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Criterion films I've seen over the years, whether in Criterion editions or not. Arranged with a rough top 10 (for now) at the top, then alphabetical by director. Sets included if I've seen at least one of the films, as noted.
My favorite full-length Fellini (I'm also quite fond of "The Temptation of Dr. Antonio" in "Boccaccio '70"), vignettes of Rimini in the 30s. At graduate school in Bologna, I showed it as the first film in our film club series.
Endlessly quotable movie about college grads who don't leave.
Almost like "Kicking and Screaming," but with difficult British accents and the end of the 60s and much more substance abuse.
Bergman's masterpiece is surprisingly entertaining for a film about the absence of God. He's got darker movies.
My first experience of the Czech New Wave, and perhaps its pinnacle.
Tarkovsky is one of my favorite directors. This brave Soviet film is all about the role of art and Christianity in Russia. Like all Tarkovsky, its ponderous and poetic. Bothered by a headache, I watched it in four sittings but enjoyed it. The story of the casting of the bell in the final section of the film is especially good.
Reed knows how to create a noir atmosphere better than anyone. And Orson Welles as Harry Lime: "You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." A ride on the Big Wheel in Vienna where he delivers that speech was the grand finale of my first trip to Europe back in 2001.
There aren't many funnier films. Maybe "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
My favorite Jarmusch film is divided into five scenes of taxi drivers and their fares. Hilarity and poignancy in equal parts, with Roberto Benigni in an unforgettable performance as a nutty Roman cabbie who literally offends a priest to death.
This film introduced me to the wonderfully weird Makavejev. It's difficult to describe so just see it.
I saw this in theatres in high school and I loved it and all of my friends hated it :(
I'm not embarrassed that I've seen this but it doesn't really fit in the Criterion Collection, does it?
Seen "Easy Rider" and "Five Easy Pieces." The latter is one of my favorite American movies, with Jack Nicholson at his best as a wayward soul from a family of musicians out west. The annoying hitchhiker and diner scenes are great.
"Trainspotting" is one of my favorite movies. This dark, dark comedy came first.
Barack Obama's mother's favorite movie, a wonderful depiction of romance among Rio's famous carnival.
Yes, Charlie Chaplin was aware of his moustachial resemblance to Hitler and he made the most of it in this brave and hilarious political satire, which was my introduction to his work.
I haven't yet seen "Alexander Nevsky" but the Ivans are very good, the stylistically Satanic tsar giving in to his demons. As I understand, Stalin probably killed Eisenstein over "Part II."
This is in my personal Criterion collection and I've seen all three. "The Marriage of Maria Braun" is Fassbinder's masterpiece, a dark indictment of the German economic miracle with a hard-to-like anti-heroine, but it is one of his most entertaining and watchable movies (seriously, have you ever tried to watch "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant"?) I saw this for the first time as a freshman in college and it grew on me. The ending is excellent. "Veronika Voss" and "Lola" are more minor works.
Another less than ideal Godard experience for me. It's a bizarre film, and I saw it with German subtitles.
Admittedly saw with a headache and maybe bad subtitles, but I didn't get much out of it - a colorful mess with a few good shots.
But I liked this Godard.
And I liked this one.
Seen the first film, "Leningrad Cowboys Go America."
Seen "The Match Factory Girl."
Seen the whole trilogy.
Seen "Man Is Not A Bird."
Seen "Rome Open City."