Criterion Collection Announces December Titles Including Works By Michael Haneke, Todd Haynes, And More

The criteria collection has announced four new titles to join the Blu-Ray collection in December: Michael Haneke: Trilogy (1989-1994), Three Mai Zetterling films (1964-1968), the velvet subway (2021), and high cooley (1975). These represent three films with two provocative voices each, a stunning documentary about one of the most iconic rock groups in history, and a tender portrait of black teenagers in 1960s Chicago. Details about these movies can be found below:

Street Date: December 6, 2022

Synopsis: One of the most original, provocative and uncompromising filmmakers in contemporary cinema, Austrian auteur Michael Haneke challenges viewers to contemplate the emptiness of modern existence. With his first three theatrical feature films, The Seventh Continent, Benny’s Video, Y 71 fragments of a chronology of chance—a trilogy depicting a coldly bureaucratic society in which genuine human relations have been supplanted by deep-seated collective malaise: Haneke established the rigorous visual style and unsettling themes that would recur throughout his work. Exploring the relationships between consumerism, violence, the media and contemporary alienation, these brilliant and relentlessly inquisitive films open up deep questions about the world we live in while rejecting the false comfort of easy answers.

  • High-definition digital masters, supervised by director Michael Haneke, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • New interview with actor Arno Frisch
  • New interview with film historian Alexander Horwath
  • 2005 interviews with Haneke
  • Documentary on Haneke’s career including interviews with the director and actors Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • deleted scenes from Video of Benny
  • trailers
  • New translations of English subtitles
  • ALSO: An essay by novelist John Wray

Street Date: December 13, 2022

Synopsis: A fearlessly transgressive, long-overlooked pioneer of feminist cinema, Swedish actress-turned-director Mai Zetterling ruffled the feathers of the patriarchal establishment with a series of vigorously modern, sexually outspoken and politically incendiary films focused on female agency. and the turbulent state of the 20th century. -century Europe. Her unparalleled ability to represent subjective psychological states with startling immediacy is on display in loving couples, night games, Y the girls—three provocative and taboo-busting works from the 1960s starring some of the most iconic stars of Swedish cinema. With their bold narrative structures that fuse reality and fantasy, their elaborate use of metaphor and symbolism, and their willingness to delve into the most fraught realms of human experience, these films are paragons of passionately engaged and adventurous cinema.

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  • New 2K digital restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • New interview with author Alicia Malone
  • Maybe I really am a sorceress, a 1989 documentary on director Mai Zetterling, including interviews with Zetterling; her co-writer, David Hughes; and actors Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson and Gunnel Lindblom
  • heart lines, a 1996 documentary that brings together the girls actors Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson and Lindblom
  • Interview with Zetterling from 1984 loving couples Y the girls
  • Swedish television footage from 1966, shot on location during the production of night games and at the movie premiere
  • New translations of English subtitles
  • ALSO: An essay by film scholar Mariah Larsson

Street Date: December 13, 2022

Synopsis: Emerging from the primal soup of glamour, sleaze, and feverish creativity that was 1960s New York underground culture, the Velvet Underground redefined music with its both raw and exalted blend of experimentation and age-damaged rock and roll. art. In his kaleidoscopic documentary velvet subway, Todd Haynes vividly evokes the incandescent world of the band: the creative origins of visionary twins Lou Reed and John Cale, Andy Warhol’s legendary Factory, and the explosive tension between pop and avant-garde that propelled the group and ultimately consumed it. Never-before-seen performances, interviews, rare recordings and mind-blowing broadcasts from the avant-garde film scene of the day come together in an ecstatic whirlwind of sound and image that is to traditional music documentary what the Velvets were to rock: absolutely. revolutionary.

  • New 4K Digital Master Approved by Director Todd Haynes and Cinematographer Ed Lachman, with Dolby Atmos Soundtrack
  • Audio Commentary with Haynes and editors Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz
  • Outtakes from interviews filmed for the film with musicians John Cale, Jonathan Richman, and Maureen Tucker; filmmaker Jonas Mekas; and actress Mary Woronov
  • 2021 conversation between Haynes, Cale and Tucker
  • Complete versions of some of the avant-garde movies taken from the film, including Piero Heliczer’s. venus in fur (1965)
  • Puzzle
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Optional annotated subtitle track identifying cutting-edge movies seen in the film
  • ALSO: A 2021 essay by critic Greil Marcus
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Street Date: December 13, 2022

Synopsis: Chicago, 1964 – It’s the last few weeks of high school for aspiring poet Preach (Glynn Turman) and his best friend, Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), and they have a full list of extracurricular activities: dance parties, events nocturnal pleasure rides and the stumbling search for romance. Of course, when you’re a young black man in America, your coming-of-age story is far from uncomplicated. With cooley high, Drawing on their own experiences growing up in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing project, director Michael Schultz and screenwriter Eric Monte came up with something truly unique in 1970s cinema: an endearingly funny, tender portrayal of and authentic of black teens fighting for a brighter tomorrow. , brought to life by a dynamic ensemble cast and set to a heavenly hit list of Motown classics.

  • New and restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Michael Schultz, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New conversation between Schultz and film scholar Racquel J. Gates
  • Program on the making of the film.
  • Round table of the 2019 tribute to tall cooley at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with Schultz, actor/filmmaker Robert Townsend, casting director Gloria Schultz, and actors Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Garrett Morris
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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