Some of cinema’s most revered directors enjoyed extraordinary bursts of creative energy during their twilight years, delivering films that showcase a mastery of the craft they had honed over their long careers. This week on the Criterion Channel, our eight-film series Lions in Winter brings together an international selection of late-period works, including Wise Blood, John Huston’s powerful adaptation of the Flannery O’Connor novel; L’argent, Robert Bresson’s Cannes award–winning exploration of greed and corruption; and An Autumn Afternoon, Yasujiro Ozu’s tender domestic drama about the loneliness of an aging widower grappling with a rapidly changing world. Check out the series teaser below:
A Neglected Reggae Classic Finally Gets Its Due
Now playing on the Criterion Channel, Franco Rosso’s underappreciated drama Babylon is one of the most essential portraits of the immigrant experience in British film history.
From Innocence to Experience: A Conversation with Charles Williams
The director of the Palme d’Or–winning short film All These Creatures, which is now available to stream on the Criterion Channel, discusses the challenges of depicting mental illness through the eyes of a child.
The Extravagant Passions of Italian Maestro Raffaello Matarazzo
Italian cinema of the 1940s and ’50s may be most associated with the legacy of neorealism, but the tearjerking melodramas of this critically underappreciated director dominated at the box office.