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    This week marks the first occasion of the Criterion Blogathon, a massive movie lovefest organized by the film blog Criterion Blues (in partnership with Speakeasy and Silver Screenings) and timed to our DVD and Blu-ray releases of two cinema masterworks: Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking collection The Apu Trilogy and Richard Brooks’s chilling film In Cold Blood. The online outpouring, which began yesterday, runs through Saturday—and each day over a hundred bloggers, all writing about Criterion films, will be asked to highlight a particular director, era, or country. Today’s writing, which focuses on European directors, features collection favorites like Children of Paradise, The Earrings of Madame de . . . , Hiroshima mon amour, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Au hasard Balthazar. Dig in to the full roster over at Speakeasy, and check back throughout the week as the contributions stream in.

7 comments

  • By James Cobb
    November 17, 2015
    06:39 PM

    Awesome :D
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  • By Patrick
    November 17, 2015
    08:25 PM

    You given the fans plenty to talk and write about. Keep up the great work!
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  • By Reeniop5
    November 17, 2015
    08:54 PM

    Thank you very much for acknowledging your fans! I am sure it won't be the last #CriterionBlogathon ! Lots more to go!
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  • By Craig J. Clark
    November 17, 2015
    09:42 PM

    Wish I'd known about this so I could have gotten in on it. I've written about hundreds of Criterion films over the years.
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  • By SkyAntoine
    November 18, 2015
    11:49 AM

    Who needs sleep when we can read about Criterions when we're not watching them? The Criterion Blogathon is a spectacular thing of beauty!
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  • By JDHMathews
    November 18, 2015
    12:01 PM

    This is just what I needed.
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  • By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
    November 19, 2015
    06:26 PM

    Criterion has never failed when it has made widely available, to generations both old and new, some or most of the most unique and compelling films in the history of cinema - and giving critics of both generations, amateur and professional, a chance to offer insightful critiques of their own on each film that is released. With the Criterion Blogathon, it goes one step further in allowing more established fans and neophytes to build on and contribute their own perspectives to film appreciation. Andy Warhol once said that "the movies have been teaching America what to do from the beginning." To which I may add, "The Criterion Collection, since its humble beginnings in 1984, has been teaching the whole world of filmmakers, critics, historians and cinephiles what they might have missed from first watching these cinematic treasures, or whatever films they have yet to see and must see before they die." The Blogathon will not merely add to this tradition - it will enhance it by encouraging all who believe in true cinema to make their views known, and prove that films - especially those in the Collection - are not to be viewed merely as a medium of escapist entertainment, but in general, as a true, spiritual and transcendent form of eternal art.
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