The Current

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Farewell to Our Friend Jason Polan
Farewell to Our Friend Jason Polan

Art director Eric Skillman pays tribute to the beloved New York artist, whose work has been an integral part of Criterion for over a decade.

By Eric Skillman

Alex Ross Perry Pays a Visit to Great American Iconoclast Paul Schrader
Alex Ross Perry Pays a Visit to Great American Iconoclast Paul Schrader

On the set of his latest film, First Reformed, writer-director Paul Schrader reflects on the art of cinema and his uncompromising explorations of sin, guilt, and faith.

Burt Lancaster: Body and Soul
Burt Lancaster: Body and Soul

Having mastered his imposing physicality early in his career, the legendary Hollywood actor later gravitated toward roles that allowed him to explore a rich, complicated inner life.

By Dan Callahan

Khalik Allah’s Audiovisual Alchemy
Khalik Allah’s Audiovisual Alchemy

One of the most audacious voices in American independent filmmaking stopped by to introduce a series of his work now playing on the Criterion Channel.

Illustrator Josh Cochran Taps into His Dark Side

Studio Visits

Illustrator Josh Cochran Taps into His Dark Side

Known for his bold colors and humorous drawings, the Brooklyn-based artist took on the challenge of summoning a stark, ominous intensity for our covers of Wise Blood and Shallow Grave.

Stop-Motion with a Human Touch: A Conversation with Anna Mantzaris
Stop-Motion with a Human Touch: A Conversation with Anna Mantzaris

The filmmaker behind the short Good Intentions, now featured on the Criterion Channel, talks with us about the long and laborious process of bringing human complexity to her animated puppets.

By Penelope Bartlett

Le petit soldat: The Awful Truth
Le petit soldat: The Awful Truth

One of the lesser-known films in Godard’s extraordinary run of 1960s masterpieces, this severe, angular thriller was the director’s first foray into the political territory that would prove so essential to his later work.

By Nicholas Elliott

My Kind of Clown

One Scene

My Kind of Clown

In celebration of Federico Fellini’s 100th birthday, the director of The Farewell talks about the deeply moving final scene of Nights of Cabiria and its mixture of pain and hope.

By Lulu Wang

The Labyrinth and the Plague
The Labyrinth and the Plague

The chaos of a rapidly changing world and a politically turbulent decade come into focus in a series of science-fiction films made in the 1970s, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Ed Park

Harold Lloyd Has Something to Say: The Silent Master’s Funniest Talkie

Deep Dives

Harold Lloyd Has Something to Say: The Silent Master’s Funniest Talkie

The arrival of sound proved an enormous challenge for the geniuses of silent comedy. But Harold Lloyd, with his unflappable determination, finally made a successful transition.

By Stephen Winer

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Most Unusual Experiment
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Most Unusual Experiment

In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, scholar David Bordwell examines the deeply strange horror film Vampyr, which uses popular material as a springboard for innovations in mood and technique.

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Illustrator Josh Cochran Taps into His Dark Side
Inside Criterion  – 22 Jan 2020