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455752feature254The Killing of a Chinese Bookie1976United States2:14:192019-03-212019-05-01John Cassaveteshttps://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/the-killing-of-a-chinese-bookieDirected by John Cassavetes • 1976 • United States / / John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman's club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desperately committed to maintaining a facade of suave gentility despite the seediness of his environment and his own unhealthy appetites. When he runs afoul of loan sharks, Cosmo must carry out a terrible crime or lose his way of life. Mesmerizing and idiosyncratic, the film is a provocative examination of masculine identity.
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THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE Director’s Cut
1:48:512019-03-212019-05-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/the-killing-of-a-chinese-bookie-director-s-cutTHE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE was released in 1976 after what Cassavetes described as a very rushed editing period. The film was a commercial failure and was pulled from theaters after seven days. Two years later. after the completion of OPENING NIGHT, Cassavetes re-edited the film—cutting nearly thirty minutes—and rereleased it in the version presented here.
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461172featureTHE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE: 1978 Version1978United States1:48:512019-03-262019-05-01John Cassaveteshttps://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/the-killing-of-a-chinese-bookie-1978-versionDirected by John Cassavetes • 1978 • United States / / / / John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with his director's cut The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman's club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desperately committed to maintaining a facade of suave gentility despite the seediness of his environment and his own unhealthy appetites. When he runs afoul of loan sharks, Cosmo must carry out a terrible crime or lose his way of life. Mesmerizing and idiosyncratic, the film is a provocative examination of masculine identity.
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Ben Gazzara and Al Ruban, 20040:18:282019-03-212019-05-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/ben-gazzara-and-al-ruban-2004In this interview piece, actor Ben Gazzara and producer-cinematographer Al Ruban reflect on THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE’s production and release, and director John Cassavetes’s personal connection to the story. The interviews were conducted in Los Angeles and New York in 2004.
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457950supplementAudio Interview with John Cassavetes0:16:192019-03-212019-05-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/audio-interview-with-john-cassavetesThis 16-minute audio excerpt is from an interview with director John Cassavetes conducted by film scholars Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson in 1978.
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462942feature255Opening Night1977United States2:24:222019-03-272019-06-01John Cassaveteshttps://www.criterionchannel.com/opening-night/videos/opening-nightDirected by John Cassavetes • 1977 • United States / / / / While in the midst of rehearsals for her latest play, Broadway actor Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, after which she begins to confront the chaos of her own life. Headlined by a virtuoso performance by Rowlands, John Cassavetes's Opening Night lays bare the drama of a performer who, at great personal cost, makes a part her own, and it functions as a metaphor for the director's singular, wrenched-from-the-heart creative method.
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467038featureThe Elephant Man1980United Kingdom2:03:272019-04-012019-06-01David Lynchhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/the-elephant-man/videos/the-elephant-manDirected by David Lynch • 1980 • United Kingdom / / Starring John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft / / / / David Lynch brings his eye for the uncanny to this sensitive retelling of the life of John Merrick (John Hurt), a Victorian-era British man whose severe facial deformities made him a social outcast, but whose intelligence and gentle spirit were recognized by a London surgeon. Channeling the dream-state expressionism of silent cinema via cinematographer Freddie Francis’s gorgeous black-and-white cinematography, THE ELEPHANT MAN is a triumph of Hollywood filmmaking shot through with avant-garde vision, earning eight Academy Award nominations, including best picture, director, and actor. / / / / Limited engagement ends May 31
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462655feature834Blood Simple1984United States1:35:392019-03-272019-06-01Joel Coen|Ethan Coenhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/blood-simpleDirected by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen • 1984 • United States / / / / Joel and Ethan Coen's career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh looms over the proceedings as a slippery private eye with a yellow suit, a cowboy hat, and no moral compass, and Frances McDormand's cunning debut performance set her on the road to stardom. The tight scripting and inventive style that have marked the Coens' work for decades are all here in their first film, in which cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld abandons black-and-white chiaroscuro for neon signs and jukebox colors that combine with Carter Burwell's haunting score to lurid and thrilling effect. Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, BLOOD SIMPLE reinvented the film noir for a new generation, marking the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene.
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Shooting BLOOD SIMPLE1:10:332019-03-272019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/shooting-blood-simpleJoel and Ethan Coen tapped Barry Sonnenfeld to photograph their debut feature—a first for the cinematographer as well, as he had never shot on 35 mm film before. In May 2016, the three sat down to discuss and illustrate the film’s lighting and design, and to talk about some mistakes they felt they had made along the way.
