Criterion Collection

On Sunday 28 September 2014 my friend Matthew started watching the Criterion Collection films in spine number order, beginning at number 1, and the following week I joined him in this weekly project. Obviously, because I cannot help myself, I have written up short reviews of these films, which are linked to the titles below. (I’ve done more ranking of them over at my Letterboxd account.)

0001 | 1937 | Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, France)
0002 | 1954 | Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
0003 | 1938 | The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, UK)
0004 | 1973 | Amarcord (Federico Fellini, Italy)
0005 | 1959 | The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, France)
0006 | 1946 | Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, France)
0007 | 1958 | A Night to Remember (Roy Ward Baker, UK)
0008 | 1989 | The Killer (John Woo, Hong Kong)
0009 | 1992 | Hard Boiled (John Woo, Hong Kong)
0010 | 1971 | Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, Australia/UK)
0011 | 1957 | The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)
0012 | 1984 | This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, USA)
0013 | 1991 | The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, USA)
0014 | 1954 | Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan)
0015 | 1955 | Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan)
0016 | 1956 | Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan)
0017 | 1975 | Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy/France)
0018 | 1964 | The Naked Kiss (Samuel Fuller, USA)
0019 | 1963 | Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, USA)
0020 | 1986 | Sid and Nancy (Alex Cox, UK)
0021 | 1988 | Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, Canada/USA)
0022 | 1955 | Summertime (David Lean, USA)
0023 | 1987 | RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven, USA)
0024 | 1963 | High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
0025 | 1965 | Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
0026 | 1980 | The Long Good Friday (John Mackenzie, UK)
0027 | 1973 | Flesh for Frankenstein (Paul Morrissey, Italy/France)
0028 | 1974 | Blood for Dracula (Paul Morrissey, Italy/France)
0029 | 1975 | Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, Australia)
0030 | 1931 | M (Fritz Lang, Germany)
0031 | 1946 | Great Expectations (David Lean, UK)
0032 | 1948 | Oliver Twist (David Lean, UK)
0033 | 1922 | Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty, USA)
0034 | 1969 | Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR)
0035 | 1955 | Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France)
0036 | 1953 | The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France/Italy)
0037 | 1981 | Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam, UK)
0038 | 1967 | Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki, Japan)
0039 | 1966 | Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki, Japan)
0040 | 1998 | Armageddon (Michael Bay, USA)
0041 | 1944 | Henry V (Laurence Olivier, UK)
0042 | 1991 | Fishing with John (John Lurie, USA)
0043 | 1963 | Lord of the Flies (Peter Brook, UK)
0044 | 1948 | The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK)
0045 | 1997 | Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)
0046 | 1932 | The Most Dangerous Game (Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel, USA)
0047 | 1997 | Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjærg, Norway)
0048 | 1959 | Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus, Brazil/France/Italy)
0049 | 1957 | Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini, Italy/France)
0050 | 1983 | And the Ship Sails On (Federico Fellini, Italy/France)
0051 | 1985 | Brazil (Terry Gilliam, UK)
0052 | 1961 | Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
0053 | 1962 | Sanjuro (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
0054 | 1989 | For All Mankind (Al Reinert, USA)
0055 | 1988 | The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Philip Kaufman, USA)
0056 | 1935 | The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, UK)
0057 | 1963 | Charade (Stanley Donen, USA)
0058 | 1960 | Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, UK)
0059 | 1974 | The Night Porter (Liliana Cavani, Italy)
0060 | 1978 | Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden/West Germany)
0061 | 1979 | Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Terry Jones, UK)
0062 | 1928 | The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, France)
0063 | 1962 | Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey, USA)
0064 | 1949 | The Third Man (Carol Reed, UK)
0065 | 1998 | Rushmore (Wes Anderson, USA)
0066 | 1930-59 | “Jean Cocteau’s Orphic Trilogy” [includes #67-#69]
0067 | 1930 | The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, France)
0068 | 1950 | Orpheus (Jean Cocteau, France)
0069 | 1959 | Testament of Orpheus (Jean Cocteau, France)
0070 | 1988 | The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese, USA)
0071 | 1975 | The Magic Flute (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)
0072 | 1931 | Le Million (René Clair, France)
0073 | 1962 | Cléo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, France/Italy)
0074 | 1985 | Vagabond (Agnès Varda, France)
0075 | 1997 | Chasing Amy (Kevin Smith, USA)
0076 | 1945 | Brief Encounter (David Lean, UK)
