Fellini is my favorite director, and this brilliant movie is one of my inspirations.
Juliet of the Spirits
Haunting and magical. The way that Fellini dealt with Juliet’s dreams, subconscious, relationships, and the church—I had never seen anything like it.
I adore Jean-Luc Godard’s early films. Stylish, contemporary, and innovative, this is one of his best—and Brigitte Bardot, well!
Fanny and Alexander: Theatrical Version
I thought that this was one of Ingmar Bergman and cinematographer Sven Nykvist’s most beautiful and haunting films.
The Battle of Algiers
The first time I saw this film, it felt so real it was frightening. I watched it again recently, and it is an amazing piece of filmmaking, still relevant and possibly even more frightening.
This film is a comic delight. Sturges is a master. Veronica Lake is unforgettable.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
I Know Where I’m Going!
I remember being thrilled by the way this film begins. Actually, the whole movie is charming. Michael Powell is one of the best.
Jules and Jim
My introduction to the French new wave. The way Truffaut dealt with relationships seemed so different. Jeanne Moreau is magical.
D. A. Pennebaker
Great documentaries happen when the filmmaker is lucky enough to be there at the rare moment in time when things are changing. Monterey Pop captures the music but also that innocent moment in the sixties.
David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin
A classic direct-cinema documentary drama made with ordinary people, it demonstrated for me, early on, that even without celebrities documentaries can be as compelling as any fiction film.
Seth’s Top 10
Seth is a cartoonist whose books include It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, George Sprott (1894–1975), and Clyde Fans Book One. As an illustrator and designer, he has worked on a number of high-profile projects, including Fantagraphics Books…
Richard Linklater’s Top 10
Richard Linklater, whose groundbreaking Slacker we released in 2004, and whose Dazed and Confused we released in 2006, offers up his list of favorite Criterion DVDs. About his “ever-changing but current top ten,” Linklater says, “I've been revi…
Leanne Shapton’s Top 10
An artist, art director, illustrator, and publisher based in New York City, Leanne Shapton designed the covers of the Criterion releases Kicking and Screaming and Cría cuervos . . . , and is the author of Was She Pretty?
Brian Raftery’s Top 10
The year 1999 may be this culture critic’s favorite in Hollywood history (he just wrote a book on the subject!), but the Criterion films he holds most dear span a number of different eras.