The Criterion Collection: Classic Film Recommendations

October 26, 2020 | Thomas M.

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Are you a fan of classic film? Many classic films from the Criterion Collection are available through Toronto Public Library. Some are also available to be streamed on Kanopy, one of our digital collections.

The Criterion Collection started in 1984. Since then, they have been at the forefront of releasing well-known and obscure films from around the world.

Criterion’s discs are a cinephile’s dream. They have beautifully restored prints of the films, commentary tracks by the filmmakers and/or film scholars, and supplemental documentaries about the films too.

Here are some of my personal favourites and recommendations.

The Gold Rush

Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush

City Lights

City Lights

I Vitelloni

Federico Fellini’s I Vitelloni

Harold and Maude

Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude

The Player

Robert Altman’s The Player


What other films in the collection do you recommend? Share in the comments below.