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Janus Films

Works: 1,400 works in 3,370 publications in 7 languages and 202,642 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Biography  Fiction  Motion pictures  Comedy films  Biographical films  Historical films  Action and adventure films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, Producer, Actor, prn
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Janus Films
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

20 editions published between 1950 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 2,017 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 )

19 editions published between 1931 and 2010 in German and English and held by 1,908 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
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

17 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,890 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
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

11 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,700 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 )

19 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 1,580 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 )

21 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in Japanese and English and held by 1,477 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
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in Italian and English and held by 1,474 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
Amarcord by Federico Fellini( Visual )

20 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in Italian and held by 1,444 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
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

21 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,434 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
Nuit et brouillard Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in French and English and held by 1,375 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 1,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Grey Gardens spawned everything from a midnight-movie cult following to a Broadway musical to an upcoming Hollywood adaptation, the filmmakers went back to their vaults to create this tribute to both the Beale women and their legion of fans. This edition includes the original documentary, Grey Gardens along with the unseen archival footage for the 2006 documentary, Beales of 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

Murder thriller set in post-World War II Vienna during the fourpower occupation of the city
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai( Visual )

5 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 1,240 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
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw( Visual )

17 editions published between 1938 and 2008 in English and held by 1,240 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 1,237 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
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

5 editions published between 1957 and 2003 in Japanese and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 16th century Japan, Toshiro Mifune as Macbeth plays a simple soldier, full of exuberance and fire. The samurai is goaded by his wife and a spirit to murder his friend and his lord. Kurosawa's film is noteworthy for its eeerie atmospherics and powerful use of elements derived from Noh theatre. (Circulates)
Ugetsu by Kenji Mizoguchi( Visual )

19 editions published between 1953 and 2008 in Japanese and held by 1,191 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
Orfeu negro Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

22 editions published between 1958 and 2010 in Portuguese and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orfeo is a street-car conductor in Rio de Janeiro in love with Eurydice, a country girl who has come to the city for Carnival. Eurydice is pursued by a mysterious stranger, and when she is killed, Orfeo attempts to contact her in the land of the dead
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 1,168 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
Great expectations by David Lean( Visual )

5 editions published between 1946 and 1998 in English and held by 1,142 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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