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The Criterion Channel’s February 2022 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s February 2022 Lineup

We’re celebrating Black History Month with tributes to trailblazing artists like Harry Belafonte, Melvin Van Peebles, and documentary master Stanley Nelson.

The Piano: Gothic Gone South
The Piano: Gothic Gone South

A Victorian-era tale of self-discovery, Jane Campion’s Palme d’Or winner exults in the thrill of female rebellion.

By Carmen Gray

Dick Johnson Is Dead: Falling Angels
Dick Johnson Is Dead: Falling Angels

By repeatedly staging the death of the filmmaker’s father with tragicomic flair, Kirsten Johnson’s hybrid documentary grapples with the realities of dementia and finds grace.

By So Mayer

Designing Citizen Kane, Down to the Letter
Designing Citizen Kane, Down to the Letter

How to encapsulate the spirit of the most celebrated film of all time in a single image? The artist behind our Citizen Kane edition reflects on his winding path to the minimalistic final product.

By Mike McQuade

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Top 10
Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Top 10

The award-winning director of Drive My Car selects a list of films that are close to his heart, including work by international auteurs he considers underrated.

Time: Time in the Mind
Time: Time in the Mind

Unlike any other prison documentary before it, Garrett Bradley’s masterwork poetically evokes the subjective experience of a family whose lives have been fractured by incarceration.

By Doreen St. Félix

Twisted Nostalgia: Chris Isaak in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

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Twisted Nostalgia: Chris Isaak in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Gifted with the looks and suavity of a young Elvis, the “Wicked Game” crooner shares with David Lynch an obsession with 1950s Americana—and a knowledge of the darkness at its heart.

By Tim Greiving

The Celebration: How Long Can This Go On?
The Celebration: How Long Can This Go On?

A searing melodrama that lays bare the trauma wrought by white supremacy and privilege, Thomas Vinterberg’s second feature kick-started the Dogme 95 movement.

By Michael Koresky

The Criterion Channel’s January 2022 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s January 2022 Lineup

Ring in the new year with the French New Wave, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and a look back at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.

In Case You Missed It: Our Essential Reads of 2021
In Case You Missed It: Our Essential Reads of 2021

As the holiday season begins to wind down, we’re proud to close out another year in our online magazine by looking back at a few of our favorite essays and interviews.

Parables of Perception: Three Films by Mani Kaul
Parables of Perception: Three Films by Mani Kaul

Misunderstood by many of his contemporaries, this pioneer of Indian art cinema infused elements of traditional art forms into his own boldly experimental style.

By Ratik Asokan

An Evening with Faya Dayi Director Jessica Beshir
An Evening with Faya Dayi Director Jessica Beshir

The Brooklyn-based filmmaker spoke with fellow director Yance Ford on the challenges of making her sublimely lyrical debut feature, one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year.

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Caitlin Kuhwald’s Hand-Drawn Portraits Bring Iconic Faces to Life
Inside Criterion  – 13 Sep 2021