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Janus Films

Works: 1,689 works in 5,123 publications in 8 languages and 223,653 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Historical films  Action and adventure films  Detective and mystery films  Comedy films  Biographical films  Samurai films  Short films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, prn, Producer, pre
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Janus Films
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

29 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 2,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The murder of a man and the rape of his wife in a forest grove, seen from four different perspectives. Akira Kurosawa's meditation on the nature of "truth" transformed narrative cinema as we know it
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

28 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and English and held by 1,819 WorldCat member 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
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

15 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film version of Shakespeare's tragic story of the Danish prince who must avenge his father's death
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

31 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 1,675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard III: Begins by recapitulating the final scene of Henry IV, Part III with Edward IV being crowned king. In the background of the celebration, Richard jealously views the proceedings. Soon afterwards, Edward IV is murdered, drowned in a vat of wine. Richard becomes king and, after proceeding with a succession of intrigues and duplicities, he finds his kingdom in dire peril, set upon by Henry Tudor and mustering a final defense for his realm at the Battle of Bosworth. An immortal tale of lust, murder, treachery and the ruthless pursuit of power
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

32 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa--featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura--seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

20 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of English boys are stranded on an uninhabited island when the plane that is evacuating them from a war-threatened England crash lands. Without adult supervision, the boys regress to savagery
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

6 editions published between 1963 and 2010 in Italian and English and held by 1,513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guido est cinéaste. En panne d'inspiration, il se réfugie alternativement dans une cure thermale, dans ses souvenirs d'enfance, dans des problèmes sentimentaux passablement confus entre sa femme Luisa et sa maîtressse Carla, ou encore dans le rêve, avec Claudia. La ronde finale emportera tout ce monde sans que le problème soit vraiment résolu
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

21 editions published between 1958 and 2010 in Portuguese and English and held by 1,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Street-car conductor Mello and country-girl Dawn fall in love in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. Based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

33 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story about the search for woman who goes missing while on a yacht cruise off the coast of Sicily. Her boyfriend and best friend end up finding each other instead
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

27 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A restoration of the original 1946 French film, telling the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in French and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ce film, réalisé à l'aide de documentation photographique, évoque l'horreur des camps de concentration nazis pendant la dernière guerre mondiale."
Le ballon rouge = The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse( Visual )

20 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young boy in Paris makes friends with a red balloon that has a mind of its own
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer( Visual )

21 editions published between 1928 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiction. Drame historique évoquant le procès et la mort de Jeanne d'Arc. Ce film disparu à la suite d'un incendie, on en retrouve une copie en 1981 dans une institution psychiatrique à Oslo en Norvège. En 1988, le compositeur Richard Einhorn écrit un oratorio inspiré par ce film : Visions of Light. Ces deux oeuvres, le film et l'oratorio, se trouvent réunies pour la première fois dans ce vidéo. Avec Renée Falconetti, Antonin Artaud
La règle du jeu : fantaisie dramatique de Jean Renoir = The rules of the game : a dramatic fantasy( Visual )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in French and held by 1,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cloaked in a comedy of manners, this scathing critique of corrupt French society is about a weekend hunting party at which amorous escapades abound among the aristocratic guests, which are also mirrored by the activities of the servants downstairs
Tōkyō monogatari = Tokyo story by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

13 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 1,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director's customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director's recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema's mightiest masterpieces
Hiroshima mon amour = Hiroshima, my love by Alain Resnais( Visual )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in French and held by 1,229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 1959, a French actress and a Japanese architect engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming mutual fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in German and held by 1,173 WorldCat member 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
Umberto D. by Vittorio De Sica( Visual )

17 editions published between 1952 and 2013 in Italian and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retired civil servant struggles to live on a meager pension. Evicted from his boarding house, Umberto maintains his diginity, in isolation except for the priceless companionship of his dog
Seven samurai( Visual )

6 editions published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 1,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drame d'aventures. L'action se situe dans un village japonais, au 16e siècle. Des bandits de grands chemins ravagent la région et s'apprêtent à voler la récolte des paysans. Le sage du village conseille aux habitants affolés d'engager des samouraïs pour combattre les pillards. Deux émissaires partent donc à la recherche de samouraïs valeureux et désintéressés. Sept hommes acceptent de se porter au secours des paysans et les entraînent au combat. Les quarante voleurs son exterminés, mais quatre samouraïs y laissent leur vie
Pygmalion by Anthony Asquith( Visual )

22 editions published between 1938 and 2008 in English and held by 1,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Henry Higgins (Howard) works to make a pretty flower girl into a young lady of society
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Smultronstället = Wild strawberriesRichard IIIShichinin no samurai = Seven samuraiLord of the flies8 1/2Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the BeastLe ballon rouge = The Red BalloonLa passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc