Criterion's November Slate to include Chaplin, Von Trier, and the "New Hollywood"

The Criterion Collection is hammering out its fall schedule of releases and for November it looks to have a great line-up with classic titles, a little controversy and a celebration of the New Hollywood of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

On November 9, Criterion will release Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, a film that was highly controversial when it was released in 2009. A week later, Charles Laughton’s The Night Hunter with Robert Mitchum will get the Criterion treatment. That same week sees the release of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. Finally, the studio ends the month with a bang with America Lost and Found: The BBS Story, a six-disc box set featuring seven films from the innovative New Hollywood of the late 1960s and early 1970s. A complete breakdown of titles and their extras can be found below.

America Lost and Found: The BBS Story

  • Head (Bob Rafelson, 1968)
    • o Audio commentary featuring Monkees Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork
      o New video interview with director Bob Rafelson
      o New documentary about BBS, featuring critic David Thomson and historian Douglas Brinkley
      o More!
  • Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969)
    • o Audio commentary featuring director Dennis Hopper
      o Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage, a 1999 documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage
      o Footage of Hopper and star Peter Fonda at Cannes in 1969
      o New video interview with BBS’s Steve Blauner
      o More!
  • Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)
    • o Audio commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson and interior designer Toby Rafelson
      o Soul Searching in Five Easy Pieces, a 2009 video piece in which Rafelson discusses the film
      o BBStory, a 2009 documentary
      o Excerpts from an audio recording of Rafelson at the American Film Institute in 1976
  • Drive, He Said (Jack Nicholson, 1970)
    • o A Cautionary Tale of Campus Revolution and Sexual Freedom, a 2009 video piece in which director Jack Nicholson discusses the experience of making this film
      o Theatrical trailer
      o More!
  • A Safe Place (Henri Jaglom, 1971)
    • o Audio commentary featuring director Henry Jaglom
      o Henry Jaglom Finds “A Safe Place”, a 2009 video piece in which the director discusses the film
      o Notes on the New York Film Festival, a 1971 video piece featuring an interview conducted by critic Molly Haskell with directors Peter Bogdanovich and Jaglom about their films The Last Picture Show and A Safe Place
      o Deleted scene and screen tests
      o Theatrical trailer
  • The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)
    • o Two audio commentaries
      + Peter Bogdanovich
      + Peter Bogdanovich and actors Cybill Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall
      o Picture This, a 1990 documentary by George Hickenlooper
      o The Last Picture Show: A Look Back, an hour-long 1999 documentary
      o 2009 interview with Bogdanovich
      o Screen tests and location footage
      o Theatrical trailers and more
  • The King of Marvin Gardens (Bob Rafelson, 1972)
    • o Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson
      o Reflections of a Philosopher King, a 2009 documentary about the making of the film
      o Afterthoughts, a short 2002 documentary about the film, produced by Rafelson
      o Theatrical trailer

    Antichrist

  • Audio commentary by von Trier and professor Murray Smith
  • Video interviews with von Trier and actors Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • A collection of video pieces delving into the production of Antichrist, including interviews with von Trier and key members of his filmmaking team as well as behind-the-scenes footage
  • Chaos Reigns at the Cannes Film Festival 2009, a documentary on the film’s world premiere, plus press interviews with Dafoe and Gainsbourg
  • Three theatrical trailers
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie

  • Modern Times

  • New audio commentary by Chaplin biographer David Robinson
  • Two new visual essays, by Chaplin historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance
  • New program on the film’s visual and sound effects, with experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt
  • Interview from 1992 with Modern Times music arranger David Raksin
  • Chaplin Today: “Modern Times” (2004), a half-hour program with filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
  • Two segments removed from the film
  • Three theatrical trailers
  • All at Sea (1933), a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, and Cooke, plus a new score by Donald Sosin and a new interview with Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge
  • The Rink (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler highlighting his skill on wheels
  • For the First Time (1967), a Cuban documentary short about a projectionist who shows Modern Times to first-time moviegoers
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin’s writing about his travels in 1931 and 1932

  • The Night of the Hunter

  • Audio commentary featuring assistant director Terry Sanders, film critic F. X. Feeney, archivist Robert Gitt, and author Preston Neal Jones
  • Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter,” a two-and-a-half-hour archival treasure trove of outtakes from the film
  • New documentary featuring interviews with producer Paul Gregory, Sanders, Jones, and author Jeffrey Couchman
  • New video interview with Simon Callow, author of Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor
  • Clip from The Ed Sullivan Show, in which cast members perform live a scene that was deleted from the film
  • Fifteen-minute episode of the BBC show Moving Pictures about the film
  • Archival interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortez
  • Gallery of sketches by author Davis Grubb
  • New video conversation between Gitt and film critic Leonard Maltin about Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter”
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Michael Sragow
  • Tags: , , , , ,