Groupthink doesn't live here.

March 20, 2018


Includes five films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 
Adventures in Moviegoing with Rebecca Miller, and Ronald Bronstein's Frownland!
Monday, March 19
Meet the Filmmakers: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

In the latest entry of Meet the Filmmakers, Canadian actor and filmmaker Connor Jessup profiles Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a maverick of Thai cinema who explores the slippery nature of time and consciousness with a sublimely idiosyncratic, often surreal approach to film form. Shot in the Colombian jungle, where Apichatpong was scouting locations last year for his next project, this rare glimpse at the director's creative world delves into the dreams and desires that fuel his work. Along with the documentary, the Criterion Channel presents a sampling of his films, including Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), Tropical Malady (2004), 
Syndromes and a Century (2006), the Cannes award-winningUncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), and Cemetery of Splendor (2015).
Tuesday, March 20
Tuesday's Short + Feature: The Colour of His Hair* and Victim

These stirring indictments of social oppression explore a shameful period in British history when homosexuality was forbidden by law. Based on an unrealized script written in 1964 for the Homosexual Law Reform Society, an organization that campaigned for the decriminalization of sexual relations between men, Sam Ashby's 2017 short The Colour of His Hair offers an impressionistic portrait of a turbulent era through a mix of narrative and documentary techniques. Ashby's film is paired with an essential document from that era, Basil Dearden's 1961 Victim, which stars Dirk Bogarde as a member of a large group of closeted London men who become targets of a blackmailer.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Wednesday, March 21
Harlan County USA: Edition #334

Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners' strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners' sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack-with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece-the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an audio commentary by Kopple and editor Nancy Baker; The Making of "Harlan County, USA," a documentary featuring interviews with Kopple, crew members and strike participants featured in the film; a video interview with legendary bluegrass singer-songwriter Hazel Dickens; never-before-seen outtakes from the film; and more.
Thursday, March 22
Art-House America: Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, Washington 

All around the country, in big cities and small towns, independent art-house theaters are thriving hubs of moviegoing, each with its own story to tell. With this series, Criterion goes wherever film culture is happening and brings back brief documentary portraits of different local art houses along with a selection of films handpicked by their programmers. The latest episode pays a visit to Seattle's Northwest Film Forum, where an innovative team, led by programmer and executive director Courtney Sheehan, has turned a grassroots movie theater into a vibrant venue for a wide range of visual culture, as well as live events, education initiatives, and political activism. The NWFF demonstrates the exciting possibilities of cinema as a folk art that can engage directly with the community, and its diverse programs have included showcases of Philippine cinema and films by local and indigenous filmmakers. The first entry in an ongoing series that NWFF will be programming on the Channel is Robinson Devor's 2005 Police Beat*, a disarmingly surreal portrait of a West African immigrant who finds work in Seattle as a bicycle cop. Also available on the Channel are the previous episodes in the series, celebrating the Walter Reade Theater, in New York City, and the Gold Town Nickelodeon, in Juneau, Alaska.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Friday, March 23
Friday Night Double Feature: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Married Couple
Marriage becomes an emotional battleground in these tightly focused studies of domestic discord. In 1966, Mike Nichols made his debut as a film director by bringing Edward Albee's Broadway sensation to the screen, with celebrity couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton taking on the venomous leading roles. Allan King's "actuality drama" A Married Couple (1969) is a revealing documentary about Billy and Antoinette Edwards, ex-bohemians struggling with the demands of marriage and the changing gender roles of the 1960s. Jaw-droppingly intense in its examination of marital conflict, King's film finds just as much drama in a real couple's daily life as Nichols does in Albee's play.
Monday, March 26
Observations on Film Art No. 17: Narrative Motifs in Chungking Express

Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express(1994) captures the whiplash rhythms and tenuous connections of urban life in a bifurcated story that follows two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung) who cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant stand, where the ethereal pixie waitress Faye (Faye Wong) works. In this month's episode of Observations on Film Art, a Channel-exclusive series that takes a look at how great filmmakers use cinematic devices and techniques, scholar David Bordwell isolates the recurring motifs that wind throughout the film and shows how Wong uses them to unite the story's seemingly unrelated halves.
Monday, March 26
Since its under-the-radar release in 2007, Ronald Bronstein's directorial debut has become a touchstone of contemporary independent cinema, admired by a generation of young filmmakers and winning rapturous praise from influential publications like Cahiers du cinéma for its uncompromising vision. Centering on the cringeworthy misadventures of a neurotic and staggeringly inarticulate coupon salesman (a remarkable Dore Mann), this character study is a bleak but unforgettable New York story-one that anticipates later works by filmmakers such as Josh and Benny Safdie, with whom Bronstein has gone on to collaborate as an actor and writer.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Tuesday, March 27
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Lira's Forest* and Tropical Malady

Animal spirits enact rituals of love and death in this pair of sylvan fables by the director and the subject of this month's new Meet the Filmmakers episode, Connor Jessup and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Jessup's short Lira's Forest (2017) follows an ailing woman who receives a visit from a mysterious spirit and undergoes an otherworldly transformation. Apichatpong's
Tropical Malady(2004) follows the tender romance that blossoms between two young men in the Thai countryside, then plunges into the jungle where their love story is reconfigured as the tale of a hunter's search for a legendary tiger. Also on the Channel, Jessup, a devoted student of Apichatpong's beguiling approach to cinema, profiles the Thai master in this month's installment of Meet the Filmmakers.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Wednesday, March 28
The Passion of Joan of Arc: Edition #62

Spiritual rapture and institutional hypocrisy come to stark, vivid life in one of the most transcendent masterpieces of the silent era. Chronicling the trial of Joan of Arc in the hours leading up to her execution, Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer depicts her torment with startling immediacy, employing an array of techniques-expressionistic lighting, interconnected sets, painfully intimate close-ups-to immerse viewers in her subjective experience. Anchoring Dreyer's audacious formal experimentation is a legendary performance by Renée Falconetti, whose haunted face channels both the agony and the ecstasy of martyrdom.
SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: three scores: Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, one by Goldfrapp's Will Gregory and Portishead's Adrian Utley, and one by composer and pianist Mie Yanashita; an audio commentary from 1999 by film scholar Casper Tybjerg; an interview from 1995 with actor Renée Falconetti's daughter and biographer, Hélène Falconetti; and more.

Thursday, March 29
Adventures in Moviegoing with Rebecca Miller
Filmmaker, visual artist, actor, and novelist Rebecca Miller sat down with us to share a personal history of moviegoing that stretches back to childhood. Miller's parents, playwright Arthur Miller and photographer Inge Morath, initiated her into art-house cinema at an early age, fostering the eclectic taste that would go on to inform her creative life. Miller is fascinated with movies that stay anchored in emotional realism while violating the codes of naturalism. Here she explains how her work in various art forms has influenced her filmmaking, and selects a series of favorites that speak to her abiding interest in evoking psychic states on-screen, including John Cassavetes's Opening Night, Agnès Varda's Vagabond, and Jane Campion's Sweetie.
Thursday, March 29
By Rebecca Miller

The subject of this month's Adventures in Moviegoing, writer-director Rebecca Miller transitioned from visual art to filmmaking with her 1995 directorial debut, Angela*, a haunting tale of a young girl who retreats into her fantasies to cope with her emotionally volatile mother. Miller's vivid evocations of complex psychological states are a hallmark of her subsequent features, including the 2005 drama The Ballad of Jack and Rose*, a devastating look at the twilight of the 1960s counterculture in which Daniel Day-Lewis plays a Scottish farmer whose discovery of new love throws his intensely close relationship with his teenage daughter into chaos.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Friday, March 30
Friday Night Double Feature: The Phantom of Liberty and Tampopo

