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Connoisseur Video Collection (Firm)

Works: 192 works in 306 publications in 7 languages and 5,599 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Gangster films  History  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  New wave films  Crime films  Silent films  Experimental films  Biographical films 
Roles: Publisher, Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Connoisseur Video Collection (Firm)
A bout de souffle = Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard( Visual )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1999 in French and English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young gangster, Michel, after stealing a car, is returning to Paris when he accidentally kills a policeman on the highway. Penniless in Paris, he seeks out his American girlfriend, Patricia. He tries to persuade her to flee with him to Italy since Police Inspector Vital is closing in. After helping Michel to hide, Patricia betrays him to the police, who shoot him down in the street. Godard's first feature is marked especially by its derisive tone, its easy confidence, its personal, contemporary expression of story and language, its unconventional editing style and its vision of Paris, where destiny overwhelms two lovers doomed to separation and death
Tartuffe, or, The imposter by Molière( Visual )

3 editions published in 1991 in French and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An imposter cleric, cloaking his evil in piety, gets into the house of the wealthy Orgon, whom he alomst fools into promising him his wealth, position and his young daughter, when the king intervenes
Triumph des Willens : das Dokument vom Reichsparteitag 1934 by Leni Riefenstahl( Visual )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in German and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film, commissioned by Adolf Hitler to record the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, is the "most powerful piece of propaganda ever produced." Included are many scenes of gatherings, marches, and parades. The viewer will also hear speeches given by Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, and Hess as well as samples of monumental architecture designed by Albert Speer
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in Portuguese and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and kills himself to be with her. [c.f. Halliwell's]
Reed, Mexico insurgenté by Paul Leduc( Visual )

1 edition published in 1995 in Spanish and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatization of John Reed's accounts of the Mexican Revolution; the young journalist's adventures with Pancho Villa's army in 1913-1914 are depicted
Macario by Roberto Gavaldón( Visual )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in Spanish and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A surrealistic, allegorical portrayal of poverty, hunger, and death in a 16th-century Mexican village
Sous le soleil de Satan by Maurice Pialat( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in French and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two opposing souls attract in their conflict: a simple priest who mortifies himself in his quest for godliness and promiscuous teenager who has killed one of her wealthy older lovers
Suna no onna = Woman in the dunes by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

3 editions published in 1991 in Japanese and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A strange erotic allegory about an entomologist stranded on a remote beach and given shelter for the night in a sandpit inhabited by a hapless woman. When morning comes, he finds himself trapped into living with the woman. He develops an intense bond with his companion and resigns himself to a lifetime of hypnotic routine
J'accuse by Abel Gance( Visual )

1 edition published in 1991 in French and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J'Accuse, Gance's extraordinary breakthrough work, is a World War I drama considered to be one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major pacifist film. It was referred to by Gance as "A human cry against the bellicose din of armies." This seminal cinematic achievement stars Marise Dauvray as Edith, a young woman who is unhappily married to an older man, François (Séverin-Mars), but is actually in love with a young poet, Jean Diaz (Romuald Joubé). Both Jean and François end up on the front lines of World War I while Edith is captured by German forces and suffers atrocities at the hands of the soldiers. Gance contrasts individual human suffering with the larger horrors of war, depicted with stark realism. J'Accuse introduced such technical advances as rapid-cut editing and highly expressive camerawork and lighting. Gance, who had served briefly in the military, returned to active service in order to film real battle scenes to include in the project. The film became a huge international hit, prompting one journalist to write that if the film had been shown in every town in the world in 1913, war might have been averted. In the early 1920s, Gance revised the plot, titles, and editing for "peacetime" presentation. That had been the only version of the film available until now. Directed by Abel Gance
Il deserto rosso by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

4 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in Italian and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guiliana is the wife of Ugo, a plant manager in Ravenna. Recently released from the hospital after a car accident, Giuliana is in dire straits mentally, but Ugo thinks she's just hysterical. When she meets the charming Corrado, he seems sympathetic, shares her feeling of being lost, but he doesn't fully understand and his amatory advances are not what she needs. Living in the shadow of industry, surrounded by the blighted landscape of the mechanized wasteland, Guiliana faces the full horror of existential doubt alone, and modernist culture offers her no solace, comfort, or concrete prescription to alleviate her anguish
Frida, naturaleza viva by Paul Leduc( Visual )

5 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in Spanish and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On her deathbed, the artist Frida Kahlo recalls her life as a painter and reflects on the effects of her illnesses and injuries and on her relationships with Leon Trotsky, husband Diego Rivera, and others
Cybèle : ou, Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray = Sundays and Cybele by Serge Bourguignon( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in French and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierre, a former pilot, just returned home from the French-Indochina war, suffers from amnesia. He leads a pointless life until he meets a 12 year old girl who has been left at a local convent school. A warm attachment develops between the two, but friends become suspicious of their relationship, and tragedy follows
The spirit of the beehive = el espíritu de la colmena by Víctor Erice( Visual )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in Spanish and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A moving and poetic journey into the haunted world of a child's inner life
Tirez sur le pianiste = Shoot the piano player by François Truffaut( Visual )

4 editions published in 1988 in French and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bar-room piano player, hiding from his past as a concert pianist, becomes involved with helping his gangster brothers escape from other gangsters whom they have double-crossed
Giulietta degli spiriti by Federico Fellini( Visual )

5 editions published between 1965 and 1992 in Italian and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Federico Fellini's examination of the sexual psyche unfolds via his surrealistic use of abrupt cut-away to illustrate a woman's sexual fantasies
The Trial by Orson Welles( Visual )

4 editions published between 1962 and 1994 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the experiences of a young man who is mysteriously arrested by agents of the police for an unspecific crime and is prepared for questioning and trial
Stromboli by Roberto Rossellini( Visual )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in Italian and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Lithuanian refugee girl marries a poor Sicilian fisherman to escape internment in post-war Italy, but finds herself imprisoned by the primitive and rigidly traditional society when the couple moves to a desert island
Le boucher = The butcher by Claude Chabrol( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in French and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Popaul, carnicero de profesión, conoce a Marie-Jeanne, la directora del colegio, en una boda. Se gustan y poco a poco se hacen buenos amigos. Poco después se descubre en un bosque el cadáver de una joven asesinada
L'innocente by Luchino Visconti( Visual )

2 editions published in 1991 in Italian and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The decadence of the aristocracy of late 19th century Italy is revealed through the lives of a bored aristocrat, his long-suffering wife, and a glamorous widow
La ilusión viaja en tranvía by Luis Buñuel( Visual )

3 editions published in 1991 in Spanish and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When their old streetcar is condemned to scrap, two laid-off transit workers decide to take it for one last drunken spree. Trying to get back to the depot undetected, they pick up a motley load of passengers
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