"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Jun 012017
Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Jhumpa Lahiri, Summer Hours,
Dressed to Kill and La cérémonie
Thursday, June 1
Dressed to Kill*: Criterion Collection Edition #770

A symphony of breathless set pieces and lurid motifs, Brian De Palma's virtuoso thriller is a highlight of the controversial director's career. Starring Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Michael Caine, and Keith Gordon, Dressed to Kill adopts the structures and themes of Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Buñuel and rearranges them into a terrifying, hilarious, and thoroughly perverse contraption. This edition features storyboards by De Palma, new interviews with the cast and crew, and pieces about the cuts made to the film to avoid an X rating.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Friday, June 2
Friday Night Double Feature: La cérémonie and La truite

The brilliantly daring Isabelle Huppert takes center stage in this week's double bill, which pairs two master-manipulator roles from the first half of the actor's extraordinary five-decade career. In Claude Chabrol's crime thriller La cérémonie (1995), Huppert stars alongside Sandrine Bonnaire and Jacqueline Bisset as a postmistress who gets a servant to do her dark bidding, and in Joseph Losey's power-play drama La truite (1982), she plays a woman from rural France who seduces her way to a glamorous life in Japan.
Tuesday, June 6
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Mystery* and Viridiana

This week, we're pairing two films that take a decidedly irreverent view of the Catholic faith. A devout nun struggles through a fallen world in Luis Buñuel's 1961 masterpiece Viridiana, which was roundly denounced by the Vatican upon its premiere. The Virgin Mary speaks to a believer through the back of a man's neck in the 2013 short Mystery, by Spanish filmmaker Chema García Ibarra, an avowed Buñuel devotee.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, June 7
12 Angry Men*: Criterion Collection Edition #591

Sitting in on the tense deliberations of a jury in a capital-murder trial, led by dissenting voice Henry Fonda, Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men (1957) is a white-knuckle thriller that takes a nuanced consideration of the workings of the American legal system. Supplements on our edition include a comprehensive production history as well as two related teleplays: the original version of the courtroom drama from 1955, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, and Tragedy in a Temporary Town (1956), also directed by Lumet and written by 12 Angry Men scribe Reginald Rose.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Friday, June 9
Friday Night Double Feature: I Shot Jesse James and The Shooting

Two cult westerns go toe-to-toe: Samuel Fuller's lean directorial debut, 1949's I Shot Jesse James, offers a pulpy psychological portrait of Robert Ford (John Ireland), the man who killed the titular outlaw, while Monte Hellman's 1966 The Shooting follows a bounty hunter (Warren Oates) as he leads an enigmatic, existential odyssey into the desert.
Saturday, June 10
Split Screen Season Five

Over the course of four years and sixty episodes, producer and author John Pierson's innovative magazine-format IFC series traveled across the U.S., capturing indispensable portraits of diverse filmmaking communities across the country at the turn of the millennium. This month, the fifth season of the show goes live on the Channel, featuring appearances by Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Todd Haynes, Lars von Trier, and Crispin Glover, among others.
Tuesday, June 13
Tuesday's Short + Feature: The Lamp and Cronos

Two masters of the macabre put their creepiest wares on sale. First up is Roman Polanski's early short The Lamp (1959), an eerie portrait of a dollmaker's workshop after-hours that displays the young filmmaker's mastery of atmospheric camerawork and sound design. It's followed by Guillermo del Toro's haunting horror fable, in which a bloodthirsty scarab bestows immortality on an antiques dealer. Also on the Channel: del Toro's conversation with Mythbusters' Adam Savage in our Adventures in Moviegoing series.
Wednesday, June 14
Multiple Maniacs: Criterion Collection Edition #863

You'll never look at a crucifix the same way again after Multiple Maniacs, the deranged sophomore feature by the undisputed master of trash cinema, starring his unstoppable muse Divine and the misfit ensemble the Dreamlanders. This edition features a commentary by Waters and new interviews with many of his Baltimore-based collaborators.
Friday, June 16
Friday Night Double Feature: Late Spring and Donkey Skin

Just in time for Father's Day, this double feature asks if a father and daughter can be too close. Yasujiro Ozu and Jacques Demy answer in wildly different registers: Ozu with a heartbreaking tale of devotion and loss, Demy with a visually dazzling riff on a Charles Perrault fairy tale.
Tuesday, June 20
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Rodeo and The Moment of Truth

This thrill-junkie pairing of art-action classics puts your boots in the bullring, matching Carroll Ballard's short documentary portrait of the 1968 National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City with Francesco Rosi's visceral bullfighting saga.
Wednesday, June 21
Summer Hours*: Criterion Collection Edition #513

In this sun-dappled, beautifully acted ensemble drama, Olivier Assayas tells the story of a family through the objects it holds dear. Our edition includes interviews with the filmmaker and his cast (including Juliette Binoche and Charles Berling), as well as a documentary examining the film's approach to art. For more Assayas on the Channel, check out the filmmaker's introduction to our retrospective of Sacha Guitry, an underappreciated master of early French cinema.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Thursday, June 22
Observations on Film Art No. 8: Offscreen Sound in La cérémonie

