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.