The Current

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Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism

Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.

The Notes in Between: A Conversation with Nicholas Britell
The Notes in Between: A Conversation with Nicholas Britell

One of the most sought-after composers in film and television opens up about his genre-defying sound and his deeply collaborative relationships with directors.

By Hillary Weston

Hidden Histories: The Story of Women Film Editors
Hidden Histories: The Story of Women Film Editors

A new web resource spearheaded by Su Friedrich celebrates women editors from around the world, highlighting work that has long been obscured by the masculinism of auteurist film culture.

By Girish Shambu

Busting Out of the Big House
Busting Out of the Big House

The Criterion Channel’s series of prison-break classics showcases eight masterful takes on this most nerve-wracking of suspense subgenres.

The Cloud-Capped Star: A Cry for Life
The Cloud-Capped Star: A Cry for Life

In this landmark melodrama, director Ritwik Ghatak channeled his grief over the destruction of his beloved homeland, Bengal, in the wake of the Partition of India.

By Ira Bhaskar

Mystery of Faith: What “the Breath of Religion” Means to Mark Le Fanu
Mystery of Faith: What “the Breath of Religion” Means to Mark Le Fanu

In his thought-provoking latest book, the critic and frequent Criterion contributor traces the complex ways European filmmakers have grappled with the influences of Christianity and modernity.

By Andrew Chan

Death’s Angel: Peter Fonda in Easy Rider

Performances

Death’s Angel: Peter Fonda in Easy Rider

The late actor became an icon of his generation with this moody, brilliant non-performance, informed by his intimate knowledge of chaos and death.

By Chuck Stephens

A Constant Becoming
A Constant Becoming

With their novelistic density and sexual openness, the films of French master André Téchiné introduced director Stephen Cone to a strange new world of contradictions.

By Stephen Cone

A Howl of Defiance from the Italian Sixties
A Howl of Defiance from the Italian Sixties

Marco Bellocchio’s subversive debut feature, Fists in the Pocket, emerged out of a period of social unrest, taking aim at both bourgeois values and Catholic hypocrisy.

John Schlesinger’s Cinema of Failures and Outcasts
John Schlesinger’s Cinema of Failures and Outcasts

A gay man in an age when homosexuality was against the law in his native Britain, the Oscar-winning director eschewed political statements in favor of compassionate portrayals of the human condition.

Bitter Harvest

Dark Passages

Bitter Harvest

Three noirs from 1949 plough up the dark underbelly of agriculture, exploring the corrupt system that puts food on our tables.

By Imogen Sara Smith

Video

Ozu and Noda: Birds of a Feather
Inside Criterion  – 28 Aug 2019

Spotlight

One Scene

In this series of articles, some of our favorite writers and filmmakers highlight key moments in cinema that continue to haunt them long after the credits roll.