When Juzo Itami set out to make a movie about human appetite and culinary culture, he couldn't figure out how to string together the episodes he had imagined, until he remembered The Phantom of Liberty, which struck him as "the kind of film where the last thing of the scene before leads to the next event-that kind of quick-change thing." Luis Buñuel's penultimate film is an audacious satire of bourgeois norms, from the hypocrisy of conventional morality to the arbitrariness of social arrangements, as told through a series of non sequiturs. Inspired by Buñuel's "quick-change" structure, Itami interspersed the story of Tampopo's eponymous heroine with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and a string of standalone skits, spicing the broth of his "ramen western" with comic flavor.
Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel this month:

March 6
Art, Adrian Sitaru, 2014
March 13
Home, Daniel Mulloy, 2016
March 14
Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé
March 19
Frownland, Ronald Bronstein, 2007
March 20
The Colour of His Hair, Sam Ashby, 2017
March 22
Police Beat, Robinson Devor, 2005
March 27
Lira's Forest, Connor Jessup, 2017
March 29
Angela, Rebecca Miller, 1995
The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Rebecca Miller, 2005

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Metal Monday - Khemmis x Decibel Magazine

Check out Adam Zuniga, LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) podcast co-host from our CARNAL KNOWLEDGE episode, with his new Metal Craft Beer video series. Can't say it doesn't rock!

February 22, 2018

Iconic French Speaker Luncheons with Olivier Barrot

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)


Iconic French Speaker Luncheons

with Olivier Barrot


Tuesday, February 27  Jacques AttaliAn Unusual Destiny

Tuesday, March 27  Frédéric BeigbederLiterary Icon

Tuesday, April 24  Christophe Barbier: The Theater of Politics

FIAF · Le Skyroom; 22 East 60th Street

New York, NYFebruary 22, 2018The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, is thrilled to launch Iconic French Speaker Luncheons, an incisive new series of conversations hosted by French journalist and TV personality Olivier Barrot. Over an elegant luncheon, Mr. Barrot will bring his unique insights into today’s most pressing issues as he interviews some of France’s greatest minds about their areas of expertise.

This season’s guests include economist, social theorist, writer, and political advisor Jacques Attali on Tuesday, February 27; author, literary critic, and TV presenter Frédéric Beigbeder on Tuesday, March 27; and journalist Christophe Barbier on Tuesday, April 24. All three events will take place at 12:30pm in FIAF’s Le Skyroom.

All talks will be in English.

About Olivier Barrot

Journalist, author, and television personality Olivier Barrot is a prominent voice in French cultural life. He hosts the daily literary TV program Un livre un jour on France 3 and TV 5 and teaches at Ecole polytechnique de Zurich. He also directs a series of public discussions about theater and acting with actors of the Comédie Française. He is the host of French Literature in the Making at New York University, a series of evenings with French writers speaking about their work.

This season, the Iconic French Speaker Luncheons series features:

Jacques Attali: An Unusual Destiny

Tuesday, February 27 at 12:30pm

Jacques Attali—the widely influential French economist, social theorist, writer, political advisor—will discuss his unusual life and work. Considered one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world (Foreign Policy Magazine), Attali has led a multi-faceted life and has found success at every turn.

Jacques Attali was Special Adviser to President François Mitterrand from 1981 to 1991. He helped to found and was the first President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London from 1991 to 1993. He was designated President of the Commission for the Liberation for French Economic Growth by President Nicolas Sarkozy in August 2007.

An unparalleled thinker, Attali has written over seventy books including texts on mathematics, economics, and sociology as well as plays, biographies, memoirs, children’s books, and novels.

Attali is also a university professor, investment banker, Honorary Member of the Council of State, CEO of the Paris-based international strategy consulting firm A&A, and President of the international non-profit microfinancing organization Positive Planet.

