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The Criterion Channel launches on April 8 — just a few short weeks away — and it's going to have more than 1,000 movies at its disposal. And today we're getting our first look at what's to come in the streaming service's first month.

As you'd expect, it's an extremely diverse lineup. While it's plain to see the Criterion Channel will continue to focus on any number of older films, you'll find some on the more contemporary side as well. In addition to rotating features, there's a massive permanent library, too. Here's what's up:

The new service will host the Criterion Collection and Janus Films' ever-growing library of more than 1,000 feature films, 350 shorts, and 3,500 supplementary features, including trailers, introductions, behind-the-scenes documentaries, interviews, video essays, commentary tracks, and rare archival footage. It will also feature a constantly refreshed selection of films from a wide array of studio and independent licensors including Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), Lionsgate, IFC Films, Kino Lorber, Cohen Media, Milestone Film and Video, Oscilloscope, Cinema Guild, Strand Releasing, Shout Factory, Film Movement, and Grasshopper Films. Additional licensors will be added in the coming months.

If you sign up by April 7 you'll be considered a Charter Member and will get a free monthlong trial, and reduced fees of $9.99 a month (or $89.99 a year) for as long as you're subscribed. After April 8 the prices bumps up to $10.99 a month, ok $99 a year.

Here's what's coming up in April:

  • April 8: Columbia Noir, with such gems as Murder by Contract, Mildred Pierce (the 1945 take, of course), and The Big Heat
  • April 9: Yearbook and Y tu mamá también
  • April 10: Seven films from Italian screenwriter Suso Cecchi d'Amico
  • April 11: "Visions of terror and salvation" from the one and only David Lynch
  • April 12: Last Hurrah for Chivalry and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Jubal as a bonus flick
  • April 13: Bugsy Malone
  • April 14: A half-dozen films picked by Julie Taylor, including Kurosawa's Rashomon, and David Lean's Great Expectations
  • April 15: Eight Hours Don't Make A Day
  • April 16: The Silence, and Taste of Cherry
  • April 17: Three films from director Susanne Bier — Brothers, After the Wedding, and In a Better World
  • April 18: Bi Gan's Kaili Blues, and the The Poet and Singer
  • April 19: Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, and Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be
  • April 20: Charlie Chaplin's The Kid
  • April 21: Meet the Filmmakers pairs up Charles Burnett with Robert Townsend for a number of films, including the former's To Sleep With Anger and My Brother's Wedding
  • April 22: David Simon hosts Kubrick's Paths of Glory
  • April 23: Fauve and The Wages of Fear, plus Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress
  • April 24: Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides
  • April 25: The Honeymoon Killers, Eating Raoul, and Sightseers
  • April 26: Murder by Contract and Le samouraï
  • April 27: Mon oncle
  • April 28: Simone Signoret gets the Spotlight treatment with a handful of films including Diabolique, Auda and Her Friends, and The Widow Courdec
  • April 29: Observations on Film Art No. 26: The Revolutionary Subjectivity of Memories of Underdevelopment
  • April 30: Surface Tension and News from Home

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