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七人の侍 ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 1,710 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.
羅生門 ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 1,538 libraries worldwide
Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit.
Hamlet ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,424 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.
La bataille d'Alger The battle of Algiers ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1965 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,399 libraries worldwide
Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed.
The seventh seal ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in Swedish and held by 1,266 libraries worldwide
"After a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight challenges Death to a fateful game of chess" -- Container.
M ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in German and held by 1,235 libraries worldwide
When a serial killer is stalking the children of the city, everyone, including the criminal underworld, wants to see him brought down. The story is based on the Düsseldorf child murders of 1929.
8 1/2 ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in Italian and held by 1,213 libraries worldwide
Fellini's autobiographical film about a famous film director who loses his inspiration in the midst of making a film.
Nuit et brouillard Night and fog ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2003 in French and held by 1,203 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.
The third man ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1949 and 2006 in English and held by 1,166 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.
The red shoes ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1948 and 2010 in English and held by 1,150 libraries worldwide
Centers on the dilemma of a young ballerina torn between the composer who loves her and the impresario determined to fashion her into a great dancer.
La grande illusion ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in French and held by 1,136 libraries worldwide
Duty and honor conflict in a German prisoner-of-war camp. An aristocratic French officer becomes friends with the German commandant, a fellow aristocrat, while simultaneously cooperating with his French commoner comrades in a daring escape attempt.
Hoop dreams ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 1,125 libraries worldwide
Follows the high school careers of two young, African-American men from inner-city Chicago as they pursue their dream of playing professional basketball.
Wild strawberries Smultronstället ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in Swedish and held by 1,083 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.
Sullivan's travels ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1,081 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.
Belle et la bête Beauty and the beast ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in French and held by 1,071 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.
Orfeu negro Black Orpheus ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in Portuguese and held by 1,068 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.
Lord of the flies ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 1,045 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.
Nanook of the North a story of life and love in the actual Arctic ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1922 and 1998 in English and held by 1,036 libraries worldwide
Presents a documentary on the life of an Eskimo family pitting their strength against a vast and inhospitable Arctic. Juxtaposes their struggle for survival against the elements with the warmth of the little family as they go about their daily affairs.
The lady vanishes ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 973 libraries worldwide
A young woman on a train, enroute back to England from Switzerland, meets a charming older lady who promptly disappears. The other passengers deny ever having seen her, leading the young woman into a complex web of mystery and high adventure.
Walkabout ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 939 libraries worldwide
Stranded in the Australian desert, an English girl and her small brother are rescued by an aborigine boy who has journeyed into the outback on his "walkabout"--A tribal initiation into manhood. This is the original director's cut.
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