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Janus Films at the Castro Theatre0:38:182019-03-272019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/janus-films-at-the-castro-theatreIn 2016, to mark Janus Films’ sixtieth anniversary, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, DP Barry Sonnenfeld, and Peter Becker and Jonathan Turell of Janus and the Criterion Collection sat down with critic Scott Foundas at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre to discuss the history of the two companies and the process of making and releasing BLOOD SIMPLE.
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Dave Eggers and the Coen Brothers0:35:032019-03-272019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/dave-eggers-and-the-coen-brothersAuthor, screenwriter, and publisher Dave Eggers sat down with Joel and Ethan Coen in May 2016 to discuss the directors’ debut film, BLOOD SIMPLE—from its initial inspiration and their efforts to get its production off the ground through the complicated process of finding a distributor.
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John Cassavetes on OPENING NIGHT0:29:042019-03-282019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/opening-night/videos/john-cassavetes-on-opening-nightThis twenty-nine-minute audio excerpt is from an interview with director John Cassavetes conducted by film scholar Michel Ciment in 1978.
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Frances McDormand on BLOOD SIMPLE0:25:092019-03-272019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/frances-mcdormand-on-blood-simpleActor Frances McDormand auditioned for BLOOD SIMPLE on the recommendation of her friend Holly Hunter, and the part of Abby Marty became her first feature role. In this interview from June 2016, McDormand offers insight into the Coen brothers’ creative process and discusses how the film changed her life, both personally and professionally.
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Sound and Music and the Coens0:23:482019-03-272019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/sound-and-music-and-the-coensComposer Carter Burwell and sound editor Skip Lievsay began working with the Coen brothers on BLOOD SIMPLE, and they’ve all continued to collaborate ever since. In this program from May 2016, they reflect on their early work together and discuss the Coens’ approach to music and sound design.
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M. Emmet Walsh on BLOOD SIMPLE0:16:362019-03-272019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/m-emmet-walsh-on-blood-simpleJoel and Ethan Coen wrote BLOOD SIMPLE with M. Emmet Walsh in mind for the role of private detective Loren Visser, after seeing his performance as a parole officer in 1978’s STRAIGHT TIME. In this June 2016 interview, Walsh looks back on his experiences with the first-time filmmakers, including his insistence that he be paid in cash.
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Al Ruban on OPENING NIGHT0:07:542019-03-282019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/opening-night/videos/al-ruban-on-opening-nightAl Ruban collaborated with director John Cassavetes on nearly all of his films. In this brief interview, conducted in New York in 2004, he discusses his role as producer and cinematographer on OPENING NIGHT.
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Edition Intro0:06:062019-04-022019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/edition-intro-19
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Megan Abbott on OPENING NIGHT0:05:252019-03-282019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/megan-abbott-s-adventures-in-moviegoing/season:1/videos/megan-abbot-on-opening-night
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463802supplementBLOOD SIMPLE Storyboards0:05:052019-03-272019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/blood-simple-storyboardsThis 2016 piece by photographer Grant Delin compares scenes from BLOOD SIMPLE with their original storyboards. Featuring commentary by the Coen brothers, DP Barry Sonnenfeld, and actor Frances McDormand, this fascinating glimpse at the Coens’ team’s creative process highlights the careful planning that went into the film’s construction.
