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Renate Reinsve’s Closet Picks
Renate Reinsve’s Closet Picks

The breakout star of The Worst Person in the World takes home films by Michael Haneke, David Lynch, and Claire Denis.

The Criterion Channel’s July 2022 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s July 2022 Lineup

This month on the Channel brings a collection of boxing movies, a survey of film noir steeped in expressionistic color, and a tribute to the classic Hollywood director Henry King.

Pink Flamingos: The Battle of Filth
Pink Flamingos: The Battle of Filth

Boasting a larger-than-life Divine, John Waters’ underground classic finds the sublime in the ridiculous.

By Howard Hampton

The Worst Person in the World: Lost and Found
The Worst Person in the World: Lost and Found

Part rom-com, part existential meditation, the final installment in Joachim Trier’s Oslo trilogy dignifies the fluctuating desires of a woman on the cusp of thirty.

By Sheila O’Malley

At the End of Love’s Road with Michelangelo Antonioni

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At the End of Love’s Road with Michelangelo Antonioni

The long, quietly tense opening minutes of L’eclisse offer a blueprint for filmmakers looking to craft a devastating breakup scene.

By Eskil Vogt

Shaft: Power Moves
Shaft: Power Moves

By centering an empowered Black hero, Gordon Parks reimagined the detective genre and exposed its racial politics.

By Amy Abugo Ongiri

Rouge: Love Out of Time
Rouge: Love Out of Time

Two eras of Hong Kong history collide in this exquisite ghost story, which solidified director Stanley Kwan’s status as one of cinema’s truest romantics.

By Dennis Lim

10 Things I Learned: Rouge
10 Things I Learned: Rouge

The producer of our edition of the masterful 1987 melodrama tells the stories of some of director Stanley Kwan’s legendary collaborators, including superstars Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung.

By Aliza Ma

David Plunkert Shares His Passion for Color and Shape

Studio Visits

David Plunkert Shares His Passion for Color and Shape

The graphic designer behind our covers for Diabolique and The Tin Drum takes us inside his Baltimore studio and his idea-driven creative process.

Farewell Amor: Coming Over
Farewell Amor: Coming Over

Ekwa Msangi’s intimate feature debut pushes the conventions of the immigrant family drama.

By Tiana Reid

The Melancholic, Joyous Soul of Guru Dutt
The Melancholic, Joyous Soul of Guru Dutt

The Indian director, actor, and producer’s early death has enshrined him as a tragic icon in public memory. But there is more to his art than misery.

By Mayukh Sen

A Rain of Sorrow, A Rain of Gloom
A Rain of Sorrow, A Rain of Gloom

A major figure in contemporary Hindi literature pays tribute to Guru Dutt in this fantasia that reimagines the great filmmaker’s death.

By Geet Chaturvedi

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Sarita Choudhury’s Closet Picks
Inside Criterion  – 15 Apr 2022