Joanna Hogg Revisits Her Past Selves
With her first three films now playing on the Criterion Channel, the acclaimed British director digs back into the past to trace the roots of her cinephilia and artistry.
Breaking the Ice: The Beginning of Desire in The Piano Teacher
One of the quietest, most unassuming moments in Michael Haneke’s disturbing drama serves as a microcosm of his themes of control and sexuality.
William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama
Despite its cloistered setting, The Heiress is filled with moments of visual ingenuity and exquisite camera work that take viewers inside its heroine’s psychology.
How Sam Smith Finds Inspiration in the History of Poster Art
The longtime Criterion collaborator behind our covers for Japón, House, and Modern Times combines his love for film and design in his vividly colorful artwork.
The Hot-Blooded Love Cry at the Cold Heart of Badlands
Mickey & Sylvia’s 1956 hit “Love Is Strange” injects a hint of lustful energy into a screen romance that is otherwise unsettlingly detached.
The Heiress: A Cruel Inheritance
With the help of intense performances by Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift, William Wyler turns the genteel spaces of a Manhattan town house into an emotional battleground.
What Makes Jackie Chan One of a Kind
One of today’s top action-comedy directors, Edgar Wright, breaks down the elements of the Hong Kong superstar’s charisma and how it has transcended cultural boundaries.
In this series of video profiles, we drop in on some of the talented illustrators and designers who create the cover art for our editions.