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Did you know Riverton Library houses nearly 400 films from the Criterion Collection?

The Criterion Collection is dedicated to releasing culturally significant and underappreciated films from the past and the present. These include previously unobtainable or difficult to find foreign films, restored and released for modern viewing. Also included are classics with added features and commentary, as well as limited-release independent movies that may have been overlooked upon initial release. If you are in search of a more adventurous film experience or a movie that might have slipped “under your radar,” check out a Criterion film today!

Unable to get to the library or want to start watching right away?

The Burlington County Library System’s video streaming service Kanopy also has a selection of films from the Criterion Collection that are available to watch immediately! If you are a first-time user, simply create an account using your email, sign in, and enter your library card number and PIN when prompted. Instantly, you will be able to watch five films from Kanopy’s vast collection every month. Try one of nearly 50 Criterion films or choose from thousands of other releases!

If you are having trouble choosing, try one these picks!

Take a trip back to 1960s France with these French New Wave films! Enjoy these stylish and offbeat, low-budget classics that focus on creating a realistic story and feel. The 400 Blows follows a young boy’s troubled coming-of-age story while Breathless follows the relationship between a French criminal and a young American woman. La Collectionneuse represents a collection of short films that analyze romantic temptation in a variety of settings.

Discover engaging cinema from across the world! Revered Japanese director Akira Kurosawa explores samurai battles in Seven Samurai and follows a man’s search for his meaning at the end of his life in Ikiru. Esteemed Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky tells the otherworldly tale of suspicious happenings on a faraway space station in Solaris.


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