100 Years of Columbia Pictures

100 Years of Columbia Pictures

2 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
  • The Last Emperor

    Episode 1

    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 2

    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...