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The Criterion Collection deciphered  ( 121 - 160 )

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Billy Liar (The Criterion Collection)
Billy Liar (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1963. Directed by John Schlesinger. Six nominations for the British Film academy awards. William Fisher is an escapist living in Scotland at his parents's home. One day, Julie Christie asks him to come with her to London in otder to realize his dreams. Highly recommended. Criterion collection spine #121."
Salesman (The Criterion Collection)
Salesman (The Criterion Collection)
"***1/2 1968. Directed by the Maysles Brothers and Charlotte Zwerin. The camera follows four salesmen who try to sell door-to-door religious material in eastern cities and later in Florida. Recommended. Criterion collection spine #122."
Grey Gardens (The Criterion Collection)
Grey Gardens (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1975. Directed by the Maysles's brothers. Edith Bouvier Beale, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's aunt, and her daughter Edie live together in East Hampton. Their home is falling apart while the two women talk about a past that won't come back. Highly recommended. Criterion collection spine #123."
Carl Theodor Dreyer Set (Day of Wrath / Ordet / Gertrud / My Metier) (The Criterion Collection)
Carl Theodor Dreyer Set (Day of Wrath / Ordet / Gertrud / My Metier) (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1943 - 1964. DAY OF WRATH (1943), ORDET (1955) -Golden Lion in Venice- and GERTRUD (1964) -FIPRESCI Prize in Venice. Indispensable box set for those of us who want to know why Carl-Theodor Dreyer is considered as one of the legends of movie history. Criterion collection spines #124-#128."
Le Trou (The Criterion Collection)
Le Trou (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1960. Co-written and directed by Jacques Becker. Five men, locked up in the same cell, are digging a hole through the flooring during the night. The day before the escape, one of them is called in by the director of the prison. Criterion collection spine #129."
The Shop On Main Street (The Criterion Collection)
The Shop On Main Street (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1965. Co-written and directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos. Academy award in the Best Foreign Film category. 1942, a Czech town. Antonin Brtko is given the ownership of the shop of Rozalie Lautmann, an old Jewish woman. Little by little, these two characters are starting to put up with each other. Highly recommended. Criterion collection spine #130."
Closely Watched Trains (The Criterion Collection)
Closely Watched Trains (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1966. Co-written and directed by Jiri Menzel. Academy award in the Best Foreign Language category. A little Czech town in 1945. Milos Hrma begins his job as train dispatcher. But Milos is more interested in losing his virginity than in well-behaving in order to please his chief. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #131."
The Ruling Class (The Criterion Collection)
The Ruling Class (The Criterion Collection)
"***1/2 1972. Written by Peter Barnes and directed by Peter Medak. Academy award noomination earned by Peter O'Toole in the Best Actor category. When the 13th Earl of Gurley suddenly dies, his son Jack inherits the title and the Gurney estate. But Jack, paranoid and schizophrenic, thinks he's Jesus. Black humor. Recommended. Criterion collection spine #132."
The Vanishing (The Criterion Collection)
The Vanishing (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1988. Co-written and directed by George Sluizer. Johanna ter Steege earned the European Film award in the Best Supporting actress category. Rex and Saskia, two Dutch tourists, are visiting southern France. They stop at a service station and Saskia disappears. During three years, Rex will try to understand what has happened. A chilling masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #133."
Haxan (The Criterion Collection)
Haxan (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1922. Written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. A film in seven parts that help us to understand why millions of men, women and children died at the stake in the Middle Ages and later. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #134."
Rebecca (The Criterion Collection)
Rebecca (The Criterion Collection)
"***1/2 1940. Adapted from Daphne Du Maurier novel and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Academy award in the Best Cinematography and nine other nominations. The heir of Manderley marries a poor young woman who can't compete with the ghost of Rebecca, 'Maxim' de Winter's first wife. Recommended. Criterion collection spine #135."