0077 | 1956 | And God Created Woman (Roger Vadim, France)
0078 | 1940 | The Bank Dick (Edward F. Cline, USA)
0079 | 1915-33 | “W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films” (various directors, USA)
0080 | 1984 | The Element of Crime (Lars von Trier, Denmark)
0081 | 1950 | Variety Lights (Federico Fellini/Alberto Lattuada, Italy)
0082 | 1948 | Hamlet (Laurence Olivier, UK)
0083 | 1972 | The Harder They ComeThe Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, Jamaica)
0084 | 1959 | Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan)
0085 | 1938 | Pygmalion (Anthony Asquith/Leslie Howard, UK)
0086 | 1938-58 | “Eisenstein: The Sound Years” [includes #87/#88]
0087 | 1938 | Alexander Nevsky (Sergei Eisenstein/Dmitri Vasilyev, USSR)
0088 | 1944/58 | Ivan the Terrible (Sergei Eisenstein, USSR)
0089 | 1973 | Sisters (Brian De Palma, USA)
0090 | 1965 | Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi, Japan)
0091 | 1958 | The Blob (Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., USA)
0092 | 1958 | Fiend Without a Face (Arthur Crabtree, UK)
0093 | 1947 | Black Narcissus (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, UK)
0094 | 1945 | I Know Where I’m Going! (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, UK)
0095 | 1955 | All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, USA)
0096 | 1956 | Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, USA)
0097 | 1989 | Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, USA)
0098 | 1960 | L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy)
0099 | 1970 | Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles/David Maysles/Charlotte Zwerin, USA)
0100 | 1981-99 | “Beastie Boys Video Anthology” (various directors, USA)
0101 | 1972 | Cries and Whispers (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)
0102 | 1972 | The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, France/Italy/Spain)
0103 | 1941 | The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, USA)
0104 | 1969 | Double Suicide (Masahiro Shinoda, Japan)
0105 | 1960 | Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick, USA)
0106 | 1981 | Coup de Torchon (Bertrand Tavernier, France)
0107 | 1986 | Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan, UK)
0108 | 1996 | The Rock (Michael Bay, USA)
0109 | 1934 | The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg, USA)
0110 | 1953 | Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, France)
0111 | 1958 | Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati, France)
0112 | 1967 | PlayTime (Jacques Tati, France)
0113 | 1958 | Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli, Italy)
0114 | 1936 | My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava, USA)
0115 | 1955 | Rififi (Jules Dassin, France)
0116 | 1958 | The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
0117 | 1964 | Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Buñuel, France/Spain)
0118 | 1941 | Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, USA)
0119 | 1986 | Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson, UK)
0120 | 1988 | How to Get Ahead in Advertising (Bruce Robinson, UK)
0121 | 1963 | Billy Liar (John Schlesinger, UK)
0122 | 1968 | Salesman (Albert Maysles/David Maysles/Charlotte Zwerin, USA)
0123 | 1975 | Grey Gardens (Albert Maysles/David Maysles/Muffie Meyer/Ellen Hovde, USA)
0124 | 1943-95 | “Carl Theodor Dreyer” [includes #125-#128]
0125 | 1943 | Day of Wrath (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark)
0126 | 1955 | Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark)
0127 | 1964 | Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark)
0128 | 1995 | Carl Th. Dreyer: My Metier (Torben Skjødt Jensen, Denmark)
0129 | 1960 | Le Trou (Jacques Becker, France)
0130 | 1965 | The Shop on Main Street (Ján Kadár/Elmar Klos, Czechoslovakia)
0131 | 1966 | Closely Watched Trains (Jiří Menzel, Czechoslovakia)
0132 | 1972 | The Ruling Class (Peter Medak, UK)
0133 | 1988 | The Vanishing (George Sluizer, Netherlands/France/West Germany)
0134 | 1922 | Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Benjamin Christensen, Sweden/Denmark)
0135 | 1940 | Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
0136 | 1945 | Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
0137 | 1946 | Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
0138 | 1950 | Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
0139 | 1957 | Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)
0140 | 1963 | 8½ (Federico Fellini, Italy/France)
0141 | 1945 | Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné, France)
0142 | 1977 | The Last Wave (Peter Weir, Australia)
0143 | 1977 | That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Buñuel, France/Spain)
0144 | 1965 | Loves of a Blonde (Miloš Forman, Czechoslovakia)
0145 | 1967 | The Firemen’s Ball (Miloš Forman, Czechoslovakia)
0146 | 1957 | The Cranes Are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov, USSR)
0147 | 2000 | In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong/China)
0148 | 1959 | Ballad of a Soldier (Grigori Chukhrai, USSR)
0149 | 1965 | Juliet of the Spirits (Federico Fellini, Italy/France)
0150 | 1956 | Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville, France)
0153 | 1974 | General Idi Amin Dada (Barbet Schroeder, France/Switzerland)
0154 | 1958 | The Horse’s Mouth (Ronald Neame, UK)

Updated: 26 April 2017