No one beats the Grim Reaper at his own game. In a deathly double feature premiering tomorrow on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, you’ll see him facing off against some wildly different opponents: first, the chess-playing, God-questioning medieval knight (Max von Sydow) in Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece The Seventh Seal, then the pair of clueless Valley boys (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) in Pete Hewitt’s sublimely stupid sci-fi comedy Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Traveling from heaven to hell, from highbrow to lowbrow, this final entry in the Channel’s monthlong celebration of Bergman’s hundredth birthday—in which we’ve paired some of his greatest works with films that bear their influence—shows us just how long of a shadow the Swedish master cast on the world of cinema. Above, check out our new trailer, created by Jonathan Keogh.
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.