Gregory and Shawn’s unique contributions to the cinematic landscape are shape-shifting, challenging, and entertaining works about the process of creation.
1981 • 111 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #479 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with his friend the theater director André Gregory at a restaurant on New York’s Upper West Side, and the pair proceed through an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional about love, death, money, and all the superstition in between.
2014 • 127 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #762 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
Brought pristinely to the screen by Jonathan Demme, this compellingly abstract reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Bygmester Solness features Shawn (who also wrote the adaptation) as a visionary but tyrannical middle-aged architect haunted by figures from his past,
1959 • 103 minutes • 1.37:1 • Germany
Spine: #763 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Bernhard Wicki’s astonishing The Bridge was the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation’s first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination.
1991 • 138 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #764 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A fairy tale grounded in poignant reality, the magnificent, Manhattan-set The Fisher King, by Terry Gilliam, features Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in two of their most brilliant roles.
1970 • 76 minutes • 1.37:1 • Czechoslovakia
Spine: #761 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream.
1970 • 98 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #546 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
Following Jack Nicholson’s breakout supporting turn in Easy Rider, director Bob Rafelson devised a powerful leading role for the new star in the searing character study Fve Easy Pieces.
Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale “The Killers” is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features.
1959 • 90 minutes • 1.37:1 • France
Spine: #196 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
A cornerstone of the French New Wave, the first feature from Alain Resnais is one of the most influential films of all time.
1966 • 168 minutes • 1.66:1 • Sweden
Spine: #766 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
This mesmerizing debut by the great Swedish director Jan Troell is an epic bildungsroman and a multilayered representation of early twentieth-century Sweden.
1979 • 117 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #765 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A wild horse saves a young boy’s life after a terrifying shipwreck and the two become unlikely friends in Carroll Ballard’s cinematic tour de force, adapted from Walter Farley’s classic children’s novel.
1985 • 98 minutes • 1.66:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #767 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Stephen Frears was at the forefront of the British cinematic revival of the mid-1980s, and the delightfully transgressive My Beautiful Laundrette is his greatest triumph of the period.
1950 • 95 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #274 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for “a life of ease and plenty.” Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he tries to hatch a lucrative plan with a famous wrestler.
1981 • 123 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #768 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
An astounding array of talent came together for the big-screen adaptation of John Fowles’s novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman, a postmodern masterpiece that had been considered unfilmable.
1973 • 116 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #769 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This affectionate farce from François Truffaut about the joys and strife of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films.
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard received another nomination for her searing, deeply felt performance as a working-class woman desperate to hold on to her factory job, in this gripping film from master Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.