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My Top 10 Favorite Love Films in Criterion Collection

23 February 2012 | CC Lists | by David Zou

This is the last part of my Love Film List Marathon,though I have mentiond so many Criterion Collection love films in the previous lists,there are still too many left,which are  no less powerful as the ones have been mentioned,let’s see what they are,I will just use the words from for introductions.

#10 Knife in the Water


With stinging dialogue and a mercilessly probing camera, Polanski creates a disturbing study of fear, humiliation, sexuality, and aggression. This remarkable directorial debut won Polanski worldwide acclaim, a place on the cover of Time, and his first Oscar nomination.

#9 Heaven Can Wait


Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait,nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace.

#8 Alphaville


A cockeyed fusion of science fiction, pulp characters, and surrealist poetry, Godard’s irreverent journey to the mysterious Alphaville remains one of the least conventional films of all time.

#7 Chasing Amy

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Filled with Smith’s unique ear for dialogue and insight into relationships,Chasing Amy offers a thoughtful, funny look at how perceptions alter lives, and how obsession and self-doubt skew reality.

#6 The Earrings of Madame de . . .

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Ophuls adapts Louise de Vilmorin’s incisive fin de siècle novel with virtuosic camera work so elegant and precise it’s been called the equal to that of Orson Welles.

#5 Brief Encounter


With its evocatively fog-enshrouded setting, swooning Rachmaninoff score, and pair of remarkable performances (Johnson was nominated for an Oscar for her role), David Lean’s film of Noël Coward’s play Still Life deftly explores the thrill, pain, and tenderness of an illicit romance, and has influenced many a cinematic brief encounter since its release.

#4 Notorious


In Notorious, a brilliant allegory of love and betrayal, Hitchcock fuses two of his favorite elements: suspense and romance. Stunning performances, Ben Hecht’s excellent script, and Hitchcock’s direction at its best make Notorious a perfect film.

#3 L’avventura


Antonioni’s penetrating study of the idle upper class offers stinging observations on spiritual isolation and the many meanings of love.

#2 Orpheus


Orpheus’s peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling represent the legendary Cocteau at the height of his powers.

#1 Jules and Jim

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An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash upon its release in 1962 and remains as audacious and entrancing today.

I know lots of people will mention l’atalante,but I have not seen it,so I will just leave it alone,let me know what you like in the list and what other Criterion love films should make it.

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  • Breathless would be my favorite love film.

  • It is, actually. Pierrot le Fou isn’t just my favorite love film, it’s my favorite movie of all time. I’ve thought long and hard about it over the years and it is my #1.

  • And when I say I’ve thought long and hard about it, I mean in several ways. Anna Karina was so beautiful.

  • Michael Yakiwchuk via Facebook

    YES! CHASING AMY! One of my personal favourites. Kevin Smith is not only a master of comedic dialogue, but in everything he makes he is never afraid of ending his movies on a touching level executed OH SO WELL.

  • L’Avventura is the film I have on Criterion while Jules & Jim and Chasing Amy are films I have seen. Jules & Jim I love while Chasing Amy is my 2nd favorite film by Kevin Smith, despite my mixed opinion on him. Everything else I haven’t seen but what about Black Orpheus?

    • I do not own the dvd of Black Orpheus yet,so no opinions so far,do you like it? I guess your fav Kevin Smith is Clerks?

  • La Notti Bianche and Smiles of a Summer Night are two of the best Criterion films about Love that immediately came to mind when I saw this headline, so I’ll mention them here.

    • I have not seen neither of them,need to catch up!! I have heard lots of great things about La Notti Bianche though,Smiles of a Summer Night is the one I’m trying to get its dvd.