An Enigma Made Flesh: Delphine Seyrig in Golden Eighties
In her last significant film role, the art-house icon reveals an emotional vulnerability previously hidden by her ethereal persona.
The Unabashedly Queer Musical That Turned the Genre on Its Head
Both crowd-pleasing and gleefully subversive, Blake Edwards’s 1982 hit Victor/Victoria remains one of the few Hollywood musicals that explicitly depicts queer life.
The Rule-Breaking Maestro Behind Noir’s Trademark Sound
With his love of dissonance and bold use of dramatic motifs, the Hungarian-born composer Miklós Rózsa popularized a whole new style of film music.
The Uncharted Frontier: Will Rogers in John Ford’s America
In his collaborations with Ford, the beloved star—the highest-paid Hollywood actor of the early 1930s—played multidimensional characters that challenged assumptions about Native Americans.
Kazuo Hara’s Dedicated Lives
In his uncompromising chronicles of modern Japanese society, the celebrated filmmaker shows a deep understanding of both larger-than-life individuals and collectives of ordinary citizens.
Antifascism on the Home Front
A landmark of leftist documentary filmmaking, Leo Hurwitz’s Strange Victory examines the hypocrisy of a nation that defeated fascism abroad while maintaining an apartheid society at home.
Ryusuke Hamaguchi on the Importance of Watching and Listening
In his speech at this year’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards ceremony, where Drive My Car received Best Film, the Oscar-winning director talks about cinema’s power to influence real life.
Alain Resnais’s Unexpected (and Unjustly Neglected) Art-House Hit
A playfully philosophical drama, My American Uncle has been largely forgotten, yet it is the most down-to-earth of the French master’s exhilarating engagements with modernist aesthetics.
Neither Here nor There: The Conflicted Queerness of These Three and The Children’s Hour
The differences between William Wyler’s two film versions of the play The Children’s Hour reveal the challenges of representing same-sex desire in Hollywood cinema.
Macabre in Morelia: Exploring the Dark Side of Juan Bustillo Oro
At the nineteenth edition of the Morelia International Film Festival, a repertory sidebar showcased the stylistically audacious work of a leading figure of Mexico’s cine de oro.
The Video Provocations of Ulysses Jenkins
Over a career that has spanned over five decades, the influential artist has sustained an incisive critique of Black representation in mass media and opened up new possibilities in every medium he has touched.
Doubly Dynamic: Diana Sands in A Raisin in the Sun
In the 1961 screen adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, the actor radiantly embodies the conflicting impulses that define the character of Beneatha Younger—a modern woman filled with hope and longing.
Opening the Aperture: Women Cinematographers on Their Craft
Five trailblazing directors of photography featured in the Criterion Channel series Female Gaze reflect on their craft and the challenges of pushing the envelope in a changing industry.