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Amarcord
This carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the fascist period, the most personal film from Federico Fellini, satirizes the director's youth and turns daily life into a circus of social…
Bicycle Thieves
Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award-winning BICYCLE THIEVES, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar…
The Night Porter
In this unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) discovers her former torturer and lover (Dirk Bogarde) working as a porter at a hotel…
Branded to Kill
When Japanese New Wave bad boy Seijun Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious, and visually inspired masterpiece to the executives at his studio, he was promptly fired. BRANDED TO KILL tells…
The Vanishing
A young man embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared while the couple were taking a sunny vacation trip, and his three-year investigation draws the attention…
La Haine
Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with LA HAINE, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income…
I Married a Witch
Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic. Many centuries after cursing the male descendants of the Salem puritan who sent her…
Burroughs: The Movie
Made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet filmed over the course of five years, Howard Brookner's 1983 documentary about William S. Burroughs was for decades…
Tout Va Bien
In 1972, newly radicalized Hollywood star Jane Fonda joined forces with cinematic innovator Jean-Luc Godard and collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin in an unholy artistic alliance that resulted in TOUT VA BIEN…
For All Mankind - The Apollo Space Missions
Sorting through nearly one hundred hours of film and sound recordings recovered from NASA - shot between December 1968 and November 1972, in the heyday of the space programme -…
Mister Johnson
A decade after he broke through with Breaker Morant, Australian director Bruce Beresford made another acclaimed film about the effects of colonialism on the individual. In a performance that earned…
Watership Down
With this passion project, screenwriter-producer-director Martin Rosen brilliantly achieved what had been thought nearly impossible: a faithful big-screen adaptation of Richard Adams's classic British dystopian novel about a community of…
Early Harold Lloyd Short Films
Silent short films of Harold Lloyd.
Blind Chance
Before the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowki stunned the cinematic world with the epic series The Decalogue and the Three Colors trilogy, he made his first work of metaphysical genius,…
Breaker Morant
At the turn of the twentieth century, three Australian army lieutenants are court-martialed for alleged war crimes committed while fighting in South Africa. With no time to prepare, an Australian…
Don't Look Back
Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour,…
Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones 1969 Tour
Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. When three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided…
In the Mood for Love
Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite--until a discovery…
Insomnia
In this elegantly unsettling murder mystery, Stellan Skarsgard plays an enigmatic Swedish detective with a checkered past who arrives in a small town in northern Norway to investigate the death…
Pale Flower
In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a…
A Poem is a Naked Person
Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about beloved singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Yet it has not been released…
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down
Pedro Almodovar's colorful and controversial tribute to the pleasures and perils of Stockholm syndrome, TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! is a rambunctious dark comedy starring Antonio Banderas as an…
Tokyo Drifter
In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Tetsu's attempt to go straight is thwarted when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. Director…
The Official Story - La Historia Oficial
In Argentina, Alicia lives the sheltered life of the wife of a wealthy businessman but her whole life changes when she discovers that her daughter, adopted at birth, may have…
Hopscotch
Miles Kendig knows too much. One of the CIA's top international operatives, he suddenly finds himself relegated to a desk job in an agency power play. Unwilling to go quietly,…
Othello
Gloriously cinematic despite its tiny budget, Orson Welles's adaptation of Shakespeare's classic is a testament to the filmmaker's stubborn willingness to pursue his vision to the ends of the earth.…
Robinson Crusoe
The year is 1659. There is a shipwreck and the sole survivor Robinson Crusoe is washed ashore on a deserted tropical island. Suddenly faced with a hostile and unknown wilderness,…
Jubilee
When Queen Elizabeth I asks her court alchemist to show her England in the future, she's transported 400 years to a post-apocalyptic wasteland of roving girl gangs, an all-powerful media…
Le Samouraï
In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture--with a liberal dose of…
Miss Julie
Swedish filmmaker Alf Sjoberg's visually innovative, Cannes Grand Prix-winning adaptation of August Strindberg's renowned 1888 play brings to scalding life the excoriating words of the stage's preeminent surveyor of all…
Chimes at Midnight
The crowning achievement of Orson Welles's extraordinary film career was the culmination of the filmmaker's lifelong obsession with Shakespeare's ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff. Usually a comic supporting figure, Falstaff--the…
History is Made at Night
When his wife, Irene (Jean Arthur), plans to divorce him, wealthy and cruel businessman Bruce Vail (Colin Clive) sends his chauffeur to her Paris hotel room so he can catch…
The Long Voyage Home
In the early days of World War II, the crew of English cargo ship the SS Glencairn -- including Swede Olsen (John Wayne), Englishman Smitty (Ian Hunter), American Yank (Ward…
A Short Film About Killing
Krzysztof Kieslowski's attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) couldn't more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, calculated, flawlessly…
A Short Film About Love
Tomek (Olaf Lubaszenko), an introverted postal worker, has become obsessed with an older woman in his apartment complex, whom he watches through a telescope. Promiscuous Magda (Grazyna Szapolowska), aware of…
For Heavens Sake
Lloyd plays J. Harold Manners, a millionaire playboy who inadvertently contributes to a skid row mission (which is then named in his honor). He meets and falls in love with…
Why Worry?
Harold Lloyd plays wealthy hypochondriac Harold van Pelham, who travels with his private nurse (Jobyna Ralston) to the fictious island of Paradiso to live blissfully in a warm climate in…
Never Weaken
Working in different offices in the same commercial high rise building, twenty-one year old Harold (Lloyd) and eighteen year old Mildred (Davis) more often think about being together than they…
Dillinger is Dead
In this magnificently inscrutable late-sixties masterpiece, Marco Ferreri, one of European cinema's most idiosyncratic auteurs, takes us through the looking glass to one seemingly routine night in the life of…
Divorce Italian Style
Baron Ferdinando Cefalu (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca).…
Fists in the Pocket
Tormented by twisted desires, a young man (Lou Castel) takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio.…
Il posto
When young Domenico (Sandro Panseri) ventures from the small village of Meda to Milan in search of employment, he finds himself on the bottom rung of the bureaucratic ladder in…
Juliet of the Spirits
Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo's masterful use of Technicolor transforms Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini's first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. Giulietta Masina plays a betrayed…
L'avventura
Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960's cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L'AVVENTURA concerns the enigmatic disappearance…
L'eclisse
The conclusion of Michelangelo Antonioni's informal trilogy on modern malaise, L'ECLISSE (The Eclipse) tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) only to…
La Commare Secca
The brutalized corpse of a Roman prostitute is found along the banks of the Tiber River. The police round up a handful of possible suspects and interrogate them, one by…
La Notte
This psychologically acute, visually striking modernist work was director Michelangelo Antonioni's follow-up to the epochal L'avventura. Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as a novelist and his frustrated wife, who,…
La strada
There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in LA STRADA, the film that launched them…
Mamma Roma
Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian…
Rome Open City
This was Roberto Rossellini's revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with more melodramatic flair than the…
The Flowers of St. Francis
In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and co-writer Federico Fellini lovingly convey the universal teachings of the People's Saint: humility, compassion, faith, and sacrifice. Gorgeously…
Umberto D.
