Forgotten Criterions

by Drew Phillips

Created 07/07/12

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Those great films that have seemed to slip between the cracks from time to time. Some of these I'll bet even the most hard core Criterion fan has never seen or maybe even heard of. Check 'em out and tally in the comments below how many you've seen


  • By Drew Phillips
    July 07, 2012
    05:09 PM

    I've seen 11/57
  • By The Narrator Returns
    July 15, 2012
    09:51 AM

    9/57. I love Fishing with John and An Angel at My Table.
  • By Jonathan Rimorin
    July 16, 2012
    04:51 PM

    I've seen 31/57.
  • By cinephile_12
    July 17, 2012
    05:59 PM

    I've seen 15/57 with a couple more of these in my sight...
  • By Collection
    July 25, 2012
    10:28 PM

    17 as of this writing. Thanks for the reminder that there are more great films waiting to be discovered.
  • By Gash
    July 29, 2012
    06:38 PM

    Great list! I've seen only 8 of these films. Antonio Gaudí is my favorite from this list, that film is absolutely majestic. I also have Maîtresse, Summertime, Nanook of the North, For All Mankind and Danton, but I haven't seen them yet. I wasn't aware Maîtresse was that rare.
    • By Gash
      August 15, 2012
      03:01 AM

      Now I've seen 11. I recently saw Summertime, For All Mankind and W.C. Fields: Six Short Films. For All Mankind was particularly awesome.
    • By Gash
      November 07, 2017
      04:19 AM

      I've now seen 41/59 from this list. Most of these are really great movies
  • By Craig J. Clark
    August 14, 2012
    09:55 AM

    I've seen 15 of these. And this list is a handy reminder that I've had Maîtresse on my radar for what seems like forever. Definitely time to bump that up to the front burner (if I may be permitted to mix my metaphors).
  • By Kurt
    August 17, 2012
    08:29 AM

    I own 10 of Kanal and Fishing with John and Insomnia....I've seen 21 of these. Good list, but you should add Testament of Dr. Mabuse. It's always M, never this one.
    • By Drew Phillips
      August 19, 2012
      03:30 PM

      Ah, I love Testament of Dr Mabuse, you're right no one does seem to give it enough respect. Its still Lang though, so its not that uncommon. I keep meaning to update this. Of course I've probably only seen about 17 of these
  • By DUDElaundrey
    August 25, 2012
    12:54 PM

    huh, nice list.. ive only seen 9 out of the 50 some. and ive seen over 300 of the films criterion released. these are surely overlooked.. (well, in my opinion, being im an american male in his late 20s, and collecting criterion films for a little over 7 years.).. its funny, the first 5 on the list i seen
    • By DUDElaundrey
      August 25, 2012
      12:55 PM

      there r a few id disagree with, the antonioni film listed is an essential viewing, and most cinephiles are very familaur with it.. lots of the others are solid picks
  • By futurestar
    January 08, 2013
    10:42 PM

    bienvinedos ala casa de muy weirdos de cine'.
  • By Mike F.
    January 09, 2013
    07:41 PM

    What an exciting list! I have seen Elements of a Crime, Hiroshima mon Amour, Le notti bianche, Cul-du-sac, For All Man Kind, L’eclisse, La collectionneuse, and Ever Lasting Moments. I believe I have a few others but have not watched them yet. I love Antonioni and von Trier is one of the great directors of our times. Fritz Lang is one of the directors i need to watch more of. M is soo good. I have been told An Angel at My Table is a must see. Salvatore Giuliano by Francesco Rosi im willing to see because I enjoyed Moment of Truth so much. Maîtresse by Barbet Schroeder i have never even heard of but sounds right up my alley so much so that it has been placed #1 on my Netflix queue (Bergman's Persona tonight). What films on this last that I havent seen yet are my must see? I want everyone to tell me what I am missing out on.
    • By Drew Phillips
      January 10, 2013
      07:11 PM

      I'm so pleased to hear you liked it! The biggest must see's are the Long Good Friday, Nanook of the North, L'Ecclise, Tout va Bien, Troube in Paradise, Insomnia and others. You really can't go wrong
  • By Eric Levy
    February 07, 2013
    12:36 PM

    Great list! I've seen 13 and own 6. Everyone should see FISHING WITH JOHN, then re-watch it with John Lurie's brilliant and hilarious commentary.
    • By Drew Phillips
      February 07, 2013
      05:17 PM

      I completely agree! One of the best shows in existence. Really could use an upgrade though (cough, cough)
  • By futurestar
    March 17, 2013
    07:09 PM

    just happen & lucky enough to own 47 of 57 you listed. have seen 5 of 10 I don't have. you are well watched and able to visually convey great viewing without offense. nice talent to have.
  • By Steve_McCormack
    March 20, 2013
    03:19 PM

    you would think Maitresse was oop by hard hard it is to find but it's still in print. Crazy.
  • By Sean
    December 20, 2013
    12:43 AM

    I wished more of the general public would take a chance and see some of these great works. I just don't get it! But at least my mom gave Cinema Paradiso a look at least she likes that one. I can't say for when it comes to the future but I hope that there are other great films here that more people will at least give a try who knows it could happen?
  • By David MacDonald
    February 28, 2014
    07:16 AM

    "Downhill Racer." NO ONE talks about it. I ordered it this past sale, so I'm excited to finally see it. Oh, and "This Sporting Life." "Le bonheur;" that's my favorite French New Wave movie. Amazing cinematography. I watch "For all Mankind" probably at least once a year, it's the documentary that made me start to like documentaries. I HATED "Border Radio." I also love "Science is Fiction." I love it when they do curious little collections like that, and like "The Beastie Boys."
  • By Quinn
    March 06, 2014
    11:44 AM

    Here's one that I've literally never seen ANYONE mention: Murderous Maids. Part of the Rialto box set.
  • By Quinn
    November 13, 2014
    09:46 PM

    As of today (I got The Taking of Power by Louis XIV through inter-library loan), I've seen 20 of these films. This list has given me numerous suggestions for what to watch next. Thanks!
    • By Drew Phillips
      November 18, 2014
      03:20 AM

      You're quite welcome! I'm very glad I could inspire other people's enjoyment and exploration of film further!