WorldCat Identities

Janus Films

Overview
Works: 2,508 works in 6,232 publications in 8 languages and 227,974 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Samurai films  Historical films  History  Detective and mystery films  Comedy films  Biographical films  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: Distributor, fds, Producer, prn, pre
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Janus Films
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

9 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 2,261 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 )

24 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,861 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 1,840 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
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

22 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,838 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
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

26 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,742 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 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 1,650 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 )

11 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in French and English and held by 1,618 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
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

17 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows an aged doctor's journey through a compelling landscape of dream and memory as he travels to receive an honorary degree. Haunting flashbacks and incidents along the way force him to confront his life and its failings
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

23 editions published between 1957 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 1,524 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
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

30 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,385 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 )

24 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in Italian and held by 1,381 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 )

5 editions published between 1963 and 2001 in Italian and held by 1,276 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
La règle du jeu : fantaisie dramatique de Jean Renoir = The rules of the game : a dramatic fantasy by Michel Leiris( Visual )

13 editions published between 1939 and 2006 in French and held by 1,235 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
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 1,201 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
Umberto D. by Vittorio De Sica( Visual )

14 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a government pensioner who living alone strives to retain a sense of dignity in his elder years
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 1,186 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
El norte = The North by Gregory Nava( Visual )

7 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life. It's a story that happens every day, but until Gregory Nava's groundbreaking El Norte (The North), the personal travails of immigrants crossing the border to America had never been shown in the movies with such urgent humanism. A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival, which critic Roger Ebert called "a Grapes of Wrath for our time."
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

17 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,079 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 Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

9 editions published between 1953 and 2004 in Japanese and held by 1,074 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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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Rashomon = Rashōmon
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Rashomon = RashōmonMRichard IIISmultronstället = Wild strawberriesKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)8 1/2La passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of ArcUmberto D.
Alternative Names
ヤヌス・フィルムズ

Languages
English (80)

Italian (73)

Japanese (62)

French (48)

German (24)

Portuguese (20)

Swedish (17)

Spanish (7)