Essential Art House, Volume II

Essential Art House, Volume II

Essential Art House, Volume II (Essential Art House DVD)

Essential Art House DVD

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Box Set Info

Indispensable cinema classics from Janus Films and the Criterion Collection. For the devoted cinephile, these are the must-own fundamentals; for the novice film lover, this is precisely where to begin. For Volume II, we present six films from directors Akira Kurosawa, François Truffaut, Anthony Asquith, Marcel Camus, and Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Collector’s Set Includes

The 400 Blows box cover

The 400 Blows

François Truffaut 1959

Told through the eyes of François Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel, The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime.

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Black Orpheus

Marcel Camus 1959

Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

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Akira Kurosawa 1952

An aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer decides to strip the veneer off his existence and find meaning in his final days. Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa’s greatest achievement, Ikiru offers a multifaceted look at a life through a prism of perspectives.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp box cover

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 1943

Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other.

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Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard 1938

Cranky Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) takes a bet that he can turn Cockney guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller) into a “proper lady” in a mere six months in this delightful comedy of bad manners, based on the play by George Bernard Shaw.

La strada box cover

La strada

Federico Fellini 1954

Federico Fellini’s wife Giulietta Masina plays Gelsomina, a naive girl sold into the employ of a brutal strongman in a traveling circus, in this poetic fable of love and cruelty, winner of the 1956 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

Disc Features

  • Pristine digital transfer
  • Informative liner notes
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

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