This collection features videos and films selected by the staff of the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society. These purchases are made with funds from the University Library's Koster Fund for the Humanities. Titles are specifically chosen which serve the CCHS mission of "enhancing humanistic scholarship, research, creative activity, teaching, and public awareness."
3 Women (1977) ~ dir. Robert Altman - USA
In a dusty, under-populated town, Pinky Rose, a naive and impressionable Southern waif begins her life as a nursing home attendant. There, Pinky finds her role model in fellow nurse Millie, a misguided would-be sophisticate and hopeless devotee of sophisticated ladies magazines. But Pinky's hero-worship evolves into something far stranger and more sinister than could be imagined. Criterion Collection #230
8 1/2 (1963) ~ dir. Federico Fellini - Italy
Fellini's autobiographical film about a famous film director who loses his inspiration in the midst of making a film. Criterion Collection #140
42nd Street (1933) ~ dir. Lloyd Bacon - USA
A Broadway musical director has troubles during rehearsal, promotes the understudy and has a successful opening night. Chiefly memorable for the incredible musical numbers.
400 Blows (1962) ~ dir. Francois Truffaut - France
The semi-autobiographical story of fourteen-year-old Antoine Doinel, portraying his aloof parents, oppressive teachers, petty crime, and a friendship that would last a lifetime. Also includes the short film, Antoine and Colette, which originally appeared as part of the film L'amour áa vingt ans, picking up Antoine's story a few years later, when he is living on his own and pursuing his first love affair, initiating a lifelong career of quixotic dreams and amorous restlessness. Criterion Collection #5
Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) ~ dir. Michael Curtiz and William Keighley - USA
Recounts the life and adventures of Robin Hood, who, with his band of followers, lived as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest dedicated to fight against tyranny.
Aguirre, the wrath of God (1972) ~ dir. Werner Herzog
A band of Spanish conquistadors, led by Pizarro, go up the Amazon in search of gold. As the soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (the self-styled "Wrath of God") is consumed by visions of conquering all of South America and leads a revolt, but Aguirre's megalomania turns the expedition into a death trip.
Ali, fear eats the soul = Angst essen Seele auf (1974) ~ dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Germany
Lonely widow Emmi Kurowski meets Arab worker Ali in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love--to their own surprise, and to the shock of family, colleagues, and drinking buddies. An emotional power that reflects the ethnic tensions within German society. Criterion Collection #198
All that heaven allows (1955) ~ dir. Douglas Sirk - USA
Cary Scott, an attractive and wealthy New England widow, creates a social outcry in her community and within her family when she becomes romantically involved with Ron Kirby, her much younger gardener. Criterion Collection #95
Alphaville: a strange case of Lemmy Caution = une etrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965) ~ dir. Jean-Luc Godard - France
Secret agent Lemmy Caution travels to another galaxy and finds himself in a computer-run society which is dedicated to technology and outlaws emotion. Criterion Collection #25
Amarcord (1974) ~ dir. Federico Fellini - Italy
Memories of episodes about love, sex, politics, family life and growing up in a small Italian town in the 1930's. Criterion Collection #4
...And God created woman = Et Dieu-- crea la femme (1956) ~ dir. Roger Vadim - France
Juliette is an 18 year-old orphan whose unbridled appetite for pleasure shakes up all of St. Tropez. Her sweet but naive husband Michel endures beatings, insults and mambo in his attempts to tame her wild ways. Criterion Collection #77
And the ship sails on = E la nave va (1983) ~ dir. Federico Fellini - Italy
In 1914, a colorful melange of celebrities embark on a funeral voyage for a dead opera star. An allegorical film blending spectacle, humour, poignance and grotesquerie. Criterion Collection #50
Andrei Rublev (1966) ~ dir. Andrei Tarkovsky - Soviet Union
Story of the famed 15th century icon painter who survives the cruelties of medieval Russia and creates works of art. Criterion Collection #34
Ashes and Diamonds (1958) ~ dir. Andrzej Wajda - Poland
Portrait of a young Polish nationalist assassin who, when World War II ends, finds himself living uncertainly, moving from echoing bars to seedy hotel rooms, finding comfort in a girl and crazy jokes. Criterion Collection #285
L'avventura (1960) ~ dir. Michelangelo Antonioni - Italy
Story about the search for a girl lost on an island; gradually the searchers become preoccupied with their own problems, and the girl is never found. Criterion Collection #98
Bakery Girl of Monceau ; Eric Rohmer's Six moral tales (1962) ~ dir. Eric Rohmer - France
Early new wave effort from Rohmer which was the first of his six moral tales. It concerns a young man who approaches a girl in the street, but after several days without seeing her again, he becomes involved with the girl in the local bakery. Eventually he has to choose between them when he arranges dates with them on the same day. Criterion Collection #343
Ballad of a soldier = Ballada o soldate (1959) ~ dir. Grigori Chukhrai - Russia
A soldier-boy earns a ten-day leave to go home to his mother by performing a desparate act of bravery at the front. On the way home he has many small adventures. Criterion Collection #148
Band of outsiders = Bande a` part (1964) ~ dir. Jean-Luc Godard - France
Two burglars plan a robbery with a young woman they just met. Criterion Collection #174
Bank Dick (1940) ~ dir. Edward Cline - USA
Egbert Souse accidently foils a bank robbery and is hired as a bank guard. Criterion Collection #78.
Battle of Algiers = La bataille d'Alger (1966) ~ dir. Gillo Pontecorvo - Algeria
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 cafâes. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed. Criterion Collection #249.
Beauty and the Beast = La belle et la bete (1946) ~ dir. Jean Cocteau - France
Dramatized adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast. Criterion Collection #6.
Bed and Board (1970) ~ dir. Francois Truffaut - France
The fourth installment of the Antoine Doinel series. Antoine is now 26, married and expecting his first child. He is also still struggling to find steady work. Antoine and Christine become the proud parents of a son, but Antoine soon tires of domesticity and when he meets a Japanese woman at his new job he falls in love and has an affair. Criterion Collection #187.
"Benjamin Bagby's Beowulf (2007) ~ dir. Stellan Olsson
Story of King Hrothgar, the monster Grendal and the hero Beowulf, one of Europe's greatest epics. Anglo-Saxon epic, lines 1-1062.
Bicycle Thief (1949) ~ dir. Vittorio De Sica - Italy
An unemployed man in Rome finds a job as a bill poster for which he needs a bicycle. When the bicycle is stolen, he and his son search for the thief and end up stealing another bicycle. The film vividly portrays the poverty, hope, despair, and uncertainty of post-war Italy.
Bhaji on the beach (1993) ~ dir. Gurinder Chada - UK
A comedy about a group of Indian women, living in England, who are brought together by a day at the beach.
Big Deal on Madonna Street = I soliti ignoti (1958) ~ dir. Mario Monicelli - Italy
Five men conspire to burglarize a small-time jeweler's safe. When the time comes to carry out the scheme, the men become hopelessly clumsy and have to eventually give up and go home. Criterion Collection #113.
Black narcissus (1947) ~ dir. Michael Powell - USA
Majesty gives way to mystery, and marks a harrowing descent into madness, when a young British nun is ordered to establish a convent in the remote Himalayan mountains. Sister Clodagh (Kerr) is a serious young novitiate assigned to lead a crucial mission, with the reluctant recommendation of her Mother Superior. Together with a disparate group of nuns, Sister Clodagh will face strange peoples and customs, a harsh and unforgiving climate and a wrenching struggle with her own past that will prove the ultimate test of her devotion and faith. Criterion Collection #93.
Black Orpheus = Orfeu negro (1959) ~ dir. Marcel Camus - France
Story based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice set against the colorful background of the carnival in Rio de Janiero. With its magnificent color photography and lively soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States. Criterion Collection #48.
Blob (1958) ~ dir. Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr. - USA
Residents of a small Pennsylvania town combat a slimy space invader. Criterion Collection #91.
Blood of a Poet = Le Sang d'un Poete (1930) ~ dir. Jean Cocteau - France
Part 1 of Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy. An artist is driven mad by the sight of his own blood and a drawing of a mouth that seems to come to life. The combination sends him off on a series of bizarre adventures that strive to explain how artists become obsessed with their own works. Criterion Collection #67.
Blow up (1966) ~dir. Michaelangelo Antonioni - Italy
A London photographer takes some pictures of a couple in a park and discovers that he may have recorded evidence of a murder.
Blue Velvet (1986) ~ dir. David Lynch - USA
A college student stumbles across a bizarre mystery and wants to know more. The strange world he's found lurking beneath his hometown picture-postcard veneer is about to become much stranger.
Bob le flambeur (1955) ~ dir. Jean-Pierre Melville - France
Bob the gambler and his friends learn that the Deauville Casino expects to pull in 800 million francs. On the night of the heist Bob plays the casino tables until the appointed time. Before the dawn breaks, some of the men and women will win, some will lose, and some will die. Criterion Collection #150.
Boxcar Bertha (1972) ~ dir. Martin Scorsese - USA
Set in the 1930's, a homeless woman and an union organizer team up on a crime spree to get revenge from a railroad company.
BRD Trilogy: the supplements ( ) ~ dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Germany
This supplemental disc chronicles the career of international film director Rainer Fassbinder. Criterion Collection #203.
Branded to kill = Koroshi no rakuin (1967) ~ dir. Seijun Suzuki - Japan
The number-three ranked killer in the Tokyo underworld carries out three hits, but bungles a fourth. Then both the women in his life try to kill him. The next thing he knows, he is playing a cat-and-mouse game with the very dangerous No. 1 killer ... Criterion Collection #38.
Brazil (1985) ~ dir. Terry Gilliam - UK
A daydreaming bureaucrat becomes involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mysterious woman and becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions. Criterion Collection #51.
Breathless = A bout de souffle (1960) ~ dir. Jean-Luc Godard - France
A small-time hood kills a policeman and tries to leave France, but his American girlfriend betrays him to the police and he gets killed trying to escape.
Brick (2005) ~ dir. Rian Johnson - USA
Brendon Frye is a loner, someone who always knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead, he is determined to find the 'who' and 'why'.
