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    With his singular and unwavering style, Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu disregarded the established rules of cinema and created a visual language all his own. Precise compositions, contemplative pacing, low camera angles, and elliptical . . . Read more »

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    It's been a great seventieth-birthday year for Wim Wenders. After earning an Academy Award nomination for his 2014 documentary The Salt of the Earth, Wenders received an honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in . . . Read more »

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    The eternal Beatle and mischievous star of A Hard Day’s Night (1964) would have turned seventy-five today. Read more »

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    Agnès Varda keeps popping up in the most unexpected places. Read more »

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    To celebrate the French New Wave’s eternal muse Anna Karina on her seventy-fifth birthday, here’s a behind-the-scenes image from her former husband Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre sa vie, which gave her one of her greatest roles. Read more »

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    The cuddliest of the New American Cinema auteurs of the seventies was born on this day in 1929. Hal Ashby’s output from that decade never loses its ability to astonish; bookended by two of the era’s great social-minded comedies, The Landlord . . . Read more »

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    Wim Wenders’s movie career has been a heck of a journey. The director, who turned seventy this month, was one of the prime movers behind New German Cinema in the seventies and, in the decades since, has gone on to make films all over the world, . . . Read more »

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    You may recognize Jason Polan’s often wacky, always charming drawings from our newsletter emails. But the artist, whose illustrations have also been published in the New Yorker, Metropolis, and the New York Times, has his sights set on more . . . Read more »

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    A celebration of one of the great cosmopolites of the twentieth century, in one of the cosmopolises he adored. Read more »

  • This season, give the gift of Criterion. From Hollywood classics to ghost stories, from Three Colors to 12 Angry Men, we have something for every movie lover in your life. Enter the promotion code GIFT11 on your shopping cart to take 35% off . . . Read more »

  • John Cassavetes’ almost unbearably intimate Faces is getting even more close-up and personal: experimental filmmaker James Benning has constructed a “remake” of the film, set to premiere at the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna on November 19 as . . . Read more »

  • Piercing chamber drama though it may be, Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers would seem an unlikely candidate for the theater, so quiet, vivid, and intimate is its story of a dying woman and the sisters who fail to offer her comfort. But the . . . Read more »

  • Our own Kim Hendrickson and Susan Arosteguy will be in Columbus, Ohio, tonight to discuss movies—and monsters—at the Wexner Center for the Arts. At 7 p.m., in an event the Wexner’s website promises will be a “behind-the-scenes look at Criterion . . . Read more »

  • We’re pleased to announce that Janus Films has picked up the North American rights to Aki Kaurismäki’sLe Havre, which, as you may have heard, premiered to much acclaim in May at the Cannes Film Festival, where it wonthe FIPRESCI (the . . . Read more »

  • A sure sign that fall is coming: the Venice and Toronto film festivals (August 31–September 10 and September 8–18, respectively) have begun to announce their lineups. As usual, the schedules of these two important world-cinema showcases share . . . Read more »

  • Marcel Carné’s rich backstage drama about the theater world of nineteenth-century Paris, Children of Paradise, is back—in a new form. Based on Jacques Prevert’s original scenario, a ballet version of the classic film, choreographed by José . . . Read more »

  • Kurosawa’s films are about to get even more graphic. The Criterion Collection and the pop-up art gallery Tr!ckster are joining forcesFriday, July 22,for a one-night-only celebration called A Tribute to the Films of Akira Kurosawa. Curated by . . . Read more »

  • Good news for those who can’t get enough Slacker: in honor of the twentieth anniversary this year of Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking experimental American indie, the Austin Film Society and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin are teaming . . . Read more »

  • Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles will host a special screening Friday, April 29, of Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, as part of the annual TCM Classic Film Festival—and the mighty gladiator himself will be there. Kirk Douglas, who at . . . Read more »

  • Good news for admirers of Adrian Tomine’s simply gorgeous illustrations for the Criterion two-DVD special edition of Yasujiro Ozu’sThe Only Son and There Was a Father: the artist has joined forces with art and literary comics publisherDrawn . . . Read more »

  • British filmmaker Ronald Neame, the director of such Criterion titles as The Horse’s Mouth, Tunes of Glory, and Hopscotch (not to mention The Poseidon Adventure), and the producer behind David Lean’s definitive Dickens adaptations Great . . . Read more »

  • The lineup of the sixty-fourth annual Cannes Film Festival has been announced, and as usual, directors from the Criterion family are well represented. Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line) will be in the running for the coveted Palme d’Or, it . . . Read more »

  • New Yorkers have a special opportunity to see new work from the great French filmmaker and pioneering multimedia artist Chris Marker (La Jetée, Sans Soleil). Passengers, an exhibition composed of more than two hundred images that Marker . . . Read more »

  • This Friday, the New School in New York kicks off what it promises will be an annual tradition—the New School Arts Festival, “a cultural showcase reflecting the artistic and intellectual energy of the entire university”—with a bang: the theme . . . Read more »

  • Attention, all debutantes, disco lovers, and urban haute bourgeoisie: the first film in well over a decade from Whit Stillman—whose comedies of manners Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco are available from the Criterion Collection, and who . . . Read more »

  • Symphony Space goes gonzo today: the theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with a special reading of selections from the book. . . . Read more »