In this ongoing series of videos, contemporary filmmakers talk to us about the movies that have had a lasting impact on their work.
Christ Stopped at Eboli: Memories of Exile
A monument of Italian literature, Carlo Levi’s novelistic memoir comes to the screen in a remarkably faithful adaptation that habituates viewers to close, attentive perception.
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.
Beau travail: A Cinema of Sensation
Grafted together from a wide array of sources, Claire Denis’s most acclaimed film combines cerebral rigor, sensorial intensity, and a powerful meditation on masculinity and foreignness.
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.
Amy Seimetz’s Top 10
The multitalented filmmaker behind Sun Don’t Shine (now playing on the Criterion Channel) and She Dies Tomorrow shares a list of favorites that subvert narrative convention and dive into the mysteries of identity.
The Brush Behind the Film: How Painter Hélène Delmaire Created Our Portrait of a Lady on Fire Cover
The artist’s intensive collaboration with director Céline Sciamma yielded a wealth of preliminary studies that came in handy for the cover image of our edition.
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.