We all love the Criterion Collection. They release and restore some of the best films of all time and some add great features in every single one of their releases. A lot of care and attention for detail. Most of all they put a lot of love and passion in their work, because they love movies, just like us.
Every great marketer however also knows that a good product is never enough. The right package can be a lot more convincing sometimes. The people at Criterion know this and that’s why they’re just as devoted to making a good cover art as with everything else they do.
If you’re a fan of the Collection, I’m sure there are a lot of personal favorites you’d like to see in there. Searching the web for some fake Criterion releases you can find a lot of fun stuff, but also daydream and hope one day your favorite film will make it into the prestigious Collection.
Here is some of the best fan made art I found. Some of these aren’t even real films (namely Rob Zombie’s faux Grindhouse trailer for Werewolf Women of the SS or Eli Roth’s film within a film Nation’s Pride). Some of these are highly unlikely even to be considered for a Criterion release (I Know Who Killed Me). For other films the studios smartly hold on to their rights (2001: A Space Odyssey). Most of these are also some of my favorite films, some of these are simply good-looking or genius (like the one for Dancer in the Dark) and others I feel are underrated or overlooked (Marie Antoinette and The Virgin Suicides).
This week Criterion asked about our favorite title designs on Facebook. After thinking about it and reading other people’s responses and trying to remember if my favorite films had a title card at all I narrowed it down to ten I think are pretty awesome. Some filmmakers consistently think their title sequences through like Sofia Coppola, Lars von Trier or Sono Sion, so I just picked one of theirs, but I’m not even sure it’s their best, but that’s what I was able to find on the good ole internet. At this point I’d also like to mention Woody Allen who has consistently kept same identical opening titles for his entire career, I won’t count him in this list, but y’all know his signature font, so..
These are my favorite title cards in chronological order, because I’m not good at ranking stuff.