Most widely held works about Janus Films
Most widely held works by Janus Films
七人の侍 ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 1,722 libraries worldwide
This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors.
Hamlet ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,424 libraries worldwide
The classic version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, the towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer.
Nuit et brouillard Night and fog ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in French and held by 1,354 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.
Orfeu negro Black Orpheus ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in Portuguese and held by 1,287 libraries worldwide
Story based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice set against the colorful background of the carnival in Rio de Janiero. With its magnificent color photography and lively soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States.
Grey Gardens ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 1,258 libraries worldwide
Portrait of the relationship between Edith Bouvier Beale and her grown daughter, Little Edie, once an aspiring actress in New York who left her career to care for her aging mother in their East Hampton home, and never left again. The aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis feed their cats and raccoons and rehash their pasts behind the walls of their decaying mansion, Grey Gardens.
羅生門 ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 1,251 libraries worldwide
Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit.
M ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in German and held by 1,235 libraries worldwide
When a serial killer is stalking the children of the city, everyone, including the criminal underworld, wants to see him brought down. The story is based on the Düsseldorf child murders of 1929.
8 1/2 ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in Italian and held by 1,214 libraries worldwide
Fellini's autobiographical film about a famous film director who loses his inspiration in the midst of making a film.
The third man ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1949 and 2007 in English and held by 1,183 libraries worldwide
Set in post-war Vienna, an American western-adventure writer searches for a friend who turns out to be the king-pin of the Austrian black market.
Wild strawberries Smultronstället ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in Swedish and held by 1,083 libraries worldwide
A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity.
Sullivan's travels ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 1,083 libraries worldwide
A successful Hollywood director disguises himself as a bum and sets off to see America from the bottom up. In the midst of the brutality and despair, he makes a valuable discovery-- that what the downtrodden need most is laughter.
Lord of the flies ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 1,045 libraries worldwide
Thirty English schoolboys are stranded on an uncharted island at the start of the "next" war. With no adults present, they quickly turn into savages.
L'avventura ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1960 and 2001 in Italian and held by 997 libraries worldwide
Story about the search for a girl lost on an island; the searchers gradually become preoccupied with their own problems.
La strada The road ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in Italian and Lithuanian and held by 943 libraries worldwide
Directed by Federico Fellini, the story of a fragile girl who falls in love with a brutal circus performer she was sold to by her mother.
The red shoes ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1948 and 2001 in English and held by 942 libraries worldwide
Centers on the dilemma of a young ballerina torn between the composer who loves her and the impresario determined to fashion her into a great dancer.
Henry V ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 941 libraries worldwide
Adaptation of Shakespeare's patriotic historical drama that celebrates the English nation and the greatness of its King. Includes medieval battle sequences with a recreation of the Battle of Agincourt.
La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc The passion of Joan of Arc ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in French and held by 932 libraries worldwide
Dramatization of the life of Joan of Arc centering on her trial and execution.
Rashomon ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 929 libraries worldwide
Four people involved in the murder of a gentleman in feudal Japan and the seduction of his wife report differing views of what actually happened.
Viskningar och rop Cries and whispers ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1972 and 2009 in Swedish and English and held by 923 libraries worldwide
A story of four women's search for spiritual peace. Agnes is dying of cancer and is visited one last time by her two sisters, Karin and Maria. These two become entangled in feelings of jealousy, manipulation and selfishness. Yet Agnes is able to transcend her sisters' pettiness to remember moments of staggering beauty as well as horror.
Amarcord ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1998 in Italian and held by 861 libraries worldwide
Memories of episodes about love, sex, politics, family life and growing up in a small Italian town in the 1930's.
Action and adventure films Adultery Biographical films Biography Boys Comedy films Comedy films Detective and mystery films Documentary films Drama England Families Feature films Feature films Fiction films Film adaptations Film and video adaptations Films for the hearing impaired Foreign films France France--Paris German Occupation of France (1940-1945) Germany Great Britain Historical films History Italy Japan Love Manners and customs Man-woman relationships Motion picture producers and directors Motion pictures Motion pictures Motion pictures, French Murder Nonfiction films Samurai Samurai films Short films Silent films Sisters Social history Spain Sweden Thrillers (Motion pictures) United States Video recordings--for the hearing impaired War films World War (1939-1945)
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