If looks could kill . . . Plus: Humberto Solás’s Cuban epic

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Starring Alain Delon

The beautiful boy of French cinema whose steely, ice-blue gaze betrayed more than a hint of danger, Alain Delon was a favorite of modernists like Luchino Visconti, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Michelangelo Antonioni, all of whom were seduced by his impossible good looks and air of cool detachment. This selection spotlights many of Delon’s finest moments, from his star-making performance as the gorgeous, duplicitous Tom Ripley in Purple Noon to his enigmatic turns in a trio of minimalist crime dramas directed by Melville.

Looking for a place to start?
Begin with Delon’s career-defining role as zen contract killer Jef Costello in Melville’s elegantly stylized Le samouraï. Then turn to Joseph Losey’s unsung classic Mr. Klein, in which Delon gives one of his subtlest performances as an amoral art dealer in Nazi-occupied Paris.

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Australian New Wave leader Gillian Armstrong’s celebrated sophomore feature is a gloriously over-the-top, shiny pop musical with infectiously catchy tunes by Kiwi legends Split Enz.

Four Documentaries by Ron Mann

Pop-culture chronicler Ron Mann introduces his idiosyncratic odes to free-jazz players, comic-book artists, radical poets, and twist dancers.


Exclusive streaming premiere: Humberto Solás’s breathtaking vision of Cuban revolutionary history is a long-unavailable landmark of radical cinema, newly restored by the World Cinema Project.

The Decline of Midwestern Civilization

“Where’s the rest of me!?” cry Orson Welles’s studio-butchered masterpiece and a maimed Ronald Reagan in these Midwest-set highlights from 1942.

Storm Boy

Shot amid the scenic splendor of South Australia’s coast, Storm Boy weaves a simple but profound fable about friendship and loss that’s beautifully attuned to the natural world.

Fellini Forever

Essential Fellini

Joining in the international celebration of Federico Fellini’s 100th birthday, Criterion is thrilled to announce Essential Fellini, a fifteen-Blu-ray box set that brings together fourteen of the director’s most imaginative and uncompromising works for the first time. Alongside new restorations of the theatrical features, the set also includes short and full-length documentaries about Fellini’s life and work, archival interviews with his friends and collaborators, commentaries on six of the films, video essays, the director’s 1968 short Toby Dammit, and much more.

The edition is accompanied by two lavishly illustrated books with hundreds of pages of notes and essays on the films by writers and filmmakers, as well as dozens of images of Fellini memorabilia. Essential Fellini is a fitting tribute to the maestro of Italian cinema!

An underappreciated visionary of independent cinema . . . Plus: Løve stories

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Three by Bill Gunn

One of the most electrifying but unjustly neglected talents to emerge from the creative ferment of 1970s American cinema, actor, writer, and director Bill Gunn blazed a new trail for Black independent filmmakers. With their bold, iconoclastic style and focus on the lives of intellectual and middle-class Black characters, Gunn’s uncompromising films were decades ahead of their time—only now is the world beginning to catch up. This selection pairs his twin masterpieces as a director with the long-overlooked The Angel Levine, a Bernard Malamud adaptation for which he cowrote the screenplay, and a revelatory 1984 interview with Gunn.

Looking for a place to start?
Far from the simple genre exercise suggested by its Blaxploitation premise, Gunn’s visionary vampire movie Ganja & Hess is an utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. His follow-up, Personal Problems, is an extraordinary collaboration with writer Ishmael Reed, who described it as a “meta–soap opera” and “a look at the triteness of everyday life in Black middle-class America.”

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Directed by Wim Wenders

Turning seventy-five today, Wim Wenders is cinema’s preeminent poet of the open road, soulfully tracing the journeys of wanderers searching for themselves.

Behind the Screens

Robert Townsend and Robert Altman, both maverick filmmakers with uneasy relationships to Hollywood, offer scathing satires of the film industry in this one-two punch of Tinseltown sendups.

Three by Mia Hansen-Løve

These three empathetic explorations of emotional upheaval are accompanied by a new interview with the director, a master of naturalistic humanism.

Hands of Fate

Radical minimalism is wielded with extraordinary power by cinematic ascetics Kazik Radwanski and Robert Bresson in these shattering stories conveyed largely through a focus on hands.

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved novel  blossoms to enchanting life in a superb adaptation featuring two of golden-age Hollywood’s greatest child stars: Margaret O’Brien and Dean Stockwell.



Terry Gilliam’s dystopian masterpiece stars Jonathan Pryce as a daydreaming everyman caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy.

SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: Interviews, video essays, programs about the film’s production and release, and the alternate “Love Conquers All” version.


The Current


A roundup of recent articles from Criterion’s online magazine. Happy reading!

A Walk to Remember

Mapping a Vanished New York. The author of Call Me by Your Name remembers the first time he saw The Apartment and the Upper West Side pilgrimage the film inspired him to make.

By André Aciman


The New York–based artist Xia Gordon talks with us about her creative background and how she brought Aciman’s Manhattan memory to visual life.

Four Ways of Looking at Agnès Varda

Scenes from a Career. To celebrate this week’s release of The Complete Films of Agnès Varda, we spoke with four contemporary filmmakers about the moments in her oeuvre that resonate most deeply with them.

By Ashley Connor, Anna Rose Holmer, Kirsten Johnson, and Lauren Wolkstein


Scholar Ginette Vincendeau reflects on Varda’s legacy in this essay from the box set.


Mia Hansen-Løve in Conversation

The acclaimed writer-director opens up about how she found her salvation and her vocation in filmmaking.

By Hillary Weston


Three of Hansen-Løve’s films and a new video introduction are now playing on the Criterion Channel.

In the Nick of Time

Behind the Scenes of Our Dance, Girl, Dance Restoration. Our plans to release Dorothy Arzner’s feminist classic led to the rescue of a nitrate negative in peril.

By Benjamin Mercer


In this video, critic B. Ruby Rich pays tribute to Arzner, the only woman directing movies in the Hollywood studio system during its heyday.

If He Had Wings

Inside Llewyn Daviss Valedictory Anthem. The ballad “Fare Thee Well” builds in resonance as it drifts through multiple scenes in the Coen brothers’ folk-music drama.

By Nate Chinen


Past highlights in our Songbook series include articles on the music in Chungking Express, The Breakfast Club, and Career Girls.


“Wim moved through this world with an air of diffidence and comfortable detachment. Just another lug at the bar, soaking it all in.”
—Michael Almereyda on his memories of collaborating with Wim Wenders, whose films take the spotlight in a Criterion Channel retrospective this weekend


Festivals on the Horizon

News from New York, Venice, and Telluride. The NYFF brings us three films by Steve McQueen, Venice adds two titles, and Telluride reveals the lineup for the edition that would have been.


McQueen’s debut feature, Hunger, is playing now on the Criterion Channel.

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