This neorealist masterpiece by Vittorio De Sica follows an elderly pensioner as he strives to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic recovery. Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto…
A Story of Floating Weeds
Yasujiro Ozu's 1934 silent classic tells the story of an aging actor (Takeshi Sakamoto) who returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover (Chouko…
Every Night Dreams
In the formally ravishing EVERY-NIGHT DREAMS, set in the dockside neighborhoods of Tokyo, a single mother (Sumiko Kurishima) works tirelessly as a Ginza bar hostess to ensure a better life…
Haxan
Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen's legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle…
I Was Born, But…
This blithe portrait of the financial and psychological toils of one family, as told from the rascally point of view of a couple of stubborn little boys is one of…
Japanese Girls at the Harbor
Hiroshi Shimizu's exquisite silent drama, set in the modernizing port town of Yokohama, tells of the humiliating downfall experienced by Sunako (Michiko Oikawa) after jealousy drives her to commit a…
M
A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. "Who Is the Murderer?" pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter…
Master of the House
Before he turned to the story of Joan of Arc, the Danish cinema genius Carl Theodor Dreyer fashioned this ahead-of-its-time examination of domestic life. A deft comedy of gentle revenge,…
Pandora's Box
One of the masters of early German cinema, G. W. Pabst had an innate talent for discovering actresses (including Greta Garbo). And perhaps none of his female stars shone brighter…
Passing Fancy
The first of many films featuring the endearing single-dad Kihachi (played wonderfully by Takeshi Sakamoto), PASSING FANCY is a humorous and heartfelt study of a close, if fraught, father-son relationship.…
Passion of Joan of Arc
With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer's THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC convinced the world that movies could be art. Renee Falconetti gives one of the…
Phantom Carriage
The last person to die on New Year's Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death's chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for…
Street Without End
Mikio Naruse's final silent film is a gloriously rich portrait of a waitress, Sugiko (Setsuko Shinobu), whose life, despite a host of male admirers and even some intrigued movie talent…
The King of Kings
The Greatest Story Ever Told as only Cecil B. DeMille could tell it. In 1927, working with one of the biggest budgets in Hollywood history, DeMille spun the life and…
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Locked away in an asylum for a decade and teetering between life and death, the criminal mastermind Doctor Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) has scribbled his last will and testament: a manifesto…
Tokyo Chorus
Combining three prevalent genres of the day--the student comedy, the salaryman film, and the domestic drama--Ozu created this warmhearted family comedy, and demonstrated that he was truly coming into his…
…And the Pursuit of Happiness
In 1986, Louis Malle, himself a transplant to the United States, set out to investigate the ever-widening range of immigrant experience in America. Interviewing a variety of newcomers (from teachers…
A Married Couple
In Allan King's cinema verite classic, Billy and Antoinette Edwards let it all hang out. King and his crew captured over 70 hours of footage for this jaw-dropping examination of…
Antonio Gaudi
Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926) designed some of the world's most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks; Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara constructed some of the most aesthetically audacious films ever made.…
Bergman Island
Just four years before his death, legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman sat down with Swedish documentarian Marie Nyrerod at his home on Faro Island to discuss his work, his fears, his…
Burden of Dreams
For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films of his career, Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's…
Calcutta
When he was cutting Phantom India, Louis Malle found that the footage shot in Calcutta was so diverse, intense, and unforgettable that it deserved its own film. The result, released…
Dying at Grace
An extraordinary, transformative experience, Allan King's 2003 documentary is quite simply unprecedented: five terminally ill cancer patients allowed the director access to their final months and days inside the Toronto…
F for Fake
Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In Orson Welles's free-form documentary F FOR FAKE, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career -- the tenuous line between…
General Idi Amin Dada
In 1971, the small African nation of Uganda was taken over by self-styled dictator General Idi Amin Dada, beginning an eight-year reign of terror that would result in the deaths…
Hearts and Minds
A courageous and startling film, Peter Davis's landmark documentary unflinchingly confronts the United States' involvement in Vietnam. Using a wealth of sources--from interviews to newsreels to documentary footage of the…
Humain, trop Humain
Louis Malle presents his meditative investigation of the inner workings of a French automotive plant. This, Vive le Tour, and Place de la Republique, Malle's three French-set documentaries, reveal, in…
Night and Fog
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the…
Poto and Cabengo
Grace and Virginia are young San Diego twins who speak unlike anyone else. With little exposure to the outside world, the two girls have created a private form of communication…
Sans Soleil
Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory,…
Warrendale
For his enthralling first feature, Allan King took his cameras to a home for emotionally disturbed young people. Situated inside the facility like a fly on the wall, we witness…
Always for Pleasure
Les Blank's celebration of the spirit and social traditions of New Orleans, featuring Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day celebrations. It is an intense insider's portrait of New Orleans' street…
Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins
Les Blank reveals the inspiration of great Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins, and features a generous helping of classic blues, including the songs, Mr. Charlie and Your Rollin' Mill is Burnin'…
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers
In this love letter to "the stinking rose," documentarian Les Blank interviews garlic fanatics of all stripes, from cooks to members of garlic appreciation societies. The film, (a lip-smacking foray…
God's Country
In 1979, Louis Malle traveled into the heart of Minnesota to capture the everyday lives of the men and women in a prosperous farming community. Six years later, during Ronald…
Grey Gardens
Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their…
Louie Bluie
Crumb director Terry Zwigoff's first film is a true treat: a documentary about the obscure country-blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, member of the last known…
Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists
This documentary from Les Blank follows the indomitable Gerald "The Maestro" Gaxiola, who turned to a life of prolific art making after years as an aircraft mechanic, traveling salesman, and…
Salesman
This landmark American documentary captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his…
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm
In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid, director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York's Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie…
The Times of Harvey Milk
A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in…
The War Room
The 1992 presidential election was a triumph not only for Bill Clinton but also for the new breed of strategists who guided him to the White House--and changed the face…
A Lesson in Love
Ingmar Bergman's comedy of remarriage is a refreshing and rewarding break from the more solemn works for which he is popularly known. After 15 years of marriage, David (Gunnar Bjornstrand)…
All These Women
One of the few comedies from legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and his first color film, ALL THESE WOMEN stars Jarl Kulle as a pretentious critic, Cornelius, who is writing…
Devil's Eye
In this comedy from Ingmar Bergman, the devil has a stye in his eye, caused by the purity of a vicar's daughter (Bibi Anderson). To get rid of it, he…
Persona
By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema's most unforgettable images. But with the radical PERSONA, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In…
Sawdust and Tinsel
Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival in SAWDUST AND TINSEL, one of the late master's most vivid early works. The story of the…
