Dreams abound this August on the Criterion Channel. From Werner Herzog’s maniacal visions and Frank Borzage’s romantic fantasies to Barbara Stanwyck’s salacious pre-Code escapades, next month’s lineup sets our hearts racing with tales of human desire, ambition, and possibility.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1
The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962)
Criterion Collection Edition #803
Featuring an introduction by filmmaker Julie Taymor
Female Trouble (John Waters, 1974)
Criterion Collection Edition #929
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
Double Feature: Face Off!
The Skin I Live In and Eyes Without a Face
Plastic surgery goes very wrong in skin-crawling shockers by Georges Franju and Pedro Almodóvar.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
Saturday Matinee: Black Jack
Ken Loach embarks on a whirlwind odyssey through the underworld of eighteenth-century England.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
Directed by Werner Herzog
Featuring a 1989 documentary about Herzog
Journey to the edge of human experience with the mad genius of the New German Cinema, featuring: Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970), Land of Silence and Darkness (1971), Fata Morgana (1971), Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), The Enigma of Kasper Hauser (1974), Heart of Glass (1976), Stroszek (1977), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzeck (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Ballad of the Little Soldier (1984), Where the Green Ants Dream (1984), Cobra Verde (1987), Lessons of Darkness (1992), Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997), My Best Fiend (1999)
MONDAY, AUGUST 5
True Stories (David Byrne, 1986)
Criterion Collection Edition #951
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6
Short + Feature: Summer Wonderlands
A Day with the Boys and George Washington
David Gordon Green’s luminous childhood dreamscape and an avant-garde marvel that inspired it.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7
Manny & Lo
Featuring a new interview with director Lisa Krueger and her short film Best Offer
A young Scarlett Johansson goes on the lam in Lisa Krueger’s offbeat feature debut.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
From the Archive: Trainspotting
With a classic Criterion laserdisc commentary featuring members of the cast and crew
Danny Boyle’s electrifying 1996 adaptation of the cult novel by Irvine Welsh.
Pleasure comes with a price in these kinky-dangerous looks at the business of seduction, featuring: Fox and His Friends (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975), American Gigolo (Paul Schrader, 1980), Mala Noche (Gus Van Sant, 1985)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
Double Feature: The Devil Made Me Do It
The Devil and Daniel Webster and Beauty and the Devil
Walter Huston and Michel Simon are diabolical delights in these inventive takes on the Faust legend.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
Saturday Matinee: For Me and My Gal
Judy Garland and Gene Kelly light up Busby Berkeley’s toe-tapping salute to vaudeville.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
Featuring an introduction by critic Michael Sragow
Timeless, heartrending sagas of struggle and survival that transcend borders, featuring: America America (Elia Kazan, 1963), The Emigrants (Jan Troell, 1971), The New Land (Jan Troell, 1972), Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974), News from Home (Chantal Akerman, 1976), ¡Alambrista! (Robert M. Young, 1977), . . . And the Pursuit of Happiness (Louis Malle, 1986), La haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995), La promesse (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, 1996), Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki, 2011), Paraíso (Nadav Kurtz, 2012)
MONDAY, AUGUST 12
Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise Trilogy
Featuring an interview with cinematographer Ed Lachman
Ulrich Seidl’s provocative trilogy walks a razor-thin line between cruelty and compassion: Paradise: Love (2012)*, Paradise: Faith (2012)*, Paradise: Hope (2013)*
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
Short + Feature: Party Politics
Fatherland and The Firemen’s Ball
Theater of the absurd prevails in a surreal Georgian short and a Czech New Wave classic.
