Over the course of his twenty-five-year acting career, the magnetic, chameleonic Peter Sarsgaard has distinguished himself as equal parts prolific and unpredictable, winning acclaim in small independent films, big-budget productions, and off-Broadway plays. Earlier this fall, we were lucky enough to find ourselves in Sarsgaard’s engaging presence, as he dropped by the Criterion offices while making the promotional rounds for his latest film, the atmospheric character study The Sound of Silence. Of course, we made sure the star of An Education and Experimenter spent a little time perusing the shelves of our film closet. In there, he was quite excited to snag a copy of The Night Porter, sharing his impressions of seeing the provocative Italian film for the first time as a Catholic-school student and having his sense of cinematic possibility expanded. He also paid tribute to Barbara Loden’s Wanda—a movie he said inspired his wife, fellow actor Maggie Gyllenhaal, while she was making the HBO series The Deuce, after they watched it together on the Criterion Channel—and Todd Haynes’s Safe, whose anxieties of contamination he compared with the noise-pollution neuroses of The Sound of Silence. For the rest of Sarsgaard’s eclectic picks, hit play above.