Charts: Lists

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    Favs/dislikes: 0:0. My journey through the entire criterion collection.
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    Criterion Collection Hulu Exclusives

    Favs/dislikes: 25:0. Films that were exclusive the Criterion Collection Hulu channel that have not appeared in the collection as a feature or as an extra for another feature prior to the move to Filmstruck.
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    Criterion Collection iTunes / Amazon Instant Exclusives

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. Films that that have not appeared in the collection as a feature or as an extra for another feature. These also are not available streaming on the Criterion Collection Hulu Channel. Note: Currently iTunes and Amazon Instant have the exact same exclusive offerings.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Amour Fou

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. At Criterion, we’re as fond of a good romance as anybody. But it’s the twisted, obsessive ones that really set our hearts ablaze. Love will make you do the damnedest things—just take it from the adulterous, ultimately murderous couple in Oshima’s Empire of Passion; the runaway lonely-hearts lovers in The Honeymoon Killers; the snakeskin-jacketed Marlon Brando and unleashed Anna Magnani in The Fugitive Kind; or Alida Valli’s countess, operatically mad for Farley Granger’s tight-trousered lieutenant in Senso. These are heedless, self-destructive affairs to remember.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Animals!

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. Predators, prey, objects of study, companions: The lives of the other creatures with which we share the planet are so interwoven with our own that it’s only natural they would put in appearances in our cinema from time to time. Some of the animals in the Criterion menagerie are documentary subjects (Koko: A Talking Gorilla); others operate almost purely as metaphor (Au hasard Balthazar). All reward visitors.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Avante-Garde

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. Surreal, structural, et cetera: A handful of visionary, largely nonnarrative works belong to the collection, from some of the most important experimental film artists around the world—Jean Painlevé, Kenneth Macpherson, Stan Brakhage, and Chantal Akerman among them.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Blue Christmases

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. It’s not that we don’t get into the holiday mood at Criterion, but our carol of choice is less likely to be “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” than “In the Bleak Midwinter.” Our titles have Christmas celebrations that are marred by dysfunction (A Christmas Tale) or poverty (Mon oncle Antoine), lavish parties tinged with morbid melancholia (Fanny and Alexander) or adolescent anxiety (Metropolitan)—and what would Christmas be without some passive-aggressive gift giving (All That Heaven Allows)? Don’t even get us started on Lulu’s grisly yuletide at the climax of Pandora’s Box. Check out the titles below—they may not offer Miracle on 34th Street warm and fuzzies, but they do propose their own undeniable brand of Noel spirit.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - British Realism

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. The tradition of social realism in British film is often said to have begun with the Free Cinema movement of the mid-1950s. The aim of these documentaries—shown at the National Film Theatre in London from 1956–1959, and made by the likes of Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz, and Tony Richardson—was to bring to the screen authentic representations of the working class, largely absent from the conservative mainstream British culture of the day. In the early sixties, this rebellious sensibility was transposed to narrative cinema in the form of rough-edged, often black-and-white character pieces, often referred to as “kitchen-sink dramas,” such as Anderson’s major success This Sporting Life. At the end of the decade, Ken Loach, a political filmmaker with a background in television, took realism even further with the groundbreaking Kes, a grimy, unsentimental portrait of a boy in a Northern England mining town, featuring nonprofessional actors. Today, the legacy of British social realism continues to be felt in the work of many filmmakers, including Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay, and Andrea Arnold.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Cannes's Big Winners

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. Since its inception in 1946, cinephiles have counted on the Cannes Film Festival, the most prestigious annual film program in the world, to keep up with the medium’s most important artists and movements. Its star-studded red carpets and glorious French Riviera scenery may get as much attention as the carefully selected films in its competition showcases, but the true legacy of Cannes has always been the masterpieces that premiered there—and especially those that have emerged as winners. The festival’s top award was originally called the Grand Prix, and the trophy for it designed each year by a different artist. Then, beginning in 1955, it became the Palme d’Or, with a new trophy modeled after the city of Cannes’s coat of arms. (The festival continues to bestow a Grand Prix, although it’s a second-place honor now.) At Criterion, we’ve collected many titles that have won the festival’s highest award, hailing from many nations of the world, Russia (The Cranes Are Flying), Italy (The Leopard), Japan (Kagemusha), and the U.K. (If….) among them.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Classic Hollywood

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. Oh, those movies from the dream factory. There’s nothing quite like them. Products of a streamlined studio system, classic Hollywood films have always had a peculiar magic. With their clearly delineated cause-and-effect narratives, invisible continuity cutting style, and glamorous stars, these movies were designed to go down as easy as champagne. Yet we now recognize the directors, writers, cinematographers, and technical craftspeople behind the studios’ effervescent entertainments as artists, and the style they forged is one of the most distinct, beautiful, and important in cinema history. Here are the comedies, romances, melodramas, thrillers, and fantasies in the Criterion Collection that hail from those golden years of Hollywood, commonly defined as 1917 to 1960.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Comedies

