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.

Since the start of the project, Matthew has moved away, but I have continued watching the films, and currently try to review two every week (though I no longer watch them all on Sundays). NB I’ve done more ranking of them over at my Letterboxd account.

#YearTitleDirectorCountry
11937Grand IllusionJean RenoirFrance
21954Seven SamuraiAkira KurosawaJapan
31938The Lady VanishesAlfred HitchcockUK
41973AmarcordFederico FelliniItaly
51959The 400 BlowsFrançois TruffautFrance
61946Beauty and the BeastJean CocteauFrance
71958A Night to RememberRoy Ward BakerUK
81989The KillerJohn WooHong Kong
91992Hard BoiledJohn WooHong Kong
101971WalkaboutNicolas RoegAustralia, UK
111957The Seventh SealIngmar BergmanSweden
121984This Is Spinal TapRob ReinerUSA
131991The Silence of the LambsJonathan DemmeUSA
141954Samurai I: Musashi MiyamotoHiroshi InagakiJapan
151955Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji TempleHiroshi InagakiJapan
161956Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu IslandHiroshi InagakiJapan
171975Salò, or The 120 Days of SodomPier Paolo PasoliniItaly, France
181964The Naked KissSamuel FullerUSA
191963Shock CorridorSamuel FullerUSA
201986Sid and NancyAlex CoxUK
211988Dead RingersDavid CronenbergCanada, USA
221955SummertimeDavid LeanUSA
231987RoboCopPaul VerhoevenUSA
241963High and LowAkira KurosawaJapan
251965AlphavilleJean-Luc GodardFrance
261980The Long Good FridayJohn MackenzieUK
271973Flesh for FrankensteinPaul MorrisseyItaly, France
281974Blood for DraculaPaul MorrisseyItaly, France
291975Picnic at Hanging RockPeter WeirAustralia
301931MFritz LangGermany
311946Great ExpectationsDavid LeanUK
321948Oliver TwistDavid LeanUK
331922Nanook of the NorthRobert FlahertyUSA
341969Andrei RublevAndrei TarkovskyUSSR
351955DiaboliqueHenri-Georges ClouzotFrance
361953The Wages of FearHenri-Georges ClouzotFrance, Italy
371981Time BanditsTerry GilliamUK
381967Branded to KillSeijun SuzukiJapan
391966Tokyo DrifterSeijun SuzukiJapan
401998ArmageddonMichael BayUSA
411944Henry VLaurence OlivierUK
421991Fishing with JohnJohn LurieUSA
431963Lord of the FliesPeter BrookUK
441948The Red ShoesMichael Powell, Emeric PressburgerUK
451997Taste of CherryAbbas KiarostamiIran
461932The Most Dangerous GameErnest B. Schoedsack, Irving PichelUSA
471997InsomniaErik SkjoldbjærgNorway
481959Black OrpheusMarcel CamusBrazil, France, Italy
491957Nights of CabiriaFederico FelliniItaly, France
501983And the Ship Sails OnFederico FelliniItaly, France
511985BrazilTerry GilliamUK
521961YojimboAkira KurosawaJapan
531962SanjuroAkira KurosawaJapan
541989For All MankindAl ReinertUSA
551988The Unbearable Lightness of BeingPhilip KaufmanUSA
561935The 39 StepsAlfred HitchcockUK
571963CharadeStanley DonenUSA
581960Peeping TomMichael PowellUK
591974The Night PorterLiliana CavaniItaly
601978Autumn SonataIngmar BergmanSweden, West Germany
611979Monty Python’s Life of BrianTerry JonesUK
621928The Passion of Joan of ArcCarl Theodor DreyerFrance
631962Carnival of SoulsHerk HarveyUSA
641949The Third ManCarol ReedUK
651998RushmoreWes AndersonUSA
66Box“Jean Cocteau’s Orphic Trilogy”[includes #67-#69] 
671930The Blood of a PoetJean CocteauFrance
681950OrpheusJean CocteauFrance
691959Testament of OrpheusJean CocteauFrance
701988The Last Temptation of ChristMartin ScorseseUSA
711975The Magic FluteIngmar BergmanSweden
721931Le MillionRené ClairFrance
