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  • Hamlet (Criterion DVD)

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    Hamlet

    Laurence Olivier

    maha1: “looking forward to Larry O's version of the Melancholy Dane”

    DVD Spine #82 Learn more »
  • Throne of Blood (Criterion DVD)

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    Throne of Blood

    Akira Kurosawa

    maha1: “the Scottish...ahem...Japanese play. H Bloom says it's the best adaptation there is. Even because WS's script isn't there...”

    DVD Spine #190 Learn more »
  • Modern Times (Criterion DVD)

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    Modern Times

    Charlie Chaplin

    maha1: “Finally got my hands on it.Chaplin phase continues, picks up scraggly, scrappy. socially critical, charismatic momentum.As essential as CL or GR or GD”

    DVD Spine #543 Learn more »
  • The Threepenny Opera (Criterion DVD)

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    The Threepenny Opera

    Georg Wilhelm Pabst

    maha1: “just discovered the musical and had to get my hands on the film.Beautiful edition loaded with extras.Defin the proper way to see it for the first time”

    DVD Spine #405 Learn more »
  • Richard III  (Criterion DVD)

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    Richard III

    Laurence Olivier

    maha1: “Johnny Rotten acknowledged LO in this movie as one of his inspirations for his stage persona. The Bard kicking out some diabolical drama”

    DVD Spine #213 Learn more »
  • City Lights (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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    City Lights

    Charles Chaplin

    maha1: “First watched it with a personal intro and discussion w Zizek! Still holds up to this day- funny, satirical, great restor, last shot(s) are amazing”

    Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Spine #680 Learn more »
  • Juliet of the Spirits (Criterion DVD)

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    Juliet of the Spirits

    Federico Fellini

    maha1: “...and it was still in Salem! Up for a re-watch, that would be the third. I remember loving it then hating it. But the last few mins still haunt me”

    DVD Spine #149 Learn more »
  • Le cercle rouge (Criterion DVD)

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    Le cercle rouge

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    maha1: “Heavy, character driven. ensemble of world-weary actors playing world-weary crooks masterfully.Stylish fatalism and intrigue.Melville is f-ing brill.”

    DVD Spine #218 Learn more »
  • Léon Morin, Priest (Criterion DVD)

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    Léon Morin, Priest

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    maha1: “guess I'm officially on a Melville kick now...and Leon's dilemma hits a wee bit close to home...that's why I had to get it- JPB playing a priest!?”

    DVD Spine #572 Learn more »
  • Le Samouraï (Criterion DVD)

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    Le Samouraï

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    maha1: “basically just exquisite, existential, atmospheric visual wallpaper. And that's a compliment. Alain Delon is like a slowly breathing statue in gloom”

    DVD Spine #306 Learn more »
  • The Naked City (Criterion DVD)

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    The Naked City

    Jules Dassin

    maha1: “4 million stories in the naked city and this is one of them.No more, no less.All it needs to be.Real sets, too: NYC 1950..the fact just blows my mind”

    DVD Spine #380 Learn more »
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (Criterion DVD)

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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Wes Anderson

    maha1: “It just had to be done. Wes-heads annoy the shit out of me, but I do like and in this case, love, his movies ”

    DVD Spine #157 Learn more »
  • La haine (Criterion DVD)

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    La haine

    Mathieu Kassovitz

    maha1: “Electric, kinetic,brutally frank and honest.Good movie for people who don't like foreign flicks.Amazing cinema: actors, pacing, everything!Brilliant!”

