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Janus Films

Works: 2,355 works in 5,617 publications in 8 languages and 225,920 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Detective and mystery films  Comedy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  History  Biographical films  Historical films  Samurai films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, Producer, prn, pre
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Janus Films
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

15 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 2,538 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 )

23 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of boys, ages 6 to 12, survives a plane crash and becomes stranded on a deserted island. Ralph, Piggy and the others attempt to govern themselves, a task at which they fail disastrously. Two leaders--one civilized, one depraved--epitomize the forces of good against evil. 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
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

21 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 1,881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema, and a commanding new star
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

26 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,786 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
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

35 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 1,691 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 )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,670 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
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

18 editions published between 1958 and 2010 in Portuguese and held by 1,655 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
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

10 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,650 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
Amarcord by Federico Fellini( Visual )

27 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in Italian and held by 1,588 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 )

28 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,390 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
8 1/2( Visual )

5 editions published between 1963 and 2001 in Italian and held by 1,358 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
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

9 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and held by 1,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traveling to receive an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg, forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults and accept the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries captures a startling voyage of self-discovery and renewed belief in mankind
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 1,268 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
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 1,202 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
Umberto D. by Vittorio De Sica( Visual )

14 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,199 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
El norte = The North by Gregory Nava( Visual )

7 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 1,135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva: Nava's 1972 award-winning thirty-minute student film, based on the life of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, depicting the life of a fictional poet caught in the Spanish Civil War and jailed, but then set free on the condition he leaves his country and never returns
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

17 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sublime adaptation by Jean Cocteau of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's fairy-tale masterpiece, in which the true love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral, but gentle beast, is a landmark feat of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Best (La Belle et la Bete) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer( Visual )

12 editions published between 1928 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on original transcripts recorded during the eighteen-month-long trial of Jeanne d'Arc, Dreyer's film explores the spiritual realities or delusions that may have inspired the young Joan of Arc to lead an army against France's English invaders. The close-up of the tear-stained face of Marie Falconetti in Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc is one of the most iconic images of the silent era. Dreyer's film brings a rigorous formal style, exquisite cinematography, and striking architectural sets to bear on the moral questions that surround Joan, her judges, and her ultimate fate. Falconetti had never appeared in films before and would never act again, but her performance here is ranked among the greatest creations of cinema
Harlan County U.S.A. by Barbara Kopple( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the 1973 Harlan County, Kentucky coal miners' strike against the operators of the Brookside mine and the Duke Power Company, which resulted from the company's refusal to honor the national contract of the United Mine Workers of America when the miners joined the union
The third man by Graham Greene( Visual )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,066 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
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Audience level: 0.25 (from 0.17 for Hamlet / ... to 0.35 for L'avventur ...)

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Lord of the fliesRashōmonMRichard III8 1/2Smultronstället = Wild strawberriesSullivan's travelsUmberto D.Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast
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