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Megan Abbott on BLOOD SIMPLE0:04:162019-03-282019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/megan-abbott-s-adventures-in-moviegoing/season:1/videos/megan-abbot-on-blood-simple
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Jonathan Lethem on OPENING NIGHT0:03:002019-03-282019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/jonathan-lethem-s-adventures-in-moviegoing/season:1/videos/jonathan-lethem-on-opening-night
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Bill Hader on BLOOD SIMPLE19840:02:442019-03-282019-06-01Joel Coen and Ethan Coenhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/bill-hader-s-adventures-in-moviegoing-1/season:1/videos/bill-hader-on-blood-simple
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Original Theatrical Trailer 20:02:362019-03-282019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/opening-night/videos/original-theatrical-trailer-2-2
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468146trailerTHE ELEPHANT MAN Trailer0:02:332019-04-022019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/prodcriterionchannel-29677-theelephantman-trailer
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Fund-Raising Trailer0:02:122019-03-272019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/fund-raising-trailer
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Guillermo del Toro on BLOOD SIMPLE0:02:022019-03-282019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/guillermo-del-toro-on-blood-simple
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Original Theatrical Trailer0:01:432019-03-272019-06-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/blood-simple/videos/original-theatrical-trailer-7
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465677feature779Mulholland Dr.2001United States2:27:122019-03-282019-07-01David Lynchhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/mulholland-dr/videos/mulholland-drDirected by David Lynch • 2001 • United States / / Starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux / / / / A love story in the city of dreams . . . / / Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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467044featureExperiment in Terror1962United States2:03:242019-04-012019-07-01Blake Edwardshttps://www.criterionchannel.com/experiment-in-terror/videos/experiment-in-terrorDirected by Blake Edwards • 1962 • United States / / Starring Lee Remick, Glenn Ford / / / / Following the success of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, producer-director Blake Edwards took a detour into noir territory with this ultra-stylish, mood-drenched thriller. Lee Remick plays a San Francisco bank clerk who is plunged into a waking nightmare when she becomes the unwitting pawn in a sadistic killer’s heist scheme, while Glenn Ford is the FBI agent charged with unraveling the case. Featuring lustrous black-and-white cinematography and a cool jazz score by Henry Mancini, EXPERIMENT IN TERROR bristles with voyeuristic, psychosexual unease, striking a tone that has invited comparisons to the work of Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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462916feature396Ace in the Hole1951United States1:51:122019-03-272019-07-01Billy Wilderhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/ace-in-the-hole/videos/ace-in-the-holeDirected by Billy Wilder • 1951 • United States / / Starring Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur / / / / Billy Wilder’s ACE IN THE HOLE is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder’s follow-up to SUNSET BOULEVARD is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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Audio Commentary1:51:122019-03-282019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/ace-in-the-hole/videos/commentary-3Recorded in 2007, this commentary features film scholar Neil Sinyard, coauthor of Journey Down Sunset Boulevard: The Films of Billy Wilder.
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463958feature860Mildred Pierce19451:50:592019-03-272019-07-01Michael Curtizhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/mildred-pierce/videos/mildred-pierceCriterion Collection Edition #860 / / / / Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford’s career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn (a diabolical Ann Blyth) becomes a venomous serpent’s tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations. Recasting James M. Cain’s rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Commentary1:45:202019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/buena-vista-social-club-commentaryThis audio commentary, featuring director Wim Wenders, was recorded in 1999.
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459013feature866Buena Vista Social Club1999Germany, United States1:45:192019-03-222019-07-01Wim Wendershttps://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/buena-vista-social-clubDirected by Wim Wenders • 1999 • Germany, United States / / Documentary focusing on the relationship between American music star Ry Cooder and a veteran group of Cuban musicians. Cooder worked to reunite as many of Havana's old guard as possible, first for the hugely successful Buena Vista Social Club album, and then for another record and shows in Havana, New York and Amsterdam. Here band members are interviewed, including the 90 year old guitarist Compay Segundo and the Cuban Nat King Cole, Ibrahim Ferrer.
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465688feature656Jubal1956United States1:42:032019-03-282019-07-01Delmer Daveshttps://www.criterionchannel.com/jubal/videos/jubalDirected by Delmer Daves • 1956 • United States / / Starring Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Valerie French / / / / A trio of exceptional performances by Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, and Rod Steiger form the center of JUBAL, an overlooked Hollywood treasure from genre master Delmer Daves. In this Shakespearean tale of jealousy and betrayal, Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine’s bighearted ranch owner despite his unwillingness to talk about his past. When he becomes the object of the attentions of the owner’s bored wife (Valerie French) and is entrusted with a foreman’s responsibilities, his presence starts to rankle a shifty fellow cowhand, played by Steiger. The resulting emotional showdown imparts unparalleled psychological intensity to this vivid western melodrama, featuring expressive location photography in Technicolor and CinemaScope. