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:
The Pioneering Female Director Who Broke into the Hollywood Boy’s Club
Critic B. Ruby Rich pays tribute to the underappreciated career of Dorothy Arzner, who was the only woman directing movies in the studio system for the majority of her career.