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Josh is joined once again by Richard Doyle, frequent contributor to the Criterion Reflections podcast, for a conversation on Political Cinema – films about political and social issues that are only available on the Criterion Channel. Plus, Matt Gasteier of The Complete Podcast returns for a conversation about the ways Criterion uses the Criterion Channel as a way to share the work of filmmakers from underrepresented communities.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 32: November 2020 New and Expiring Titles https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-32-november-2020-new-and-expiring-titles Sun, 29 Nov 2020 18:00:38 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64773

Josh is joined by Richard Doyle, frequent guest of the Criterion Reflections podcast, to discuss the Criterion Channel’s new and expiring titles for the month of November. Plus, Michael Hutchins stops by to talk about films from underrepresented communities.

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Inside the Box – Episode 3 – Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman https://criterioncast.com/podcast/inside-the-box/inside-the-box-episode-3-three-fantastic-journeys-by-karel-zeman Sat, 28 Nov 2020 20:14:46 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64708

Trevor Berrett and David Blakeslee are pleased to present Inside the Box, a podcast series that explores the riches in the various box sets released by The Criterion Collection. In this episode, they discuss Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman, which contains Journey to the Beginning of Time, Invention for Destruction, and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.

A one-of-a-kind silver-screen illusionist, Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman devoted his career to transporting viewers to realms bey­ond their wildest imagining. The deft, breathtaking combin­ations of live action and animation techniques that he pioneered in the postwar years earned him comparisons to legends such as Georges Méliès, and an array of followers that includes Jan Švankmajer, Terry Gilliam, and Wes Anderson. Presented here are three of Zeman’s most enchanting fantasies—a boys’ adventure into the mists of prehistory, a Jules Verne–derived flight of fancy, and an exotic eighteenth-century tall tale—all of them treasure chests of wondrous sights, tactile textures, and headlong yarn-spinning that helped put Czechoslovak cinema on the international map.

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 90 – Short Films of 1971 https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-90-short-films-of-1971 Sat, 28 Nov 2020 00:24:09 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64553 Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Norman Buckley, Josh Hornbeck, Robert Taylor, Jason Beamish, Brad McDermott, Derek J. Power, and William Remmers to discuss nine short films originally released or created in 1971.

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  • Opening Comments: 0:00 – 0:09 (Intro: “I Am, I Said” – Neil Diamond)
  • Ingmar Bergman 0:09:00 – 0:32 (Intro: “I’m Eighteen” – Alice Cooper)
  • The Castaway of Providence Street / Factory / Seems Like Only Yesterday 0:32 – 1:17 (Intro: “Oye Como Va” – Santana)
  • Homesdale 1:17 – 1:52 (Intro: “Freedom” – Jimi Hendrix)
  • Nausicaa 1:52 – 2:07 (Intro: “Layla” – Derek & the Dominoes)
  • (nostalgia) / Critical Mass 2:07 – 3:25(Intro: “Love Her Madly” – The Doors)
  • The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes 3:25 – 4:20 (Intro: “Toast and Marmalade for Tea” – Tin Tin)
  •  Outro: “One Toke Over the Line” – Brewer & Shipley

Ingmar Bergman (directed by Stig Björkman)

The Castaway of Providence Street (directed by Arturo Ripstein & Rafael Castenedo)

Factory (directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski)

Seems Like Only Yesterday (directed by Carroll Ballard)

Homesdale (directed by Peter Weir)

Nausicaa (directed by Agnès Varda)

(nostalgia) & Critical Mass (directed by Hollis Frampton)

The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (directed by Stan Brakhage)

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 31: The Return of Art-House Horror on Other Streaming Services https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-31-the-return-of-art-house-horror-on-other-streaming-services Sat, 31 Oct 2020 17:00:54 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64618

Josh is joined once again by Jon Laubinger of the Film Baby Film podcast for a followup to their conversation about “The Return of Art House Horror” – this time looking at horror films on other streaming services. Plus, David Blakeslee of the Criterion Reflections podcast stops by for a conversation about the horror films of 1971.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 30: The Return of Art-House Horror https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-30-the-return-of-art-house-horror Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:00:53 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64574

