The summer heat has us dancing, swooning, and yearning for groovier times this month on the Criterion Channel. Get hip to the films of mod visionary Richard Lester, swing along with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and indulge in the colorful melodramas of Pedro Almodóvar. Plus, discover a rare dispatch from London’s reggae underground, adventure through time and cinema with Alan Cumming, and much more!
If you haven’t signed up yet, head to CriterionChannel.com and get a 14-day free trial!
Now, let our July programming take you away . . .
* indicates programming available only in the U.S.
MONDAY, JULY 1
Summer of ’69
From outlaw bikers to suburban swingers: a freewheeling snapshot of a singular cultural moment. Featuring: Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969)*, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky, 1969)*, Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969)*
Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, 1963)
Criterion Collection Edition #910
Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson, 1996)*
Criterion Collection Edition #450
TUESDAY, JULY 2
Short + Feature: All These Creatures and El Sur
Innocence comes to its end in an award-winning short and a masterpiece of Spanish cinema.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3
Directed by Rebecca Miller
Featuring an interview with Miller
Psychologically charged portraits of women on the edge from a true independent auteur, featuring: Angela (1995) and Personal Velocity (2002)
THURSDAY, JULY 4
Featuring a classic laserdisc commentary by film scholar Howard Suber, never released on DVD or Blu-ray
Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly star in this real-time western—a politically resonant reimagination of the quintessentially American movie genre.
FRIDAY, JULY 5
Double Feature: Girlfriends and Frances Ha
Determined women take on the Big Apple in a seventies indie classic and a twenty-first-century charmer.
SATURDAY, JULY 6
Saturday Matinee: Fiddler on the Roof
The beloved musical gets an appropriately spectacular screen adaptation.
SUNDAY, JULY 7
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Featuring an extensive interview with Almodóvar from 1985
Dive into the colorfully outrageous world of the Spanish master of melodrama, featuring: Matador (1986)*, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)*, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990), The Flower of My Secret (1995)*, All About My Mother (1999), Talk to Her (2002), Bad Education (2004)*, Volver (2006)*, The Skin I Live In (2011)
MONDAY, JULY 8
Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
Criterion Collection Edition #608
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988)
Criterion Collection Edition #855
TUESDAY, JULY 9
Short + Feature: Old Man and Easy Rider
With an introduction by Old Man director Leah Shore
Fifty years later, two portraits of the dark side of 1960s counterculture.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10
Featuring a new introduction by film scholar Annette Insdorf
Agnieszka Holland’s gripping, three-part miniseries: A riveting, true-life saga of political conspiracy and resistance from behind the Iron Curtain
THURSDAY, JULY 11
Fred and Ginger
With a new introduction featuring critics and authors Gary Giddins, Brian Seibert, and Deborah Grace Winer
Art-deco dreams and amazing grace from film history’s greatest dance team, featuring: The Gay Divorcee (Mark Sandrich, 1934), Top Hat (Mark Sandrich, 1935), Swing Time (George Stevens, 1936), Shall We Dance (Mark Sandrich, 1937)
Swing Time (George Stevens, 1936)
Criterion Collection Edition #979
FRIDAY, JULY 12
Double Feature: The African Queen and Harold and Maude
The heart wants what it wants in a rollicking romantic adventure and a seventies cult classic.
SATURDAY, JULY 13
Saturday Matinee: The Bear
See the world through a bear’s eyes in this astonishing wildlife adventure.
SUNDAY, JULY 14
Featuring an in-depth interview with Moreau from 1972
A tribute to the screen icon who defined the liberated spirit of the French New Wave, featuring: Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle, 1958), The Lovers (Louis Malle, 1958), La notte (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961), Jules and Jim (François Truffaut, 1962), Bay of Angels (Jacques Demy, 1963), Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1966), Mademoiselle (Tony Richardson, 1966), The Immortal Story (Orson Welles, 1968), Querelle (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982), La truite (Joseph Losey, 1983)
Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle, 1958)
Criterion Collection Edition #335
MONDAY, JULY 15
Featuring a conversation between critic Ashley Clark and author and musician Vivien Goldman
A blistering, long-suppressed time capsule from London’s reggae underground.