    DVD Spine #381 Learn more »
  • Badlands (Criterion DVD)

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    Badlands

    Terrence Malick

    maha1: “Brilliant, elliptical, earthy, human-all-too-human”

    DVD Spine #651 Learn more »
  • Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion DVD)

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    Kiss Me Deadly

    Robert Aldrich

    maha1: “wild, crackling, funny, super tough, wisecracking, apocalyptic little gem”

    DVD Spine #568 Learn more »
  • Down by Law (Criterion DVD)

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    Down by Law

    Jim Jarmusch

    maha1: “Waits, Lurie, Begnini, Jarmusch, a New Orleans jail cell, beautiful B & W, it's all atmosphere and sneakily luminous poetry. Definitely rewatchable”

    DVD Spine #166 Learn more »
  • Floating Weeds (Essential Art House DVD)

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    Floating Weeds

    Yasujiro Ozu

    maha1: “Caught a glimpse of it on youtube and I have complete faith in both Criterion and Ozu's taste that I figured I'd get it. It was free. Lookin forward”

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  • Harold and Maude (Criterion DVD)

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    Harold and Maude

    Hal Ashby

    maha1: “Finally! So glad to finally own it in a georgeous edition at last!”

    DVD Spine #608 Learn more »
  • Repulsion (Criterion DVD)

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    Repulsion

    Roman Polanski

    maha1: “everyone's entitled to at least one elliptical, macabre, surreal(ist) flick that they just..get.This one's mine- meticulous, mesmerizing,eerie as hell”

    DVD Spine #483 Learn more »
  • Thieves’ Highway (Criterion DVD)

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    Thieves’ Highway

    Jules Dassin

    maha1: “I love Dassin.This is a compelling bit of honest, insightful storytelling with a deeply observant sense of society. Very underrated noir/ road movie”

    DVD Spine #273 Learn more »
  • Playtime (Criterion DVD)

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    Playtime

    Jacques Tati

    maha1: “eye-popping...artifice without artificiality. Perfect C title. Lots of intricacy and re-watch value.”

    DVD Spine #112 Learn more »
  • Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion DVD)

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    Sansho the Bailiff

    Kenji Mizoguchi

    maha1: “Very glad to own it. A moving, bleak, ultimately redemptive study on human frailty and ambition from an underrated filmaker (for the West, that is)”

    DVD Spine #386 Learn more »
  • Army of Shadows (Criterion DVD)

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    Army of Shadows

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    maha1: “A raw slice of real history; brutal, artful, suspenseful and powerful. Testimony from a witness and master filmmaker. Compells repeat viewings”

    DVD Spine #385 Learn more »
  • Late Spring (Criterion DVD)

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    Late Spring

    Yasujiro Ozu

    maha1: “I'll never forget teaching this movie in my first-ever class. It's so modern, subtle, obscure, and yet consistently powerful in quiet, small moments.”

    DVD Spine #331 Learn more »
  • Schizopolis (Criterion DVD)

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    Schizopolis

    Steven Soderbergh

    maha1: “One of the funniest movies I've ever seen- so brilliantly, boldly absurd that I can't help myself. Nose Army! Maximum Busy Muscle! Generic greeting!”

    DVD Spine #199 Learn more »
  • Night and the City (Criterion DVD)

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    Night and the City

    Jules Dassin

    maha1: “love the gloomy, intricate noirish London and the losing, desperate Richard Widmark trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents.great 2ndary cast too”

    DVD Spine #274 Learn more »
  • Vanya on 42nd Street (Criterion DVD)

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    Vanya on 42nd Street

    Louis Malle

    maha1: “Loved it for years, thought it was a great C title. Great acting, great adaptation, Chekhov by way of Malle and Mamet...heart in the throat finale”

    DVD Spine #599 Learn more »
  • Contempt (Criterion DVD)

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    Contempt

    Jean-Luc Godard

    maha1: “Wanted it forever, finally added it! I think it's one of the great films of the 20th Century. Always captivating and so beautifully, painfully true.”

    DVD Spine #171 Learn more »
  • Do the Right Thing (Criterion DVD)

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    Do the Right Thing

    Spike Lee

    maha1: “Great humor, political power, visual zest, wit and compassion- yup, I mean it- ebert's note is exactly on point. Total rewatch value, too.”

    DVD Spine #97 Learn more »
  • Charade (Criterion DVD)

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    Charade

    Stanley Donen

    maha1: “Sort of the big Hitchcock thriller Hitchcock himself never actually made.”

