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Wes Anderson's Top Ten Films on Criterion

By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 15, 2012 at 3:38PM

No surprise here: Wes Anderson has good -- and fairly esoteric -- taste in movies. Check out the "Moonrise Kingdom" director's top 10 (well, top 12) picks from the Criterion Collection below, in a list that spans directors as diverse as Robert Bresson, Luis Bunuel and Max Ophuls. With the exception of Paul Schrader's "Mishima," all of Anderson's picks were made within the same 20-year period.
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Danielle Darrieux in Max Ophuls' "The Earrings of Madame de..."
Danielle Darrieux in Max Ophuls' "The Earrings of Madame de..."

No surprise here: Wes Anderson has fabulous -- and fairly esoteric -- taste in movies. Check out the "Moonrise Kingdom" director's top 10 (well, top 12) picks from the Criterion Collection below, in a list that spans directors as diverse as Robert Bresson, Luis Bunuel and Max Ophuls. With the exception of Paul Schrader's "Mishima," all of Anderson's picks were made within the same 20-year period.

Wes Anderson Top Ten Criterion Films:

1. "The Earrings of Madame de..." (dir. Max Ophuls, 1953)

2. "Au hasard Balthasar" (dir. Robert Bresson, 1966)

3. Three-way tie, all directed by Shohei Imamura: "Pigs and Battleships" (1961), "The Insect Woman," (1963), "Intentions of Murder" (1964)

4. "The Taking of Power by Louis XIV" (dir. Roberto Rossellini, 1966)

5. "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (dir. Martin Ritt, 1965)

6. "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (dir. Peter Yates, 1973)

7. "Classe tous risques" (dir. Claude Sautet, 1960)

8. "L'enfance nue" (dir. Maurice Pialat, 1968)

9. "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (dir. Paul Schrader, 1985)

10. "The Exterminating Angel" (dir. Luis Bunuel, 1962)

Check out Anderson's concise commentary on these titles here.

This article is related to: Classics, Wes Anderson, Criterion Collection

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.