Criterion Reflections – Episode 3 – Spring 1969

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 features panel conversations and 1:1 interviews offering insights on movies that premiered in a particular season of a year in the past, which were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Jordan Essoe, Trevor Berrett, Keith Enright, John Laubinger, and Robert Taylor to discuss five titles from the Spring of 1969: Ingmar Bergman’s The Rite, Louis Malle’s Calcutta, Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider, Masahiro Shinoda’s Double Suicide and John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy.

Episode Time Markers:

  • Introduction: 0:00:00 – 0:11:00
  • The Rite: 0:11:01 – 0:45:20
  • Calcutta: 0:45:21 – 1:02:12
  • Easy Rider: 1:02:13 – 2:00:17
  • Double Suicide: 2:00:18 –  2:33:06
  • Midnight Cowboy: 2:33:07 – 3:12:02

The Rite (3/25/69)
Guest: Jordan Essoe

Calcutta (4/16/69)
Guests: Trevor Berrett and Keith Enright (from “The Eclipse Viewer”, 2016)

Easy Rider (5/8/69)
Guests: Jordan Essoe and Jon Laubinger

Double Suicide (5/24/69)
Guest: Trevor Berrett

Midnight Cowboy (5/25/69)
Guest: Robert Taylor


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Criterion Reflections logo designed by Brandon Blakeslee

Opening theme music: “Going to the Supermarket” by The Maroons (1980)