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Janus Films

Works: 2,652 works in 6,591 publications in 8 languages and 230,625 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Historical films  Detective and mystery films  Samurai films  History  Biographical films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Film noir 
Roles: Distributor, fds, prn, Producer, pre
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Janus Films
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

17 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 2,447 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 )

27 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

25 schoolboys lost on a tropical island after a plane crash revert to savagery in their efforts to survive
Rashomon = Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

23 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 1,819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema, and a commanding new star
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

28 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A psychopathic murderer of children is hunted by police, but is caught and tried by the city's criminals
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

39 editions published between 1955 and 2018 in English and held by 1,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Great Acting, Laurence Olivier: In this program from the BBC2, Kenneth Tynan interviews Laurence Olivier, with special emphasis on some of the highlights of his distinguished career and Shakespeare films, with excerpts from the films "Henry V", "Hamlet", "Richard III", "Othello", and "The Entertainer"
Hamlet by Laurence Olivier( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,649 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 )

12 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in French and English and held by 1,605 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
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

33 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,381 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( Visual )

27 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 1,373 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
8 1/2( Visual )

6 editions published between 1963 and 2001 in Italian and held by 1,335 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
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

15 editions published between 1957 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 1,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reimagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa's longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries( Visual )

7 editions published between 1957 and 2008 in Swedish and held by 1,261 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. In Swedish with English subtitles
Umberto D. by Vittorio De Sica( Visual )

14 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,190 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
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 1,188 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 )

11 editions published between 1928 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,169 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 )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in Portuguese and held by 1,152 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

24 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,107 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
El norte = The North by Gregory Nava( Visual )

8 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in Spanish and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mayan Indian peasants are tired of being thought of as nothing more than manual laborers. They organize an effort to improve their lot in life, but are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, Enrique and Rosa, a teenage brother and sister, who barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to the United States. After receiving clandestine help from friends and advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling, they make their way by truck, bus and other means to Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants
The third man by Graham Greene( Visual )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,047 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 )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in French and held by 1,047 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
Lord of the fliesRashomon = RashōmonMRichard III8 1/2Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)Smultronstället = Wild strawberriesUmberto D.
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Janus Films Distribuidora cinematográfica