1960 • 174 minutes • 2.35:1 • Italy
Spine: #733 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, La dolce vita rocketed Federico Fellini to international mainstream success—ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom.
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.
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.
1982 • 116 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #738 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This multilayered comedy from director Sydney Pollack follows the increasingly elaborate deception of a down-on-his-luck New York actor who disguises himself as a woman to get a coveted 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.
1959 • 119 minutes • 1.33:1 • Japan
Editions: DVD, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus
An aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all, in Yasujiro Ozu’s color collaboration with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa.
Buy all three children’s classics from Janus Films—The Red Balloon, White Mane, and Paddle to the Sea—and save.
1956 • 34 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
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Albert Lamorisse’s exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris.
1952 • 39 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
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In the south of France, in a vast plain region called the Camargue, lives White Mane, a magnificent stallion and the leader of a herd of wild horses too proud to let themselves be broken by humans. Only Folco, a young fisherman, manages to tame him.
1966 • 28 minutes • 1.33:1 • Canada
Editions: DVD, Collector’s Sets
Based on Holling C. Holling’s beloved, Caldecott-awarded children’s book, William Mason’s stunning film follows the adventures of a tiny, wood-carved canoe as it forges its own path from Lake Superior through the Great Lakes and down to the Atlantic Ocean.
1991 • 100 minutes • 1.77:1 • United Kingdom
Merchant Ivory’s The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, based on the novella by Carson McCullers and the play by Edward Albee, is both a grotesque black comedy and a prime slice of Southern Gothic set in a poverty-stricken rural community dominated by the curious, androgynous Miss Amelia.
1970 • 112 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Starring Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal, Bombay Talkie is Merchant Ivory’s affectionate, bemused view of Bollywood—India’s huge dream factory. Cameraman Subrata Mitra’s ravishing photography has never been surpassed in any other of James Ivory’s films.
1984 • 122 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
In Boston in the aftermath of the Civil War, gifted young orator Verena Tarrant has attracted the attention of Olive Chancellor (Vanessa Redgrave), who wishes to nurture Verena for the Women’s Movement. But Basil Ransom (Christopher Reeve), a handsome male chauvinist, wants Verena as his wife.
1983 • 73 minutes • 1.33:1 • India
1988 • 102 minutes • 1.77:1 • United Kingdom
India, 1825: The country is being ravaged by the Thugees, cult members also known as the “Deceivers,” who commit robbery and ritualistic murder. Appalled by their activities, English officer William Savage (Pierce Brosnan) disguises himself and infiltrates their ranks.
1979 • 91 minutes • 1.78:1 • United Kingdom
This entertaining film, from a delicious early novel by Henry James, takes place in a New England Arcadia that stands for everything beautiful, pure, and good. Into this Eden come a sophisticated European brother and sister who turn up unexpectedly on the doorstep of their staid American cousins.
1983 • 130 minutes • 1.78:1 • United Kingdom
Blending east with west, and moving effortlessly between vibrant modern-day India and the splendors of the Raj, Heat and Dust concerns Anne, a young woman drawn to India by her desire to unravel the scandal surrounding her great-aunt’s seduction in the 1920s by a handsome Indian prince.
1963 • 101 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
The Householder, the first collaboration between Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, is the story of a young, underpaid Delhi schoolteacher (Shashi Kapoor) who marries and then, little by little, gets to know his young wife, Indu (Leela Naidu), during their first year together.
1978 • 83 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Peggy Ashcroft and Larry Pine play rapacious art collectors who come to the decaying Art Deco palace of a young Maharaja (Victor Banerjee) to examine a legendary collection of Indian miniature paintings.
1993 • 125 minutes • 1.77:1 • United Kingdom
Based on the Booker Prize–nominated novel by Anita Desai, In Custody, the debut of Ismail Merchant as a director, is a wry, lyrical, comic drama about contemporary Indian culture, society, and domestic life.
1980 • 111 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Rival theater companies compete to produce their own unique versions of Jane Austen’s childhood play Sir Charles Grandison in this delightful film from Merchant Ivory, featuring a brilliant ensemble cast, a witty screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and an inventive score by Richard Robbins.
1987 • 140 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Set against the stifling conformity of pre–World War I English society, Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge.
1988 • 93 minutes • 1.77:1 • India
Inspector Ghote of the Bombay police has just been assigned his most perplexing case: a savage attack on a rich industrialist’s private secretary. Based on the award-winning novel by H.R.F. Keating, Merchant Ivory Productions’ The Perfect Murder is an entertaining, exotic detective thriller.
1981 • 101 minutes • 1.78:1 • United Kingdom
Dazzlingly acted by Alan Bates, Maggie Smith, Anthony Higgins, and Isabelle Adjani, Quartet is the story of a girl who, adrift with her feckless husband amidst the literati of glittering Paris in the 1920s, becomes entrapped by a rich and sybaritic English couple.
1977 • 104 minutes • 1.77:1 • United Kingdom
Three interlocking stories set in the legendary New York City dance palace Roseland make up this charming film, the third shot by Merchant Ivory Productions in America, and featuring Teresa Wright, Christopher Walken, and Lilia Skala.