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Gray’s Anatomy: Criterion Collection

June 26, 2012

 Gray’s Anatomy: Criterion Collection

Gray’s Anatomy (1997) chronicles storyteller Spalding Gray’s search for the perfect cure for an eye problem. In keeping with his habit of performing one-man shows, this one is the similar only given cinematic flourishes by director Steven Soderbergh.... 

Summer with Monika: Criterion Collection

June 1, 2012

 Summer with Monika: Criterion Collection

With the one-two punch of Summer Interlude (1951) and Summer with Monika (1953), Ingmar Bergman’s cinema was radically shifting from male-centric worlds to female ones. With this film, he presented two people that temporarily escape into another world... 

Summer Interlude: Criterion Collection

May 31, 2012

 Summer Interlude: Criterion Collection

When he was 18-years-old, Ingmar Bergman wrote a short story about a brief but intense love affair he had with a girl while in his teens. It would go on to provide the basis for his film Summer Interlude (1951), which would become a crucial turning point... 

Certified Copy: Criterion Collection

May 25, 2012

 Certified Copy: Criterion Collection

Certified Copy (2010) marks Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s first feature film made outside of his native country. With the help of art house darling Juliette Binoche, the film went on to become his most successful effort to date. It explores the... 

Three Colors: Blue, White, Red: Criterion Collection

December 1, 2011

 Three Colors: Blue, White, Red: Criterion Collection

With the unfortunate passing of filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski, cinema lost a great storyteller but he left behind an enduring legacy, most significantly Three Colors, a trilogy of films named after the colors of the French flag: Blue (1993), White (1993),... 

Blue Velvet: 25th Anniversary Edition

November 10, 2011

 Blue Velvet: 25th Anniversary Edition

By 1984, director David Lynch was on top of the world. He had received critical acclaim and eight Academy Award nominations for The Elephant Man in 1980 and was on the verge of releasing his next film, Dune (1984), an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic... 

Identification of a Woman: Criterion Collection

November 9, 2011

 Identification of a Woman: Criterion Collection

Identification of a Woman (1982) is often regarded as an aging auteur resting on his laurels, a minor work that won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival but was also savaged by several American film critics. To be fair, it is not Michelangelo Antonioni... 

The Complete Jean Vigo: Criterion Collection

September 23, 2011

 The Complete Jean Vigo: Criterion Collection

Filmmaker Jean Vigo had the kind of brief but brilliant career that die hard cineastes celebrate. His father was a militant anarchist who died in prison because he refused to fight in World War I. His death haunted Vigo as did the sickly health he experienced... 

Life During Wartime: Criterion Collection

July 26, 2011

 Life During Wartime: Criterion Collection

With his misanthropic comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Todd Solondz announced himself as an independent filmmaker with a unique vision of American culture. His film, and subsequent efforts since, explore the trials and tribulations of people living... 

Zazie dans le metro: Criterion Collection

July 19, 2011

 Zazie dans le metro: Criterion Collection

Zazie dans le metro (1960) is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Raymond Queneau, former surrealist turned respected poet, novelist and critic. The book was a huge hit in France and considered a comic masterpiece, one that playfully experimented... 

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