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:
Alex Ross Perry Pays a Visit to Great American Iconoclast Paul Schrader
On the set of his latest film, First Reformed, writer-director Paul Schrader reflects on the art of cinema and his uncompromising explorations of sin, guilt, and faith.
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Most Unusual Experiment
In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, scholar David Bordwell examines the deeply strange horror film Vampyr, which uses popular material as a springboard for innovations in mood and technique.