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Risky Business: Coming of Age in Reagan’s America
Risky Business: Coming of Age in Reagan’s America

Unlike the string of early-1980s sex comedies that it superficially resembles, Paul Brickman’s debut feature fuses fierce social satire and dark, dreamy eroticism with unexpectedly rich and ambiguous results.

By Dave Kehr

Farewell My Concubine: All the World’s a Stage
Farewell My Concubine: All the World’s a Stage

Chen Kaige’s sweeping epic chronicles the history of twentieth-century China through the story of two childhood friends, contrasting the unchanging traditions of their Beijing-opera milieu with the nation’s swift and turbulent transformation.

By Pauline Chen

Daydreamer: A Conversation with Sara Driver
Daydreamer: A Conversation with Sara Driver

A pioneer of the 1980s downtown New York arts scene, the director of Sleepwalk talks about navigating her creative life in the city and the inspiration she has taken from mythology, fairy tales, and cinéma fantastique.

By Hillary Weston

The Criterion Channel’s August 2024 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s August 2024 Lineup

This month, we’re celebrating the expansive, archetype-exploding films of Paul Thomas Anderson, as well as the career of his frequent collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Black God, White Devil: Feeding on Hunger
Black God, White Devil: Feeding on Hunger

Glauber Rocha’s ambitious breakthrough film manifested the project of Cinema Novo, a new wave that sought to overcome the influence of Brazil’s colonial origins and find images and sounds that could reconceive the nation.

By Fábio Andrade

Lee Grant’s Top 10
Lee Grant’s Top 10

The Oscar- and Emmy-winning actor and director gets personal with her selections, highlighting the work of friends, former collaborators, and filmmakers she admires.

Perfect Days: Where the Light Comes Through
Perfect Days: Where the Light Comes Through

In one of the most patient films he has ever made, Wim Wenders captures how everyday existence drifts into our dream lives.

By Bilge Ebiri

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid: Renegade’s Requiem
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid: Renegade’s Requiem

Self-destruction is not only an aesthetic but its own subject matter in Sam Peckinpah’s deeply elegiac western, a towering masterpiece that examines American power and greed.

By Steve Erickson

The High-Wire Energy of Great Ensemble Acting
The High-Wire Energy of Great Ensemble Acting

At their best, movies that showcase a sizable collective of virtuosic actors can give you the feeling of a rich ecosystem being brought to life.

By Isaac Butler

The Evolution of Synth Soundtracks
The Evolution of Synth Soundtracks

A collection on the Criterion Channel charts the evolution of the synthesizer—from its infancy in the 1950s to its maturity in the 1980s—and its transformative impact on film music.

By Danz CM

The Underground Railroad: The Wound and the Remedy
The Underground Railroad: The Wound and the Remedy

Barry Jenkins’s extraordinarily ambitious limited series distinguishes itself in the tradition of the cinematic slavery epic through its understanding that Black joy and Black trauma cannot be cleaved from each other.

By Angelica Jade Bastién

Rediscovering Yasuzo Masumura at Karlovy Vary
Rediscovering Yasuzo Masumura at Karlovy Vary

An underrated figure of Japanese cinema’s postwar era, the director tackled a wide range of subjects over his long career, including corporate double-dealing, government espionage, and various forms of fanaticism.

By Farran Smith Nehme

Video

Room Tone 2023
On Film  – 25 Dec 2023