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Criterion Collection (Firm)

Works: 5,138 works in 14,485 publications in 7 languages and 536,126 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  Historical films  Documentary films  Action and adventure films  Comedy films  History  Nonfiction films  Samurai films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, Publisher, prn, rsr, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Criterion Collection (Firm)
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo( Visual )

20 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in French and Arabic and held by 1,844 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
The third man by Graham Greene( Visual )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 1,719 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
Lord of the flies by Peter Brook( Visual )

18 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,713 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
The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson( Visual )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 1,710 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
Hamlet by Laurence Olivier( Visual )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, the towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer
Rashomon = Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

19 editions published between 1950 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 1,698 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
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

14 editions published between 1931 and 2010 in German and English and held by 1,676 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 1,591 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 1,514 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 )

40 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in Japanese and held by 1,482 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 )

28 editions published between 1946 and 2016 in French and held by 1,422 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 1,369 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
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

5 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in French and held by 1,342 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( Visual )

8 editions published between 1963 and 2002 in Italian and English and held by 1,309 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 1,306 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
Hoop dreams( Visual )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 1,294 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
Do the right thing by Spike Lee( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in English and held by 1,263 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
Nanook of the North : a story of life and love in the actual Arctic by Robert Joseph Flaherty( Visual )

10 editions published between 1922 and 1998 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about the communal life of the Eskimos and their struggle for existence. Special features includes excerpts from the 1958 TV documentary: Flaherty and film : Mrs. Frances Flaherty remembers Nanook of the North (8 min.); still gallery of Flaherty's photographs of life in the Arctic. DVD
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixteenth-century villagers hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This gripping three-hour ride is one of the most beloved movie epics of all time
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in Swedish and held by 55 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
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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 steps8 1/2Sullivan's travelsDo the right thing
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