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Cold War: You’re My Only Home
Cold War: You’re My Only Home

Two lovers cross boundaries both personal and national in this ambitious, zigzagging love story, one of the most romantic films of this century.

By Stephanie Zacharek

How Paweł Pawlikowski Reimagined His Parents’ Fiery Romance for the Big Screen
How Paweł Pawlikowski Reimagined His Parents’ Fiery Romance for the Big Screen

As the director explains to filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the love story at the heart of the Oscar-nominated drama Cold War has its roots in his own family history.

Betty Blue: The Look of Love
Betty Blue: The Look of Love

Underneath its brilliantly colored, highly stylized surfaces, this key work of 1980s French cinema is a heartrending portrait of a woman struggling to both inhabit and reject traditionally feminine roles.

By ​Chelsea Phillips-Carr

A Touchstone of Contemporary Chinese Cinema Makes Its Streaming Premiere
A Touchstone of Contemporary Chinese Cinema Makes Its Streaming Premiere

One of the most acclaimed and ambitious feature debuts in recent memory, Hu Bo’s An Elephant Sitting Still is a testament to the power of personal filmmaking.

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.

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.

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

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.

Video

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