Posts Tagged ‘The Criterion Collection’

The Seventh Seal (1957)

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
Video: title sequence

Det sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal (1957)

Directed by: 
Ingmar Bergman
Starring: 
Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe
Country: 
Sweden
Fonts used: 
Florida
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Brute force (1947)

Saturday, April 8th, 2017
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Brute force (1947)

Directed by: 
Jules Dassin
Starring: 
Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo, Ann Blyth
Genre: 
Film noir
Country: 
USA
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Stagecoach (1939)

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
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Stagecoach (1939)

Directed by: 
John Ford
Starring: 
Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, Thomas Mitchell
Country: 
USA
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Umberto D. (1952)

Monday, January 27th, 2014
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Umberto D. (1952)

Directed by: 
Vittorio De Sica
Starring: 
Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova
Country: 
Italy
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Thief (1981)

Friday, January 17th, 2014
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Thief (1981)

Directed by: 
Michael Mann
Starring: 
James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, James Belushi
Country: 
USA
Title design: 
Arnold Goodwin
Fonts used: 
Gill Sans
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Harold and Maude (1971)

Friday, November 29th, 2013
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Harold and Maude (1971)

Directed by: 
Hal Ashby
Starring: 
Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack
Country: 
USA
Title design: 
Pablo Ferro
Fonts used: 
Bernhard Gothic
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Rewriting cinema/title design history

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Imagine a publisher of a book about Van Gogh saying this to :“Meh. I’m not that fond of this “Vincent” signature on this painting. Let’s get rid of it and replace it with Comic Sans.” I don’t think many art lovers would be interested in buying the book after a decision like that. I admit a title sequence is not really comparable to a signature on a painting, but it is part of a work of art. In fact, it’s the first thing you’ll see while experiencing the work of art. If you replace certain elements you’re rewriting history. Cinema history.

Moest of the examples below are minor alterations: titles have been replaced using the same or similar fonts. The chosen fonts are often close to the original versions, so I often shrug and try to ignore this phenomenon. But this time it’s the Criterion Collection, a company often praised for their high standards, that’s rewriting cinema history. The original opening credits on their Blu-ray of Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, 1970) have been replaced. Instead of white letters set in Recta (“the Italian Helvetica”) we get blue/green credits set in Arial (a font published in 1982, 12 years AFTER this film came out).

Criterion have also released Agnes Varda’s Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962), where the original titles set in Futura are replaced by Gotham, a font released in 2000.

Another Criterion Collection release, Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967) used to have a title sequence designed by Jean Fouchet, France’s most important title designer. It’s replaced with titles set in Arial (15 years younger than the movie), in a different color (orange instead of white).

This list is getting longer every year. It’s worrying that films from some of the most well-known directors are being released without the authentic title sequences.





DVD (MK2). Titles set in Friz Quadrata.
Blu-ray (Cohen Media Group) Titles set in Minion.

L’Enfer (1994)

Directed by: 
Claude Chabrol
Starring: 
Emmanuelle Béart, François Cluzet, Nathalie Cardone, André Wilms, Jean-Pierre Cassel
Country: 
France
DVD. Titles set in Garamond.
Blu-ray (BFI, Region ‘B’) Titles set in Palatino.

Cobra Verde (1987)

Directed by: 
Werner Herzog
Starring: 
Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy, Salvatore Basile
Country: 
West Germany
Blu-ray (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, France)
Blu-ray (Warner Home Video, USA)

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Directed by: 
Hugh Hudson
Starring: 
Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers, Ian Charleson, Ian Holm
Country: 
USA
DVD. Titles set in Beton.
Blu-ray (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, USA). Beton replaced with Rockwell.

Stripes (1981)

Directed by: 
Ivan Reitman
Starring: 
Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, John Candy
Country: 
USA

Title design: 
Burke Mattsson
HD
Blu-ray (Gaumont, France)

Atlantic City (1980)

Directed by: 
Louis Malle
Starring: 
Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli, Hollis McLaren
Country: 
France
DVD (Warner Bros.) Titles set in Helvetica.
Blu-ray (Warner Bros.) Titles set in Univers.

The Big Red One (1980)

Directed by: 
Samuel Fuller
Starring: 
Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco
Country: 
USA
DVD.
Blu-ray (all three releases: BFI, Arthaus, Region ‘B’, Shout! Factory, Region ‘A’)

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)

Directed by: 
Werner Herzog
Starring: 
Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz
Country: 
West Germany
DVD. Titles set in Optima.
Blu-ray (Carlotta Films, France) Titles set in Friz Quadrata.

