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Criterion Collection (Firm)

Works: 1,868 works in 6,602 publications in 8 languages and 474,418 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  History  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Action and adventure films  Documentary films  Historical films  War films  Biographical 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 )

26 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,650 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 )

22 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in Japanese and English and held by 2,566 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 )

25 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Swedish and English and held by 2,190 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 )

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

14 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, who senses treachery behind his father's death
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

17 editions published between 1931 and 2014 in German and English and held by 1,810 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
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

12 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,800 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
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

24 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,728 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
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo( Visual )

15 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in French and English and held by 1,681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the bloodiest revolution in modern history
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

15 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and English and held by 1,672 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
The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson( Visual )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The family of three former child prodigies reunite after learning that their father, Royal Tenenbaum, has a terminal illness
The 39 steps by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

27 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and held by 1,637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 39 Steps is a heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, following Richard Hannay, who stumbles into a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors. A chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued, as well as into an expected romance with the cool Pamela
La grande illusion by Jean Renoir( Visual )

18 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in French and English and held by 1,635 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 )

12 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in English and held by 1,635 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
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

14 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in French and Undetermined and held by 1,592 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 1,559 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 )

31 editions published between 1959 and 2017 in French and English and held by 1,551 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 )

12 editions published between 1963 and 2017 in Italian and English and held by 1,537 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
La strada = The road by Federico Fellini( Visual )

14 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in Italian and Lithuanian and held by 1,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide. The Criterion Collection is proud to present La strada, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

17 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in English and held by 1,512 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
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The third manMLa Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of AlgiersSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesThe 39 stepsLes quatre cents coups8 1/2La strada = The road