Friday, August 23, 2019

Blackmail, sabotage, and other Hitchcockian delights

NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 23, 2019

What's New

A guide to the latest from the Criterion Channel. If you haven't already subscribed, click here for a 14-day free trial and explore the more than 1,800 titles and thousands of supplemental features available to stream.
British Hitchcock

Before he took Hollywood by storm, Alfred Hitchcock was already renowned as a brilliant stylist and storyteller in his native Britain. In this thirteen-film Criterion Channel series, we're revisiting the early-career triumphs that introduced audiences to his dark thematic obsessions and earned him the moniker "the Master of Suspense."

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One of the most clever and entertaining delights in the Hitchcock canon, The 39 Steps is an ingeniously executed, relentlessly paced man-on-the-run thriller whose jaw-dropping set pieces anticipate a number of the director's Hollywood masterpieces, including North by Northwest and Psycho.

Women's Pictures

Agnès Varda's luminous, pastel-colored feminist musical One Sings, the Other Doesn't plays alongside a kaleidoscopic, free-associative family history by filmmaker Marie-Elsa Sgualdo.

Meet the Filmmakers

Athina Rachel Tsangari, one of the foremost figures of the so-called "Greek Weird Wave," takes us inside her creative process in this original documentary, available along with six of her films.

Three by André Téchiné

This French master excels at emotionally intricate dramas that explore sexuality, race, and history. Our mini-retrospective features a trio of his best: Rendez-vous, Wild Reeds, and The Witnesses.

Bon Voyage Blues

Two women search for human connection in sunnier climes in these quietly revelatory tales of self-discovery from Joanna Hogg and Eric Rohmer.

The Triplets of Belleville

Sylvain Chomet's wondrous homage to antique animation blends Jazz Age whimsy with retina-tickling surrealism for a one-of-a-kind, Oscar-nominated confection.

EDITION #222

Diary of a Country Priest


With this tale of faith and doubt, Robert Bresson began to implement his stylistic philosophy as a filmmaker, stripping away all inessential elements and exacting a purity of image and sound.

SPECIAL FEATURES: An audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie.
Leaving August 31

The clock is ticking on a number of great movies we've programmed on the Criterion Channel:

Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
Performance (Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, 1970)
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Akira Kurosawa, 1990)
Craig's Wife (Dorothy Arzner, 1936)
My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears, 1985)
Bad Education (Pedro Almodóvar, 2004)

Click here for a full list of films leaving the service on August 31.
For further information on Criterion and our products, please visit our website at criterion.com. To start streaming the Criterion Channel, please visit criterionchannel.com. If you are not already on our mailing list and would like to be added, please click here to register at criterion.com. To unsubscribe, click here. © 2019 The Criterion Collection.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Scandalous Stanwyck

NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 16, 2019

What's New

A guide to the latest from the Criterion Channel. If you haven't already subscribed, click here for a 14-day free trial and explore the more than 1,800 titles and thousands of supplemental features available to stream.
Pre-Code Barbara Stanwyck

Brassy yet vulnerable, tough but tender, equally adept at drama, comedy, and romance: Barbara Stanwyck had an edgy, refreshingly naturalistic screen presence that made her a perfect star for the early sound era, when sex and sin were as yet unrestrained by the Hays Code. A new series on the Criterion Channel showcases the best of these early-career performances, which made her one of classic Hollywood's most beloved and enduring screen legends.

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Stanwyck leaves a trail of broken hearts and marriages in her role as a lusty, savvy social climber in Alfred E. Green's Baby Face, one of the most notoriously salacious films of the pre-Code era. Among her conquests: a young John Wayne!

Paradise Trilogy

Not for the faint of heart, Ulrich Seidl's triptych—introduced on the Channel by cinematographer Ed Lachman—is a shockingly explicit look at life on the margins of European society.

Party Politics


From sixties Czechoslovakia to modern-day Georgia, Eastern European filmmakers interrogate the Kafkaesque political climates of their homelands.

Three by Frank Borzage

Critic Farran Smith Nehme introduces a trio of essential films by one of Hollywood's greatest romanticists: A Farewell to Arms, Man's Castle, and No Greater Glory.

The Three Musketeers

Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, and Frank Finlay step into the knee-high boots of Alexandre Dumas's iconic swashbucklers in this adventure classic, directed by Richard Lester.

EDITION #846

Heart of a Dog

This cinematic tone poem by artist Laurie Anderson is a sustained meditation on death that imbues the everyday with a sense of dreamlike wonder.

SPECIAL FEATURES: A conversation between Anderson and coproducer Jake Perlin, deleted scenes, footage of Anderson's 2016 Concert for Dogs, 
and more.
Last Call!

The clock is ticking on a number of great movies we've programmed on the Criterion Channel:

Volver (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976)
Swing Time (George Stevens, 1936)
Christopher Strong (Dorothy Arzner, 1933)
My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears, 1985)
Our Man in Havana (Carol Reed, 1959)

Click here for a full list of films leaving the service on August 31.
For further information on Criterion and our products, please visit our website at criterion.com. To start streaming the Criterion Channel, please visit criterionchannel.com. If you are not already on our mailing list and would like to be added, please click here to register at criterion.com. To unsubscribe, click here. © 2019 The Criterion Collection.