    DVD Spine #57 Learn more »
  • The Naked Kiss (Criterion DVD)

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    The Naked Kiss

    Samuel Fuller

    maha1: “Glad to have completed my Samuel Fuller "trilogy"...I love the art and journalism scrapping with pulp melodrama. Fuller knows whereof he speaks”

    DVD Spine #18 Learn more »
  • Notorious (Criterion DVD)

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    Notorious

    Alfred Hitchcock

    maha1: “Beautiful, richly shadowed, suspenseful, romantic old-school masterpiece. So exquisitely subtle you almost don't notice how sinister it is. it's OOP!”

    DVD Spine #137 Learn more »
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Criterion DVD)

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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Wes Anderson

    maha1: “Got cheap by chance. The cast in matching gear..the boat..the dance..bill murray..glimmering starfish! soundtrack's great, too. Not a bad find, eh?”

    DVD Spine #300 Learn more »
  • Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara (Criterion DVD)

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    Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara

    Hiroshi Teshigahara

    maha1: “Such unique, penetrating, elegantly probing films. Woman in the Dunes is the best of a very compelling set. Georgeously packaged and supplemented too”

    DVD Spine #392 Learn more »
  • Naked (Criterion DVD)

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    Naked

    Mike Leigh

    maha1: “I hated it until I started to see the humor, the subtlety & bitter social satire..and once I started laughing. Strange, erudite, incendiary script”

    DVD Spine #307 Learn more »
  • Sullivan’s Travels (Criterion DVD)

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    Sullivan’s Travels

    Preston Sturges

    maha1: “Wonderfully wise and witty film.Seen it about 5 times. So rewatchable. Never let politics get in the way of a good joke (or your life) and vice versa”

    DVD Spine #118 Learn more »
  • Gimme Shelter (Criterion DVD)

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    Gimme Shelter

    David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin

    maha1: “Mick and Keef watch a film about Mick and Keef playing a show wherein Mick and Keef watch 60's anarchy combust before their very eyes...”

    DVD Spine #99 Learn more »
  • M (Criterion DVD)

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    M

    Fritz Lang

    maha1: “OOP version. The first and still the best of its kind. Haunting, subtle and interesting thoughout. The ending meets and confounds your expectations.”

    DVD Spine #30 Learn more »
  • The Silence of the Lambs (Criterion DVD)

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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jonathan Demme

    maha1: “OOP. Technically flawless and slyly assured. Feminist parable about American self-hatred and the amorality of the technocratic elite. ”

    DVD Spine #13 Learn more »
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion DVD)

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Terry Gilliam

    maha1: “I kind of had to buy this- not only because it's great but because of the framed art print that hung on the wall of my living room for several years.”

    DVD Spine #175 Learn more »
  • Kagemusha (Criterion DVD)

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    Kagemusha

    Akira Kurosawa

    maha1: “Bought sight-unseen out of respect for The Emperor. Beautiful collection of his painstakingly vivid storyboards. The last effort from a great artist.”

    DVD Spine #267 Learn more »
  • Belle de jour (Criterion DVD)

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    Belle de jour

    Luis Buñuel

    maha1: “One of my first foreign films. Saw it, studied it, wanted more. Elegant, posh, kinky and subversive. I always thought would be a perfect C title....”

    DVD Spine #593 Learn more »
  • Elevator to the Gallows (Criterion DVD)

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    Elevator to the Gallows

    Louis Malle

    maha1: “Long-wanted, one of my early faves. Absorbing, wryly funny. Cryptic, subtle Noir. Malle films as Miles serenades Ms Moreau..What more could you want?”

    DVD Spine #335 Learn more »
  • L’avventura (Criterion DVD)

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    L’avventura

    Michelangelo Antonioni

    maha1: “finally added it- going to rewatch & study it, want to write in depth about M.A. someday and this film is the radical cornerstone of his work”

    DVD Spine #98 Learn more »
  • Dazed and Confused (Criterion DVD)

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    Dazed and Confused

    Richard Linklater

    maha1: “cheap, loaded, fun, colorful, frisky, wild, true-to-life, candid, daffy, hazy, lazy, dazy, crazy, funny, painfully accurate-& the film's good, too!”

