C What’s On: The Criterion Channel’s August 2021 Lineup


Well into the summer now, the Criterion Channel brings iconic American legend John Huston to the streaming screen this August, with a series dedicated to the audacious and adventurous Hollywood icon. The films speak for themselves; bringing the likes of Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Key Largo to life, perpetuating the Humphrey Bogart mystique–not to mention later career romps like The Man Who Would Be King–Huston is on the Mount Rushmore of Hollywood, and the Channel’s spotlight this August feels well deserved.

But really, I’m here for the pastries. I’ve seen my fair share of Hegedus/Pennebaker films, but Kings of Pastry appeals to the foodie in me instantly, and should be a great first time watch this month.

A slew of great Budd Boetticher westerns and some recent work from Japanese contemporary Kiyoshi Kurosawa are also big personal highlights. Kurosawa is someone who is so good yet feels under-discussed, and To the Ends of the Earth breaks from his frequent genre deconstructions to offer a lonely portrait of a woman immersed in a foreign country.

Also very cool is an August Criterion spotlight on Lee Isaac Chung, who recently came to the attention of many through Minari this past Oscar season. With so many taken by Minari‘s quiet and tender family drama, the Channel is providing a great avenue to explore Chung’s backlog. A little history goes a long way!

It’s another varied bunch this August, the Criterion Channel continually offering sights new and old for tastes of all varieties. Heck, I’m still ploughing through the Arthouse Animation series that premiered last month! It piles up! But whether you’re diving into the new finds or scouring the Criterion backlog, the Channel’s got more movies and more content to love this August.

August 1st


John Huston: Hollywood Maverick

Across the Pacific (1942), In This Our Life (1942), Let There Be Light (1946), Key Largo (1948), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)*, The Asphalt Jungle (1950)**, The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), Moby Dick (1956), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), Freud (1962), The Night of the Iguana (1964), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), A Walk with Love And Death (1969), Fat City (1972), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Wise Blood (1979), Annie (1982), Under the Volcano (1984), The Dead (1987)

The Queen of Paris: Josephine Baker on Film

 La revue des revues (1927), Siren of the Tropics (1927), Zou Zou (1934), Princesse Tam Tam (1935)

Richard Linklater’s Adventures in Moviegoing

The Shepherds of Calamity (1967), The Ceremony (1971), In a Year of 13 Moons (1978), Ticket of No Return (1979), Every Man for Himself (1980), The Woman Next Door (1981), L’argent (1983), Mishima (1985), Landscape Suicide (1987), High Hopes (1988), A Master Builder (2014)

Nikos Papatakis: Agent of Chaos

Les abysses (1963), The Shepherds of Calamity (1967), Gloria Mundi (1976), The Photograph (1986), Walking a Tightrope (1991)

Criterion August Harlow

Platinum Blonde: Starring Jean Harlow

Red Dust (1932), Red-Headed Woman (1932), Bombshell (1933), Dinner at Eight (1933)**, Hold Your Man (1933), The Girl from Missouri (1934), China Seas (1935), Reckless (1935), Riffraff (1935), Libeled Lady (1936), Suzy (1936), Wife vs. Secretary (1936), Personal Property (1937), Saratoga (1937)

BB Western

The Ranown Westerns

Seven Men from Now (1956), The Tall T (1957), Decision at Sundown (1957), Buchanan Rides Alone (1958), Ride Lonesome (1959), Comanche Station (1960)

Black Women’s Anthems: Four Films by Michelle Parkerson

. . . But Then, She’s Betty Carter (1980), Gotta Make This Journey: Sweet Honey In The Rock (1983), Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box (1987), Odds and Ends (1993)


Criterion Collection Edition #720 The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan, 1983)

Criterion Collection Edition #1088 La piscine (Jacques Deray, 1969)

Inarritu C August

Criterion Collection Edition #1060 Amores perros (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2000)

Criterion Collection Edition #452 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Martin Ritt, 1965)


Criterion August Inheritance

The Inheritance (Ephraim Asili, 2020)

The Diaspora Suite

Forged Ways (2010), American Hunger (2013), Many Thousands Gone (2014), Kindah (2016), Fluid Frontiers (2017)

August 2nd


No Data Plan (Miko Revereza, 2019)

With the shorts Disintegration 93–96 (2017), Distancing (2019)

August 3rd


Le Cinéma Club Presents

Braguino (2017), I Signed the Petition (2018), Blessed Land (2019), The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady (2019), Moving (2019), Dustin (2020), The End of Suffering (A Proposal) (2020), Hella Trees (2020), Lizard (2020)

August 4th


Lore (Cate Shortland, 2012)

August 5th

Criterion August LIC

Three by Lee Isaac Chung

Munyurangabo (2007), Lucky Life (2010), Abigail Harm (2012)

August 6th

Double Feature: Life’s a Drag
The Queen and Paris Is Burning

August 7th


Annie (John Huston, 1982)

August 9th


Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love (Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2008)

August 10th

'Brick' Rian Johnson Interview

Short + Feature: Student Bodies
The Devil’s Harmony and Brick

August 12th

Three by Mani Kaul: Poet of Parallel Cinema

Our Daily Bread (1970), One Day Before the Rainy Season (1971), Duvidha (1973)

August 13th

Double Feature: Through the Looking Glass
Alice and Black Moon

August 14th

Secret of Nimh Criterion


The Secret of NIMH (Don Bluth, 1982)

August 16th



To the Ends of the Earth (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2019)

August 17th

Short + Feature: Bureaucratic for the People
Sticker and Sorry We Missed You

August 18th

Three by Lynn Hershman Leeson

Conceiving Ada (1997), Teknolust (2002), Strange Culture (2007)

August 19th

Animal Nature: Three by Denis Côté

Bestiaire (2012), Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013), Boris Without Beatrice (2016)

August 20th

Thelma (2017) | Official US Trailer HD

Double Feature: Trier on Tap
Louder Than Bombs and Thelma

August 21st


Sons of the Desert (William A Seiter, 1933)

August 23rd

Criterion Collection Edition #648 Chronicle of a Summer (Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin, 1961)

August 24th

Short + Feature: Mob Injustice
Mizaru and Canoa: A Shameful Memory

August 25th

Oxhide Criterion August

Oxhide and Oxhide II

August 27th

Double Feature: Wet Hot Delon Summer
Purple Noon and La piscine

August 28th

Top Spin Criterion August



Top Spin (Sara Newens and Mina T Son, 2014)

August 30th

Pastry Criterion August

Kings of Pastry (Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker, 2009)

August 31st

Criterion Fire Stromboli August

Short + Feature: Under the Volcanoes
Islands of Fire and Stromboli

Source: Criterion