Dead Man: Earth, Wind, and Fire
Improvising to Jim Jarmusch’s film in real time, Neil Young created a rich parallel environment that sounds like a force of nature.
The Other Side of Hope: No-Home Movie
In the singular world of Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, auteurist homage and social consciousness are joined by some of the most lovingly filmed dogs in contemporary cinema.
Moonrise: Dark of the Moon
In his uncharacteristic final masterpiece, the great Hollywood melodramatist Frank Borzage approaches the shadowy violence of film noir with his unique brand of romanticism.
Dead Man: Blake in America
What do we mean when we say a narrative film is poetic? The answer lies in this visionary western from director Jim Jarmusch.
The Awful Truth: Divorce, McCarey Style
With a mix of improvisation, balletic physicality, and slapstick humor, Hollywood master Leo McCarey crafted the most sublime of screwball comedies.
The Virgin Suicides: “They Hadn’t Heard Us Calling”
Sofia Coppola lets us behind closed doors in ways that are beyond the imagining of the novel’s boy narrators.
The Color of Pomegranates: Parajanov Unbound
Soviet filmmaker Sergei Parajanov explored his Transcaucasian roots in this visually spectacular and wonderfully strange ode to the Armenian poet Sayat-Nova.
Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman’s Swedish Years
Ingrid Bergman’s work in her native Sweden was an early showcase for her dazzlingly precocious talent and emotional depth.
Now You Has King of Jazz
This spectacular and technically ambitious Hollywood musical is a priceless window onto American pop culture’s view of itself in the 1930s.
Women in Love: Bohemian Rhapsody
At the height of his career, Ken Russell brought D. H. Lawrence’s classic exploration of human sexuality to the screen with frank eroticism and visual panache.
Baal: The Nature of the Beast
The careers of three iconic German artists—Bertolt Brecht, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Volker Schlöndorff—converged in this unflinching portrait of destructive genius.
The Age of Innocence: Savage Civility
Martin Scorsese brought his trademark attentiveness to the intricacies of social custom to this devastating adaptation of an Edith Wharton novel.
Tom Jones: Tomorrow Do Thy Worst
Director Tony Richardson refracts the bawdy spirit of the 1960s through this brilliantly distilled take on an eighteenth-century picaresque.
The Hero: Depths and Surfaces
Bengali cinema icon Uttam Kumar stars as a matinee idol on the brink of failure in this deeply introspective meditation on art and fame.
An Actor’s Revenge and a Director’s Triumph
In this wildly inventive revenge drama, director Kon Ichikawa blurs the line between stage and screen, infusing kabuki traditions with his own extravagant visual sensibility.
The Silence of the Lambs: A Hero of Our Time
Jonathan Demme put an uncompromisingly feminist spin on the law-enforcement procedural with this wildly successful, Oscar-winning drama.
Night of the Living Dead: Mere Anarchy Is Loosed
With the scrappiest of means, George A. Romero created not only a landmark of independent cinema but also an indelible portrait of America as hellscape.
Kameradschaft: War Is Over (If You Want It)
G. W. Pabst’s breathlessly paced reimagining of a mine disaster makes an urgent plea for international cooperation in the post–World War I era.
Westfront 1918: War Is Hell
In his first sound film, silent-era master G. W. Pabst captures both the familial camaraderie and everyday brutality of life in the trenches.
Eclipse Series 45: Claude Autant-Lara—Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France
Made during the German occupation of France, these beguiling films showcase Claude Autant-Lara at the height of his powers.
I, Daniel Blake: An Authentic Cinema
The ravages of poverty in contemporary Britain are translated with vivid authenticity in this drama from celebrated filmmaker Ken Loach.
The Breakfast Club: Smells Like Teen Realness
John Hughes created the blueprint for the American teen movie with this pop-culture phenomenon, finding the humanity in an assortment of high school archetypes.
Pop: Ancient and Modern
With D. A. Pennebaker’s groundbreaking concert film, rock music solidified its status as a universal language.