1977 • 106 minutes • 1.77:1 • Australia
Spine: #142 Editions: DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
In Peter Weir’s The Last Wave, Richard Chamberlain stars as Australian lawyer David Burton, who takes on the defense of a group of aborigines accused of killing one of their own.
1971 • 100 minutes • 1.78:1 • Australia
Spine: #10 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to cope in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg.
1975 • 107 minutes • 1.78:1 • Australia
Spine: #29 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema.
1980 • 107 minutes • 1.85:1 • Australia
Spine: #773 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Director Bruce Beresford garnered international acclaim for this riveting drama set during a dark period in his country’s colonial history, and featuring passionate performances by Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown, and Jack Thompson.
1991 • 115 minutes • 1.78:1 • Canada
Spine: #220 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s hallucinatory, once-thought-unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone.
2006 • 99 minutes • 1.85:1 • Canada
Spine: #440 Edition: DVD
This eerie excursion into the Gothic recesses of Guy Maddin’s mad, imaginary childhood is a silent, black-and-white comic science-fiction nightmare set in a lighthouse on grim Black Notch Island, where fictional protagonist Guy Maddin was raised by an ironfisted, puritanical mother.
1966 • 28 minutes • 1.33:1 • Canada
Editions: DVD, Collector’s Sets
Based on Holling C. Holling’s beloved, Caldecott-awarded children’s book, William Mason’s stunning film follows the adventures of a tiny, wood-carved canoe as it forges its own path from Lake Superior through the Great Lakes and down to the Atlantic Ocean.
1983 • 87 minutes • 1.85:1 • Canada
Spine: #248 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called Videodrome. This is one of David Cronenberg’s most provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking sex and violence.
2007 • 80 minutes • 1.33:1 • Canada
Spine: #741 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A work of memory and imagination, the film burrows into what the filmmaker calls “the heart of the heart” of the continent, conjuring a city as delightful as it is fearsome, populated by sleepwalkers and hockey aficionados.
1979 • 92 minutes • 1.78:1 • Canada
Spine: #777 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
With its combination of psychological and body horror, The Brood laid the groundwork for many of the director’s films to come, but it stands on its own as a personal, singularly scary vision.
1987 • 160 minutes • 2.00:1 • China
Spine: #422 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, about the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated.
Lars von Trier
2009 • 108 minutes • 2.35:1 • Denmark
Spine: #542 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
In this graphic psychodrama, 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 death of their infant son, only to find terror and violence at the hands of nature and, ultimately, each other.
Lars von Trier
1996 • 159 minutes • 2.35:1 • Denmark
Spine: #705 Editions: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence.
1974 • 90 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #153 Editions: DVD, Hulu Plus
In 1971, self-styled dictator General Idi Amin Dada took control of Uganda; director Barbet Schroeder turns his cameras on the dynamic, charming, and appallingly dangerous tyrant.
1974 • 98 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #390 Editions: DVD, Hulu Plus
With its lewd abandon and sketch-comedy perversity, Makavejev’s cult staple Sweet Movie is a full-throated shriek in the face of bourgeois complacency and movie watching.
1951 • 99 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #276 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the Bengal river around which their daily lives unfold.
1978 • 80 minutes • 1.33:1 • France
Spine: #340 Edition: DVD
In 1977, acclaimed director Barbet Schroeder entered the universe of the world’s most famous primate to create the entertaining, troubling, and still relevant documentary Koko: A Talking Gorilla.
1975 • 100 minutes • 1.66:1 • France
Spine: #571 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus
This Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a postapocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.
2010 • 339 minutes • 2.35:1 • France
Spine: #582 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Carlos, directed by Olivier Assayas, is an epic, intensely detailed account of the life of the infamous international terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sanchez—also known as Carlos the Jackal.
1984 • 147 minutes • 1.78:1 • Germany
Spine: #501 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes
New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard.
1965 • 120 minutes • 1.78:1 • India
Elegiac and atmospheric, Shakespeare Wallah put Merchant Ivory Productions on the international movie map. The film was inspired by in the real-life adventures of a traveling family theater group in India during the final days of English colonial rule.
1988 • 93 minutes • 1.77:1 • India
Inspector Ghote of the Bombay police has just been assigned his most perplexing case: a savage attack on a rich industrialist’s private secretary. Based on the award-winning novel by H.R.F. Keating, Merchant Ivory Productions’ The Perfect Murder is an entertaining, exotic detective thriller.
1983 • 73 minutes • 1.33:1 • India
2001 • 114 minutes • 1.85:1 • India
Spine: #489 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Cultures and families clash in Mira Nair’s exuberant Monsoon Wedding, a mix of comedy and chaotic melodrama concerning the preparations for the arranged marriage of a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter.
Vittorio De Sica
1953 • 72 minutes • 1.33:1 • Italy
Spine: #202 Edition: DVD
An American housewife (Jennifer Jones) vacationing in Italy reluctantly decides to put an end to her brief affair with an Italian academic (Montgomery Clift) in this troubled collaboration between director Vittorio De Sica and producer David O. Selznick.