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The New World: Criterion Collection

July 28, 2016

 The New World: Criterion Collection

After completing The Thin Red Line (1998), filmmaker Terrence Malick began working on a film about Che Guevara and his failed revolution in Bolivia (that was eventually made by Steven Soderbergh) but after financing fell through he was offered The New... 

Sullivan’s Travels: Criterion Collection

April 21, 2015

 Sullivan’s Travels: Criterion Collection

Sullivan’s Travels (1942) came out of Preston Sturges’ desire to make fun comedies after finding that the genre had become too preachy. He wrote the film with Joel McCrea in mind even though the character he was going to play may have been inspired... 

The Palm Beach Story: Criterion Collection

April 8, 2015

 The Palm Beach Story: Criterion Collection

Fresh from his 1941 hit The Lady Eve, Preston Sturges drew partially from his own life for his next film, The Palm Beach Story (1942). His ex-wife was an heiress that traveled among European aristocracy and was even courted by Prince Jerome Rospigliosi-Gioeni.... 

All That Heaven Allows: Criterion Collection

June 9, 2014

 All That Heaven Allows: Criterion Collection

During the 1950s, Douglas Sirk directed some of the most popular Hollywood melodramas, but was maligned by critics of the time. It wasn’t until years later when the Cahiers du cinema critics re-evaluated Sirk’s body of work and argued that he was... 

Breaking the Waves: Criterion Collection

May 12, 2014

 Breaking the Waves: Criterion Collection

With Breaking the Waves (1996), Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier finally broke through into North America after several early efforts that were exercises in style more than anything else. This film saw him taking a page from the cinema of John Cassavetes... 

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... 

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... 

Jules and Jim: Criterion Collection

February 18, 2014

 Jules and Jim: Criterion Collection

Based on the novel by Henri-Pierre Roche, Jules and Jim (1962) is one of the most famous love triangles ever put on film. Film critic Francois Truffaut read the book in 1955 and wanted to make it into a film. The story stayed with him and once he became... 

Frances Ha: Criterion Collection

November 25, 2013

 Frances Ha: Criterion Collection

Noah Baumbach started off with Kicking and Screaming (1995), a film, which chronicled his generation of well-off and educated twentysomethings. With Frances Ha (2013) he’s come full circle, dramatizing a new twentysomething generation in a funny and... 

I Married A Witch: Criterion Collection

October 16, 2013

 I Married A Witch: Criterion Collection

Screwball comedies don’t come more full of charm then I Married A Witch (1942), and this is due in large part to the casting of Veronica Lake as a sexy sorceress who casts a spell on a man descended from the Salem puritan that burned her at the stake... 

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