Iron and Wine’s Top 10

Iron and Wine’s Top10

Samuel Beam is an American singer-songwriter (and former film studies professor!) better known by the stage name Iron and Wine. His last album was 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog, and a follow-up is in the works. When selecting his top ten Criterion titles, Beam says, “it was really difficult for me not to just write ‘my top 507,’ because that’s where your catalogue was at the moment I wrote this, and I cherish practically everything you guys have released. However, with that said, here’s a handful of favorites.”

May 13, 2010
  • 1

    Terry Gilliam


    “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” —George Bernard Shaw

  • 2

    Akira Kurosawa


    “No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.” —Harry Houdini

  • 3

    Carol Reed

    The Third Man

    “Why is it there are so many more horses’ asses than there are horses?” —G. Gordon Liddy

  • 4

    Jim Jarmusch

    Down by Law

    “I’m afraid we live at the mercy of a power, maybe a God, without mercy. And yet we find it, as I have, from others.” —Philip Levine

  • 5

    Stan Brakhage

    By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume One

    “I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” —Truman Capote

  • 6

    Federico Fellini

    La strada

    “The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.” —William Faulkner

  • 7

    Gillo Pontecorvo

    The Battle of Algiers

    “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” —Mark Twain

  • 8

    John Cassavetes

    A Woman Under the Influence

    “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end.” —Gilda Radner

  • 9

    Les Blank

    Burden of Dreams

    “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” —Woody Allen

  • 10

    Mike Leigh


    “I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein