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Janus Films

Works: 2,612 works in 6,548 publications in 8 languages and 229,159 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Historical films  History  Detective and mystery films  Samurai films  Biographical films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Comedy films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, prn, Producer, pre
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Janus Films
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

7 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 2,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire seven out-of-work warriors to protect them from invading bandits"--Container
Lord of the flies by Peter Brook( Visual )

26 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,821 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
Rashomon = Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

22 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 1,817 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
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

20 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,703 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
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

39 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 1,699 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
Hamlet by Laurence Olivier( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,657 WorldCat member 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 by Alain Resnais( Visual )

10 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,587 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
Amarcord by Federico Fellini( Visual )

37 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 1,565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memories of episodes about love, sex, politics, family life and growing up in a small Italian town in the 1930's
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

26 editions published between 1957 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 1,505 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
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

33 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,370 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
8 1/2( Visual )

2 editions published in 2001 in Italian and held by 1,328 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
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

9 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and held by 1,315 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
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 1,192 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
Umberto D. by Vittorio De Sica( Visual )

14 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 struggles to maintain his dignity in a city where human kindness seems to have been swallowed up by the forces of modernization. His simple quest to satisfy his basic needs--food, shelter, companionship--makes for one of the most heartbreaking stories ever filmed, and an essential classic of world cinema
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in Portuguese and Undetermined and held by 1,145 WorldCat member 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
El norte = The North by Gregory Nava( Visual )

8 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in Spanish and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva: Nava's 1972 award-winning thirty-minute student film, based on the life of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, depicting the life of a fictional poet caught in the Spanish Civil War and jailed, but then set free on the condition he leaves his country and never returns
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

19 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,075 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
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer( Visual )

12 editions published between 1928 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En Rouen, 1431, tiene lugar el proceso contra Juana, una joven de diecinueve años que asegura ser envíada de Dios para salvar Francia. En la sala del Tribunal se enfrenta a una cohorte de teólogos y jueces que la interrogan sobre sus visiones de San Miguel. Preguntada acerca de su atuendo masculino, responde que se lo quitará cuando haya cumplido su misión
The third man by Graham Greene( Visual )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,051 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
Au revoir les enfants( Visual )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in French and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss between two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true comaraderie, until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Louis Malle's own childhood, the film is an observed tale of courage, cowardice and tragic awakening
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Rashomon = Rashōmon
Rashomon = RashōmonMRichard IIIKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)8 1/2Smultronstället = Wild strawberriesSullivan's travelsUmberto D.Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast
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