Frédéric Beigbeder: Literary Icon

Tuesday, March 27 at 12:30pm

French novelist, critic, TV personality, DJ, fashion model, and film director Frédéric Beigbeder is a true literary celebrity. Known for his wild side and his self-deprecating public persona, he is also a serious talent. Over lunch, Beigbeder will discuss his storied career, his approach to writing, and French literature.

An enfant terrible with a flair for provocation, Frédéric Beigbeder is known as much for his feverish coverage in celebrity magazines as for his distinguished career as an author and intellectual.

Born into a privileged family in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Beigbeder published his first novel, Mémoires d’un jeune homme dérangé, at the young age of 24. He subsequently worked as an advertising copywriter for various agencies including Young & Rubicam, an experience that would inspire his bestselling novel, 99 francs.

Alongside his advertising career, Beigbeder worked as a writer and literary columnist for French magazines including ElleParis MatchVoici, and GQ. He was an editor for Flammarion from 2003 to 2006, and co-founded two literary magazines, NRV (a pun on the word énérvé, meaning annoyed) and Bordel. Since 2013, he has been the executive editor of Lui, the legendary French men’s entertainment magazine.

Beigbeder created the Prix de Flore, which has been awarded to authors including Michel Houellebecq, Amélie Nothomb, and Christine Angot, and co-founded the Prix Sade. In 2005 he won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his novel Windows on the World, and in 2009 he received the Prix Renaudot for Un roman français. Several of his novels have been adapted for the screen.

Christophe Barbier: The Theater of Politics

Tuesday, April 24 at 12:30pm

French journalist Christophe Barbier has been a major voice in French politics for over 30 years. An editor at L’Express from 1996–2016, the author of a dozen books, and recently, a stage actor, Barbier will share his unique perspective on theater and politics.

From composing a rap about President Emmanuel Macron to performing a headstand on a national television news program, Christophe Barbier is no stranger to the theater of politics.

He began his career as a political reporter at Le Point and on Europe 1 before becoming top political editor at the newsweekly L’Express in 1996. He was named editorial director in 2006, a position he held until 2016, and remains a member of the editorial team today.

Barbier hosted the morning news program on the Canal+ digital news channel I-Télé since 2011, before joining BFM-TV, France most-watched television news network, in 2016. He also makes frequent appearances as a political commentator on a variety of French television news programs.

Barbier has written over a dozen books on politics, including Les Derniers Jours de François MitterrandLa Comédie des Orphelins, and La Guerre de l’Elysée n’aura pas lieu.

Beyond his journalistic career, Barbier has directed over 60 plays and recently performed the one-man-show Le Tour du Théâtre en 80 minutes at the Théâtre de Poche Montparnasse. Barbier is the director of the Théâtre de l’Archicube, the theater company of his alma mater, the prestigious École Normale Supérieure.

About FIAF

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.



Iconic French Speaker Luncheons


·         Jacques Attali: An Unusual Destiny: Tuesday, February 27 at 12:30pm

·         Frédéric Beigbeder: Literary Icon: Tuesday, March 27 at 12:30pm

·         Christophe Barbier: The Theater of Politics: Tuesday, April 24 at 12:30pm


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February 10, 2018

Good weather on Mon. Tues. Wed. to see NYC on Cole's "5th & Park" Walking Tour


Monday 2/13, Tuesday 2/14, and Wednesday 2/5 promise ideal weather for my film and fiction walking tour of beautiful Carnegie Hill! A visit inside Central Park is on the list. 

There is much great culture to savor in Carnegie Hill, one of the country's oldest, and most architecturally rich neighborhoods. The tour combines Central Park, Museum Mile, lush mansions, celebrity homes, and countless filming locations — not to mention the chance of seeing a celebrity on the tour! Stranger things have happened on the rewarding streets of Carnegie Hill. 


