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Criterion Collection (Firm)

Works: 1,372 works in 4,563 publications in 9 languages and 430,147 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  History  Children's films  Animated films  Fantasy films  Action and adventure films  Documentary films  Samurai 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 )

22 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 2,625 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 )

19 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in Japanese and English and held by 2,489 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
Kagemusha by Tsutomu Yamazaki( Visual )

22 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in Japanese and Judeo-Persian and held by 2,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a soaring historical epic about a peasant impersonating a nobleman in battle
The seventh seal by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

17 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Swedish and English and held by 2,133 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 )

9 editions published between 1949 and 2008 in English and held by 1,965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un escritor de novelas baratas llega a una Viena de posguerra dividida en sectores por los aliados. Su amigo del colegio, Harry Lime, le ha ofrecido un trabajo, pero al llegar a la fiesta donde quedaron para reunirse, descubre que este ha muerto en un extraño accidente de trafico. Hablando con amigos y socios, el escritor se da cuenta de que algunas de las historias sobre su muerte son inconscientes y se decide a investigar lo que ocurrio en realidad
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

15 editions published between 1931 and 2014 in German and English and held by 1,785 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
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo( Visual )

17 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,759 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 )

7 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding's legendary novel about 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
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

5 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hamlet is Shakespeare's towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer
Orfeu negro Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

19 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in Portuguese and English and held by 1,681 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 )

13 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and English and held by 1,643 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
La grande illusion by Jean Renoir( Visual )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in French and English and held by 1,631 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
The red shoes by Michael Powell( Visual )

10 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in English and held by 1,611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Centers on the dilemma of a young ballerina who's torn between the demands of career and love
The 39 steps by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

24 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and held by 1,563 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 )

8 editions published between 1963 and 2010 in Italian and English and held by 1,525 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 1,517 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
Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

16 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and English and held by 1,461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sublime adaptation by Jean Cocteau of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's fairy-tale masterpiece, in which the true love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral, but gentle beast, is a landmark feat of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder
Nuit et brouillard Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

6 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in French and held by 1,458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed in 1955 at Auschwitz, combines color footage with black and white newsreels and stills to tell the story of not just the Holocaust, but the horror of man's brutal inhumanity
Les quatre cents coups by François Truffaut( Visual )

20 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in French and English and held by 1,455 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
La règle du jeu by Jean Renoir( Visual )

16 editions published between 1939 and 2014 in French and English and held by 1,443 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
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La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers
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KagemushaThe third manMLa Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of AlgiersSmultronstället Wild strawberriesThe 39 steps8 1/2Beauty and the BeastLes quatre cents coups