TUESDAY, JULY 16
Short + Feature: Solar Walk and For All Mankind
Featuring a new introduction by For All Mankind associate producer Jonathan Turell
Commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing with these awe-inspiring cosmic voyages.
The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff, 1979)
Criterion Collection Edition #234
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson, 2016)
Criterion Collection Edition #853
THURSDAY, JULY 18
War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1966–67)
Criterion Collection Edition #983
FRIDAY, JULY 19
Double Feature: The Love Witch and Donkey Skin
Featuring an interview with director Anna Biller on the influence of Donkey Skin
Revel in the outré excesses of Jacques Demy’s medieval fable and Anna Biller’s occult fantasia.
SATURDAY, JULY 20
Saturday Matinee: The Trouble with Angels
Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills are a sheer delight in this sweet-spirited comedy.
For All Mankind (Al Reinert, 1989)
Criterion Collection Edition #54
SUNDAY, JULY 21
Directed by Richard Lester
Featuring an interview with Lester from 1997
It’s a mod, mod world in the exuberantly freewheeling films of the swinging-sixties visionary, featuring: The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959), A Hard Day’s Night (1964), The Knack . . . and How to Get It (1965), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Petulia (1968), The Bed Sitting Room (1969), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers (1974), Robin and Marian (1976)
MONDAY, JULY 22
Adventures in Moviegoing with Alan Cumming
The stage and screen star selects offbeat favorites by Welles, Chaplin, Hal Ashby, and more, including: F for Fake (Orson Welles, 1973), Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945), The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Jack Clayton, 1987), The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin, 1940), I Know Where I’m Going! (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1945), The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff, 1979), Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
Che (Steven Soderbergh, 2008)
Criterion Collection Edition #496
TUESDAY, JULY 23
Short + Feature: Human Voice and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Sophia Loren and Pedro Almodóvar put their spin on a Jean Cocteau classic.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
Directed by Ida Lupino
Featuring a new introduction by critic Imogen Sara Smith
Hard-hitting dispatches from the dark side of 1950s America by the trailblazing actor-director, featuring: Not Wanted (1949), On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray and [uncredited] Ida Lupino, 1951), The Hitch-Hiker (1953), The Bigamist (1953), The Trouble with Angels (1966)
THURSDAY, JULY 25
Directed by Bruno Dumont
Offbeat existential odysseys from the ever-unpredictable French provocateur, featuring: La vie de Jésus (1997), L’humanité (1999), Flanders (2006), Camille Claudel 1915 (2013), Li’l Quinquin (2014), Slack Bay (2016)
FRIDAY, JULY 26
Double Feature: T-Men and Raw Deal
A one-two punch of B-noir masterpieces from genre master Anthony Mann.
SATURDAY, JULY 27
Saturday Matinee: Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday
Jacques Tati’s masterpiece of gentle slapstick, featuring a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers.
SUNDAY, JULY 28
Cinematography by Jack Cardiff
Featuring Craig McCall’s documentary Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Ravishing visual glories from the cameraman who took Technicolor to hallucinatory heights, including: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1943), A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1946), Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947), The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1948), The African Queen (John Huston, 1951), Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (Albert Lewin, 1951), War and Peace (King Vidor, 1956), The Vikings (Richard Fleischer, 1958), Fanny (Joshua Logan, 1961), The Girl on a Motorcycle (Jack Cardiff, 1968), Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (Craig McCall, 2010)
MONDAY, JULY 29
Observations on Film Art No. 29: Plotting in Vagabond
Professor David Bordwell explores the subversive narrative strategies of Agnès Varda’s masterpiece.
TUESDAY, JULY 30
Short + Feature: Fry Day and Man Bites Dog
Featuring an interview with Fry Day director Laura Moss
A charming smile hides a dark heart in these chilling portraits of master manipulators.
Directed by Larisa Shepitko
Blazingly personal and spiritual visions from one of the boldest, most renowned filmmakers of the Soviet era. Featuring: Wings (1966) and The Ascent (1976)