Saturday, April 30, 2011

Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection is a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, issued on DVD, that offer the highest technical quality and numerous special features. Among the great directors featured in the collection include Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stanley Kubrick. Leach Library currently holds 49 movies from the collection. For more information, visit their web site:

To find this collection in the catalog perform a “Keyword” search for “criterion”. Here are a few of the library’s Criterion titles:

The Battle of Algiers. Director: Gillo Pontecorvo. 1966. An account of the bloodiest revolution in modern history.

Bicycle Thieves. Director: Vittorio De Sica. 1948. A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job.

La Haine. Director: Mathieu Kassovitz. 1995. Abdel, a local hoodlum, is hospitalized after a riot, where a policeman lost his gun. His friend Vinz finds it and claims he will kill a cop if Abdel dies.

The Red Balloon. Director: Albert Lamorisse. 1956. A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Seven Samurai. Director: Akira Kurosawa.1954. A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

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