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Criterion Collection (Firm)

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Works: 1,802 works in 7,316 publications in 9 languages and 479,568 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  Children's films  History  Animated films  Action and adventure films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Documentary films  War 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 )

28 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,655 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 )

25 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in Japanese and English and held by 2,570 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 )

28 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Swedish and English and held by 2,196 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 )

13 editions published between 1949 and 2008 in English and held by 1,952 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 William Shakespeare( Visual )

16 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,828 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 )

19 editions published between 1931 and 2014 in German and English and held by 1,808 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 )

23 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,801 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
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

12 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of boys, ages 6 to 12, survives a plane crash and becomes stranded on a deserted island. Ralph, Piggy and the others attempt to govern themselves, a task at which they fail disastrously. Two leaders--one civilized, one depraved--epitomize the forces of good against evil. 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
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

27 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,723 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 )

17 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and English and held by 1,675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity
The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson( Visual )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 1,670 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
The 39 steps by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

28 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and held by 1,640 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
The red shoes by Michael Powell( Visual )

13 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in English and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Centers on the dilemma of a young ballerina who's torn between the demands of career and love
La grande illusion by Jean Renoir( Visual )

21 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in French and English and held by 1,629 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 )

16 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in French and Undetermined and held by 1,584 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
Hoop dreams by Steve James( Visual )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 1,560 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
Les quatre cents coups by François Truffaut( Visual )

30 editions published between 1959 and 2017 in French and English and held by 1,554 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
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

14 editions published between 1963 and 2017 in Italian and English and held by 1,538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fellini's autobiographically-inspired film about a famous film director (Guido Anselmi) who loses his inspiration in the midst of making a film, and retreats into his memories and fantasies
The Road by Federico Fellini( Visual )

16 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in Italian and Lithuanian and held by 1,526 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
Beauty and the beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

23 editions published between 1946 and 2016 in French and English and held by 1,516 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
 
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