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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466807feature963To Sleep with Anger1990United States1:41:512019-04-012019-07-01Charles Burnetthttps://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/to-sleep-with-angerDirected by Charles Burnett • 1990 • United States / / / / A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up out of the blue on the South Central Los Angeles doorstep of his old friends. In short order, Harry’s presence seems to cast a chaotic spell on what appeared to be a peaceful household, exposing smoldering tensions between parents and children, tradition and change, virtue and temptation. Interweaving evocative strains of gospel and blues with rich, poetic-realist images, TO SLEEP WITH ANGER is a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of African American mysticism and folklore. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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465708feature920The Virgin Suicides1999United States1:36:582019-03-282019-07-01Sofia Coppolahttps://www.criterionchannel.com/the-virgin-suicides/videos/the-virgin-suicidesDirected by Sofia Coppola • 1999 • United States / / Starring Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, James Woods / / / / With this debut feature, Sofia Coppola announced her singular vision, exploring the aesthetics of femininity while illuminating the interior lives of young women. An adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s popular first novel, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES conjures the ineffable melancholy of teenage longing and ennui in its story of the suicides of the five Lisbon sisters, stifled by the rules of their overprotective religious parents—as told through the collective memory of a group of men who were boys at the time and still yearn to understand what happened. Evoking its 1970s suburban setting through ethereal cinematography by Ed Lachman and an atmospheric score by Air, the film secured a place for its director in the landscape of American independent cinema and has become a coming-of-age touchstone. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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461207feature810In a Lonely Place1950United States1:33:322019-03-262019-07-01Nicholas Rayhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/megan-abbott-s-adventures-in-moviegoing/season:1/videos/in-a-lonely-placeDirected by Nicholas Ray • 1950 • United States / / Starring Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame / / / / When a gifted but washed-up screenwriter with a hair-trigger temper—Humphrey Bogart, in a revelatory, vulnerable performance—becomes the prime suspect in a brutal Tinseltown murder, the only person who can supply an alibi for him is a seductive neighbor (Gloria Grahame) with her own troubled past. The emotionally charged IN A LONELY PLACE, freely adapted from a Dorothy B. Hughes thriller, is a brilliant, turbulent mix of suspenseful noir and devastating melodrama, fueled by powerhouse performances. An uncompromising tale of two people desperate to love yet struggling with their demons and each other, this is one of the greatest films of the 1950s, and a benchmark in the career of the classic Hollywood auteur Nicholas Ray.
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Dana Polan Commentary1:33:322019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/in-a-lonely-place/videos/dana-polan-commentaryRecorded in 2015, this audio commentary features film scholar Dana Polan, author of the BFI Film Classics monograph on IN A LONELY PLACE.
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466812featureBugsy Malone1976United States1:33:132019-04-012019-07-01Alan Parkerhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/bugsy-malone/videos/bugsy-maloneDirected by Alan Parker • 1976 • United States / / Starring Jodie Foster, Scott Baio / / / / Welcome to Fat Sam’s speakeasy! A TAXI DRIVER–era Jodie Foster is among the gaggle of young ’uns who comprise the all-child cast of this delightful 1976 musical gangster comedy, in which the guns shoot whipped cream and the titular ex-boxer (played by Scott Baio in his first role) finds himself caught up in a mob turf war at the height of the roaring twenties. Featuring toe-tapping tunes (courtesy of Paul Williams), a snappy script, and remarkably poised performances from its young cast, this debut feature from Alan Parker (FAME) has earned its place as a beloved cult classic. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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467042featureHuman Desire1954United States1:30:552019-04-012019-07-01Fritz Langhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/human-desire/videos/human-desireDirected by Fritz Lang • 1954 • United States / / Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford / / / / In this adaptation of Emile Zola’s “La bête humaine,” veteran Jeff Warren (Glenn Ford) returns from Korea to his job as a railroad engineer and quickly succumbs to the advances of his boss's wife, Vicki Buckley (played with frank, unvarnished carnality by Gloria Grahame). Thus begins a tangled web of suspicion, sex, and murder involving Vicki and her brutish husband Carl (Broderick Crawford). Directed by Fritz Lang, HUMAN DESIRE evokes a powerful emotional landscape of envy, greed, lust, and violent anger. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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466307featureThe Burglar1957United States1:30:322019-03-292019-07-01Paul Wendkoshttps://www.criterionchannel.com/the-burglar/videos/the-burglarDirected by Paul Wendkos • 1957 • United States / / Starring Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield / / / / Based on the pulp-fiction novel by David Goodis, who also penned the screenplay, this little-known crime thriller stars noir mainstay Dan Duryea as a jewel thief who targets the mansion of a wealthy evangelist for his final heist—only to see his plan upended when his half sister (Jayne Mansfield) is kidnapped by a crooked cop. Directed by Paul Wendkos, THE BURGLAR has more twists and hairpin turns than a winding mountain road. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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466809featureThe Big Heat1953United States1:29:372019-04-012019-07-01Fritz Langhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/the-big-heat/videos/the-big-heatDirected by Fritz Lang • 1953 • United States / / Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin / / / / Fritz Lang’s hard-boiled cop vs. criminals yarn stars Glenn Ford as Dave Bannion, a police detective and family man driven by grief to conduct a relentless vendetta against a mobster (Alexander Scourby) and his brutal henchman (Lee Marvin). Once dedicated to protect and serve, Bannion sacrifices everything—principles, career, and even the woman who comes to him for protection—in a rage to destroy his gangland foes. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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Commentary1:28:182019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/paths-of-glory-1/videos/commentaryRecorded in 2010, this commentary features critic Gary Giddins (“Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic CInema”).
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465660feature538Paths of Glory1957United States1:28:182019-03-282019-07-01Stanley Kubrickhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/paths-of-glory-1/videos/paths-of-gloryDirected by Stanley Kubrick • 1957 • United States / / Starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolph Menjou / / / / Stanley Kubrick’s PATHS OF GLORY is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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467156featurePushover1954United States1:27:452019-04-012019-07-01Richard Quinehttps://www.criterionchannel.com/pushover/videos/pushoverDirected by Richard Quine • 1954 • United States / / Starring Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Dorothy Malone / / / / Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) is one of the duty-bound cops who stake out the apartment of Lana McLane (Kim Novak), the girlfriend of a murderous bank robber. Sheridan makes a move on the beautiful blonde in order to get the lowdown on the stolen cash. When she turns on the heat, he falls for her, leading to a double-cross with fatal results. The stellar supporting cast includes E. G. Marshall and Dorothy Malone. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star1:27:152019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/mildred-pierce/videos/joan-crawford-the-ultimate-movie-starThis 2002 documentary, directed by Peter Fitzgerald, covers the life and career of actor Joan Crawford. Narrated by Anjelica Huston, it features Crawford’s friends, relatives, and colleagues.
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466305featureThe Lineup1958United States1:26:352019-03-292019-07-01Don Siegelhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/the-lineup/videos/the-lineup-1Directed by Don Siegel • 1958 • United States / / Starring Eli Wallach, Robert Keith / / / / The dual strands of this thriller follow two criminals involved in a dope-smuggling scheme and the police who follow their trail of violence across the city of San Francisco. Making brilliant use of space and architecture, the film features a wildly disorienting car chase that culminates on the then-unfinished Embarcadero Freeway—literally, a road going nowhere. Don Siegel directs Eli Wallach as the cold-blooded hit man, with Warner Anderson and Emile Meyer as the cops hunting him down. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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466306featureDrive a Crooked Road1954United States1:22:562019-03-292019-07-01Richard Quinehttps://www.criterionchannel.com/drive-a-crooked-road/videos/drive-a-crooked-roadDirected by Richard Quine • 1954 • United States / / Starring Mickey Rooney, Kevin McCarthy, Dianne Foster / / / / Mickey Rooney plays Eddie Shannon, a Los Angeles mechanic and race car enthusiast who is seduced by a gangster’s girlfriend and blackmailed into participating as the getaway driver in a bank robbery. A fast-paced, entertaining noir from a screenplay by Blake Edwards and director Richard Quine, DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD features one of Rooney’s most underrated performances, as well as an irresistible femme-fatale turn by Dianne Foster. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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467158featureHollywood Shuffle1987United States1:21:222019-04-012019-07-01Robert Townsendhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/hollywood-shuffleDirected by Robert Townsend • 1987 • United States / / Starring Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans / / / / For this runaway success of urban guerrilla filmmaking, director Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans teamed up both as screenwriters and stars in what Janet Maslin of the “New York Times” called an “exuberant, tirelessly energetic, funny, appealingly mean-spirited, and easy-to-like” comedy. Townsend is actor wannabe Bobby Taylor, who dreams of landing a role, but faces pigeonholing as a jive-talkin’ gangsta. Bobby ultimately realizes that the best parts are inside his head as HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE spoofs everything from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Siskel & Ebert. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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467043featureMurder by Contract1958United States1:20:292019-04-012019-07-01Irving Lernerhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/murder-by-contract/videos/murder-by-contractDirected by Irving Lerner • 1958 • United States / / Starring Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi / / / / Vince Edwards stars as a hired assassin whose latest “assignment” (Caprice Toriel) is about to testify against the mob. But this particular target is not so easy to get at. So he waits . . . and waiting gives the assassin what he needs least: time to think. Cited by Martin Scorsese as a B-movie favorite, MURDER BY CONTRACT has lean, efficient direction by Irving Lerner (CITY OF FEAR), complemented by the stark black-and-white cinematography of Lucien Ballard (THE WILD BUNCH). / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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467155featureNightfall1956United States1:18:572019-04-012019-07-01Jacques Tourneurhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/nightfall/videos/nightfallDirected by Jacques Tourneur • 1957 • United States / / Starring Brian Keith, Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft / / / / Directed by Jacques Tourneur from one of the masterful, despairing novels of David Goodis, NIGHTFALL is the tale of an innocent man trapped in a senseless and lethal web of seduction and crime. The cinematography by noir specialist Burnett Guffey (HUMAN DESIRE, THE BROTHERS RICO) captures the shadowy, neon-lit city as well as a vast and borderless winter landscape, ranking among his greatest achievements. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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465190featureBaby Face1933United States1:15:512019-03-282019-07-01Alfred E. Greenhttps://www.criterionchannel.com/baby-face/videos/baby-faceDirected by Alfred E. Green • 1933 • United States / / Starring Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, George Brent / / / / She climbed the ladder of success—wrong by wrong! Barbara Stanwyck stars as Lily “Baby Face” Powers, a tough woman of unusual beauty who sleeps her way to the top of a banking empire, leaving a trail of broken hearts and marriages in her headstrong quest for fame and fortune. Lily starts life working as a barmaid in her father’s factory-town saloon, where she learns to handle herself around tough men. When her father dies, Baby Face takes her maid and moves to New York, where she marries young office boy Jimmy McCoy (John Wayne), the first in a series of marriages and lovers that ends in control of Gotham Trust Company. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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466308featureSo Dark the Night1946United States1:10:192019-03-292019-07-01Joseph H. Lewishttps://www.criterionchannel.com/so-dark-the-night/videos/so-dark-the-nightDirected by Joseph H. Lewis • 1946 • United States / / Starring Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel / / / / Joseph H. Lewis, the director of the classic film noir GUN CRAZY, established his reputation as a talented stylist by wrangling this complicated story—of a Parisian detective (Steven Geray) who falls in love while taking his first vacation in eleven years, only to see the woman murdered—into a tense and atmospheric thriller. Working with a cast of virtual unknowns, Lewis and noir cinematographer extraordinaire Burnett Guffey overcame the challenges of recreating the French countryside in Canoga Park, California, and crafted a nail-biter with a terrific surprise ending—an inspiration for future films such as POSSESSED and MEMENTO. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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466808featureMy Name Is Julia Ross1945United States1:05:072019-04-012019-07-01Joseph H. Lewishttps://www.criterionchannel.com/my-name-is-julia-ross/videos/my-name-is-julia-rossDirected by Joseph H. Lewis • 1945 • United States / / Starring Nina Foch, George Macready, Dame May Whitty / / / / An unemployed London secretary is lured to the Cornish coast for a position as an elderly woman’s live-in assistant. Soon, however, she finds herself a prisoner in an isolated mansion, where she begins to question her own sanity as she gets roped into a murder plot. This low-budget B movie is transformed into a chilling noir masterpiece through the stylish direction of Joseph H. Lewis (GUN CRAZY) and superb performances. / / / / Limited engagement ends June 30
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Las claves: Compay Segundo0:59:592019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/las-claves-compay-segundoIn this 1998 interview, conducted for the Spanish television program “Las claves,” BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Compay Segundo discuses his career and the Cuban music scene.
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Portrait of a “60% Perfect Man”: Billy Wilder0:58:442019-03-282019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/ace-in-the-hole/videos/portrait-of-a-60-perfect-man-billy-wilderThis 1980 documentary, directed by Annie Tresgot, features filmmaker Billy Wilder in conversation with film critic Michel Ciment at Wilder’s office and Los Angeles homes. It also contains appearances by frequent Wilder collaborators Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
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I’m a Stranger Here Myself0:40:422019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/in-a-lonely-place/videos/i-m-a-stranger-here-myselfThis 1975 documentary about director Nicholas Ray, presented here in a slightly condensed form, features interviews with Ray, filmmaker François Truffaut, and actors Natalie Wood and John Houseman, among others.
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Harring, Theroux, Watts, and Ray on MULHOLLAND DR.
0:35:422019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/mulholland-dr/videos/harring-theroux-watts-and-ray-on-mulholland-drThese interviews with actors Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, and Naomi Watts and casting director Johanna Ray were conducted in February, June, and July 2015 in Los Angeles.
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David Lynch and Naomi Watts on MULHOLLAND DR.