WEDNEDSAY, AUGUST 14
Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson, 2015)
Criterion Collection Edition #846
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
Three by Frank Borzage
Featuring a new introduction by critic Farran Smith Nehme
Rapturous visions of transcendent love and heart-racing humanity from cinema’s supreme romantic, featuring: A Farewell to Arms (1932), Man’s Castle (1933), No Greater Glory (1934)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
Double Feature: Lovers and Bullfighters
Blancanieves and Talk to Her
Matadors and melodrama collide in a Pedro Almodóvar masterpiece and a dazzling silent-cinema homage.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
Saturday Matinee: The Three Musketeers
Slapstick antics meet swashbuckling heroics in this rollicking, all-star take on the Dumas classic.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
Pre-Code Barbara Stanwyck
With a new introduction featuring film scholar Catherine Russell and critic Imogen Sara Smith
The Hollywood legend plays naughty and nice in these taboo-busting thirties gems, featuring: Ladies of Leisure (Frank Capra, 1930), Night Nurse (William A. Wellman, 1931), The Miracle Woman (Frank Capra, 1931), Illicit (Archie Mayo, 1931), Forbidden (Frank Capra, 1932), So Big! (William A. Wellman, 1932), The Purchase Price (William A. Wellman, 1932), Baby Face (Alfred E. Green, 1933), Ever in My Heart (Archie Mayo, 1933), Ladies They Talk About (William Keighley and Howard Bretherton, 1933), Gambling Lady (Archie Mayo, 1934)
MONDAY, AUGUST 19
Police Story/Police Story 2 (Jackie Chan, 1985/1988)
Criterion Collection Edition #971/972
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
Short + Feature: Women’s Pictures
You Can’t Do Everything at Once, But You Can Leave Everything at Once and One Sings, the Other Doesn’t
Visions of feminist awakening in an experimental family portrait and Agnès Varda’s utopian musical.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
Meet the Filmmakers: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Take a trip to the Greek islands to catch up with the boundary-pushing cinematic anthropologist of the Greek Weird Wave. Then, watch a selection her films, including: Fit (1994), The Slow Business of Going (2000), Attenberg (2010), The Capsule (2012), 24 Frames Per Century (2013), Chevalier (2015)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
Three by André Téchiné
Fearless explorations of human intimacy from the post–New Wave French master, featuring: Rendez-vous (1985), Wild Reeds (1994), The Witnesses (2007)*
Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, 1951)
Criterion Collection Edition #222
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
Double Feature: Bon Voyage Blues
Unrelated and The Green Ray
Featuring an interview with Unrelated director Joanna Hogg
Enjoy rest, relaxation, and existential crises on summer holidays with Joanna Hogg and Eric Rohmer.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
Saturday Matinee: The Triplets of Belleville*
French whimsy goes through the looking glass in this imaginatively offbeat animated wonder.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
Featuring a documentary on Alfred Hitchcock’s early career
Early masterpieces and overlooked rarities from the Master of Suspense, featuring: Downhill (1927), The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), Champagne (1928), Blackmail (1929), Murder! (1930), The Skin Game (1931), Rich and Strange (1931), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), Sabotage (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Jamaica Inn (1939)
MONDAY, AUGUST 26
Observations on Film Art No. 30: The Long Take in Shock Corridor
Discover how Samuel Fuller’s camerawork heats up a scorching exposé of American madness.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
Short + Feature: There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Sacrilège and La haine
The streets of France erupt in these explosive portraits of social unrest.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
Sweetie (Jane Campion, 1989)
Criterion Collection Edition #356
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
Featuring a tribute to Mekas by filmmaker Jem Cohen
A salute to the late avant-garde icon who reclaimed cinema in the name of personal, poetic vision. Featuring: Walden (1969), Lost Lost Lost (1976), Cassis (1966), Hare Krishna (1966), Notes on the Circus (1966), Report from Millbrook (1966), Travel Songs (1981), Time & Fortune Vietnam Newsreel (1968), Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2003), Jonas Mekas in Kodachrome Days (Ken Jacobs, 2009)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
Double Feature: Mysterious Mason
The Wicked Lady and Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
The debonair James Mason is at his brooding best in a scandalous bodice-ripper and a feverish cult fantasy.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
Saturday Matinee: Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling’s storybook adventure roars to life in glorious Technicolor.