Brief encounter (1946) ~ dir. David Lean - UK
Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson star as middle-class suburbanites whose casual friendship evolves into a passionate yearning for each other. But as their affections grow stronger, they must face a difficult decision that will affect both of their lives forever. Criterion Collection #76.
Burden of dreams (1982) ~ dir. Les Blank - USA
Goes behind the scenes in the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Filmmaker Les Blank captured the production, made perilous by Herzog's determination not to use models or special effects. Criterion Collection #287
by Brakhage: an anthology ( ) ~ dir. Stan Brakhage - USA
Twenty-six masterworks by Stan Brakhage. Criterion Collection # 184.
Cache = Hidden (2005) ~ dir. Michael Haneke - France
A talk show host and his wife and son seem to be living an ideal life until clandestinely-filmed videotapes of their private lives start to show up on their front porch. As the tapes reveal more secrets, the resulting stress and fear leads to conflict, obsession, and deceit for the couple and brings back episodes from the husband's childhood when he wronged a young Algerian boy.
Celluloid Closet (1995) - USA
Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist cinema of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentators provide anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians on the silver screen.
Charade (1963) ~ dir. Stanley Donnen - USA
A trio of crooks relentlessly pursues a young American through Paris for the fortune her dead husband stole from them. Criterion Collection #57.
Children of Paradise = Les enfants du paradis (1945) ~ dir. Marcel Carne - France
Drama about the theater and the individuals that made the stage their life. Includes the love story of four men for one woman. Criterion Collection #141
Chinatown (1974) ~ dir. Roman Polanski - USA
Private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California is hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair. Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown.
City Lights (1931) ~ dir. Charles Chaplin - USA
A tramp wins the love of a blind flower girl and attempts to obtain money from a millionaire to help her regain her sight.
Claire's Knee ; Eric Rohmer's Six moral tales (1970) ~ dir. Eric Rohmer - France
Cultural attache Jerome spends his last holidays as a bachelor at Lake Annecy where he meets Aurora, an Italian writer and old friend. She talks him into a flirt with his landlady's teenage daughter, Laura, but he falls for Laura's half-sister Claire and develops a desire to caress her knee. Criterion Collection #347.
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) ~ dir. Agnes Varda - France
A girl waiting for the result of a medical examination wanders around Paris thinking she has cancer. Criterion Collection #73.
Closely Watched Trains (1966) ~ dir. Jiri Menzel - Czechslovakia
Comedy-drama about a young trainmaster employed in a tiny station during World War II. He becomes involved in a plot to blow up a German ammunition train, but when the plan backfires, he is forced to commit the ultimate act of courage. Criterion Collection #131.
La Collectionneuse ; Eric Rohmer's Six moral tales (1967) ~ dir. Eric Rohmer - France
Adrien goes to a villa on the Mediterranean. He is in vacation, and wants to do absolutely nothing. He has to share the villa with a friend, Daniel, and an unknown young girl, Haydee. Haydee has a lot of lovers, and at first, Adrien and Daniel despites her. But Adrien will be more and more attracted by her. Criterion Collection #346.
Constant forge: a film (2000) ~ dir. Charles Kiselyak - USA
A look at the life and work of John Cassavetes assembled from candid interviews, rare photos, archival footage, and the director himself. The narration is created from Cassavettes' own words. The actors discuss their own performances and those of their colleagues, give insights into Cassavetes's theater work, and into his handling of music in his films. Criterion Collection #256.
Contempt = Le mépris (1963) ~ dir. Jean-Luc Godard - France
On Capri, an Italian crew makes a German film of Homer's Odyssey; Fritz Lang directs with American money. Prokosch, the producer, with his sneer and red Alfa, holds art films in contempt and hires writer Javal to help Lang commercialize the picture. Against this backdrop, Javal's marriage to Camille, a young former typist, disintegrates. It opens with the couple talking in bed, she asking assurance that he finds her attractive. Later that day he introduces her to Prokosch, and, unawares, blunders unforgivably. The rest of the film portrays her, in their apartment and in public, expressing her hurt and change of heart and his slow grasp of the source of her contempt. Criterion Collection #171.
Conversation, the (1974) ~ dir. Francis Ford Coppola - USA
A provoking mystery-suspense drama explores the morality of privacy in the story of Harry Caul, a surveillance expert, who conducts a routine surveillance job only to later find himself suspicious that he has become an unwitting player in murder scheme.
Le Corbeau (1943) ~ dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot - France A mysterious writer of poison pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau, plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community's calm surface. Brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing turning an occupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem style witch-hunt. Criterion Collection #227.
Coup de grâce (1976) ~ dir. Volker Schlöndorff - Germany Set in Latvia in 1919 at the end of the Russian civil war, a Prussian soldier rejects the advances of an aristocratic woman. She retaliates by joining the Bolsheviks. Criterion Collection #192
Cranes are flying (1957) ~ dir. Mikhail Kalatozov - Soviet Union
When Veronica's lover, Boris, goes to war, she moves in with Boris' family. His cousin seduces her and out of guilt she marrys him. Unhappy in her marriage and still in love with Boris she leaves her husband to wait for Boris to return. Later she learns Boris has been killed in the war. Criterion Collection #146.
Crazed fruit = Kurutta kajitsu (1956) ~ dir. Ko Nakahira - Japan
Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking. A portrayal of post-war sexual revolution among Japan's young and privileged. Criterion Collection #295.
Cries and Whispers = Viskningar och rop (1972) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
A story of four women's search for spiritual peace. Agnes, a spinster who lives with her housekeeper, is dying of cancer, and is visited one last time by her two sisters, Karin and Maria. These two become entangled in feelings of jealousy, manipulation and selfishness. Yet Agnes, tortured by cancer, is able to transcend her sisters' pettiness to remember moments of staggering beauty as well as horror. Criterion Collection #101.
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne = Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne (1945) ~ dir. Robert Bresson - France Realizing that her lover Jean is losing interest in her, a society lady Helene gets revenge by tricking him into marrying a former prostitute Agnes. After the wedding Helene tells a stunned Jean about his wife's secret past.
Damned = Gotterdammerung (1969) ~ dir. Luchino Visconti - Italy
The degradation of a great family, set against the historical background of the "Night the long knives" and the rise of Nazism.
Dawn of the Dead (1978) ~ dir. George A. Romero - USA
The corpses of the recently-dead are returning to life & attacking the living, devouring their victims. Two members of the Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team & their friends land in a shopping mall occupied by the living dead. They secure the mall through brutal battles with the creatures, but can they escape both the bandits & the zombies?Special features includes three revealing audio commentaries; two feature length documentaries; one classic film, the European version, and the extended version of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead and much more.
Day of wrath = Vredens dag (1943) ~ dir. Carl T. Dreyer - Denmark
Set in the seventeenth century, this is the story of Anne, a young wife who is revolted when her husband, an elderly pastor, has an old woman burned at the stake as a witch. She tells her husband that she and his son are in love and that she wishes him dead. The pastor then dies of a stroke and Anna is accused of killing him by witchcraft. Deserted by the cowardly son and reviled by the pastor's shrewish mother, Anne is offered an opportunity to take the oath swearing she did not kill her husband. She seems to become what she is accused of being and in a strange ending refuses to take the oath. Criterion Collection #125.
Death in Venice (1971) ~ dir. Luchino Visconti - Italy
In Venice on holiday, composer Gustav Aschenbach encounters a young Polish boy and becomes obsessed with him, a secret passion that will lead to his doom.
Dekalog = The Decalogue (1988) ~ dir. Krzyzstof Kieślowski - Poland
Ten one-hour films made for Polish television that each feature one of the 10 commandments as a thematic construct.
Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) ~ dir. William Dieterle - USA
Having promised his soul to the Devil in exchange for good fortune, Jabez Stone asks the talented lawyer Daniel Webster to get him out of the bargain. Criterion Collection #214.
Diabolique (1954) ~ dir. Georges Clouzot - France
Suspense classic that influenced the 1960 movie, Psycho, by Alfred Hitchcock. Tells the story of a sadistic headmaster of a Parisian boarding school who is murdered by his wife and mistress, whom he has mistreated. The women dump his body in a swimming pool. When the pool is drained, the body has disappeared. Then come reports of sightings, terrifying his killers. Criterion Collection #35.
Diary of a Chambermaid = Journal d'une femme de chambre (1964) ~ dir. Luis Buñel - France
A chambermaid with Paris flair gets a job at a country estate. The family she works for and the other staff members are a strange sort and she must learn the ways of country living and neighbor revialry. After a child is murdered near the estate, she begins to have her suspicions as to whom may be responsible. Criterion Collection #117.
Diary of a country priest = Journal d'un cure´ de campagne (1950) ~ dir. Robert Bresson - France
A new priest arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his country diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and God. Criterion Collection #222.
Dirty Pretty Things (2002) ~ dir. Stephen Frears - UK
Nigerian exile Okwe and Turkish chambermaid Senay toil at a west London hotel that is full of illegal activity. Late one night Okwe makes a shocking discovery, which creates an impossible dilemma and tests the limits of all they know.
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie = Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (1972) ~ dir. Luis Bunuel - France
An upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined. Criterion Collection #102.
Diva (1981) ~ dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix - France
Cynthia Hawkins is the operatic superstar whose refusal to make a recording frustrates her adoring public. A young fan named Jules makes a secret tape and is stalked by thugs who plan to blackmail the diva. Jules also accidently acquires a tape which tells of a top mobster's role in an international sex and drug ring. Two hired killers are out to get the tape.
Divorce Italian Style (1962) ~ dir. Pietro Germi - Italy
A man falls in love with a younger woman, but he is married and divorce is illegal. To get what he wants, he begins an elaborate scheme to kill his wife. Criterion Collection #286.
Do the Right Thing (1989) ~ dir. Spike Lee - USA
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. Criterion Collection #97.
La Dolce Vita (1960) ~ dir. Federico Fellini - Italy
A journalist ventures into the decadent society of modern Rome and finds that his values are being destroyed, leaving him totally disillusioned.
Double Indemnity (1944) ~ dir. Billy Wilder - USAAn insurance man and a suburban wife conspire to trick her husband into signing a policy that pays double for accidental death-- then push him from a train. It's an almost perfect crime.
