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I humbly present my favourite films from the Criterion Collection. It's a Top 10 (which obviously has to go up to 11) but is bound to change as I discover more from the range.
Catherine Deneuve, of course, must be here. See it to understand why she has a lifelong hold on my affections.
Stunning in its simplicity (I can hear the arguments already, but I haven't seen Tokyo Story yet) and inspired me to visit Japan.
Retribution and forgiveness all wrapped up in this cracker of a film
Hard to describe why I like this so much. Nothing happens for long periods of time but Michel Piccoli commands the screen throughout.
Has Delon ever been cooler? I think not.
Any number of Buñuels could have made my list but I do believe this to be the funniest, yet the most caustic.
The template is set for Wes Anderson's career, and the deleted scenes alone make this essential.
Gilliam combines Pythonesque lunacy with sci-fi and comes up trumps.
You really need to ask why this is on my list? I'll start with the schoolgirl-eating piano...
Albatross, over the credits, twice. 70's future cool and Barbara Valentin's pout.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bathtub.
I can't believe I nearly missed this out. Breaks my heart.