Spellbound (The Criterion Collection)
Spellbound (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1945. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Academy award earned by MiklĂłs RĂłsza in the Best Music category and four other nominations. Psychiatrist Ingrid Bergman falls in love with Gregory Peck who's suspected to have murdered Dr. Edwardes and who suffers from amnesia. The dream sequence was designed by Salvador Dali. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #136."
Notorious (The Criterion Collection)
Notorious (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1946. Written by Ben Hecht and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Two nominations for the Academy awards earned by Ben Hecht and Claude Rains. Ingrid Bergman, the daughter of a nazi troublemaker, is asked to work for the US government. She falls in love with the agent who must assess her. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #137."
Rashomon (The Criterion Collection)
Rashomon (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1950. Co-written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. Golden Lion in Venice and a nomination for the Academy award in the Best Art Direction in b&w. A samurai has been found dead in the forest. In front of the court, three different versions of the murder are told by the people who were involved in the crime. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #138."
Wild Strawberries (The Criterion Collection)
Wild Strawberries (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1957. Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Golden Berlin Bear and an Academy award nomination in the Best Screenplay category. An old teacher remembers his life while driving to Lund University in order to receive his anniversary title. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #139."
8 1/2 (The Criterion Collection)
8 1/2 (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1963. Co-written and directed by Federico Fellini. Two Academy awards (Costume, Foreign Language Film) and three other nominations (Screenplay, Art Direction and Director). A director, on the verge of starting a new movie, is out of ideas. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #140."
Children of Paradise (The Criterion Collection)
Children of Paradise (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1945. Written by Jacques Prévert and directed by Marcel Carné. Academy award nomination in the Best Writing, Original Story category. An aristocrat, an actor, a thief and a mime are all in love with Garance, a beautiful woman of the Paris underworld. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #141."
The Last Wave (The Criterion Collection)
The Last Wave (The Criterion Collection)
"*** 1977. Written and directed by Peter Weir. Two Australian Film Institute awards and five other nominations. A lawyer is assigned to the defense of four native Australian accused of murder. He'll soon discover that the victim had broken the tribal law. Average. Criterion collection spine #142."
That Obscure Object of Desire (The Criterion Collection)
That Obscure Object of Desire (The Criterion Collection)
"***1/2 1977. Written and directed by Luis Buñuel. Two Academy awards nominations (Best Foreign language film and Best Screenplay). Mathieu is a wealthy middle-aged man who falls in love with a young Spanish maid. She claims soon to be in love too but refuses to sleep with him. Recommended. Criterion collection spine #143."
Loves of a Blonde (The Criterion Collection)
Loves of a Blonde (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1965. Written and directed by Milos Forman. Academy award and Golden Globe nominations in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Andula spends the night with a piano player and, a few weeks later, comes to Prag in order to meet him again. Highly recommended. Criterion collection spine #144."
The Firemen's Ball (The Criterion Collection)
The Firemen's Ball (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1967. Written and directed by Milos Forman. Earned an Academy award nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The firemen's ball goes wrong. The prizes of the lottery are stolen and nobody wants to take part in the beauty contest. Highly recommended. Criterion collection spine #145."
The Cranes are Flying (The Criterion Collection)
The Cranes are Flying (The Criterion Collection)
"**1/2 1957. Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. Golden Palm in Cannes. Two young lovers must split up when Hitler's armies attack the Soviet Union. In my opinion, an "immortal" classic in need of a re-evaluation. Criterion collection spine #146."
In the Mood for Love (The Criterion Collection)
In the Mood for Love (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 2000. Written and directed by Kar Wai Wong. Two prizes in Cannes (Best Actor and Technical Grand Prize) and five Hong-Kong Film Awards. 1962. A man and a woman, neighbours in the same house, fall in love while their spouses are away. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #147."
Ballad of a Soldier (The Criterion Collection)
Ballad of a Soldier (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 1959. Written and directed by Grigori Chukhrai. Earned a nomination for the Academy award in the Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen category. WWII. A 19 years old soldier is allowed to leave the front in order to come home for a few hours. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #148."
Juliet Of The Spirits (The Criterion Collection)
Juliet Of The Spirits (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1965. Written and directed by Federico Fellini. Earned the Golden Globe in the Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film category in 1966. Juliet suspects her husband of infidelity. She's soon overwhelmed by dreams, nightmares and hallucinations. Highly recommended. Criterion collection spine #149."
Bob le Flambeur (The Criterion Collection)
Bob le Flambeur (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1956. Written and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Bob is an aging gambler whose luck has ran out. He decides to rob Deauville's casino. Highly recommended. Criterion collection spine #150."
Traffic (The Criterion Collection)
Traffic (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 2000. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Earned four Academy awards. From Mexico to Washington, the impact of narcotics on the American way of life. Benicio Del Toro is outstanding. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #151."
George Washington (The Criterion Collection)
George Washington (The Criterion Collection)
"***** 2000. Written and directed by David Gordon Green. George wants to be a hero. He's 13 years old and lives in a small town with his friends Buddy, Nasia and Vernon. Masterpiece. Criterion collection spine #152."
General Idi Amin Dada (The Criterion Collection)
General Idi Amin Dada (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1974. Written and directed by Barbet Schroeder. A documentary on Uganda's former dictator Idi Amin Dada. Haunting. Highly recommended. Criterion collection spine #153."
The Horse's Mouth (The Criterion Collection)
The Horse's Mouth (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1958. Written by Alec Guinness and directed by Ronald Neame. Academy award nomination (Best Writing) and Volpi Cup as Best Actor in Venice earned by Alec Guinness. The story of Gulley Jimson, a broke painter looking for walls to paint upon. Highly recommended. Criterion collection spine #154."
Tokyo Olympiad (The Criterion Collection)
Tokyo Olympiad (The Criterion Collection)
"*** 1965. Written and directed by Kon Ichikawa. Three hours long documentary about the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. If you're not specially fond of sporting activities, it could a little too long for you. Recommended. Criterion collection spine #155."
Hearts and Minds (The Criterion Collection)
Hearts and Minds (The Criterion Collection)
"*** 1974. Written and directed by Peter Davis. Earned the 1975 Academy award in the Best Documentary category. The Vietnam war seen in the U.S.A. and there. Recommended.  Criterion collection spine #156."
The Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection)
The Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection)
"** 2001. Written and directed by Wes Anderson. Academy award nomination in the Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen" category. The members of the Tenenbaum famnily reconvene after years of family rows and disillusions. I prefer RUSHMORE.   Criterion collection spine #157."
The Importance of Being Earnest (The Criterion Collection)
The Importance of Being Earnest (The Criterion Collection)
"*** 1952. Based on Oscar Wilde's play and written and directed by Anthony Asquith. The film earned a nomination for the BAFTA award in the "Most Promising Newcomer" category (Dorothy Tutin). If you're in the mood, you'll have a great time. Criterion collection spine #158."
Red Beard (The Criterion Collection)
Red Beard (The Criterion Collection)
"**** 1965. Co-written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. OCIC award and Volpi Cup (Mifune) earned in Venice. An ambitious young doctor is forced to work in Red Beard's public hospital. He's reluctant to take care of poor people at first but is soon fascinated by Red Beard's humanistic personality. Highly recommended. Criterion collection spine #159."
A Nous La Liberte (The Criterion Collection)
A Nous La Liberte (The Criterion Collection)
"*** 1931. Written and directed by René Clair. An Academy award nomination in the Best Art Direction category and selected as the Most Amusing Film of the 1932 Venice Film festival. An escaped convict becomes a wealthy industrial. His best friend, met in prison, finds him back and reminds him the good old days when they both were really free. A classic. Criterion collection spine #160."