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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Editions: DVD, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
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
Editions: DVD, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus
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.