Today The Criterion Collection announced their July 2017 line-up, and it’s got one of my favorite films from one of my favorite directors finally coming to the collection on Blu-ray — Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker!

The blurbs are from The Criterion Collection’s website (so are the links) — go there to see the details on the supplements.

July 11, 2017

Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy
-Rome Open City (1945)
Paisan (1946)
Germany Year Zero (1948)

From The Criterion Collection:

Roberto Rossellini is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. And it was with his trilogy of films made during and after World War II—Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero—that he left his first transformative mark on cinema. With their stripped-down aesthetic, largely nonprofessional casts, and unorthodox approaches to storytelling, these intensely emotional works were international sensations and came to define the neorealist movement. Shot in battle-ravaged Italy and Germany, these three films are some of our most lasting, humane documents of devastated postwar Europe, containing universal images of both tragedy and hope.

July 11, 2017

L’argent (1983)
d. Robert Bresson

From The Criterion Collection:

In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a Tolstoy novella to contemporary Paris, L’argent follows a counterfeit bill as it originates as a prop in a schoolboy prank, then circulates like a virus among the corrupt and the virtuous alike before landing with a young truck driver and leading him to incarceration and violence. With brutal economy, Bresson constructs his unforgiving vision of original sin out of starkly perceived details, rooting his characters in a dehumanizing material world that withholds any hope of transcendence.

July 18, 2017

Stalker (1979)
d. Andrei Tarkovsky

From The Criterion Collection:

Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.

July 25, 2017

Lost in America (1985)
d. Albert Brooks

From The Criterion Collection:

In this hysterical satire of Reagan-era values, written and directed by Albert Brooks, a successful Los Angeles advertising executive (Brooks) and his wife (Julie Hagerty) decide to quit their jobs, buy a Winnebago, and follow their Easy Rider fantasies of freedom and the open road. When a stop in Las Vegas nearly derails their plans, they’re forced to come to terms with their own limitations and those of the American dream. Brooks’s barbed wit and confident direction drive Lost in America, a high point in the string of restless comedies about insecure characters searching for satisfaction in the modern world that established his unique comic voice and transformed the art of observational humor.

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By | 2017-08-04T16:16:02+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Categories: News|2 Comments


  1. Dennis Lang April 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the update. Great mix of films. For those who haven’t seen “Stalker” it really sort of defies characterization. Some of you may be familiar with Geoff Dyer’s book “Zona”. based on the movie– a very interesting hybrid, with memoir mixed in, that also defies characterization.

  2. Trevor Berrett April 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    That’s been my most anticipated Criterion release for some time, Dennis. An astonishing film. By the way, I was happy to see that Criterion is including Dyer in their supplements.

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