Smiles of a Summer Night
After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, this 1955 comedy at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt…
Summer Interlude
Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career--isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past--Ingmar Bergman's tenth film was a gentle drift toward true…
Summer With Monika
Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging…
The Magician
Max von Sydow stars as Dr. Vogler, a nineteenth-century traveling mesmerist and peddler of potions whose magic is put to the test in Stockholm by the cruel, eminently rational royal…
The Seventh Seal
Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of…
The Silence
Two sisters--the sickly, intellectual Ester (Ingrid Thulin) and the sensual, pragmatic Anna (Gunnel Lindblom)--travel by train with Anna's young son Johan (Jorgen Lindstrom) to a foreign country seemingly on the…
The Virgin Spring
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden. Starring frequent Bergman…
Through a Glass Darkly
While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family's already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin (Harriet Andersson) discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own…
Wild Strawberries
Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg--masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjostrom--is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with…
Winter Light
"God, why did you desert me?" Master craftsman Ingmar Bergman explores the search for redemption in a meaningless existence. In this stark depiction of spiritual crisis, small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson…
A Woman Under the Influence
Perhaps the most beloved work from John Cassavetes, this landmark American film is an uncompromising portrait of domestic turmoil detailing the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and her family's…
Border Radio
Before carving out a niche as one of the most distinct voices in nineties American cinema, Allison Anders made her debut, alongside codirectors and fellow UCLA film school students Kurt…
Clean, Shaven
Lodge Kerrigan began his succession of utterly unique, visually and aurally dazzling character studies with the raw, ravaging CLEAN, SHAVEN. A compelling headfirst dive into the mindscape of a schizophrenic…
Down By Law
Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together three…
Faces
John Cassavetes puts a disintegrating marriage under the microscope in the searing FACES. Shot in high-contrast 16 mm black and white, the film follows the futile attempts of the captain…
George Washington
Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the decaying rural South must confront a tangle of difficult choices. An ambitiously constructed, elegantly photographed meditation on…
Mala Noche
With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant's debut feature MALA NOCHE heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant's hometown…
Mystery Train
Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams--which, for writer-director, Jim Jarmusch, is Memphis. Made with its director's…
Opening Night
While in the midst of rehearsals for her latest play, Broadway actor Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, after which she begins to…
Paris, Texas
New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders 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…
Shadows
John Cassavetes's directorial debut revolves around a romance in New York City between Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a light- skinned black woman, and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man. The relationship…
Stranger Than Paradise
Rootless Hungarian emigre Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing…
The Honeymoon Killers
Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler) is sullen, overweight and heartbreakingly alone. Desperate for affection, she joins Aunt Carrie's Friendship Club and strikes up a correspondence with Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco),…
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman's club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desperately committed…
Wise Blood
In this acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O'Connor, John Huston vividly brings to life her poetic world of American eccentricity. Brad Dourif, in an…
Baron of Arizona
In one of his own favorite roles, Vincent Price portrays legendary swindler James Addison Reavis, who in 1880 concocted an elaborate and dangerous hoax to name himself the "Baron" of…
Brute Force
As hard-hitting as its title, BRUTE FORCE was the first of Jules Dassin's forays into the crime genre, a prison melodrama that takes a critical look at American society as…
The Emperor Jones
Of all Paul Robeson's eleven starring film performances, by far his most iconic was his breakthrough in this big-screen adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's play. He was already a legend for…
Foreign Correspondent
In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, Rebecca and FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT,…
I Shot Jesse James
After years of crime reporting, screenwriting, and authoring pulp novels, Samuel Fuller made his directorial debut with the lonesome ballad of Robert Ford (played by Red River's John Ireland), who…
Mr. Arkadin
Orson Welles wrote directed and stars in this film which tells the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past, leading to a dizzying…
Shock Corridor
Great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital…
Stagecoach
This is where it all started. John Ford's smash hit and enduring masterpiece revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list and establishing the genre as we…
Summertime
An American spinster's dream of romance finally becomes a bittersweet reality when she meets a handsome--but married--Italian man while vacationing in Venice. Katharine Hepburn's sensitive portrayal of the lonely heroine…
The Devil and Daniel Webster
Jabez Stone (James Craig) is a hard-working farmer trying to make an honest living, but a streak of bad luck tempts him to do the unthinkable: bargain with the Devil…
The Naked City
"There are eight million stories in the Naked City," as the narrator immortally states at the close of this breathtakingly vivid film--and this is one of them. Master noir craftsman…
The Naked Kiss
The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society. But in the strange, hallucinatory territory…
The Plough and the Stars
A husband (Preston Foster) clashes with his wife (Barbara Stanwyck) over his membership to the Irish Citizen Army when she burns a letter informing him of a promotion.
The Steel Helmet
Despite its relatively low budget, this portrait of Korean War soldiers dealing with moral and racial identity crises remains one of the director's most gripping, realistic depictions of the blood…
To Be Or Not To Be
As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who…
City Lights
Charlie Chaplin's most cherished film is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale…
Dr. Jack
Country Doctor, Jack Jackson (Harold Lloyd) is called in to treat the Sick-Little-Well-Girl (Mildred Davis), who has been making Dr. Saulsbourg (Eric Mayne) and his sanitarium very rich, after years…
Get Out and Get Under
Harold Lloyd plays an aspiring amateur actor who wakes up late to a very important production, rushing through arguments and a litany of car problems in this silent short that…
High and Dizzy
Harold Lloy plays a tipsy doctor encounters his patient (Mildred Davis) sleepwalking on a building ledge, high above the street.
Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With…
Safety Last!
The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd--the modern guy striving for success--is us. And with its…
Speedy
"Speedy" loses his job as a soda-jerk, then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium,…
Sunnyside
In this Charlie Chaplin short, a farm hand is in love with his neighbor, but a city slicker might ruin his chances.
The Circus
A little tramp accidentally falls in with a down-on-its-luck circus and his acrobatic and comedic skills start drawing audiences to the big-top in droves, but not without a bittersweet brush…
The Freshman
Harold Lloyd's biggest box-office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student. Though he dreams of being a big…
The Gold Rush - Silent Version
Charlie Chaplin's comedic masterwork--which charts a prospector's search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)--forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and…
The Gold Rush
Charlie Chaplin's comedic masterwork--which charts a prospector's search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)--forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and…
The Idle Class
In this Chaplin comedy short, A wealthy woman mistakes the Little Tramp for her alcoholic husband.
