WorldCat Identities

Janus Films

Overview
Works: 1,310 works in 4,610 publications in 8 languages and 222,145 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Children's films  Detective and mystery films  Fantasy films  Animated films  Biographical films  Action and adventure films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Musical films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, prn, Producer, pre
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Janus Films
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

45 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,849 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
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

27 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 2,313 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 )

28 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,933 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 )

23 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,906 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 )

38 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and after seeking her in the nether regions kills himself to be with her."--Halliwell's Film and video guide, 5th ed
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

31 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and English and held by 1,874 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
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

17 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hamlet is Shakespeare's towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

26 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 1,638 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 )

28 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in Italian and held by 1,635 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
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

14 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,599 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
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

18 editions published between 1963 and 2017 in Italian and English and held by 1,588 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 )

18 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 1,483 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 )

33 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,476 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
La règle du jeu : fantaisie dramatique de Jean Renoir = The rules of the game : a dramatic fantasy by Jean Renoir( Visual )

27 editions published between 1939 and 2011 in French and English and held by 1,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners, in which a weekend at a marquis's countryside chateau lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haute bourgeois acquaintances. The film was a victim of tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after premiere audiences rejected it in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II. It wasn't reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here
Beauty and the beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

21 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,384 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
Le ballon rouge = The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse( Visual )

20 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,340 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
Tōkyō monogatari = Tokyo story by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

14 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A self-centered couple is inconvenienced by a parental visit. When the mother falls ill, her children hasten to be with her
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer( Visual )

20 editions published between 1928 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiction. Drame historique évoquant le procès et la mort de Jeanne d'Arc. Ce film disparu à la suite d'un incendie, on en retrouve une copie en 1981 dans une institution psychiatrique à Oslo en Norvège. En 1988, le compositeur Richard Einhorn écrit un oratorio inspiré par ce film : Visions of Light. Ces deux oeuvres, le film et l'oratorio, se trouvent réunies pour la première fois dans ce vidéo. Avec Renée Falconetti, Antonin Artaud
The third man by Carol Reed( Visual )

16 editions published between 1949 and 2017 in English and held by 1,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un escritor de novelas baratas llega a una Viena de posguerra dividida en sectores por los aliados. Su amigo del colegio, Harry Lime, le ha ofrecido un trabajo, pero al llegar a la fiesta donde quedaron para reunirse, descubre que este ha muerto en un extraño accidente de trafico. Hablando con amigos y socios, el escritor se da cuenta de que algunas de las historias sobre su muerte son inconscientes y se decide a investigar lo que ocurrio en realidad
Les quatre cents coups by François Truffaut( Visual )

34 editions published between 1959 and 2017 in French and English and held by 1,277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This François Truffaut's first feature is the partially autobiographical story of a 12-year-old boy, unhappy at home and at school, who finds himself in a detention centre ; he finally escapes and keeps running. Starring Jean-Pierre Lead, Claire Maurier, Albert Remy
 
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Rashōmon
Alternative Names
ヤヌス・フィルムズ

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RashōmonMLord of the fliesSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesRichard III8 1/2Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)Beauty and the beast