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Criterion Collection (Firm)

Overview
Works: 3,282 works in 9,400 publications in 8 languages and 496,856 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  Historical films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  History  Comedy films  Action and adventure films  Samurai films  Documentary films 
Roles: fds, Distributor, Publisher, rsr, prn, 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)
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

24 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in Japanese and English and held by 2,605 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
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

14 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,836 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
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo( Visual )

20 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film is considered one of the most influential political films in history, by Gillo Pontecorvo. Vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, etc. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them
The third man by Carol Reed( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 1,733 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
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

17 editions published between 1931 and 2010 in German and English and held by 1,719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A social melodrama based on the Dusseldorf child murders of 1929. A psychotic child murderer is brought to justice by the Berlin underworld
The life aquatic with Steve Zissou by Wes Anderson( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows an oceanographer and his crew as they hunt down the mysterious Jaguar Shark that killed his friend during the filming of their last adventure
The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson( Visual )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,671 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 )

27 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and held by 1,660 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
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

16 editions published between 1957 and 2008 in Swedish and English and held by 1,638 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

30 editions published between 1946 and 2016 in French and English and held by 1,542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic fairy tale about the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him is brought to the screen using magical visual effects. The costumes and lighting take their inspiration from Dutch painting, particularly the work of Vermeer
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

21 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in English and held by 1,518 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
The seventh seal by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

17 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Swedish and held by 1,507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight challenges Death to a fateful game of chess"--Container
Lord of the flies by Peter Brook( Visual )

12 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,450 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
La grande bellezza = The great beauty by Paolo Sorrentino( Visual )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in Italian and English and held by 1,411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the lavish nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome itself, in all it's monumental glory
Yōjinbō by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

21 editions published between 1961 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wandering Samurai-for-hire eventually finds a dramatic solution to the problems of a town with two warring clans
La règle du jeu : fantaisie dramatique de Jean Renoir = The rules of the game : a dramatic fantasy( Visual )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in French and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cloaked in a comedy of manners, this scathing critique of corrupt French society is about a weekend hunting party at which amorous escapades abound among the aristocratic guests, which are also mirrored by the activities of the servants downstairs
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

17 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in Portuguese and English and held by 1,372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice set in Rio de Janeiro at Carnival time
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in French and held by 1,345 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
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

21 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in Italian and held by 1,339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story about the search for woman who goes missing while on a yacht cruise off the coast of Sicily. Her boyfriend and best friend end up finding each other instead
Hoop dreams( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 1,332 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
 
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Rashōmon
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La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of AlgiersMThe 39 stepsSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesBelle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast
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English (107)

French (59)

Japanese (43)

Italian (39)

Swedish (32)

Portuguese (16)

German (15)

Arabic (3)