Over on the Criterion Channel, we’ve premiered our latest installment of Observations on Film Art, an original program that examines elements of cinematic style and how great filmmakers utilize them in their work. Hosted by film-studies scholar Kristin Thompson, this new episode centers on the late Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami and his haunting depictions of landscapes. In the above excerpt, Thompson highlights Where Is My Friend’s House? (1987) and Taste of Cherry (1997), two masterpieces now available to stream on the Channel, to demonstrate how the director’s prominent use of the deserts, mountains, and countryside of Iran heightens the lyrical qualities of his sparse, winding narratives.
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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.
Perhaps the only thing more fun than watching a perfectly executed cinematic heist unfold is watching it unravel, as evidenced by twelve heist-movie classics now on the Criterion Channel.