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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Mona Lisa (1986) (Blu-ray)

    The brilliant breakthrough film by writer-director Neil Jordan journeys into the dark heart of the London underworld to weave a gripping, noir-infused love story. Bob Hoskins received a multitude of honors—including an Oscar nomination—for his touchingly vulnerable, not-so-tough-guy portrayal of...
  2. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Love & Basketball (2000) (Blu-ray)

    Sparks fly both on and off the court in this groundbreaking feature debut by writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard), which elevated the coming-of-age romance by giving honest expression to the challenges female athletes face in a world that doesn’t see them as equal. Sanaa Lathan...
  3. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Throw Down (2004) (Blu-ray)

    One of the most personal films by the prolific Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To is a thrilling love letter to both the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and the art and philosophy of judo. Amid the neon-drenched nightclubs and gambling dens of Hong Kong’s nocturnal underworld, the fates of three wandering...
  4. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Damned (1969) (Blu-ray)

    The most savagely subversive film by the iconoclastic auteur Luchino Visconti employs the mechanics of deliriously stylized melodrama to portray Nazism’s total corruption of the soul. In the wake of Hitler’s ascent to power, the wealthy industrialist von Essenbeck family and their...
  5. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films (Blu-ray)

    THE CRITERION COLLECTION JUNE 10, 2021 Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films We are thrilled to announce our latest box set, a celebration of director, writer, composer, actor, and one-man creative revolutionary Melvin Van Peebles, who jolted American independent cinema to new life...
  6. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: After Life (1998) (Blu-ray)

    If you could choose only one memory to hold on to for eternity, what would it be? That’s the question at the heart of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s revelatory international breakthrough, a bittersweet fantasia in which the recently deceased find themselves in a limbo realm where they must select a single...
  7. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Original Cast Album: "Company" (1970) (Blu-ray)

    Original Cast Album: “Company” This holy grail for both documentary and theater aficionados offers a tantalizingly rare glimpse behind the Broadway curtain. In 1970, right after the triumphant premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking concept musical Company, the renowned composer and...
  8. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Ashes & Diamonds (1958) (Blu-ray)

    A milestone of Polish cinema, this electrifying international sensation by Andrzej Wajda—the final film in his celebrated war trilogy—entwines the story of one man’s moral crisis with the fate of a nation. In a small Polish town on the final day of World War II, Maciek (the coolly charismatic...
  9. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Beasts of No Nation (2015) (Blu-ray)

    The nightmare of war is seen through the eyes of one of its most tragic casualties—a child soldier—in this harrowing vision of innocence lost from Cary Joji Fukunaga. Based on the acclaimed novel by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation unfolds in an unnamed, civil-war-torn West African country...
  10. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Nightmare Alley – in Blu-ray

    Nightmare Alley may be Tyrone Power's darkest film. The 1947 Fox production, directed by Edmund Goulding, definitely falls within noir parameters. Criterion's new Blu-ray - and I'm complaining, as I'm thrilled to have it - is a wonderful example of something that I've discussed in the past -...
  11. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Bringing Up Baby (1938) (Blu-ray)

    Screwball sparks fly when Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn let loose in one of the fastest and funniest films ever made—a high-wire act of invention that took American screen comedy to new heights of absurdity. Hoping to procure a million-dollar endowment from a wealthy society matron for his...
  12. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Mirror (1975) (Blu-ray)

    A subtly ravishing passage through the halls of time and memory, this sublime reflection on twentieth-century Russian history by Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker) is as much a poem composed in images, or a hypnagogic hallucination, as it is a work of cinema. In a richly textured collage of varying film...
  13. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Deep Cover (1992) (Blu-ray)

    Film noir hits the mean streets of 1990s Los Angeles in this stylish and subversive underworld odyssey from veteran actor-director Bill Duke. Laurence Fishburne stars as Russell Stevens/John Hull, a police officer who goes undercover as the partner of a dangerously ambitious cocaine trafficker...
  14. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Working Girls (1986) (Blu-ray)

    Sex work is portrayed with radical nonjudgment in Lizzie Borden’s immersive, richly detailed look at the rhythms and rituals of society’s most stigmatized profession. Inspired by the experiences of the sex workers Borden met while making her underground feminist landmark Born in Flames, Working...
  15. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: La Piscine (1969) (Blu-ray)

    The bright sun of the French Riviera is deceptive in this languorously alluring exercise in slow-burn suspense from thriller specialist Jacques Deray and legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. Ten years after their breakup, one of European cinema’s most iconic real-life couples, Alain...
  16. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Human Condition (1959) (Blu-ray)

