The glittering surfaces of classic fairy tales often mask undercurrents of emotional torment, spiritual foreboding, and moral transgression. This week, our latest series on the Criterion Channel, Happily Ever After?, showcases the deviant forces lurking within some of cinema’s most dazzling phantasmagorias. Ranging from portraits of romantic yearning to meditations on political upheaval, this international lineup includes eight master filmmakers—including Jacques Demy, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Wim Wenders—at their most wildly inventive. For a glimpse at the dark, seductive pleasures that await, take a look at our series teaser below:
A Swoon-Worthy Tribute to a Great Hollywood Romanticist
Critic Farran Smith Nehme introduces the underappreciated films of Frank Borzage, one of golden-age Hollywood’s underrated masters of melodrama.
In the Shadow of the Dictator: A Conversation with George Sikharulidze
In his short film Fatherland, the Georgian director pays a visit to Stalin’s birthplace to explore the townspeople’s nostalgia for their long-departed leader.