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HIGHLIGHTS FEBRUARY 14, 2021

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

The Greatest of Ease

Cary Grant, the Man and the Mystery. In the actor’s inimitable comedic performances, he undercut his trademark suavity with moments of slapstick mayhem, creating a contrast that hinted at the chasm between his private life and public persona.

By Angelica Jade Bastién

WATCH

Fourteen of Grant’s most beloved comedies are playing on the Criterion Channel through the end of the month.

The Ties That Bind

Camille Billops and James Hatch’s Unvarnished Family Portraits. Rooted in their trailblazing work as archivists of Black culture, the duo’s intensely personal documentaries dismantle the false promises of middle-class normality.

By Yasmina Price

WATCH

Billops and Hatch’s films, including the Sundance-award-winning Finding Christa, are now playing on the Criterion Channel.

Lili Horvát’s Top

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The director of Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time chooses a selection of masterpieces that shaped her desire to become a filmmaker.

WATCH

Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, which had a direct influence on Horvát’s new film, is available on the Criterion Channel.

They Called Him “Peppino”

Farewell to Our Friend Giuseppe Rotunno. Criterion’s technical director pays tribute to the late, great cinematographer, who worked in both Italy and the U.S., and whose brilliant eye and warm personality were well known in the film world.

By Lee Kline

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David Hudson rounds up other notable tributes to Rotunno for the Daily.

The Artist Behind Our Mandabi Cover

A Look at Ify Chiejina’s Distinctive Approach to Portraiture. The New York–based artist walks us through the multifaceted process of creating four new pieces inspired by Ousmane Sembène’s 1968 satire.

By Eric Skillman

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Meet other talented artists we’ve collaborated with over the years in our previous Criterion Designs articles.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE

I watch some movies again and again. Even though I cannot define it I know those movies are healing me.”
—Adrienne Kennedy, the award-winning playwright, in an interview we published last year. Check out a major retrospective of her work, now available through Washington, D.C.’s Round House Theatre.

THE DAILY

Sundance Glory

The Big Winners at This Year’s Festival. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul was among the films that delighted both juries and audiences.

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In other festival news, Rotterdam has given its top prize to Pebbles, a road movie by Indian director Vinothraj P. S.

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