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Criterion November 2020 Releases – Cult Classics


The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s cinematic mastery is on full display in this sweeping crime saga, a late-career triumph that balances its director’s virtuoso set pieces with a profoundly personal rumination on aging, mortality, and the decisions and regrets that shape a life.

Special Features: A conversation between Scorsese and actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci; programs on the making of the film and its de-aging effects; and more.


A wonder of American independent cinema by Claudia Weill, this 1970s New York time capsule captures the complexities and contradictions of women’s lives and relationships with wry humor and refreshing frankness.

Special Features: New interviews with Weill, screenwriter Vicki Polon, and actors Melanie Mayron, Christopher Guest, and Bob Balaban; two short films codirected by Weill; and more.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Forest Whitaker brings a commanding serenity to his portrayal of a Zen contract killer in this eccentrically postmodern take on the hit-man thriller from Jim Jarmusch.

Special Features: A new Q&A with Jarmusch, a new conversation between Whitaker and actor Isaach De Bankolé, a new interview with casting director Ellen Lewis, deleted scenes, and more.

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Essential Fellini

Bringing together fourteen of the director’s greatest spectacles, this centenary box set is a monument to an artist who conjured a cinematic universe all his own: a vision of the world as a three-ring circus in which his innermost infatuations, fears, and fantasies take center stage.

Special Features: Extensive interviews with Fellini and his collaborators, documentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, audio commentaries, and more.

The Elephant Man

With this poignant second feature, David Lynch brought his atmospheric visual and sonic palette to a notorious true story set in Victorian England. When the London surgeon Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) meets the freak-show performer John Merrick (John Hurt), who has severe skeletal and soft-tissue deformities, he assumes that he must be intellectually disabled as well. As the two men spend more time together, though, Merrick reveals the intelligence, gentle nature, and profound sense of dignity that lie beneath his shocking appearance, and he and Treves develop a friendship. Shot in gorgeous black and white and boasting a stellar supporting cast that includes Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, and Wendy Hiller, The Elephant Man was nominated for eight Academy Awards, cementing Lynch’s reputation as one of American cinema’s most visionary talents.


One of the most enchanting romantic comedies of all time, Moonstruck assembles a flawless ensemble cast, led by a radiant Cher, for a tender and boisterously funny look at a multigenerational Italian American family in Brooklyn wrestling with the complexities of love and marriage. 

Special Features: Interviews with the cast and crew, programs on the making of the film and its music, audio commentary, and more.

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