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Janus Films

Works: 1,191 works in 2,766 publications in 5 languages and 189,603 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Film and video adaptations  Biography  Fiction  Documentary films  Biographical films  Motion pictures  Juvenile works 
Roles: Producer, Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Janus Films
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
20 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 2,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"When a man is murdered & his wife raped, the people involved gave four different versions of how it all happened."
Lord of the flies by Peter Brook ( Visual )
17 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,753 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
Hamlet by William Shakespeare ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hamlet is Shakespeare's towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer
Nuit et brouillard Night and fog by Alain Resnais ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in French and English and held by 1,595 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
Richard III by William Shakespeare ( Visual )
19 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and held by 1,507 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
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
17 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in Japanese and English and held by 1,451 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
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in Italian and English and held by 1,444 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
Amarcord by Federico Fellini ( Visual )
19 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in Italian and held by 1,425 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
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1954 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 1,347 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
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni ( Visual )
18 editions published between 1960 and 2006 in Italian and held by 1,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A wealthy woman (Massari) disappears while on a yachting trip near Sicily, and her lover (Ferzetti) and her best friend (Vitti) begin an affair in the resulting vacuum. Reversing our expectations, Antonioni transform a mystery into a meditation on human existence. Characteristic of his visual style, crisp and long outdoor shots juxtapose subjects with their environment, symbolizing the emotional abyss that makes communication between the characters impossible
Kumonosujō Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 1,333 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
The third man by Carol Reed ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1949 and 2012 in English and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime-- and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder
Grey Gardens ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 1,272 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
La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc The passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1928 and 1999 in French and English and held by 1,263 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
Smultronstället Wild strawberries ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in Swedish and held by 1,232 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
Ugetsu by Kenji Mizoguchi ( Visual )
17 editions published between 1953 and 2008 in Japanese and held by 1,208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In sixteenth century Japan a village potter and his brother-in-law set out for the city to seek their fortunes in the spoils of war. Their neglected wives suffer the bitter consequences of their husbands' ambition as one is murdered by soldiers and the other is raped and becomes a prostitute
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 1,163 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
La règle du jeu by Michel Leiris ( Visual )
19 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in French and English and held by 1,139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Complicated love intrigues among the high society guests at a weekend house party outside Paris are mirrored by parallel activities among the servants, showing the illness of a society locked into frivolous and futile social games
Pygmalion ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1938 and 2008 in English and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A cranky professor takes a bet that he can turn flower-seller Eliza Doolittle into a 'proper lady' in no time
Umberto D by Vittorio De Sica ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in Italian and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A retired civil servant struggles to live on a meager pension. Evicted from his boarding house, Umberto maintains his diginity, in isolation except for the priceless companionship of his dog
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English (88)
Japanese (68)
Italian (53)
French (30)
Swedish (4)