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.
1960 • 90 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #408 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.
1962 • 93 minutes • 1.33:1 • Mexico
Spine: #459 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and find themselves inexplicably unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel’s daring masterpiece.
Delivering stylish thrills and a body count that defies belief, Lone Wolf and Cub is beloved for its brilliantly choreographed action sequences as well as its tender depiction of the bonds between a parent and a child.
1990 • 120 minutes • 1.85:1 • Japan
Spine: #842 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Unfolding in a series of eight mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa was inspired by the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore.
Paul Thomas Anderson
2002 • 95 minutes • 2.39:1 • United States
Spine: #843 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This Cannes-award-winning romantic comedy channels the spirit of classic Hollywood and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance.
1961 • 141 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #844 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This is a western like no other, combining the mythological scope of that most American of genres with the searing naturalism of a performance by Marlon Brando—all suffused with Freudian overtones and masculine anxiety.
2005 • 81 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #845 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Shot in Super 16 mm and featuring a quartet of nuanced, understated performances, this comic and poignant drama, peppered with autobiographical elements, deftly captures the heartache and confusion of a fracturing family.
2015 • 75 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #846 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The tender and provocative Heart of a Dog continues Laurie Anderson’s five-decade career of imbuing the everyday with a sense of dreamlike wonder.
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, iTunes
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, iTunes
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.