The Current

A magazine of film culture past and present, with new articles, interviews, and videos published every day

Hotel Noir

Dark Passages

Hotel Noir

From the squalid to the generic, cheap hotels serve as a quintessential habitat for the lonely, transitory people in crime cinema.

By Imogen Sara Smith

Cinema in the Surveillance Zone
Cinema in the Surveillance Zone

A new series on the Criterion Channel dives into the wages of espionage and paranoia through a mix of Hollywood thrillers and art-house dramas.

MGM’s Stairway to Paradise
MGM’s Stairway to Paradise

With megawatt performers in front of the camera and remarkable talent behind the scenes, the golden-age MGM musical became Hollywood’s most utopian expression of joy.

By Michael Koresky

John Sayles’s Closet Picks
John Sayles’s Closet Picks

During the production of our release of Matewan, the first Sayles film in the collection, the director paid us a visit and talked about some of his formative moviegoing experiences.

The Dream Factory at Its Dreamiest
The Dream Factory at Its Dreamiest

Now featured on the Criterion Channel, MGM’s greatest musicals are filled to the brim with some of the most indelible moments of movie magic ever committed to celluloid.

Matewan: All We Got in Common
Matewan: All We Got in Common

In one of his most resonant works of political filmmaking, John Sayles painstakingly brings to life an important and volatile chapter in American labor history.

By A. S. Hamrah

The Criterion Channel’s November 2019 Lineup
The Criterion Channel’s November 2019 Lineup

Check out what’s in store next month on our streaming service!

The Body Talk in Masculin féminin

One Scene

The Body Talk in Masculin féminin

The director of Synonyms reflects on the subtle physicality of Jean-Pierre Léaud and Chantal Goya during one long, meandering conversation in the French New Wave classic.

By Nadav Lapid

Them That Work
Them That Work

Drawing on his own background as a union-man, director John Sayles joined forces with producing partner Maggie Renzi to research a 1920 coal miners’ strike and bring it to the screen.

The Art of Withholding and Revealing in An Angel at My Table
The Art of Withholding and Revealing in An Angel at My Table

Professor Kristin Thompson explores how director Jane Campion uses a strategy of concealment and carefully orchestrated reveals to create curiosity, tension, and surprise.

The Man Behind the Gore
The Man Behind the Gore

In the latest episode of Meet the Filmmakers, now playing on the Criterion Channel, director Sean Baker captures exploitation maestro Herschell Gordon Lewis reflecting on his twisted legacy.

Video

A Beacon of Movie Love in Tucson
Inside Criterion  – 18 Oct 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.