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. From the sparkling witticisms of the golden age of Hollywood comedy to some of the best in contemporary wisecracks, Criterion has a satisfying selection of cinema’s biggest laughs. Longing for the Lubitsch touch? We’ve got you covered. Wondering “O Sturges, where art thou?” Look no further. Want to purchase a one-way ticket to Tativille? Step right this way. Want to split your sides with some Ozu? Uh . . . okay. Whether satire or slapstick, eliciting giggles or guffaws, a vast array of farcical flicker shows await you. It’s enough to make even the sourest cinephile smile.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Compare and Contrast

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. For some of our releases, one take is not enough. A number of Criterion titles feature as supplements some kind of alternate version of the main event, whether it’s a different cut (Terry Gilliam’s Brazil includes the infamous, unreleased, studio-edited “Love Conquers All” version of the film); an iteration in a different language for foreign audiences (as with our editions of Visconti’s Senso and The Leopard, in which you can see and hear their American stars delivering their lines in English); an original short that was the basis for the feature (Bottle Rocket); earlier or later versions of the same story by entirely different filmmakers (the mammoth 1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz comes with the ninety-minute 1931 adaptation of the source novel); the original book or novella in its entirety (The Earrings of Madame de . . .’s source novel, Madame de, by Louise de Vilmorin, in the release booklet); or a radio adaptation (My Man Godfrey, The 39 Steps).
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Cult Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. Though many drive-ins have been shut down, and the practice of screening midnight movies in theaters has waned considerably from its heyday in the early 1970s, the thrill of sharing boundary-testing films in the dark can now be enjoyed just as well while curled up on the couch—no accompanying cult required. From the whiff of exploitation emanating from Roger Vadim’s sensational And God Created Woman to the touch of snuff in Michael Powell’s voyeuristic Peeping Tom, these films delicately ride the line between pulp and art, always landing firmly in the latter camp. Who better to challenge cinematic standards than Samuel Fuller, with his unforgettable B melodramas Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss, or Brian De Palma, whose wonderfully nasty Sisters ushered in a new era of thrilling post-Hitchcock stylish excess? These films stubbornly refuse to be marginalized, lower budgets and lack of Hollywood gloss be damned.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Documentaries

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. “Life caught unawares”—that’s how Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov expressed the principle and art of documentary in the 1930s. But the documentary has taken so many forms over the past century that it would be oversimplifying to call it merely the recording of reality. From its anthropological origins in the works of Robert Flaherty, the documentary has come to encompass Soviet and fascist propaganda of the thirties; the Direct Cinema and cinema verité of the sixties; the populist social-reform tradition of today; and so much more. What all great documentaries have in common is the ability to capture a place and time so vividly as to equal the imagery and storytelling of the best fiction.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Dysfunctional Families

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. To paraphrase Tolstoy, happy families are all alike: they’re really boring to watch on-screen. Thus, cinema is besotted with deliciously unhappy families. Below, scan Criterion’s collection of miserable moms, depressed dads, and their sullen offspring, nestled as uncomfortably in the houses and yards of the suburbs of Connecticut as in the apartments of the side streets of Paris.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Faith on Film

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. Joyful professions of belief, self-flagellating admissions of guilt, and heretical abnegations of religion seem to sit alongside one another a bit more easily on the shelves of cinephiles than they do in the world at large. This list includes some films that engage matters of faith as their raison d’etre and others that deal with them more glancingly or derisively, but taken as a whole, it underlines both the compulsion of humankind to ask itself the eternal questions and the paradoxical power of a visual medium to capture the intangible.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - First Films

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. It takes some master movie artists years to hone their craft, working through ideas and aesthetics until they achieve their consummate creative statement. But cinema history is also dotted with thunderous works of art that announced their makers’ brilliance right out of the gate. There’s no dearth of dazzling debuts in the Criterion Collection, from the New Wave launchers Breathless and The 400 Blows, by Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, respectively, to the still career-defining early masterworks of Victor Erice (The Spirit of the Beehive), Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket), and Maurice Pialat (L’enfance nue). Here’s a great way to savor the beginnings of some of the pillars of cinema.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Food on Film

