Just yesterday, we learned that Criterion is about to add both “Parasite” and “Memories of Murder” to its coveted Collection, both directed by Bong Joon Ho. But apparently, before that happens, the library is set to add a number of lovely films this may, including a collection of shorts from Martin Scorsese and one of our favorite films from two years ago.
The highlight for many folks is the new release called “Scorsese Shorts.” The collection includes restorations of five short films from legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, including the documentaries “Italianamerican” and “American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince.” The remaining three shorts are three student films, which will showcase the growth Scorsese has experienced over the decades. Perhaps just as intriguing as the five short films themselves are the new special features, including a new interview with Scorsese, as well as a discussion between filmmakers Ari Aster and Josh and Benny Safdie.
Also joining the Criterion Collection in May is “Wildlife,” the critically-acclaimed directorial debut for Paul Dano. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan and found its way in a number of top 10s in 2018. The Criterion release includes a new 2K restoration of the film, as well as numerous special features including interviews with director Paul Dano, screenwriter Zoe Kazan, actors Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, cinematographer Diego García, production designer Akin McKenzie, and costume designer Amanda Ford. In addition, there’s a 2018 discussion between Dano and the author of the novel that inspired the film, Richard Ford.
Rounding out the new releases coming to Criterion in May are the legendary Steve McQueen film “The Great Escape,” director Dorothy Arzner’s “Dance, Girl, Dance,” John Cassavetes’ film “Husbands,” and Eric Rohmer’s influential series “Six Moral Tales.”