It is fair to assume Criterion could plunder the world of licensed film to build an ultimate noir playlist; credit, then, for focusing sharp and nabbing deep cuts. The Criterion Channel’s November / Noirvember program will be headlined by “Fox Noir,” an eight-title program with Otto Preminger deep cut Fallen Angel, three by Henry Hathaway, Siodmak, Dassin, Kazan, and Robert Wise, and while retrospectives of Veronica Lake and John Garfield will bring some canon into the fold (The Blue Dahlia and The Postman Always Rings Twice, respectively), I’m mostly thinking about that potential for discovery.

Following “Free Jazz,” Bob Hoskins, and Joyce Chopra programs, the other big series is a 30-year survey of Sony Pictures Classics: Sally Potter, Satoshi Kon, Panahi, Errol Morris, Almodóvar, Haneke, Mike Leigh, just a murderer’s row. Streaming premieres include 499 and A Night of Knowing Nothing, two recent epitomes of I Wish I Had Seen That; Criterion Editions comprise Cure, Brazil, Sullivan’s Travels, Sean Baker’s Take Out, and Michael Curtiz’s The Breaking Point. Also: did you know Twin Peaks‘ Joan Chen directed a movie about the Cultural Revolution called Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl? News to me, and I can’t wait to see it.

Find the full list of titles and more on the Criterion Channel.

499, Rodrigo Reyes, 2020

. . . After He Left, Athi Patra Ruga, 2008

Africa, the Jungle, Drums and Revolution, Suliman Mohamed Ibrahim Elnour, 1979

African Booty Scratcher, Nikyatu Jusu, 2007

Another Decade, Morgan Quaintance, 2018

Becket, Peter Glenville, 1964

Bestia, Hugo Covarrubias, 2021

Black Journal, “Alice Coltrane,” St. Clair Bourne, 1970

The Blue Dahlia, George Marshall, 1946*

Brazil, Terry Gilliam, 1985

The Breaking Point, Michael Curtiz, 1950

Call Northside 777, Henry Hathaway, 1948

A Camel, Ibrahim Shaddad, 1981

Censor of Dreams, Léo Berne and Raphaël Rodriguez, 2021

Cry of the City, Robert Siodmak, 1948

The Cry of Jazz, Edward Bland, 1959

CzechMate: In Search of Jiří Menzel, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, 2018

The Dark Corner, Henry Hathaway, 1946

The Daughter of Dawn, Norbert A. Myles, 1920

Dazed Flesh, Grace Passô and Ricardo Alves Jr, 2019

Dust Be My Destiny, Lewis Seiler, 1939

Fallen Angel, Wong Kar Wai, 1995

The Fallen Sparrow, Richard Wallace, 1943

Felicia’s Journey, Atom Egoyan, 1999*

The Flaming Lips Space Bubble Film, Blake Studdard and Wayne Coyne, 2022

Flowers, Nikyatu Jusu, 2016

Force of Evil,  Abraham Polonsky, 1948*

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, Isaac Julien, 1995

Ghosts, André Novais Oliveira, 2010

The Glass Key, Stuart Heisler, 1942

Goodbye Jerome!, Chloé Farr, Gabrielle Selnet, and Adam Sillard, 2022

Gramercy Stories, Joyce Chopra, 2008

Happy Mother’s Day, Richard Leacock and Joyce Chopra, 1963

The House on Telegraph Hill, Robert Wise, 1951

Humoresque, Jean Negulesco, 1946

The Hunger, Tony Scott, 1983

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi, 2016

Imagine the Sound, Ron Mann, 1981

Kiss of Death, Henry Hathaway, 1947

Les stances à Sophie, Moshé Mizrahi, 1971

Long Way Home, André Novais Oliveira, 2018

Martha Clarke Light & Dark: A Dancer’s Journal, Joyce Chopra, 1980

Milford Graves Full Mantis, Jake Meginsky, with Neil Young, 2018

Missing Time, Morgan Quaintance, 2019

Nũhũ yãgmũ yõg hãm: This Land Is Ours!, Isael Maxakali, Sueli Maxakali, Carolina Canguçu, and Roberto Romero, 2020

The Pied Piper, Jacques Demy, 1972

The Postman Always Rings Twice, Tay Garnett, 1946

Promises: Through Congress, Trevor Tweeten, 2021

Public Service Announcement, Athi Patra Ruga, 2014

Republic, Grace Passô, 2020 

Rising Tones Cross, Ebba Jahn, 1985

Saturday’s Children, Vincent Sherman, 1940

Say Grace Before Drowning, Nikyatu Jusu, 2010

Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth, Jeanie Finlay, 2019*

Suicide by Sunlight, Nikyatu Jusu, 2019

Sullivan’s Travels, Preston Sturges, 1941

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, Robert Mugge, 1980

Take Out, Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, 2004

Thieves’ Highway, Jules Dassin, 1949

This Gun for Hire, Frank Tuttle, 1942

Yãmĩyhex, the Women-Spirit, Sueli Maxakali, Isael Maxakali, 2019

Premiering November 15

American Movie, Chris Smith, 1999

An Education, Lone Scherfig, 2009

Animal Kingdom, David Michôd, 2010*

Another Year, Mike Leigh, 2010

The City of Lost Children, Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1995*

The Fog of War, Errol Morris, 2003

Footnote, Joseph Cedar, 2011

Grateful Dawg, Gillian Grisman, 2000

House of Flying Daggers, Zhang Yimou, 2004

The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet, 2010

Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, 2010*

Junebug, Phil Morrison, 2005

L’enfant, Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 2005

Last Orders, Fred Schepisi, 2001

The Lives of Others, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006

Nine Queens, Fabián Bielinsky, 2000

Offside, Jafar Panahi, 2006

Orlando, Sally Potter, 1992

Paprika, Satoshi Kon, 2006

Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, 2007

Pollock, Ed Harris, 2000

A Prophet, Jacques Audiard, 2009

Run Lola Run, Tom Tykwer, 1998

Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul, 2012

A Separation, Asghar Farhadi, 2011

Thumbsucker, Mike Mills, 2005

Volver, Pedro Almodóvar, 2006

The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke, 2009

Waltz with Bashir, Ari Folman, 2008*

Winged Migration, Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, and Michel Debats, 2001

Premiering November 16

A Night of Knowing Nothing, Payal Kapadia, 2021

Premiering November 21

My Architect, Nathaniel Kahn, 2003

*Available in the U.S. only

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