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - French New Wave

    Favs/dislikes: 13:0. “Tidal wave” would have been a more appropriate name for this explosion of vibrant, innovative, and highly self-conscious films by young French directors in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The informal movement was spearheaded by a handful of critics from Cahiers du cinéma—Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, and Jacques Rivette—whose incisive writings were matched by their films: bold, modern takes on classical masters that reworked genres like noir and the musical, and experimented with techniques antiquated and discovered. While Godard’s Breathless and Truffaut’s The 400 Blows remain the twin groundbreaking events of the movement, films such as Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour and Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7 were watersheds as well, finding excited audiences hungry for a new, energetic, political cinema opposed to the stuffy “cinema of quality,” as Truffaut put it, of the old guard. Though the movement quickly dissipated, filmmakers like Godard, Rivette, Varda, and Rohmer continue to pioneer today.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Great Performances

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. When you’re talking about great performances in the collection, acting is naturally the first thing that comes to mind. But there are plenty of other kinds of shows on our shelves deserving of the spotlight, whether concerts by rock icons (the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix), modern dance by the regal Martha Graham, or Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, as staged and captured in all its beauty by none other than Ingmar Bergman. We are proud to present a selection of spellbinding music and dance, Criterion-style. Please hold your applause until the intermission.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Great Soundtracks

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. Try to think of Charade without that perfectly swoony Henry Mancini title song. Imagine Easy Rider roaring down the highway without Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” kicking it into high gear, or Dazed and Confused fading out to anything other than Foghat’s “Slow Ride”—or a zitherless The Third Man. Many movies are inextricable from their flawlessly selected soundtracks. Similarly, certain songs don’t seem to have reason to exist without the images they’ve been set to: Jeannette’s unfathomably giddy “Por que te vas” is forever tied to Ana Torrent’s bedroom dance in Cría cuervos . . . , and anyone who’s seen Chungking Express is unlikely to hear the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” without dreaming of Faye Wong bopping along. Below, explore a potpourri of Criterion pop and jazz, in films featuring music from David Bowie, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, John Lurie, Nico, the Rolling Stones, Annie Ross, Tom Waits, and more.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Growing Pains

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. Coming of age isn’t easy—especially in the Criterion catalog. Not all the kids in the films below had to resort to, say, primitive savagery on a desert island following an authority-figure-obliterating plane crash, but other extreme youthful horrors abound, whether related to sex, war, poverty, or high school. Where some of these characters would end up as adults we can only speculate. One thing’s for sure: the young actors who played them—from Bicycle Thieves’ Enzo Staiola to The 400 Blows’ Jean-Pierre Léaud to Mouchette’s Nadine Nortier—gave some of the most fearless, arresting performances ever captured on-screen.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Heist Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. At Criterion, it’s clear that heist movies have stolen our hearts. What is it that makes them so compelling? The clockwork precision, the array of characters needed, the potential consequences hanging in the air, our inevitable identification with the thieves (and our frustration when they don’t get away with it)—not to mention all that shiny loot. Here are some great movies to check out in a pinch, from French (Rififi) to American (The Friends of Eddie Coyle) to Japanese (Cruel Gun Story); they’re sure to inspire your inner criminal mastermind.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Independent American Cinema

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. In a national cinema dominated by behemoth Hollywood studios, independently produced films have always made for refreshing alternatives. There’s a great, diverse history of autonomous moviemaking in the United States, by artists whose intensely personal visions and ideas would have been unlikely to see a green light from, say, MGM or Universal. This selection of American films from the collection—narrative, documentary, experimental—got made without studio financing, whether by choice or necessity. The titles below come from raw, rough, and ready directors of nearly every period, including the silent era (Body and Soul, directed by African-American pioneer Oscar Micheaux), World War II (Paul Strand and Leo Hurwitz’s political semidocumentary Native Land), the radical sixties (the fiercely idiosyncratic films of John Cassavetes and William Greaves), and the indie waves of the eighties (Jim Jarmusch and Gus Van Sant’s daring early works) and nineties (the debuts of Whit Stillman and Wes Anderson). Whether exposés on disenfranchised subcultures, character studies heavy or hilarious, or microbudgeted horror flicks, these are some of the most uncompromised films ever made.
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    Criterion Collection Themes - Italian Neorealism

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. The neorealist movement began in Italy at the end of World War II as an urgent response to the political turmoil and desperate economic conditions afflicting the country. Directors such as Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, and Luchino Visconti took up cameras to focus on lower-class characters and their concerns, using nonprofessional actors, outdoor shooting, (necessarily) very small budgets, and a realist aesthetic. The best-known examples remain De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, a critical and popular phenomenon that opened the world’s eyes to this movement, and such key earlier works as Rossellini’s Open City, the first major neorealist production. Other classics of neorealism include De Sica’s Umberto D. and Visconti’s La terra trema, but the tendrils of the movement reach back to De Sica’s The Children Are Watching Us and forward to Rossellini’s The Flowers of St. Francis, as well as to some filmmakers who did their apprenticeships in this school, Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini—and far beyond.
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