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Directed by Mike Leigh

The great prickly humanist of British cinema, Mike Leigh has forged a body of work unique in its concern for the struggles of ordinary people and the social fabric of working-class London. Famously born from a process of extensive improvisation with his powerhouse actors, Leigh’s films inhabit a register of tragicomic despair that, thanks to their unwavering compassion, never slips into miserabilism.

Looking for a place to start?
Take your pick from among Leigh’s family portraits: Meantime, an unflinching look at life on the dole; Life Is Sweet, a melancholy comedy of the everyday; the Palme d’Or–winning career highlight Secrets & Lies; or Another Year, a Chekhovian cycle through life’s seasons.

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Original Cast Album: “Company”

D. A. Pennebaker’s long-unavailable documentary is accompanied by a new conversation with the cast and crew of Documentary Now!’s parody episode.

Directed by Bette Gordon

Bette Gordon revisits her restless career—from her early experimental shorts to the provocative feminist classic Variety—in a new interview.

Queer Britannia

Two groundbreaking period dramas explore forbidden desire and the struggle to live as one’s true self amid the repression of early-twentieth-century British society.

Three by Gregg Araki

Fearlessly raw, angry, and unrestrained, this trio of stylistically explosive films from New Queer Cinema auteur Gregg Araki plays alongside a new interview with the filmmaker.

Black Lives

Celebrate Juneteenth with these films centering on the experiences, dreams, struggles, desires, and art of black people, all available to watch without a Criterion Channel subscription.



One of the first Italian films to look frankly at the Mafia, this devastatingly funny character study is equal parts culture-clash farce and existential nightmare.

SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: Interviews with director Alberto Lattuada; his wife, actor Carla Del Poggio; and their son Alessandro Lattuada.

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