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July 25, 2017

GANGS OF NEW YORK: Martin Scorsese & Daniel Day-Lewis (2002)

There Will Be Blood: Daniel-Day Lewis & Paul Thomas Anderson (2007)

July 20, 2017

WONDERSTRUCK — TRAILER & POSTER

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July 19, 2017

THE SHAPE OF WATER — TRAILER & POSTER


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Guillermo Del Toro returns with another deep dive into fantasy. Beautiful production design and a great cast make for a promising movie. Del Toro co-writes and directs.

July 18, 2017

DUNKIRK AND APES

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"Dunkirk" and "War For The Planet of The Apes" have more in common than you think. 

July 08, 2017

MARIO BAVA RETROSPECTIVE AT THE QUAD CINEMA IN NYC JULY 14-25

June 26, 2017

JULY PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK!

      
 
JULY PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK!
 
Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Brad Bird, Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story,
and Andrew Haigh's Weekend!
 
Saturday, July 1
Changing Faces

What does a face tell us even when it's disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara's The Face of Another (1966).
 
Tuesday, July 4
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*

Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami in two films that take place entirely within moving cars. In Enger's 2012 short Premature, a pregnant Spanish woman has an agonizing encounter with her boyfriend's family upon arriving in Norway, while in the 2002 feature Ten, Kiarostami takes a boldly minimalist approach to the fissures within Iranian society, capturing ten conversations between a female driver and a series of passengers.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
 
Wednesday, July 5
Weekend*: Criterion Collection Edition #622

A casual hookup between two young men teeters on the cusp of something more in this bittersweet romance, the breakout film by British director Andrew Haigh (45 Years). Our edition includes interviews with Haigh and his cast and collaborators, footage from the film's shoot, and two of the director's early shorts.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
 
Thursday, July 6
Grand Illusion: Criterion Collection Edition #1

"If I had only one film in the world to save, it would be Grand Illusion," said Orson Welles. No wonder it was our first DVD edition! Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, and Erich von Stroheim star in Jean Renoir's masterpiece, a prison-escape film that sounds an elegiac note for the doomed nobility of Europe. We're commemorating the eightieth anniversary of this masterpiece - and the ongoing World War I centennial - with our edition, which includes video footage of Renoir discussing his experiences in combat.
 
Friday, July 7
Friday Night Double Feature: Breaker Morant and Mister Johnson

Australian director Bruce Beresford, celebrated for American hits like the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy and Tender Mercies, broke through internationally with Breaker Morant (1980), the riveting drama of three Australian soldiers who are court-martialed and made scapegoats for the crimes of the British Empire during the Boer War. Ten years later, he again trained his eye on the human costs of colonialism in Mister Johnson, which adapts Joyce Cary's novel about a Nigerian villager who seeks to ingratiate himself with the British authorities in hopes of realizing his ambitions.
 
Tuesday, July 11
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Taris and Three Colors: Blue

In 1931's Taris, Jean Vigo uses every trick in his toolbox-including underwater photography, whiplash editing, and slowed and reversed motion-to capture the athletic prowess of a champion swimmer. We've paired this short with another film that makes evocative use of water: the mournful first entry in Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors trilogy, in which a grief-stricken Juliette Binoche finds solace in a blue-lit swimming pool.
 
Wednesday, July 12
Senso: Criterion Collection Edition #556

Period melodrama doesn't get more operatic than this Luchino Visconti masterpiece from 1954, adapted from a novella by Italian author Camillo Boito. The film's lush Technicolor palette glistens anew in a celebrated restoration by The Film Foundation and the Cineteca di Bologna featured on our edition, which also includes The Wanton Countess, the rare English-language version of the film, and documentaries on the production and Visconti's work in opera.
 
Thursday, July 13
Tokyo Story: Criterion Collection Edition #217

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 family drama follows an aging couple as they pay a visit to their increasingly distracted adult children in the city, giving profound expression to the director's recurrent theme of intergenerational conflict. Supplements on our edition include I Lived, But . . ., a feature-length documentary about Ozu's life and career, as well as Talking with Ozu, a tribute to the master with reminiscences by filmmakers such as Lindsay Anderson, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Wim Wenders.
 
