1938 • 112 minutes • 1.33:1 • Soviet Union
Spine: #87 Edition: Collector’s Sets
Sergei Eisenstein drew on history, Russian folk narratives, and the techniques of Walt Disney to create this broadly painted epic of Russian resilience, the story of Teutonic knights vanquished by Prince Alexander Nevsky’s tactical brilliance.
1958 • 88 minutes • 1.33:1 • Soviet Union
Spine: #88 Editions: Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus
Visually stunning and powerfully acted, Ivan the Terrible charts the rise to power and descent into terror of this veritable dictator. Stalin detested the portrait in the second film—with its summary executions and secret police—and promptly banned it.
1953 • 87 minutes • 1.37:1 • France
Spine: #110 Editions: Collector’s Sets, iTunes
Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati’s endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another.
Saul J. Turell
1962 • 189 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Edition: Collector’s Sets
Three delightful tributes to Hollywood: The Great Chase, a rollicking compendium of the greatest hits of silent-cinema chase sequences, The Love Goddesses, a look at cinema’s most alluring female sex symbols, and the Oscar-winning remembrance Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist.
Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this world-renowned distribution company with Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films, an expansive collectors’ box set featuring fifty classic films on DVD and a lavishly illustrated hardcover book.
1937 • 114 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #1 Editions: DVD, Collector’s Sets
Jean Renoir’s antiwar masterpiece Grand Illusion, hailed as one of the greatest films ever made, stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp.
1962 • 94 minutes • 1.33:1 • Poland
Spine: #215 Editions: DVD, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A husband, a wife, a stranger, a knife: Roman Polanski sets them all adrift on a weekend filled with simmering resentments and gut-churning suspense in his seminal psychological thriller, still one of the greatest feature debuts in film history.
Indispensable cinema classics from Janus Films and the Criterion Collection. For the devoted cinephile, these are the must-own fundamentals; for the novice film lover, this is precisely where to begin. Featuring Bergman, Kurosawa, Polanski, Brook, Cocteau, and Renoir.