731962Cléo from 5 to 7Agnès VardaFrance, Italy
741985VagabondAgnès VardaFrance
751997Chasing AmyKevin SmithUSA
761945Brief EncounterDavid LeanUK
771956And God Created WomanRoger VadimFrance
781940The Bank DickEdward F. ClineUSA
791915-1933“W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films”variousUSA
801984The Element of CrimeLars von TrierDenmark
811950Variety LightsFederico Fellini, Alberto LattuadaItaly
821948HamletLaurence OlivierUK
831972The Harder They ComePerry HenzellJamaica
841959Good MorningYasujiro OzuJapan
851938PygmalionAnthony Asquith, Leslie HowardUK
86Box“Eisenstein: The Sound Years”[includes #87/#88] 
871938Alexander NevskySergei Eisenstein, Dmitri VasilyevUSSR
881944-1958Ivan the TerribleSergei EisensteinUSSR
891973SistersBrian De PalmaUSA
901965KwaidanMasaki KobayashiJapan
911958The BlobIrvin S. Yeaworth Jr.USA
921958Fiend Without a FaceArthur CrabtreeUK
931947Black NarcissusMichael Powell, Emeric PressburgerUK
941945I Know Where I’m Going!Michael Powell, Emeric PressburgerUK
951955All That Heaven AllowsDouglas SirkUSA
961956Written on the WindDouglas SirkUSA
971989Do the Right ThingSpike LeeUSA
981960L’AvventuraMichelangelo AntonioniItaly
991970Gimme ShelterAlbert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte ZwerinUSA
1001981-1999“Beastie Boys Video Anthology”variousUSA
1011972Cries and WhispersIngmar BergmanSweden
1021972The Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieLuis BuñuelFrance, Italy, Spain
1031941The Lady EvePreston SturgesUSA
1041969Double SuicideMasahiro ShinodaJapan
1051960SpartacusStanley KubrickUSA
1061981Coup de TorchonBertrand TavernierFrance
1071986Mona LisaNeil JordanUK
1081996The RockMichael BayUSA
1091934The Scarlet EmpressJosef von SternbergUSA
1101953Monsieur Hulot’s HolidayJacques TatiFrance
1111958Mon OncleJacques TatiFrance
1121967PlayTimeJacques TatiFrance
1131958Big Deal on Madonna StreetMario MonicelliItaly
1141936My Man GodfreyGregory La CavaUSA
1151955RififiJules DassinFrance
1161958The Hidden FortressAkira KurosawaJapan
1171964Diary of a ChambermaidLuis BuñuelFrance, Spain
1181941Sullivan’s TravelsPreston SturgesUSA
1191986Withnail and IBruce RobinsonUK
1201988How to Get Ahead in AdvertisingBruce RobinsonUK
1211963Billy LiarJohn SchlesingerUK
1221968SalesmanAlbert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte ZwerinUSA
1231975Grey GardensAlbert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer, Ellen HovdeUSA
124Box“Carl Theodor Dreyer”[includes #125-#128] 
1251943Day of WrathCarl Theodor DreyerDenmark
1261955OrdetCarl Theodor DreyerDenmark
1271964GertrudCarl Theodor DreyerDenmark
1281995Carl Th. Dreyer: My MetierTorben Skjødt JensenDenmark
1291960Le TrouJacques BeckerFrance
1301965The Shop on Main StreetJán Kadár, Elmar KlosCzechoslovakia
1311966Closely Watched TrainsJiří MenzelCzechoslovakia
1321972The Ruling ClassPeter MedakUK
1331988The VanishingGeorge SluizerNetherlands, France, West Germany
1341922Häxan: Witchcraft Through the AgesBenjamin ChristensenSweden, Denmark
1351940RebeccaAlfred HitchcockUSA
1361945SpellboundAlfred HitchcockUSA
1371946NotoriousAlfred HitchcockUSA
1381950RashomonAkira KurosawaJapan
1391957Wild StrawberriesIngmar BergmanSweden
1401963Federico FelliniItaly, France
1411945Children of ParadiseMarcel CarnéFrance
1421977The Last WavePeter WeirAustralia
1431977That Obscure Object of DesireLuis BuñuelFrance, Spain