Double Suicide = Shinju¯ ten no Amijima (1969) ~ dir. Masahiro Shinoda - Japan
In this striking adaptation of a bunraku puppet play, a paper merchant sacrifices family, fortune and ultimately life for his erotic obsession with a prostitute. Criterion Collection #104.
Down by Law (1986) ~ dir. Jim Jarmusch - USA
A comedy feature about two lowlifes, a small time pimp and an unemployed disc jockey, framed for a crime they didn't commit, who escape from jail with an eccentric Italian tourist. Set in New Orleans and the swamps of Louisiana. Criterion collection #166.
Early Summer = Bakushu (1951) ~ dir. Yasujiro Ozu - Japan
The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own. Criterion collection #240.
Earth = Zemlia (1930) ~ dir. Aleksandr Dovzhenko - Soviet Union
Bezhin meadow = Bezhin lug (1935-37) dir. Sergei Eisenstein - Soviet Union
Earth: A Ukranian landowner is forced to give up his holdings to the state. Vasili obtains a tractor and under his leadership the collective is successful. He is shot by the landowner's son. Vasil's father asks that he have a "modern" funeral with songs by the young people of their new life. Bezhin meadow: Eisenstein's film was banned in Russia in 1937, and subsequently all prints were destroyed. This print is a reconstruction by Sergeæi Yutkevich from old stills and sketches. It was to have been about the young pioneers and their contribution to Soviet collective farming, but became instead the story of the struggle between old and new forces in Russia as symbolized in the story of a young boy who opposes his evil father.
Element of crime = Forbrydelsens element (1984) ~ dir. Lars von Trier - Denmark
The story of an exiled ex-cop who returns to his old beat to catch a serial killer preying on young girls. Set in Germany, the film is shot in sepia tones with brilliant blue flashes. Criterion Collection #80.
Elena and her men (1956) ~ dir. Jean Renoir - France
Set amid the military maneuvers and Quatorze de Juillet carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir's romantic comedy stars Ingrid Bergman as a Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love. Criterion Collection #244.
Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) ~ dir. Werner Herzog - Germany
Based on a real historical event, this is the story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who appeared in a small German town in 1820 after having lived in total isolation from humans since birth. He is taught to speak, read, and write by townspeople, but is then mysteriously murdered.
Europa (1991) ~ dir. Lars von Trier - Germany Leo Kessler, an American of German descent, visits Germany in 1945. He works as a night conductor on the Zentropa Railway Line, owned by a Nazi sympathizer. Leo attempts to remain neutral to the ongoing purguing of loyalists by the Allied forces, but he falls in love with the railway magnate's daughter.
Eyes without a face = Les yeux sans visage (1959) ~ dir. Georges Franju - France
A plastic surgeon, holed up in a Paris mansion, is obsessively slicing off the faces of kidnapped women and grafting the flayed skin onto the rotting countenance of his beloved young daughter, disfigured in an automobile accident. Criterion Collection #260.
F for Fake (1972) ~ dir. Orson Welles - USA
Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In this free-form documentary, the legendary filmmaker gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. Criterion Collection #288.
Faces (1968) ~ dir. John Cassavettes - USA
Powerful story of the dissintegration of a marriage of a captain of industry and his wife. Criterion Collection #252.
Fanny and Alexander (1982, 1984) ~ dir Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
In a Swedish provincial town in the early years of this century, two children are growing up within the bosom of a large, jolly extended family. Their father dies, and their mother remarries. Their new stepfather is a stern, authoritarian clergyman who means well but is absolutely incapable of understanding the feelings of others. Boxed set of the theatrical version, the original five-hour television version, Bergman's 1986 feature-length documentary 'Dokument Fanny och Alexander' (The Making of Fanny and Alexander), the 1984 interview 'Ingmar Bergman ... tar farval av filmen' (Ingmar Bergman bids farewell to film) and the video introductions to 11 of his own films that Bergman made for Swedish television in 2003. Criterion Collection #261-264.
Fat Girl (2001) ~ dir. Catherine Breillat - France
Twelve-year-old Anaïs is fat. Her sister, Elena, is a beauty. Elena meets an Italian law student, who seduces her with promises of love, as the ever-watchful Anaïs bears witness to the corruption of her sister's innocence. Criterion Collection #259.
Fighting elegy = Kenka erejii (1966) ~ dir. Seijun Suzuki - Japan
High schooler Nanbu Kiroku yearns for the prim, Catholic Michiko, but her only desire is to reform Kiroku's sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, Kiroku channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence. Criterion Collection #269.
Firemen's ball = Hori´, ma´ panenko (1967) ~ dir. Milos Forman - Czechoslovakia
In a small provincial town, arrangements and events surrounding the firemen's annual ball, honoring a retiring firechief, go wrong at every turn. Criterion Collection #145.
Fitzcarraldo (1982) ~ dir. Werner Herzog - Germany
Story of a man obsessed with a dream to build his own personal opera house in a remote Peruvian town.
Forbidden Games (1952) ~ dir. René Clément - France When a young Parisian girl is orphaned during WW2, she is taken in by a peasant family. She develops a friendship with their youngest son and together they share a world which adults cannot understand.
French cancan (1955) ~ dir. Jean Renoir - FranceA musical comedy about an aging theater impressario with a talent for transforming common working girls into dance hall sensations. Criterion Collection #243.
Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) ~ dir. Vittorio De Sica - Italy
Set in Italy in 1938, when Mussolini's anti-Semitic edicts began to isolate the Jews from their communities. Among them were the Finzi-Continis, an aristocratic Jewish family forced for the first time to acknowledge the world beyond its fenced garden.
General (1926) ~ dir. Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman - USA
Playhouse (1921) ~ dir. Buster Keaton & Eddie Cline - USA
Cops (1922) ~ dir. Buster Keaton & Eddie Cline - USA
General: The General is a locomotive beloved by its engineer, who sets out to win the Civil War single-handedly. Playhouse: A comedy in which Keaton plays a stage manager, an actor, a monkey and other parts; includes the "dream" sequence. Cops: A comedy of error and circumstance in which Buster Keaton attempts to win his sweetheart's hand in marriage by becoming a successful businessman. His exploits climax in a chase with an entire police precinct.
General Idi Amin Dada: a self portrait (1974) ~ dir. Barbet Schroeder - France
In 1974 a film crew followed Idi Amin Dada, dictator of Uganda, interviewing him and filming him as he worked. Provides a candid portrait of a notorious figure. Criterion Collection #153.
A Generation = Pokolenie (1954) ~ dir. Andrzej Wajda.
Wajda, who fought for the Resistance during World War II, offers an unsentimental appraisal of heroism in the tale of a cocky Polish youth who decides to fight the Nazis after he falls for a pretty Resistance leader. Barely out of their teens, he and his friends approach their first mission - like a game of cops and robbers. Criterion Collection #283.
Gertrud (1964) ~ dir. Carl T. Dreyer - Denmark
Around 1910, a woman who is unhappily married to a lawyer meets a famous poet whom she had loved, has an affair with a young composer and finally decides to live alone in Paris. Criterion Collection #127.
Gimme Shelter (1970) ~ dir. David Maysles - USA
A documentary on the Rolling Stones' 1969 American concert tour and a concert at Altamont Speedway where security guards killed an audience member. Includes appearances by Ike and Tina Turner, Jefferson Airplane, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Criterion Collection #99.
Golden Coach (1953) ~ dir. Jean Renoir - France
An eighteenth-century comic fantasy about a viceroy in Central America who receives a golden coach and gives it to the star of a touring commedia dell'arte company. Criterion Collection #242.
Good morning = Ohayo (1959) ~ dir. Yasujiro Ozu - Japan
Satiric comedy in which two young brothers refuse to talk until their parents agree to buy them a television set. Set in a 1950s residential suburb of Tokyo. Criterion Collection #84.
Gospel according to St. Matthew (1964) ~dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini - Italy
The film, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 1964 Venice Film Festival, is different from other cinematic depictions of the life of Christ in that there is no screenplay per se. Pasolini limited himself to the account by Matthew: only words written by the Saint are employed; no additional dialogue was written and only scenes described by Matthew are shown. Pasolini used no professional actors (his mother plays the older Mary) and he dedicated his film "to the dear familiar memory of John XXIII."
Grand Illusion = La grande illusion (1938) ~ dir. Jean Renoir - France
In this classic tale of adventure, duty and honor conflict in a German prisoner-of-war camp when an aristocratic French officer becomes friends with the German commandant, a fellow aristocrat, while simultaneously cooperating with his French comrades, who are commoners, in a daring escape. Criterion Collection #1.
Grapes of wrath (1940) ~ dir. John Ford - USA
The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression.
Hamlet (1948) ~ dir. Sir Laurence Olivier - UK
The classic version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, the towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer. Criterion Collection #82.
Harder they come (1973) ~ dir. Perry Henzell - Jamaica
A rural Jamaican musician journeys to the city of Kingston in search of fame and fortune. Pushed to desperate circumstances by shady record producers and corrupt cops, he achieves notoriety as a murderous outlaw. A cult movie favorite featuring reggae music and reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff. Criterion Collection #83.
Harlan County USA (1976) ~ dir. Barbara Kopple - USA
In 1973, when the Brookside coal miners voted for the United Mine Workers union, the Duke Power Company refused it. Barbara Kopple documented the struggle between the miners and the company, causing a big uproar. Criterion Collection #334.
Häxan, witchcraft through the ages (1922) ~ dir. Benjamin Christensen - Sweden
In a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that witches of the middle ages and turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients suffer from the same type of hysteria. Its a witches brew of the scary, the gross and the darkly humorous. Criterion Collection #134.
Hearts and Minds (1974) ~ dir. Peter Davis - USA
Examines the American involvement in Vietnam, and is a chronicle of the war from a psychological perspective. Includes interviews with General William Westmoreland, former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford, Senator William Fulbright, Walt Rostow, and Daniel Ellsberg, as well as American Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese leaders. Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon are shown in rare footage. Criterion Collection #156.
Heaven Can Wait (1943) ~ dir. Ernst Lubitsch - USA
Newly deceased playboy Henry Van Cleve arrives at the outer offices of Hades where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter the gates of Hell. Though the Devil doubts he will qualify, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime wooing and pursuing women. Criterion Collection #291.
