Criterion Reflections – Episode 90 – Short Films of 1971

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Norman Buckley, Josh Hornbeck, Robert Taylor, Jason Beamish, Brad McDermott, Derek J. Power, and William Remmers to discuss nine short films originally released or created in 1971.


  • Opening Comments: 0:00 – 0:09 (Intro: “I Am, I Said” – Neil Diamond)
  • Ingmar Bergman 0:09:00 – 0:32 (Intro: “I’m Eighteen” – Alice Cooper)
  • The Castaway of Providence Street / Factory / Seems Like Only Yesterday 0:32 – 1:17 (Intro: “Oye Como Va” – Santana)
  • Homesdale 1:17 – 1:52 (Intro: “Freedom” – Jimi Hendrix)
  • Nausicaa 1:52 – 2:07 (Intro: “Layla” – Derek & the Dominoes)
  • (nostalgia) / Critical Mass 2:07 – 3:25(Intro: “Love Her Madly” – The Doors)
  • The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes 3:25 – 4:20 (Intro: “Toast and Marmalade for Tea” – Tin Tin)
  •  Outro: “One Toke Over the Line” – Brewer & Shipley

Ingmar Bergman (directed by Stig Björkman)

The Castaway of Providence Street (directed by Arturo Ripstein & Rafael Castenedo)

Factory (directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski)

Seems Like Only Yesterday (directed by Carroll Ballard)

Homesdale (directed by Peter Weir)

Nausicaa (directed by Agnès Varda)

(nostalgia) & Critical Mass (directed by Hollis Frampton)

The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (directed by Stan Brakhage)







David Blakeslee

David hosts the Criterion Reflections podcast, a series that reviews the films of the Criterion Collection in their chronological order of release. The series began in 2009 and those essays (covering the years 1921-1967) can be found via the website link provided below. In March 2016, the blog transferred to this site, and in August 2017, the blog changed over to a podcast format. David also contributes to other reviews and podcasts on this site. He lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan and works in social services. Twitter / Criterion Reflections