    DVD Spine #336 Learn more »
  • Jules and Jim (Criterion DVD)

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    Jules and Jim

    François Truffaut

    maha1: “got it for 8 bucks! wanted this for a long time, and I'm thrilled to have it- fresh, sexy, fluid, classic, joyous- bubbling over with joie de vie”

    DVD Spine #281 Learn more »
  • Umberto D. (Criterion DVD)

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    Umberto D.

    Vittorio De Sica

    maha1: “heartbreakingly bleak, class-conscious, muted, mournful and socially exact. Very quietly realized devastating character study. Umberto is everywhere”

    DVD Spine #201 Learn more »
  • The Third Man (Criterion DVD)

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    The Third Man

    Carol Reed

    maha1: “actually the OOP. Love this film- it's technically perfect, fun, dark &unique- gotta love Orson's amoral soliloquy on the ferris wheel.”

    DVD Spine #64 Learn more »
  • Pierrot le fou (Criterion DVD)

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    Pierrot le fou

    Jean-Luc Godard

    maha1: “"it's not blood, it's red"- the georgeous, fresh edition of an ecstatically anxious flick. Bright, intricate, knowing and witty. JLG at the crest”

    DVD Spine #421 Learn more »
  • Days of Heaven (Criterion DVD)

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    Days of Heaven

    Terrence Malick

    maha1: “one of the most beautifully realized films of all time. A personal favorite, an example of the perfection of film”

    DVD Spine #409 Learn more »
  • The Thin Red Line (Criterion DVD)

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    The Thin Red Line

    Terrence Malick

    maha1: “one of these days I'm gonna hole up and drink and watch this and meditate on the folly of man and conflict and human endurance”

    DVD Spine #536 Learn more »
  • The Fallen Idol (Criterion DVD)

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    The Fallen Idol

    Carol Reed

    maha1: “not wild about it, it was a gift. Interiors are georgeous, the English landscape is interesting, though I would really want to re-watch to get it”

    DVD Spine #357 Learn more »
  • High and Low (Criterion DVD)

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    High and Low

    Akira Kurosawa

    maha1: “OK, Criterion, your dvd holder sprocket thingies suck- tried to take the disc out and I fucking fractured the disc...I bought a new one; all is well”

    DVD Spine #24 Learn more »
  • The Rock (Criterion DVD)

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    The Rock

    Michael Bay

    maha1: “great popcorn flick, way to go Criterion for putting this out. loved it before I really knew what film was”

    DVD Spine #108 Learn more »
  • The Rules of the Game (Criterion DVD)

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    The Rules of the Game

    Jean Renoir

    maha1: “one of those classics which you can never quite rewatch enough times. Just gave it another spin and can't wait to get a master class from the bonuses”

    DVD Spine #216 Learn more »
  • The Seventh Seal (Criterion DVD)

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    The Seventh Seal

    Ingmar Bergman

    maha1: “much livelier and more life-affirming than its reputation would indicate. The women are lovely, too”

    DVD Spine #11 Learn more »
  • Wild Strawberries (Criterion DVD)

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    Wild Strawberries

    Ingmar Bergman

    maha1: “the whole thing is great, of course, but the last line makes me tear up every time”

    DVD Spine #139 Learn more »
  • The Wages of Fear (Criterion DVD)

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    The Wages of Fear

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    maha1: “Bleak, powerful, suspenseful, raw, epic...crackling with tension & character. Works its suspenseful spell every single time. Great for newcomers, too”

    DVD Spine #36 Learn more »
  • The Great Dictator (Criterion DVD)

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    The Great Dictator

    Charles Chaplin

    maha1: “love the comedy, the political criticism, the guts grace and wit. Let's play the finale every new years' day around the world, ok?”

    DVD Spine #565 Learn more »
  • Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Criterion DVD)

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    Monty Python’s Life of Brian

    Terry Jones

    maha1: “Brilliant satire. Great to rewatch over and over again. Pythons at their best. Hilarious, erudite, pitch-perfect. Sacrilicious!”

    DVD Spine #61 Learn more »