The Kid
Charlie Chaplin was sitting atop the movie world in 1921 when he decided (against heavy studio resistance) to make THE KID, his first dramatic comedy -- a tale of an…
The Kid Brother
One of Harold Lloyd's most beloved films, THE KID BROTHER features the actor's performance as an effete son trying to earn the respect of his hard-nosed sheriff father and the…
The Browning Version
Michael Redgrave gives the performance of his career in Anthony Asquith's adaptation of Terence Rattigan's unforgettable play. Redgrave portrays Andrew Crocker-Harris, an embittered, middle-aged schoolmaster who begins to feel that…
Hobson's Choice
An unsung comic triumph from David Lean, Hobson's Choice stars the legendary Charles Laughton as the harrumphing Henry Hobson, the owner of a boot shop in late Victorian northern England.…
Major Barbara
Filmed in London in 1941, during the Blitz, MAJOR BARBARA emerged from a troubled production to become a major success for George Bernard Shaw and producer-director Gabriel Pascal. Pygmalion's Wendy…
Pygmalion
Cranky Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) takes a bet that he can turn Cockney guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller) into a "proper lady" in a mere six months in this…
Quadrophenia
The Who's classic rock opera Quadrophenia was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the defiant, drug-fueled mod subculture of early 1960s London. Our antihero is Jimmy…
Richard III
Director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier brings Shakespeare's masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to ravishing cinematic life. Olivier is diabolically captivating as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who, through a series of…
Seance on a Wet Afternoon
A "psychic" (Kim Stanley) coerces her husband (Richard Attenborough) into kidnapping a young girl as part of a scheme to achieve fame by helping the police investigation. Stanley performance earned…
That Hamilton Woman
One of cinema's most dashing duos, real-life spouses Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier live their greatest on-screen romance in this visually dazzling tragic love story from legendary producer-director Alexander Korda.…
The Horse's Mouth
In Ronald Neame's film of Joyce Cary's classic novel, Alec Guinness transforms himself into one of cinema's most indelible comic figures: the lovably scruffy painter Gulley Jimson. As the ill-behaved…
The League of Gentlemen
Bitter about being forced into retirement, a colonel (wittily embodied by Jack Hawkins) ropes a cadre of former British army men into aiding him in a one-million-pound bank robbery--a risky,…
Lord of the Flies
In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding's legendary novel about the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the…
The Private Life of Henry VIII
Charles Laughton gulps beer and chomps on mutton in his first of many iconic screen roles, as King Henry VIII, the ultimate anti-husband. Alexander Korda's first major international success is…
The Rise of Catherine the Great
A quick-witted and compelling dramatization of the troubled marriage of Catherine II (played by German actress Elisabeth Bergner, in her English-language debut) to Peter III (a randy Douglas Fairbanks Jr.)…
The Ruling Class
Peter OaEU(tm)Toole gives a tour-de-force performance as Jack, a man aEUoecuredaEU_x009d_ of believing heaEU(tm)s GodaEU"only to become Jack the Ripper incarnate. Based on Peter BarnesaEU(tm)s irreverent play, this darkly comic…
The Spy in Black
During World War I, a German U-Boat captain is sent to Scotland on a spy mission, but he finds more than he bargained for in his contact, the local schoolmistress.
A Generation
Andrezj Wadja's first feature film is a coming-of-age story of survival and shattering loss set in 1942 Poland under German occupation. Stach (Tadeusz Lomnicki) is a wayward teen living in…
Andrei Rublev
Immediately suppressed by the Soviets in 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky's epic masterpiece is a sweeping medieval tale of Russia's greatest icon painter. Too experimental, too frightening, too violent, and too politically…
Ashes and Diamonds
Andrzej Wajda's film open on the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, as Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront…
Closely Watched Trains
At a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, a bumbling dispatcher's apprentice (Vaclav Neckar) longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds…
Daisies
Maybe the Czech New Wave's most anarchic entry, Vera Chytilova's absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be "spoiled," they embark on a…
Ivan the Terrible, Part 1
Navigating the deadly waters of Stalinist politics, Eisenstein was able to film two parts of his planned trilogy about the troubled sixteenth-century tsar who united Russia. Visually stunning and powerfully…
Ivan the Terrible, Part 2
Navigating the deadly waters of Stalinist politics, Eisenstein was able to film two parts of his planned trilogy about the troubled sixteenth-century tsar who united Russia. Visually stunning and powerfully…
Ivan's Childhood
The debut feature by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, IVAN'S CHILDHOOD is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy's war-ravaged youth. Moving back and forth between the…
Kanal
"Watch them closely, for these are the last hours of their lives," announces a narrator, foretelling the tragedy that unfolds as a war-ravaged company of Home Army resistance fighters tries…
Knife in the Water
Roman Polanski's first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters' emotions and…
Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator
In outline, this is the story of the tragic romance between a young telephonist (Eva Ras) and a middle-aged rodent sanitation specialist (Slobodan Aligrudic) in Belgrade. Yet in Dusan Makavejev's…
Marketa Lazarová
In its native land, Frantisek Vlacil's film has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel…
Solaris
Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the…
The Cremator
A Czechoslovakian man who loves working at his crematorium begins to take the advice of an old war buddy concerning the importance of his German heritage and the issue of…
WR: Mysteries of the Organism
What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Dusan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions).…
Double Suicide
Many films have drawn from classic Japanese theatrical forms, but none with such shocking cinematic effect as director Masahiro Shinoda's DOUBLE SUICIDE. In this striking adaptation of a Bunraku puppet…
Fires on the Plain
An agonizing portrait of desperate Japanese soldiers stranded in a strange land during World War II, Kon Ichikawa's FIRES ON THE PLAIN is a compelling descent into psychological and physical…
Floating Weeds
In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting this later version in a…
Harakiri
Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi's…
Ikiru
Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa's greatest achievement, IKIRU presents the director at his most compassionate--affirming life through an exploration of a man's death. Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe,…
Rashomon
This riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts…
Red Beard
This testament to the goodness of humankind from Akira Kurosawa chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role…
The 47 Ronin: Part 1
47 samurai avenge the death of their lord in Kenji Mizoguchi's take on the famous historical event.
The 47 Ronin: Part 2
47 samurai avenge the death of their lord in Kenji Mizoguchi's take on the famous historical event.
