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Wes Anderson's Top Ten Films on Criterion

Thompson on Hollywood By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 15, 2012 at 3:38PM

No surprise here: Wes Anderson has good -- and fairly esoteric -- taste in movies. Check out the "Moonrise Kingdom" director's top 10 (well, top 12) picks from the Criterion Collection below, in a list that spans directors as diverse as Robert Bresson, Luis Bunuel and Max Ophuls. With the exception of Paul Schrader's "Mishima," all of Anderson's picks were made within the same 20-year period.
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Danielle Darrieux in Max Ophuls' "The Earrings of Madame de..."
Danielle Darrieux in Max Ophuls' "The Earrings of Madame de..."

No surprise here: Wes Anderson has fabulous -- and fairly esoteric -- taste in movies. Check out the "Moonrise Kingdom" director's top 10 (well, top 12) picks from the Criterion Collection below, in a list that spans directors as diverse as Robert Bresson, Luis Bunuel and Max Ophuls. With the exception of Paul Schrader's "Mishima," all of Anderson's picks were made within the same 20-year period.

Wes Anderson Top Ten Criterion Films:

1. "The Earrings of Madame de..." (dir. Max Ophuls, 1953)

2. "Au hasard Balthasar" (dir. Robert Bresson, 1966)

3. Three-way tie, all directed by Shohei Imamura: "Pigs and Battleships" (1961), "The Insect Woman," (1963), "Intentions of Murder" (1964)

4. "The Taking of Power by Louis XIV" (dir. Roberto Rossellini, 1966)

5. "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (dir. Martin Ritt, 1965)

6. "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (dir. Peter Yates, 1973)

7. "Classe tous risques" (dir. Claude Sautet, 1960)

8. "L'enfance nue" (dir. Maurice Pialat, 1968)

9. "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (dir. Paul Schrader, 1985)

10. "The Exterminating Angel" (dir. Luis Bunuel, 1962)

Check out Anderson's concise commentary on these titles here.

This article is related to: Classics, Wes Anderson, Criterion Collection


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