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Janus Films

Works: 2,732 works in 6,816 publications in 8 languages and 232,515 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Historical films  Samurai films  History  Comedy films  Detective and mystery films  Film noir  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
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 )

16 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 2,406 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 William Golding( Visual )

28 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,829 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
Rashomon = Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

24 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 1,816 WorldCat member 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
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

40 editions published between 1955 and 2018 in English and held by 1,709 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 1,645 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
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

24 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A psychopathic murderer of children is hunted by police, but is caught and tried by the city's criminals
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

10 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in French and English and held by 1,574 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 )

31 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 1,534 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
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

17 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and held by 1,488 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
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

32 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A girl mysteriously disappears on a yachting trip. While her lover and her best friend search for her across Italy, they begin an affair. Antonioni's penetrating study of the idle upper class offers stinging observations on spiritual isolation and the many meanings of love
La règle du jeu : fantaisie dramatique de Jean Renoir = The rules of the game : a dramatic fantasy by Michel Leiris( Visual )

18 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in French and English and held by 1,342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Complicated love intrigues among the high society guests at a weekend house party outside Paris are mirrored by parallel activities among the servants, showing the illness of a society locked into frivolous and futile social games
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

16 editions published between 1957 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 1,282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. A Samurai lord kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy
8 1/2( Visual )

4 editions published between 1963 and 2001 in Italian and held by 1,271 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
Umberto D. by Vittorio De Sica( Visual )

13 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This neorealist masterpiece follows Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone, except for his dog, Flike, Umberto strives to maintain his dignity while trying to survive in a city where traditional human kindness seems to have lost out to 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
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 1,181 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
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 1,150 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
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in Portuguese and Undetermined and held by 1,144 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 )

10 editions published between 1983 and 2019 in Spanish and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El norte: Enrique and Rosa are brother and sister Mayan Indian peasants, living in the mountains of Guatemala. When the village attempts to organize for better treatment, Enrique and Rosa are forced to flee as the Guatemalan army is sent in to punish the townspeople. Receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant, they make their way to Los Angeles, hoping to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

21 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,065 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
Tōkyō monogatari = Tokyo story by Yasujiro Ozu( Visual )

10 editions published between 1953 and 2003 in Japanese and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tokyo Story follows an aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, post-war Tokyo. Their reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill she and Sukichi return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her
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English (87)

Italian (79)

Japanese (65)

French (55)

German (22)

Swedish (17)

Spanish (10)

Portuguese (7)