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The first Criterion I bought was M, the original DVD release. I was 15, more interested in Kurosawa than girls (that scales tipped in the interim years). Now I'm 27, basically at death's door, a struggling filmmaker with a continued and loyal admiration of Criterion-- my consistent hub for inspiration and discovery.
These are some of my favorite Criterion releases.
A rapturously beautiful film, and a suitably gorgeous edition.
Inexplicably spellbinding, somehow absurdly complex and mockingly simple at once. The white-on-white cover art is one of my favorite Criterion designs.
It's the compositional spontaneity that's inspiring, and the loose quality of theme and story. It's unpredictable in astronomically influential ways.
The most magical of all fairy tale films. Exquisitely designed and shot.
Could go on and on... the creation of space within frame, Renoir's movements, the intricate nature of the ensemble that's been aped but rarely matched for three quarters of a century. This film earns its street cred, as it were.
I often find myself recommending this to people, the pitch is just so easy: "It's Samurai Macbeth." And then I show them the blood soaked cover art. And then they watch it. And then they fall in love. Every time.
Probably the greatest comedy ever made. Among the best dialogue of all time, for sure.
I'm a sucker for noir, and Dassin's my man, and this is his masterpiece.
Strange, that for such a uniquely American genre, two of its masterpieces were made elsewhere. This is an obvous by necessary choice, a truly genius film.
A thoughtful, simple dialogue on class and adolescence that is likely to resonate for any generation interested in having a thoughtful, simple dialogue.
Big old tie for my three favorite box sets. Blue, White and Red make up one of the most singular trilogies out there, a web of theme and idea and culminates unexpectedly. And a gorgeous collector's item.
A small set for a short but impactful career. Possibly my favorite Criterion release (ask me again tomorrow), if only because it is incidentally a full collection of Vigo's all-too-brief canon.
I had never heard of Klein or seen any of his film. Criterion, thank you for the introduction. Mr. Freedom was an immediate favorite. The Eclipse Series is brilliant.