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In Another Room, from Another Time

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In Another Room, from Another Time

In Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Still Walking, the briefly heard Japanese pop hit that inspired the film’s title is both a portal to long-buried memories and a minor detail that resists interpretation.

By Ben Elias

Matthew Modine’s Closet Picks
Matthew Modine’s Closet Picks

During a trip to our offices, the actor reminisced about working with legendary directors like Robert Altman and Stanley Kubrick.

The Problem-Solving Artist Behind Our Amores perros Cover
The Problem-Solving Artist Behind Our Amores perros Cover

Internationally renowned artist Pedro Reyes shares his inspirations for this new piece, including a Mexican stone carving and the poster for Jaws.

By Eric Skillman

The Man in the Wings: David Fincher on the Shadowy Life of Herman Mankiewicz
The Man in the Wings: David Fincher on the Shadowy Life of Herman Mankiewicz

The witty and notoriously tempestuous Citizen Kane screenwriter comes into focus in this conversation between a Mankiewicz biographer and Fincher, whose new film Mank is remarkably faithful to the details of Hollywood history.

Long Live the Microcinema
Long Live the Microcinema

With the future of film exhibition more uncertain than ever, several small-scale organizations with highly personal curation are proving they have what it takes to survive against the odds.

By Nicolas Rapold

Minding the Gap: What It’s About
Minding the Gap: What It’s About

Bing Liu’s extraordinary debut feature was originally conceived as a documentary about skaters around the country and ultimately became an unflinching exploration of family, trauma, and the filmmaker’s own life.

By Jay Caspian Kang

That Obscure Object of Desire: Desire, Denuded
That Obscure Object of Desire: Desire, Denuded

Luis Buñuel weaved together multiple strands of his artistry in his final film, which blends the surrealism of his early years, the melodrama of his 1950s work, and the elegant erotic comedy of his late career.

By Adrian Martin

The Phantom of Liberty: The Serpentine Movements of Chance
The Phantom of Liberty: The Serpentine Movements of Chance

Luis Buñuel lays bare the amorality and illogic of human affairs in the slew of straight-faced absurdities that make up his penultimate film.

By Gary Indiana

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: More and Less
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: More and Less

Crazy things keep happening in Luis Buñuel’s perverse comedy of manners, a film that coolly deconstructs itself at every turn.

By Adrian Martin

The Gift of Room Tone
The Gift of Room Tone

One of our editors made this as a gift for the Criterion community. We hope you enjoy it!

By Daniel Reis

The Criterion Channel’s January 2021 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s January 2021 Lineup

The stars are aligned for the first month of the New Year, with programs spotlighting icons of the screen like Jane Fonda, Peter Sellers, and Raj Kapoor.

In Case You Missed Them: A Year’s Worth of Essential Reading on the Current
In Case You Missed Them: A Year’s Worth of Essential Reading on the Current

Before ringing in the new year, we’re taking a look back at some of the most memorable essays and interviews we published in 2020.

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