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  • Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka

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    Kinuyo Tanaka was already one of Japan’s greatest actors—celebrated for her collaborations with auteurs like Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse—when she took an unprecedented risk by embarking on a directing career in a studio system that actively discouraged female filmmakers. The s...

  • Directed by Marleen Gorris

    1 season

    Director of some of the most provocative and uncompromising films to emerge from the women’s-liberation movement, Dutch filmmaker Marleen Gorris explores questions of gender, sexuality, and violence—and the links between the three—with startling boldness. Her first three features—A QUESTION OF SI...

  • Early Films by Hou Hsiao-hsien

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    The roots of Taiwanese-cinema titan Hou Hsiao-hsien’s celebrated artistry are on display in this selection of early films that traces the evolution of his storytelling approach. While the charming romantic comedies CUTE GIRL (his feature debut) and THE GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME show tantalizing ...

  • Music Shorts

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    Sound and vision come together in perfect harmony in this dynamic selection of music-driven shorts. Encompassing jazz (THE CRY OF JAZZ, KEEPING TIME), folk (SPROUT WINGS AND FLY), soul (SHAKE! OTIS AT MONTEREY), opera (THE MUSIC OF REGRET), and the unclassifiable genre unto herself that is Björk ...

  • Radical Dreams, Underground Sounds: 13 Films Presented by Dweller

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    Founded in 2019, the Dweller festival celebrates the Black roots of electronic dance music, spotlighting a lineage of trailblazing musicians, producers, and DJs who created the sound that spread to clubs across the world and amplifying the contemporary artists who carry on their legacy. This dive...

  • Directed by Jonathan Glazer

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    An advertising and music-video visionary turned one of the boldest auteurs of the twenty-first century, Jonathan Glazer has directed just four feature films (including, most recently, the acclaimed THE ZONE OF INTEREST) in twenty-three years, but each is the work of a major artist. His coolly hyp...

  • 100 Years of Columbia Pictures

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    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 su...

  • Directed by Shirley Clarke

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    Experimental icon Shirley Clarke synthesized jazz, modern dance, and abstract expressionism into a dynamic vérité style that put her at the forefront of the emergent American independent film scene of the fifties and sixties. Beginning her artistic career as a dancer, she brought a choreographer’...

  • Hong Kong Hits

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    Hong Kong is home to one of the world’s most exciting pop-filmmaking traditions—and there’s no bigger event in its box-office calendar than Lunar New Year, typically reserved for the industry’s most crowd-pleasing releases. These genre-blending touchstones bring audiences together for an escape i...

  • Valentine’s Shorts

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    Get in the mood for love with a Valentine’s bouquet of shorts that celebrate passionate human connection in its many forms. Featuring gems from past masters like John Hubley (TENDER GAME), Pierre Etaix (HAPPY ANNIVERSARY), and Shirley Clarke (SAVAGE/LOVE) as well as insightful contemporary looks ...

  • Artists on Artists: 12 Short Films Presented by This Long Century

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    As an ever-expanding online archive, This Long Century has published hundreds of unmediated personal reflections from artists, filmmakers, and writers over the past fifteen years. This eclectic selection of films by a small group of past This Long Century contributors—including Kelly Reichardt, A...

  • Roots & Revolution: Reggae on Film

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    A perfect storm of rhythm, bass, melody, and political and spiritual messaging, reggae was born in Jamaica in the late 1960s and early ’70s, and has since gone on to become one of the most influential, popular, and genre-exploding forms of music around the globe. The first classic reggae film, Pe...

  • Sundance Favorites

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    For four decades, the Sundance Film Festival has been at the heart of American independent cinema, providing a vital launching pad for up-and-coming filmmakers wholly committed to their singular artistic vision. From acclaimed features by maverick directors like the Coen brothers (BLOOD SIMPLE), ...

  • Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

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    The films of Bertrand Tavernier are suffused with his love for cinema. In addition to being one of France’s foremost auteurs, Tavernier was also a film critic and historian who drew from his deep knowledge of classic French and American cinema to create his own uniquely absorbing, finely wrought ...

  • Directed by Isabel Sandoval

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    “I’m drawn to women with secrets,” says acclaimed Filipina director Isabel Sandoval, who toys with genre conventions in her subversive portraits of women tangled up in complex sociopolitical realities. A true auteur, Sandoval wrote, produced, directed, and starred in her feature debut, SEÑORITA, ...

  • Animated Shorts

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    From gorgeous hand drawing to playful stop motion, dreamlike pinscreen to exquisite silhouette shadowplay, a dazzling array of techniques is on display in this miniature animation celebration. Including bite-size masterpieces by visionary animators such as Lotte Reiniger (PAPAGENO), John and Fait...

  • Directed by Mark Lewis

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    Mark Lewis makes nature films like you’ve never seen before. In their strangeness, all the sublimity, absurdity, and incomprehensibility of the animal world—especially where it intersects with human society—comes into fascinating and wryly humorous focus. It’s little wonder that Werner Herzog is ...

  • Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975

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    In 1954, an enormous beast clawed its way out of the sea, destroying everything in its path—and changing movies forever. The arresting original GODZILLA soon gave rise to an entire monster-movie genre (kaiju eiga), but the King of the Monsters continued to reign supreme: in fourteen fiercely ent...

  • Holiday Shorts

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    A stocking stuffer of holiday shorts captures both the magic of the season and the melancholy of what can be the loneliest time of year. From a cozy stop-motion treasure (A CHRISTMAS DREAM) to striking early works by renowned auteurs like Lynne Ramsay (GASMAN), these by turns festive, funny, and ...

  • Scorsese Shorts

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    Criterion Collection Edition #1030

    This compilation of five early short films by Martin Scorsese offers a fascinating window onto his artistic development. Spanning the years from Scorsese’s time at NYU in the mid-1960s to the late ’70s, when he was emerging as one of the era’s most electrifying...

  • Martin Scorsese on the Movies

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    Martin Scorsese is one of the movies’ most tireless and enthusiastic champions. In addition to his own acclaimed body of work, he has endeavored to preserve cinema history through his nonprofit The Film Foundation. In these interviews and introductions, Scorsese offers insights into his films and...

  • Directed by Lina Rodriguez

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    The search for identity is at the core of Colombian-Canadian director Lina Rodriguez’s intimate, richly impressionistic films. Informed by her own immigrant experience, her narrative features like SO MUCH TENDERNESS and THIS TIME TOMORROW and her acclaimed documentary MY TWO VOICES capture women ...

  • Directed by Matt Wolf

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    Through revelatory use of archival footage, documentarian Matt Wolf sheds light on the nearly forgotten stories of visionary outsiders and queer heroes whose ahead-of-their-time contributions to culture have only begun to be fully appreciated. Whether going behind the music of avant-pop genius Ar...

  • Directed by Rithy Panh

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    The sole member of his family to survive the Cambodian genocide, documentarian Rithy Panh has devoted himself to exorcising the traumas of his country’s past through the cathartic power of cinema. These profoundly moving works—the Academy Award–nominated THE MISSING PICTURE, which recreates the l...