1968 • 58 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #831 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Orson Welles’s first color film and final completed fictional feature, The Immortal Story is a moving and wistful adaptation of a tale by Isak Dinesen.
1964 • 147 minutes • 1.33:1 • Japan
Spine: #394 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In this art-house sensation, an amateur entomologist has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert; when he misses his bus back to civilization, he spends the night with a young widow who lives at the bottom of a sand dune.
The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen’s great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman.
1939 • 143 minutes • 1.37:1 • Japan
Spine: #832 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
This heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi about the give-and-take between life and art marked the first full realization of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define the director’s films.
1988 • 583 minutes • 1.33:1 • Poland
Spine: #837 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieślowski is one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling.
1966 • 116 minutes • 1.66:1 • Spain
Spine: #830 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s extraordinary cinematic career, Chimes at Midnight was the culmination of the filmmaker’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff.
Guillermo del Toro
2006 • 119 minutes • 1.85:1 • Spain
Spine: #838 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets
An Academy Award–winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Pan’s Labyrinth encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro.
Luis García Berlanga
1963 • 92 minutes • 1.85:1 • Spain
Spine: #840 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A furiously funny personal attack on capital punishment, The Executioner evaded the state censors who sought to suppress it, and today is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish films of all time.
1940 • 95 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #523 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This captivating, long-overlooked adventure—which features Paul Henreid and a clever screenplay by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, best known for writing Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes—is a deftly concocted spy game that could give the Master of Suspense a run for his money.
1993 • 187 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #265 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, Short Cuts interweaves the stories of twenty-two characters as they struggle to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles.
1975 • 160 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #683 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking from Robert Altman is a panoramic view of the country’s political and cultural landscapes, set in the nation’s music capital.
2014 • 165 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #839 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Allowing us to watch people age on film with documentary realism while gripping us in a fictional narrative of exquisite everydayness, Boyhood has a power that only the art of cinema could harness.
1971 • 121 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #827 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
With its fascinating flawed characters, evocative cinematography by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, innovative overlapping dialogue, and haunting use of Leonard Cohen songs, McCabe & Mrs. Miller brilliantly deglamorized and revitalized the most American of genres.
1984 • 95 minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Spine: #834 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, Blood Simple reinvented the film noir for a new generation, marking the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene.
1942 • 73 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #833 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
One of RKO Pictures’s most successful movies of the 1940s, Cat People raised the creature feature to new heights of sophistication and mystery.
1970 • 109 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #836 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of cinema’s great outsider artists.
1967 • 123 minutes • 2.40:1 • United States
Spine: #835 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel.
2015 • 114 minutes • 1.78:1
Spine: #828 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Intimate and artful, this lovingly assembled portrait, narrated by actor Alicia Vikander, provides luminous insight into the life and career of an undiminished legend.
1961 • 100 minutes • 1.66:1
Spine: #829 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
With its unapologetic identification with social outcasts and its sensitive, modern approach to matters of sexuality and race, Richardson’s classic is a still startling benchmark work of realism.
Guillermo del Toro
Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Drawing inspiration from a rich variety of sources, from Alfred Hitchcock to Francisco de Goya, these gothic-infused stories collected here—populated by vampires, ghosts, and a fairy-tale princess—make evident why del Toro is considered the master cinematic fabulist of our time.