The criterion collection

Immerse yourself in the Criterion Collection, a curated selection of timeless films from around the globe. Discover iconic movies, hidden gems, and directorial masterpieces that will enrich your cinematic experience.
To Die For (1995) | The Criterion Collection Films, Girl Next Door, Matt Dillon, It Cast, Casey Affleck, Nicole, Novelist, Collection, Classic Short Stories

The all-American obsession with celebrity turns monstrous in this deliciously subversive (and disturbingly prescient) satire of our television-mediated, true-crime-obsessed age. In a career breakthrough, Nicole Kidman delivers a diabolical deconstruction of the girl next door as a local TV weather reporter whose perfectly perky facade belies a murderous heart, as her ruthless pursuit of fame ensnares three disaffected teens in a sordid, tabloid-ready scandal. Deftly deploying shifting…

Rihard Bikovski
Design, Film Posters, Films, The Criterion Collection, Movie Posters, Film, Movie Tv, Cinematography, Poster

Only Ryusuke Hamaguchi, with his extraordinary sensitivity to the mysterious resonances of human interactions, could sweep up international awards (including the Oscar for Best International Feature) and galvanize audiences everywhere with a pensive three-hour movie—presented in nine languages and adapted from Haruki Murakami stories—about an experimental staging of an Anton Chekhov play. With Drive My Car, the Japanese director has confirmed his place among contemporary cinema’s most vital…

Vivre sa vie (1962), Jean-Luc Godard. Films, Film, Film Stills, The Criterion Collection, Film Posters, Music Book, Film Inspiration, Libros, Movie Tv

Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard’s greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute, her downward spiral depicted in a series of discrete tableaux of daydreams and dances. Featuring some of Karina and Godard’s most iconic moments—from her movie theater vigil with The Passion of…

Saint Omer (2022) | The Criterion Collection Films, Saints, Posters, The Criterion Collection, Novelist, Film Posters, Gary Oldman, Film, Paranormal

Bringing a documentarian’s sense of open-ended inquiry to her first narrative feature, writer-director Alice Diop constructs a morally and emotionally layered courtroom drama unlike any other. When she travels to Saint-Omer, France, to attend the trial of a young Senegalese woman (Guslagie Malanda) accused of murdering her infant daughter, novelist Rama (Kayije Kagame) finds herself shaken to the core by a case that proves to have profound resonances with her own life. Interweaving complex…

Vojtěch Cafourek
Kwaidan (1965) | The Criterion Collection Horror, Ghost Stories, Films, Ghost Writer, Frightening, Spirited Away, Writer, Haunting, Lafcadio Hearn

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is…

MarQuis Bullock
Le Samouraï Films, Jeans, French Pop, Crime, Jean Pierre, Alain Delon, Pierre, Jean, Noir

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean‑Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop…

Beth Gilmore