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Empty Theaters

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Empty Theaters

The author of The Fortress of Solitude considers the meditative, “brain-rinsing” effects of the solo moviegoing experience.

By Jonathan Lethem

Christ Stopped at Eboli: Memories of Exile
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.

By Alexander Stille

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

Laughs That Hurt: Albert Brooks’s Uncomfortable Comedies
Laughs That Hurt: Albert Brooks’s Uncomfortable Comedies

Anxiety, panic, and chronic ambivalence course through the hilarious films of one of America’s most influential comedic voices.

By Ari Aster

Beau travail: A Cinema of Sensation
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.

By Girish Shambu

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

The Money Pit: Uttam Kumar in The Hero

Performances

The Money Pit: Uttam Kumar in The Hero

In the first of his two collaborations with Satyajit Ray, the Bengali superstar did not just rely on his image, he enriched it with a unique blend of charisma and craft.

By Mayukh Sen

Amy Seimetz’s Top 10
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 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.

By Benjamin Mercer

Plymptopia
Plymptopia

Childishly anarchic in worldview and distinctly analog in look, the animated films of Bill Plympton are a testament to the pleasures of painstaking craftsmanship.

By Michael Atkinson

The Criterion Channel’s September 2020 Lineup

Channel Calendars

The Criterion Channel’s September 2020 Lineup

Documentaries lead the charge this month on the Criterion Channel, with a wide-ranging offering of nonfiction films as formally imaginative and emotionally riveting as any scripted drama.

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

Video

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