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Lena Dunham's Top Ten for Criterion Includes 'Days of Heaven,' 'Broadcast News,' 'Straw Dogs' and Four Agnes Varda Films

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 25, 2013 at 7:31PM

Check out Lena Dunham's well-curated Top 10 for Criterion, which includes plenty of ties (making the list's grand total 15 films) but it's worth it to see so many Agnes Varda titles make the cut. Dunham's also a fan of Rainer Werner Fassbinder ("Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" and "The Marriage of Maria Braun," both of which she calls "perfect"), Terrence Malick ("Days of Heaven") and James L. Brooks ("Broadcast News").
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Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

Check out Lena Dunham's well-curated Top 10 for Criterion, which includes plenty of ties (making the list's grand total 15 films) but it's worth it to see so many Agnes Varda titles make the cut. Dunham's also a fan of Rainer Werner Fassbinder ("Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" and "The Marriage of Maria Braun," both of which she calls "perfect"), Terrence Malick ("Days of Heaven") and James L. Brooks ("Broadcast News"). 

Dunham's funny commentary on her selections is here. Her 2010 film "Tiny Furniture" is a Criterion title.

1. "Fish Tank" (dir. Andrea Arnold, 2009)

2. "Days of Heaven" (dir. Terrence Malick, 1978)

3. "Broadcast News" (dir. James L. Brooks, 1987)

4. "Weekend" (dir. Andrew Haigh, 2011)

5. Tie: "La Pointe Courte" (1955), "Cleo from 5 to 7" (1962), "Le bonheur" (1965), "Vagabond" (1985); all directed by Agnes Varda

6. Tie: "The Marriage of Maria Braun" (1979), "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" (1974); both directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

7. "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (dir. Peter Weir, 1975)

8. Tie: "Straw Dogs" (dir. Sam Peckinpah, 1971); "Dead Ringers" (dir. David Cronenberg, 1988)

9. "Through a Glass Darkly" (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1961)

10. "The War Room" (dirs. Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, 1993)

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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.