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Janus Films

Works: 1,701 works in 5,131 publications in 7 languages and 224,133 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, prn, Producer, 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 2,260 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 )

31 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,848 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 )

27 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and English and held by 1,817 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 )

15 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,732 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 )

32 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 1,677 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 )

29 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in Italian and held by 1,631 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
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

32 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,608 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
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

20 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,562 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
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini( Visual )

6 editions published between 1963 and 2010 in Italian and English and held by 1,514 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
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

21 editions published between 1958 and 2010 in Portuguese and English and held by 1,470 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
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

34 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,447 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

27 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in French and held by 1,354 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 1,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young boy in Paris makes friends with a red balloon that has a mind of its own
La règle du jeu : fantaisie dramatique de Jean Renoir = The rules of the game : a dramatic fantasy by Jean Renoir( Visual )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in French and held by 1,254 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
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

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple's journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director's customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director's recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema's mightiest masterpieces
Hiroshima mon amour = Hiroshima, my love by Alain Resnais( Visual )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in French and held by 1,234 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
Umberto D. by Vittorio De Sica( Visual )

17 editions published between 1952 and 2013 in Italian and held by 1,154 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
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

6 editions published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 1,153 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
Pygmalion by Anthony Asquith( Visual )

22 editions published between 1938 and 2008 in English and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Henry Higgins works to make a pretty flower girl into a young lady of society
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MSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesRichard IIIShichinin no samurai = Seven samuraiLord of the flies8 1/2Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the BeastLe ballon rouge = The Red Balloon
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English (101)

Italian (85)

Japanese (77)

French (57)

German (29)

Swedish (26)

Portuguese (20)