Friday, July 14
Friday Night Double Feature: The Earrings of Madame de . . . and Elena and Her Men

Journey back to the belle epoque with two films that revolve around dazzling women in high society, both by master filmmakers: Max Ophuls's 1953 The Earrings of Madame de . . ., a romantic tragedy swept along by the director's famously fluid camera work, stars Danielle Darrieux as a general's wife who falls in love with a baron, while Jean Renoir's 1956 Elena and Her Men, a freewheeling farce shot in lavish Technicolor, stars Ingrid Bergman as a Polish princess whose allure ultimately steadies the French government.

Monday, July 17
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff*

Jack Cardiff, who in 2001 became the first honorary Oscar recipient to win primarily for his work as a cinematographer, gets a close-up of his own in this 2010 documentary by Craig McCall. The film surveys a career that included collaborations with King Vidor, Alfred Hitchcock, and, most famously, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. We're showcasing two of the most stunningly vibrant Technicolor films he made with the Archers: the gripping convent drama Black Narcissus (1947) and the bewitching ballet fantasia The Red Shoes(1948).
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
 
Tuesday, July 18
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Asparagus* and Eraserhead

Reuniting two movies that made a mark playing back-to-back on the midnight-movie circuit in the late seventies, this week's Short + Feature pairs off David Lynch's unnerving black-and-white family nightmare Eraserhead with Suzan Pitt's colorful animated short Asparagus, a psychosexual phantasmagoria that, like Lynch's film, goes all in on surrealist imagery.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
 
Wednesday, July 19
Cameraperson*: Criterion Collection Edition #853

Deftly weaving together outtake footage she shot while on assignment for other films, veteran documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson's lauded directorial debut takes viewers all over the world, from a hospital in Nigeria to a farm in Bosnia to a boxing match in Brooklyn, as it reflects on the nature of nonfiction filmmaking and a life spent on the road. Our complete edition features a program on the editing of the film, interviews with Johnson and her collaborators, and more.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
 
Thursday, July 20
The Thin Blue Line: Criterion Collection Edition #753

A watershed work in the history of the documentary form, and a stylistically influential film featuring staged reenactments and a swirling score by Philip Glass, Errol Morris's 1988 true-crime masterpiece The Thin Blue Line closely examines the case of a man on death row for the murder of a police officer - a crime he may not have committed. New interviews with Morris and The Act of Killing director Joshua Oppenheimer are among the supplements on our director-approved edition.
 
Friday, July 21
Friday Night Double Feature: The Rocking Horse Winner* and Oliver Twist

The young British actor John Howard Davies headlines two classic literary adaptations about the fickle fortunes of boyhood: Anthony Pelissier's 1949 The Rocking Horse Winner, a little-known gem based on a short story by D. H. Lawrence, tells the tale of a child who discovers a magical talent for predicting the outcomes of horse races; David Lean's 1948 masterpiece Oliver Twist, based on the Dickens novel, tags along with the titular orphan as he lands in a den of thieves in the notorious underworld of nineteenth-century London.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
 
Saturday, July 22
Split Screen Season 6

Two decades after it premiered on IFC, the pioneering television series Split Screen has a streaming home on the Channel, with batches of episodes from the show's four-year run going up every month. A priceless time capsule of independent American cinema at the turn of the millennium, the series features producer and host John Pierson guiding viewers across the country for an irreverent look at filmmaking communities and movie-loving culture. This month's newly available installments include appearances by Billy Wilder, George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, and Jonas Mekas.
 
Monday, July 24
Adventures in Moviegoing with Brad Bird and Joe Morgenstern

The director of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and some of the most acclaimed animated films of the past few decades (Ratatouille, The Incredibles, The Iron Giant), Brad Bird speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Joe Morgenstern about his journey through cinema. Alongside the interview is a selection of films that have had an impact on Bird's life, including The Red Shoes (1948), Yojimbo (1961), and Stranger Than Paradise (1984). This program marks the eighth installment of Adventures in Moviegoing, a Channel-exclusive series in which artists from a variety of backgrounds discuss their formative cinematic experiences. Previous contributors include Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Lethem, Mary Karr, Roger Corman, and Bill Hader.
 
