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The Criterion Channel’s August 2021 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s August 2021 Lineup

This month on the Channel, dive into the films of John Huston, Jean Harlow, Josephine Baker, and other cinematic icons.

La piscine: Savage Water
La piscine: Savage Water

Dismissed as gossip-column fodder in its time, Jacques Deray’s cooly enigmatic villa thriller is an exploration of masculine vanity and feminine disillusion.

By Jessica Kiang

Keaton at the Crossroads: Buster’s Last Silent Comedy, Spite Marriage

Deep Dives

Keaton at the Crossroads: Buster’s Last Silent Comedy, Spite Marriage

Despite the studio system’s stifling conditions, Buster Keaton’s follow-up to The Cameraman remains a testament to the funnyman’s singular style.

By Stephen Winer

The Same Old Song: A Guide to Neonoir
The Same Old Song: A Guide to Neonoir

Since its classic-Hollywood heyday, noir has remained a vibrant mode in both studio and independent filmmaking, taking on nostalgic resonances in the highly referential work of Robert Altman, Arthur Penn, Brian De Palma, and the Coen brothers.

By Adam Nayman

Joanna Hogg’s Closet Picks
Joanna Hogg’s Closet Picks

The acclaimed director of The Souvenir gushes over her favorite musicals and stocks up on films by Federico Fellini.

Deep Cover: Who’ll Pay Reparations on My Soul?
Deep Cover: Who’ll Pay Reparations on My Soul?

Set against the backdrop of the war on drugs, Bill Duke’s boldly stylized thriller stages a meeting between the idea of noir and the idea of Black film.

By Michael B. Gillespie

Working Girls: Have You Ever Heard of Surplus Value?
Working Girls: Have You Ever Heard of Surplus Value?

Lizzie Borden’s groundbreaking drama scrutinizes the gender and labor relations that structure brothel-based sex work.

By So Mayer

Carole Lombard’s Divine Lunacy
Carole Lombard’s Divine Lunacy

A raucous, fast-talking diva, the actor had a remarkable ability to convey both glamour and silliness, a gift that made her the queen of screwball comedy before her untimely death in 1942.

By Molly Haskell

The Stars in Wong Kar Wai’s Universe
The Stars in Wong Kar Wai’s Universe

Nine writers with roots in the Chinese-speaking world pay tribute to the Hong Kong auteur’s most beloved actors.

Mirror: “All Is Immortal”
Mirror: “All Is Immortal”

The fourth of Andrei Tarkovsky’s seven features is his most oneiric and resistant to interpretation, drawing from the director’s own childhood memories to create a fluid sense of history.

By Carmen Gray

Bringing Up Baby: Bones, Balls, and Butterflies
Bringing Up Baby: Bones, Balls, and Butterflies

Howard Hawks’s madcap battle of the sexes is a reminder of how necessary and sneakily profound silliness can be.

By Sheila O’Malley

Prisoners of Second Avenue

First Person

Prisoners of Second Avenue

For reasons this veteran editor and best-selling author can’t fully explain, an unsung film adaptation of a Neil Simon play has become an abiding domestic comfort many years after he first encountered it.

By Benjamin Dreyer

Video

An Inside Look at Brooklyn-Based Artist Juan Miguel Marin’s Meditative Process
Inside Criterion  – 25 Feb 2021