100 Years of Columbia Pictures

100 Years of Columbia Pictures

10 Episodes

Throughout 2024, the Criterion Channel will be celebrating the centennial of one of American cinema’s essential studios. Founded on January 10, 1924, Columbia Pictures quickly rose from its humble beginnings to take its place at the forefront of golden-age Hollywood, where it was home to stars such as Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Rita Hayworth, and visionary filmmakers like Frank Capra. Columbia proved agile at adapting to a changing industry and pioneering new modes of moviemaking, producing some of the best pulp classics of the postwar film noir boom, major widescreen spectacles in the fifties, revolutionary entries in the New American Cinema of the seventies, and indie-mainstream crossover hits in the nineties. Over the course of the year, the Channel will delve into Columbia’s extraordinary library, featuring more than 100 films from across the studio’s history as well as curated collections focused on some of its finest moments. Check back here for selected highlights throughout the year!

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100 Years of Columbia Pictures
  • In a Lonely Place

    Episode 1

    Directed by Nicholas Ray • 1950 • United States
    Starring Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame

    When a gifted but washed-up screenwriter with a hair-trigger temper—Humphrey Bogart, in a revelatory, vulnerable performance—becomes the prime suspect in a brutal Tinseltown murder, the only person who ca...

  • Ishtar

    Episode 2

    Directed by Elaine May • 1987 • United States
    Starring Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Adjani

    Once synonymous with “box-office bomb,” this unjustly maligned road-movie comedy from national treasure Elaine May has been on a steady path to critical respectability ever since its disastrous ...

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    Episode 3

    Directed by Delmer Daves • 1957 • United States
    Starring Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr

    In this beautifully shot, psychologically complex western, Van Heflin is a mild-mannered cattle rancher who takes on the task of shepherding a captured outlaw (played with cucumber-cool charisma by Glen...

  • Husbands

    Episode 4

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1970 • United States
    Starring Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes

    The trailblazing independent auteur John Cassavetes pushes his raw, uncompromising emotional realism to its limit in this unflinching portrait of masculinity in crisis. Cassavetes joins Ben Gazza...

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    Episode 5

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1946 • United Kingdom
    Starring David Niven, Roger Livesey, Kim Hunter

    After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he has just de...

  • Starman

    Episode 6

    Directed by John Carpenter • 1984 • United States
    Starring Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith

    Director John Carpenter deftly blends science fiction and romance in this celestial odyssey starring Jeff Bridges as an innocent alien from a distant planet who learns what it means to be a...

  • The Sign of the Ram

    Episode 7

    Directed by John Sturges • 1948 • United States
    Starring Susan Peters, Alexander Knox, Phyllis Thaxterz

    A seaside mansion on the coast of Cornwall provides the moody setting for this gothic psychodrama, which marked the unfortunately short-lived Hollywood comeback of Susan Peters, a once-rising ...

  • Youth Without Youth

    Episode 8

    Directed by Francis Ford Coppola • 2007 • United States, Romania
    Starring Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz

    After a decade of artistic silence, Francis Ford Coppola returned to the realm of his mastery with this visually sumptuous, highly personal tale about growing young. In 1930s Roma...

  • The Last Emperor

    Episode 9

    Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci • 1987 • China
    Starring John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole

    Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE LAST EMPEROR won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated—quite a feat for a challenging, multilayered epic directed by an Italian and ...

  • Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb

    Episode 10

    Directed by Lizzie Gottlieb • 2022 • United States
    Starring Robert A. Caro, Robert Gottlieb, Ethan Hawke

    TURN EVERY PAGE explores the remarkable fifty-year relationship between two literary legends, writer Robert Caro and his longtime editor Robert Gottlieb, who passed away this June. Eighty-six...