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The Versatile Artistry of Japan’s Most Revered Cinematographer
The Versatile Artistry of Japan’s Most Revered Cinematographer

Acclaimed DP John Bailey delves into the extraordinary career of one of the towering figures of golden-age Japanese cinema.

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How to Implicate an Audience
How to Implicate an Audience

Michael Haneke explains the strategy and inspiration behind his fourth-wall-breaking tricks in the brutal thriller Funny Games.

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Joanna Hogg Revisits Her Past Selves
Joanna Hogg Revisits Her Past Selves

With her first three films now playing on the Criterion Channel, the acclaimed British director digs back into the past to trace the roots of her cinephilia and artistry.

By Hillary Weston

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Funny Games: Don’t You Want to See How It Ends?
Funny Games: Don’t You Want to See How It Ends?

With this controversial treatise on violence and media, Michael Haneke created a spectacle that is both intensely watchable and hard to stomach.


By Bilge Ebiri

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Breaking the Ice: The Beginning of Desire in The Piano Teacher

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Breaking the Ice: The Beginning of Desire in The Piano Teacher

One of the quietest, most unassuming moments in Michael Haneke’s disturbing drama serves as a microcosm of his themes of control and sexuality.

By Garth Greenwell

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Terry Gilliam’s Closet Picks
Terry Gilliam’s Closet Picks

While in town for the release of his new movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the legendary filmmaker stopped by to pick up some Criterion favorites.

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William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama
William Wyler’s Subtly Cinematic Take on the Chamber Drama

Despite its cloistered setting, The Heiress is filled with moments of visual ingenuity and exquisite camera work that take viewers inside its heroine’s psychology.

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How Sam Smith Finds Inspiration in the History of Poster Art

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How Sam Smith Finds Inspiration in the History of Poster Art

The longtime Criterion collaborator behind our covers for Japón, House, and Modern Times combines his love for film and design in his vividly colorful artwork.

The Hot-Blooded Love Cry at the Cold Heart of Badlands

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The Hot-Blooded Love Cry at the Cold Heart of Badlands

Mickey & Sylvia’s 1956 hit “Love Is Strange” injects a hint of lustful energy into a screen romance that is otherwise unsettlingly detached.

By Sheila O’Malley

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The Heiress: A Cruel Inheritance
The Heiress: A Cruel Inheritance

With the help of intense performances by Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift, William Wyler turns the genteel spaces of a Manhattan town house into an emotional battleground.

By ​Pamela Hutchinson

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A Cinematic Hub at the Heart of Music City

Art-House America

A Cinematic Hub at the Heart of Music City

For the latest episode of Art-House America, now streaming on the Criterion Channel, we paid a visit to Nashville to meet the fine people behind the Belcourt Theatre.

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What Makes Jackie Chan One of a Kind
What Makes Jackie Chan One of a Kind

One of today’s top action-comedy directors, Edgar Wright, breaks down the elements of the Hong Kong superstar’s charisma and how it has transcended cultural boundaries.

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