It’s not just marriages that are made in heaven, some film collaborations are as well, and the artform rarely benefited more from two artists collaborating than when Austrian émigré screenwriter Emeric Pressburger was paired up with English director Michael Powell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Six Acclaimed Films from Columbia Pictures’ library make their 4K Ultra HD Debut this June.
Her immense career still goes strong as she has not lost the desire to take chances with artistically adventurous directors, and keeping up with her filmography is no easy task (I’ve been trying for years) but the Criterion Channel’s collection, despite not including her one Oscar-nominated performance, covers her most notable work and is the best summation yet of a classic star.
Ryan Murphy's new Netflix series is an insider's buffet of film geek references, historical revisionism, and cheesy idealism.
Superstition tells us that bad things come in threes, but so do some good things, like when the Criterion Channel wants to highlight the essential works necessary to get to know a filmmaker by posting a collection of three films.
Rita Hayworth was the very picture of fantasy, beautiful, sexually confident and charming; as with most fantasy images on screen, the image was just that.
A tall, broud-shouldered lug with a swindler’s smile, equal parts intellectual and corporeal, Burt Lancaster was a legend by the time of his death in 1994, and Bil Antoniou ranks fifteen of his films featured on the Criterion Channel.