Hidden Fortress (1958) ~ dir. Akira Kurosawa - Japan
A princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure, guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants. Criterion Collection #116.
High and low (1963) ~ dir. Akira Kurosawa - Japan
A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma. Criterion Collection #24.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) ~ dir. Alain Resnais - France
A Japanese architect and a French actress engage in a brief intense affair in Hiroshima in 1959. Both deal with their personal memories of World War II--he by articulating his firsthand experience with nuclear disaster, she by remembering her traumatic affair with a German soldier. Criterion Collection #196.
Honeymoon Killers (1969) ~ dir. Leonard Kastle - USA
Martha is sullen, overweight and heartbreakingly lonely. Through the Friendship Club, she strikes up a correspondence with Ray, a sauve charismatic smooth-talker who could be the man of her dreams. A stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go in order to find true love. From brutally immoral killings to a passion that transcends all bounds. Criterion Collection #200.
Hoop dreams (1994) ~ dir. Steve James - USA
This documentary follows two inner-city basketball phenoms' lives through high school as they chase their dreams of playing in the NBA. Criterion Collection #289.
Hopscotch (1980) ~ dir. Ronald Reame - USA
One of the CIA's top international operatives is suddenly relegated to a desk job in an agency power play. Unwilling to go quietly, and with the aid of a chic Viennese widow, he puts himself back in the game by writing a memoir exposing the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world. The CIA now wants him dead, but he refuses to cooperate--because he's having to much fun!Criterion Collection #163.
Hour of the Wolf (1968) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
A brooding artist accompanied by his wife travels to a remote island where he hopes to escape his demons.
I am curious - blue (1968) ~ dir. Vilgot Sjoman - Sweden
This sequel to I am curious - yellow follows young Lena on her continuing journey of self-discovery. In Blue, Lena confronts issues of religion, sexuality and the prison system, while at the same time exploring her own personal relationships. Like I am curious - yellow, Blue freely traverses the lines between fact and fiction, employing a mix of dramatic and documentary techniques. Criterion Collection #181.
I am curious - yellow (1967) ~ dir. Vilgot Sjoman - Sweden
Using an innovative stylistic approach, director Vilgot Sjèoman deliberately blurs the lines between the characters' lives and those of the actors portraying them. Lena, the film's protagonist is a true woman of the 60's in search of her own selfhood. She becomes a political activist, challenging traditional values on the issues of militarism, social equality and sexual liberation. The film was seized by U.S. Customs and released in the U.S. only after the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ruling of a lower court. Criterion Collection #180.
I Vitelloni (1953) ~ dir. Federico Fellini - Italy
This film compassioniately details a year in the life of five young men lingering in post-adolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape from their small town and struggling to find meaning in their lives. Criterion Collection #246.
Ikiru = To live (1952) ~ dir. Akira Kurosawa - Japan
Discovering that he is in the terminal stages of cancer, a government clerk spends his last months in search of a meaning to life. Criterion Collection #221.
Imitation of life (1934) ~ dir. John M. Stahl / (1959) ~ dir. Doulas Sirk - USA
The story of two women trying to find success, but end up finding that success isn't everything. Includes both the 1934 and 1959 releases.
In the Mood for Love = Hua yang nian hua (2000) ~ dir. Wong Kar-Wai - Hong KongThe story of two lonely people who discover in each other the intimacy they have lost in their marriages. Criterion Collection #147.
Ingmar Bergman collection: supplemental materials ( ) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
A look at the life and work of Ingmar Bergman, organized into three main categories: featurettes, media archives, and photo galleries. Featurettes include TV interviews with Bergman from 1970 and 2002, a documentary about the setting for many of his films called Fårö Island mystique, and a documentary about cinematographer Sven Nykvist called With one eye he cries. The latter two works include commentary from Marc Gervais. The media archives section is a transcription of several articles from the April 1972 issue of American cinematographer, which was a special issue on film making in Sweden. The photo galleries section features still photos and posters from several Bergman films.
Ingmar Bergman makes a movie = Ingmar Bergman gor en film (1961) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
The year is 1961 and Ingmar Bergman is making a movie - Winter Light. This documentary film offers views on set construction and lighting, rehearsals and editing, as well as intimate conversations with Bergman and members of his cast and crew. Criterion Collection #212.
Insomnia (1997) ~ dir. Erik Skjoldbjærg - Norway
Disgraced Swedish detective Jonas Engstrèom travels to Northern Norway to solve a brutal murder. Unable to sleep through the night of the midnight sun, Engstrèom quickly loses his grip on the case and his mind. Criterion Collection #47.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) ~ dir. Phillip Kaufman - USA
Filmy spores fall from space over San Francisco, and the city blossoms with beautiful new flora. People take the flowers home and as they sleep, the plants creep over them, devouring their bodies and stealing their identities--including their emotions, their uniqueness and their souls.
It Happened One Night (1934) ~ dir. Frank Capra - USA
A rich young woman marries an idle playboy against her father's will. Her father holds her captive on his yacht but she escapes and, while on her way to New York, becomes entangled with an unemployed news reporter.
It's a wonderful life (1947) ~ dir. Frank Capra - USA
George Bailey, a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.
Ivan the Terrible = Ivan Groznyi (1945) ~ dir. Sergei Eisenstein - Soviet Union
Part I starts with the coronation of Ivan the Terrible and concludes with his return to power after the death of his wife. Part II covers the attempt to assassinate him in 1564. The third part of the saga was never made due to the death of Eisenstein. Criterion Collection #88.
Jubilee (1977) ~ dir. Derek Jarman - UK
When Queen Elizabeth I asks her court alchemist to show her England in the future, she's transported 400 years to a post-apocalyptic wasteland of roving girl gangs, an all-powerful media mogul, fascistic police, scattered filth, and twisted sex. Criterion Collection #191.
Jules and Jim = Jules et Jim (1962) ~ dir. Francois Truffaut - France
Before World War I in Paris, a girl alternates between a French student, Jim, and a German student, Jules. After the war, they meet again and form a constantly shifting triangle.
Juliet of the Spirits = Giulietta degli spiriti (1965) ~ dir. Federico Fellini - Italy When she suspects her husband of infidelity, a housewife unleashes an unconscious ripe with erotic fantasies. In this film, Fellini's first feature-length color film, his examination of the sexual psyche unfolds via the surrealistic use of abrupt cut-aways to illustrate the woman' sexual fantasies. Criterion Collection #149.
Kagemusha (1980) ~ dir. Akira Kurosawa - Japan
Reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry or war, Kurosawa creates a soaring historical epic about a peasant impersonating a nobleman in battle. Kagemusha is presented in its original 180 min. uncut Japanese version, not the shortened "international version" presented by 20th Century Fox. Criterion Collection #267.
Kanal (1957) ~ dir. Andrzej Wajda - Poland
Part of the Andrzej Wajda's war trilogyAs Resistance fighters descend into Warsaw's sewer system to escape the Nazis, Wadja shows a psychological descent into the minds of a crushed people. The terrors of war are complicated by the intensely stifling close quarters. Based on actual events during the Warsaw uprising in Sept. 1944. Criterion Collection #284.
Killers (1946/1964) ~ dir. Robert Siodmak / Don Diegel - USA
Melodramatic thriller based on the Hemingway story about two hit men who become curious about the life and death of the man they were hired to kill.Special edition double-disc set features The killers (1946) and The killers (1964). Includes Andrei Tarkovsky's 1956 student film version of The killers. Criterion Collection #176.
Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) ~ dir. John Cassavettes - USA
A film noir about a gentleman's club owner finds himself on the bad side of a small time gangster, and then must save his beloved club and way of life. Criterion Collection #254.
Kwaidan = Kaidan (1965) ~ dir. Masaki Kobayashi - Japan
Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out. Criterion Collection #90.
Lacombe, Lucien (1974) ~ dir. Louis Malle - France
Traces a young peasant's journey from potential Resistance member to Gestapo recruit. At once the story of a nation and one troubled boy's horrific coming of age, the disquieting portrait of lost innocence and guilt. Criterion Collection #329.
Lady Eve (1941) ~ dir. Preston Sturges - USA
A conniving father and daughter meet up with the heir to a brewery fortune-- a wealthy but näive snake enthusiast-- and attempt to bamboozle him at a cruise ship card table. Their plan is quickly abandoned when the daughter falls in love with their prey. But when the heir gets wise to her gold-digging ways, she must plot to re-conquer his heart. Criterion Collection #103.
Lady from Shanghai (1947) ~ dir. Orson Welles - USA
A seaman becomes involved in the murderous intrigue of a crippled lawyer and his homicidal, frustrated wife. Culminates in a shoot-up in a hall of mirrors.
Last Tango in Paris (1972) ~ dir. Bernardo Bertolucci - ItalyAn American widower in Paris, desolate at the unexplained suicide of his wife, plunges into a torrid sexual relationship with a stranger, a young French girl half his age.
Last Temptation of Christ (1988) ~ dir. Martin Scorsese - USAIn this controversial movie, Jesus, as both fully human and fully divine, is viewed as free of sin but subject to all temptations, including sexual ones. Criterion Collection #70.
Last Waltz (1978) ~ dir. Martin Scorsese - USA
The Band, one of rock's superstar groups, decided to call it quits after sixteen grueling years on the road. The group held this farewell concert on Thanksgiving Day, 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland, the site of their first performance. The performance is interspersed with interview footage.
Last Wave (1977) ~ dir. Peter Weir - AustraliaThe story of a lawyer defending a group of aboriginals accused of murder. The lawyer feels the pull of magic forces beneath the surface of civilization. Criterion Collection #142.
Leopard (1963) ~ dir. Luchino Visconti - Italy
Recounting the years of Italy's Risorgimento-when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a democratic Italy. Contains the original Italian version with optional subtitles, the English-language version and special features. Criterion Collection #235.
