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Janus Films

Works: 1,294 works in 3,932 publications in 8 languages and 216,441 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films  History  Filmed plays  Action and adventure films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Short films  Samurai films  Fantasy films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, prn, Producer, pre
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Janus Films
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

33 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,817 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
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

23 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 2,344 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 )

24 editions published between 1931 and 2010 in German and English and held by 1,888 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 )

18 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding's legendary novel on the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center. Taking an innovative documentary-like approach, Brook shot Lord of The Flies with an off-the-cuff naturalism, seeming to record a spontaneous eruption of its characters' IDs. The result is a rattling masterpiece, as provocative as its source material
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

30 editions published between 1958 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,865 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
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

27 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and held by 1,857 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 )

12 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hamlet is Shakespeare's towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer
Amarcord by Federico Fellini( Visual )

23 editions published between 1973 and 2007 in Italian and held by 1,639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memories of episodes about love, sex, politics, family life and growing up in a small Italian town in the 1930's
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

11 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in French and English and held by 1,606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ce film, réalisé à l'aide de documentation photographique, évoque l'horreur des camps de concentration nazis pendant la dernière guerre mondiale"
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

14 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in Italian and English and held by 1,584 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
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

15 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 1,497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, directed by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai), sets Shakespeare's definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. The film fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh Theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

23 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,467 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 )

25 editions published between 1939 and 2011 in French and English and held by 1,405 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
Le ballon rouge = The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse( Visual )

19 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,360 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

17 editions published between 1946 and 2008 in French and held by 1,353 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
The third man by Carol Reed( Visual )

13 editions published between 1949 and 2012 in English and held by 1,298 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
Tōkyō monogatari = Tokyo story by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

12 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 1,281 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
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer( Visual )

14 editions published between 1928 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 1,279 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
Les quatre cents coups by François Truffaut( Visual )

30 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in French and English and held by 1,251 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
Hiroshima mon amour = Hiroshima, my love by Alain Resnais( Visual )

6 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in French and English and held by 1,245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During a love affair with a Japanese architect in postwar Hiroshima a French actress recalls a previous affair with a German soldier during the World War II
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RashōmonMLord of the fliesSmultronstället = Wild strawberries8 1/2Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)Le ballon rouge = The Red BalloonBelle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast