Jaime Hernandez’s Top 10

Jaime Hernandez’s Top10

Artist Jaime Hernandez’s diabolically clever illustrations for our release of Divorce Italian Style (now available as a signed art print at the Criterion store) made for one of our most popular DVD covers. And this month, Hernandez has sent us his top ten favorite Criterion Collection titles. “I put these in alphabetical order,” he said, “so I wouldn’t drive myself mad trying to pick my most favorite.” Hernandez is the coauthor—along with his brothers Gilbert and Mario—of the seminal comic Love and Rockets. His most recent books, all available from Fantagraphics Books, include Ghost of Hoppers, The Education of Hopey Glass, and Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories.

Apr 15, 2009
  • 1

    Vittorio De Sica

    Bicycle Thieves

    Watching Bruno watch his dad sink into the pits of despair and live to tell about it is a journey to share.

  • 2

    Marcel Camus

    Black Orpheus

    I don’t know what to say about this one other than that it’s always belonged high on my list.

  • 3

    Jack Woods


    The low budget and the amateur quality only help to create the unnerving creepiness of it.

  • 4

    Lasse Hallström

    My Life as a Dog

    Fun fun fun. Life life life.

  • 5

    Federico Fellini

    Nights of Cabiria

    One of my favorite female characters in the movies. Only to be topped by . . .

  • 6

    Samuel Fuller

    Pickup on South Street

    Jean Peters as Candy is my favorite female character in any movie.

  • 7

    Akira Kurosawa

    Seven Samurai

    I just had to have Kurosawa in here, and this one won the coin toss.

  • 8

    Jim Jarmusch

    Stranger Than Paradise

    Saw this right at the time as I was getting serious with my own work. Yes, serious.

  • 9

    Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, and Tim Whelan

    The Thief of Bagdad

    It makes me want to be a sailor, sailing out to sea.

  • 10

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    The Wages of Fear

    How could I not have this one on here?