Criterion Collection September 2019 Releases

Criterion Announces September Slate, Including One of Their Greatest Packages Ever

The Criterion Collection has announced its impressive slate for the month of September, and they're pulling out all the stops for a very special release from master of filth John Waters.

First up is Fists in the Pocket, an Italian dark comedy from 1965. Criterion describes it as "a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality." The discs both feature a new 4K restoration approved by the director, as well as a new English subtitle translation. There are also interviews with the cast and crew, plus Italian historian Stefano Albertini.

The Cloud-Capped Star follows on September 10. This rarely seen Indian family drama was a bold experiment in style for a straightforward but deeply specific story. The newly restored discs include a new English subtitle translation, a look at director Ritwik Ghatak's real family, and a conversation with filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani.

On September 17, it's a tale of two wildly different pieces of artwork. Ernst Lubitsch's final film Cluny Brown is a heralded satire with a tremendous lead performance by Jennifer Jones. And while it features a treasure trove of special features – including a radio adaptation, a must-see discussion with critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme and a short doc on Lubitsch's career – that cover is downright frightening. On the other hand, the cover for John Waters' Polyester might be the best they've ever done. In a loving parody to Harlequin romance novels, it's a thing of beauty. The package also includes the scratch-and-sniff Odorama cards that caused a minor sensation when the film was first released in 1981. The discs also include vintage Criterion supplements from their 1993 Laserdisc release, including cast and crew interviews and a commentary by Waters.

The month closes out with Charlie Chaplin's final silent film The Circus, one of the few Chaplin films not already in the Collection. And there's Local Hero, which may not be a well-known movie, but is one I guarantee if you ask somebody if they've seen it, they love it. The 1983 Bill Forsyth comedy focuses on a Texas oilman (Peter Reigert) who travels to Scotland to try to buy out a small town, but falls in love with it and its inhabitants instead. The newly restored film features many behind-the-scenes looks at the film.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.