In our ongoing, Channel-exclusive series Observations on Film Art, film scholars David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, and Jeff Smith examine elements of cinematic style in the work of great auteurs. Our latest installment features Smith delving into Claude Chabrol's La cérémonie and the ways in which it uses offscreen sound to reinforce its themes of class conflict and the protagonist's sense of isolation. Previous subjects in this series include camera movement in Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors: Red, music in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, editing in Akira Kurosawa's Sanshiro Sugata, and landscapes in the work of Abbas Kiarostami.
Friday, June 23
Friday Night Double Feature: Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? and Quadrophenia

London mods meet Parisian models in this week's swinging sixties double bill. Photographer-turned-filmmaker William Klein's irreverent narrative feature debut chronicles the travails of an American girl navigating the world of Parisian haute couture. Franc Roddam's adaptation of the Who's beloved rock opera captures the rebellious spirit of sixties London, with early performances by Sting and Ray Winstone.
Monday, June 26
Adventures in Moviegoing with Jhumpa Lahiri

The latest episode in our Adventures in Moviegoing series features the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies in conversation with Antonio Mondo, artistic director of the Rome Film Festival. Lahiri discusses cinematic experiences that have had a profound influence on her, sharing stories of how her mother introduced her to Bengali cinema and how she discovered that her maternal grandmother collaborated with Satyajit Ray. Alongside the conversation is a selection of her favorite films, including Roberto Rossellini's Stromboli (1950), Agnès Varda's La Pointe Courte (1956), and Ray's The Big City (1963). Previous contributors to the series include Jonathan Lethem, Mary Karr, Roger Corman, and Bill Hader.
Tuesday, June 27
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Paraíso* and . . . And the Pursuit of Happiness

This week, we've paired two documentary portraits of the immigrant experience in the United States: Nadav Kurtz's 2012 short Paraíso and Louis Malle's 1986 feature . . . And the Pursuit of Happiness. Set in Chicago, Kurtz's award-winning film examines the daily risks taken by three skyscraper-window washers. Informed by the director's own sense of being a new arrival in the U.S., Malle's humane exploration takes a candid look at polyglot middle- and working-class communities across the country.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, June 28
A Hollis Frampton Odyssey*: Criterion Collection Edition #607

Get ready to binge on twenty-four mesmerizing films by American avant-garde pioneer Hollis Frampton, whose formally radical works took the art of cinema into audacious and uncharted new territory. Highlights in this packed edition range from playful works such as Surface Tension and (nostalgia) to Frampton's monumental, unfinished Magellan series, a calendar-based film cycle that was originally intended to be exhibited over the course of 371 days.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Friday, June 29
Friday Night Double Feature: Seance on a Wet Afternoon* and The Honeymoon Killers

This week's ominous double bill introduces viewers to two creepy couples. In British director Bryan Forbes's 1964 supernatural thriller Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Kim Stanley plays an unbalanced medium who manipulates her husband (Richard Attenborough) into kidnapping a young girl to gain favor with the police. The 1969 true-crime drama The Honeymoon Killers, Leonard Kastle's only foray into directing, serves as a gritty alternative to sexy, star-driven lovers-on-the-run classics like Bonnie and Clyde.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel this month:

June 1
Another Year, Mike Leigh, 2010 (new addition to Adventures in Moviegoing with Michael Cera)
Dressed to Kill, Brian De Palma, 1980 (Criterion Collection Edition)
Cat People, Jacques Tourneur, 1942 (new addition to Art-House America)
12 Angry Men (Criterion Collection Edition), Sidney Lumet, 1957
June 2
Wooden Crosses, Raymond Bernard, 1932
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne, Robert Bresson, 1945
Wild 90, Norman Mailer, 1968
Maidstone, Norman Mailer, 1970
June 6
Mystery, Chema García Ibarra, 2013
June 9
A Street of Love and Hope, Nagisa Oshima, 1959
Night and Fog in Japan, Nagisa Oshima, 1960
The Man Who Left His Will on Film, Nagisa Oshima, 1970
David Golder, Julien Duvivier, 1931
La tête d'un homme, Julien Duvivier, 1933
June 16
Death Shadows, Hideo Gosha, 1986
Three Outlaw Samurai, Hideo Gosha, 1964
June 21
Summer Hours, Olivier Assayas, 2008 (Criterion Collection Edition)
June 23
An Actor's Revenge, Kon Ichikawa, 1963
Her Brother, Kon Ichikawa, 1960
Conflagration, Kon Ichikawa, 1958
The Woman in Question, Anthony Asquith, 1950
The Importance of Being Earnest, Anthony Asquith, 1952
June 27
Paraíso, Nadav Kurtz, 2012 (part of Tuesday's Short + Feature)
June 28
A Hollis Frampton Odyssey, Hollis Frampton, 1966-1979 (Criterion Collection Edition)
June 30
Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Bryan Forbes, 1964 (Friday Night Double Feature)
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