Now available on two Criterion Blu-rays—his first two films in one, the third in the other—Errol Morris’ verité portraits of eccentrics in Gates Of Heaven and Vernon, Florida look different than the stylized true crime of The Thin Blue Line, but they have a lot in common.
A vengeful drifter tries to blackmail a fugitive war profiteer in Robert Montgomery’s curious 1947 film noir, which is less interested in plot than the small details of a small New Mexico border town.
This Italian Mad Max knock-off isn’t well-regarded, but it’s fascinating for the way it locks down what producers thought would play to science-fiction fans of its era.
François Truffaut’s follow-up to a three-masterpiece run looks like a movie made by someone exploring tone, characterization, and his own skills.
During the same decade he was cast as James T. Kirk, William Shatner took some audacious (and often ill-advised) risks on the big screen, including this spaghetti Western, which casts him as mixed-race twin brothers.
Blaxploitation got its own vampire in a pair of films starring Shakespearean actor William Marshall.
Before Ang Lee was a well-known auteur, his breakthrough feature about an aging Taipei chef and his three grown daughters touched beautifully on themes that resurfaced later in The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain, and others.
The 1978 animated adaptation of Richard Adams’ bestselling rabbit fantasy is a labor of love from a first-time director with no animation experience.
Steven Spielberg’s morally ambiguous political thriller tracks Israel’s response to the killing of its athletes by a terrorist organization at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
In the chaos of the 1960s, when cultural and political revolutions were running rampant, Federico Fellini adapted Petronius’ long fictional work into a grotesque, erotic yet melancholy film that’s synonymous with word “excess.”
Three years before Easy Rider, Peter Fonda looked comfortable atop a motorcycle in Roger Corman’s fascinating and legitimately dangerous exploitation film about the Hells Angels.
Jean Renoir’s 40-minute masterpiece, based on the Guy de Maupassant short story “A Country Excursion,” still impresses with its lush imagery, sexual candor, and exquisite proportionality.
After Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky won Best Picture, making him a Hollywood legend at age 30, he decided to go big. The union epic that resulted suffered from Important Follow-Up Syndrome.
After Sleeping Beauty, feature animation was looking too time-consuming and expensive for Disney to continue, but technology came to the rescue with this charmer, leading the studio to a profitable new era.
The first English-language film from Persepolis author and co-director Marjane Satrapi is a ready-made cult film full of bright fantasies and grotesque murders.
One of Preston Sturges’ best, funniest films tries to find out what happens to marriages after “happily every after.”