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.
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.
Join Jeremy as he dives into Criterion’s GODZILLA SHOW ERA Collection!
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.
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.
The week's edition of The Criterion Shelf surveys the Criterion Channel's collection of films by women directors.
Why the 1958 British film, and not the 1997 Best Picture Oscar-winner, is THE definitive look at the infamous tragedy.
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.
Criterion Channel has assembled seventeen films that deal with films within films, here they are in my preferential order.