C What’s On: The Criterion Channel’s September 2020 Lineup


Summer is winding down and the weather is beginning to cool with it–thank goodness. We had the excuse of staying indoors in our air-conditioned rooms so as to binge all these movies and shows; now I guess we can say it’s to stay warm? Alternatively, there is still, y’know, a global pandemic occurring. 

But who needs an excuse to indulge in more monthly goodness on the Criterion Channel, coming into the year’s final third with a strong lineup and the debut (as far as I’m aware?) of Sergio Leone–AKA, my all-time favorite.

For me, Leone encapsulates the very best of films in that he makes style the substance, reworking the tried-and-true, beat-a-dead-horse western back in the ’60s and blasting the lid off with what would today be considered, perhaps, the sort of visual pizzazz seen in music videos. Indeed, the strength of his collaboration with Ennio Morricone and the symbiotic relationship between his frames and Morricone’s compositions is, if you’ll allow the pomp, pure cinema.

Basically, go watch A Fistful of Dollars and then everything else he’s done. (And Yojimbo ain’t too shabby either!)

* indicates programming available October 1
** indicates programming available only in the U.S.

September 1st

Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994)

Short + Feature: Super Bowles
You Are Not I (Sara Driver, 1981) and The Sheltering Sky (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1990)

September 2nd

Two by Dorothy Arzner

Working Girls (1931), Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

September 3rd

Criterion Collection Edition #974

The Heiress (William Wyler, 1949)

September 4th

Double Feature: Spaghetti alla Samurai 
Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961) and A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone, 1964)

YOJIMBO Trailer (1961) - The Criterion Collection

September 5th

Saturday MatineeDuck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)

September 6th

Pre-Code Joan Blondell 

Blonde Crazy (Roy Del Ruth, 1931), Millie (John Francis Dillon, 1931), Night Nurse (William A. Wellman, 1931), The Public Enemy (William A. Wellman, 1931)*, Big City Blues (Mervyn LeRoy, 1932), The Crowd Roars (Howard Hawks, 1932), Lawyer Man (William Dieterle, 1932), Three on a Match (Mervyn LeRoy, 1932), Union Depot (Alfred E. Green, 1932), Blondie Johnson (Ray Enright, 1933), Footlight Parade (Lloyd Bacon, 1933), Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy, 1933), Dames (Ray Enright and Busby Berkeley, 1934), He Was Her Man (Lloyd Bacon, 1934)

September 7th

Three by Robert Greene

Actress (2014), Kate Plays Christine (2016), Bisbee ’17 (2018)

September 8th

Short + Feature: Through Her Eyes 
Nettles (Raven Jackson, 2018) and It Felt Like Love (Eliza Hittman, 2013)

September 9th

Four Films by Janicza Bravo 

Gregory Go Boom (2013), Pauline Alone (2014), Woman in Deep (2016), Man Rots from the Head  (2017)

September 10th

Christo and Jeanne-Claude


Running Fence (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin, 1977), Islands (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin, 1987), Christo in Paris (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Deborah Dickson, and Susan Froemke, 1990), Umbrellas (Albert Maysles, Henry Corra, and Grahame Weinbren, 1994), The Gates (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Antonio Ferrera, and Matthew Prinzing, 2008), Walking on Water (Andrey Paounov, 2019)

As well as the short films Christo’s Valley Curtain (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Giffard, 1974)

September 11th

Double Feature: Tears of a Clown 
Lenny (Bob Fosse, 1974) and Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling (Richard Pryor, 1986)

September 12th

Saturday Matinee: The Phantom Tollbooth (Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow, and Dave Monahan, 1970)

September 13th

Directed by Albert Brooks


Real Life (1979), Modern Romance (1981), Lost in America (1985), Defending Your Life (1991), Mother (1996)

September 14th

Art and Craft** (Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker, 2014)

September 15th

Short + Feature: The Dakar Connection 
A Thousand Suns (Mati Diop, 2013) and Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Manbety)

September 16th

Three by Lucrecia Martel


La Ciénaga (2001), The Headless Woman (2008), Zama (2017)

