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Four Ways of Looking at Agnès Varda

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Four Ways of Looking at Agnès Varda

Filmmakers Ashley Connor, Anna Rose Holmer, Kirsten Johnson, and Lauren Wolkstein explore the moments in the French master’s oeuvre that resonate most deeply with them.

Elsewhere On-Screen

First Person

Elsewhere On-Screen

The author of Call Me by Your Name remembers the first time he saw The Apartment—and the long, late-night pilgrimage through a vanishing Manhattan that the film inspired.

By André Aciman

Introducing First Person Illustrator Xia Gordon
Introducing First Person Illustrator Xia Gordon

To illustrate our new series of personal essays, we’ve turned to this New York–based artist, whose gift for distilling concepts and emotions into compelling imagery was a perfect match for this ongoing project.

By Andrew Chan

In the House of Cinema: A Conversation with Mia Hansen-Løve
In the House of Cinema: A Conversation with Mia Hansen-Løve

The acclaimed writer-director, whose intimate character studies are now available on the Criterion Channel, talks with us about how she found her salvation and her vocation in filmmaking.

By Hillary Weston

Godmotherly Love

The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

Godmotherly Love

So unique and propulsive was Agnès Varda’s vision that she could be said to be her own ancestor and her own progeny.

By Alexandra Hidalgo

The Heart of Documentary

The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

The Heart of Documentary

Suffused with a palpable love for her subjects, Agnès Varda’s nonfiction work investigates the complex interrelations between self and community, public and private.

By So Mayer

A Woman’s Truth

The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

A Woman’s Truth

Over the course of an extraordinary six-decade career, Agnès Varda fused her feminist politics with an original artistic practice that made her a leading figure of the French New Wave.

By Ginette Vincendeau

In His Hands: The Audacious Formal Device in Kazik Radwanski’s Cutaway
In His Hands: The Audacious Formal Device in Kazik Radwanski’s Cutaway

The Canadian filmmaker explains what led him to center his intensely personal short film, now playing on the Criterion Channel, entirely on images of the protagonist’s hands.

By Penelope Bartlett

The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate
The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate

Our plans to release Dorothy Arzner’s feminist classic set in motion a restoration process that led Warner Bros. to discover a nitrate negative that had begun to deteriorate in storage.

By Benjamin Mercer

The Ross Brothers’ Top 10
The Ross Brothers’ Top 10

The filmmaking duo behind Bloody Nose Empty Pockets share with us the movies they turn to time and again for inspiration.

The Valedictory Anthem That Takes Us Inside Inside Llewyn Davis

Songbook

The Valedictory Anthem That Takes Us Inside Inside Llewyn Davis

The heartbreaking lament “Fare Thee Well” builds in resonance as it drifts through multiple scenes in the Coen brothers’ folk-fueled drama.

By Nate Chinen

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: The Past Is Present
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: The Past Is Present

Once dismissed as overly topical, this New German Cinema masterpiece is now regarded as an enduringly relevant indictment of surveillance capitalism and patriarchal oppression.

By Amy Taubin

Video

Gian Galang Summons the Kinetic Energy of a Martial-Arts Icon
Inside Criterion  – 29 Jun 2020