1956 • 101 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #650 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
With the simplest of concepts and sparest of techniques, Robert Bresson made one of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time in A Man Escaped.
1947 • 124 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #652 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Charlie Chaplin plays shockingly against type in his most controversial film, a brilliant and bleak black comedy about money, marriage, and murder.
1953 • 89 minutes • 1.37:1 • Japan
Spine: #653 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A winner of Academy Awards for best foreign-language film and best costume design, Gate of Hell is a visually sumptuous, psychologically penetrating work from Teinosuke Kinugasa.
1991 • 115 minutes • 1.78:1 • Canada
Spine: #220 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s hallucinatory, once-thought-unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone.
1984 • 92 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #654 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
A quintessential cult film of the 1980s, Alex Cox’s singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton as a weathered repo man in a desolate Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing.
These are unforgettable depictions of a postwar Japan troubled by identity crises and moral corruption on scales both intimate and institutional.
Spine: #655 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
A French comedy master whose films went unseen for decades as a result of legal tangles, director-actor Pierre Etaix is a treasure the cinematic world has rediscovered and embraced with relish.
1955 • 158 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #213 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In Richard III, director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier brings Shakespeare’s masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to ravishing cinematic life
1964 • 95 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #174 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Collector’s Sets
Four years after Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard reimagined the gangster film even more radically with Band of Outsiders. In it, two restless young men (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of both of their fancies (Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery—in her own home.
1956 • 101 minutes • 2.55:1 • United States
Spine: #656 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
A trio of exceptional performances by Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, and Rod Steiger form the center of Jubal, an overlooked Hollywood treasure from genre master Delmer Daves.
1957 • 92 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #657 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
In this beautifully shot, psychologically complex western, Van Heflin is a mild-mannered cattle rancher who takes on the task of shepherding a captured outlaw (played with cucumber-cool charisma by Glenn Ford) to the train that will deliver him to prison.
1969 • 110 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #658 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. Medium Cool, his debut feature, plunges us into the moment.
1990 • 103 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #659 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray
This invigorating film from Mike Leigh was his first international sensation. Melancholy and funny by turns, it is an intimate portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London.
1957 • 92 minutes • 1.33:1 • Sweden
Spine: #139 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death.
The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd—the modern guy striving for success—is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last! is the perfect introduction to him.
1967 • 165 minutes • 2.35:1 • Czechoslovakia
Spine: #661 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Based on a novel by Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence.
William Cameron Menzies
1936 • 97 minutes • 1.37:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #660 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus
A landmark collaboration between writer H. G. Wells, producer Alexander Korda, and designer and director William Cameron Menzies, Things to Come is a science fiction film like no other, a prescient political work that predicts a century of turmoil and progress.