Josh is joined once again by Jon Laubinger of the Film Baby Film podcast for “The Return of Art House Horror” – a conversation about horror films that can only be found on the Criterion Channel. Plus, Elana Levin, host of Graphic Policy Radio and frequent contributor to Wrong Reel, stops by to uncover some hidden gems in the recent ’70s horror bundle.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 29: October 2020 New and Expiring Titles https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-29-october-2020-new-and-expiring-titles Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:00:19 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64571

Josh is joined by Jon Laubinger of the Film Baby Film podcast to discuss the Criterion Channel’s new and expiring titles for the month of October. Plus, Michael Hutchins stops by to check in on the state of Criterion’s digital library.

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Criterion Now – Episode 113 – January 2021 Announcements, Janus Theatrical Releases, Flash Sale https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-now/criterion-now-episode-113-january-2021-announcements-janus-theatrical-releases-flash-sale Sun, 25 Oct 2020 16:08:59 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64564

David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett from CriterionCast and Inside the Box join to talk about the latest Criterion News. We begin with the intriguing and somewhat divisive January 2021 Criterion announcements. It turned out we had the perfect guests for this release slate. We then talk about the flash sale, and this episode was recorded prior to the announcement. We also talked about Janus Films theatrical screenings and what that could mean for potential disc releases in the future. 

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Episode 211 – Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker’s The War Room https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterioncast-episodes/episode-211-chris-hegedus-and-d-a-pennebakers-the-war-room Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:59:47 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64530

On episode 211 of CriterionCast, Jordan Essoe is joined by Scott Nye, David Blakeslee, and Arik Devens to discuss Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker’s 1993 film The War Room.

The 1992 presidential election was a triumph not only for Bill Clinton but also for the new breed of strategists who guided him to the White House—and changed the face of politics in the process.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 28: Back to School on Other Streaming Services https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-28-back-to-school-on-other-streaming-services Sun, 18 Oct 2020 17:00:11 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64527

Josh is joined by Alexandria Daniels, film blogger and guest of the It Pod to Be You and We Cut Heads podcasts, for a followup to their conversation on films about teachers and students, this time discussing movies that are available on other streaming services.

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 89 – Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-89-harold-and-maude Mon, 05 Oct 2020 18:00:20 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64404

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Brad McDermott, Derek J. Power, William Remmers and Mark Repp to discuss Harold and Maude, directed by Hal Ashby.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 27: Back to School https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-27-back-to-school Fri, 02 Oct 2020 18:37:00 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64490

Josh is joined by Alexandria Daniels, film blogger and guest of the It Pod to Be You and We Cut Heads podcasts, head back to school to discuss films about teachers and students available exclusively on the Criterion Channel. Plus, Becky D’Anna stops by to entry-points to the films of Albert Brooks.

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Criterion Now – Episode 112 – December 2020 Announcements, Black Films, Theatrical Releases https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-now/criterion-now-episode-112-december-2020-announcements-black-films-theatrical-releases Sun, 27 Sep 2020 14:54:23 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64466

Brad McDermott and Josh Hornbeck join to recap a lot of interesting interesting events over the last month. We begin by discussing the December 2020 Criterion announcements, and we then talk about some titles that were not announced but are being released theatrically. After the NYTimes article about the lack of diversity in the collection, we each recommended some films from black directors for the collection. We also talk about the passing of Jiri Menzel, the complete Agnes Varda, flash sale speculation, and more. 

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Aaron West YouTube – The Complete Agnes Varda
NYTimes – How the Criterion Collection Crops Out African-American Directors
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Wong Kar Wai Retrospective
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Criterion Reflections – Episode 88 – Roman Polanski’s Macbeth https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-88-macbeth Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:12:22 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64299

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Trevor Berrett, Derek J. Power, William Remmers and Brad McDermott to discuss Macbeth, directed by Roman Polanski.

