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Criterion Collection (Firm)

Works: 5,196 works in 14,799 publications in 7 languages and 546,327 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Historical films  Action and adventure films  Detective and mystery films  History  Samurai films  Comedy films  Film noir  Documentary films 
Roles: fds, Distributor, Publisher, prn, rsr, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Criterion Collection (Firm)
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

8 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 2,378 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
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo( Visual )

23 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,847 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
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

18 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of English boys are stranded on an uninhabited island when the plane that is evacuating them from a war-threatened England crash lands. Without adult supervision, the boys regress to savagery
The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson( Visual )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 1,707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal, had left them long ago, but now returns to make things right with his family
Rashomon = Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

19 editions published between 1950 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 1,706 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 third man by Graham Greene( Visual )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 1,701 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
Hamlet by Laurence Olivier( Visual )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hamlet is Shakespeare's towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

13 editions published between 1931 and 2010 in German and English and held by 1,670 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
The red shoes by Michael Powell( Visual )

25 editions published between 1948 and 2010 in English and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young ballerina is torn between love and success
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

27 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in English and held by 1,507 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
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

43 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in Japanese and held by 1,486 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

30 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in French and held by 1,405 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
The 39 steps( Visual )

21 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and held by 1,367 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 passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer( Visual )

15 editions published between 1928 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer'sThe Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Reneé Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981, in a Norwegian mental institution. Criterion is proud to present this milestone of silent cinema in a new special edition featuring composer Richard Einhorn's Voices of light, an original opera/oratorio inspired by the film
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

9 editions published between 1957 and 2018 in Swedish and held by 1,349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traveling to receive an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg, 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
Do the right thing by Spike Lee( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in English and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The hottest day of the year explodes onscreen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise, "--Container
8 1/2( Visual )

8 editions published between 1963 and 2002 in Italian and English and held by 1,318 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
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges( Visual )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A successful Hollywood director disguises himself as a bum and sets off to see America from the bottom up. In the midst of the brutality and despair, he makes a valuable discovery-- that what the downtrodden need most is laughter
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

5 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in French and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard) contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. With Night and Fog, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of man's violence toward man and presents the unsettling suggestion that such horrors could come again
Nanook of the North : a story of life and love in the actual Arctic by Robert Joseph Flaherty( Visual )

9 editions published between 1922 and 1998 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toutes les activités d'une famille esquimaude au fil des saisons et des jours sur les traces de Nanook, chef de la tribu des Itivimuits, du district du Cap Dufferin dans les territoires de la Baie d'Hudson. Construction d'un igloo, jeux des enfants, initiation des enfants à la chasse, voyage à travers la tempête
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La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers
Rashomon = RashōmonMKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the BeastThe 39 stepsSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesDo the right thing8 1/2
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