The Makioka Sisters
This lyrical adaptation of the beloved novel by Junichiro Tanizaki was a late-career triumph for director Kon Ichikawa. Structured around the changing of the seasons, THE MAKIOKA SISTERS (Sasame-yuki) follows…
Throne of Blood
This vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare's definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who…
Tokyo Story
A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, TOKYO STORY is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple's journey to…
Ugetsu
"Quite simply one of the greatest of filmmakers," said Jean-Luc Godard of Kenji Mizoguchi. And UGETSU, a ghost story like no other, is surely the Japanese director's supreme achievement. Derived…
When A Woman Ascends the Stairs
What might be Japanese filmmaker Mikio Naruse's finest hour--a delicate, devastating study of a woman, Keiko (played heartbreakingly by Hideko Takamine), who works as a bar hostess in Tokyo's very…
An Autumn Afternoon
Yasujiro Ozu's final film was also his final masterpiece, the gently heartbreaking story of a man's dignified resignation to both life's ever-shifting currents and society's gradual modernization. Though widower Shuhei…
High and Low
Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in HIGH AND LOW (Tengoku to jigoku), the highly influential domestic…
Late Autumn
The great actress and Ozu regular Setsuko Hara plays a mother gently trying to persuade her daughter to marry in this glowing portrait of family love and conflict--a reworking of…
Late Spring
One of the most powerful of Yasujiro Ozu's family portraits, LATE SPRING (Banshun) tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter.…
Samurai I
In the first part of the epic Samurai Trilogy, Toshiro Mifune thunders onto the screen as the iconic title character. When we meet him, Miyamoto is a wide-eyed romantic, dreaming…
Samurai II
Toshiro Mifune furiously embodies swordsman Musashi Miyamoto as he comes into his own in the action-packed middle section of the Samurai Trilogy. Duel at Ichijoji Temple furthers Miyamoto along his…
Samurai III
A disillusioned Musashi Miyamoto (Toshiro Mifune) has turned his back on the samurai life, becoming a farmer in a remote village, while his nemesis Kojiro (Koji Tsuruta) now works for…
Samurai Rebellion
Toshiro Mifune stars as Isaburo Sasahara, an aging swordsman living a quiet life until his clan lord orders that his son marry the lord's mistress, who has recently displeased the…
Sanjuro
Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akira Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed SANJURO. In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic…
Sansho The Bailiff
When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave…
Street of Shame
For his final film, Mizoguchi brought a lifetime of experience to bear on the heartbreaking tale of a brothel full of women whose dreams are constantly being shattered by the…
The Hidden Fortress
A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one, THE HIDDEN FORTRESS stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess (a fierce…
Vengeance is Mine
A thief, murderer, and charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story, of the seventy-eight-day killing spree of…
Wild Geese
Hideko Takamine stars as Otama, a young woman who is forced to become a mistress to a married, middle-aged man in order to support her father, in this meiji period…
Yojimbo
The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa's visually stunning and darkly comic YOJIMBO. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between…
Drunken Angel
In this powerful early noir from the great Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune bursts onto the screen as a volatile, tubercular criminal who strikes up an unlikely relationship with Takashi Shimura's…
Equinox Flower
Later in his career, Ozu started becoming increasingly sympathetic with the younger generation, a shift that was cemented in EQUINOX FLOWER, his gorgeously detailed first color film, about an old-fashioned…
I Live in Fear
Both the final film of this period in which Akira Kurosawa would directly wrestle with the demons of the Second World War and his most literal representation of living in…
In the Realm of the Senses
Still censored in its own country, IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES (Ai no corrida), by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time.…
Intentions of Murder
Sadako (Masumi Harukawa), cursed by generations before her and neglected by her common-law husband, falls prey to a brutal home intruder. But rather than become a victim, she forges a…
No Regrets for our Youth
In Akira Kurosawa's first film after the end of World War II, future beloved Ozu regular Setsuko Hara gives an astonishing performance as Yukie, the only female protagonist in Kurosawa's…
Pigs and Battleships
This dazzling, unruly portrait of postwar Japan details, with escalating absurdity, the desperate power struggles between small-time gangsters in the port town of Yokosuka. Shot in gorgeously composed, bustling CinemaScope,…
Stray Dog
A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo's…
The Bad Sleep Well
Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa combines elements of Hamlet and American film noir to chilling effect in exposing the corrupt boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan. In…
The End of Summer
The Kohayakawa family is thrown into distress when childlike father Manbei (Ganjiro Nakamura) takes up with his old mistress, in one of Ozu's most deftly modulated blendings of comedy and…
The Human Condition: Parts 1 & 2
Masaki Kobayashi's mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour THE HUMAN CONDITION (Ningen no joken),…
The Human Condition: Parts 3 & 4
Masaki Kobayashi's mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour THE HUMAN CONDITION (Ningen no joken),…
The Human Condition: Parts 5 & 6
Masaki Kobayashi's mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour THE HUMAN CONDITION (Ningen no joken),…
The Insect Woman
Born in a rural farming village in 1918, Tome survives decades of Japanese social upheaval, as well as abuse and servitude at the hands of various men. Yet Shohei Imamura,…
Woman in the Dunes
One of the sixties' great international art-house sensations, WOMAN IN THE DUNES was for many the grand unveiling of the surreal, idiosyncratic worldview of Hiroshi Teshigahara. Eiji Okada plays an…
An Angel at My Table
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jane Campion brings to the screen the harrowing true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand's most distinguished author. AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE follows Frame along her…
Au revoir les enfants
This late work from French writer-director Louis Malle tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school,…
Before the Rain
The first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia, Milcho Manchevski's this gripping triptych of love and violence crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk (Gregoire Colin),…
Breaking the Waves
Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Emily Watson stuns as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed…
El Norte
Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new…
Europa
"You will now listen to my voice . . . On the count of ten you will be in Europa . . ." So begins Max von Sydow's opening narration…
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Paul Schrader's visually stunning, collagelike portrait of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) investigates the inner turmoil and contradictions of a man who attempted an…
My Dinner with Andre
In Louis Malle's captivating and philosophical film, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director Andre Gregory at an Upper West Side restaurant, and the two…
My Life as a Dog
My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) tells the story of Ingemar, a twelve-year-old from a working-class family sent to live with his uncle in a country village…
Sweetie
Though she went on to create a string of brilliant films, Jane Campion will always be remembered for her stunning debut feature, which focuses on the hazardous relationship between the…
The Double Life of Veronique
Krzysztof Kieslowski's international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irene Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish…
Three Colors: Blue
In the devastating first film of the Three Colors Trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic death of her husband…
Three Colors: Red
Krzysztof Kieslowski closes his Three Colors Trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irene Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva…
