In this ongoing series of videos, contemporary filmmakers talk to us about the movies that have had a lasting impact on their work.
Artist Victo Ngai Captures the Lush, Enigmatic Layers of Flowers of Shanghai
For the cover image of our edition of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s opulent masterpiece, the award-winning illustrator combined traditional Chinese figure-drawing styles with a distinctly modern approach to color and composition.
Streetwise/Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell: Qualities of Life
These landmark documentary portraits of intergenerational struggle in Seattle expose social horrors while also revealing the humanity of their subjects.
On the Margins: Todd Haynes’s Poison
This touchstone of nineties independent filmmaking is a reminder that true queer cinema is about taking risks and breaking taboos—an increasingly rare thing in our corporatized entertainment culture.
Restoring Merrily We Go to Hell, One Warp at a Time
A member of Criterion’s team of digital-restoration artists details how he tackled the biggest challenge he faced while working on Dorothy Arzner’s 1932 film.
Nightmare Alley: The Fool Who Walks in Motley . . .
In Edmund Goulding’s gritty cult classic, Tyrone Power casts off his matinee-idol image to play a conniving carnival barker on the flipside of the American dream.