January 31, 2018


Hey friends and colleagues (and all the fans and supporters of Magical Universe),
we're pleased to introduce you to our newest documentary film:


World Premiere • SXSW Documentary Competition (March 2018)

For over 6 years, Matt Green, 37, has been walking every street in New York City – a total of more than 8000 miles. The World Before Your Feet tells the story of one man’s unusual quest and the journey of discovery, humanity, and wonder that ensues. 

From Filmmaker Jeremy Workman (Magical Universe)
From Executive Producers Jesse Eisenberg & Allen Altman

In the weeks ahead, we'll follow up with more information and more details on the SXSW World Premiere in March and other subsequent screenings. For now, we appreciate just having you on board as new friends and followers. We're really stoked to share this interesting and unique film with you all soon.

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A film by Jeremy Workman featuring Matt Green

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January 24, 2018


A comprehensive retrospective including new restorations of over 30 films spanning four decades of filmmaking — opens at New York's Film Forum Feb 7.

January 22, 2018



It's very telling that Martin Scorsese's latest gangster film is a Netflix production. The big studios have abdicated power by focusing solely on superhero movies. Netflix is the new sheriff in town. I suppose this is what it takes to get Joe Pesci out of retirement. Can't wait to see THE IRISHMAN the big screen, by which I mean the 75" projector screen in my living room. This poster is a fake but it is the one IMDB is using, and it damn sure is a scene from the movie so there. 

January 18, 2018



Helen Mirren is always great. I saw her a few months back at the Starbucks at 92nd and 3rd, and she looked great. WINCHESTER could well be the first good movie of 2018. Keep an eye out for my review in early February!

January 17, 2018


Includes No Country for Old Men,
a double bill of Cat People and Curse of the Cat People,
and Orson Welles's Mr. Arkadin!
Wednesday, January 17
The Piano Teacher: Edition #894

In this riveting study of the dynamics of control, Academy Award-winning director Michael Haneke takes on Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek's controversial 1983 novel about perverse female sexuality and the world of classical music. Haneke finds his match in Isabelle Huppert, who delivers an icy but quietly seething performance as Erika, a piano professor at a Viennese conservatory who lives with her mother in a claustrophobically codepen­dent relation­ship. Severely repressed, she satisfies her mas­ochistic urges only voyeuristically until she meets Walter (Benoît Magimel), a student whose desire for Erika leads to a destructive infatuation that upsets the careful equilibrium of her life. A critical breakthrough for Haneke, The Piano Teacher - which won the Grand Prix as well as dual acting awards for its stars at Cannes - is a formalist masterwork that remains a shocking sensation.SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: interviews with Haneke and Huppert, a selected-scene commentary, and more.
Thursday, January 18
The Lure*: Edition #896

This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up - the bold debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska - follows a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters drawn ashore to explore life on land in an alternate 1980s Poland. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly auras make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit world of Smoczyńska's imagining. The director gives fierce teeth to her viscerally sensual, darkly feminist twist on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," in which the girls' bond is tested and their survival threatened after one sister falls for a human. A coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy synth-fueled soundtrack, outrageous song-and-dance numbers, and lavishly grimy sets, The Lure explores its themes of emerging female sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with savage energy and originality.SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: a program about the making of the film, deleted scenes;Aria Diva (2007) and Viva Maria! (2010), two short films by Smoczyńska; and more.
Friday, January 19
Friday Night Double Feature: Cat People and The Curse of the Cat People

During his remarkable run at RKO in the 1940s, producer Val Lewton created a new breed of creature feature, one that was all the more terrifying for what it left to the imagination. With Cat People (1942), director Jacques Tourneur used shadowy noir aesthetics to tell the tale of a woman (Simone Simon) cursed to turn into a fearsome feline every time she finds herself in the heat of passion. The film's sequel, The Curse of the Cat People (1944), which marked Robert Wise's first directing credit and also starred Simon and Kent Smith in the same roles, strays into fairy-tale territory by focusing on a lonely young girl's fantasy life.
Tuesday, January 23
Tuesday's Short + Feature: And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow's Eye* and La Ciénaga

