The Criterion Collection

by DT
At the beginning of 2013, I made it my mission to capitalise on my university library’s amazing collection of films, including its 100+ Criterion Collection titles, before graduation. This list represents a log of the ongoing effort. Going through the Criterion Collection has allowed me to watch and revisit many films in the canon which I may have inadvertently (dis)missed over the years, as well as view them in high quality presentations (see also: Top 10 Criterions). # 1: Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937) 6: Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946) 22: Summertime (David Lean, 1955) 30: M (Fritz Lang, 1931) 30: M le maudit (Claude… Read more

At the beginning of 2013, I made it my mission to capitalise on my university library’s amazing collection of films, including its 100+ Criterion Collection titles, before graduation. This list represents a log of the ongoing effort.

Going through the Criterion Collection has allowed me to watch and revisit many films in the canon which I may have inadvertently (dis)missed over the years, as well as view them in high quality presentations (see also: Top 10 Criterions).

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1: Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)
6: Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946)
22: Summertime (David Lean, 1955)
30: M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
30: M le maudit (Claude Chabrol, 1982) (SF)
44: The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
48: Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus, 1959)
62: The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
98: L’avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

110: M. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)
118: Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)
170: Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)
173: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1943)
199: Schizopolis (Steven Soderbergh, 1996)

201: Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica, 1952)
213: Richard III (Laurence Olivier, 1955)
216: The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)
235: The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)
276: The River (Jean Renoir, 1951)
285: Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda, 1958)
286: Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961)
295: Crazed Fruit (Kō Nakahira, 1956)

306: Le samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967)
307: Naked (Mike Leigh, 1993)
309: Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)
325: Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)
328: Murmur of the Heart (Louis Malle, 1971)
329: Lacombe, Lucien (Louis Malle, 1974)
330: Au revoir les enfants (Louis Malle, 1987)
333: Fists in the Pocket (Marco Bellocchio, 1965)
342: A Modern Coed (Éric Rohmer, 1966) (SF)
342: Veronique and Her Dunce (Éric Rohmer, 1958) (SF)
344: Suzanne’s Career (Éric Rohmer, 1963)
345: My Night at Maud’s (Éric Rohmer, 1969)
346: La collectionneuse (Éric Rohmer, 1967)
349: Kicking and Screaming (Noah Baumbach, 1995)
351: The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)
374: Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)
384: Vengeance Is Mine (Shohei Imamura, 1979)
386: Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)
394: Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)

408: Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
411: Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980)
481: Made in U.S.A. (Jean-Luc Godard, 1966)

555: Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)
567: The Makioka Sisters (Kon Ichikawa, 1983)

664: The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952)

*SF = supplementary feature

There are several other titles in the collection which I’ve seen and written broadly on prior to the official start of this quest; for now, I’ll be leaving them off the running log:

Claire’s Knee, Love in the Afternoon, The Bakery Girl of Monceau, Henry V, The Battle of Algiers, The Seventh Seal, Floating Weeds, High and Low, Wild Strawberries, The 400 Blows, Antoine and Colette, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, Love on the Run, Jules and Jim, The Virgin Spring, Stray Dog, Through a Glass Darkly, L’eclisse, Winter Light, Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie, Andrei Rublev, The Silence, Rashomon.

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