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2005) ~ dir. Wes Anderson - USA
Internationally renown oceanographer Steve Zissou and his crew - Team Zissou - set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, always elusive, possibly non-existent Jaguar Shark that supposedly killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. On this journey, Steve's crew are joined by a young airline co-pilot, who may or may not be Zissou's son, a beautiful journalist who has been assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Eleanor, Zissou's estranged wife and co-producer. They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy. Criterion Collection #300.
Little Women (1994) ~ dir. Gillian Armstrong - USA
Story about the March family of four daughters and a strong mother who, because her husband is away serving in the Army during the Civil War, must raise her "little women" on her own. The daughters include: spirited Jo who longs for a career as a writer; beautiful and conservative older sister Meg ; fragile Beth ; and the romantic Amy. Through the years, as they become women, the sisters share their most cherished and painful moments of self-discovery as their mother's pride and strength guide them through questions of independence, romance and virtue.
Lola (1981) ~ dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Germany
Part of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Entire History of the German Federal Republic trilogy. Lola, a seductive cabaret singer and dancer in the 1950s, is romantically involved with Von Bohm, a morally upright building inspector. Recently appointed Building Commissioner, Von Bohm is committed to eradicating corruption. Consequently, he's given quite a shock when he is called into inspect the brothel where Lola works and discovers her dancing there. With that, Von Bohm is left to question whether he is more loyal to the woman he loves so passionately or the career he believes in so strongly. The other entries in the trilogy are Veronika Voss and The Marriage of Maria Braun. Criterion Collection #205.
Lone star (1996) ~ dir. John Sayles - USA
An unsolved murder in a Texas border town uncovers a tale of corruption, intrigue, and forbidden love.
Long Good Friday (1979) ~ dir. John Mackenzie - UKBritish comedy thriller about a racketeer who attempts to transform the London dockyards into a potential Olympics site. Criterion Collection #26.
Lord of the Flies (1963) ~ dir. Peter Brook - USA
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. Criterion Collection #43.
Love me tonight (1932) ~ dir. Rouben Mamoulian - USA
A carefree tailor leaves Paris to collect on a past due bill at an aristocratic client's chateau. Mistaken for royalty, he attempts to woo a lovely princess.
Lost honor of Katharina Blum = Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (1975) ~ dir. Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von TrottaIn the period of several days, Katharina's privacy and her honor are destroyed, first by the police who terrorize her, and then by the yellow press, which creates in her name the image of a politicized Bonnie Parker. Criterion Collection #177.
Love in the Afternoon ; Eric Rohmer's Six moral tales (1972) ~ dir. Eric Rohmer - France
Frederic leads a bourgeois life; he is a partner in a small Paris office and is happily married to Helene, a teacher expecting her second child. In the afternoons, Frederic daydreams about other women, but has no intention of taking any action. One day, Chloe, who had been a mistress of an old friend, begins dropping by his office. They meet as friends, irregularly in the afternoons, till eventually Chloe decides to seduce Frederic, causing him a moral dilemma. Criterion Collection #348.
Love on the run (1979) ~ dir. Francois Truffaut- France
The conclusion of the Antoine Doinel series. Antoine is now in his thirties, in the process of divorcing Christine, enjoying moderate success as a novelist, and clinging to his romantic fantasies. The newly single Doinel finds a new object of his affections in Sabine, a record store salesgirl whom he pursues with the belief that without love, one is nothing. Along the way he renews his acquaintance with previous loves and confronts his past. Criterion Collection #188.
Loves of a blond (1965) ~ dir. Milos Forman - Czechoslovakia
Story of a young woman who like her friends is very concerned with men and love. A reserve army group comes into town and she falls in love with a pianist, who after swearing eternal love leaves for his home. Criterion Collection #144.
M (1931) ~ dir. Fritz Lang - Germany
When a serial killer is stalking the children of the city, everyone, including the criminal underworld, want to see him brought down. Criterion Collection #30.
Magic flute = Trollflojten (1975) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
Jean-Louis Trintignant plays an engineer seeking the perfect mate. Just when he thinks he has found her, he finds himself accidentally spending the night sharing the bed of a seductive divorcee, Maud.
Maltese Falcon (1941) ~ dir. John Huston - USAAfter the death of his partner, San Francisco private eye Sam Spade is dragged into a quest for a priceless statuette.
Man Bites Dog (1992) ~ dirs. Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel, Benoit Poelvoorde - France
A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. Criterion Collection #165.
Man with a movie camera (1929) ~ dir. Dziga Vertov - Soviet Union
Dziga Vertov's Man with a movie camera is considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. This dawn-to-dusk view of the Soviet Union offers a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that endlessly whirl to keep the metropolis alive.
Manhattan (1979) ~ dir. Woody Allen - USA
Allen portrays Isaac Davis, a successful comedy writer whose wife, having left him for another woman, is now embarking on a book about their failed marriage. Isaac happily consoles himself in the arms of an adoring 17 year-old schoolgirl until he meets someone closer to his own age, who happens to be his best friend's mistress.
Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) ~ dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Germany
The first of a trilogy about women in post-World War II Germany, The marriage of Maria Braun, turns the melodramatic story of the titular heroine's climb up the economic ladder into a historical allegory about both the post-war German "economic miracle" and 1970s West Germany. During the allied siege of Germany in the last year of the war, Maria's new husband is shipped off to the Russian front before the marriage is consummated. As she struggles to survive wartime deprivations, Maria haunts the local train station, seeking out information concerning her husband. When it appears that she's a widow, Maria takes a job as a barmaid and befriends a black soldier from the occupying allied troops, who sees to it that Maria's family receives vital food and supplies. The opportunistic Maria eventually takes a job with a wealthy importer, building herself up to a position of power and indispensability. Criterion Collection #204.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) ~ dir. Robert Altman - USA
Charismatic but dumb John McCabe arrives in a turn-of-the-century Pacific Northwest town to set up a whorehouse/tavern. Shrewd Mrs. Miller, a professional madam, arrives soon after construction begins. She offers to help McCabe run his business and the whorehouse thrives. McCabe and Mrs. Miller draw closer, despite their conflicting intelligences and philosophies. Soon, however, the mining deposits in the town attract the attention of a major corporation, which wants to buy out McCabe along with the rest. His decision has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town.
Mean Streets (1973) ~ dir. Martin Scorsese - USA
Charlie, a 27-year-old, tries to work his way up the bottom rungs of organized crime's ladder. Amy Robinson is Teresa, the girlfriend Charlie's family declares "unsuitable" because she has epilepsy.
Meet me in St. Louis (1944) ~ dir. Vincente Minnelli - USA
In Saint Louis before the 1904 World's Fair, Alonzo Smith threatens to uproot his family and move to New York, which greatly upsets his wife and four daughters.
Midnight Cowboy (1969) ~ dir. John Schlesinger - USA
A Texas "cowboy" takes a bus to New York in search of lonely, rich women who will pay for his sexual services, but spends a hard winter helping a con man.
Mildred Pierce (1945) ~ dir. Michael Curtiz - USA
Mildred Pierce is a woman who will do anything to satisfy the demands of her spoiled daughter Veda, including divorce, opening her own business, and possibly murder.
Million = Le Million (1931) ~ dir. Rene Clair - France
A musical comedy about a pair of young lovers who lose a lottery ticket worth a million francs and chase it frantically across Paris. Considered one of the very first musical films. Criterion Collection #72.
Mon Oncle (1958) ~ dir. Jacques Tati - France
A comedy in which the vague and clumsy M. Hulot, in contrast to his more wealthy sister and brother-in-law, is constantly at odds with the modern world. Criterion Collection #111.
Mona Lisa (1986) ~ dir. Neil Jordan - UK
An ex-con and a call girl are thrown together when he becomes her chauffeur. Initially he detests her but winds up under her spell. Criterion Collection #107.
M. Hulot's Holiday = Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1973) ~ dir. Jacques Tati - France
Presents a series of humorous impressions and incidents at a seaside Brittany resort involving the accident-prone Mr. Hulot. Principally visual humor. There is no story: simply a series of comic mix-ups and casual caricatures. Soundtrack is mostly ambient sound. Criterion Collection #110.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) ~ dir. Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones - UK
The quest for the Holy Grail by King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is retold in the inimitable Python fashion.
Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) ~ dir. Terry Jones - UK
The Pythons satirize religion, capital punishment, revolutionary politics, terrorism, graffiti, science fiction, and a host of other topics through the story of Brian, a first-century Judean. Criterion Collection #61.
Murmur of the Heart (1971) ~ dir. Louis Malle - France
A candid portrait of one boy's journey from childhood to adulthood. A precocious fifteen-year-old boy's sexual maturation and unorthodox relationship with his free-spirited mother is both shocking and deeply poignant. Criterion Collection #328.
Mr. Smith goes to Washington (1967) ~ dir. Frank Capra - USA
Washington's youngest senator exposes corruption in high places, almost at the cost of his career.
Mrs. Soffel (1984) ~ dir. Gillian Armstrong - USA
A prison warden's wife, delivering Bibles to prisoners, falls in love with one of two prisoner brothers and helps them to escape.
My Brilliant Career (1979) ~ dir. Gillian Armstrong - Australia
Sybylla Melvyn struggles with the conflicts that we all have between ambition, family, love, and guilt in a most remarkable manner. Sybylla grows to understand that life is a series of trade-offs, and that no one can have it all, and that no one can please everyone. Simple yet universal themes told with charm, wit, and a vulnerability that allows us to get right inside of her character and to understand her.
My Darling Clementine (1946) ~ dir. John Ford - USAAn account of Wyatt Earp's days in Tombstone and the gunfight with the Clanton gang at the O.K. Corral.
My Life as a dog = Mitt liv som hund (1985) ~ dir. Lasse Hallström - Sweden
Ingemar is a working-class 12-year old boy who is sent to live with his uncle after his mother falls ill. There, he takes refuge from his troubles with the help of the town's warmhearted eccentrics. A bittersweet evocation of the struggles and joys of childhood and the pains of coming-of-age. Criterion Collection #178.
My Metier (1995) ~ dir. Torben Skjodt Jensen
This exhaustive documentary surveys the career of one of the great motion picture directors, following Dreyer's life through interviews with the director and his colleagues, film clips and archival materials. Criterion Collection #128.
