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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Blow Out (1981) (4k UHD)

    In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a film sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. To uncover the truth, he enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the...
  2. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Take Out (2004) (Blu-ray)

    The American dream has rarely seemed so far away as in the raw, vérité Take Out, by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, an immersion in the life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant struggling to get by on the margins of post-9/11 New York City. Facing violent retaliation from a loan shark...
  3. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Exotica (1994) (Blu-ray)

    One of the defining independent films of the 1990s, Atom Egoyan’s mesmerizing international breakthrough Exotica takes the conventions of the psychological thriller into bold new territory—unsettling, dreamlike, and empathetic. At the neon-drenched Toronto strip club of the film’s title, a...
  4. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Le Corbeau (1943) (Blu-ray)

    A mysterious writer of poison-pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau (the Raven), plagues a provincial French town, exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community’s calm surface. Made during the Nazi occupation of France, this film by Henri-Georges Clouzot was...
  5. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4 (Blu-ray)

    Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has maintained a fierce commitment to preserving and presenting masterpieces from around the globe, with a growing roster of dozens of restorations that have introduced moviegoers to often overlooked areas of...
  6. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Sound of Metal (2019) (4k UHD) (Blu-ray)

    In Sound of Metal, a tale of sound, fury, and self-discovery, Riz Ahmed delivers an intensely committed performance as the volatile Ruben, who has found new purpose as a drummer in a noise-metal duo, playing blistering live shows with his singer girlfriend, Lou (Olivia Cooke). When Ruben...
  7. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Daddy Longlegs (2009) (Blu-ray)

    Mining the emotional sense memories of their own fractured childhoods, Josh and Benny Safdie craft a by turns empathetic and disquieting portrait of parental dysfunction poised between fierce love and terrifying irresponsibility. Manic Manhattan movie theater projectionist Lenny (cowriter and...
  8. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Frownland (2007) (Blu-ray)

    A nightmare transmission from the grungiest depths of the New York indie underground, the visceral, darkly funny, and totally sui generis debut feature from Ronald Bronstein is a dread-inducing vision of misfit alienation at its unhinged extreme. In a maniacal performance of almost frightening...
  9. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Hôtel du Nord (1938) (Blu-ray)

    Anguished young lovers, fallen women, wanted criminals, and all manner of social castoffs: these are the disreputable denizens of the Hôtel du Nord, an atmospherically seedy boardinghouse on the bustling banks of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, whose lives collide in Marcel Carné’s bittersweet...
  10. Ronald Epstein

    Pre-Order Criterion Press Release: Buck and the Preacher (1972) (Blu-ray)

    With his rousingly entertaining directorial debut, Sidney Poitier helped rewrite the history of the western, bringing Black heroes to a genre in which they had always been sorely underrepresented. Combining boisterous buddy comedy with blistering, Black Power–era political fury, Poitier and a...
  11. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Faya dayi (2021) (Blu-ray)

    A sublime work of personal vision, the debut feature by the Mexican Ethiopian filmmaker Jessica Beshir is a hypnotic documentary immersion in the world of Ethiopia’s Oromo community, a place where one commodity—khat, a euphoria-inducing plant once prized for its supposedly mystical...
  12. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: okja (2017) (4k UHD/Blu-ray Combo)

    Master genre exploder Bong Joon Ho swirls pathos, dark satire, action, and horror into an exhilarating twenty-first-century fairy tale. An all-star cast including Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, and Jake Gyllenhaal is led by An Seo Hyun as Mija, a South Korean girl growing up on an Edenic...
  13. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Devil In A Blue Dress (1995) (4k UHD/Blu-ray Combo)

    The bone-deep disillusionment of postwar film noir becomes a powerful vehicle to explore America’s racial injustices in Carl Franklin’s richly atmospheric Devil in a Blue Dress, an adaptation of the hard-boiled novel by Walter Mosley. Denzel Washington has charisma to burn as the jobless ex-GI...
  14. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Drive My Car (2021) (Blu-ray)

    Only Ryusuke Hamaguchi—with his extraordinary sensitivity to the mysterious resonances of human interactions—could sweep up international awards and galvanize audiences everywhere with a pensive, three-hour movie about an experimental staging of an Anton Chekhov play, presented in nine languages...
  15. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Raging Bull (1980) (4k UHD/Blu-ray Combo)

    With this stunningly visceral portrait of self-destructive machismo, Martin Scorsese created one of the truly great and visionary works of modern cinema. Robert De Niro pours his blood, sweat, and brute physicality into the Oscar-winning role of Jake La Motta, the rising middleweight boxer from...
  16. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Virgin Suicides (1999) (4k UHD)

