Criterion does movie-lovers an awesome service. Around six-hundred titles have been added to their catalog over the years; there is hardly a poor selection in the entire Collection. The company almost always selects worthy titles and publishes them in the highest technical quality, but scanning the catalog recently, a few films came to mind that I would like to see given the Criterion treatment. They are listed below:
The Men (1950)
Marlon Brando’s feature debut is long forgotten even though it holds one of the actor’s greatest performances. Its message has faded a little since 1950, but the power of Brando’s acting as well as that of the supporting cast, can still touch audiences today. The Men is currently out of print and desperately needs to be picked up by Criterion.
The Trial (1962)*
Before I actually watched this Kafka adaptation, I assumed that it was a court room drama. Of course, I was surprised by the film’s surrealism. There are so many unique and memorable scenes and images that make the movie a savory experience. You cannot go wrong when the director of Citizen Kane said this was his best film.
I was shocked to find that this film was not already a part of the Criterion Collection, because it is a landmark art film. Antonioni is one of cinema’s great directors and Blow-Up is undeniably an important work. It should definitely join the master’s other works in the Collection ( L’Avventura, L’Eclisse, Red Desert, and Identification of a Woman).
Hour of the Wolf (1968)*
As challenging as anything Bergman ever directed, Hour of the Wolf is a film that welcomes its audience to take a second, third, or fourth look. It has been called the director’s only horror film, only because its horror themes are more stylized and visible than in Bergman’s other movies. However, it still ties in well with the Bergman’s other works. This is my favorite of Ingmar Bergman’s films.
I would add Zelig to the Collection simply because there is nothing like it. This entertaining mockumentary is among Woody Allen’s most unique works. It is funny, but it can also be touching in its meditation on man’s identity. Zelig has been forgotten over the years and it would be great to see it in the Criterion Collection.
Those were my first five choices, but there are many more:
- His Girl Friday (1940)*
- Harvey (1950)
- The Fly (1958)
- Night of the Living Dead (1968)*
- The Conversation (1974)*
- Eraserhead (1977)*
- I’m Not There (2007)*
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
- Another Year (2010)*
Note: Movie fans have created their own Criterion covers for some films that they think deserve to be included. The titles above marked with * are films for which you can find a fake Criterion cover of somewhere on the Internet. I would recommend using Google Images as I did.