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Macbeth (Other Versions Mentioned in Episode)

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 26: September 2020 New and Expiring Titles https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-26-september-2020-new-and-expiring-titles Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:14:24 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64383

Josh is joined by film blogger Alexandria Daniels and guest of the It Pod to Be You and We Cut Heads podcasts for a conversation about the Criterion Channel’s new and expiring titles for the month of September. Plus, Michael Hutchins stops by to discuss films that make a rare return appearance on the channel.

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Episode 210 – Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’eclisse https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterioncast-episodes/episode-210-michelangelo-antonionis-leclisse Wed, 16 Sep 2020 04:02:24 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64310

On episode 210 of CriterionCast, Jordan Essoe is joined by Scott Nye, David Blakeslee, and Arik Devens to discuss Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1961 film L’eclisse.

Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of connection in an alienating modern world.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 25: Czech and Eastern European Cinema on Other Streaming Services https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-25-czech-and-eastern-european-cinema-on-other-streaming-services Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:59:03 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64344

Josh is joined by Matin Kessler of the Flixwise and Flixwise Canada podcasts for a followup to their conversation on Czech cinema, this time discussion Czech and Eastern European films on other streaming services.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 24: Czech Cinema https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-24-czech-cinema Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:36:28 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64335

Josh is joined by Martin Kessler of the Flixwise and Flixwise Canada podcasts to discuss Czech Cinema from the Criterion Channel’s permanent streaming library. Plus, Andrew F. Peirce of The Curb stops by to talk about entry points to the Australian New Wave.

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Inside the Box – Episode 2 – The Apu Trilogy https://criterioncast.com/podcast/inside-the-box/inside-the-box-episode-2-the-apu-trilogy Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:31:40 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63764

Trevor Berrett and David Blakeslee are pleased to present Inside the Box, a podcast series that explores the riches in the various box sets released by The Criterion Collection. In this episode, they discuss The Apu Trilogy, which contains Pather Panchali, Aparajito, and Apur Sansar.

Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new restoration. The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, following one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. These delicate masterworks—Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)—based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. They are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover.

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 87 – King Hu’s A Touch of Zen https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-87-a-touch-of-zen Wed, 02 Sep 2020 13:00:06 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64201

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Robert Taylor and Michael Worth to discuss A Touch of Zen, directed by King Hu.

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Criterion Now Episode 111 – October & November Announcements, Fellini, Varda https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-now/criterion-now-episode-111-october-november-announcements-fellini-varda Sun, 30 Aug 2020 21:23:50 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64240

Michael Hutchins joins Aaron to catch up on the biggest Criterion news of the last month or so. We cover the November Criterion announcements in detail including the new Fellini Box Set. We also cover the October announcements in somewhat less detail but we dig into big releases like Parasite. We also react to the beautiful Agnes Varda set.

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NYTimes – How the Criterion Collection Crops Out African-American Directors
NYTimes – What Would You Include in The Criterion Collection?
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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 23: August 2020 New and Expiring Titles https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-23-august-2020-new-and-expiring-titles Sat, 22 Aug 2020 00:52:54 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64180

Josh is joined by Martin Kessler of the Flixwise and Flixwise Canada podcasts to discuss August’s new and expiring titles. Plus, Michael Hutchins stops by to talk about the short films streaming on the Criterion Channel.

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 86 – Francois Truffaut’s Two English Girls https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-86-two-english-girls Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:02:51 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63996

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Norman Buckley, William Remmers and Adam Spieckermann to discuss Two English Girls, directed by Francois Truffaut.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 22: Films from Underrepresented Countries on Other Streaming Services https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-22-films-from-underrepresented-countries-on-other-streaming-services Wed, 19 Aug 2020 03:11:35 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64169

Josh is joined once again by Doug McCambridge of the Good Time, Great Movies podcast – as well as the new Schitt’s and Giggles podcast – to discuss films from underrepresented countries on other streaming services.

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Episode 209 – Michelangelo Antonioni’s La notte https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterioncast-episodes/episode-209-michelangelo-antonionis-la-notte Fri, 14 Aug 2020 04:55:12 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64141

On episode 209 of CriterionCast, Jordan Essoe is joined by Scott Nye, David Blakeslee, and Arik Devens to discuss Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1961 film La notte.

Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as a novelist and his frustrated wife, who, over the course of one night, confront their alienation from each other and the achingly empty bourgeois Milan circles in which they travel. Antonioni’s muse Monica Vitti smolders as an industrialist’s tempting daughter. Moodily sensual cinematography and subtly expressive performances make La notte an indelible illustration of romantic and social deterioration.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 21: Around the World https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-21-around-the-world Sun, 09 Aug 2020 11:59:07 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64075

Josh is joined once again by Doug McCambridge of the Good Time, Great Movies podcast – as well as the new Schitt’s and Giggles podcast – to discuss films from underrepresented countries on the Criterion Channel. Plus, Matt Gasteier from The Complete Podcast returns to give a refresher on basic navigation and discuss common concerns for anyone who might be new to the channel.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 20: July 2020 New and Expiring Titles https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-20-july-2020-new-and-expiring-titles Fri, 24 Jul 2020 01:49:04 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=64005

Josh is joined by Doug McCambridge of the Good Time, Great Movies podcast – as well as the new Schitt’s and Giggles podcast – to discuss July’s new and expiring titles. Plus, Michael Hutchins stops by to talk about the digital supplements created exclusively for the Criterion Channel.

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 85 – Claude Jutra’s Mon Oncle Antoine https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-85-mon-oncle-antoine Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:00:51 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63979

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Phil DeKane, Richard Doyle, Josh Hornbeck and David Seeley to discuss Mon oncle Antoine, directed by Claude Jutra.

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 84 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Merchant of Four Seasons https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-84-merchant-of-four-seasons Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:00:53 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63834

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Jordan Essoe and Robert Taylor to discuss The Merchant of Four Seasons, directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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Criterion Now – Episode 110 – A Conversation with Atom Egoyan https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-now/criterion-now-episode-110-a-conversation-with-atom-egoyan Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:52:13 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63962

Atom Egoyan joins for a discussion about his new and old films. Today his new film, Guest of Honour, opens on Kino Marquee. He hits on numerous influences that have impacted the new film and his entire film style. He also talks a great deal about his earlier films, the July bundle on the Criterion Channel, how to approach his filmography, and just the state of cinema today. He’s a breath of fresh air and loves film. Enjoy! 

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Episode 208 – Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’avventura https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterioncast-episodes/episode-208-michelangelo-antonionis-lavventura Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:29:13 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63929

On episode 208 of CriterionCast, Jordan Essoe is joined by Scott Nye, David Blakeslee, and Arik Devens to discuss Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 film L’avventura.

Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’avventura concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti, in her breakout role).

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 19: June 2020 New and Expiring Titles, Film Noir, HBO Max, and Bergman Entry Points https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-19-june-2020-new-and-expiring-titles-film-noir-hbo-max-and-bergman-entry-points Wed, 08 Jul 2020 21:14:15 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63932

On this mega-episode of the podcast, Josh is joined by Brad McDermott, filmmaker and frequent guest on the Criterion Reflections and Criterion Now podcasts, to discuss films noir in the Criterion Channel’s permanent library, as well as the new and expiring titles for the month of June. Michael Hutchins stops by to discuss the Criterion titles on Warner Media’s new streaming service, HBO Max, and Becky D’Anna joins Josh for a conversation about entry points to the films of Ingmar Bergman.

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Criterion Now – Episode 109 – September 2020 Announcements, Spike Lee https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-now/criterion-now-episode-109-september-2020-announcements-spike-lee Sun, 28 Jun 2020 19:21:48 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63904

Brad McDermott and Will Remmers join Aaron to talk about the latest. We dive into the delicious September 2020 month, anchored by WCP3. We also talk about the Barnes and Noble sale and debate whether it can be depended on for summer and fall months. We get into the prospect of adding Bollywood to the collection, as teased by Lee Kline on Roger Deakins’ podcast. Finally we end the show talking at length about Spike Lee and Black Lives Matter. 

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 83 – Masahiro Shinoda’s Silence https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-83-silence Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:00:18 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63821

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Josh Hornbeck, Jon Laubinger and Robert Taylor to discuss Silence, directed by Masahiro Shinoda.

