WorldCat Identities

Criterion Collection (Firm)

Works: 3,033 works in 8,147 publications in 7 languages and 488,962 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  Historical films  History  Documentary films  Comedy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Action and adventure films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: fds, Distributor, Publisher, prn, rsr, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Criterion Collection (Firm)
Most widely held works by Criterion Collection (Firm)
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

23 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in Japanese and English and held by 2,590 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
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

14 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, who senses treachery behind his father's death
The third man by Carol Reed( Visual )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 1,748 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
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo( Visual )

16 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo's tour de force has astonishing relevance today
The life aquatic with Steve Zissou by Wes Anderson( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows an oceanographer and his crew as they hunt down the mysterious Jaguar Shark that killed his friend during the filming of their last adventure
The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson( Visual )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tenenbaum children were all child prodigies who grew into eccentric adults. They reunite when their estranged father decides to make amends with his wife and children
The 39 steps by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

26 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and held by 1,646 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
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

15 editions published between 1957 and 2008 in Swedish and English and held by 1,633 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

28 editions published between 1946 and 2016 in French and English and held by 1,521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic fairy tale about the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him is brought to the screen using magical visual effects. The costumes and lighting take their inspiration from Dutch painting, particularly the work of Vermeer
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

6 editions published between 1963 and 2010 in Italian and English and held by 1,520 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
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

19 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in English and held by 1,516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard III: Begins by recapitulating the final scene of Henry IV, Part III with Edward IV being crowned king. In the background of the celebration, Richard jealously views the proceedings. Soon afterwards, Edward IV is murdered, drowned in a vat of wine. Richard becomes king and, after proceeding with a succession of intrigues and duplicities, he finds his kingdom in dire peril, set upon by Henry Tudor and mustering a final defense for his realm at the Battle of Bosworth. An immortal tale of lust, murder, treachery and the ruthless pursuit of power
The seventh seal by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

16 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Swedish and held by 1,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight challenges Death to a fateful game of chess"--Container
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

11 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,458 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
Ikiru = To live by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

15 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in Japanese and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Japanese businessman dying of cancer wants to give something back to society before his death, so he decides to build a playground for children
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

16 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in Portuguese and English and held by 1,374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice set against the colorful background of the carnival in Rio de Janiero. With its magnificent color photography and lively soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in French and held by 1,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, the film contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footag
Hoop dreams( Visual )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 1,341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the high school careers of two young, African-American men from inner-city Chicago as they pursue their dream of playing professional basketball
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

21 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in Italian and held by 1,337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story about the search for woman who goes missing while on a yacht cruise off the coast of Sicily. Her boyfriend and best friend end up finding each other instead
Yōjinbō by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

18 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wandering Samurai-for-hire eventually finds a dramatic solution to the problems of a town with two warring clans
Nanook of the North : a story of life and love in the actual Arctic by Robert Joseph Flaherty( Visual )

11 editions published between 1922 and 2013 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most influential documentaries ever made, and hailed as a masterpiece on its release in 1922, this portrayal of Eskimo culture follows the lives of Nanook and his family in their daily battle for survival in the frozen wastes of northern Canada. Flaherty succeeds in capturing the spirit of the Inuit people in scenes of matchless cinematic beauty." [Publisher's statement]
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.25 (from 0.18 for The life a ... to 0.35 for L'avventur ...)

WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of AlgiersThe 39 stepsSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesBelle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast8 1/2Ikiru = To liveNanook of the North : a story of life and love in the actual Arctic
Alternative Names
English (105)

Japanese (54)

French (43)

Swedish (30)

Italian (26)

Portuguese (15)

Arabic (1)