September 17th

Criterion Collection Edition #839

Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

Richard Linklater Breaks Down His Career, from Dazed and Confused to Boyhood | Vanity Fair

September 18th

Double Feature: Paradises Lost 
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (FW Murnau, 1931) and Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)

September 19th

Saturday Matinee: Charlotte’s Web** (Charles A Nichols and Iwao Takamoto, 1973)

September 20th

The Films of Agnès Varda 
Featuring extensive supplemental features from Criterion’s The Complete Films of Agnès Varda box set

La Pointe Courte (1955), Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), Le bonheur (1965), Les créatures (1966), Lions Love (. . . and Lies) (1969), Daguerréotypes (1975), One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977), Mur Murs (1981), Documenteur (1981), Vagabond (1985), Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988), Kung-Fu Master! (1988), Jacquot de Nantes (1991), The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993), One Hundred and One Nights (1995), The World of Jacques Demy (1995), The Gleaners and I (2000), The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002), The Beaches of Agnes (2008), Agnès de ci de là Varda (2011), Varda by Agnès (2019)

And the short films: Du coté de la côte (1958), L’opera-mouffe (1958), O saisons, o chateaux (1958), Les fiancés du Pont Macdonald (1962), Salut les cubains! (1964), Elsa la rose (1966), Uncle Yanco (1968), Black Panthers (1970), Réponse de femmes (1975), Plaisir d’amour en Iran (1977), Ulysse (1982), Les dites cariatides (1984), 7 p., cuis., s. de b. . . . (à saisir) (1985), T’as des beaux escaliers, tu sais (1986), Le lion volatil (2003), Ydessa, les ours, et etc. . . . (2004), Les 3 boutons (2015)

Agnès Varda and JR | 'Faces Places' Q&A | NYFF55

September 21st

Streetwise (Martin Bell. 1984)

TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell (Martin Bell, 2016)

September 22nd

Short + Feature: All by Myself 
The Amateurist (Miranda July, 1998) and Je tu il elle (Chantal Akerman, 1974)

September 23rd

Thank You and Good Night (Jan Oxenberg, 1992)

And the short films: Home Movie (Oxenberg, 1973), A Comedy in Six Unnatural Acts (Oxenberg, 1975)

September 24th

Streaming premiere

Corpus Christi (Jan Komasa, 2019)

Corpus Christi (2019) | Official Trailer | Bartosz Bielenia | Aleksandra Konieczna | Eliza Rycembel

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

Young Törless (1966), Baal (1970), The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta, 1975), Coup de grâce (1976), The Tin Drum (1979), Circle of Deceit (1981), Swann in Love (1984), Death of a Salesman (1985), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), Voyager (1991), The Ogre (1996), The Legend of Rita (2000), Diplomacy (2014)

September 25th

Double Feature: Mall Wonders 
Golden Eighties (Chantal Akerman, 1986) and Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello, 2016)

September 26th

Saturday MatineePygmalion (Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard, 1938)

September 27th

By the Book


The Count of Monte Cristo (Rowland V. Lee, 1934), The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935), La bête humaine (Jean Renoir, 1938), Of Mice and Men (Lewis Milestone, 1939), Great Expectations (David Lean, 1946), The Killers (Robert Siodmak, 1946), Anna Karenina (Julien Duvivier, 1948), Oliver Twist (David Lean, 1948), Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961), Lord of the Flies (Peter Brook, 1963), Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964), Closely Watched Trains (Jirí Menzel, 1966), War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1966), Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968), The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko, 1977), The Getting Of Wisdom (Bruce Beresford, 1977), Empire of Passion (Nagisa Oshima, 1978), Watership Down (Martin Rosen, 1978), My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong, 1979), Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979), The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola, 1999), The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, 2001), The Hours (Stephen Daldry, 2002), Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone, 2008), and many, many more!

September 28th

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (Brett Story, 2016)

September 29th

Short + Feature: All This Jazz 
When It Rains (Charles Burnett, 1995) and Ornette: Made in America (Shirley Clarke, 1985)

September 30th


The Loveless (Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montgomery, 1981)

Source: Criterion