35 YEARS OF THE
The Criterion Collection presents a selection of classic films from the festival's history. The tribute features a rotating selection of feature length films to watch in full screen and for free, as well as an exhibition of clips and trailers for all the films.
Committed to the best of film—past and present—Telluride showcased at its first festival this spectacular fantasy from 1940, a special-effects pioneer brimming with imagination.
Varda's film career began with this study of a marriage on the rocks, set in small fishing village. A mix of stylized and documentary techniques, this debut announced the coming of the New Wave.
Telluride feted Kalatozov in 1992, screening three masterpieces, THE LETTER NEVER SENT, THE CHOSEN ONE, and this, his 1957 winner of the Palme d’Or—a tragic tale of two lovers torn apart by WW II.
A tender coming-of-age story and sharp observation of corporate enterprise, Olmi’s IL POSTO is a touching tale of a young man’s stumbling entrance into modern adulthood.
A benchmark of the French New Wave, CLÉO chronicles the minutes of a woman’s life as she walks the streets of Paris awaiting biopsy results. It also features music by Michel Legrand, a tributee in 2007.
Over the past 35 years, five Tarkovsky films have screened in the mountains of Telluride. This clip offers a peek into his seminal science-fiction epic, part of the festival's first program.
Telluride 1974 and 2001
Schroeder returned to Telluride in 1976 with MAÎTRESSE, a plunge into the subterranean world of sadomasochism and an examination of the distance one will go for love.
One of the most visually arresting films ever made, SPIRIT tells the story of six-year-old Ana and her haunted inner life. Ana Torrent is astounding as the young girl.
Telluride 1976 and 2005
Part of Telluride’s second year, this film on the real “Last King of Scotland” had his full support. Schroeder had only to turn the camera on for the dictator’s true colors to emerge.
At the inaugural Telluride fest, director/provocateur Makavejev offered this classic blend of sex and anarchy, a unique take on the old adage "cleanliness is next to godliness."
In blending archival footage with the tale of a young man’s journey to D-day’s front lines, Cooper evokes war’s terrors with jolting authenticity. It remains one of the most overlooked films about WW II.
1982 offered BURDEN OF DREAMS and Herzog’s FITZCARRALDO. This trailer, made during BURDEN’s editing, shows why this must have been one of the most interesting pairings in Telluride’s history.
Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak star in Telluride tributee Andrzej Wajda’s powerful depiction of the ideological clash between Danton and Robespierre during the French Revolution.
Marker has been challenging viewers for years with complex queries about time and memory. Here, we venture with his unnamed narrator on her enigmatic journey.
Based on events from Malle’s childhood, the film tells the story of two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. A dear friend of Telluride, Malle returned six times over the course of his celebrated career.
A mysterious rumination on identity, this film remains one of the director’s most beloved. Through gorgeous reflections and colors, Kieslowski reveals an enigmatic bond uniting two women.
Kerrigan’s trademark—visually unique and aurally dazzling character studies—began with this film, in which sound and image ignite, leading audiences straight into a schizophrenic’s mind.