Vittorio De Sica
Watching Bruno watch his dad sink into the pits of despair and live to tell about it is a journey to share.
I don’t know what to say about this one other than that it’s always belonged high on my list.
The low budget and the amateur quality only help to create the unnerving creepiness of it.
My Life as a Dog
Fun fun fun. Life life life.
Nights of Cabiria
One of my favorite female characters in the movies. Only to be topped by . . .
Pickup on South Street
Jean Peters as Candy is my favorite female character in any movie.
I just had to have Kurosawa in here, and this one won the coin toss.
Stranger Than Paradise
Saw this right at the time as I was getting serious with my own work. Yes, serious.
Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, and Tim Whelan
The Thief of Bagdad
It makes me want to be a sailor, sailing out to sea.
The Wages of Fear
How could I not have this one on here?
Jane Campion’s Top 10
In honor of her introduction to the collection, with An Angel at My Table, we asked director Jane Campion to contribute a list of Criterion films that are on her mind at the moment. Campion’s debut feature, Sweetie, is also available from Criterion…
Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s Top 10
The director of the award-winning indie classic Chameleon Street sings Orson Welles’s praises, pays tribute to Paul Robeson and Lorraine Hansberry, and reflects on his longtime dream of remaking Nightmare Alley.
Amy Seimetz’s Top 10
The multitalented filmmaker behind Sun Don’t Shine (now playing on the Criterion Channel) and She Dies Tomorrow shares a list of favorites that subvert narrative convention and dive into the mysteries of identity.