Criterion's collection highlighting the genre of German Expressionism is such a gift for those of us who have always read about the filmmaking style, but never actually investigated it.
When interviewed, Ryuichi Sakamoto says that he’s “fascinated by the notion of a perpetual sound”, working to create not just a melody but a mood and even a way of thinking with his compositions.
Criterion has put together a collection of marital tales, most of which aren’t going to inspire you to jump to propose any time soon: the ones who stay together are miserable (or, in one case, possibly a fantasy), those who part do so in a morass of bigamy, infidelity and acrimony.
No surprise that a man who began his studies in philosophy before enrolling in the impressively named “Institute of Cinematographic Investigations and Experiences” would turn out to be a storyteller whose technical skill is matched by his intelligent and thoughtful irony. Even less shocking is that a man who volunteered to serve in World War II to save his Republican father from being executed would also have a critical opinion of his government.
Exploring the films of the great Mike Leigh in The Criterion Channel's director spotlight.
That Shelf writers select their favourite films of 2020 at the year's mid-point.
The Criterion Channel has put together small collections of films by noted filmmakers past and present, choosing three each to represent the essence of their work.
If you're looking for key works in the realm of arthouse cinema, Bil Antoniou and ThatShelf.com writers Pat Mullen, Rachel West, Colin Biggs and Barbara Goslawski have looked through the Channel's Permanent Gallery and put together list and reasons for why you should start with these.
Ranking the films of French master Jean Renoir.
This week's edition of The Criterion Shelf ranks the films in Criterion Channel's collection of films from Cannes 1968, which was cancelled mid-run.
If the steadfast energies of Taurus season made you yawn then jump on the Gemini movie train, you never know where it will stop!
Ranking the documentaries of pioneering French filmmaker Louis Malle.
Bil Antoniou takes a look at four films made by the celebrated auteur before his reign of fifties melodramas.
With the 73rd Cannes Film Festival postponed due to COVID-19, our team celebrates the legacy and influence of the world's most prestigious festival.
Remember movie theatres? It’s only been about eight weeks since cinemas shuttered their doors but it already feels like eons ago.