Tuesday, July 25
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Kitty* and Fat Girl

Actor Chloë Sevigny made her directorial debut with Kitty, a luminous adaptation of a 1980 Paul Bowles short story in which a young girl finds herself transformed into a cat. Sevigny's film, which had its premiere at Cannes, serves as a prelude to a provocative feature that the director has selected herself: Catherine Breillat's 2001 Fat Girl, a shocking portrait of adolescent sexuality and strained sisterhood.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
 
Wednesday, July 26
The Graduate: Criterion Collection Edition #800

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Mike Nichols's The Graduate, one of the most influential American films of the 1960s. In this bitingly funny tale of postcollegiate existential confusion, a young Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a recent graduate who has an affair with an older, married friend of the family (Anne Bancroft). Our edition features an audio commentary with Nichols and Steven Soderbergh, screen tests, a program on Harold Michelson's innovative storyboards, and interviews with Hoffman, screenwriter Buck Henry, and Paul Simon, whose songs form the centerpiece of the film's iconic soundtrack.
 
Thursday, July 27
Observations on Film Art No. 9: Chaplin's Comedy of Murders

Our Channel-exclusive series Observations on Film Art offers thought-provoking doses of film school for movie lovers, delivered by professors David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, and Jeff Smith, the authors of the canonical textbook Film Art: An Introduction. This month's episode features Bordwell examining how Charlie Chaplin jettisoned his iconic tramp persona to portray a cold-blooded serial killer in the 1947 satire Monsieur Verdoux. Previous subjects in this series include offscreen sound in Claude Chabrol's La cérémonie, camera movement in Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors: Red, music in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, editing in Akira Kurosawa's Sanshiro Sugata, and landscapes in the work of Abbas Kiarostami.   
 
Friday, July 28
Friday Night Double Feature: La tête d'un homme and Stray Dog

Go on the chase with some of cinema's most charismatic detectives in this pair of thrillers inspired by the writing of Georges Simenon. In Julien Duvivier's 1933 La tête d'un homme, Harry Baur stars as the author's most iconic creation, Inspector Maigret, who spends the film investigating an American woman's murder in Paris. Toshiro Mifune's rookie homicide detective scours a sweltering Tokyo for his stolen gun, with the help of a seasoned detective (Takashi Shimura), in Akira Kurosawa's 1949 psychologically penetrating drama Stray Dog
 
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Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel this month:

July 1
A Woman's Face, George Cukor, 1941
The Face Behind the Mask, Robert Florey, 1941
 
July 4
Premature, Gunhild Enger, 2012
Ten, Abbas Kiarostami, 2002
 
July 5
Weekend, Andrew Haigh, 2011
 
July 7
Young and Innocent, Alfred Hitchcock, 1937
 
July 14
What Did the Lady Forget?, Yasujiro Ozu, 1937
Ornamental Hairpin, Hiroshi Shimizu, 1941
Princess Yang Kwei-fei, Kenji Mizoguchi, 1955
Samurai Saga, Hiroshi Inagaki, 1959
The Third Shadow Warrior, Umetsugu Inoue, 1963
Sincere Heart, Masaki Kobayashi, 1953
 
July 17
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, Craig McCall, 2010
 
July 18
Asparagus, Suzan Pitt, 1979
 
July 19
Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson, 2016
 
July 21
Fallen Angels, Wong Kar-wai, 1995
Chinese Odyssey 2002, Jeffrey Lau, 2002
Miao Miao, Cheng Hsiao-tse, 2008
The Eagle Shooting Heroes, Jeffrey Lau, 1993
The Rocking Horse Winner, Anthony Pelissier, 1949
 
July 25
Kitty, Chloë Sevigny, 2016
 
July 28
And the Ship Sails On, Federico Fellini, 1983
Il bidone, Federico Fellini, 1955
Le petit soldat, Jean-Luc Godard, 1963
 
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June 06, 2017

FILMSTRUCK NOW AVAILABLE ON ROKU

June 5, 2017

FilmStruck Now Available on Roku Platform

FilmStruck, the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films and the exclusive streaming home to the Criterion Collection, is now available on Roku® devices. FilmStruck's impressive library features a deep roster of constantly refreshed films from major Hollywood studios and celebrated indie studios and include award-winning titles such as Babette's Feast, Blow Out, Boyhood, Breaker Morant, Chicago, A Hard Day's Night, My Life as a Dog, Our Song, The Player, A Room with a View, Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal, Thelma & Louise, The Times of Harvey Milk and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. FilmStruck offers cinephiles a fully curated streaming experience including archival footage, audio commentaries, original film trailers and filmmaker interviews.

