit to Great American Iconoclast Paul Schrader
Alex Ross Perry Pays a Visit to Great American Iconoclast Paul Schrader

On the set of his latest film, First Reformed, writer-director Paul Schrader reflects on the art of cinema and his uncompromising explorations of sin, guilt, and faith.

Video

Illustrator Josh Cochran Taps into His Dark Side
Inside Criterion  – 22 Jan 2020