the 21 Criterion films that Kurosawa included on his list of favorite movies. Find them listed right below.
- The Gold Rush, by Charlie Chaplin (1925)
- The Threepenny Opera, by G. W. Pabst (1931)
- Ivan the Terrible, by Sergei Eisenstein (1944-58)
- Bicycle Thieves, by Vittorio De Sica (1948)
- The Third Man, by Carol Reed (1949)
- Late Spring, by Yasujiro Ozu (1949)
- Orpheus, by Jean Cocteau (1950)
- The Life of Oharu, by Kenji Mizoguchi (1952)
- La strada, by Federico Fellini (1954)
- Godzilla, by Ishiro Honda (1956)
- Les cousins, by Claude Chabrol (1959)
- The 400 Blows, by François Truffaut (1959)
- Breathless, by Jean-Luc Godard (1960)
- Purple Noon, by René Clément (1960)
- Zazie dans le métro, by Louis Malle (1960)
- Last Year at Marienbad, by Alain Resnais (1961)
- Red Desert, by Michelangelo Antonioni (1964)
- Solaris, by Andrei Tarkovsky (1972)
- The Spirit of the Beehive, by Víctor Erice (1973)
- Fanny and Alexander Box Set, by Ingmar Bergman (1982)
- Paris, Texas, by Wim Wenders (1984)
At the top of the post you can watch the first film on Kurosawa's Criterion list, Charlie Chaplin's 1925 The Gold Rush, free online. (The version up top, we should note, is not the Criterion release itself. It's another version.) "Chaplin was very talented as an actor as well," said Kurosawa. "Do you know, comedies are most difficult to make. It's much easier to jerk tears from the audience. He, of course, was gifted as a director as well, well-versed in music. I think he was so gifted that he himself didn't know what he should do with his own talents." But Kurosawa, gifted as he was, couldn't say the same of himself, knowing as he always did exactly what movie he wanted to make next, even in periods when he couldn't shoot a single frame, working right up until the end of his days. Even the title of his final film expresses that sensibility, one that surely resonates with every lover or maker of film who knows how much of cinema always remains to explore: Madadayo, or "Not yet!"
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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities and culture. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer, the video series The City in Cinema, the crowdfunded journalism project Where Is the City of the Future?, and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Korea Blog. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.
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