Today I watched Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, and made a tracklist for a mix CD for my brother's birthday.
Also went to the Criterion website, and looked at some of their covers. They have some amazing designs. Here are the highlights of the search. It's a long list, but honestly, this stuff kicks ass. It might be my nerd-drive that leads me to compile such a list, but it's not the nerd-drive that makes me think this is cool, that's just me being smart.
Ingmar Bergman's Cries And Whispers.
The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgisie is actually a movie I've seen, unlike most of the rest of this list.
Rififi is a movie that I really want to see.
Diary Of A Chambermaid, by Luis Bunuel, well-served by Criterion. I think all his movies had cover designs that made this list.
Withnail And I. This is Ralph Steadman art, but my brother says the actual movie is pretty much unwatchable.
How To Get Ahead In Advertising.
Day Of Wrath.
Bunuel's That Obscure Object Of Desire.
Spellbound, by Hitchcock with an animated dream sequence by Salvador Dali. I NEED TO SEE THIS.
Milos Forman's Loves Of A Blonde.
The Firemen's Ball. A cover featuring boobs, the color red, and an angled camera.
In The Mood For Love.
Ballad Of A Soldier. Does the high-contrast thing very nicely.
Man Bites Dog. This has implied baby-death.
Jarmusch's Down By Law.
Trouble In Paradise
Straw Dogs. I think this was actually the movie poster. If so, Sam Peckinpah is awesome. This is a nice little summary of the movie in so many ways. You can't tell about the woman-hating, but you get a lot of other stuff, like violence and nerdy sensitive dudes repressing violence. Good movie.
Stolen Kisses. One of a box set of covers featuring shirts.
Bed And Board. This is my favorite in the set.
Truffaut's 400 Blows. This is my least favorite, but is included for completion's sake, so you're all "hey, shirts."
The White Sheik, a Fellini film. Kind of a weak design, I suppose... Fellini wasn't served as nicely as Bergman or Bunuel.
Night And Fog
Indiscretion Of An American Wife & Terminal Station.
The Marriage Of Maria Braun.So begins a triology of women's faces. These made up a box set that had a cool cover that a large image link doesn't exist on the Criterion site.
The Pornographers has an awesome cover.
Ingmar Bergman's Through A Glass Darkly. This is just a black and white photograph, of two people. No reason I should like it, and yet I do.
Knife In The Water by Roman Polanski.
Le Cercle Rouge, this is one of my favorites.
Cronenberg's Naked Lunch. Who saw this and liked it? I'll probably watch it at some point, but I don't think I'm feeling the Cronenberg.
Ikiru, by Kurosawa.
Maitresse. Bondage imagery cover. Really cool.
Samuel Fuller's Pickup On South Street. Is anyone familar with Fuller?
Le Corbeau. This one's inky.
Salvatore Giuliano. Uses the black/white/grey and blood-red effect, but in a way that's not trite.
Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From A Marriage.
3 Women, by Altman. Kind of an ethereal vibe, but this is one of the lesser designs to make my list.
Fritz Lang's The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse. I really like the dot-color effect, don't know what to call it. Unslick color printing effect, done in close-up, kind of like Roy Lichtenstein minus the commentary.
Floating Weeds. No idea what the movie's deal is. Japanese stuff, I'm thinking.
Kurosawa's Stray Dog.
The Tin Drum. I saw other alternate covers for this, and they were all pretty great.
Godard's Alphaville. Alphaville is both a band from the eighties, the name of a company involved in the production of Pootie Tang, and this, which seems much more accessible (read: sense-making, no long shots of car crashes) than Weekend, the only Godard I've seen as of this writing.
Flesh For Frankenstein. One of those movies that Warhol put his name on, a piece of crap movie that has a great cover, courtesy of the Criterion designers.
Diabolique. Not Danger: Diabolique, which influenced CQ (which I should see) this is instead a movie that Hitchcock says influenced Psycho.
Peter Brook's Lord Of The Flies.
The Red Shoes. I like this, maybe that's surprising to some people. I probably wouldn't like the movie, but that's true for a lot of Criterion. I am not arty. This doesn't seem that arty or what have you, just probably not my style. Although, if I were to see it at the library, I might rent it, due to Criterion's branding of my brain. I'd probably watch most Criterion's that aren't Michael Bay (The Rock and Armageddon both have Criterion editions, which is weird.)
Terry Gilliam's Brazil.
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being. I should read that.
Charade, what I believe to be a spy movie starring Audrey Hepburn. So yeah, spy movie, Audrey Hepburn, brings a certain image to mind of hip mod stuff, which this lives up to and exemplifies. It's slick in the best kind of way, you know? The movie probably isn't as slick- spy movies never really are as cool as they seem like they should be.
Ingmar Bergman's The Magic Flute.
...And God Created Woman. There are a couple of covers that mine the whole painted pulp aesthetic, but this is probably the best.
Pygmalion. Really pretty cover, no violent overtones or weirdness like a lot of my favorites.
This is for a movie called Good Morning, which I'm not familiar with in the slightest. This is just a very nice slick cover.
FIEND WITHOUT A FACE.
This is for Gimme Shelter, probably one of the weaker inclusions on this list.
Fear And Loathing.