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 82 – Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-82-straw-dogs Tue, 23 Jun 2020 11:30:03 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63793

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Trevor Berrett, Richard Doyle, and Derek J. Power to discuss Straw Dogs, directed by Sam Peckinpah.

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Episode 207 – Roberto Rossellini’s Germany Year Zero https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterioncast-episodes/episode-207-roberto-rossellinis-germany-year-zero Wed, 10 Jun 2020 11:59:14 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63782

This time on the podcast, Jordan Essoe, Scott Nye, David Blakeslee, and Arik Devens discuss Roberto Rossellini’s Germany Year Zero.

The concluding chapter of Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy is the most devastating, a portrait of an obliterated Berlin, seen through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy.

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Inside the Box – Episode 1 – 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg https://criterioncast.com/podcast/inside-the-box/episode-1-3-silent-classics-by-josef-von-sternberg Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:00:42 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63711

Trevor Berrett and David Blakeslee are pleased to present Inside the Box, a podcast series that will explore the riches in the various box sets released by The Criterion Collection. In this inaugural episode, they discuss 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg, which contains Underworld, The Last Command, and The Docks of New York.

Vienna-born, New York-raised Josef von Sternberg directed some of the most influential, stylish dramas ever to come out of Hollywood. Though best known for his star-making collaborations with Marlene Dietrich, von Sternberg began his career during the final years of the silent era, dazzling audiences and critics with his films’ dark visions and innovative cinematography. The titles in this collection, made on the cusp of the sound age, are three of von Sternberg’s greatest works, gritty evocations of gangster life (Underworld), the Russian Revolution (The Last Command), and working-class desperation (The Docks of New York) rendered as shadowy movie spectacle.

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Inside the Box – Episode 0 – Trailer! https://criterioncast.com/podcast/inside-the-box/inside-the-box-episode-0-trailer Sun, 31 May 2020 05:29:57 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63721

Inside the Box is a new podcast dedicated to conversation about box sets produced by The Criterion Collection. Co-hosts Trevor Berrett and David Blakeslee, partners on The Eclipse Viewer podcast from 2013 to 2018, pick up where they left off after they completed their coverage of Criterion’s Eclipse Series.

Each episode will focus attention on a particular Criterion box set, discussing not only the films themselves, but also the supplements, packaging and other background information that aims to enhance our understanding and appreciation for each of these unique editions.

Here’s a short introduction from Trevor and David to let you know a little bit more about what they have in mind for their new program!

The unedited version of the first episode of Inside the Box is now available to our supporters on Patreon.

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 81 – Three Feminist Films of 1971 https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-81-three-feminist-films Wed, 27 May 2020 12:00:58 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63679

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Stephanie Conti and Savanna Lanausse from the Purple Noon podcast to discuss Growing Up Female, Janie’s Janie and Joyce at 34, all available on the Criterion Channel as part of “Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women’s Stories”, a new collection of 24 films.

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Criterion Now – Episode 108 – August 2020 Announcements, Agnes Varda, Satyajit Ray https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-now/criterion-now-episode-108-august-2020-announcements-agnes-varda-satyajit-ray Mon, 25 May 2020 22:57:25 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63693 Trevor Berrett from The Mookse and the Gripes and CriterionCast joins to talk about the latest bit of news from Criterion. What a big month it is! We have a solid August 2020 announcement slate which includes the complete works of Agnes Varda. We dive into those, and Trevor provides a lot of insights into Town Bloody Hall and others. We also talk about Company, some discovered prints from Satyajit Ray, Pandora’s box, and more. 

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Eclipse Viewer – Episode 34 – Agnes Varda in California
Company Original Cast Recording Coming to Criterion
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Criterion Reflections – Episode 80 – Werner Herzog’s Land of Silence and Darkness https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-80-land-of-silence-and-darkness Sun, 24 May 2020 15:30:08 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63638

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by David Seeley to discuss Land of Silence and Darkness, directed by Werner Herzog.

