1959 • 99 minutes • 2.35:1 • France
Spine: #5 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
Told through the eyes of François Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel, The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime.
1950 • 112 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #847 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
An uncommonly naturalistic view of a seamy underworld, this gritty crime classic painstakingly depicts the calm professionalism and toughness of its gangster heroes while evincing a remarkable depth of compassion for their all-too-human fragility.
1972 • 120 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #848 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Travelogue, memoir, and outrageous cinematic spectacle converge in this kaleidoscopic valentine to the Eternal City, composed by one of its most iconic inhabitants.
1940 • 92 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #849 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, His Girl Friday is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with remarriage comedy.
1961 • 113 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #850 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With astonishing location and claustrophobic interior photography by Eugene Schüfftan, an opening-title sequence by the inimitable Saul Bass, and a rhythmic score by Aaron Copland, Jack Garfein’s film is a masterwork of independent cinema.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1975 • 124 minutes • 1.37:1 • Germany
Spine: #851 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A lottery win leads not to financial and emotional freedom but to social captivity, in this wildly cynical classic about love and exploitation by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
1966 • 59 minutes • 1.37:1 • Senegal
Spine: #852 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The feature debut of the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century, Black Girl is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement—and one of the essential films of the 1960s.
2016 • 102 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #853 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.
1978 • 186 minutes • 1.33:1 • Italy
Spine: #854 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1978, The Tree of Wooden Clogs is intimate in scale but epic in scope—a towering, heart-stirring work of humanist filmmaking.
1988 • 89 minutes • 1.85:1 • Spain
Spine: #855 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Pedro Almodóvar makes telephones, a mambo taxi, and a burning mattress into delirious plot points and indelible images in his international breakthrough.
Spine: #856 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The cornerstone of the career-long exploration of cinematic time by director Richard Linklater, this celebrated three-part romance captures a relationship as it begins, begins again, deepens, strains, and settles over the course of almost two decades.
1945 • 111 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #860 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from the Hollywood master Michael Curtiz, featuring an iconic performance by Joan Crawford.