0:26:482019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/mulholland-dr/videos/david-lynch-and-naomi-watts-on-mulholland-drThese interviews with director David Lynch and actor Naomi Watts were conducted in February 2015 in Los Angeles.
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Wim Wenders on BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB0:26:182019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/wim-wenders-on-buena-vista-social-clubThis interview with director Wim Wenders was conducted in Berlin in December 2016.
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Revisiting THE VIRGIN SUICIDES0:26:162019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/the-virgin-suicides/videos/revisiting-the-virgin-suicidesThe following program featuring director Sofia Coppola, actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett, and cinematographer Ed Lachman was produced in 2018.
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On-Set Footage0:24:482019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/mulholland-dr/videos/on-set-footage-1
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463973supplementAnn Blyth on MILDRED PIERCE0:24:002019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/mildred-pierce/videos/ann-blyth-on-mildred-pierceIn July 2006, actor Ann Blyth appeared at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco for a screening of MILDRED PIERCE, organized and recorded by Marc Huestis. Blyth’s onstage Q&A with film noir expert Eddie Muller is presented here.
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Of Family and Folklore0:23:592019-04-032019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/to-sleep-with-anger/videos/of-family-and-folkloreThe following program featuring director Charles Burnett, actors Danny Glover and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and associate producer Linda Koulisis was produced in 2018.
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Billy Wilder at the American Film Institute0:23:532019-03-282019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/ace-in-the-hole/videos/billy-wilder-at-the-american-film-instituteIn 1986, filmmaker Billy Wilder was interviewed by George Stevens Jr. at the American Film Institute. Presented here are excerpts from that discussion in which Wilder reflects on his fifty years in film.
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Making of THE VIRGIN SUICIDES0:23:112019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/the-virgin-suicides/videos/making-of-the-virgin-suicidesWhile Sofia Coppola directed her first feature, her mother, the artist and filmmaker Eleanor Coppola, was there to document the experience. Presented here, that making-of video features interviews with both Sofia and Eleanor; actors Kirsten Dunst, Scott Glenn, Josh Hartnett, Kathleen Turner, and James Woods; author Jeffrey Eugenides; Francis Ford Coppola; and others from the cast and crew.
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0:23:032019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/mildred-pierce/videos/molly-haskell-and-robert-polito-on-mildred-pierceThis conversation between Molly Haskell and Robert Polito was recorded in 2016. In it, the critics discuss both the novel “Mildred Pierce” and the film version by Michael Curtiz.
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James B. Harris0:21:122019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/paths-of-glory-1/videos/james-b-harrisThis new video interview features Paths of Glory producer James B. Harris recalling the making of the film and his collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick.
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IN A LONELY PLACE Revisited0:20:322019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/in-a-lonely-place/videos/in-a-lonely-place-revisitedThis piece, made in 2002, features filmmaker Curtis Hanson discussing the many facets of IN A LONELY PLACE that have made it an enduring classic.
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Angelo Badalamenti on MULHOLLAND DR.0:19:332019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/mulholland-dr/videos/angelo-badalamenti-on-mulholland-drThis interview with composer Angelo Badalamenti was conducted in July 2015 in New Jersey.
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Vincent Curcio on Gloria Grahame0:16:442019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/in-a-lonely-place/videos/vincent-curcio-on-gloria-grahameIn the following interview, recorded in 2015, Vincent Curcio, author of “Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame,” discusses the actor’s remarkable talents, her tempestuous marriage to director Nicholas Ray, and her unforgettable life.
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Jeffrey Eugenides0:15:352019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/the-virgin-suicides/videos/jeffrey-eugenides“The Virgin Suicides” was Jeffrey Eugenides’s debut novel, and Sofia Coppola adapted it to the screen for her debut feature film. In the following interview, produced in 2018, Eugenides talks about his inspiration for the book, being on set during the film’s production, and what Coppola brought to the story of the Lisbon sisters.
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David Frost and Joan Crawford on MILDRED PIERCE
0:15:112019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/mildred-pierce/videos/david-frost-and-joan-crawford-on-mildred-pierceOn January 8, 1970, actor Joan Crawford appeared on “The David Frost Show.” In this excerpt, she discusses MILDRED PIERCE and director Michael Curtiz.
