Gregory and Shawn’s unique contributions to the cinematic landscape are shape-shifting, challenging, and entertaining works about the process of creation.
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.
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.
1970 • 138 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #759 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
The master of the political thriller, Costa-Gavras became an instant phenomenon after the mammoth success of Z, and he quickly followed it with the equally riveting The Confession.
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 • 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.
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.
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.
Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale “The Killers” is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features.
1952 • 137 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #756 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Charlie Chaplin’s masterful drama about the twilight of a former vaudeville star is among the writer-director’s most touching films. Chaplin plays Calvero, a once beloved musical-comedy performer, now a washed-up alcoholic who lives in a small London flat.
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.
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,
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1971 • 88 minutes • 1.37:1
Spine: #758 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In this anguished yet mordantly funny film, Fassbinder charts the decline of a self-destructive former policeman and war veteran struggling to make ends meet for his family by working as a fruit vendor.
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.
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.
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.
1979 • 134 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #757 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Bette Midler exploded onto the screen with her take-no-prisoners performance in this quintessential film about fame and addiction from director Mark Rydell.
1972 • 121 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #760 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Costa-Gavras puts the United States’ involvement in Latin American politics under the microscope in this arresting thriller.
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.