My Night at Maud's = Ma nuit chec Maud (1969) ~ dir. Eric Rohmer - FranceJean-Louis Trintignant plays an engineer seeking the perfect mate. Just when he thinks he has found her, he finds himself accidentally spending the night sharing the bed of a seductive divorcee, Maud.
My Night at Maud's ; Eric Rohmer's Six moral tales (1969) ~ dir. Eric Rohmer - France
Jean-Louis Trintignant plays an engineer seeking the perfect mate. Just when he thinks he has found her, he finds himself accidentally spending the night sharing the bed of a seductive divorcee, Maud. Criterion Collection #345.
My Own Private Idaho (1991) ~ dir. Gus Van Sant - USA
Mike - a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him - and Scott - the rebellious son of a prominent family and the object of Mike's desire - embark on a quest from the grungy streets of Portland to the open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home. Criterion Collection #27.
Names Live Nowhere = Les noms n'habitent nulle part (1994) ~ dir. Dominique Loreau - Belgium
Experiences of Senegalese living in Brussels, with commentary on African expatriates by a griot.
Nanook of the North (1922) ~ dir. Robert J. Flaherty - UK
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. Criterion Collection #33.
Naked City (1948) ~ dir. Jules Dassin - USA
Jean Dexter is an attractive blonde model who is murdered in her New York City apartment. Homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran investigate. Suspicion falls on various shifty people who all prove to have some connection with a string of apartment burglaries. Then a burglar is found dead who once had an elusive partner named Willie. Criterion Collection #380.
Naked lunch (1991) ~ dir. David Cronenberg
Part-time pest-control man and full-time drug addict Bill Lee (Weller) seeks escape from his troubled existence in 1953 New York and flees to Interzone (a hallucinatory version of Tangiers) where reality and fantasy have merged. It's a strange, surreal landscape inhabited by mugwumps, half-alien, half-insect creatures, man-sized centipedes, carnivorous typewriters and bizarre humans. Compelled to make sense of this alien territory, he writes a book called "Naked lunch."Criterion Collection #220.
New York, New York (1977) ~ dir. Martin Scorsese - USA
Splashy, flashy musical spectacle celebrating the glorious days of the Big Band Era in the Big Apple! Special features include an audio commentary, alternate takes, deleted scenes, a photo gallery, and more.
Night and Fog = Nuit et brouillard (1955) ~ dir. Alain Resnais - FranceTen 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. Criterion Collection #197.
Night and the city (1950) ~ dir. Jules Dassin - France
Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian aches for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he stumbles upon a chance of a lifetime in the form of legendary wrestler Gregorius the Great. But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances, bottomless graft, and pummeled flesh, and soon Fabian learns the horrible price of his ambition. Criterion Collection #274.
Night at the Opera (1935) ~ dir. Sam Wood - USA
A New York scandal, a riot on a ship, and an evening of insanity in a concert hall are some of the problems resulting from Groucho's outrageous business schemes. The goal, to bring Milan's finest opera stars to Manhattan.
Night Porter (1974) ~ dir. Liliana Cavani - Italy
The chance meeting of a woman and a former Nazi SS officer brings back memories of their sado-masochistic relationship in a concentration camp years before. Criterion Collection #59.
Nights of Cabiria (1957) ~ dir. Federico Fellini - Italy
Cabiria, a prostitute, throws herself into endless love affairs with the frantic persistence of a trapped bird, dashing body and soul against the vain hope of securing marriage and a happy family life. Criterion Collection #49.
North by Northwest (1959) ~ dir. Alfred Hitchcock - USA
Enemy agents mistake a New York City advertising executive for an American spy.
Notorious (1946) ~ dir. Alfred Hitchcock - USAA beautiful woman with a tainted past is enlisted by American agent Devlin to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex. Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he's loved her all along. Criterion Collection #137.
Nous la liberté (1931) ~ dir. René Clair - France
A satire on factory life centering on the activities of a couple of ex-prisoners, one of whom, an ambitious crook, becomes the boss of a large factory while the other, a sentimental old tramp, becomes a worker there. Eventually both discover that happiness and peace of mind cannot be bought with money and revert to their former life as vagabonds. This film inspired Charlie Chaplin's Modern times. Criterion Collection #160.
On the Waterfront (1954) ~ dir. Elia Kazan - USA
An ex-fighter gets a job working on the gang-ridden waterfront under a crooked gangster boss.
Onibaba = Demon woman (1964) ~ dir. Kaneto Shindo - JapanAn impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. In order to survive in feudal Japan, they are forced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain, then dump their corpses down a deep, dark hole. Criterion Collection #226.
Opening Night (1977) ~ dir. John Cassavettes - USA
A Broadway actress, who is unable to admit that she is aging must confront her personal and professional turmoils in order to make a part her own. Criterion Collection #255.
Ordet (1955) ~ dir. Carl T. Dreyer - Denmark
A study of spiritual faith and love ; the film tells of the death of Inger in childbirth and her resurrection, a miracle that is seen as the result of human love. The film opens as a family of marshland farmers trail a seemingly mad son (Johannes) who calls himself Christ. It closes as Johannes approaches the open coffin of his sister-in-law and, at the urgings of her child, brings her back to life. Criterion Collection #126.
Orpheus = Orphee (1949) ~ dir. Jean Cocteau - France
Part 2 of Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy. Jean Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his encounter with death and the middle world. Criterion Collection #68.
Passion of Anna (1969) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
In this stark drama, Max Von Sydow plays Andreas, a loner who, despite himself, becomes involved with three of his island neighbors: a Machiavellian architect, his formless wife and the beautiful widow Anna (Liv Ullmann), a moralist who sustains herself with illusion. One of Bergman's first films to be photographed in color.
Peeping Tom (1960) ~ dir. Michael Powell - UK
A study of a voyeuristic maniac who kills women while filming them with his 16mm camera. Criterion Collection #58.
Persona (1966) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
A famous actress is stricken with psychosomatic dumbness and is placed under a nurse's care in an isolated house, where the two gradually assume each other's personalities.
Pickup on South Street (1953) ~ dir. Samuel Fuller - USA
Petty crook Skip McCoy has his eye set on the big score. When the three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy, he finds a haul bigger than he ever could have imagined: a strip of microfilm bearing confidential U.S. secrets. Tailed by the Feds and the unwitting courier's Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption. Criterion Collection #224.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) ~ dir. Peter Weir - Australia
In 1900, a group of Australian schoolgirls prepare for a picnic at Hanging Rock. They depart for their outing, and four of them disappear. Criterion Collection #29.
Point Break (1991) ~ dir. Kathryn Bigelow - USA
Young FBI agent Johnny Utah goes undercover at the suggestion of his partner to learn if a group of wild surfers is actually a gang of bank robbers. He soon comes under the dangerous spell of the surfers' charismatic leader, Bodhi, a mystical mastermind who'll do absolutely anything for a thrill-- and expects his followers to do the same.
Pornographers, The = Jinruigaku nyumon (1966) ~ dir. Shohei Imamura - Japan
A small time porno filmmaker in Osaka, struggles to cope with the corrupt sexual mores in his family, the world outside, and in himself. He peddles his films to condescending executives and panders a little on the side, believing he provides a socially valuable service. Criterion Collection #207.
Posto, Il (1961) ~ dir. Ermanno Olmi's - USA
When young Domenico ventures from the small village of Meda to Milan in search of employment, he finds himself on the bottom rung of the bureaucratic ladder in a huge, faceless company. The prospects are daunting, but Domenico finds reason for hope in the fetching Antonietta. A tender coming-of-age story and a sharp observation of dehumanizing corporate enterprise, Ermanno Olmi's Il Posto is a touching and hilarious tale of one young man's stumbling entrance into the perils of modern adulthood. Criterion Collection #194.
Pygmalion (1938) ~ dir. Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard - UK
Professor Henry Higgins works to make a pretty flower girl into a young lady of society. Criterion Collection #85.
Raging Bull (1980) ~ dir. Martin Scorsese - USA
Based on the life and career of boxer Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull focuses on Jake's rage and violence that makes him virtually unstoppable in the ring. The same anger also drives Jake to beat his wife and his brother Joey, and sends Jake down a self-destructive spiral of paranoia and rage.
Rashomon (1950) ~ dir. Akira Kurosawa - JapanSet in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit. Criterion Collection #138.
Rambling Rose (1991) ~ dir. Martha Coolidge - USA
Rose, an alluring young woman, is hired by a Southern family to care for their children, and changes their lives forever. She is an innocent who relates to everyone she meets in the only way she knows how-- with sexuality she cannot restrain. The mother of the family takes Rose under her wing, offering love and protection, while the teenaged son finds Rose both his fantasy and a profound mystery.
Ran (1985) ~ dir. Akira Kurosawa - Japan
An aging warlord decides to split his kingdom between his three sons, who will live in three separate castles. The two eldest sons are quite happy, but the youngest thinks his father has gone mad, and predicts that it won't be long until the two older brothers are fighting with each other. Criterion Collection #316.
Ratcatcher (1999) ~ dir. Lynne Ramsay - UK
A haunting evocation of a troubled Glasgow childhood. Set during Scotland's national garbage strike of the mid-1970's, Ratcatcher explores the experiences of a poor adolescent boy as he struggles to reconcile his dreams and his guilt with the abjection that surrounds him. Criterion Collection #162.
Rebel without a cause (1955) ~ dir. Nicholas Ray - USA
Jim Stark, the teenage son of a well-to-do family, is overcome by loneliness, frustration and anger, which leads to violence when he seeks approval of a gang of high-school hoodlums.
Red Beard = Akahige (1965) ~ dir. Akira Kurosawa - Japan
A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients. Criterion Collection #159.
Red River (1948) ~ dir. Howard Hawkes - USA
With no market for his herd, the master of a vast cattle ranch and his son decide to head the first cattle drive over the now famous Chisholm Trail, past the Red River, into Missouri. The path is filled with hardship and the drive looks hopeless as the men struggle to prevail.
Richard III (1955) ~ dir. Laurence Olivier - UK
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. Criterion Collection #213.
River (1951) ~ dir. Jean Renoir - France
The film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River in India, around which their daily lives unfold. Criterion Collection #276.
Royal Tenenbaums ( 2001) ~ dir. Wes Anderson - USA
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. Criterion Collection #157.