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Kirk Douglas on ACE IN THE HOLE0:14:262019-03-282019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/ace-in-the-hole/videos/kirk-douglas-on-ace-in-the-holeHollywood legend Kirk Douglas, whose work includes Academy Award–nominated turns in CHAMPION, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, and LUST FOR LIFE, gave one of the grittiest and best performances of his career as Chuck Tatum in ACE IN THE HOLE. In this 1984 interview, conducted by Michael Thomas, he discusses his working relationship with Billy Wilder.
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Strange Magic0:13:172019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/the-virgin-suicides/videos/strange-magicIn the following program, produced in 2018, writer and Rookie editor in chief Tavi Gevinson explores THE VIRGIN SUICIDES through the lens of adolescence, suicide, and memory. It features Gevinson’s own writing and imagery from a fanzine she made about Sofia Coppola’s movie in 2012.
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Radio Interviews: Juan de Marcos0:11:022019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-juan-de-marcosThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Juan de Marcos.
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Radio Interviews: Eliades Ochoa0:10:142019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-eliades-ochoaThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Eliades Ochoa.
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464605supplementWalter Newman on ACE IN THE HOLE0:10:132019-03-282019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/ace-in-the-hole/videos/walter-newman-on-ace-in-the-holeWalter Newman was working as a radio writer when director Billy Wilder enlisted him to help write a new screenplay. After working on the script for ACE IN THE HOLE, Newman went on to write screenplays for such films as THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM and CAT BALLOU. Excerpts from his 1970 audio interview by Rui Nogueira are presented here.
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Radio Interviews: Manuel Galbán0:09:462019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-manuel-galbanThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Manuel Galbán.
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Jan Harlan0:09:112019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/paths-of-glory-1/videos/jan-harlanIn this new video interview, Stanley Kubrick's longtime executive producer, Jan Harlan (Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut) discusses the filmmaker and his work.
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Radio Interviews: Alberto “Virgilio” Valdés0:08:482019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-alberto-virgilio-valdesThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Alberto “Virgilio” Valdés.
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Radio Interviews: Manuel “Puntillita” Licea0:08:392019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-manuel-puntillita-liceaThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Manuel “Puntillita” Licea.
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Radio Interviews: Omara Portuondo0:08:142019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-omara-portuondoThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Omara Portuondo.
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460706supplementRadio Interviews: Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal0:07:442019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-manuel-guajiro-mirabalThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal.
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Additional Scenes: Juan de Marcos González Interview
0:07:152019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/additional-scenes-juan-de-marcos-gonzalez-interview
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Radio Interviews: Barbarito Torres0:07:082019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-barbarito-torresThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Barbarito Torres.
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Edition Intro0:07:052019-04-022019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/mildred-pierce/videos/edition-intro-21
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Christiane Kubrick0:07:022019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/paths-of-glory-1/videos/christiane-kubrickIn this new video interview, artist and actress Christiane Kubrick discusses her role in PATHS OF GLORY.
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Radio Interviews: Rubén González0:06:592019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-ruben-gonzalezThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Rubén González.
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Additional Scenes: “Cienfuegos Tiene Su Guaguanco”
0:06:392019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/additional-scenes-cienfuegos-tiene-su-guaguanco
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Governors Awards Tribute to Charles Burnett0:06:382019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/to-sleep-with-anger/videos/governors-awards-tribute-to-charles-burnettFor the 2017 Governors Awards, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, filmmaker Shola Lynch created the following tribute reel dedicated to director Charles Burnett, which features Burnett; filmmakers Julie Dash, Reginald Hudlin, and Robert Townsend; actors Danny Glover, James Earl Jones, Carl Lumbly, and Sheryl Lee Ralph; and cinematographer Bradford Young.
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Radio Interviews: Pío Leyva0:06:272019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-pio-leyvaThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Pío Leyva.
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Radio Interviews: Ibrahim Ferrer0:06:212019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-ibrahim-ferrerThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Ibrahim Ferrer.
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Edition Intro0:06:042019-03-272019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/in-a-lonely-place/videos/edition-intro-10
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Additional Scenes: “Candela,” Amsterdam0:06:032019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/additional-scenes-candela-amsterdam
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Spike Lee Afterword to ACE IN THE HOLE0:05:442019-03-282019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/ace-in-the-hole/videos/spike-lee-afterword-to-ace-in-the-hole
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Radio Interviews: Orlando “Chachaito” Lopez0:05:322019-03-252019-07-01https://www.criterionchannel.com/buena-vista-social-club/videos/radio-interviews-orlando-chachaito-lopezThe following radio interview, recorded in 2000, features BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB musician Orlando “Chachaito” Lopez.
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