Like the rest of America, Hollywood was ripe for revolution in the late sixties. Cinema attendance was down; what had once worked seemed broken. Enter Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner, who would form form BBS Productions, a company that was also a community.
1977 • 126 minutes • 1.66:1 • Germany
Spine: #793 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Wim Wenders pays loving homage to rough-and-tumble Hollywood film noir with The American Friend, a loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game.
1955 • 106 minutes • 1.37:1 • Italy
Spine: #817 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
This major early achievement by Michelangelo Antonioni bears the first signs of the cinema-changing style for which he would soon be world-famous.
1959 • 161 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #600 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
This gripping envelope-pusher, the most popular film by Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—but more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words.
2010 • 89 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #617 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
After the death in 2004 of American theater actor and monologist Spalding Gray, director Steven Soderbergh pieced together a narrative of Gray’s life to create the documentary And Everything Is Going Fine.
1956 • 92 minutes • 2.35:1 • France
Spine: #77 Edition: DVD
Brigitte Bardot stars as Juliette, an 18-year-old orphan whose unbridled appetite for pleasure shakes up all of St. Tropez; her sweet but naïve husband Michel (Jean-Louis Trintignant) endures beatings, insults, and mambo in his attempts to tame her wild ways.
1984 • 127 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #50 Edition: DVD
In Federico Fellini’s quirky, imaginative fable, a motley crew of European aristocrats (and a lovesick rhinoceros!) board a luxurious ocean liner on the eve of World War I to scatter the ashes of a beloved diva.
Gregory and Shawn’s unique contributions to the cinematic landscape are shape-shifting, challenging, and entertaining works about the process of creation.
1966 • 185 minutes • 2.35:1 • Soviet Union
Spine: #34 Edition: DVD
Immediately suppressed by the Soviets in 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky’s epic masterpiece is a sweeping medieval tale of Russia’s greatest icon painter.
Spine: #282 Edition: DVD
These three groundbreaking films helped usher in the Polish School movement and have often been regarded as a trilogy. But each boldly stands on its own—a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the struggle for personal and national freedom.
1990 • 158 minutes • 1.78:1 • New Zealand
Spine: #301 Editions: DVD, iTunes
With An Angel at My Table, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Jane Campion brings to the screen the harrowing true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished author. Angel beautifully captures the color and power of the New Zealand landscape.
Lars von Trier
2009 • 108 minutes • 2.35:1 • Denmark
Spine: #542 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A grief-stricken man and woman—a searing Willem Dafoe and Cannes best actress winner Charlotte Gainsbourg—retreat to their cabin deep in the woods after the accidental death of their son, only to find terror and violence at the hands of nature and, ultimately, each other.
1984 • 72 minutes • 1.33:1 • Japan
Spine: #425 Editions: DVD, iTunes
A unique, enthralling cinematic experience, Teshigahara’s Antonio Gaudí, less a documentary than a visual poem, takes viewers on a tour of Gaudí’s truly spectacular architecture.
Spine: #782 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new restoration.
Pier Paolo Pasolini
1974 • 130 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #634 Edition: Collector’s Sets
Pier Paolo Pasolini traveled to Africa, India, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary The Thousand and One Nights.
1998 • 153 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #40 Edition: DVD
Bruce Willis and an all-star cast of roughneck oil drillers blast off on a mission to save the planet in Michael Bay’s doomsday space epic.
1969 • 145 minutes • 1.85:1 • France
Spine: #385 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows is Melville’s most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime.
1966 • 68 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Edition: Collector’s Sets
In this endlessly diverting compendium of four short films, Pierre Etaix regards the 1960s from his askew but astute perspective.
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.
Spencer G. Bennet
1959 • 72 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #366 Editions: Collector’s Sets, iTunes
When a nuclear-powered submarine, the Tiger Shark, sets out to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances near the Arctic Circle, its fearless crew finds itself besieged by electrical storms, an Unidentified Floating Saucer, and lots of hairy tentacles.
1966 • 95 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #297 Editions: DVD, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel, but all with motivations beyond his understanding—a profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema.
1987 • 105 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #330 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
Based on events from writer-director Louis Malle’s own childhood, Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France.