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making a top anything list from the criterion collection is a futile effort given the immensity of grand work and terrific titles. to whittle it down to such a few is disconcerting. these shoes are way too big and we have all traveled very, very far to be here - at this place now. to be well watched and challenged by what you have viewed. to rethink the improbable and be awed by simplistic beauty. verve, bravado, silent sly gazes, impossible word puzzles, and subtitled epics. we live rich, well, and are very much alive. celluloid to high definition, ours is a cultural celebration of worldly community, forever expressing, retelling the curious, infinite story of us.
greatest march through Russian history ever rendered through religious icons. master and commander of soul searching.
if ever there was gathered a group of uber talent that never slept in the cross hairs of post war Vienna
one of the most beautiful and haunting stories to come out of post war Italy. Fellini was unstoppable for a decade starting with The White Shiek. this is his one film that comes back time and again
the Polish auteur Kieslowski at the top of his craft. served as the basic inspration for his colors trilogy. a perfect marriage of director and lead actress on a plane touching the unimaginable
good old Fritz at his best right before he headed for these national shores called Los Angeles
so good it was immitated and renamed 25 years later
film noir London style with protaginist as nasty as they come. that laugh.........by he who laughs last
one of the best anti - war films ever. true marvel of inspiration in black and white
great cross cultural love story amid the ashes of apocalyptic ruins with signs of new life budding out. hopefully events portrayed here will never reoccur
last glance at a Berlin that we will never see again
imagine a Paris that never existed except for a few short years in the life of a French mime. no doubt a big influence on the creation of Synecdoche New York.
best of the Wilder bunch
3 films super imposed over each other gets creepy real quick only Lars can do
the best film to come out of the Paris Match making.
as perfect of a crime/courtroom drama to ever come out any decade. Otto Preminger stacked a wonderful deck as close to real life events on record as possible. this is great stuff.
Charles Laughton as director of a small bag of a coins get tough and sweet, rallies the crew, turns a noir parable into a life defining cinematic message.
this could easily be my # 1 also. a master plan executed to perfection on the chaos of love, living, and the unlikelihood of coincidence
very powerful propaganda right under Stalin's nose
one of the early really scary ones.
getting the most out of all available support tools to tell the tale of he whom was called but never made it to those distant, near shores of battle.