The Current

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Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan
Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan

In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.

A Swoon-Worthy Tribute to a Great Hollywood Romanticist
A Swoon-Worthy Tribute to a Great Hollywood Romanticist

Critic Farran Smith Nehme introduces the underappreciated films of Frank Borzage, one of golden-age Hollywood’s underrated masters of melodrama.

The Inland Sea: Invitation to the Voyage
The Inland Sea: Invitation to the Voyage

In Lucille Carra’s poetic adaptation of a classic travelogue by Donald Richie, an exploration of life in Japan’s Inland Sea becomes a path to self-discovery.

By Arturo Silva

Look Back in Rapture: Il Cinema Ritrovato
Look Back in Rapture: Il Cinema Ritrovato

Bologna’s annual celebration of classic movies is a site of endless discovery, inspiring new ways of thinking about our nostalgia for cinema’s past.

By Imogen Sara Smith

In the Shadow of the Dictator: A Conversation with George Sikharulidze
In the Shadow of the Dictator: A Conversation with George Sikharulidze

In his short film Fatherland, the Georgian director pays a visit to Stalin’s birthplace to explore the townspeople’s nostalgia for their long-departed leader.

By Penelope Bartlett

A Trio of Men on the Margins
A Trio of Men on the Margins

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Paul Schrader, and Gus Van Sant tackle tales of love for sale in a new series on the Criterion Channel.

Danielle Mastrion Gives Spike Lee’s Masterpiece a Brooklyn-Style Tribute

Studio Visits

Danielle Mastrion Gives Spike Lee’s Masterpiece a Brooklyn-Style Tribute

To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Do the Right Thing, the Brooklyn-based artist painted a mural that served as the basis for the cover of our edition.

Werner’s World
Werner’s World

The subject of a career retrospective on the Criterion Channel, this risk-taking, death-defying visionary of the New German Cinema makes movies that are forces of nature.

By Michael Atkinson

“Welcome to the Realm of Imperfection”
“Welcome to the Realm of Imperfection”

This year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival was haunted by the shadows of lost films, abandoned formats, and fascinating ephemera.

By ​Pamela Hutchinson

10 Things I Learned: Do the Right Thing
10 Things I Learned: Do the Right Thing

The story behind the making of Spike Lee’s masterpiece reveals a lot about the political climate and racial tensions of the era.

By Abbey Lustgarten

Jacqueline Novak and John Early’s Closet Picks
Jacqueline Novak and John Early’s Closet Picks

Shortly before the critically acclaimed success of their off-Broadway show Get on Your Knees, the two comedians stopped by for a few good laughs in our closet.

Video

Danielle Mastrion Gives Spike Lee’s Masterpiece a Brooklyn-Style Tribute
Inside Criterion  – 7 Aug 2019

Spotlight

One Scene

In this series of articles, some of our favorite writers and filmmakers highlight key moments in cinema that continue to haunt them long after the credits roll.