The Third Man

Created in 1988 with the stated goal of releasing "a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films," The Criterion Collection has grown into what is arguably the most important DVD series currently being produced. Consisting today of a catalog of 333 titles, the series is impossible wide-ranging, featuring films from all over the world and directors as far apart as Kevin Smith and Akira Kurosawa. As diverse as they are, the discs have one thing in common: a quest for quality, and an intense desire to offer viewers of each film as much supporting material as possible.

Any seven films from the series would serve as an effective, brief film school - I've chosen a few of my favorites for the list (with the caveat that they not all be French, which for some reason was the case with my first try), but honestly 95% of Criterion discs would pay off as a blind buy.
categories Features, Cinematical