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These are some of my personal favorites....Criterion has changed my life when watching film. Here we go!
I know that most people love M the most, but for me this classic horror film by Lang has it all, car chases, explosions, and crazy Doctors! And if you haven't yet seen Dr.Mabuse The Gambler, check it out.
“A dream of dark and troubling things” as explained by Lynch. But the unclassifiable Eraserhead is so much more. An expressionistic headtrip, a never ending nightmare, a pitch-black comedy. Thank you Criterion. Never has one director needed your treatment more than Mr. Lynch.
The mother of all films by Bergman. If you want to see what Bergman was all about wrapped up in one sitting (a long sitting that is) this about sums up his career.
Another horror film that broke lots of barriers for it's time. The speical effects and camera movements were spectacular for it's time! The old woman might be up there with the best vampire ever, Nosferatu.
Tarkovsky's take on the science fiction film world paved the way for intelligent movie goers to ask more out of the genre then ever before. Some of the best cinematography I have ever seen in my life.
By far one of my favorite comedys of all time. When it starts to snow where I live, I just pop this bad boy in and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside just like the summer does. This is his love for the silent comedy era.
Up there with Tati's "M. Hulot", this is another one of Criterion's funniest films they have to offer. Chaplin is a genius of the silent era. If you have not seen any films by Chaplin yet, do yourself a favor and check him out.
Fellini's masterpiece! Just like Bergman's Fanny and Alexander, this just about wraps up all of Fellini's body of work. A bunch of quirky characters, set in a Fascist period. What's not to like!
This is the best example of what film noir is all about. One of the most exciting, stylish, and brutal of this genre. I'm so glad that Criterion brought this to an already impressive collection of films.
The first time I saw this film it blew me away, the second time I seen it it lost none of it's potency. One of the strangest stories to ever be put on film. They don't make them like this anymore.
I think this is Wajda's most underrated film in the trilogy. It shows the real horrors that the polish people had to go through just to survive. The ending is a real heartbreaker...
Couldn't leave this off the list. If you have seen it you know how cool this film is. If you haven't seen it, go buy it now. This and Eraserhead have to be the darkest films in the collection.