1441965Loves of a BlondeMiloš FormanCzechoslovakia
1451967The Firemen’s BallMiloš FormanCzechoslovakia
1461957The Cranes Are FlyingMikhail KalatozovUSSR
1472000In the Mood for LoveWong Kar-waiHong Kong, China
1481959Ballad of a SoldierGrigori ChukhraiUSSR
1491965Juliet of the SpiritsFederico FelliniItaly, France
1501956Bob le FlambeurJean-Pierre MelvilleFrance
1512000TrafficSteven SoderberghUSA
1522000George WashingtonDavid Gordon GreenUSA
1531974General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-PortraitBarbet SchroederFrance, Switzerland
1541958The Horse’s MouthRonald NeameUK
1551965Tokyo OlympiadKon IchikawaJapan
1561974Hearts and MindsPeter DavisUSA
1572001The Royal TenenbaumsWes AndersonUSA
1581952The Importance of Being EarnestAnthony AsquithUK
1591965Red BeardAkira KurosawaJapan
1601931À Nous La LibertéRené ClairFrance
1611930Under the Roofs of ParisRené ClairFrance
1621999RatcatcherLynne RamsayUK, France
1631980HopscotchRonald NeameUSA
1641972SolarisAndrei TarkovskyUSSR
1651992Man Bites DogRémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît PoelvoordeBelgium
1661986Down by LawJim JarmuschUSA
167Box“The Complete Monterey Pop Festival”[includes #168/#169] 
1681967Monterey PopD.A. PennebakerUSA
1691986Jimi Plays Monterey & Shake! Otis at MontereyD.A. PennebakerUSA
1701932Trouble in ParadiseErnst LubitschUSA
1711963ContemptJean-Luc GodardFrance, Italy
1721936Pépé le MokoJulien DuvivierFrance
1731943The Life and Death of Colonel BlimpMichael Powell, Emeric PressburgerUK
1741964Band of OutsidersJean-Luc GodardFrance
1751998Fear and Loathing in Las VegasTerry GilliamUSA
1761946-1964The KillersRobert Siodmak; Don SiegelUSA
1771975The Lost Honor of Katharina BlumMargarethe von Trotta, Volker SchlöndorffWest Germany
1781985My Life as a DogLasse HallströmSweden
179Box“I Am Curious… Box Set”[includes #180/#181] 
1801967I Am Curious (Yellow)Vilgot SjömanSweden
1811967I Am Curious (Blue)Vilgot SjömanSweden
1821971Straw DogsSam PeckinpahUSA, UK
1831945Les Dames du Bois de BoulogneRobert BressonFrance
1841954-2001“By Brakhage: An Anthology”Stan BrakhageUSA
185Box“The Adventures of Antoine Doinel”[includes #5/#186-#188] 
1861968Stolen KissesFrançois TruffautFrance
1871970Bed and BoardFrançois TruffautFrance
1881979Love on the RunFrançois TruffautFrance
1891952The White SheikFederico FelliniItaly
1901957Throne of BloodAkira KurosawaJapan
1911978JubileeDerek JarmanUK
1921976Coup de GrâceVolker SchlöndorffWest Germany
1931947Quai des OrfèvresHenri-Georges ClouzotFrance
1941961Il postoErmanno OlmiItaly
1951962I fidanzatiErmanno OlmiItaly
1961959Hiroshima mon amourAlain ResnaisFrance, Japan
1971955Night and FogAlain ResnaisFrance
1981974Ali: Fear Eats the SoulRainer Werner FassbinderWest Germany
1991996SchizopolisSteven SoderberghUSA
2001970The Honeymoon KillersLeonard KastleUSA
2011952Umberto D.Vittorio De SicaItaly
2021953Indiscretion of an American Wife/Terminal StationVittorio De SicaItaly, USA
203Box“The BRD Trilogy”[includes #204-#206] 
2041978The Marriage of Maria BraunRainer Werner FassbinderWest Germany
2051982Veronika VossRainer Werner FassbinderWest Germany
2061981LolaRainer Werner FassbinderWest Germany
2071966The PornographersShohei ImamuraJapan
208Box“A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman”[includes #209-#212] 
2091961Through a Glass DarklyIngmar BergmanSweden
2101962Winter LightIngmar BergmanSweden
2111963The SilenceIngmar BergmanSweden
