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Criterion Collection (Firm)

Overview
Works: 1,841 works in 4,907 publications in 9 languages and 449,127 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  History  Filmed plays  Action and adventure films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Samurai films  War films  Historical films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, Publisher, prn, rsr, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Criterion Collection (Firm)
 
Most widely held works by Criterion Collection (Firm)
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

20 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 2,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kurosaws?s Seven Samurai [Shichinin no samurai] tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This film weaves philosophy and entertainment, human emotions with relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

18 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in Japanese and English and held by 2,515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man's murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema, and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune, to the Western world"--Container
The seventh seal by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

20 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Swedish and English and held by 2,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight challenges Death to a fateful game of chess"--Container
The third man by Carol Reed( Visual )

10 editions published between 1949 and 2008 in English and held by 1,956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in post-war Vienna, an American western-adventure writer searches for a friend who turns out to be the king-pin of the Austrian black market
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

16 editions published between 1931 and 2014 in German and English and held by 1,801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A social melodrama based on the Dusseldorf child murders of 1929. A psychotic child murderer is brought to justice by the Berlin underworld
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

10 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, who senses treachery behind his father's death
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

7 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding's legendary novel on the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center. Taking an innovative documentary-like approach, Brook shot Lord of The Flies with an off-the-cuff naturalism, seeming to record a spontaneous eruption of its characters' IDs. The result is a rattling masterpiece, as provocative as its source material
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo( Visual )

15 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafs. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

18 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning"--Container
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

12 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and English and held by 1,652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traveling to receive an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and accept the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries captures a startling voyage of self-discovery and renewed belief in mankind
The red shoes by Michael Powell( Visual )

10 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in English and held by 1,628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dancer is so compelled to dance it overrides all other interests in her life
The 39 steps by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

25 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and held by 1,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the escapades of Richard Hanney, who stumbles into a conspiracy that involves him in a hectic chase across the Scottish moors
La grande illusion by Jean Renoir( Visual )

12 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in French and English and held by 1,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classic anti-war film, French prisoners of war in World War I are determined to escape from their German captor - an officer and gentleman in the Prussian tradition
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

9 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in French and held by 1,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary film about the German concentration camps of the Nazi era
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

8 editions published between 1963 and 2016 in Italian and English and held by 1,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disc one contains Fellini's autobiographical film about a famous film director who loses his inspiration in the midst of making of film as well as an audio essay by Gideon Bachmann and Antonio Monda, an introduction by Terry Gilliam, and the theatrical trailer. Disc two features Fellini's rarely seen first film for television, an imagined documentary, as well as a documentary about Nino Rota, the maestro behind the music of Fellini's films, interviews, still photographs and production photos connected with the film
La strada = The road by Federico Fellini( Visual )

13 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in Italian and Lithuanian and held by 1,497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a fragile girl who falls in love with a brutal circus performer she was sold to by her mother
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

16 editions published between 1946 and 2016 in French and English and held by 1,460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A restoration of the original 1946 French film, telling the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him
La règle du jeu : fantaisie dramatique de Jean Renoir = The rules of the game : a dramatic fantasy by Jean Renoir( Visual )

16 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in French and English and held by 1,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game, by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis' country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. The film has had a tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after the violent response of the premiere audience in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II; it wasn't reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here"--Container
Fanny och Alexander = Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in Swedish and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Told through the eyes of Alexander and his sister Fanny, we see the exuberant and colorful Ekdahl household in a Swedish town early in the twentieth century. Their parents, Oscar and Emilie, are the director and the leading lady of the local theatre company. Oscar's mother and brother are its chief patrons. After Oscar's early death, his widow marries the bishop and moves with her children to his austere and forbidding chancery. The children are immediately miserable, but befriend a local Jewish merchant whose odd household becomes the children's refuge
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

20 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in Japanese and held by 1,425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. Tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy
 
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The third manMLa Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of AlgiersSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesThe 39 steps8 1/2La strada = The roadBelle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast