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.
Spine: #729 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With a background in music hall and mime performance, Tati steadily built an ever-more-ambitious movie career that ultimately raised sight-gag comedy to the level of high art.
1960 • 143 minutes • 1.77:1 • Italy
Spine: #98 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork.
1974 • 118 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #59 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In this unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) discovers her former torturer and lover (Dirk Bogarde) working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna.
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.
1988 • 106 minutes • 1.66:1 • Netherlands
Spine: #133 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A young man embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared while the couple were taking a sunny vacation trip, and his three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a mild-mannered professor with a clinically diabolical mind.
1981 • 116 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #37 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In this fantastic voyage through time and space from Terry Gilliam, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarfs.
1934 • 105 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #736 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
It Happened One Night is among the most gracefully constructed and edited films of the early sound era, packed with clever situations and gags that have entered the Hollywood comedy pantheon.
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.
1982 • 116 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #738 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This multilayered comedy from Sydney Pollack follows the elaborate deception of a down-on-his-luck New York actor who poses as a woman to get a soap opera gig.
1995 • 119 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #739 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This revelatory drama was named the best film of the 1990s in a Village Voice poll of more than fifty critics.
563 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #737 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Seemingly off-the-cuff yet poetically constructed, these films are humane, sometimes wry, always engaging tributes to music, food, and all sorts of regionally specific delights.
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.
Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In the midsixties, the maverick American director Monte Hellman conceived of two westerns at the same time. Dreamlike and gritty by turns, these films would prove their maker’s adeptness at brilliantly deconstructing genre.