1970 • 96 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #863 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
John Waters’ gloriously grotesque second feature is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.
1979 • 130 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #864 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This satire, both deeply melancholy and hilarious, is the culmination of Hal Ashby’s remarkable string of films in the 1970s, and a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties, and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade.
1976 • 115 minutes • 1.85:1 • Mexico
Spine: #862 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
One of Mexico’s most highly regarded works of political cinema, Canoa: A Shameful Memory is a daring commentary on ideological manipulation, religious fanaticism, and mass violence, as well as a visceral expression of horror.
2015 • 95 minutes • 1.85:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #861 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Andrew Haigh carries the tradition of British realist cinema to artful new heights in this exquisitely calibrated film, which features Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as an English couple on the eve of an anniversary celebration.
1973 • 123 minutes • 1.85:1 • Italy
Spine: #4 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Federico Fellini satirizes his youth in this carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy in the fascist period. The Academy Award–winning Amarcord remains one of cinema’s enduring treasures.
Spine: #856 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
The cornerstone of director Richard Linklater’s career‑long exploration of cinematic time, this celebrated three-part romance captures a relationship as it begins, begins again, deepens, and strains over the course of almost two decades.
1945 • 111 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #860 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from Hollywood master Michael Curtiz, featuring an iconic performance by Joan Crawford.
1988 • 89 minutes • 1.85:1 • Spain
Spine: #855 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Melding melodrama with screwball farce, this Academy Award–nominated black comedy was Pedro Almodóvar’s international breakthrough and secured his place at the vanguard of modern Spanish cinema.
1978 • 186 minutes • 1.33:1 • Italy
Spine: #854 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1978, The Tree of Wooden Clogs is intimate in scale but epic in scope—a towering, heart-stirring work of humanist filmmaking.
2016 • 102 minutes • 1.78:1 • United States
Spine: #853 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.
1966 • 59 minutes • 1.37:1 • Senegal
Spine: #852 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
The feature debut of the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century, Black Girl is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement—and one of the essential films of the 1960s.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1975 • 124 minutes • 1.37:1 • Germany
Spine: #851 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
A lottery win leads not to financial and emotional freedom but to social captivity, in this wildly cynical classic about love and exploitation by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
1961 • 113 minutes • 1.66:1 • United States
Spine: #850 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With astonishing location and claustrophobic interior photography by Eugene Schüfftan, an opening-title sequence by the inimitable Saul Bass, and a rhythmic score by Aaron Copland, Jack Garfein’s film is a masterwork of independent cinema.
1959 • 99 minutes • 2.35:1 • France
Spine: #5 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
Told through the eyes of François Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel, The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime.
1940 • 92 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #849 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, His Girl Friday is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with remarriage comedy.