When we launched the Criterion Collection on DVD nearly twenty years ago, we picked Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion as the film we wanted to carry spine #1. As most of you know, the rights to distribute movies can change over time, and we lost ours for Grand Illusion about a dozen years ago. The DVD has been out of print since then. While we still hope to reacquire those rights, we are thrilled that we are able to present the Criterion edition of Grand Illusion on the Criterion Channel at FilmStruck starting today, in celebration of the eightieth anniversary of the film’s release. In the film description from the original Janus Films’ catalog there was a quote from Orson Welles: “If I could save only one film, it would be Grand Illusion.” For those of you who haven’t given FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel a try, this seems like a great opportunity. Our channel is the streaming home for the largest selection of Criterion movies anywhere, and we are very excited about the response we’ve been getting to our original productions, including three ongoing series—Adventures in Moviegoing, Observations on Film Art, and Meet the Filmmakers—that provide a very different look into the world of movies.
Welcome to Our New Site
Check out our first redesign in ten years, with richer publishing, smoother e-commerce, and direct links to FilmStruck—and it even looks great on your phone!
Big Changes to My Criterion
Heads-up: My Criterion is going offline temporarily at the end of the month. We’ll let you know when it comes back, new and improved, later this year.
New UK Releases for April 2018
This month, two sparkling comedies head to the United Kingdom in their Criterion editions: The Awful Truth, Leo McCarey’s 1937 Oscar-winning screwball classic, and Edouard Molinaro’s subversive 1978 farce La Cage aux Folles. Head over to Amazon t…
A Special Announcement from Jim Jarmusch
Stranger Than Paradise is coming back to theaters stranger than ever! Get a taste of what this indie landmark looks like in the form its director originally intended.