Collector’s Corner: November Criterion Sale + LIFE Magazines

November was a very fruitful month for collecting. Not only was it the month of the Barnes & Noble Criterion sale, but I also struck gold at my local library’s book sale — which happened to have several banquet tables full of LIFE magazines this month! I went a little overboard at both sales, but hey, the time to grab a deal is when you see it. All of my finds are listed below!

Films

Since all of this month’s additions are from Criterion, they’re listed by spine number rather than alphabetically.

  • M (1931), dir. Fritz Lang, Spine #30
    Two-DVD special edition includes:

    • Audio commentary
    • Essay by Stanley Kauffmann
    • William Friedkin’s Conversation with Fritz Lang
    • Claude Chabrol’s M. le maudit
    • Interviews with Lang, Chabrol, and producer Seymour Nebenzal’s son Harold
    • Editor Paul Falkenberg’s classroom tapes discussing the film
    • A documentary about M‘s distribution and restoration
  • Days of Heaven (1978), dir. Terrence Malick, Spine #409
    Director-approved special edition includes:

    • Audio commentary
    • Interviews with Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, and cinematographers Haskell Wexler and John Bailey
    • A chapter from DP Nestor Almendros’ autobiography
    • Essay by Adrian Martin
  • Night Train to Munich (1940), dir. Carol Reed, Spine #523
    DVD edition includes:

    • Conversation between scholars Peter Evans and Bruce Babington
    • Essay by Philip Kemp
  • Broadcast News (1987), dir. James L. Brooks, Spine #552
    Director-approved special edition includes:

    • Audio commentary by James L. Brooks and editor Richard Marks
    • James L. Brooks – A Singular Voice documentary
    • Alternate ending and deleted scenes, with director commentary
    • Video interview with associate producer/CBS news producer Susan Zirinsky
    • On-set featurette
    • Essay by Carrie Rickey
  • The Uninvited (1944), dir. Lewis Allen, Spine #677
    DVD edition includes:

    • Visual essay by Michael Almereyda
    • Radio adaptations from 1944 and 1949, starring Ray Milland
    • Original trailer
    • Interview with Lewis Allen
    • Essay by Farran Smith Nehme
  • Foreign Correspondent (1940), dir. Alfred Hitchcock, Spine #696
    Two-DVD special edition includes:

    • Hitchcock’s 1942 LIFE magazine photo-drama “Have You Heard? The Story of Wartime Rumors.”
    • An interview with Hitch from The Dick Cavett Show, 1972
    • Radio adaptation from 1946, starring Joseph Cotten
    • Hollywood Propaganda and World War II with Mark Harris
    • Special effects commentary by Craig Barron
    • Original trailer
    • Essay by James Naremore
  • In a Lonely Place (1950), dir. Nicholas Ray, Spine #810
    DVD edition includes:

    • Audio commentary
    • Nicholas Ray documentary I’m a Stranger Here Myself
    • Interview with biographer Vincent Curcio on Gloria Grahame
    • 1948 radio adaptation of Dorothy B. Hughes’ novel from Suspense
    • Original trailer
    • Essay by Imogen Sara Smith
  • The Breaking Point (1950), dir. Michael Curtiz, Spine #889
    DVD edition includes:

    • Interview with Alan K. Rode
    • Julie Garfield talks of her father, John Garfield
    • Video essay by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou
    • Today coverage of the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West from 1962
    • Original trailer
    • Essay by Stephanie Zacharek
  • A Matter of Life and Death (1946), dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Spine #939
    Two-DVD special edition includes:

    • Interview with Martin Scorsese
    • Audio commentary
    • Interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker
    • Special effects documentary with Craig Barron and Harrison Ellenshaw
    • 1998 short The Color Merchant
    • 1986 TV program The South Bank Show featuring Michael Powell
    • Restoration demonstration
    • Essay by Stephanie Zacharek

Magazines

Don’t judge me too much for the amount of mags listed here — they were $0.25 each! I couldn’t resist. Everything listed is LIFE. I’ve listed the edition date and a brief description of the cover feature for each.

  • February 13, 1939 – Norma Shearer
  • July 24, 1939 – Ann Sheridan
  • August 11, 1941 – Rita Hayworth
  • March 2, 1942 – Ginger Rogers
  • August 7, 1944 – Geraldine Fitzgerald
  • December 3, 1945 – Spencer Tracy
  • December 17, 1945 – Paulette Goddard as Kitty
  • July 29, 1946 – Vivien Leigh, Caesar and Cleopatra
  • June 13, 1949 – How a New Actress Sees Hollywood
  • August 12, 1946 – Loretta Young
  • August 15, 1949 – How to Dress for Hollywood
  • November 21, 1949 – Ricardo Montalban
  • May 1, 1950 – Ruth Roman
  • October 9, 1950 – Jean Simmons
  • December 17, 1951 – Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier
  • April 20, 1953 – Marlon Brando, Julius Caesar
  • June 1, 1953 – Daughters of the stars
  • July 19, 1954 – Eva Marie Saint
  • February 28, 1955 – Shelley Winters, The Women
  • January 10, 1955 – Garbo by Steichen
  • January 31, 1955 – Spencer Tracy, 25 years as a film star
  • June 6, 1955 – Henry Fonda as Mr. Roberts
  • July 18, 1955 – Audrey Hepburn
  • February 5, 1956 – Shirley Jones, Carousel
  • April 9, 1956 – Grace Kelly
  • July 16, 1956 – Gary Cooper and Tony Perkins, Friendly Persuasion
  • August 20, 1956 – Audrey Hepburn, War and Peace
  • November 12, 1956 – Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame
  • February 4, 1957 – Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer, Mayerling
  • February 18, 1957 – Julie London
  • September 23, 1957 – Suzy Parker
  • September 30, 1957 – Kay Kendall and Rex Harrison
  • November 4, 1957 – Liz Taylor and her daughter, Liza Todd
  • August 18, 1958 – Anne Frank
  • September 14, 1959 – First American in space
  • September 21, 1959 – Astronauts’ wives
  • December 28, 1959 – Special issue: The Good Life
  • November 21, 1960 – The Victorious Young Kennedys
  • December 12, 1960 – Sal Mineo and Jill Haworth, Exodus
  • March 2, 1962 – John Glenn back from space
  • April 13, 1962 – Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, Cleopatra
  • April 20, 1962 – Audrey Hepburn models a feathery Easter hat
  • June 10, 1966 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • January 12, 1968 – Faye Dunaway as Bonnie
  • April 26, 1968 – The French Spy Scandal
  • April 18, 1969 – Mae West at 75
  • April 23, 1971 – Jane Fonda, the “Busy Rebel”
  • September 10, 1971 – Television: The First 25 Years
  • February 25, 1972 – Liz Taylor at 40
  • June 16, 1972 – The ’50s revival of the ’70s
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3 thoughts on “Collector’s Corner: November Criterion Sale + LIFE Magazines

    1. Yes, I love reading them! It’s interesting to see what was covered at the time and which films were popular (some of them are surprising/nearly forgotten, now). I love taking a peek into the general state of the world and culture of the time, too. Helps to put things in context. I really lucked out by finding so many from a well-cared-for private collection!

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