FilmStruck is also available for streaming on Google Chromecast second generation and Chromecast Ultra devices, Apple TV 4th generation devices, Amazon Fire TV, web, iOS and Android devices

Roku is a registered trademark of Roku, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries. 
 

About FilmStruck

FilmStruck is a new subscription on-demand service that offers film aficionados a comprehensive library of films including an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic art house, indie, foreign and cult films. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck will be the new exclusive streaming home for the critically acclaimed and award-winning Criterion Collection, including the Criterion Channel, a new premium service programmed and curated by the Criterion team.  FilmStruck is Turner's first domestic direct-to-consumer offering launched in November 2016.

June 05, 2017

ENDLESS POETRY — ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

Endless Poetry

May 30, 2017

JESSICA CHASTAIN WHITELADYSPLAINS THE 2017 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

OH NO SHE DI'ENT. OH YES SHE DI'ID.

Jessica Chastain Dumps On All Films In Competition At Cannes

Jump to 04:08 to watch Jessica Chastain whiteladysplain how poorly female characters were represented in the films-in-competition this year at Cannes. Sadly, Ms. Chastain is unable to articulate specific examples from the specific films she is calling out. As a result, no one has any idea what she's talking about. When Chastain talks about seeing female characters she "recognizes," it begs the question of who exactly who she imagines — white women shopping at Whole Foods while talking obnoxiously on their cell phones perhaps. We'll never know because Chastain can't be bothered to elucidate such details. Chastain's dubious intention seems to draw attention to herself, rather than to the matter at hand as evidenced by the fact that she ignores the work of the the two women filmmakers who won awards for films in competition. (Lynne Ramsey and Sofia Coppola). It just doesn't pass the BS detector test as the expression on female interpreter's expression sitting behind Chastain evinces. 

Chastain at Cannes

That Chastain's buzzkill remarks come during a year when two women filmmakers were recognized with awards — Lynne Ramsey took home the Best Script Award for "You Were Never Really Here," and Sofia Coppola won the Best Director Award for "The Beguiled" — further blunts her overgeneralized point. Perhaps it would have served her better to celebrate the female filmmakers whose (ostensibly) ethical artistic efforts stood in opposition to depictions of women characters Chastain disapproved of in the unnamed films that she cast aspersions on. Chastain speaks with (remedial) Trumpian simplicity. 

A little preparation for making her point might have served her better. When taken in the context of the daggers being shot at her by Pedro Almodovar's translator, it seems that such whiteladysplaining isn't everyone's cup of tea. And I'll take Vera Farmiga, as an actress, over Jessica Chastain any day of the week. You really wanna talk about female filmmakers working at the height of their craft; have you seen "Bates Motel," which Farmiga produced and acted in? Take at look at "Bates Motel," Ms. Chastain, and witness a female actor and filmmaker running veritable circles around you. But you (Ms.  Chastain) would easily find an excuse to not acknowledge Ms. Farmiga's fine work I'm sure. Viewers don't want to be talked down to, babied, or pandered to. To earn respect is to give respect. Jessica Chastain fails miserably in this regard. 

Agnes Jaoui

Fortunately, Agnes Jaoui took over the baton to reduce the issue to meeting the criteria of the Bechtel Test — wherein in two female characters discuss something other than a male. Admittedly, that's setting the bar pretty low. Will Smith pitched in to clean up Chastain's mess by noting that having a couple of black folks (filmmakers in competition) "wouldn't be a bad thing either." Smith may fill the shoes of a boisterous American abroad, but he nevertheless presented a suave and worldly representative of Global Culture,  as opposed to Jessica Chastain who came across as an entitled ditz with an axe to grind. Cheers to Will Smith as a responsible envoy of cinematic culture to Chastain's Trumpian version of truth. 

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