1998 • 113 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #485 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The Last Days of Disco, from director Whit Stillman, is a cleverly comic look at the early 1980s Manhattan party scene from the vantage point of the late nineties.
1991 • 101 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #486 Edition: DVD
In this nightmarish urban odyssey, inner-city police detective Bobby Gold (Joe Mantegna), is following the murder of an elderly Jewish candy-shop owner, which leads him down a path of obscure encounters and clues, as well as a profound reckoning with his own self and identity.
1941 • 125 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #487 Editions: DVD, Hulu Plus
Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars of the late eighteenth century, That Hamilton Woman is a gripping account of the scandalous adulterous affair between the British Royal Navy officer Lord Horatio Nelson (Laurence Olivier) and the renowned beauty Emma, Lady Hamilton (Vivien Leigh).
1992 • 142 minutes • 2.35:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #488 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The pinnacle of the decades-long collaboration between producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, Howards End is a luminous vision of E. M. Forster’s cutting 1910 novel about class divisions in Edwardian England.
2001 • 114 minutes • 1.85:1 • India
Spine: #489 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Cultures and families clash in Mira Nair’s exuberant Monsoon Wedding, a mix of comedy and chaotic melodrama concerning the preparations for the arranged marriage of a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter.
1987 • 127 minutes • 1.66:1 • Germany
Spine: #490 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears, hopes, dreams—of all the people living below. Wings of Desire forever made the name Wim Wenders synonymous with film art.
1969 • 127 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #491 Editions: DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras’s Z was one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece.
2008 • 152 minutes • 2.35:1 • France
Spine: #492 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In Arnaud Desplechin’s beguiling A Christmas Tale, Catherine Deneuve brings her legendary poise to the role of Junon, matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative.
2008 • 137 minutes • 2.35:1 • Italy
Spine: #493 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In this tour de force adaptation of Roberto Saviano’s best-selling exposé of Naples’ Mafia underworld, director Matteo Garrone links five disparate tales in which men and children are caught up in a corrupt system that extends from the housing projects to the world of haute couture.
1969 • 102 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #494 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart’s narcissistic drive for glory.
These astonishingly choreographed, brilliantly acted, and socially progressive “teleplays” constituted an artistic high for the medium, bringing Broadway-quality drama to all of America. These award-winning programs feature such stars as Paul Newman and Mickey Rooney.
2008 • 261 minutes • United States
Spine: #496 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Daring in its refusal to make the socialist leader into an easy martyr or hero, Che paints a vivid, naturalistic portrait of the man himself (Benicio del Toro), from his overthrow of the Batista dictatorship to his 1964 United Nations trip to the end of his short life.
Spine: #500 Edition: DVD
Roberto Rossellini is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. And it was with his trilogy of films made during and after World War II—Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero—that he left his first transformative mark on cinema.
1984 • 147 minutes • 1.78:1 • Germany
Spine: #501 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard.
2008 • 122 minutes • 1.85:1 • Austria
Spine: #502 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
A gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, Revanche is the stunning, Oscar-nominated international breakthrough of Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann, a tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption.
1955 • 115 minutes • 2.55:1 • France
Spine: #503 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
Max Ophuls’s final film, Lola Montès is at once a magnificent romantic melodrama, a meditation on the lurid fascination with celebrity, and a one-of-a-kind movie spectacle.
2008 • 96 minutes • 2.35:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #504 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Featuring an intense performance by Michael Fassbender, Hunger, about IRA member Bobby Sands’s 1981 prison hunger strike, is an unflinching, transcendent depiction of what a human being is willing to endure to be heard.
1937 • 92 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #505 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Make Way for Tomorrow, by Leo McCarey, is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap.
1969 • 95 minutes • 1.66:1 • Italy
Spine: #506 Editions: DVD, Hulu Plus
In this magnificently inscrutable late-sixties masterpiece, Marco Ferreri, one of European cinema’s most idiosyncratic auteurs, takes us through the looking glass to one seemingly routine night in the life of an Italian gas mask designer, played by Michel Piccoli.
1956 • 95 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #507 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
When a suburban teacher and father (James Mason) is prescribed cortisone for a painful, possibly fatal affliction, he grows dangerously addicted to the experimental drug. This Eisenhower-era throat-grabber, shot in expressive CinemaScope, is an excoriating take on the nuclear family.
Spine: #508 Edition: DVD
These are the three films that put Portuguese director Pedro Costa on the map: spare, painterly portraits of battered, largely immigrant lives in the slums of Fontainhas, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon.
1962 • 83 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #512 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. Anna Karina plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute.
2008 • 99 minutes • 1.85:1 • France
Spine: #513 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Three siblings must decide what to do with the country estate and objects they’ve inherited from their mother. From this simple story, Olivier Assayas creates a nuanced, exquisitely made drama about the material of globalized modern living.
1999 • 148 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #514 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With this new director’s cut, Ang Lee reconstructs his original vision for Ride with the Devil, a harrowing, unorthodox Civil War epic, starring Tobey Maguire and Jeffrey Wright.
1960 • 121 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #515 Edition: DVD
Four Oscar–winning actors—Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, and Maureen Stapleton—sink their teeth into this enthralling film, which brings together the legendary talents of director Sidney Lumet and writer Tennessee Williams.