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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 14, 2013 at 12:35PM

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.
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Brigitte Bardot in "Contempt"
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
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)


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.