Glen Pitre Looks Back on a Louisiana Cinema Landmark
The director of Belizaire the Cajun talks about his pioneering depiction of the Cajun French community and the transformative impact the Sundance Institute had on his film career.
Introducing First Person Illustrator Xia Gordon
To illustrate our new series of personal essays, we’ve turned to this New York–based artist, whose gift for distilling concepts and emotions into compelling imagery was a perfect match for this ongoing project.
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.
Among Friends: A Chat with the Directors of Feast of the Epiphany
A thought-provoking experiment in cinematic form, the new film by Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, and Farihah Zaman meditates on the power of food and community through an innovative mix of truth and fiction.
Baptized by the Light: “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” at Monterey
In one of the most overpowering moments in any concert documentary, D. A. Pennebaker immortalized soul icon Otis Redding as both palpable presence and luminescent mystery.
Mystery of Faith: What “the Breath of Religion” Means to Mark Le Fanu
In his thought-provoking latest book, the critic and frequent Criterion contributor traces the complex ways European filmmakers have grappled with the influences of Christianity and modernity.
Tears Left to Cry: Jeon Do-yeon in Secret Sunshine
The Cannes-award-winning lead performance in Lee Chang-dong’s masterful melodrama captures both the pain and perverse pleasure of public crying.
Lucid Dreams: A Conversation with Bi Gan
With a new film in theaters and two early works on the Criterion Channel, the Chinese wunderkind talks with us about the challenges he’s faced while forging his idiosyncratic path through cinema.
Tracing the Roots of Khalik Allah’s “Camera Ministry”
The director of Black Mother explains how the twin influences of hip-hop culture and international art-house cinema brought him to his artistic calling.
Big Bad World: A Conversation with Lee Chang-dong
In the wake of Burning, one of the most critically acclaimed films of last year, we caught up with the great Korean director about what keeps him going as a storyteller.
Wild Child: A Conversation with Sandi Tan
The award-winning director of Shirkers looks back on her memories of growing up as a rebellious teenage cinephile and the movie-besotted culture of her native Singapore.
Dragon Inn: Poised for Battle
The martial-arts film was never the same after King Hu got his hands on it, reinventing the genre with subtle editing and dazzling choreography.
Home Out of Range: A Conversation with Valeska Grisebach
With her acclaimed new film Western opening in theaters this week, we spoke with German director Valeska Grisebach on the romantic ideals of the quintessential American genre.
The Old in the New at TIFF 2017
Highlights from this year’s stellar Toronto International Film Festival lineup echoed a handful of classics from our collection.
Talking Buñuel and Blasphemy with Chema García Ibarra
The Spanish filmmaker, whose short film Mystery is featured on the Criterion Channel, discusses his love for Luis Buñuel and the influence of Catholicism on his worldview.
Taipei Story: Modern Planning
New Taiwan Cinema master Edward Yang’s sophomore feature explores the conflict between tradition and modernity reflected in a relationship on the rocks.
Playing Catch-Up: A Week of First Encounters at the Quad
Manhattan’s Quad Cinema reopened last month with a series of events that highlighted the emotional immediacy that comes with the experience of watching movies for the first time.
Hollywood at War: A Conversation with Mark Harris
Film journalist Mark Harris stopped by Criterion to chat about the growing pains that five Hollywood filmmakers experienced during World War II.
Waking Nightmares: A Conversation with Jordan Peele
The week before Get Out opened to groundbreaking box-office success, we spoke with the director about the fine line between comedy and horror.
Building a New World: A Conversation with Miranda July
With the debut of Me and You and Everyone We Know on the Criterion Channel, the acclaimed multi-hyphenate discusses her evolving creative process and her love of Jane Campion.
Movie Love in Maharashtra: A Chat with Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
On their way back to Mumbai, the filmmaking pair dropped in for a chat about their film The Cinema Travellers, which documents the last traveling-cinema exhibitors of the western Indian state of Maharashtra.
Discovering Beatlemania Rarities with Editor Martha Karsh
Martha Karsh, editor of The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night: A Private Archive, published in September by Phaidon, talks about her family’s Beatlemania and assembling a book about the world’s most famous rock band.
An Education: Charles Burnett on the UCLA Years
Before kicking off a week run of To Sleep with Anger at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the influential director joined us for a conversation about how his encounters with international cinema inspired him as a filmmaker of color.
Talking with Screenwriter Hung Hung About A Brighter Summer Day
With Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day finally available in the U.S., screenwriter Hung Hung talks about his working relationship with Yang, the film’s truncated distribution and slow path to acclaim, and the real-life roots of its narrative.