2121962Ingmar Bergman Makes a MovieVilgot SjömanSweden
2131955Richard IIILaurence OlivierUK
2141941The Devil and Daniel WebsterWilliam DieterleUSA
2151962Knife in the WaterRoman PolanskiPoland
2161939The Rules of the GameJean RenoirFrance
2171953Tokyo StoryYasujiro OzuJapan
2181970Le Cercle rougeJean-Pierre MelvilleFrance
2191954La stradaFederico FelliniItaly
2201991Naked LunchDavid CronenbergCanada, UK, Japan
2211952IkiruAkira KurosawaJapan
2221951Diary of a Country PriestRobert BressonFrance
2231973MaitresseBarbet SchroederFrance
2241953Pickup on South StreetSamuel FullerUSA
2251960Tunes of GloryRonald NeameUK
2261964OnibabaKaneto ShindoJapan
2271943Le CorbeauHenri-Georges ClouzotFrance
2281961Salvatore GiulianoFrancesco RosiItaly
2291973Scenes from a MarriageIngmar BergmanSweden
23019773 WomenRobert AltmanUSA
2311933The Testament of Dr. MabuseFritz LangGermany
2321934-1959A Story of Floating Weeds/Floating WeedsYasujiro OzuJapan
2331949Stray DogAkira KurosawaJapan
2341979The Tin DrumVolker SchlöndorffWest Germany, Yugoslavia, France, Poland
2351963The LeopardLuchino ViscontiItaly, France
2361962Mamma RomaPier Paolo PasoliniItaly
2371955Smiles of a Summer NightIngmar BergmanSweden
2381961A Woman Is a WomanJean-Luc GodardFrance
2391936-1957The Lower DepthsJean Renoir; Akira KurosawaFrance; Japan
2401951Early SummerYasujiro OzuJapan
241Box“Stage and Spectacle: Three Films by Jean Renoir”[includes #242-#244] 
2421953The Golden CoachJean RenoirFrance, Italy
2431955French CancanJean RenoirFrance, Italy
2441956Elena and Her MenJean RenoirFrance, Italy
2451938Port of ShadowsMarcel CarnéFrance
2461953I vitelloniFederico FelliniItaly
2471991SlackerRichard LinklaterUSA
2481983VideodromeDavid CronenbergCanada
2491966The Battle of AlgiersGillo PontecorvoItaly, Algeria
250Box“John Cassavetes: Five Films”[includes #251-#256] 
2511959ShadowsJohn CassavetesUSA
2521968FacesJohn CassavetesUSA
2531974A Woman Under the InfluenceJohn CassavetesUSA
2541976The Killing of a Chinese BookieJohn CassavetesUSA
2551977Opening NightJohn CassavetesUSA
2562000A Constant ForgeCharles KiselyakUSA
2571984Secret HonorRobert AltmanUSA
2581988Tanner ’88Robert AltmanUSA
2592001Fat GirlCatherine BreillatFrance, Italy
2601960Eyes Without a FaceGeorges FranjuFrance, Italy
261Box“Fanny and Alexander Box Set”[includes #262-#264] 
2621983Fanny and Alexander [The Television Version]Ingmar BergmanSweden, France, West Germany
2631982Fanny and Alexander [The Theatrical Version]Ingmar BergmanSweden, France, West Germany
2641984The Making of Fanny and AlexanderIngmar BergmanSweden
2651993Short CutsRobert AltmanUSA
2661927The King of KingsCecil B. DeMilleUSA
2671980KagemushaAkira KurosawaJapan, USA
2681963Youth of the BeastSeijun SuzukiJapan
2691966Fighting ElegySeijun SuzukiJapan
2701952Casque d’OrJacques BeckerFrance
2711954Touchez Pas au GrisbiJacques BeckerFrance
2721962La commare seccaBernardo BertolucciItaly
2731949Thieves’ HighwayJules DassinUSA
2741950Night and the CityJules DassinUSA, UK
2751972Tout Va BienJean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre GorinFrance, Italy
2761951The RiverJean RenoirIndia, France, USA
2771991My Own Private IdahoGus Van SantUSA
2781962L’eclisseMichelangelo AntonioniItaly
2791966Young TörlessVolker SchlöndorffWest Germany, France
2801966The Sword of DoomKihachi OkamotoJapan
2811962Jules and JimFrançois TruffautFrance