Take a trip into the intoxicating worlds of two female filmmakers from Latin America. In the 2016 short And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow's Eye, which won the award for best international narrative short at Sundance, Francisca Alegria captures the life of an eighty-five year old woman who believes a ghost has come to take her to the afterlife. With the 2001 film La Ciénaga, Lucrecia Martel became one of contemporary cinema's most exciting new voices. A work of tactile beauty and richly sensuous detail, the film observes how political and societal frustrations arise in the life of a bourgeois extended family.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, January 24
Rififi: Edition #115

After making noir classics in America (Brute Force, The Naked City) and England (Night and the City), the blacklisted director Jules Dassin went to Paris and embarked on his masterpiece: a twisting, turning tale of four ex-cons who hatch one last glorious robbery in the City of Light. Rififi is the ultimate heist movie, a mélange of suspense, brutality, and dark humor that was an international hit, earned Dassin the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and has proven wildly influential on the decades of heist thrillers that have come in its wake. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an interview with Dassin, a trailer, and more.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Friday, January 26
Friday Night Double Feature: I See a Dark Stranger and Black Narcissus

In the late 1940s, Deborah Kerr was on the cusp of international stardom. This double bill features two magnificent breakthrough performances from the decade, for which she won the 1947 best actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle. In Frank Launder's seriocomic wartime thriller I See a Dark Stranger (1946), she plays a young Irish woman whose anti-British sentiment leads her down the path to becoming a Nazi spy. In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's sumptuous Technicolor masterpiece Black Narcissus(1947), she stars as the Sister Superior of a group of Anglican nuns spiraling into madness in the Himalayas.
Monday, January 29
Observations on Film Art No. 15: Genre Play in The Player

Throughout his storied career, Robert Altman experimented with genre conventions, always finding new ways to put his idiosyncratic spin on everything from the western (McCabe & Mrs. Miller) to the detective film (The Long Goodbye). His 1992 Hollywood comeback,The Player, was no exception. A bitingly satirical crime drama that is also a film within a film, The Player centers on a Hollywood studio executive (Tim Robbins) who becomes the subject of a murder investigation. In this month's episode of Observations on Film Art, a Channel-exclusive series that takes a look at how great filmmakers use cinematic devices and techniques, scholar Jeff Smith delves into the genre elements at play in Altman's film and what they reveal about the director's complex attitude toward commercial cinema.
Tuesday, January 30
Tuesday's Short + Feature: (nostalgia) and Blow-Up

For this pairing, we're zooming in on two films that investigate the unreliable nature of photography and the limits of perception. In Hollis Frampton's 1976 short (nostalgia), artist Michael Snow narrates as a series of black-and-white photographs from early in Frampton's career catch fire on a hot plate. The film's final sequence has been interpreted as a retelling of Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, a countercultural classic that brings the Italian auteur's signature theme of existential anguish to swinging sixties London, where a photographer inadvertently captures a death on film.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, January 31
His Girl FridayEdition #849

One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, His Girl Friday stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema's powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow news writers with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that's supposed to take her to Albany and a new life as a housewife. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's smash hit play The Front Page, director Howard Hawks had the inspired idea of turning star reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with ebullient remarriage comedy. Also presented here is a restoration of the 1931 film The Front Page, Lewis Milestone's famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an interview with film scholar David Bordwell, archival interviews with Howard Hawks, and more.
Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel this month:

January 1
Anatomy of a Murder, Otto Preminger, 1959
No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007
January 9
Together, Lukas Moodysson, 2000
January 10
The Complete Mr. Arkadin, Orson Welles, 1955
January 16
Yours Faithfully Edna Welthorpe (Mrs), Chris Shepherd, 2017
January 18
January 23
And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow's Eye, Francisca Alegria, 2016

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