Three Colors: White
The most playful and also the grittiest of Kieslowski's Three Colors films follows the adventures of Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), a Polish immigrant living in France. The hapless hairdresser opts…
Under the Volcano
The final day in the life of self-destructive British consul Geoffrey Firmin (Albert Finney, in an Academy Award-nominated tour de force) on the eve of World War II. Withering from…
Breathless
There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres…
Chronicle of a Summer
The fascinating result of a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin, this vanguard work of what Morin termed "cinema-verite" is a brilliantly conceived and realized sociopolitical diagnosis…
Cleo From 5 to 7
Agnes Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy.…
Jules and Jim
Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, JULES ET JIM charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary…
Le beau serge
Of the hallowed group of Cahiers du cinema critics turned filmmakers who transformed French film history, Claude Chabrol was the first to direct his own feature. His absorbing landmark debut,…
Le Bonheur
Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Therese (Claire Drouot), young husband and father Francois (Jean-Claude Drouot) finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker. One of…
Les cousins
Writer-director Claude Chabrol crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, Chabrol conjures a…
Shoot the Piano Player
Francois Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful film. Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER relates the adventures of mild-mannered…
Suzanne's Career
With its ragged black-and-white 16 mm photography and strong sense of 1960s Paris, Rohmer's second "Moral Tale" is a wonderfully evocative portrait of youthful naivete and the complicated bonds of…
The 400 Blows - Les quatre cents coups
Francois Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), THE 400 BLOWS sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's…
The Bakery Girl of Monceau
Simple, delicate, and jazzy, the first of the "Moral Tales" shows the stirrings of what would become the Eric Rohmer style: unfussy naturalistic shooting, ironic first-person voice-over, and the image…
The Fire Within
After garnering international acclaim for such seminal crowd-pleasers as The Lovers and Zazie dans le metro, Louis Malle gave his fans a shock with THE FIRE WITHIN (Le feu follet),…
The Soft Skin
When a married author (Jean Desailly) falls for a flight attendant, he discovers how difficult it really is to have an affair. Nominated for the Palm d'Or at the 1964…
Vivre sa vie
This turning point for Jean-Luc Godard remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard's greatest muse, plays…
Weekend
This scathing late-sixties satire from Jean-Luc Godard is one of cinema's great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a bourgeois couple travel across the French…
À nos amours
With his raw style of filmmaking, Maurice Pialat has been called the John Cassavetes of French cinema, and the scorching A NOUS AMOURS is one of his greatest achievements. In…
Bed and Board
The fourth installment in Francois Truffaut's chronicle of the ardent, anachronistic Antoine Doinel, Bed and Board plunges his hapless creation once again into crisis. Expecting his first child and still…
Belle de Jour
Catherine Deneuve's porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress's most iconic roles: Severine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a…
Black Moon
Louis Malle meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of a mysterious war being waged in the countryside, beautiful young…
Claire's Knee - Le genou de Claire
"Why would I tie myself to one woman if I were interested in others?" says Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy), even as he plans on marrying a diplomat's daughter by summer's end.…
Confidentially Yours
When his wife and her lover are found dead, real estate broker Julien Vercel (Jean-Louis Trintignant) becomes the prime suspect in the murders. To save himself from a long prison…
L'enfance nue
The singular French director Maurice Pialat puts his distinctive stamp on the lost-youth film with this devastating portrait of a damaged foster child. We watch as ten-year-old Francois (Michel Terrazon)…
La Collectionneuse
A bombastic, womanizing art dealer and his painter friend go to a seventeenth-century villa on the Riviera for a relaxing summer getaway. But their idyll is disturbed by the presence…
Lacombe, Lucien
One of the first French films to address the issue of collaboration during the German occupation, Louis Malle's brave and controversial LACOMBE, LUCIEN traces a young peasant's journey from potential…
Love in the Afternoon
Though happily married to his adoring wife Helene (Francoise Verley), with whom he is expecting a second child, the thoroughly bourgeois business executive Frederic (Bernard Verley) cannot banish from his…
Love on the Run
Antoine Doinel strikes again! In the final chapter of Francois Truffaut's saga, we find Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), now in his thirties, convivially concluding his marriage, enjoying moderate success as a…
Murmur of the Heart - Le souffle au coeur
Louis Malle's critically acclaimed film gracefully combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of a precocious adolescent boy's sexual maturation. Both shocking and deeply poignant, this…
My Night at Maud's
In the brilliantly accomplished centerpiece of Rohmer's "Moral Tales" series, Jean-Louis Trintignant plays Jean-Louis, one of the great conflicted figures of sixties cinema. A pious Catholic engineer in his early…
Stolen Kisses
Jean-Pierre Leaud returns in the delightful third installment of the Antoine Doinel series. It is now 1968, and the mischievous and perpetually love-struck Doinel has been dishonorably discharged from the…
The Last Metro - Le dernier métro
Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star as members of a French theater company living under the German occupation during World War II in Francois Truffaut's gripping, humanist character study. Against…
A Day in the Country
Jean Renoir displays his characteristic humanistic charm in this tender, lyrical adaptation of a Guy de Maupassant story. While on a day trip to the countryside with her parents, a…
Beauty and the Beast
Jean Cocteau's sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's fairy-tale masterpiece--in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast--is a landmark…
Boudu Saved from Drowning
Michel Simon gives one of the most memorable performances in screen history as Boudu, a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by a…
Children of Paradise
With sensitivity and dramatic elan, director Marcel Carne and screenwriter Jacques Prevert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers.This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century…
La bete humaine
Based on the classic Emile Zola novel, Jean Renoir's LA BETE HUMAINE was one of the legendary director's greatest popular successes--and earned star Jean Gabin a permanent place in the…
La ronde
Simone Signoret, Anton Walbrook, and Simone Simon lead a roundelay of French stars in Max Ophuls's delightful, acerbic adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's controversial turn-of-the-century play Reigen. Soldiers, chambermaids, poets, prostitutes,…
Le Million
An impoverished artist discovers he has purchased a winning lottery ticket at the very moment his creditors come to collect. The only problem is, the ticket is in the pocket…
Le plaisir
Roving with his dazzlingly mobile camera around the decadent ballrooms, bucolic countryside retreats, urban bordellos, and painter's studios of late nineteenth-century French life, Max Ophuls brings his astonishing visual dexterity…
Les Miserables, Part 1
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adapation of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard's dazzling, nearly five-hour LES MISERABLES is a breathtaking tour de…
Les Miserables, Part 2
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adapation of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard's dazzling, nearly five-hour LES MISERABLES is a breathtaking tour de…
Les Miserables, Part 3
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adapation of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard's dazzling, nearly five-hour LES MISERABLES is a breathtaking tour de…
Orpheus
Jean Cocteau's update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais), scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Marie Dea), and…
The Earrings of Madame de...
