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The Criterion Channel’s August 2020 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s August 2020 Lineup

From a sweeping survey of the Australian New Wave to a series of films about bad vacations, next month’s lineup is full of reasons to stay out of the summer heat.

Josephine Decker’s Top 10
Josephine Decker’s Top 10

The director of Madeline’s Madeline and Shirley chooses a selection of old favorites that combine beauty with ugliness, the logical with the irrational.

Carry That Weight: The Films of Atom Egoyan
Carry That Weight: The Films of Atom Egoyan

The Canadian auteur’s fanatically elaborate puzzle-box narratives invite the audience to discover their hidden meanings and bear the psychological burdens of their characters.

By Adam Nayman

10 Things I Learned: The War of the Worlds
10 Things I Learned: The War of the Worlds

As Criterion producer Karen Stetler learned while working on our new edition, this adaptation of H. G. Wells’s sci-fi novel was a career milestone for a wide range of talent, from director Byron Haskin to feline performer Orangey.

By Karen Stetler

Taste of Cherry: Stay Near the Tree
Taste of Cherry: Stay Near the Tree

The first Iranian film to win the Palme d’Or, Abbas Kiarostami’s tale of one man’s despair leaves the question of whether life is worth living unanswered.

By A. S. Hamrah

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Parisian Rendezvous
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Parisian Rendezvous

For his first project set outside of Japan, the great director drew on the deep influence French cinema has long had on his filmmaking.

By Hillary Weston

The Lady Eve: Sweet Revenge
The Lady Eve: Sweet Revenge

Hollywood has never produced a comedy more acutely witty, more sexually playful, or more unexpectedly moving than this flawlessly engineered masterpiece by Preston Sturges.

By Geoffrey O’Brien

Water and Vessel: The Kung-Fu Movies of Bruce Lee
Water and Vessel: The Kung-Fu Movies of Bruce Lee

With his grace, power, and purpose, the martial artist turned himself into a global pop-culture icon, showing audiences what it takes to advance through the everyday labor of life.

By Jeff Chang

Jason Moran Journeys to the Dawn of Jazz Cinema
Jason Moran Journeys to the Dawn of Jazz Cinema

The celebrated musician dives into the culture and history captured in a new series of jazz short films on the Criterion Channel, which features performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and other legendary artists.

By Andrew Chan

The War of the Worlds: Sky on Fire
The War of the Worlds: Sky on Fire

The first and most influential film adaptation of H. G. Wells’s sci-fi classic, this brilliantly imagined vision of apocalypse captured American anxieties at the height of the Cold War.

By J. Hoberman

Alone in There: Marnie Ellen Hertzler on Dirt Daughter
Alone in There: Marnie Ellen Hertzler on Dirt Daughter

The Baltimore-based filmmaker talks with us about her bold exploration of technology, sexuality, and loneliness, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Penelope Bartlett

Ryuichi Sakamoto Finds a Melody for the Unnameable

Songbook

Ryuichi Sakamoto Finds a Melody for the Unnameable

In Nagisa Oshima’s POW drama Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, a palpable but forbidden attraction achieves its most potent expression through music.

By Ruth Saxelby

Video

Gian Galang Summons the Kinetic Energy of a Martial-Arts Icon
Inside Criterion  – 29 Jun 2020