    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 highly acclaimed first novel, The Virgin Suicides conjures the ineffable melancholy of teenage...
  17. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    With this sublimely bittersweet tale of romantic longing, director David Lean left behind the British soundstage to capture in radiant Technicolor the sun-splashed glory of Venice at the height of summer. In a tour de force of fearless vulnerability, Katharine Hepburn embodies the conflicting...
  18. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Tales of Hoffman (1951) (Blu-ray)

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story. In Jacques Offenbach’s fantasy opera The Tales of Hoffmann, a poet dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive...
  19. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Farewell Amor (2020) (Blu-ray)

    In her luminous feature debut, filmmaker Ekwa Msangi chronicles a broken family’s journey to wholeness with empathy and insight. Seventeen years after his family was separated by the civil war in Angola, a New York taxi driver (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) is reunited with his now devoutly religious...
  20. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Rouge (1987) (Blu-ray)

    Cantopop superstars Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung display the androgynous magnetism that made them icons as doomed lovers in this emblematic film of Hong Kong’s Second New Wave, directed by pioneering queer melodrama master Stanley Kwan. Rouge bridges past and present in its tragic romance between...
  21. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Shaft (1971) (4k UHD) (Blu-ray)

    While the Black Power movement was reshaping America, trailblazing director Gordon Parks made this groundbreaking blockbuster, which helped launch the blaxploitation era and gave the screen a new kind of badder-than-bad action hero in John Shaft (Richard Roundtree, in a career-defining role), a...
  22. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Worst Person In The World (2021) (Blu-ray)

    Renate Reinsve won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for the revelatory, complex performance that anchors this sprawlingly novelistic film by Norwegian auteur Joachim Trier, an emotionally intricate and exhilarating character study of a woman entering her thirties. Amid the seemingly endless...
  23. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Pink Flamingos (1972) (Blu-ray)

    John Waters made bad taste perversely transcendent with the forever shocking counterculture sensation Pink Flamingos, his most infamous and daring cinematic transgression. Outré diva Divine is iconic as the wanted criminal hiding out with her family of degenerates in a trailer outside Baltimore...
  24. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Chan Is Missing (1982) (Blu-ray)

    A mystery man, a murder, and a wad of missing cash—in his wryly offbeat breakthrough, Wayne Wang updates the ingredients of classic film noir for the streets of contemporary San Francisco’s Chinatown. When their business partner disappears with the money they had planned to use for a cab...
  25. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Mississippi Masala (1991) (Blu-ray)

    The vibrant cultures of India, Uganda, and the American South come together in Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala, a luminous look at the complexities of love in the modern melting pot. Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin...
  26. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Double Indemnity (1944) (4k UHD)

    Has dialogue ever been more perfectly hard-boiled? Has a femme fatale ever been as deliciously evil as Barbara Stanwyck? And has 1940s Los Angeles ever looked so seductively sordid? Working with cowriter Raymond Chandler, director Billy Wilder launched himself onto the Hollywood A-list with this...
  27. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Funeral (1984) (Blu-ray)

    It’s death, Japanese style, in the rollicking and wistful first feature from maverick writer-director Juzo Itami. In the wake of her father’s sudden passing, a successful actor (Itami’s wife and frequent collaborator, Nobuko Miyamoto) and her lascivious husband (Tsutomu Yamazaki) leave Tokyo and...
  28. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Mr. Klein (1976) (Blu-ray)

    One of the crowning achievements of blacklisted Hollywood director Joseph Losey’s European exile, the spellbinding modernist mystery Mr. Klein puts a chilling twist on the wrong-man thriller. Alain Delon delivers a standout performance as Robert Klein, a decadent art dealer in Paris during World...
  29. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Walker (1987) (Blu-ray)

    A hallucinatory biopic that breaks all cinematic conventions, Walker, from British director Alex Cox, tells the story of nineteenth-century American adventurer William Walker (Ed Harris), who abandoned a series of careers in law, politics, journalism, and medicine to become a soldier of fortune...
  30. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Miracle in Milan (1951) (Blu-ray)

    Renowned filmmaker Vittorio De Sica followed up his international triumph Bicycle Thieves with this enchantingly playful neorealist fairy tale, in which he combines his celebrated slice-of-life poetry with flights of graceful comedy and storybook fantasy. On the outskirts of Milan, a band of...
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