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American Cinema’s Sixties Crack-Up
American Cinema’s Sixties Crack-Up

During a period of seismic change in U.S. history, the Hollywood studio system began to fracture beyond repair, resulting in a new freedom in how movies explored themes of violence, psychosis, and social breakdown.

By Will Noah

Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène: History in the Remaking
Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène: History in the Remaking

The Senegalese filmmaker’s steadfast devotion to African autonomy led him to become a foundational contributor to the hard-won, dynamic flourishing of an independent cinematic tradition on his home continent.

By Yasmina Price

Still Standing: A Conversation with Ayoka Chenzira
Still Standing: A Conversation with Ayoka Chenzira

From documentaries and stop-motion animation to multimedia projects, the richly varied work of this veteran director is a testament to her innovative spirit and her commitment to the everyday beauty of African American experiences.

By Tayler Montague

Peeping Tom: He Has His Father’s Eyes
Peeping Tom: He Has His Father’s Eyes

Despite the harsh critical drubbing it received upon its release in 1960, Michael Powell’s lurid tale of obsession and violence is now widely regarded as a masterpiece—and as a key inspiration for an entire subgenre of “slasher” movies.

By Megan Abbott

The Criterion Channel’s June 2024 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s June 2024 Lineup

Among this month’s highlights are a bustling summer barbecue of amply peopled movies full of unforgettable performances, a collection of films with great synth soundtracks, and Adventures in Moviegoing with Paul Schrader.

Great Adaptations: Columbia in the 1950s
Great Adaptations: Columbia in the 1950s

Perhaps the most hard-to-categorize of the great Hollywood studios came into its own with a string of critically acclaimed films based on popular books and plays, including Born Yesterday, A Raisin in the Sun, and From Here to Eternity.

By Imogen Sara Smith

Dogfight: In Love and War
Dogfight: In Love and War

The gentle rapport between actors Lili Taylor and River Phoenix fuels this humane examination of American masculinity, a film that showcases the nuanced and compassionate approach of director Nancy Savoca.

By Christina Newland

John Carpenter’s Top 10
John Carpenter’s Top 10

The director of Halloween, They Live, and other horror masterpieces embraces the darkness and doom of such noir classics as Double Indemnity, The Killers, and Kiss Me Deadly.

Night and the Cities
Night and the Cities

From After Hours to Mikey and Nicky to Collateral, movies centered on the twists and turns of a single night give filmmakers the chance to boldly experiment with cinematic time and space.

By Jessica Kiang

Thoughts Transcending Time and Distance: Makoto Shinkai’s Voices of a Distant Star
Thoughts Transcending Time and Distance: Makoto Shinkai’s Voices of a Distant Star

In this early-career gem from one of the most beloved Japanese animation directors of all time, an extravagant sci-fi narrative is anchored by the transcendent power of young love and poignant observations of modern life.

By Jonathan R. Lack

I Am Cuba: The Filmmakers Who Came In from the Cold
I Am Cuba: The Filmmakers Who Came In from the Cold

With its delirious images and audaciously poetic style, Soviet filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozov’s hymn to revolution moves beyond ordinary logic to capture the mysterious beauty of collective utopia.

By Juan Antonio García Borrero

The Urgency of the Moment: A Conversation with Lizzie Borden
The Urgency of the Moment: A Conversation with Lizzie Borden

Fiercely committed to the possibilities of political art, the trailblazing director talks about how her intersectional understanding of feminism imbues her films, three of which are now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By So Mayer

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Room Tone 2023
On Film  – 25 Dec 2023