The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE . . . is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance.…
The Rules of the Game - La règle du jeu
THE RULES OF THE GAME, considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society disguised as a comedy of…
Under the Roofs of Paris
In Rene Clair's irrepressibly romantic portrait of the crowded tenements of Paris, a street singer and a gangster vie for the love of a beautiful young woman. This witty exploration…
A Man Escaped
Robert Bresson skillfully combined the simplest of concepts with the sparest of techniques to make one of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time in A MAN ESCAPED. Based…
Au Hasard Balthazar
A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director Robert Bresson's AU HASARD BALTHAZAR follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from…
Diabolique
Before Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, there was DIABOLIQUE. This thriller from Henri-Georges Clouzot, which shocked audiences in Europe and the U.S., is the story of two women--the fragile wife…
Elena and Her Men
Set amid the military maneuvers and Quatorze Juillet carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir's delirious romantic comedy ELENA AND HER MEN (Elena et les hommes) stars a radiant Ingrid Bergman…
French Cancan
Nineteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir's exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the cancan all…
La Jetée
Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory,…
Les enfants terribles
Writer Jean Cocteau and director Jean-Pierre Melville joined forces for this elegant adaptation of Cocteau's immensely popular, wicked novel about the wholly unholy relationship between a brother and sister. Elisabeth…
Lola Montès
Max Ophuls delivers a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the…
Mouchette
Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feeling in what might be one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film. Faced with a dying mother, an…
Pickpocket
Robert Bresson's incomparable tale of crime and redemption follows Michel (Martin LaSalle), a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As…
Purple Noon
Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when PURPLE NOON was released and made him an instant star. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's vicious novel The Talented…
The Golden Coach
Master director Jean Renoir's sumptuous tribute to the theater, presented here in the English version he favored, is set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi and built around vivacious and…
The Red Balloon
In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two…
The Wages of Fear
Set In a squalid South American oil town, where four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As…
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, already the director of almost twenty films by the age of twenty-nine, paid homage to his cinematic hero, Douglas Sirk, with this updated version of Sirk's All…
Alice in the Cities
The first of the road films that would come to define the career of Wim Wenders, the magnificent ALICE IN THE CITIES is an emotionally generous and luminously shot odyssey.…
Beware of a Holy Whore
In Rainer Werner Fassbinder's brazen depiction of the alternating currents of lethargy and mayhem inherent in moviemaking, a film crew--played by, and not so loosely based on, his own frequent…
Coup de grace
Latvia, 1919: the end of the Russian Civil War. An aristocratic young woman (brilliantly played by Margarethe von Trotta) becomes involved with a sexually repressed Prussian soldier. When she is…
Effi Briest
In Rainer Werner Fassbinder's adaptation from German author Theodor Fontane's 1894 novel of the same name, young woman (Hanna Schygulla) is married to a much older man (Wolfgang Schenck) and…
Revanche
A gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, REVANCHE is the stunning, international breakthrough of Austrian filmmaker Gotz Spielmann. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con…
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
A fashion designer who treats her personal assistant like a slave falls in love with a woman who does not love her in return. Nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear…
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta's powerful adaptation of Heinrich Boll's novel is a stinging commentary on state power, individual freedom, and media manipulation--as relevant today as on the day…
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only to have him disappear in the war. Alone, Maria uses her beauty and ambition to…
The Threepenny Opera
The sly melodies of composer Kurt Weill and the daring of dramatist Bertolt Brecht come together on-screen under the direction of German auteur G. W. Pabst (Pandora's Box) in this…
The Tin Drum
Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third…
Veronika Voss
Once-beloved Third Reich-era starlet Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) lives in obscurity in postwar Munich. Struggling for survival and haunted by past glories, the forgotten star encounters sportswriter Robert Krohn (Hilmar…
Wings of Desire
One of cinema's loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts--fears, hopes, dreams--of all the people living below.…
Young Törless
At an Austrian boys' boarding school in the early 1900s, shy, intelligent Torless () observes the sadistic behavior of his fellow students, doing nothing to help a victimized classmate--until the…
Atomic Submarine
When a nuclear-powered submarine, the Tiger Shark, sets out to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances near the Arctic Circle, its fearless crew finds itself besieged by electrical storms, an…
Carnival of Souls
Herk Harvey's macabre masterpiece gained a cult following through late night television and has been bootlegged for years. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, CARNIVAL OF SOULS was…
Corridors of Blood
In 1840s London, Dr. Thomas Bolton (Boris Karloff) dares to dream the unthinkable: to operate on patients without causing pain. Unfortunately, the road to general anesthesia is blocked by a…
Cronos
Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious and audacious feature debut with this highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi)…
Eating Raoul
This sleeper hit of the early 1980s is a bawdy, gleefully amoral tale of conspicuous consumption. Warhol superstar Mary Woronov and cult legend Paul Bartel (who also directed) portray a…
Equinox
Before he took you to a galaxy far, far away, before he brought you face-to-face with living, breathing prehistoric beasts, Dennis Muren, the future nine-time Oscar-winning visual-effects artist (Star Wars,…
Eraserhead
In David Lynch's "dream of dark and troubling things," Henry is left alone in his apartment to care for his deformed baby and has a series of strange encounters with…
Eyes Without a Face
At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter's disfigured countenance--at a horrifying…
Fiend Without a Face
A scientist's thoughts materialize as an army of invisible brain-shaped monsters (complete with spinal-cord tails!) who terrorize an American military base in this nightmarish chiller, directed by Arthur Crabtree (Horrors…
First Man Into Space
In this interstellar cautionary tale, brash U.S. Navy test pilot Dan Prescott, hungry for fame, rockets himself beyond Earth's atmosphere, only to become encrusted with cosmic dust and return a…
Scanners
The title of this David Cronenberg sci-fi horror film refers to a group of people who have telekinetic powers that allow them to read minds and give them the ability…
Sisters
Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously ensnared in…
The Blob
A cult classic of gooey greatness, THE BLOB follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the…
The Brood
As the trauma of one couple's divorce escalates, the city is terrorized by a series of attacks by disfigured children.
The Haunted Strangler
Nineteenth-century English author James Rankin (Boris Karloff) believes that the wrong man was hanged twenty years earlier for a series of murders, but his investigations lead him to a horrible…
Martha Graham: Dance on Film
One of the great artistic forces of the twentieth century, performer, choreographer, and teacher Martha Graham influenced dance worldwide. Criterion presents a sampling of her stunning craft, all collaborations with…
The Lower Depths
Jean Renoir and Akira Kurosawa, two of cinema's greatest directors, transform Maxim Gorky's classic proletariat play The Lower Depths in their own ways for their own times. Renoir, working amidst…
Seven Samurai
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to…
Black Orpheus
Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus…
L'Atalante
In Jean Vigo's hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean (Jean Daste), a barge captain, marries Juliette (Dita Parlo), an…
A Hard Day's Night
Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that…
The Battle of Algiers
One of the most influential political films in history, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the…
A Brief History of Time
Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left…
Close-Up
Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and CLOSE-UP is his most radical, brilliant work. This…
Day of Wrath
Filmed during the Nazi occupation of Denmark, Carl Dreyer's harrowing account of individual helplessness in the face of growing social repression and paranoia. Anna (Lisbeth Movin), the young second wife…
Le Grand Amour
Despite having a loving and patient wife at home, a good-natured suit-and-tie man, played by writer-director Pierre Etaix, finds himself hopelessly attracted to his gorgeous new secretary in this gently…
The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)
Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and an award-winning central performance by the great Toni Servillo, this transporting experience by the brilliant Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is a breathtaking Felliniesque…
The Great Dictator
In his controversial masterpiece, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin, in his first pure talkie, brings…
Kuroneko
In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military…
Liv & Ingmar
Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman met in 1965 during the filming of Persona. Both were married, and there was a difference in age: Liv was 25, and Ingmar was 47.…
Il Sorpasso
The ultimate Italian road comedy, Il sorpasso stars the unlikely pair of Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as, respectively, a waggish, freewheeling bachelor and the straitlaced law student he takes…
Le Havre
In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (Andre…
Red Desert
Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and RED DESERT, his first color film, is perhaps his most epochal. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation…
Dry Wood
Les Blank ventured back to Southwest Louisiana for this work of ramshackle beauty, an immersion in the region's black Creole community that teems with delightful detail.