282Box“Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films”[includes #283-#285] 
2831955A GenerationAndrzej WajdaPoland
2841957KanalAndrzej WajdaPoland
2851958Ashes and DiamondsAndrzej WajdaPoland
2861961Divorce Italian StylePietro GermiItaly
2871982Burden of DreamsLes BlankUSA
2881975F for FakeOrson WellesUSA, France, West Germany, Iran
2891994Hoop DreamsSteve JamesUSA
2901974The Phantom of LibertyLuis BuñuelFrance
2911943Heaven Can WaitErnst LubitschUSA
2921948Unfaithfully YoursPreston SturgesUSA
2931950The Flowers of St. FrancisRoberto RosselliniItaly
2941951The Browning VersionAnthony AsquithUK
2951956Crazed FruitKo NakahiraJapan
2961957Le notti biancheLuchino ViscontiItaly, France
2971966Au hasard BalthazarRobert BressonFrance, Sweden
2981964Gate of FleshSeijun SuzukiJapan
2991965Story of a ProstituteSeijun SuzukiJapan
3002004The Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouWes AndersonUSA
3011990An Angel at My TableJane CampionNew Zealand, Australia, UK
3021962HarakiriMasaki KobayashiJapan
3031980Bad TimingNicolas RoegUK
3041976The Man Who Fell to EarthNicolas RoegUK
3051932Boudu Saved from DrowningJean RenoirFrance
3061967Le SamouraïJean-Pierre MelvilleFrance, Italy
3071993NakedMike LeighUK
3081966Masculin FémininJean-Luc GodardFrance, Sweden
3091953UgetsuKenji MizoguchiJapan
3101967Samurai RebellionMasaki KobayashiJapan
3111965Sword of the BeastHideo GoshaJapan
3121965Samurai SpyMasahiro ShinodaJapan
3131968Kill!Kihachi OkamotoJapan
3141959PickpocketRobert BressonFrance
3151960Shoot the Piano PlayerFrançois TruffautFrance
3161985RanAkira KurosawaJapan, France
3171951The Tales of HoffmannMichael Powell, Emeric PressburgerUK
3181952Forbidden GamesRené ClémentFrance
3191960The Bad Sleep WellAkira KurosawaJapan
3201939Young Mr. LincolnJohn FordUSA
3211960The Virgin SpringIngmar BergmanSweden
3221955“The Complete Mr. Arkadin”Orson WellesFrance, Spain, Switzerland
3231943 The Children Are Watching UsVittorio De SicaItaly
3241938La Bête humaineJean RenoirFrance
3251949Kind Hearts and CoronetsRobert HamerUK
3261990MetropolitanWhit StillmanUSA
327Box“3 Films by Louis Malle”[includes #328-#330] 
3281971Murmur of the HeartLouis MalleFrance, Italy, West Germany
3291974Lacombe, LucienLouis MalleFrance, Italy, West Germany
3301987Au revoir les enfantsLouis MalleFrance, Italy, West Germany
     
3431963The Bakery Girl of MonceauÉric RohmerFrance
3441963Suzanne’s CareerÉric RohmerFrance
     
3591991The Double Life of VéroniqueKrzysztof KieślowskiPoland, France
3601968-2005“Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes”William GreavesUSA
     
4811966Made in USAJean-Luc GodardFrance
     
5972010Tiny FurnitureLena DunhamUSA
     
6081971Harold and MaudeHal AshbyUSA
     
6371960Purple NoonRené ClémentFrance
     
6701942To Be or Not to BeErnst LubitschUSA
     
7241979All That JazzBob FosseUSA
     
7421942The Palm Beach StoryPreston SturgesUSA
     
7451973Don’t Look NowNicolas RoegUK, Italy
     
8491940His Girl FridayHoward HawksUSA
     
8532016CamerapersonKirsten JohnsonUSA
     
9051985The Breakfast ClubJohn HughesUSA
     
9171937The Awful TruthLeo McCareyUSA
     
9321931DishonoredJosef von SternbergUSA
     
10142018RomaAlfonso CuarónMexico, USA
     
10262005Me and You and Everyone We KnowMiranda JulyUSA
     
10312018WildlifePaul DanoUSA
     
10342019Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline SciammaFrance

Updated: 2 July 2020