In this ongoing series of videos, contemporary filmmakers talk to us about the movies that have had a lasting impact on their work.
Introducing First Person Illustrator Xia Gordon
To illustrate our new series of personal essays, we’ve turned to this New York–based artist, whose gift for distilling concepts and emotions into compelling imagery was a perfect match for this ongoing project.
In the House of Cinema: A Conversation with Mia Hansen-Løve
The acclaimed writer-director, whose intimate character studies are now available on the Criterion Channel, talks with us about how she found her salvation and her vocation in filmmaking.
In His Hands: The Audacious Formal Device in Kazik Radwanski’s Cutaway
The Canadian filmmaker explains what led him to center his intensely personal short film, now playing on the Criterion Channel, entirely on images of the protagonist’s hands.
The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate
Our plans to release Dorothy Arzner’s feminist classic set in motion a restoration process that led Warner Bros. to discover a nitrate negative that had begun to deteriorate in storage.
The Valedictory Anthem That Takes Us Inside Inside Llewyn Davis
The heartbreaking lament “Fare Thee Well” builds in resonance as it drifts through multiple scenes in the Coen brothers’ folk-fueled drama.
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: The Past Is Present
Once dismissed as overly topical, this New German Cinema masterpiece is now regarded as an enduringly relevant indictment of surveillance capitalism and patriarchal oppression.