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10 Things I Learned: Town Bloody Hall
10 Things I Learned: Town Bloody Hall

The producer of our edition of Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker’s landmark documentary shares what she learned about the galvanizing figures at the center of the film.

10 Things I Learned: The War of the Worlds
10 Things I Learned: The War of the Worlds

As Criterion producer Karen Stetler learned while working on our new edition, this adaptation of H. G. Wells’s sci-fi novel was a career milestone for a wide range of talent, from director Byron Haskin to feline performer Orangey.

10 Things I Learned: Scorsese Shorts
10 Things I Learned: Scorsese Shorts

The films showcased in our new collection of early works by Martin Scorsese are deeply influenced by the director’s life in New York City and the experiences of his family and friends.

The Grand Budapest Hotel Lobby Travels Back in Time
The Grand Budapest Hotel Lobby Travels Back in Time

Watch the lovingly crafted setting of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel transform from its faded glory in the 1960s to its peak opulence in the 1930s.

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10 Things I Learned: Leave Her to Heaven
10 Things I Learned: Leave Her to Heaven

Criterion producer Jason Altman shares how John M. Stahl’s masterpiece broke new ground upon its release in 1945, becoming what many consider the first Technicolor film noir as well as Twentieth Century-Fox’s biggest hit of the decade.

10 Things I Learned: Local Hero
10 Things I Learned: Local Hero

In the process of researching Bill Forsyth’s culture-clash comedy, producer Kate Elmore found out just how many ardent fans it has—including one legend of British cinema and one former U.S. vice president.

A Whiff of Polyester: Inside the Odorama Process
A Whiff of Polyester: Inside the Odorama Process

The legendary scratch-and-sniff cards that made John Waters’ movie a unique olfactory experience are featured in our new edition of the film. Take a look at how they got made!

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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.

10 Things I Learned: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t
10 Things I Learned: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

The producer of our edition of Agnès Varda’s feminist musical explores the film’s roots in the women’s movement and how the director achieved its warm, playful tone.

10 Things I Learned: Mikey and Nicky
10 Things I Learned: Mikey and Nicky

Though it’s taken time for critics and audiences to catch up with it, Elaine May’s gangster film is now widely recognized as one of her most uncompromising explorations of human relationships.

Introducing Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema
Introducing Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Criterion producer Abbey Lustgarten walks us through the structure and features of a monumental new box set celebrating the Swedish master.

10 Things I Learned: Memories of Underdevelopment
10 Things I Learned: Memories of Underdevelopment

The producers behind our edition of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s masterpiece share stories they discovered from researching the film and the turbulent political climate that inspired it.

Producing Female Trouble
Producing Female Trouble

After languishing for decades in John Waters’ attic, never-before-seen footage from the set of Female Trouble has made its way onto our newly released edition of the film.

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And Then There Were Five . . .
And Then There Were Five . . .

Alan Bean, one of twelve astronauts to leave their footprints on the moon, left us last weekend at the age of eighty-six.

10 Things I Learned: The Color of Pomegranates
10 Things I Learned: The Color of Pomegranates

Did you know director Sergei Parajanov also created many of the costumes for this visually spectacular masterpiece? Producer Curtis Tsui digs into this and other fascinating facts about the making of the long-hard-to-see film.

10 Things I Learned: Festival
10 Things I Learned: Festival

1. The first Newport Folk Festivals took place in 1959 and 1960 and were the result of a collaboration between Newport Jazz Festival producer George Wein and Albert Grossman, who at the time were partners in music and artist management. After…

10 Things I Learned: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
10 Things I Learned: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

1. Before ever setting foot in front of a camera, Ivor Novello found fame as a music composer in 1914 with his beloved wartime anthem “Keep the Home Fires Burning (’Till the Boys Come Home).” Over a million copies of the sheet music wer…

10 Things I Learned: The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates
10 Things I Learned: The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

1. As I began work on The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew and Associates, I knew that 1960’s Primary was really the birth of what we think of as the modern documentary: observational photography based on access to an interesting subj…

10 Things I Learned: Rumble Fish
10 Things I Learned: Rumble Fish

1. Before Rumble Fish became a novel, S. E. Hinton wrote an early version of it as a short story, which was published in 1968 in the University of Tulsa literary magazine, Nimrod. Two details were inspired by her pets: the…

10 Things I Learned: Black Girl
10 Things I Learned: Black Girl

3. Having received a scholarship to the Gorky Film Institute, Sembène studied film from 1962 to 1963 in the Soviet Union under the tutelage of director Mark Donskoy (The Childhood of Maxim Gorky) and derived much of his knack for creating po…

10 Things I Learned: One-Eyed Jacks
10 Things I Learned: One-Eyed Jacks

3.Originally, Stanley Kubrick was on board to direct the film. After six months of disagreements, Kubrick announced his departure in the Hollywood press, saying that he intended to spend time on his adaptation of Lolita. But before he could…

10 Things I Learned: Valley of the Dolls and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
10 Things I Learned: Valley of the Dolls and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Among the discoveries are details about the Valley of the Dolls cruise, author Jacqueline Susann’s casting anger, and John Waters’s homage to Russ Meyer’s follow-up Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

10 Things I Learned: A Taste of Honey
10 Things I Learned: A Taste of Honey

6. The influence of A Taste of Honey can be felt in the pop music of the period, including the work of the Beatles, Herb Alpert, and Barbra Streisand, all of whom covered the title song composed for the Broadway version.

Destination Madrid: A Visit to a Film Lover’s Bookstore
Destination Madrid: A Visit to a Film Lover’s Bookstore

Criterion’s resident researcher and web producer takes a trip to Madrid bookstore Ocho y Medio, which she calls “a shrine to Spanish contributions to the seventh art.”