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Another Top 10

by ncmovieman

Created 06/11/17

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One list just wasn't enough, so here's a second Top 10 list of my favorite Criterion films. Once again, it's in alphabetical order.

  • A story about the impact of World War 2 on the Soviet home front. It paints a humanizing portrait of the average Soviet citizen and is far from the Western stereotypes of them. A very moving film.

  • As far as I'm concerned, this is the best film version of any Charles Dickens novel ever made. David Lean set a standard that no other director has ever measured up to. Along with In Which We Serve, this is one the best films of John Mills.

  • There is no question why Olivier won the Oscar for this role. It is the role that he will be forever identified with and he will always be the definitive Hamlet. No other actor has ever come close or ever will.

  • Another memorable role that Olivier made his own, though Kenneth Branagh came very close.

  • Perhaps the best version of the life of Christ ever filmed. The fact that the film is silent does not diminish its power in any way. It didn't need voices because the emotions of the actors spoke volumes. It seems that DeMille held the patent on creating vintage films from the Bible.

  • A Japanese horror film and one of the best ever made, far superior to the schlock that gets filmed today. There is no gore, but it still terrifying.

  • This film has to be Dreyer's masterpiece. This is another silent film, but once again voices are not needed to show the anguish that Joan of Arc endured during the ordeal of her trial, knowing quite well what the verdict would be. Interestingly enough, this was the only film that stage actress Renee Jeanne Falconetti appeared in. This is pity since she was such a wonderful actress and should have made more films.

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth set in medieval Japan - who ever would have thought? Kurosawa, that was who. Another one of the classic collaborations between Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, Japan's greatest director and actor, respectively.

  • This is one of Bergman's greatest films. The story concerns an elderly physician who reflects on his life and discovers that it was not a fulfilling one. Very moving.

  • Henry Fonda's role as Abraham Lincoln is one of the best in his long career. This film is also one of Ford's crowning achievements and one of the many reasons why he is considered America's greatest director.

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