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George Washington: Criterion Collection

March 31, 2014

 George Washington: Criterion Collection

When George Washington (2000) made the rounds at various film festivals, critics were impressed by David Gordon Green’s directorial feature debut with some comparing him to Terrence Malick. Set in a decaying rural southern United States setting, the... 

Blue is the Warmest Color: Criterion Collection

March 28, 2014

 Blue is the Warmest Color: Criterion Collection

From the moment it was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) was surrounded by controversy when it came out that several crew members not only complained of but quit the production over director Abdellatif Kechiche’s... 

King of the Hill: Criterion Collection

March 27, 2014

 King of the Hill: Criterion Collection

After the surprise success of his independent film debut, sex, lies & videotape (1989), which won the prestigious Palme d’Or, Steven Soderbergh struggled to find the right projects and the ability to make them to his satisfaction. This resulted... 

Breathless: Criterion Collection

March 19, 2014

 Breathless: Criterion Collection

Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (1960) is arguably the most famous example of the French New Wave, a group of film critics who were inspired by classic Hollywood films to become filmmakers themselves. Breathless certainly wasn’t the first French New... 

Tess: Criterion Collection

March 18, 2014

 Tess: Criterion Collection

Based on Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Tess (1979) ended a prolific decade of memorable films for Roman Polanski who, at this point in his career, had been exiled to Europe due to legal problems in the United States. The film featured... 

From silent film to the present day – how have cinemas changed?

March 17, 2014

 From silent film to the present day – how have cinemas changed?

If you’re under the age of twenty you make think cinemas have always been huge, multi-screen behemoths situated out-of-town, each with a selection of at least a dozen films to watch. This wasn’t always the case however, as cinema has evolved quite... 

Foreign Correspondent: Criterion Collection

March 4, 2014

 Foreign Correspondent: Criterion Collection

While Foreign Correspondent (1940) was Alfred Hitchcock’s second Hollywood film, the director considered it his first, true effort. He regarded Rebecca (1940) as not one of his films because it lacked humor thanks to the meddling of David O. Selznick.... 

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