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Criterion Collection (Firm)

Works: 1,748 works in 4,079 publications in 7 languages and 406,231 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Case studies  Historical films  Biography  Fiction  Detective and mystery films  Nonfiction films  Fantasy films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, 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)
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

18 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 2,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film explores the murder of a man, the rape of his wife in a forest grove as seen from four different perspectives
The seventh seal by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in Swedish and held by 1,998 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 )

7 editions published between 1949 and 2008 in English and held by 1,959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime-- and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

12 editions published between 1931 and 2014 in German and English and held by 1,800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fritz Lang's film M merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 1,760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, the towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

7 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirty English schoolboys are stranded on an uncharted island at the start of the "next" war. With no adults present, they quickly turn into savages
La bataille d'Alger The battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo( Visual )

7 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in French and Arabic and held by 1,640 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 cafés. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed
The red shoes by Michael Powell( Visual )

10 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in English and held by 1,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A young ballerina is torn between the composer who loves her and the impresario who is determined to fashion her into a great dancer."--Container
The 39 steps by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

22 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and held by 1,540 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
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in Italian and English and held by 1,438 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
Hoop dreams by Steve James( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 1,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed over a five-year period, this documentary follows the lives of two inner-city kids with aspirations to play professional basketball
Nuit et brouillard Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

4 editions published in 2003 in French and held by 1,422 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 and contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage
The lady vanishes by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A nice, tweedy old English woman disappears from her compartment on a European train. A young woman who wonders why becomes frantic when everyone tells her there never was such a person. A young man comes to her aid and they solve a criss-cross puzzle of espoinage, counter-espionage and attempted assassination
Les quatre cents coups by Franois Truffaut( Visual )

12 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in French and English and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fourteen year old boy suffering from neglect finds ways to conceal his true life by skipping school and losing himself in other activities
Brazil by Terry Gilliam( Visual )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A daydreaming bureaucrat becomes involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mysterious woman and becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions
The last emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci( Visual )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The life of [Chinese] Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval within and without the walls of the Forbidden City"--Container
Nanook of the North a story of life and love in the actual Arctic by Robert Joseph Flaherty( Visual )

5 editions published between 1922 and 1998 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,261 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]
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

10 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,255 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
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai( Visual )

4 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors
Smultronstället Wild strawberries( Visual )

3 editions published between 1957 and 2006 in Swedish and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg--masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström--is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man's remarkable voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is a treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema and one of the films that catapulted Ingmar Bergman to international acclaim
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The third manMLa bataille d'Alger The battle of AlgiersThe 39 steps8 1/2The lady vanishesLes quatre cents coupsNanook of the North a story of life and love in the actual ArcticSmultronstället Wild strawberries