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Janus Films

Works: 1,067 works in 3,902 publications in 9 languages and 211,554 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Children's films  Fantasy films  Animated films  Detective and mystery films  Filmed plays  Biographical films  Action and adventure films  Comedy films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, prn, Producer, Actor, pre
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Janus Films
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

38 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,876 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 1,982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man's murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema--and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune--to the Western world
Lord of the flies by William Golding( Visual )

19 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
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

25 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,902 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
Orfeu negro Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

33 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in Portuguese and English and held by 1,870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classical legend of Orpheus and Eurydice unfolds in an updated version against the riotously colorful background of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. In the black section of the city, Orpheus is a street-car conductor and Eurydice a pretty country girl fleeing from a mysterious man sworn to kill her, a man who in the story represents Fate or Death
Smultronstället Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

30 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and English and held by 1,856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity. In Swedish with English subtitles
Hamlet by William Shakespeare( Visual )

9 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and Russian and held by 1,721 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 Warner Bros( Visual )

24 editions published between 1973 and 2006 in Italian and held by 1,644 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
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

21 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 1,621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Nuit et brouillard Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

10 editions published between 1955 and 2012 in French and English and held by 1,618 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 )

13 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in Italian and English and held by 1,568 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
Le ballon rouge = The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse( Visual )

24 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young boy in Paris makes friends with a red balloon that has a mind of its own
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

14 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 1,501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reimagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa's longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall
La règle du jeu by Jean Renoir( Visual )

27 editions published between 1939 and 2011 in French and English and held by 1,419 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 )

17 editions published between 1946 and 2008 in French and held by 1,348 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
Grey Gardens by David Maysles( Visual )

10 editions published between 1976 and 2006 in English and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Grey Gardens spawned everything from a midnight-movie cult following to a Broadway musical to an upcoming Hollywood adaptation, the filmmakers went back to their vaults to create this tribute to both the Beale women and their legion of fans. This edition includes the original documentary, Grey Gardens along with the unseen archival footage for the 2006 documentary, Beales of Grey Gardens
Les quatre cents coups by François Truffaut( Visual )

33 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in French and English and held by 1,310 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
The third man by Carol Reed( Visual )

14 editions published between 1949 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,307 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
La passion de Jeanne D'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer( Visual )

15 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
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw( Visual )

20 editions published between 1938 and 2008 in English and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Professor Henry Higgins' efforts to make Eliza Doolittle, a flower girl, into an elegant lady of society
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8 1/2
RashōmonLord of the fliesMSmultronstället Wild strawberriesRichard III8 1/2Le ballon rouge = The Red BalloonKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)