Gap-Toothed Women
Blank breezily questions our commonly accepted standards of beauty with this paean to women with extra-wide dental spaces.
God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance
Blank took his camera to the historic 1967 Easter Sunday love-in in Los Angeles for this immersive, even spiritual collage of a film.
Hot Pepper
This is an energetic portrait of the Grammy-winning Creole musician Clifton Chenier, a.k.a. the King of Zydeco; Blank beautifully captures his music's propulsive, foot-tapping joy.
In Heaven There is No Beer?
A cinematic jamboree, this film finds director Les Blank in a characteristically jubilant mode as he explores "polka happiness" and the Polish American polka subculture.
Spend It All
Les Blank journeys down the bayous and byways of Southwest Louisiana in this riveting portrait of the region's Cajun community.
Sprout Wings and Fly
This is a warm depiction of the life of old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella
The impassioned rhythms of Francisco Aguabella's conga propel this portrait of the great Afro-Cuban percussionist.
A Well Spent Life
Musician Mance Lipscomb commands the screen in Blank's vivid sketch of a man some consider the greatest blues guitarist who ever lived.
Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking
In this Les Blank documentary, accordionist Marc Savoy and his family and friends show us how to make goo courtbouillon, gumbo, etouffee, boudin, and other Cajun and Creole delights.
The Exterminating Angel
A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave in Luis Bunuel's daring masterpiece THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (El angel exterminador).…
Viridiana
Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican, Luis Bunuel's irreverent vision of life as a beggar's banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. In it, novice nun Viridiana…
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner's delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a…
Lola
Jacques Demy's crystalline debut gave birth to the fictional universe in which so many of his characters would live, play, and love. It's among his most profoundly felt films, a…
The Young Girls of Rochefort
Jacques Demy followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor…
8 1/2
Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8…
I Vitelloni
Five young men linger in a postadolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape from their small seacoast town. They while away their time spending the lira doled out by their…
Hoop Dreams
Two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible--professional basketball glory--in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, HOOP DREAMS, by Steve James,…
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
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. VALERIE AND HER WEEK…
Crazed Fruit
Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking, in this seminal Sun Tribe (taiyozoku) film from director Ko…
The Home and the World
Both a romantic-triangle tale and a philosophical take on violence in times of revolution, The Home and the World (Ghare Baire), set in early twentieth-century Bengal, concerns an aristocratic but…
The Music Room
Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor Chhabi Biswas) desperately clinging to a fading way of life. His greatest joy…
Walkabout
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…
Salvatore Giuliano
July 5, 1950--Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano's bullet-riddled corpse is found face down in a courtyard in Castelvetrano, a handgun and rifle by his side. Local and international press descend upon…
Paisan
Roberto Rossellini's follow-up to his breakout Rome Open City was the ambitious, enormously moving Paisan (Paisa), which consists of six episodes set during the liberation of Italy at the end…
Journey to Italy
Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini's JOURNEY TO ITALY (Viaggio in Italia) charts the declining marriage of a couple from England (Ingrid Bergman and George…
Cria Cuervos - Raise Ravens
Shot while military dictator General Franco was on his deathbed, CRIA CUERVOS heralded a turning point in Spain. Carlos Saura's exquisite film melds the personal and the political in a…
Playtime
Jacques Tati's gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PLAYTIME. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati…
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday - Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot
Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati's endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati's masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of…
Mon Oncle
Slapstick prevails again when Jacques Tati's eccentric, old-fashioned hero, Monsieur Hulot, is set loose in Villa Arpel, the geometric, oppressively ultramodern home of his brother-in-law, and in the antiseptic plastic…
Jour de Fete
In his enchanting debut feature, Jacques Tati stars as a fussbudget of a postman who is thrown for a loop when a traveling fair comes to his village. Even in…
Parade
For his final film, Jacques Tati takes his camera to the circus, where the director himself serves as master of ceremonies. Though it features many spectacles, including clowns, jugglers, acrobats,…
Trafic
Jacques Tati's bumbling Monsieur Hulot, kitted out as always with tan raincoat, beaten brown hat, and umbrella, takes to Paris's highways and byways. In this, his final outing, Hulot is…
Danton
Gerard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak star in Andrzej Wajda's powerful, intimate depiction of the ideological clash between the earthy, man-of-the-people Georges Danton and icy Jacobin extremist Maximilien Robespierre, both key…
The Bridge
Bernhard Wicki's astonishing film 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…
I Am Curious: Yellow
Seized by customs upon entry to the United States, subject of a heated court battle, and banned in numerous cities, Vilgot Sjoman's I AM CURIOUS YELLOW is one of the…
I Am Curious: Blue
A parallel film to Vilgot Sjoman's controversial I Am Curious: Yellow, I AM CURIOUS: BLUE also follows young Lena on her journey of self-discovery. In BLUE, Lena confronts issues of…
World on a Wire Part 2
This a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future comes from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Philip K. Dick, Fassbinder tells…
World on a Wire Part 1
This a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future comes from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Philip K. Dick, Fassbinder tells…
Pather Panchali
With the release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray's debut film, an eloquent and important new cinematic voice made itself heard all over the world. A depiction of rural Bengali life…
Aparajito
Satyajit Ray had not planned to make a sequel to Pather Panchali, but after the film's international success, he decided to continue Apu's narrative. APARAJITO picks up where the first…
Apur Sansar
Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece The Music Room by the time APUR SANSAR was released and was well on his…
Chains
After years of making mostly comedies and literary adaptations, Raffaello Matarazzo turned to melodrama with this intense tale of a tight-knit working-class family shattered by temptation. There's a touch of…
Tormento
Anna (Yvonne Sanson) flees her home, where she has been victimized for years by her spineless father's mean-spirited second wife, to be with her lover (Amedeo Nazzari), an honest businessman…
Nobody's Children
The first half of an overflowing diptych of melodramas from Raffaello Matarazzo chronicling the labyrinthine misfortunes of a couple torn cruelly apart by fate (and meddling villains). When Guido (Amedeo…
The White Angel
In Raffaello Matarazzo's sequel to his blockbuster Nobody's Children, the perpetually put-upon Guido and Luisa (Amedeo Nazzari and Yvonne Sanson) return for a new round of trials and tribulations. This…
Code Unknown
One of the world's most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Oscar-winning Austrian director Michael Haneke diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and artistry. His drama CODE…
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels
A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman's JEANNE DIELMAN meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the…