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Janus Films

Works: 1,451 works in 3,544 publications in 7 languages and 206,137 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  Comedy films  Action and adventure films  History  Biographical films  Documentary films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Samurai films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, Producer, Actor, prn
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Janus Films
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

22 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 2,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four people describe the murder of a nobleman and the rape of his wife with each person's testimoy contradicting the other's
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

18 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,900 WorldCat member 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
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

21 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a drama based on the actual case of the Dusseldorf murderer recounting the hunt by the law and the underworld for a psychopathic murderer of young girls
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

12 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hamlet is Shakespeare's towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

20 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 1,600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

22 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 1,479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 16th century Japanese village hires professional warriors to fend off bandits. When the samurai arrive, a spectacular series of battle begins
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

9 editions published between 1963 and 2010 in Italian and English and held by 1,478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fellini's autobiographically-inspired film about a famous film director (Guido Anselmi) who loses his inspiration in the midst of making a film, and retreats into his memories and fantasies
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

22 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,453 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
Amarcord by Federico Fellini( Visual )

20 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in Italian and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Federico Fellini satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nino Rota's classic, nostalgia-tinged score."--Container
Nuit et brouillard Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in French and English and held by 1,381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Called the greatest film of all time by director Francois Truffaut, this legendary documentary from 1955, was directed by Alain Resnais, one of the pivotal figures in the 'New Wave' that revolutionised French cinema in the 1950s. Though only thirty minutes in length, the film is devastating in its impact. Night and Fog refers to the arrival of prisoners in Auschwitz under the cover of darkness and also the ultimate failure of the Nazis at Nuremberg to take responsibility for it. Written by Jean Cayrol, a holocaust survivor, and poetically narrated by Michel Bouquet, its gruesome images seem like a surreal nightmare."--Kanopy
Grey Gardens by David Maysles( Visual )

8 editions published between 1976 and 2006 in English and held by 1,318 WorldCat member 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
The third man by Carol Reed( Visual )

12 editions published between 1949 and 2012 in English and held by 1,303 WorldCat member 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
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw( Visual )

17 editions published between 1938 and 2008 in English and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Professor Henry Higgins' efforts to make Eliza Doolittle, a flower girl, into an elegant lady of society
Smultronstället Wild strawberries( Visual )

5 editions published between 1957 and 2008 in Swedish and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg--masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström--is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man's remarkable voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is a treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema and one of the films that catapulted Ingmar Bergman to international acclaim
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai( Visual )

5 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 1,238 WorldCat member 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
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

5 editions published between 1957 and 2003 in Japanese and held by 1,215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. Tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy
Ugetsu by Kenji Mizoguchi( Visual )

21 editions published between 1953 and 2008 in Japanese and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In sixteenth-century Japan a village potter and his brother-in-law set out for the city to seek their fortunes in the spoils of war. Their neglected wives suffer the bitter consequences of their husbands' ambition as one is murdered by soldiers and the other is raped and becomes a prostitute
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member 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
Orfeu negro Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

23 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in Portuguese and held by 1,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classical legend of Orpheus and Eurydice unfolds in an updated version against the riotously colorful background of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. In the black section of the city, Orpheus is a street-car conductor and Eurydice a pretty country girl fleeing from a mysterious man sworn to kill her, a man who in the story represents Fate or Death
Great expectations by David Lean( Visual )

5 editions published between 1946 and 1998 in English and held by 1,158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the gloom of a country graveyard, a young boy encounters an escaped convict, a chance meeting that years later leads the boy to tragedy, mystery and wealth."
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English (102)

Japanese (72)

Italian (50)

Portuguese (23)

German (20)

Swedish (5)

French (3)

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