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Jane Campion's Top Nine Films on Criterion Include 'Contempt,' 'Seven Samurai,' 'Tokyo Story' and More

by Beth Hanna
May 14, 2013 12:35 PM
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Brigitte Bardot in "Contempt"

Criterion has posted Jane Campion's "Top 10" list, in which she ranks her favorite titles put out by the prestigious DVD and Blu-ray company. The list includes only nine films, but among them are Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt," Federico Fellini's "La Strada" and Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story." Full list below.

Jane Campion

Campion will receive the Carosse d'Or and head the Short Film and Cinefondation jury at Cannes later this week. The director's excellent mystery series, "Top of the Lake," which she co-wrote, produced and directed in part, recently concluded on the Sundance Channel.

You can read Campion's comments on each film here.

Campion's Top 9 for Criterion:

1. The Seven Samurai (dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1954)

2. The Night Porter (dir. Liliana Cavani, 1974)

3. The Firemen's Ball (dir. Milos Forman, 1967)

4. That Obscure Object of Desire (dir. Luis Bunuel, 1977)

5. Contempt (dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)

6. Tokyo Story (dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)

7. La Strada (dir. Federico Fellini, 1954)

8. Scenes from a Marriage (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1973)

9. Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (dir. Hiroshi Inagaki, 1954)


  • Joseph Angier | May 14, 2013 7:43 PMReply

    I'm going to have to look at "Night Porter" again as well ... since it's by far the biggest WTF? on this otherwise unique and estimable list ... though I must say that my 1974 memories of seeing this are far from positive ... Then again, I despised Jane Campion's "Holy Smoke!" for simiar reasons. Maybe I should make them a double bill, and wallow in a dark night of masochism (just like Charlotte Rampling!)

  • Anne Thompson | May 14, 2013 7:24 PMReply

    I'm going to have to look at night porter again. Maybe I was too young when I first saw it?

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