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:
Marlon James Praises a Gay Cinema Classic
The Man Booker Prize–winning author explains why Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together is the “only effective depiction of a gay relationship” on-screen.