Fedora (1978)

Directed by: 
Billy Wilder
Starring: 
William Holden, Marthe Keller, Hildegard Knef, Henry Fonda
Country: 
USA
Blu-ray (Olive Films)
Blu-ray (Dall’Angelo Pictures, Region ‘B’)

Novecento (1976)

Directed by: 
Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: 
Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Sterling Hayden
Country: 
Italy
DVD (Optimum World)
Blu-ray (StudioCanal)

Le juge et l’assassin (1976)

Directed by: 
Bertrand Tavernier
Starring: 
Philippe Noiret, Michel Galabru, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Claude Brialy
Country: 
France
DVD
Blu-ray (Arte)

L’argent de poche (1976)

Directed by: 
François Truffaut
Starring: 
Nicole Félix, Jean-François Stévenin, Virginie Thévenet, Chantal Mercier, Tania Torrens
Country: 
France
DVD.
Blu-ray

Amici miei (1975)

Directed by: 
Mario Monicelli
Starring: 
Ugo Tognazzi, Gastone Moschin, Philippe Noiret, Bernard Blier, Adolfo Celi
Country: 
Italy
DVD. Titles set in ± Goudy Heavyface
Blu-ray. Titles set in Cooper Black

Hard Times (1975)

Directed by: 
Walter Hill
Starring: 
Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland, Strother Martin, Margaret Blye
Country: 
USA
Title design: 
Burke Mattsson
DVD.
Blu-ray.

Section spéciale (1975)

Directed by: 
Costa-Gavras
Starring: 
Louis Seigner, Roland Bertin, Michael Lonsdale, Ivo Garrani, Michel Galabru
Country: 
France
DVD. Titles set in Times New Roman.
Blu-ray (Warner Bros.). Titles set in Imperial.

THE GREAT GATSBY (1974)

Directed by: 
Jack Clayton
Starring: 
Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black
Studio: 
Paramount Pictures
Country: 
USA
DVD. Titles set in Helvetica.
Blu-ray. Helvetica replaced with Arial (a font published in 1982, 11 years AFTER this film came out).

Shaft (1971)

Directed by: 
Gordon Parks
Starring: 
Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Gwenn Mitchell
Country: 
USA
Title design: 
Burke Mattsson
DVD (Carlotta, France). The original titles, set in Recta. The same typeface was used for two other films directed by Petri (La decima vittima / The 10th Victim (1965) and La classe operaia va in paradiso / Lulu the Tool (1971)).
DVD
Blu-ray (Criterion Collection). A completely different layout, with titles set in Arial (a font published in 1982, 12 years AFTER this film came out)

Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto / Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

Directed by: 
Elio Petri
Starring: 
Gian Maria Volonté, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando
Country: 
Italy
DVD
Blu-ray (Studio Canal, France)

Le Sauvage (1975)

Directed by: 
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Starring: 
Yves Montand, Catherine Deneuve, Luigi Vannucchi, Tony Roberts
Country: 
France
DVD, HD stream
Blu-ray (Studio Canal, Region-B)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Directed by: 
Sidney Lumet
Starring: 
Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery
Country: 
USA
DVD (Warner Bros.). The only version with lowercase letters.
DVD (Warner Bros.)
Blu-ray (Warner Bros.)

Deliverance (1972)

Directed by: 
John Boorman
Starring: 
Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox
Country: 
Italy, France
DVD. Titles set in Helvetica.
Blu-ray (Artificial Eye, Region-B) Titles set in Arial (a typeface published in 1982, 10 years AFTER this film came out).

Une belle fille comme moi (1972)

Directed by: 
François Truffaut
Starring: 
Bernadette Lafont, Claude Brasseur, Charles Denner, Guy Marchand
Country: 
France
DVD (The Criterion Collection). Titles set in Clarendon.
Blu-ray (Studio Canal, Buñuel: The Essential Collection). Titles set in Baskerville.

La voie lactée (1969)

Directed by: 
Luis Buñuel
Starring: 
Paul Frankeur, Laurent Terzieff, Alain Cuny, Edith Scob, Michel Piccoli
Country: 
France
DVD
Blu-ray (Studio Canal)

La prisonnière (1968)

Directed by: 
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Starring: 
Laurent Terzieff, Elisabeth Wiener, Bernard Fresson, Dany Carrel, Michel Etcheverry
Country: 
France
Non-authentic titles mentioning the 1996 restoration, set in Optima
Blu-ray (Criterion Collection + Arte Video/Sony Pictures). Opening credits set in a squooshed version of Arial. The credits appear much later compared to the DVD, hence the ‘blank’ first still.

Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)

Directed by: 
Jacques Demy
Starring: 
Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Françoise Dorléac, Michel Piccoli
Country: 
France
DVD
Blu-ray (IVC)

Le Bonheur (1965)

Directed by: 
Agnès Varda
Starring: 
Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot, Olivier Drouot, Sandrine Drouot, Marie-France Boyer
Country: 
France
DVD (Criterion Collection)
Blu-ray (IVC)

Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)

Directed by: 
Agnès Varda
Starring: 
Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray,Dorothée Blanck, Michel Legrand
Country: 
France
DVD (Criterion Collection)
Blu-ray (Gaumont)

Le Plaisir (1952)

Directed by: 
Max Ophüls
Starring: 
Claude Dauphin, Jean Galland, Gaby Morlay, Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin
Country: 
France
DVD
Blu-ray (Studio Canal)

Don Camillo (1952)

Directed by: 
Julien Duvivier
Starring: 
Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi, Franco Interlenghi
Country: 
Italy, France
DVD 1990 re-release version. (No RKO logo, “Color By Technicolor”)
Blu-ray. (RKO logo, “In Technicolor”)

FANTASIA (1940)

Directed by: 
Norman Ferguson, James Algar
Starring: 
Leopold Stokowski, Walt Disney, Deems Taylor, James MacDonald
Country: 
USA
Blu-ray (Criterion Collection). All titles from the first reel are considered lost. The opening and closing credits are fake (possibly a modified French print).

Lonesome (1928)

Directed by: 
Pál Fejös
Starring: 
Barbara Kent, Glenn Tryon, Fay Holderness, Gusztáv Pártos
Country: 
USA

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
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Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto / Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

Directed by: 
Elio Petri
Starring: 
Gian Maria Volonté, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando
Country: 
Italy
Fonts used: 
Recta
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Frances Ha (2012)

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
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Frances Ha (2012)

Directed by: 
Noah Baumbach
Starring: 
Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Esper, Michael Zegen
Country: 
USA
Title design: 
Sam Lisenco
Fonts used: 
Bartholeme Sans, Didot (trailer)
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Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Title sequence

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Directed by: 
Roman Polanski
Starring: 
Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer
Studio: 
Paramount Pictures
Country: 
USA
Title design: 
Wayne Fitzgerald, Stephen Frankfurt
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The Uninvited (1944)

Monday, October 28th, 2013
The Uninvited (1944) Blu-ray movie title Opening credits The End The End Trailer typography

The Uninvited (1944)

Directed by: 
Lewis Allen
Starring: 
Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Gail Russell
Country: 
USA
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Lord of the Flies (1963)

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
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Lord of the Flies (1963)

Directed by: 
Peter Brook
Starring: 
James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin
Country: 
UK
Title design: 
Digby Turpin, Guy Neale, Sheila More
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Yoyo (1965)

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Yoyo (1965) Blu-ray movie title Intertitles Title sequence

Yoyo (1965)

Directed by: 
Pierre Étaix
Starring: 
Pierre Étaix, Claudine Auger, Philippe Dionnet, Luce Klein
Country: 
France
Fonts used: 
Clarendon
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Die Blechtrommel (1979)

Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Being There (1979) Blu-ray movie title Title sequence

Die Blechtrommel / The Tin Drum (1979)

Directed by: 
Volker Schlöndorff
Starring: 
Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach
Country: 
West Germany
Fonts used: 
Futura Display
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

Sunday, September 29th, 2013
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

Directed by: 
Martin Ritt
Starring: 
Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Cyril Cusack
Country: 
UK
Fonts used: 
Compacta
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Plein Soleil (1960)

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
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Plein Soleil (1960)

Directed by: 
René Clément
Starring: 
Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt, Erno Crisa
Country: 
France
Title design: 
Maurice Binder
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The Last Wave (1977)

Monday, July 15th, 2013
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The Last Wave (1977)

Directed by: 
Peter Weir
Starring: 
Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil, Nandjiwarra Amagula
Country: 
Australia
Fonts used: 
Serif Gothic
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Walkabout (1971)

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
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Walkabout (1971)

Directed by: 
Nicolas Roeg
Starring: 
Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil, John Meillon
Country: 
UK
Fonts used: 
Prisma
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Things to Come (1936)

Monday, June 17th, 2013
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Things to Come (1936)

Directed by: 
William Cameron Menzies
Starring: 
Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke
Country: 
UK
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The Red Shoes (1948)

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
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The Red Shoes (1948)

Directed by: 
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: 
Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Léonide Massine, Moira Shearer
Country: 
UK
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