What kinds of films pique the interest of Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins?
Have you ever dreamed of entering the Criterion closet and perusing their massive collection of historically and culturally important films? If you're a cinephile, you probably have, but if you're a celebrated filmmaker, like director Barry Jenkins, you actually get to do it. Back in November, while promoting what would become the future Oscar-winning film Moonlight, Jenkins visited Criterion and was invited to thumb through their library, and he not only got to live every cinephile's dream, but he also had the exact response every cinephile would have once being enveloped in all of that cinematic goodness:
"This is a bit overwhelming. There's too much good shit in here."
Here are Jenkins' top Criterion picks:
- Fanny and Alexander: dir. Ingmar Bergman (1982)
- The Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar): dir. Satyajit Ray (1955, 1956, 1959)
- Weekend: dir. Andrew Haigh (2011)
- John Cassavetes: Five Films (Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Opening Night, A Constant Forge): dir. John Cassavetes (1959-2000)
- Dekalog: dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski (1988)
- La Haine: dir. Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)
- Blood Simple: dir. Joel and Ethan Coen (1984)
- Fat Girl: dir. Catherine Breillat (2001)
- Monsoon Wedding: dir. Mira Nair (2001)
- Ratcatcher: dir. Lynne Ramsay (1999)
- George Washington: dir. David Gordon Green (2000)
- Rashomon: dir. Akira Kurosawa (1950)
- The Essential Jacques Demy (Lola, Bay of Angels, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Donkey Skin, Une Chambre en Ville): dir. Jacques Demy (1961-1982)
- The Complete Jacques Tati (Jour De Fête, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, Mon Oncle, Playtime, Trafic, Parade): dir. Jacques Tati (1949-1974)
The great thing is that all of these films can be purchased on Criterion, so if you're interested, each title has a link to its respective Criterion page.