Most widely held works about Argos Films
Most widely held works by Argos Films
Nuit et brouillard Night and fog ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in French and held by 1,538 libraries worldwide
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust and contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage.
Wings of desire ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,235 libraries worldwide
A romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel's path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that's comical, touching and entertaining.
Hiroshima mon amour ( Visual )
22 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in French and English and held by 1,103 libraries worldwide
A Japanese architect and a French actress engage in a brief intense affair in Hiroshima in 1959. Both deal with their personal memories of World War II--he by articulating his firsthand experience with nuclear disaster, she by remembering her traumatic affair with a German soldier.
Die Blechtrommel The tin drum ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in German and held by 946 libraries worldwide
"Danzig, 1924. Oskar Matzerath is born with an intellect beyond his infancy. As he witnesses the hypocrisy of adulthood and the irresponsibility of society, Oskar rejects both, and, on his third birthday, refuses to grow. Caught in a baffling state of perpetual childhood, Oskar lashes out at all he surveys with piercing screams and frantic poundings on his tin drum, while the unheeding, chaotic world marches onward to the madness and folly of World War II." -- Container.
Au hasard Balthazar Balthazar ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in French and held by 605 libraries worldwide
"Follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations beyond his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of man. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly." -- Container.
Mouchette ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1967 and 2007 in French and held by 601 libraries worldwide
One of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film, as Mouchette a teenage girl must deal with tragic events and a broken family.
La jetée ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in French and held by 588 libraries worldwide
La jetée: While at the Orly Airport observation deck, a boy sees a man shot. Shortly afterwards World War III breaks out and Paris is destroyed by nuclear weapons. As one of the survivors, the now grown man is chosen as part of an experiment in time travel because he has a strong grasp on a moment in the past--the image of the man being shot at the airport. He is successfully sent back in time. But once in the past, he falls in love with a girl, and defies orders to return and be with her.
Paris, Texas ( Visual )
22 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and French and held by 517 libraries worldwide
After having been missing for four years and presumed dead, Travis emerges from the desert near the Texas-Mexico border and collapses at a gas station. His younger brother, Walt, a billboard artist, takes him to Walt's Los Angeles home where Travis' son, Hunter, has lived with Walt and Walt's wife, Anne, since Travis and his wife, Jane, disappeared. Travis reestablishes a relationship with Hunter, finds Jane and brings about a reunion between Jane and Hunter before leaving again. Loosely based on Sam Shepard's Motel Chronicles.
L'Année dernière a Marienbad ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in French and held by 507 libraries worldwide
Feature : "[T]his surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais' investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story." -- Container.
Wings of desire ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in German and English and held by 428 libraries worldwide
Fantasy about an angel who wanders through the streets of West Berlin and wishes he were mortal so that he could fall in love.
Masculin féminin 15 faits précis ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in French and held by 377 libraries worldwide
Paul, a young idealistic would-be intellectual, struggles to forge a relationship with incipient pop star Madeleine in 1960s Paris.
2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in French and English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
Juliette, a bourgeois housewife, is a loving wife and mother whose domestic moments alternate with her days and nights as a call girl.
Paris, Texas ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 367 libraries worldwide
After having been missing for four years and presumed dead, Travis emerges from the desert near the Texas-Mexico border and collapses at a gas station. His younger brother, Walt, a billboard artist, takes him to Walt's Los Angeles home where Travis' son, Hunter, has lived with Walt and Walt's wife, Anne, since Travis and his wife, Jane, disappeared. Travis reestablishes a relationship with Hunter, finds Jane and brings about a reunion between Jane and Hunter before leaving again.
Dans l'empire des sens In the realm of the senses ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 361 libraries worldwide
The story is based on the tabloid sensation of 1936, the fatal love affair of Sada Abe, a former geisha turned maid, and Kichizo Yoshida, the owner of the Tokyo ryotei (Japanese-style restaurant) at which she worked. Abandoning his wife and his business, Kichizo gives himself up to two weeks of dissipation with Sada at a nearby inn, which climaxes in sadomasochistic love games--and his strangulation and mutilation. Kichizo is tired of life, of the militarism that has everywhere suppressed Eros in favor of Thanatos, and he and Sada are escaping, protesting, testing physical and psychological limits, while resisting a social order that condemns their actions and their very being.
Der Fangschuss ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1978 and 2003 in German and French and held by 299 libraries worldwide
Set in Latvia in 1919 at the end of the Russian civil war, a Prussian soldier rejects the advances of an aristocratic woman. She retaliates by joining the Bolsheviks.
Wings of desire ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in German and French and held by 270 libraries worldwide
Romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal, set in East Berlin before the wall came down.
Die Faelschung ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2004 in German and held by 242 libraries worldwide
Grateful for a respite from his imploding marriage, Hamburg newspaperman Georg arrives in civil war torn Beirut to chronicle the bloody Lebanese war. Inside a shell-pitted hotel, Georg and colleague Hoffman, join a cynical international coterie of competitive fellow journalists. Outside, they take their lives in their own hands, dodging bullets and conducting interviews that are always just a trigger pull away from becoming executions.
Masculin, feminin ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in French and held by 232 libraries worldwide
Paris in the 1960's, sexuality, and the go-go generation are explored as a young pseudo-revolutionary and a pretty pop singer have an affair.
L'empire de la passion Empire of passion ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 207 libraries worldwide
1895, a small Japanese village. Part-time barmaid Seki is married to Gisaburo, a hardworking rickshaw man. Toyoji is a younger man at loose ends since leaving the army. Toyoji seduces Seki, and they embark on a desultory affair. Later, an impetuous action of Toyoji's prompts the lovers to murder Gisaburo. Three years later, Gisaburo's ghost appears, a sad and confused lost soul whose vague desperation drives his murderers to anguished guilt. This film was director Oshima's venture into the kaidan (Japanese ghost story), and was highly acclaimed on its release in 1978.
Until the end of the world ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 200 libraries worldwide
It's 1999. As the threat of nuclear holocaust looms, a government killer stalks traveler Farber for his invention, while one woman will do anything for his love.
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