1966 • 121 minutes • 2.35:1 • Japan
Spine: #280 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune star in the story of a wandering samurai who exists in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of shogunate rule in Japan, Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse or mercy.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1972 • 125 minutes • 1.37:1 • West Germany
Spine: #740 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
One of the first and best-loved films of this period in his career is The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, which balances a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director’s roots in experimental theater.
2007 • 80 minutes • 1.33:1 • Canada
Spine: #741 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A work of memory and imagination, the film burrows into what the filmmaker calls “the heart of the heart” of the continent, conjuring a city as delightful as it is fearsome, populated by sleepwalkers and hockey aficionados.
1942 • 88 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #742 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A mix of the witty and the utterly absurd, The Palm Beach Story is a high watermark of Sturges’s brand of physical comedy and verbal repartee, featuring sparkling performances.
2001 • 101 minutes • 1.85:1 • Argentina
Spine: #743 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
With a radical take on narrative, disturbing yet beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on- and offscreen sound, Martel turns her tale of a decaying bourgeois family, whiling away the hours of one sweaty, sticky summer, into a cinematic marvel.
1980 • 88 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #744 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation, Jean-Luc Godard returned to commercial cinema with this star-driven work of social commentary, while remaining defiantly intellectual and formally cutting-edge.
1936 • 41 minutes • 1.37:1 • France
Spine: #746 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
This bittersweet film from Jean Renoir, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, is a tenderly comic idyll about a city family’s picnic in the French countryside and the romancing of the mother and grown daughter by two local men.
1973 • 110 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #745 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg, Don’t Look Now, adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, is a brilliantly disturbing tale of the supernatural.
1962 • 113 minutes • 1.37:1 • Japan
Spine: #446 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
The last film by Yasujiro Ozu was also his final masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking story about a man’s dignifed resignation to life’s shifting currents and society’s modernization.
1969 • 130 minutes • 2.35:1 • Italy
Spine: #747 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Federico Fellini’s career achieved new levels of eccentricity and brilliance with this remarkable, controversial, extremely loose adaptation of Petronius’s classical Roman satire, written during the reign of Nero.
1978 • 92 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #748 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This is a faithful big-screen adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic British dystopian novel about a community of rabbits under terrible threat from modern forces.
1964 • 117 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #749 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
Truffaut made The Soft Skin at a time when he was immersing himself in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that master’s influence can be felt throughout this complex, insightful, underseen French New Wave treasure.
1947 • 101 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #750 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With its relentless pace, expressive cinematography by the great Russell Metty, and punchy, clever script by Charles Lederer and Ben Hecht, this is an overlooked treasure from the heyday of 1940s film noir.
Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With his trademark mixture of empathy and scrutiny, Errol Morris has changed the face of documentary filmmaking in the United States, and his career began with two remarkable tales of American eccentricity.
1988 • 101 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #753 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite overwhelming evidence that he did not commit the crime.
1972 • 91 minutes • 1.66:1 • Sweden
Spine: #101 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
An intensely felt film that may be Bergman’s most striking formal experiment, Cries and Whispers (which won an Oscar for the extraordinary color photography of Sven Nykvist) is a powerful depiction of human behavior in the face of death.
1994 • 171 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #289 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
This landmark film, which documents the journeys of two remarkable families, continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.