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Criterion Collection (Firm)

Works: 5,383 works in 15,487 publications in 7 languages and 555,419 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Detective and mystery films  History  Samurai films  Historical films  Documentary films  Comedy films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: fds, Distributor, Publisher, prn, rsr, Producer
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 )

6 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 2,208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire seven out-of-work warriors to protect them from invading bandits"--Container
Lord of the flies by Peter Brook( Visual )

19 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,731 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 1,716 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 )

19 editions published between 1950 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 1,707 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
The third man by Graham Greene( Visual )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 1,694 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
Hamlet by Laurence Olivier( Visual )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,690 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 Brahim Haggiag( Visual )

16 editions published between 1966 and 2021 in French and Arabic and held by 1,649 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 red shoes by Michael Powell( Visual )

25 editions published between 1948 and 2010 in English and held by 1,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intricately weaving backstage life with the thrill of performance, this film centers on the dilemma of a young ballerina torn between the composer who loves her and the impresario determined to fashion her into a great dancer
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

14 editions published between 1931 and 2010 in German and English and held by 1,535 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 1,505 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
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

16 editions published between 1957 and 2018 in Swedish and held by 1,444 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

34 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in French and held by 1,437 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
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

24 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in Japanese and held by 1,370 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
The 39 steps( Visual )

15 editions published between 1935 and 2012 in English and held by 1,356 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
Do the right thing by Spike Lee( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in English and held by 1,340 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
8 1/2( Visual )

8 editions published between 1963 and 2002 in Italian and English and held by 1,325 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 1,320 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
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

5 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in French and held by 1,296 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
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 1,282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a documentary on the life of an Eskimo family pitting their strength against a vast and inhospitable Arctic. Juxtaposes their struggle for survival against the elements with the warmth of the little family as they go about their daily affairs. Contains both documentary footage and staged scenes
Hoop dreams( Visual )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 1,281 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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Rashomon = Rashōmon
La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of AlgiersMSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesBelle et la Bête = Beauty and the BeastKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)The 39 stepsDo the right thing8 1/2
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