Rules of the Game = La regle du jeu (1939) ~ dir. Jean Renoir - France
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. Criterion Collection #216.
Ruling class (1972) ~ dir. Peter Medak - UK
A member of the House of Lords dies in a shockingly silly way, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son is insane: he thinks he is Jesus Christ. He is "cured" of that affliction, only to become Jack the Ripper incarnate, blood thirsty Tory who is therefore sane and eminently acceptable to the House of Lords. An irreverant look at Britain's class system that peers behind the closed doors of the aristocracy. Criterion Collection #132.
Les Salades de l'amour: the supplements (1957,2000) ~ dir. Francois Truffaut - France
Les Mistons: Depicts a group of pubescent boys whose admiration of a young girl takes on an edge of cruelty, with unforeseen results. Working with Franðcois Truffaut: Interview with co-writers Claude de Givray and Bernard Revon. Criterion Collection #185.
Salesman (1968) ~ dir. David Maysles - USA
A landmark documentary ... Captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Holy Word, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses, then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair. Criterion Collection #122.
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) ~ dir. Inagaki Hiroshi - Japan
During a civil war, Musashi Miyamoto goes off in search of glory, only to suffer defeat on the wrong side. He returns as an outlaw, half-mad and uncontrollable, and is saved only by the intervention of a village girl who loves him and a Buddhist priest who tries to heal him. Criterion Collection #14.
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955) ~ dir. Inagaki Hiroshi - Japan
Musashi is a wondering samurai swordsman who is honing his skills during a succession of duels. When he defeats a succession of students, he becomes marked for death and is attacked in a series of cowardly ambushes. Romantic threads are further complicated when two women meet and discover their rivalry. Musashi earns himself an archenemy who vows to defeat Musashi to make his name the finest in all of Japan. Criterion Collection #15.
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) ~ dir. Inagaki Hiroshi - Japan
In this third and last installment of the Samurai trilogy, the main character continues his quest for enlightenment, but turns his back on the world in disillusionment. Forced to fight again, he eventually comes face to face with his arch rival and long time enemy in a final showdown. This release includes the original theatrical trailer. Criterion Collection #16.
Sanjuro (1962) ~ dir. Akira Kurosawa - Japan
A skilled but slovenly ronin comes to the aid of a group of naive young warriors fighting their corrupt clan leaders and manages to keep them out of trouble and alive in spite of their high ideals. Criterion Collection #53.
Scarlet Empress (1934) ~ dir. Josef von Sternberg - USA
Catherine, a German princess, married the Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne. Because of his madness, she was able to seize the throne and become known as Catherine the Great. Criterion Collection #109.
Scenes from a Marriage = Scener ur ett aktenskap (1973) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
Marianne and Johan always seemed to be the perfect couple. But when Johan suddenly leaves Marianne for another woman, they are forced to confront the disintegration of their marriage. Chronicles ten years of turmoil and love that bind the couple despite their divorce and subsequent marriages. Portrays the brutal pain and uplifting peace that accompany a lifetime of loving. Criterion Collection #229.
Schizopolis (1996) ~ dir. Steven Soderbergh - USA
Fletcher Munson, a corporate drone and speechwriter for a New Age guru, discovers he has a doppelganger in the crazed dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. A deranged comedy of confused identity, doublespeack and intrigue. Criterion Collection #199.
Searchers (1956) ~ dir. John Ford - USA
A Confederate war veteran tracks down the Indians who killed his brother and sister-in-law and carried off their daughter.
Secret Honor (1984) ~ dir. Robert Altman - USAPortrays a disgraced President Richard Nixon recording memoirs in an attempt to defend himself and his political legacy. Criterion Collection #257.
Serpent's egg (1977) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
An American trapeze act comes to pre-World War II Germany; two of the members are trapped inside Berlin after the other commits suicide. They find work with Dr. Vergerus at St. Ana's clinic, and soon discover that all is not what it appears to be.
Seven Samurai (1954) ~ dir. Akira Kurosawa - Japan
This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors. Criterion Collection #2.
Seventh Seal (1957) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
In medieval Sweden a knight returns from war only to find a ravaged homeland. He meets up with a group of travelling players and eventually confronts the embodiment of death with whom he engages in a game of chess for his life. The knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused. Criterion Collection #11.
Shadows (1959) ~ dir. John Cassavettes - USA
The story of an interracial romance and the obstacles it puts on family relationships. When appearing on Jean Shepherd's radio program Night People, Cassevetes mentioned the improvisation work he had done with his acting class, and asked for funding to film it. When listeners actually sent in money, he worked up a script based on the classwork, and with additional funding filmed his story of three siblings, two of whom can pass as white. Criterion Collection #251.
Sherlock Jr. (1924) ~ dir. Buster Keaton - USA
Our Hospitality (1923) ~ dir. Buster Keaton & Jack Blystone - USA
Sherlock Jr.: Dramatizes the uproarious exploits of a meek theater projectionist turned amateur sleuth. Our Hospitality: A New York man returns to his southern antebellum home to find himself embroiled in a longstanding feud between his family and that of the woman he loves.
Shock Corridor (1963) ~ dir. Samuel Fuller - USAA journalist gets himself admitted to a mental hospital to solve the murder of an inmate. Criterion Collection #19.
Shop on Main Street (1965) ~ dir. Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos - Czechoslovakia
In 1942, Tono and his wife are struggling because of his antipathy towards the fascist regime. His brother-in-law, the local fuehrer, chooses Tono to oversee a button shop owned by a sweet, harmless Jewish widow, Mrs. Lautman. When the Jews are ordered deported, the well-meaning Tono decides to shield her from the Nazis. Criterion Collection #130.
Short Cuts (1993) ~ dir. Robert Altman - USA
While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation, a group of peoples' lives in Los Angeles intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. While they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, these same folks also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away. A look at human life and American culture with over 20 lives interweaving. Criterion Collection #265.
Shut up & Sing (2006) + dirs. Barbara Kopple & Cecilia Peck - USA
Follow the Dixie chicks, the top selling female band of all-time, through the now infamous anti-Bush comment made by the groups lead singer Natalie Maines in 2003. Follow the lives and careers of the Dixie Chicks over a period of three years during which they were under political attack and received death threats, while continuing to live their lives, have children, and make country music. At a time when the United States is fighting for democracy and freedom in another country, it raises questions about our own right to freedom of speech and the negative consequences it sometimes has.
Silence (1963) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
Traveling home by train through a country seemingly on the brink of war, two sisters--the sickly, intellectual Ester and the sensual, pragmatic Anna--along with Anna's young son, Johan, are forced to disembark in an unknown city in order for Ester to rest. Attempting to cope with their alien surroundings, the sisters resort to their personal vices while vying for Johan's affection, and in so doing sabotage what little remains of their ambiguous relationship. Criterion Collection #211.
Singin' in the Rain (1952) ~ dir. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen - USA
Silent movies are giving way to talking pictures, and a hoofer-turned-matinee idol is caught in that bumpy transition, as well as his buddy, prospective ladylove and shrewish co-star.
Sisters (1972) ~ dir. Brian De Palma - USA
Two sisters, joined at birth as Siamese twins, are separated in late adolescence. One is lovely, gentle, kind-- the other is quite mad. Criterion Collection #89.
Slacker (1991) ~ dir. Richard Linklater - USA
Richard Linklater's Slacker presents a day in the life of a subculture of marginal, eccentric, and overeducated citizens in and around the University of Texas; a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants. Criterion Collection #247.
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
Eight characters become four couples while vacationing at a country estate. Criterion Collection #237.
Solaris (1972) ~ dir. Andrei Tarkovsky - Russia
Ground control has been receiving strange transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is sent to investigate, he experiences the strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his own consciousness. Criterion Collection #164.
Some Like it Hot (1959) ~ dir. Billy Wilder - USA
Two unemployed musicians accidentally witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and flee to Miami disguised as female musicians.
Spirited Away (2001) ~ dir. Hayao Miyazaki - Japan
When a young girl gets trapped in a strange new world of spirits, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and rescue her parents.
Stagecoach (1939) ~ dir. John Ford - USA
Nine disparate travelers are thrust together in a perilous journey, a ride on a stagecoach destined for Apache territory.
Stella Dallas (1937) ~ dir. Merritt Hulburd - USA
Even after her marriage to well-bred Stephen Dallas ends, irrepressible Stella is determined to give their daughter the life she never had. And when it comes down to her child's happiness versus her own, Stella's sacrifice is truly the epitome of bravery.
Stolen Kisses (1968) ~ dir. Francois Truffaut - France
The third installment of the Antoine Doinel series. It's now 1968 and the mischevious and perpetually love struck Doinel has been dishonorably discharged from the army and has returned to Paris, where he embarks on a series of ill-fated jobs, finally settling on an amusing stint as a private dectective. In his ever-turbulent love life, he finds himself torn between an attractive, serious-minded young violinist and a glamorous, older married woman. Criterion Collection #186.
Story of floating weeds = Ukigusa monogatari (1934) ~ dir. Yasujiro Ozu - Japan
In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent film: A Story of Floating Weeds in color and sound with the cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunities with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. A Story of Floating Weeds reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life. Criterion Collection #232.
Strada, La (1954) ~ dir. Federico Fellini - Italy
Directed by Federico Fellini, the story of a fragile girl who falls in love with a brutal circus performer she was sold to by her mother. Criterion Collection #219.
Stray dog = Nora inu (1949) ~ dir. Akira Kurosawa - Japan
A bad day gets worse for rookie detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo's sweltering streets for the thief, whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, the cop and the criminal's lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami's own dark side. Criterion Collection #233.
Streetcar Named Desire (1951) ~ dir. Elia Kazan - USA
An uncensored version of the story of a repressed widow who visits her sister in New Orleans and is raped and driven mad by her brother-in-law.
Strangers on a train (1951) ~ dir. Alfred Hitchcock - USA
This film is about two strangers who accidentally meet and plan to trade murders. The screenplay of Patricia Highsmith's novel was adapted by Raymond Chandler.
Sullivan's travels (1941) ~ dir. Preston Sturges - USA
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. Criterion Collection #118.
