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Janus Films

Works: 1,826 works in 5,457 publications in 7 languages and 225,818 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Comedy films  History  Action and adventure films  Detective and mystery films  Historical films  Samurai films  Biographical films  Short films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, Producer, prn, pre
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Janus Films
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

30 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 2,251 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
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

27 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,846 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
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 )

16 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,728 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
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

33 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 1,689 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
Amarcord by Federico Fellini( Visual )

30 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in Italian and held by 1,626 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
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

31 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,603 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
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

35 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,602 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
Lord of the flies by Peter Brook( Visual )

22 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,561 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
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

22 editions published between 1958 and 2010 in Portuguese and English and held by 1,464 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

28 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,395 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 règle du jeu : fantaisie dramatique de Jean Renoir = The rules of the game : a dramatic fantasy( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in French and held by 1,375 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
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in French and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust and contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage
Le ballon rouge = The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse( Visual )

20 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Red balloon (34 min.) describes a little boy's friendship with a magical red balloon as they have adventures in the streets of Paris. The boy must save the balloon, however, from a gang of urchins who want to destroy it. White Mane (38 min.) tells the story about a boy in the south of France who wins the friendship of a proud wild stallion and together they escape into the sea from the attacks of ranchers
8 1/2( Visual )

4 editions published in 2001 in Italian and English and held by 1,299 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
Tōkyō monogatari = Tokyo story by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

13 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an aging couple journeys to visit with their adult children in Tokyo they find they are an intrusion on the younger generation's life style; then generational conflicts are stilled -- momentarily -- by death. Special features include extensive documentaries on the director
Hiroshima mon amour = Hiroshima, my love by Alain Resnais( Visual )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in French and held by 1,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Japanese architect and a French actress engage in a brief intense affair in Hiroshima in 1959. Both deal with their personal memories of World War II--he by articulating his firsthand experience with nuclear disaster, she by remembering her traumatic affair with a German soldier
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

6 editions published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 1,170 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
Umberto D. by Vittorio De Sica( Visual )

17 editions published between 1952 and 2013 in Italian and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follow 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
Pygmalion by Anthony Asquith( Visual )

23 editions published between 1938 and 2008 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a cockney "guttersnipe" rescued from a life of Covent Garden flower-mongering by a professor of phonetics who teaches her "proper" English - so perfectly as to have her mistaken to be a member of the European nobility
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Audience level: 0.27 (from 0.18 for Shichinin ... to 0.35 for Amarcord / ...)

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MSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesRichard IIIShichinin no samurai = Seven samuraiLord of the fliesBelle et la Bête = Beauty and the BeastLe ballon rouge = The Red Balloon8 1/2
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English (106)

Italian (85)

Japanese (76)

French (58)

Swedish (27)

German (25)

Portuguese (21)