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‘sex, lies, and videotape,’ ‘Bull Durham,’ and More Joining the Criterion Collection in July

"A Matter of Life and Death" and "Dragon Inn" are being released as well.

ANDIE MACDOWELL Film 'SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE ; SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE' (1989)Directed By STEVEN SODERBERGH04 August 1989TW270 AugustAllstar Collection/MIRAMAX**WARNING** This photograph can only be reproduced by publications in conjunction with the promotion of the above film. For Printed Editorial Use Only, NO online or internet use.

“sex, lies, and videotape”

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The Criterion Collection has announced its July titles, including Steven Soderbergh’s Palme d’Or–winning “sex, lies, and videotape” and Ron Shelton’s baseball classic “Bull Durham.” Also joining the Collection are King Hu’s wuxia masterwork “Dragon Inn,” Powell and Pressburger’s endlessly moving “A Matter of Life and Death,” and a new box set celebrating the collaboration between Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg. Full details below.

Bull Durham Criterion Collection

“Bull Durham”

“Former minor leaguer Ron Shelton hit a grand slam with his directorial debut, one of the most revered sports movies of all time. Durham Bulls devotee Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon)-who every year takes a new player under her wing (and into her bed)-has singled out the loose-cannon pitching prospect Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins), a big-league talent with a rock-bottom maturity level. But she’s unable to shake Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), the veteran catcher brought in to give Nuke some on-the-field seasoning. A breakthrough film for all three of its stars and an Oscar nominee for Shelton’s highly quotable screenplay, ‘Bull Durham’ is a freewheeling hymn to wisdom, experience, and America’s pastime, tipping its cap to all those who grind it out for love of the game.”

Dragon Inn Criterion Collection

“Dragon Inn”

“The art of martial-arts filmmaking took a leap into bold new territory with this action-packed tale of Ming-dynasty intrigue. After having the emperor’s minister of defense executed, a power-grabbing eunuch sends assassins to trail the victim’s children to a remote point on the northern Chinese border. But that bloodthirsty mission is confounded by a mysterious group of fighters who arrive on the scene, intent on delivering justice and defending the innocent. The first film King Hu made after moving to Taiwan from Hong Kong in search of more creative freedom, ‘Dragon Inn’ combines rhythmic editing, meticulous choreography, and gorgeous widescreen compositions with a refinement that was new to the wuxia genre. Its blockbuster success breathed new life into a classic formula and established Hu as one of Chinese cinema’s most audacious innovators.”

A Matter of Life and Death Criterion Collection

“A Matter of Life and Death”

“After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he’s just delivered his dying wishes and, face-to-face on a tranquil English beach, the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the afterlife arrives to correct the clerical error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defense for his right to stay on earth-painted by production designer Alfred Junge and cinematographer Jack Cardiff as a rich Technicolor Eden-climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist heaven. Peppered by humorous jabs intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s richly humanistic ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.”

sex, lies, and videotape Criterion Collection

“sex, lies, and videotape”

“With his provocative feature debut, twenty-six-year-old Steven Soderbergh trained his focus on the complexities of human intimacy and deception in the modern age. Housewife Ann (Andie MacDowell) feels distant from her lawyer husband, John (Peter Gallagher), who is sleeping with her sister (Laura San Giacomo). When John’s old friend Graham (a magnetic, Cannes-award-winning James Spader) comes to town, Ann is drawn to the soft-spoken outsider, eventually uncovering his startling private obsession: videotaping women as they confess their deepest desires. A piercingly intelligent and flawlessly performed chamber piece, in which the video camera becomes a charged metaphor for the characters’ isolation, the Palme d’Or-winning ‘sex, lies, and videotape’ changed the landscape of American film, helping pave the way for the thriving independent scene of the 1990s.”

Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood Criterion Collection

Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood

“Tasked by studio executives with finding the next great screen siren, visionary Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg joined forces with rising German actor Marlene Dietrich, kicking off what would become one of the most legendary partnerships in cinema history. Over the course of six films produced by Paramount in the 1930s, the pair refined their shared fantasy of pleasure, beauty, and excess. Dietrich’s coolly transgressive mystique was a perfect match for the provocative roles von Sternberg cast her in-including a sultry chanteuse, a cunning spy, and the hedonistic Catherine the Great-and the filmmaker captured her allure with chiaroscuro lighting and opulent design, conjuring fever-dream visions of exotic settings from Morocco to Shanghai. Suffused with frank sexuality and worldly irony, these deliriously entertaining masterpieces are landmarks of cinematic artifice.”

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