Summertime (1955) ~ dir. David Lean - UK
The story of a witty but lonely secretary who takes a vacation in Venice, hoping to fall in love. She does - with a very handsome but very married Italian man. Criterion Collection #22.
Supplements: 3 films by Louis Malle ( ) ~ dir. Louis Malle - France
Supplements the DVD titles: Murmur of the heart ; Lacombe, Lucien ; Au revoir les enfants. Criterion Collection.
Suzanne's Career ; Eric Rohmer's Six moral tales (1963) ~ dir. Eric Rohmer - France
In the second of Rohmer's moral tales, he examines the relationship between two friends and a girl who at first appears easily exploited. It is a complex tale of feelings and misconceptions, acted out within the head of the main character, as part of Rohmer's attempt to more easily simulate the mindscape quality of literature within a film. Criterion Collection #344.
Tanner '88 (1988) ~ dir. Robert Altman - USA
During the 1988 presidential campaign, Democratic hopefuls spiritedly canvass the country, jostle for their party's nomination and the honor of opposing Republican Vice President George Bush. Then Senator Jack Tanner suddenly emerges from the shadows of a lengthy political hiatus to challenge candidates such as Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart, and Michael Dukakis. Tanner is a fictitious presidential candidate who goes out on the campaign trail to shed light on America's political process and landscape. Criterion Collection #258.
Taste of Cherry (1997) ~ dir. Abbas Kiarostami - Iran
Mr. Badii, ceaselessly driving through the red-brown hills around Tehran in search of assistance in his suicide, receives from each of the men he asks for help a viewpoint on life. Criterion Collection #45.
Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) ~ dir. Fritz Lang - France
Locked away in an asylum for a decade and teetering between life and death, the criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse has scribbled his last will and testament: a manifesto establishing a future empire of crime. When the document's nefarious writings start leading to terrifying parallels in reality, it's up to Berlin's star detective, Inspector Lohmann, to connect the most fragmented, maddening clues in a case unlike any other. Criterion Collection #231.
Testament of Orpheus, or, Do not ask me why = Le testament Orphee, ou, Ne me demandez pas pourquoi (1959) ~ dir. Jean Cocteau - France
In his last film Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. The film finished the circle of the journey begun in Blood of a Poet, exploring the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations. Part 3 of Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy. Criterion Collection #69.
That Obscure Object of Desire = Cet obscur objet du désir (1977) dir. Luis Bunuel - France
Against a backdrop of terrorist bombs exploding and general social unrest, a rich man is continually frustrated and humiliated as he pursues a manipulative young woman, who may or may not be in love with him, yet wants to be more than his sexual plaything. Criterion Collection #113.
Third Man (1949) ~ dir. Carol Reed - UK
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. Criterion Collection #64.
Throne of Blood = Kumonosujo (1957) ~ dir. Kurosawa Akira - Japan
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. Criterion Collection #190.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Japan
While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family's already fragile ties are tested when Karin discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, her father, husband, and younger brother are unable to prevent Karin's harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness. Criterion Collection #209.
Time Bandits (1981) ~ dir. Terry Gilliam - UK
A young boy escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being, they plunder treasure from Napoleon and Agamemnon, but the Evil Genius is watching their every move!. Criterion Collection #37.
Tin drum = Die Blechtrommel (1979) ~ dir. Volker Schlöndorff - Germany
Chronicles Danzig in the 1920s/1930s and the life and times of Oskar Matzerath the son of a local dealer, a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth, he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time. Criterion Collection #234.
To be or not to be (1942) ~ dir. Ernst Lubitsch - USA
The world is on the brink of war-- but the show must go on. So Joseph Tura, the Polish actor who put the ham in Hamlet, stare beyond the footlights and says, "To be or not to be--
Tokyo Story = Tokyo monogatari (1953) ~ dir. Yasujiro Ozu - Japan
When an aging couple journeys to visit with their adult children and family they find they are an intrusion on the younger generation's life style. Criterion Collection #217.
Traffic (2002) ~ dir. Steven Soderberg - USA
Presents a mix of interrelated stories: a Mexican policeman finds himself and his partner caught in an often deadly web of corruption; a pair of DEA agents work undercover in a sordid and dangerous part of San Diego; a wealthy drug baron living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife takes over his business; and the U.S. President's new drug czar must deal with his increasingly drug-addicted teenage daughter. Criterion Collection #151.
Umberto D (1952) ~ dir. Vittorio De Sica - Italy
Follow Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone, except for his dog, Flike, Umberto strives to maintain his dignity while trying to survive in a city where traditional human kindness seems to have lost out to the forces of modernization. Criterion Collection #201.
Vagabond = Sans toit ni loi (1985) ~ dir. Agnès Varda - France
An aimless drifter wandering through the wintry French countryside encounters violence, hunger, fear and cold, yet touches the lives of the people she meets with her own ideas of freedom. Criterion Collection #74.
Vanishing = Spoorloos (1988) ~ dir. George Sluizer - Netherlands
During a road trip with her husband, a woman is abducted by a methodical, calculating psychopath. Her husband becomes obsessed with learning her fate, and neither time nor the love of another woman can end his tormented quest. Criterion Collection #133.
Variety Lights = Luci del varieta (1950) ~ dir. Federico Fellini - Italy
A newly restored print of Fellini's directorial debut. The film features the director's wife and frequent collaborator, Giulietta Masina, and it introduces Fellini's affection for carnivalesque characters and the variety show, both of which influenced much of his later work. The movie features the onstage and backstage antics of a provincial troupe of lovably inept vaudeville performers travelling laboriously from one small town to another for little pay and ever-uncertain receptions. Criterion Collection #81.
Veronika Voss (1982) ~ dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Germany
Once the toast of Germany, Veronika Voss had allegedly been an intimate of Joseph Gobbels. Playing to an increasingly diminishing fan following, Veronika turns to drugs to cushion her against the cruelties of life. Her self-destruction is accelerated by her Dr. Katz, who plys Veronika with morphine in order to gain control of the actress's money and property. A well-meaning sportswriter tries to save Veronika from herself, sacrificing his own personal happiness - and the life of his girlfriend Cornelia Froeboess - in the process. Criterion Collection #206.
W.C. Fields: 6 short films ( ) ~ dir. [ ] - USA
Pool sharks / director, Edwin Middleton -- Golf specialist / producer, Louis Brock ; director, Monte Brice -- Dentist / director, Leslie Pearce ; producer, Mack Sennett -- Fatal glass of beer / producer, Mack Sennett ; director, Clyde Bruckman -- Pharmacist / producer, Mack Sennett ; director, Arthur Ripley -- Barber shop / producer, Mack Sennett ; director, Arthur Ripley This compilation of films pays tribute to America's cantankerous comedy genius, W.C. Fields. Legendary one-liners and slapstick routines are preserved in these early shorts that chronicle the development of Fields' irascible screen persona. Criterion Collection #79.
Waiting for happiness (2002) ~ dir. Abderrahmane Sissako - France / Mauritania
The story of two people who cross paths in Nouhadhibou and the examination of the conflict between progress and tradition.
Walkabout (1971) ~ dir. Nicolas Roag - Australia
Stranded in the Australian desert, an English girl and her small brother are rescued by an aborigine boy who has journeyed into the outback on his "walkabout"--A tribal initiation into manhood. Criterion Collection #10.
We all loved each other so much = C'eravamo tanto amati (1969) ~ dir. Ettore Scola - Italy
In a retrospective allegory, Wttore Scola examines the lives of three resistance fightersand their transformation over 30 years. Each of these friends falls in love with the beautiful Luciana, an aspiring actress, testing the friendship and idealism they all shared.
White Sheik = Lo sceicco bianco (1952) ~ dir. Federico Fellini - Italy
Ivan Cavalli brings his new wife Wanda to Rome on the least romantic honeymoon in history--a rigid schedule of family meetings and an audience with the Pope. But Wanda, dreaming of the dashing hero of a photo-strip cartoon, drifts off in search of the White Sheik, thus setting off a slapstick comedy. Criterion Collection #189.
Wild Strawberries = Smultronstallet (1957) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
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 obscurityCriterion Collection #139.
Winter Light = Nattvardsgasterna (1962) ~ dir. Ingmar Bergman - Sweden
In this stark depiction of spiritual crisis, small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson performs his duties mechanically before a dwindling congregation. When he is asked to assist a troubled parishioner with his debilitating fear of nuclear annihilation, Tomas is terrified to find that he can offer nothing but his own uncertainty. Criterion Collection #210.
Wings of Desire (1987) ~ dir. Wim Wenders - Germany
A romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel's path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that's comical, touching and entertaining. Based on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Withnail and I (1986) ~ dir. Bruce Robinson - UK
Two down-and-out British actors leave their city life for a disastrous vacation in the country with an eccentric uncle. Criterion Collection #119.
A Woman is a woman(1961) ~ dir. Jean-Luc Godard - France
Offbeat homage to Hollywood musicals finds a stripper rousing her lover's jealousy by seducing his best friend. Criterion Collection #238.
Written on the wind (1956) ~ dir. Douglas Sirk - USA
Drama of a Texas oil magnate brought down by the excesses of his spoiled offspring. Criterion Collection #96.
Woman Under the Influence (1974) ~ dir. John Cassavettes - USAA drama detailing the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and how her family struggles to save her from herself. Criterion Collection #253.
Yi Yi = A one and a two (2000) ~ dir. Edward Yang - China
Follows a middle-class family in Taipei over the course of a year, from a wedding at the start to a funeral at its end. Criterion Collection #339.
Yojimbo (1961) ~ dir. Kurosawa Akira - Japan
In the year 1860, a wandering samurai-for-hire turns the war between two clans fighting for control of a small town to his own advantage. A satire on greed, violence, paranoia and human weakness. Includes theatrical trailer. Criterion Collection #52.
Youth of the Beast = Yaju no seishun (1963) ~ dor. Seijun Suzuki - Japan
When a mysterious stranger muscles into two rival yakuza gangs, Tokyo's underworld explodes with violence. This film was a breakthrough for director Seijun Suzuki, introducing the flamboyant colors and hallucinatory images that became his trademark. Criterion Collection #268.