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Land of Silence and Darkness

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THE BIG BOSS

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Episode 206 – Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterioncast-episodes/episode-206-roberto-rossellinis-paisan Sat, 16 May 2020 11:59:24 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63666

This time on the podcast, Jordan Essoe, Scott Nye, David Blakeslee, and Arik Devens discuss Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan.

With its documentary-like visuals and intermingled cast of actors and nonprofessionals, Italians and their American liberators, this look at the struggles of different cultures to communicate and of people to live their everyday lives in extreme circumstances is equal parts charming sentiment and vivid reality.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 18: May 2020 New and Expiring Titles https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-18-may-2020-new-and-expiring-titles Wed, 13 May 2020 18:11:24 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63659

Josh is joined by first time guest Brad McDermott and frequent contributor Michael Hutchins for an informal conversation about May’s new and expiring titles.

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Episode 205 – Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterioncast-episodes/episode-205-roberto-rossellinis-rome-open-city Fri, 08 May 2020 23:44:39 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63646

This time on the podcast, Jordan Essoe, Scott Nye, David Blakeslee, and Arik Devens discuss Roberto Rossellini’s Rome Open City.

This was Roberto Rossellini’s revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with more melodramatic flair than the films that would follow it to form The War Trilogy and starring some well-known actors—Aldo Fabrizi as a priest helping the partisan cause and Anna Magnani in her breakthrough role as the fiancée of a resistance member—Rome Open City is a shockingly authentic experience, conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II, with immediacy in every frame. Marking a watershed moment in Italian cinema, this galvanic work garnered awards around the globe and left the beginnings of a new film movement in its wake.

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 79 – Lo Wei’s The Big Boss https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-79-the-big-boss Wed, 06 May 2020 13:01:38 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63609

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Richard Doyle and Michael Worth to discuss The Big Boss, directed by Lo Wei.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 17: Comedies on Other Streaming Services https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-17-comedies-on-other-streaming-services Tue, 05 May 2020 03:39:13 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63632

Josh is joined once again by Robert Taylor, screenwriter and critic at The Robert Taylor Odyssey, as they try to “Make ‘Em Laugh” with comedies found on other streaming services.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 16: Make ‘Em Laugh! https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-16-make-em-laugh Sun, 03 May 2020 03:01:37 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63630

Josh is joined once again by screenwriter and critic Robert Taylor of the Robert Taylor Odyssey as they try to “Make ‘Em Laugh” with comedies that are only available on The Criterion Channel. Plus, Matt Gasteier of The Complete Podcast stops by to discuss entry points to the films of Yasujiro Ozu.

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Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 15: April 2020 New and Expiring Titles https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-channel-surfing-episode-15-april-2020-new-and-expiring-titles Wed, 29 Apr 2020 20:28:50 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63616

Josh is joined by screenwriter and critic Robert Taylor of The Robert Taylor Odyssey to discuss April’s new and expiring titles, and Michael Hutchins stops by to discuss the state of Criterion’s permanent digital library.

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 78 – Norman Jewison’s Fiddler on the Roof https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-reflections/episode-78-fiddler-on-the-roof Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:36:18 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63585

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Jason Beamish, Robert Cioffi, and William Remmers to discuss Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Norman Jewison.

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RED SUN

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Criterion Now – Episode 107 – July 2020 Announcements, WC Fields, Arthouse Fundraiser https://criterioncast.com/podcast/criterion-now/criterion-now-episode-107-july-2020-announcements-wc-fields-arthouse-fundraiser Sun, 26 Apr 2020 22:19:24 +0000 https://criterioncast.com/?p=63603 Doug McCambridge and Jordan Essoe join Aaron to talk Criterion during this new normal. We are pleasantly surprised that the Criterion July announcements were on time again, and in typical July fashion, it was a stellar month. In addition to the July slate, we talk about potential upcoming titles including Agnes Varda, Abbas Kiarostami, W.C. Fields, Jia Zhangke, and more. We also talk about the generous fundraiser that Criterion launched to support indie theaters and its subsequent success.

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Criterion Now – Episode 73 – A Conversation with Lisa Bramon Garcia
Bruce Lee Greatest Hits Trailer
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