1987 • 104 minutes • 1.66:1 • Denmark
Spine: #665 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus
At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema.
1978 • 93 minutes • 1.66:1 • Sweden
Spine: #60 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans—Ingmar, the iconic director of The Seventh Seal, and Ingrid, the monumental star of Casablanca.
1963 • 90 minutes • 1.37:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #43 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding’s legendary novel about the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center.
1966 • 107 minutes • 1.75:1 • United States
Spine: #667 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Seconds, directed by John Frankenheimer, concerns a middle-aged banker who, dissatisfied with his suburban existence, elects to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life.
1985 • 550 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #663 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Over a decade in the making, Claude Lanzmann’s nine-hour-plus opus is a monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis.
1997 • 113 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #426 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
With clarity, subtlety, and a dose of wicked humor, Academy Award–winning director Ang Lee renders Rick Moody’s acclaimed novel of upper-middle-class American malaise as a trenchant, tragic cinematic portrait of lost souls.
1991 • 100 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #247 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Shooting on 16 mm for a mere $3,000, writer-producer-director Linklater and his crew of friends threw out any idea of a traditional plot, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as compelling as the last.
1942 • 99 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #670 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous spy plot.
1952 • 136 minutes • 1.37:1 • Japan
Spine: #664 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus
This epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the astounding Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained the director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him.
1978 • 96 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #671 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
A modest French comedy that became a breakout art-house smash in America, Edouard Molinaro’s La Cage aux Folles inspired a major Broadway musical and the blockbuster remake The Birdcage.
1953 • 100 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #445 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, The Earrings of Madame de . . . is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance.
1964 • 119 minutes • 1.33:1 • India
Spine: #669 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Based on a novella by the great Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata is a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice.
1963 • 135 minutes • 1.33:1 • India
Spine: #668 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
The Big City follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family.
1965 • 112 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #452 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
The acclaimed, best-selling novel by John le Carré, about a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, is transmuted by director Martin Ritt into a film every bit as precise and ruthless as the book.
Spine: #672 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
In the late 1940s, the incandescent Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman found herself so moved by the revolutionary neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini that she sent the director a letter, introducing herself and offering her talents.
Guillermo del Toro
2001 • 108 minutes • 1.85:1 • Spain
Spine: #666 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, The Devil’s Backbone tells the tale of a twelve-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets.