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Ali Abbasi’s Top 10

It’s no surprise that the director of the wildly unpredictable Border, Sweden’s entry for the best foreign-language film Oscar, has a soft spot for renegades like Pasolini, Buñuel, and Lynch.


This Week on the Criterion Channel
The Touch and The Serpent’s Egg: Foreign Tongues

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

The Touch and The Serpent’s Egg: Foreign Tongues

Critically maligned upon their release, Ingmar Bergman’s only two English-language films show the master’s artistry at its most restrained and its most convoluted.

By Karan Mahajan

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Extravagant Visconti at Berkeley

Repertory Picks

Extravagant Visconti at Berkeley

California’s Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive celebrates one of Italian cinema’s great perfectionists with a screening of Senso.

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A Short-Film Marathon with a Focus on Female Auteurs
A Short-Film Marathon with a Focus on Female Auteurs

A curated selection of five eye-opening early shorts by acclaimed women directors features on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck.

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Paul Dano’s First Brush with the Transcendental
Paul Dano’s First Brush with the Transcendental

The actor-director talks about the college film course that introduced him to some of the giants of world cinema, including Robert Bresson and Yasujiro Ozu.

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Fanny and Alexander: The Other Side

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Fanny and Alexander: The Other Side

This sensuous, sprawling epic, which Ingmar Bergman intended to be his swan song, offers an effortless summing up of the themes—among them family, identity, and mortality—he'd spent a career exploring.

By Molly Haskell

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This Week on the Criterion Channel
Constructing the Life-Sucking Machine in The Princess Bride
Constructing the Life-Sucking Machine in The Princess Bride

Art director Richard Holland shares the nitty-gritty of how he constructed the infernal torture device in Rob Reiner’s classic fairy tale.

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Jarmusch’s Jailbirds in Seattle

Repertory Picks

Jarmusch’s Jailbirds in Seattle

Seattle’s oldest continuously running movie theater showcases the career of one of American independent cinema’s great rebels.

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M.I.A. and Stephen Loveridge’s Closet Picks
M.I.A. and Stephen Loveridge’s Closet Picks

The star and the director of Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. show love to politically charged films like Missing and Dheepan, and reminisce about the emotional balm they found in our Janus Films collector’s set.

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A Flower in the Mud: Val Lewton’s Isle of the Dead

Deep Dives

A Flower in the Mud: Val Lewton’s Isle of the Dead

A showcase for some of Boris Karloff’s most nuanced acting, this beguiling horror gem is perfect Halloween viewing.

By Dan Callahan

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