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Shabier Kirchner’s Love Letter to a Vanishing Antigua
Shabier Kirchner’s Love Letter to a Vanishing Antigua

The cinematographer behind Steve McQueen’s acclaimed Small Axe films discusses his debut short, Dadli, which makes its premiere this week on the Criterion Channel.

By Penelope Bartlett

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Matthew Puccini on Making the Queer Film He Wishes He’d Grown Up With
Matthew Puccini on Making the Queer Film He Wishes He’d Grown Up With

A highlight at this year’s SXSW, the short film Dirty depicts a moment of sexual intimacy between two young men with a candor that’s still rare in American independent cinema.

By Penelope Bartlett

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When Hollywood Was a Writers’ Town: A Conversation with Philippe Garnier
When Hollywood Was a Writers’ Town: A Conversation with Philippe Garnier

In this sprawling interview, the veteran French journalist recounts the long, eccentric research journey behind his newly translated portrait of the writers who fueled American cinema in the thirties and forties.

By Imogen Sara Smith

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How Bernardo Montet Infused Beau travail with His “Choreographic Thought”
How Bernardo Montet Infused Beau travail with His “Choreographic Thought”

The repressed desire at the heart of Claire Denis’s masterpiece comes to life thanks to the French dancer-choreographer’s work with a largely nonprofessional troupe of performers.

By Hillary Weston

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All in the Game: An Interactive Homage to the Samurai Genre
All in the Game: An Interactive Homage to the Samurai Genre

The designers of the highly anticipated video game Ghost of Tsushima look back on the work and research that went into translating the influence of chanbara classics into their own medium.

By Tyson Kubota

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Feeding the Appetites: Nan Goldin’s Movie Obsessions
Feeding the Appetites: Nan Goldin’s Movie Obsessions

In this in-depth interview, the legendary photographer and filmmaker explains how a lifetime of compulsive movie-watching has influenced her artistic practice.

By Hillary Weston

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Portrait of the Poet as a Cinephile: Michael Almereyda Remembers John Ashbery
Portrait of the Poet as a Cinephile: Michael Almereyda Remembers John Ashbery

In an intimate short film now playing on the Criterion Channel, director Michael Almereyda captures a rare glimpse of one of the most celebrated poets of the twentieth century near the end of his life.

By Emily Skillings

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A Different Kind of Script: Paul Schrader on the Literary Origins of The Comfort of Strangers
A Different Kind of Script: Paul Schrader on the Literary Origins of The Comfort of Strangers

In this archival interview, the director talks about the distinctive literary sensibilities of Ian McEwan, whose novel serves as the film’s source material, and Harold Pinter, who wrote the screenplay.

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In the House of Cinema: A Conversation with Mia Hansen-Løve
In the House of Cinema: A Conversation with Mia Hansen-Løve

The acclaimed writer-director, whose intimate character studies are now available on the Criterion Channel, talks with us about how she found her salvation and her vocation in filmmaking.

By Hillary Weston

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In His Hands: The Audacious Formal Device in Kazik Radwanski’s Cutaway
In His Hands: The Audacious Formal Device in Kazik Radwanski’s Cutaway

The Canadian filmmaker explains what led him to center his intensely personal short film, now playing on the Criterion Channel, entirely on images of the protagonist’s hands.

By Penelope Bartlett

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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Parisian Rendezvous
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Parisian Rendezvous

For his first project set outside of Japan, the great director drew on the deep influence French cinema has long had on his filmmaking.

By Hillary Weston

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Alone in There: Marnie Ellen Hertzler on Dirt Daughter
Alone in There: Marnie Ellen Hertzler on Dirt Daughter

The Baltimore-based filmmaker talks with us about her bold exploration of technology, sexuality, and loneliness, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Penelope Bartlett

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Jason Moran Journeys to the Dawn of Jazz Cinema
Jason Moran Journeys to the Dawn of Jazz Cinema

The celebrated musician dives into the culture and history captured in a new series of jazz short films on the Criterion Channel, which features performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and other legendary artists.

By Andrew Chan

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But I’m a Cheerleader Turns Twenty: Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall Reminisce on Their Cult Classic
But I’m a Cheerleader Turns Twenty: Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall Reminisce on Their Cult Classic

The stars of Jamie Babbit’s conversion-therapy comedy talk about their on-screen chemistry and their decades-long friendship.

By Hillary Weston

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A Romance with the Screen: Theater Legend Adrienne Kennedy Looks Back
A Romance with the Screen: Theater Legend Adrienne Kennedy Looks Back

One of the American theater’s most visionary figures opens up about her lifelong love affair with the movies and the influence cinema has had on her art.

By Thomas Beard

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Love at Harvest Time: A Conversation with Sandhya Suri
Love at Harvest Time: A Conversation with Sandhya Suri

Acclaimed for her work in documentary, the London-based director talks about her gorgeously photographed first foray into narrative filmmaking, The Field, now playing on the Criterion Channel.

By Penelope Bartlett

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Stop-Motion with a Human Touch: A Conversation with Anna Mantzaris
Stop-Motion with a Human Touch: A Conversation with Anna Mantzaris

The filmmaker behind the short Good Intentions, now featured on the Criterion Channel, talks with us about the long and laborious process of bringing human complexity to her animated puppets.

By Penelope Bartlett

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Curtain Call: Noah Baumbach on Making Divorce Cinematic
Curtain Call: Noah Baumbach on Making Divorce Cinematic

How do you tell a story that seems to be over? The director of Marriage Story talks with us about the craft that goes into building a shared history and intimacy between characters whose relationship is already fractured.

By Hillary Weston

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Retail Nightmare: A Trip Inside Peter Strickland’s Sensorium
Retail Nightmare: A Trip Inside Peter Strickland’s Sensorium

The director behind such audaciously stylized fantasias as The Duke of Burgundy and In Fabric looks back on his formative experiences at repertory movie theaters and department stores.

By Hillary Weston

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Among Friends: A Chat with the Directors of Feast of the Epiphany
Among Friends: A Chat with the Directors of Feast of the Epiphany

A thought-provoking experiment in cinematic form, the new film by Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, and Farihah Zaman meditates on the power of food and community through an innovative mix of truth and fiction.

By Andrew Chan

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The Notes in Between: A Conversation with Nicholas Britell
The Notes in Between: A Conversation with Nicholas Britell

One of the most sought-after composers in film and television opens up about his genre-defying sound and his deeply collaborative relationships with directors.

By Hillary Weston

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Mystery of Faith: What “the Breath of Religion” Means to Mark Le Fanu
Mystery of Faith: What “the Breath of Religion” Means to Mark Le Fanu

In his thought-provoking latest book, the critic and frequent Criterion contributor traces the complex ways European filmmakers have grappled with the influences of Christianity and modernity.

By Andrew Chan

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Moxie to Burn: Natasha Lyonne on Barbara Stanwyck
Moxie to Burn: Natasha Lyonne on Barbara Stanwyck

Unapologetic sexuality, comedic brilliance, fiery conviction: the Emmy-nominated actor talks about the qualities that distinguish one of classic Hollywood’s most audacious stars.

By Hillary Weston

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Dead Neighbors: Jim Jarmusch on George A. Romero
Dead Neighbors: Jim Jarmusch on George A. Romero

With his eccentric new zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die coming to theaters, Jim Jarmusch talks with us about the inspiration he drew from the late horror maestro’s postmodern, politically tinged approach to genre.

By Hillary Weston

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