Our July Releases

Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits

An icon who conquered both Hong Kong and Hollywood cinema, Bruce Lee transformed the art of the action movie. This collection brings together the five films that define the Lee legend, propelled by his innovative choreography, unique martial-arts philosophy, and whirlwind fighting style.

Special Features: Extensive documentaries, audio commentaries, interviews, alternate versions of the films, and more.

Marriage Story

A love story about divorce. A marriage coming apart and a family coming together. Noah Baumbach’s Oscar-nominated drama is a hilarious and harrowing, sharply observed, and deeply compassionate film, featuring tour-de-force performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.

Special Features: Interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes documentaries, and more.

The War of the Worlds

Byron Haskin’s Cold War–era adaptation of H. G. Wells’s classic alien-invasion novel is one of the defining sci-fi films of the 1950s, shot in hallucinatory Technicolor and emblazoned with Oscar-winning visual effects.

Special Features: Programs on the making of the film and its special effects, Orson Welles’s notorious 1938 radio adaptation of Wells’s novel, and more.

The Lady Eve

Barbara Stanwyck sizzles, Henry Fonda bumbles, and Preston Sturges runs riot in one of the all-time great screwballs, a pitch-perfect blend of comic zing and swoonworthy romance.

Special Features: A new conversation featuring Sturges’s biographer and son, Tom Sturges, and filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, James L. Brooks, and Ron Shelton, among others; a new video essay by critic David Cairns; audio commentary by film scholar Marian Keane; and more.

Taste of Cherry

The first Iranian film to win the Palme d’Or, this austere, emotionally complex drama by the great Abbas Kiarostami follows one man around the hilly outskirts of Tehran as he seeks someone to help him end his life.

Special Features: Interviews with Kiarostami and film scholar Hamid Naficy and a sketch film that Kiarostami made in preparation for Taste of Cherry.

Announcing Our August Lineup

Stuck at home this summer? Don’t let that get you down—our Bad Vacations series makes the case for staying in and watching movies, cataloguing an array of holiday horrors ranging from existential ennui to full-throttle terror. That’s just the tip of the (melting) iceberg this month on the Channel: there’s also spotlights on independent visionary Bill Gunn, French-cinema luminary Mia Hansen-Løve, and underground-animation hero Bill Plympton, as well as a sweeping survey of the Australian New Wave. Beyond that, we’ve got the exclusive streaming premiere of the acclaimed Bacurau, Humberto Solás’s Cuban landmark Lucía, a trio of noirs by Robert Siodmak, Joseph Losey’s rediscovered existential mystery Mr. Klein, Amy Seimetz’s revelatory Sun Don’t Shine, and so much more.

Now check out the full calendar!

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Australian New Wave

It came from a land down under . . . From the early seventies through the mideighties, a generation of brave, unconventional new voices gave Australia a brief but bright-burning cinematic renaissance. Among the filmmakers who emerged from this artistic flowering were pivotal figures like Peter Weir, George Miller, Gillian Armstrong, Bruce Beresford, Fred Schepisi, and Phillip Noyce, many of whom went on to successful international careers. Their formally bold, thematically provocative films delved into the intricacies of Australian society and identity—including the country’s mistreatment of its Indigenous people—with newfound fearlessness.

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One of the most powerful films to address Australia’s history of racism, Schepisi’s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith follows the downward spiral of a half-Aboriginal, half-white young man. And Beresford’s Puberty Blues offers a refreshingly naturalistic answer to the Hollywood teen movie with its frank look at the experiences of two adolescent girls growing up in early-eighties Sydney.

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My Twentieth Century

Among the greatest of cinematic debuts, this unconventional fairy tale about a pair of twins in retreat from the “mass murdering century” introduced the world to director Ildikó Enyedi.

Infinite Football

Romanian New Wave leader Corneliu Porumboiu’s marvelously offbeat documentary centers on an unforgettable individual on a quixotic quest to reinvent the game of soccer.

Age of Exploration

Haley Elizabeth Anderson presents her lyrical, atmospheric coming-of-age tale set in the American South, paired here with Céline Sciamma’s compassionate portrait of a similarly rocky adolescent journey.

Arizona Dream

As part of our Art-House America series, the Loft Cinema in Tucson presents Emir Kusturica’s singular, marvelously loopy surrealist comedy, a deliriously hallucinatory slice of Americana.

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved fable receives a touchingly sincere, imaginative adaptation courtesy of director Stanley Donen and legendary songwriting team Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe.


Sullivan’s Travels

Preston Sturges sends an idealistic movie director on an uproarious odyssey in this pinnacle of Hollywood satire.

SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: A documentary on Sturges’s career, commentary featuring filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Christopher Guest, and more.

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