    This mammoth humanist drama by Masaki Kobayashi is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three installments of two parts each, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition, adapted from Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel, tells of the...
  17. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Streetwise / Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (Blu-ray)

    In 1983, director Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, and journalist Cheryl McCall set out to tell the stories of homeless and runaway teenagers living on the margins in Seattle. Streetwise follows an unforgettable group of kids who survive by hustling, panhandling, and dumpster diving...
  18. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs (Blu-ray)

    There has never been a filmmaker like Marlon Riggs (1957–1994): an unapologetic gay Black man who defied a culture of silence and shame to speak his truth with resounding joy and conviction. An early adopter of video technology who had a profound understanding of the power of words and images to...
  19. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Visions of Eight (1973) (Blu-ray)

    In Munich in 1972, eight renowned filmmakers each brought their singular artistry to the spectacle of the Olympic Games—the joy and pain of competition, the kinetic thrill of bodies in motion—for an aesthetically adventurous sports film unlike any other. Made to document the Olympic Summer...
  20. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Pariah (2011) (Blu-ray)

    The path to living as one’s authentic self is paved with trials and tribulations in this revelatory, assured feature debut by Dee Rees—the all-too-rare coming-of-age tale to honestly represent the experiences of queer Black women. Grounded in the fine-grained specificity and deft...
  21. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Pickup on South Street (1953) (Blu-ray)

    Petty crook Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) has his eyes fixed on the big score. When the cocky three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy (Jean Peters), he finds a more spectacular haul than he could have imagined: a strip of microfilm bearing confidential U.S. information...
  22. Ronald Epstein

    Criterion Press Release: Trances (1981) (Blu-ray)

    The groundbreaking Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the dynamic subject of this captivating, one-of-a-kind documentary by Ahmed El Maanouni, who filmed the four musicians during a series of electrifying live performances in Tunisia, Morocco, and France; on the streets of Casablanca; and in...
  23. Ronald Epstein

    Criterion Press Release: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) (Blu-ray)

    The wild world of adolescence has rarely been captured with as sharp an observational eye as in this refreshingly smart, frank spin on the teen comedy by director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe—for each of whom it kicked off a hugely successful film career. Based on Crowe’s...
  24. Ronald Epstein

    Criterion Press Release: Merrily We Go to Hell (1932) (Blu-ray)

    Addiction, nonmonogamy, and female sexual liberation: decades before such ideas were widely discussed, Dorothy Arzner, the only woman to work as a director in 1930s Hollywood, brought them to the screen with striking frankness, sophistication, and wit—a mature treatment that stands out even in...
  25. Ronald Epstein

    Criterion Press Release: Flowers of Shanghai (1998) (Blu-ray)

    An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, this gorgeous period reverie by Hou Hsiao-hsien traces the romantic intrigue, jealousies, and tensions swirling around four late-nineteenth-century Shanghai “flower houses,” where the...
  26. Ronald Epstein

    Criterion Press Release: Nightmare Alley (1947) (Blu-ray)

    Darkness lurks behind the bright lights of a traveling carnival in one of the most haunting and perverse film noirs of the 1940s. Adapted from the scandalous best seller by William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley gave Tyrone Power a chance to subvert his matinee-idol image with a ruthless...
  27. Ronald Epstein

    Criterion Press Release: History Is Made At Night (1937) (Blu-ray)

    Suffused with intoxicating romanticism, History Is Made at Night is a sublime paean to love from Frank Borzage, classic Hollywood’s supreme poet of carnal and spiritual desire. On the run through Europe from her wealthy, cruelly possessive husband, an American (Jean Arthur) is thrown together by...
  28. Ronald Epstein

    Criterion Press Release: Memories of Murder (2003) (Blu-ray)

    In his breakthrough second feature, Bong Joon Ho explodes the conventions of the policier with thrillingly subversive, genre-defying results. Based on the true story of a string of serial killings that rocked a rural community in the 1980s, Memories of Murder stars New Korean Cinema icon Song...
  29. Ronald Epstein

    Criterion Press Release: The Furies (1950) (Blu-ray)

    Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston are at their fierce finest in this crackling western melodrama by master Hollywood craftsman Anthony Mann. In 1870s New Mexico Territory, megalomaniacal widowed ranch owner T. C. Jeffords (Huston, in his final role) butts heads with his firebrand of a daughter...
  30. Ronald Epstein

    Criterion Press Release: Irma Vep (1996) (Blu-ray)

    The live-wire international breakthrough of Olivier Assayas stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action-movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic silent crime serial Les vampires. What she finds is a...
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