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Ryuichi Sakamoto Finds a Melody for the Unnameable

Songbook

Ryuichi Sakamoto Finds a Melody for the Unnameable

In Nagisa Oshima’s POW drama Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, a palpable but forbidden attraction achieves its most potent expression through music.

By Ruth Saxelby

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

The War of the Worlds: Sky on Fire
The War of the Worlds: Sky on Fire

The first and most influential film adaptation of H. G. Wells’s sci-fi classic, this brilliantly imagined vision of apocalypse captured American anxieties at the height of the Cold War.

By J. Hoberman

Desiree Akhavan’s Closet Picks
Desiree Akhavan’s Closet Picks

The writer-director-star of Appropriate Behavior shares what she’s learned about life and cinema from her favorite movies.

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

Form and Function: On the Object Lessons of Summer Hours

One Scene

Form and Function: On the Object Lessons of Summer Hours

Separated from the domestic spaces they once inhabited, two glass vases and a mahogany desk settle into a caged museum life in Olivier Assayas’s deeply felt family portrait.

By Christian Kiefer

Come and See: Orphans of the Storm
Come and See: Orphans of the Storm

With extraordinary immediacy, Elem Klimov’s magisterial final film brings to life the barbarity of war, a subject of which the director had firsthand knowledge.

By Mark Le Fanu

Read and See: Ales Adamovich and Literature out of Fire
Read and See: Ales Adamovich and Literature out of Fire

In postwar Belarus, where documents were either inaccessible or had been destroyed, the cowriter of Come and See pioneered a new form of literature sourced from the nightmarish testimonies of survivors.

By Valzhyna Mort

The Criterion Channel’s July 2020 Lineup

Channel Calendars

The Criterion Channel’s July 2020 Lineup

Next month, the Criterion Channel celebrates unconventional artists who march to the beat of their own drum, with spotlights on Miranda July, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sara Driver, Bill and Turner Ross, and Atom Egoyan.

Gian Galang Summons the Kinetic Energy of a Martial-Arts Icon

Studio Visits

Gian Galang Summons the Kinetic Energy of a Martial-Arts Icon

The artist behind the images in our upcoming Bruce Lee box set shows us how he captured the legend’s most iconic poses.

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.

By Susan Arosteguy

Tokyo Olympiad: The Wind Passing Through the Flagpoles
Tokyo Olympiad: The Wind Passing Through the Flagpoles

Kon Ichikawa aimed to show “the sweat” and “the pathos” of athletic ambition in this monumental documentary, the most extravagant Olympic film to date.

By James Quandt

Video

Gian Galang Summons the Kinetic Energy of a Martial-Arts Icon
Inside Criterion  – 29 Jun 2020