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Stagecoach
Part of the Series: Criterion American Mid-Century Collection
This is where it all started. John Ford's smash hit and enduring masterpieceStagecoach revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list and establishing the genre as we know it today. The quintessential tale of a group of…
Modern Times
Part of the Series: Criterion Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class…
The Rules of the Game
Part of the Series: The Criterion Golden Age of French Cinema Collection Vol. 1
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La regle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a…
City Lights
Part of the Series: Criterion Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
City Lights, the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin, is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for…
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Part of the Series: Criterion International Silent Cinema Collection
A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. "Who Is the Murderer?" pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . .…
Safety Last!
Part of the Series: Criterion Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd--the modern guy striving for success--is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last!…
Metropolis
Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, Metropolis had for 75 years been seen only in shortened or truncated versions. Now, restored in Germany with state-of-the-art digital technology, under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation, and with…
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
A masterpiece of psychological horror and the film that has come to epitomize the mysterious highly stylized German Expressionist cinema. A demented hypnotist and his ghastly henchman spread death througout the German countryside. Newly remastered from the archival German material…
Pygmalion
Part of the Series: The Criterion British Collection
Cranky Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) takes a bet that he can turn Cockney guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller) into a "proper lady" in a mere six months in this delightful comedy of bad manners, based on the play by…
The General
Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton's The General is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing.
History is Made at Night
When his wife, Irene (Jean Arthur), plans to divorce him, wealthy and cruel businessman Bruce Vail (Colin Clive) sends his chauffeur to her Paris hotel room so he can catch her in a "compromising" position. Instead, Bruce interrupts a masked…
Battleship Potemkin
Odessa - 1905. Enraged with the deplorable conditions on board the armored cruiser Potemkin, the ship's loyal crew contemplates the unthinkable - mutiny. Seizing control of the Potemkin and raising the red flag of revolution, the sailors' revolt becomes the…
Nosferatu
This new presentation of Murnau's classic is mastered from original German material recently made available to Kino and is the most complete version available. An expressionist retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula so faithful to the original tale of vampirism that…
The Birth of a Nation
A profoundly influential and controversial film, this is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D. W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious…
Passion of Joan of Arc
Part of the Series: Criterion International Silent Cinema Collection
With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renee Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden…
The Kid
Part of the Series: Criterion Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
Charlie Chaplin was sitting atop the movie world in 1921 when he decided (against heavy studio resistance) to make The Kid, his first dramatic comedy -- a tale of an abandoned baby adopted by an impoverished tramp and the life…
Phantom Carriage
Part of the Series: Criterion International Silent Cinema Collection
The last person to die on New Year's Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death's chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The…
The Man in the Iron Mask
The rightful King of France is imprisoned by his pretender-to-the-throne twin brother. The legendary musketeer D'Artagnan rallies his now aged swashbuckling companions Porthos, Athos and Aramis to rescue the real King, whom they have raised from infancy.
The Spy in Black
Part of the Series: The Criterion British Collection
During World War I, a German U-Boat captain is sent to Scotland on a spy mission, but he finds more than he bargained for in his contact, the local schoolmistress.
The Threepenny Opera
Part of the Series: The Criterion German Collection
The sly melodies of composer Kurt Weill and the daring of dramatist Bertolt Brecht come together on-screen under the direction of German auteur G. W. Pabst (Pandora's Box) in this classic adaptation of the Weimar-era theatrical sensation. Set in the…