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Criterion Collection (Firm)

Works: 1,903 works in 5,432 publications in 9 languages and 454,123 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  History  Filmed plays  Action and adventure films  Documentary films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Samurai 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 )

21 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 2,611 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 )

18 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in Japanese and English and held by 2,528 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 )

21 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Swedish and English and held by 2,162 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 )

10 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
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

11 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,804 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 )

16 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
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

8 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo( Visual )

16 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,737 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
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

19 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,702 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 1,655 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 red shoes by Michael Powell( Visual )

11 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in English and held by 1,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young ballerina is torn between love and success
The 39 steps by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

25 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and held by 1,609 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 grande illusion by Jean Renoir( Visual )

13 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in French and English and held by 1,605 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 )

12 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in French and held by 1,559 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
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

9 editions published between 1963 and 2016 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
La strada = The road by Federico Fellini( Visual )

13 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in Italian and Lithuanian and held by 1,506 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 Zampan (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampan 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

17 editions published between 1946 and 2016 in French and English and held by 1,484 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
La règle du jeu : fantaisie dramatique de Jean Renoir = The rules of the game : a dramatic fantasy by Michel Leiris( Visual )

19 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in French and English and held by 1,458 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
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

21 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in Japanese and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. A Samurai lord kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy
Hoop dreams by Steve James( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 1,406 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
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The third manMLa Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of AlgiersSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesThe 39 steps8 1/2La strada = The roadBelle et la Bête = Beauty and the BeastKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)