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Criterion New Year's Cartoon


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Those familiar with the Criterion films website know that there's been an annual tradition of posting a cartoon on New Year's Day that contains visual clues to their upcoming slate of releases. It's up to the fans to guess what they are. With that said, here's the 2019 cartoon:

 

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Diamonds of the Night (1964) seems to be an obvious one.

The lute with a "K" on it could be Klute (1971).

The clock in the swing could be Swing Time (1936).

An Angel at My Table (1990) could be the angel at the table.

Elsewhere, there have been guesses that the owl in the tree eyeing the worm could refer to Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). There's also a guess that the three Coke bottles on the table may refer to Abbas Kiarostami's Koker Trilogy: Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987), And Life Goes On (1992), and Through the Olive Trees (1994). Another guess is that the bamboo sled may refer to Bamboozled (2000).

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Guesses from elsewhere on the web:

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A. Diamonds and stars = Diamonds of the Night

B. and C. Owl and Worm = Hedwig and the Angry Inch

D. S Balloon / Air S = The Heiress

E. Angel = An Angel at My Table

F. 3 Cokes = Koker Trilogy

F. Part 2. The table with the game =

G. and H. V in the Hand of Jesus = La Vie de Jesus

I. Rabbit/Warren peas = War and Peace

J. Dads = Children of Men / Europa Europa / One Sings the Other Doesn’t

K. K Lute = Klute

L. Tree =

M. Bamboo Sled = Bamboozled

N. Clock in the swing = Swing Time

 

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I heard a rumor somewhere that Criterion was releasing A Face in the Crowd, but I don't see that represented anywhere in the cartoon.  

It seems that every year Criterion releases more films than are depicted in the annual cartoon, so I guess we'll see what they end up doing.  Based on the current guesses, I am excited about Swing Time if that turns out to be true.  That is my favorite of the Astaire & Rogers films. 

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2 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

I heard a rumor somewhere that Criterion was releasing A Face in the Crowd, but I don't see that represented anywhere in the cartoon.  

It seems that every year Criterion releases more films than are depicted in the annual cartoon, so I guess we'll see what they end up doing.  Based on the current guesses, I am excited about Swing Time if that turns out to be true.  That is my favorite of the Astaire & Rogers films. 

Yes, I have to say, based on what's been guessed so far, I won't be buying as many Criterion discs this year. Hopefully there will be more interesting stuff revealed later throughout the year.

I already have copies of KluteSwing Time and Bamboozled, and I don't know that I need them in "deluxe" Criterion versions. I may pick up Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as I don't have that yet, but that's only a maybe. 

If Children of Men ends up being one, I would definitely get that. Same with The Heiress.

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Could the board game be the Game of Life - a 2007 film starring Tom Arnold? Doesn't look like the kind of thing I would pick for Criterion but it does fit.

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There are also several films called Monopoly but none of them seem particularly important enough that Criterion would release them.

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I'm reading speculation that the sled might be Citizen Kane. Some are also thinking that the dark haired singer with the glasses and baby could be an illusion to Bringing Up Baby

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Boxcar Bertha is the obvious one. I also see Ulysses S. Grant. Perhaps a version of the Homer or Joyce story? I know they already released Le Mepris which used the story as a main theme.

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6 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

Boxcar Bertha is the obvious one. I also see Ulysses S. Grant. Perhaps a version of the Homer or Joyce story? I know they already released Le Mepris which used the story as a main theme.

I just read some guesses that make sense. All four are box sets coming out next year, thus the boxes in each.

Top left - fallen "E" = Fellini box set

Top right - 1 (on back hub cap), why (? on front hub cap), car = Wong Kar-wai box set

Bottom left - the box is "on Yes" = Agnes, as in Agnes Varda box set

Bottom right - not US Grant, but Robert E. Lee with a black eye = "bruised Lee" = Bruce Lee box set

I'm fairly certain the top two guesses are correct as both sets have been rumored for some time. I'm not as sure about the bottom two.

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