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"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." - 'Moulin Rouge'
"'Need?' That's a bigger word than 'Love.'" - 'Victim'
Can you guess which one of those two films has been released through Criterion? I'll give you a hint, it's not the one in which Ewan McGregor shouts a Phil Collins song at Nicole Kidman on the roof of a Parisian boudoir shaped like a giant elephant. It's the other one. The one about an ill-fated homosexual affair at a time when such a thing was punishable by law as a criminal act, the one in which love is a lamentable and destructive force that serves as an anguished plea for social upheaval. It's easy to tell, because while "Love" is spoken time and time again in a smorgasbord of different languages throughout the 550+ films of the Criterion Collection, in few of them is it ever just a word.