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Works: 6,074 works in 16,829 publications in 8 languages and 571,482 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Detective and mystery films  History  Samurai films  Historical films  Comedy films  Documentary films  Film noir 
Roles: fds, Distributor, Publisher, rsr, prn, Producer, Contributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Criterion Collection (Firm)
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

13 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,099 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
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo( Visual )

30 editions published between 1966 and 2021 in 3 languages and held by 1,904 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
Lord of the flies by Peter Brook( Visual )

18 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,721 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 1,702 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
Rashomon = Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

20 editions published between 1950 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 1,689 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
Hamlet by Laurence Olivier( Visual )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,681 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
The third man by Graham Greene( Visual )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 1,658 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
The red shoes by Michael Powell( Visual )

29 editions published between 1948 and 2021 in English and held by 1,612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young ballerina is torn between love and success
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

15 editions published between 1931 and 2010 in German and English and held by 1,609 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
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

27 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in English and held by 1,487 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 )

32 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in Japanese and held by 1,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, directed by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai), sets Shakespeare's definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. The film fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh Theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience
The 39 steps( Visual )

22 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in English and held by 1,402 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
8 1/2( Visual )

10 editions published between 1963 and 2002 in Italian and English and held by 1,390 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
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

4 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in French and held by 1,377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed in 1955 at Auschwitz, Alain Resnais combines color footage with black and white newsreels and stills to tell the story of not just the Holocaust, but the horror of man's brutal inhumanity
Do the right thing by Spike Lee( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in English and held by 1,366 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
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer( Visual )

12 editions published between 1928 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981--in a Norwegian mental institution
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges( Visual )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 1,325 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
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

8 editions published between 1957 and 2018 in Swedish and held by 1,298 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
Nanook of the North : a story of life and love in the actual Arctic by Robert Joseph Flaherty( Visual )

7 editions published between 1922 and 1998 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 1,294 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

33 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,276 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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La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers
Rashomon = RashōmonRichard III8 1/2Smultronstället = Wild strawberries
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