The Current

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The Ache of Desire
The Ache of Desire

Whether sublimated or made explicit, that longing feeling so specific to the queer experience has always existed in the movies. A new series on the Criterion Channel dives into this richly layered but long-suppressed cinematic history.

By Michael Koresky

A Daytrippers Trio Looks Back on Their Indie Miracle
A Daytrippers Trio Looks Back on Their Indie Miracle

Director Greg Mottola reunites with two cast members of his debut feature—Liev Schreiber and Parker Posey—to reminisce about the joys and trials they experienced on the set of this shoestring marvel.

Ira Sachs Finds a Model of Artistic Courage in Je tu il elle

Under the Influence

Ira Sachs Finds a Model of Artistic Courage in Je tu il elle

The director of Frankie and Keep the Lights On opens up about how the emotional and sexual candor of Chantal Akerman’s feature debut has inspired his own deeply personal approach to cinema.

Fever Dreamer: Suzan Pitt’s Feminist Fantasias
Fever Dreamer: Suzan Pitt’s Feminist Fantasias

Taking the spotlight today on the Criterion Channel, the animated work of this legendary multimedia artist is fueled by a wildly surrealist imagination and idiosyncratic perspectives on the female psyche.

By Haden Guest

Within Earshot: A Conversation with Sorayos Prapapan
Within Earshot: A Conversation with Sorayos Prapapan

Informed by his background in sound design, the Thai director uses audio to explore the absurdities of an oppressive society in his short film Death of the Sound Man, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Penelope Bartlett

The Daytrippers: Alone, Together
The Daytrippers: Alone, Together

A scrappy comedy made on the cheap, Greg Mottola’s feature debut finds hilarity and heartbreak in the tale of one Long Island family’s Manhattan odyssey.

By Emily Nussbaum

Hotel Noir

Dark Passages

Hotel Noir

From the squalid to the generic, cheap hotels serve as a quintessential habitat for the lonely, transitory people in crime cinema.

By Imogen Sara Smith

Cinema in the Surveillance Zone
Cinema in the Surveillance Zone

A new series on the Criterion Channel dives into the wages of espionage and paranoia through a mix of Hollywood thrillers and art-house dramas.

MGM’s Stairway to Paradise
MGM’s Stairway to Paradise

With megawatt performers in front of the camera and remarkable talent behind the scenes, the golden-age MGM musical became Hollywood’s most utopian expression of joy.

By Michael Koresky

John Sayles’s Closet Picks
John Sayles’s Closet Picks

During the production of our release of Matewan, the first Sayles film in the collection, the director paid us a visit and talked about some of his formative moviegoing experiences.

The Dream Factory at Its Dreamiest
The Dream Factory at Its Dreamiest

Now featured on the Criterion Channel, MGM’s greatest musicals are filled to the brim with some of the most indelible moments of movie magic ever committed to celluloid.

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John Sayles’s Closet Picks
Inside Criterion  – 4 Nov 2019