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:
Consuming the Cat: Brenda Lien Calls Out an Internet Fetish
In a short film now featured on the Criterion Channel, the German filmmaker interrogates our insatiable appetite for feline memes and what it says about our consumerist culture.
The Art of Lighting a Comedic Thriller
In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, Professor Kristin Thompson explores how Ernst Lubitsch’s satirical masterpiece To Be or Not to Be employs a venerable cinematographic technique: three-point lighting.