By the time he made The Freshman in 1925, Harold Lloyd was already a superstar. His comedies, which combined jaw-dropping derring-do with loveable characters, were routinely among their years’ top box-office attractions. When Lloyd announced he was working on a football-themed film, anticipation was particularly high, as Lloyd expert John Bengtson explains in this excerpt from his new Criterion visual essay Harold Lloyd: Big Man on Campus.
Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan
In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.
A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen
Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how vividly Do the Right Thing captures the heat of a Brooklyn summer and the diverse skin tones of its cast of color.
A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance
Raimu is at his subtle best in one of the most moving scenes in The Baker’s Wife, a moment in which the actor channels the collective despair of France’s working class.