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."

Looking for a place to start?
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.
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