1978 • 96 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #671 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
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. But with its hilarious performances and ahead-of-its-time social message, there’s nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie.
1960 • 90 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #260 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance—at a horrifying price.
Spine: #672 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In the late 1940s, the incandescent Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman found herself so stirred by the revolutionary neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini that she sent the director a letter, introducing herself and offering her talents.
1961 • 122 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #678 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as a novelist and his frustrated wife, who, over the course of one night, confront their alienation from each other and the achingly empty bourgeois Milan circles in which they travel.
1970 • 115 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #682 Edition: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD
The provocative Italian filmmaker Elio Petri’s most internationally acclaimed work is this Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (a commanding Gian Maria Volonté) investigating a heinous crime—which he himself committed.
The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen’s great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman.
1953 • 137 minutes • 1.33:1 • Japan
Spine: #217 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu.
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.
John Cassavetes was a genius, a visionary, and the progenitor of American independent film, but that doesn’t begin to get at the generosity of his art.
2013 • 86 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #681 Edition: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD
Greta Gerwig is radiant as Frances, a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her intimate but shifting bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner).
1975 • 160 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #683 Edition: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD
This cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking from Robert Altman is a panoramic view of the country’s political and cultural landscapes, set in the nation’s music capital.
1965 • 112 minutes • 1.66:1 • 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.
1931 • 86 minutes • 1.19:1 • United States
Spine: #680 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street (a magical Virginia Cherrill) and mistakes him for a millionaire.
1942 • 77 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #676 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic.
1944 • 99 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #677 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A pair of siblings from London (Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey) purchase a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price—and soon they’re caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave.
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.