Criterion has released their annual New Year teaser image hinting at titles we can expect from the boutique distributor over the course of the new year and the most easily recognizable titles include David Cronenberg‘s Scanners, an upgraded version of Peter Weir‘s Picnic at Hanging Rock, Howard Hawks‘ Red River and a box set celebrating Jacques Tati‘s Monsieur Hulot, which would seem to suggest Blu-ray editions of Mr. Hulot’s Holiday and Mon Oncle.
I’d say we may be able to expect Daniel Petrie‘s A Raisin in the Sun and I can’t tell if the deer in the bushes suggest The Deer Hunter or not. The beatles in the grass could suggest Richard Lester‘s A Hard Day’s Night and the girl with the long black hair at the picnic could mean Hideo Nakata‘s Ringu.
The red sun seems almost obviously Terence Young‘s Red Sun and is it possible the angel with the bell means a Criterion edition of Frank Capra‘s It’s A Wonderful Life while some seem to think the rest of the angels in the water suggest Lars von Trier‘s Breaking the Waves. As for the rest, I have no idea.
What’s with the convict at the picnic blanket and the angel with the umbrella and the other with some sort of animal skin on its back? I’ve seen The Big Chill suggested based on the dancing on the beach, but I’ve only seen the film once and… well… I don’t know.
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