New on Video – Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, Part 1


Written by Agustin Velásquez Chávez and Paul Strand

Directed by Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann

Mexico, 1936

A River Called Titas

Written and directed by Ritwik Ghatak

Bangladesh, 1973

Touki bouki

Written and directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty

Senegal, 1973

The Criterion Collection set assembling films rediscovered through the efforts of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project is one of the company’s premier achievements. Bringing together six diverse titles from six different regions of the globe, the collection is a treasure trove for those seeking obscure, rare, and fascinating works that extend well beyond film history’s conventional canon. As stated by Criterion itself, “Each is a cinematic revelation, depicting a culture not often seen by outsiders on-screen.” The set also emphasizes, through its calling attention to the efforts of the Wcp initiative, just how necessary and beneficial film preservation and restoration can be. The films included here are only
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