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Telluride Film Festival


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.

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The Thief of Bagdad

United Kingdom 1940

106 Min

Dir Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell & Tim Whelan

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.

Telluride 1974

La Pointe Courte

France 1956

80 Min

Dir Agnès Varda

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 1977

The Cranes Are Flying

Soviet Union 1957

95 Min

Dir Mikhail Kalatozov

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.

Telluride 1992

Il posto

Italy 1961

93 Min

Dir Ermanno Olmi

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.

Telluride 2002

Cléo from 5 to 7

France, Italy 1962

89 Min

Dir Agnès Varda

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.

Telluride 1978


Soviet Union 1972

166 Min

Dir Andrei Tarkovsky

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


France 1973

112 Min

Dir Barbet Schroeder

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.

Telluride 1976

The Spirit of the Beehive

Spain 1973

99 Min

Dir Víctor Erice

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

General Idi Amin Dada

Switzerland, France 1974

90 Min

Dir Barbet Schroeder

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.

Telluride 1976

Sweet Movie

Canada, West Germany, France 1974

98 Min

Dir Dušan Makavejev

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."

Telluride 1974


United Kingdom 1975

84 Min

Dir Stuart Cooper

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.

Telluride 2004

Burden of Dreams

United States 1982

95 Min

Dir Les Blank

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.

Telluride 1982


France, Poland 1983

136 Min

Dir Andrzej Wajda

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.

Telluride 1983

Sans soleil

France 1983

103 Min

Dir Chris Marker

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.

Telluride 1987

Au revoir les enfants

France, West Germany 1987

101 Min

Dir Louis Malle

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.

Telluride 1987

The Double Life of Véronique

France, Poland, Norway 1991

98 Min

Dir Krzysztof Kieślowski

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.

Telluride 1991

Clean, Shaven

United States 1993

79 Min

Dir Lodge Kerrigan

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.

Telluride 1993

Fat Girl

Italy, France 2001

86 Min

Dir Catherine Breillat

Breillat remains one of cinema’s most controversial directors, and this bold dissection of sibling rivalry and adolescent sexuality was one of the most talked-about films at Telluride in 2001.

Telluride 2001