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Wes Anderson Picks Top Twelve Criterion Titles

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 6, 2010 at 9:16AM

When asked to deliver a list of his fave Criterion titles, Wes Anderson sent along twelve, with short write-ups.
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Thompson on Hollywood

When asked to deliver a list of his fave Criterion titles, Wes Anderson sent along twelve, with short write-ups.

Most of them are black-and-white, three are from the great Shohei Imamura (and they are not Vengeance is Mine) and not surprisingly, Anderson has excellent taste: Max Ophuls' The Earrings of Madame De, Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar and Bunuel's Exterminating Angel are also must-see faves of mine.

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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.