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1955

by paul beauparlant

Created 08/05/12

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A fun little project wherein I've listed all of the Criterion Collection film from the year 1955, the year of my birth.
I'm quite pleased with the selection of CC films released that year.
This is a fun game that anyone may play I hasten to add.
Here then, all from 1955 and in alphabetical order.

22 comments

  • By Eric Levy
    March 01, 2013
    10:14 AM

    Excellent idea Paul! I have taken your suggestion and created a 1968 list. Please check it out.
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  • By Eric Levy
    April 23, 2014
    02:06 PM

    Hi Paul. Looks like your idea is picking up steam.
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    • By paul beauparlant
      April 28, 2014
      06:45 PM

      Hi Eric. Thanks for alerting me to the 1967 list that has a LOT of great titles! Don't know yet if you could classify this idea as 'picking up steam' though but there is hope. I always check Criterion's new releases to see if any more 1955 films are on the table. There was one last month that I inserted into my 1955 list. Don't forget to keep your list updated too.
    • By Eric Levy
      May 07, 2014
      02:45 PM

      Hey Paul. Well, I figure one more is something. And I always update my lists as necessary (and say so in the intros). Nothing new from '68 since the ZATOICHI set. What was your new addition?
  • By paul beauparlant
    May 14, 2014
    06:04 PM

    The latest addition from 1955 that I added is All That Heaven Allows.
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  • By Eric Levy
    June 15, 2014
    05:27 PM

    Hi again. I made another.
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  • By Eric Levy
    July 09, 2014
    07:07 AM

    I thought of another 1955 movie: Kubrick's KILLERS KISS, which is available on THE KILLING.
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  • By paul beauparlant
    July 09, 2014
    06:27 PM

    Geez thanks Eric!! When I made this list, I didn't even investigate any bonus features. I MUST be missing some other too. Thanks for the head's up!
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  • By Eric Levy
    October 08, 2015
    12:22 PM

    Hi Paul. The tradition is continuing: https://www.criterion.com/lists/349594-1986
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  • By paul beauparlant
    October 22, 2015
    09:34 PM

    Hi Eric and thanks for the head's up. But what Kilian did was list movies by year Criterion released them...the year Kilian was born, right? That's not really continuing the tradition because my list, and yours, is a list of Criterion releases that coincide with the year we were born, not when Criterion published them. Is publish the right word?
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  • By Eric Levy
    November 09, 2015
    03:09 PM

    Hi Paul. I checked each title on Kilian's list and they are all 1986 releases. Did Criterion even exist in 1986?
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  • By paul beauparlant
    November 28, 2015
    10:25 PM

    Eric, all I can say is I'm shot. I don't even know what I'm talking about anymore.
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  • By Eric Levy
    December 01, 2015
    02:16 PM

    Not to worry my friend. We're all shot from time to time. New Film Registry announcements in a couple weeks! Always exciting for your truly. By the way, I meant to tell you I finally saw your favorite film LA NOTTE for the first time not long ago. I saw L'ECLISSE for the first time too. Both were exquisite. Inspired me to re-watch RED DESERT. Antonioni is the master of imagery. All beautiful films.
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    • By paul beauparlant
      December 02, 2015
      11:00 PM

      Oh Eric, that's great-that you got around to seeing La Notte. I would love to hear your thoughts and impressions on the film. For me, I just love studying Marcello and Jeanne (in the characters they play) as they interact. Whether it be in the car (and that's another things-those cars-sitting SO close together) or at the jazz club and certainly at the closing party. But separately too. Jeanne during her long walk. Marcello falling asleep on the couch in his office. Answering the phone. When she models her new dress for the party and he comes over to her, the expectation in her face, that goes nowhere. But on and on. Off of my fondness for La Notte I too sought out L'eclisse but did not make it through. It certainly is a whole other kettle of fish. I need to give it a second chance...obviously. My most recent related favorite is A Special Day which I think Mastroianni is just great in and I'm glad it's in my collection now. Red Desert is another victim of my wandering attention span as I didn't make it through that one either. I'm not sure what I think of Vitti. But there is a comedy she is in called The Queens and I like her a lot in that. What did you pick up for the November B&N sale if anything. I picked up A Special Day, Mulholland Drive, Big Deal on Madonna Street and Island of Lost Souls.
  • By paul beauparlant
    December 05, 2015
    11:20 PM

    Eric, so glad to hear you watched La Notte. Tell me what you liked about it. For me, it was studying the mannerisms of Marcello and Jeanne (as their characters, Giovanni and Lidia). Watching them sitting side by side (so close in those tiny Italians automobiles) as they verbally fence or at the jazz club, Jeanne's finger wandering on the tablecloth, avoiding her husband's questions. It just wasn't the right time. The interplay between the two as she models her evening gown for him..so expectant. He coming over to her. But their scenes alone too. Her walk, of course. And his returning to their apartment feeling listless and lifeless. But I'm rambling. Would love to hear your thoughts. L'eclisse I began but did not finish. It really is a whole different kettle of fish as compared to La Notte so I guess I was not ready for it. I know I will return to it one day and finish. Red Desert I attempted to watch but once again, my short attention span defeated me and I gave up. It might have to do with Miss Vitti.. Not sure where I stand with her. Although I liked her in a comedy sequence she was in in a picture called The Queens.
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  • By paul beauparlant
    December 05, 2015
    11:25 PM

    And I wanted to mention how I've recently watched A Special Day. Really enjoyed Mastroianni in this. I'm so glad I took a chance buying this, not knowing anything about it other than how much I liked him in La Notte. My other November Criterion sale pickups were...A Special Day, which I just talked about, Big Deal on Madonna Street, Mulholland Drive and Island of Lost Souls.
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  • By Eric Levy
    December 08, 2015
    02:53 PM

    Hi Paul. I see you learned the hard way that the reply button hasn't been working lately, and that your reply magically shows up later. Good memory typing that twice! After a single viewing I don't think I can offer as much detail as you have. I will say (again) that as with all of his films, it was ravishing to look at, and that is usually enough for me, which is why I don't find L'ECLISSE or RED DESERT (or L'AVVENTURA) difficult to sit through. BLOW-UP is still my favorite of his. Of course there's much more going on in all those films too. I did think it was a fascinating exploration of marriage, a topic I appreciate in film. Which reminds me, are you a Cassavetes fan? I want to see Allan King's A MARRIED COUPLE too. I picked up SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE, THE APU TRILOGY, and THE CARL DREYER BOX at the B&N sale. Very excited.
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    • By paul beauparlant
      December 12, 2015
      07:56 PM

      Well Eric, I am a fan of Blow-Up too. I've watched it multiple times...own the DVD. Oh, and the soundtrack too. Now Cassavetes I can not report I am much of a fan of. I do own Shadows but have not watched it to completion but of what I have seen, I like. Funny you should mention Cassavetes. Just now, I was watching Devil's Angels a biker he starred in for Corman in '67. I've never heard of Allan King's A Married Couple. There was an Altman film by the same name that I've seen but you don't mean that. Isn't Allan King Canadian?
  • By Eric Levy
    February 24, 2016
    08:03 AM

    Hi Paul. Someone has continued our small tradition further: https://www.criterion.com/lists/371696-1957-my-favorite-year
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    • By paul beauparlant
      March 05, 2016
      11:39 PM

      Nice reading his comments on his 1957 picks. Thanks for the alert Eric.
  • By Eric Levy
    November 29, 2016
    01:24 PM

    Hi Paul. Hope you've been well. Check out a guy named Sean Ramsdell. He's created new year lists for four different years!
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