Remembering Harvey Milk on His Ninetieth Birthday
The director of The Times of Harvey Milk pays tribute to one of LGBTQ history’s most beloved trailblazers and looks back on the making of the Oscar-winning documentary portrait.
The Memory Lane That Runs Through A Kid for Two Farthings
Now playing on the Criterion Channel, this underappreciated gem by British master Carol Reed captures the lively, antic spirit of a bustling section of London’s East End.
The Woman Who Invented the Hollywood Screenwriter
The highest-paid writer in Hollywood at a time when women were at the forefront of shaping the industry, Oscar winner Frances Marion created some of the most unforgettable stories in 1920s and ’30s American cinema.
The Sweet Taste of Queer Victory in The Times of Harvey Milk
The director of Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project and Spaceship Earth reflects on the power of seeing a moment of pure joy—the defeat of California’s homophobic Proposition 6 in 1978—in Rob Epstein’s classic portrait of Harvey Milk.
Credit Where It’s Due: The Father of the Title Sequence
To celebrate the centenary of Saul Bass, we spoke with six contemporary title designers about highlights from his legendary four-decade filmography.
Jean Arthur, the Nonconformist
A down-to-earth goddess of screwball, this Hollywood legend exuded a disarming mix of toughness and vulnerability, and made her mark as one of the most fiercely independent stars of her era.
Only the Lonely: Maren Ade’s Squirm-Inducing Debut Feature
The director of Toni Erdmann burst onto the international festival circuit in 2003 with a piercing, unsettlingly funny look at the life of an idealistic schoolteacher.
Defending Your Life: Philip Baker Hall in Secret Honor
A few dozen versions of Richard Nixon wrestle for control in Robert Altman’s portrait of the disgraced president, fueled by a lead performance of pure, unloosed spleen.
Black Cinema at Its Birth
The earliest decades of African American filmmaking, celebrated in a monumental collection of “race films” now playing on the Criterion Channel, were fueled by an urgent need for self-representation.
A Half-Century of Friendship with Finnish Renaissance Man Jörn Donner
The prolific writer and filmmaker passed earlier this year, leaving behind an enduring legacy that has shaped Finland’s cultural scene.
“You Don’t Have a Home Until You Leave”: Mati Diop’s Short Films
Before breaking through with her debut feature, Atlantics, the French-Senegalese filmmaker honed her moody, sensual style in a string of short films that bring together postcolonial and supernatural themes.
On the High Wire with Kirk Douglas
The late actor exuded a feverish intensity on-screen that few stars in golden-age Hollywood could match. But in one lesser-known performance, he reveals a tenderness that cut against his persona.
Mike Leigh Meets the Cure: The Three-Chord Nostalgia of Career Girls
One of the most iconic rock bands of the eighties provides the soundtrack to this poignant portrait of friendship and lost youth.