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Connoisseur Video Collection (Firm)

Works: 185 works in 320 publications in 7 languages and 5,386 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Gangster films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Documentary films  Comedy films  New wave films  Fantasy films  Television comedies 
Roles: Publisher, Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Connoisseur Video Collection (Firm)
Tartuffe by Molière( Visual )

3 editions published in 1991 in French and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptation of Molière's play about the havoc created in a rich merchant's household when he falls under the influence of a charismatic and hypocritical religious zealot
A bout de souffle = Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard( Visual )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1999 in French and English and held by 232 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
Triumph of the will = Triumph des Willens : das Dokument vom Reichsparteitag 1934 by Leni Riefenstahl( Visual )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in German and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commissioned by Adolf Hitler as the official record of the Nuremberg Party Rally of 1934, this film was designed both to introduce the new German leaders to the nation and impress foregin audiences. The film features policy speeches by Goebbels, Goering, Streicher, Himmler, and Hess
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in Portuguese and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice set in Rio de Janeiro at Carnival time
Reed, Mexico insurgenté by Paul Leduc( Visual )

1 edition published in 1995 in Spanish and held by 118 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 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A surrealistic portrayal of poverty, hunger, and death in a 16th century Mexican village
J'accuse by Abel Gance( Visual )

4 editions published between 1937 and 1991 in French and English and held by 112 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
Sous le soleil de Satan by Maurice Pialat( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in French and held by 105 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 )

2 editions published in 1991 in Japanese and held by 105 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
Il deserto rosso by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

4 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in Italian and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Giuliana has become neurotically sensitive to her environment since a nervous breakdown culminating in a near-fatal auto accident. Alienated from modern existence, she seeks some emotional basis for hope: in family, in group sex, and in a vulnerable affair with her husband's colleague. An important and influential masterwork of the sixties, the film revolutionized the role of color in cinematic art
Frida, naturaleza viva by Paul Leduc( Visual )

5 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in Spanish and held by 97 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
Sundays and Cybele by Serge Bourguignon( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in French and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After killing a child on a routine bombing mission in Vietnam, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia. Returning to France, he lives like a vegetable until he meets a young girl who has been dumped by her father at a boarding school. Posing as her father, Pierre contrives to meet the girl every Sunday, to play with her and perhaps recover his memory. The innocent friendship is misread by nearly everyone, even people who know Pierre well. A classic of old French art films
Tirez sur le pianiste = Shoot the piano player by François Truffaut( Visual )

4 editions published in 1988 in French and held by 88 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
El espíritu de la colmena by Víctor Erice( Visual )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in Spanish and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A moving and poetic journey into the haunted world of a child's inner life
Robert Whitlow's 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, terra di Dio = Stromboli by Roberto Rossellini( Visual )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in Italian and held by 84 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
Giulietta degli spiriti by Federico Fellini( Visual )

5 editions published between 1965 and 1992 in Italian and held by 82 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
Le boucher = The butcher by Claude Chabrol( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in French and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A small group of people lie battered and bound on the floor of a dirty slaughterhouse covered in blood. Scared and confused, they soon learn their captors are snuff film producers and plan to torture them as creatively and heinously as possible before brutally killing them off one-by-one. Each scene is shot from either the killer or victim's point of view in order to fully capture the emotional torment of the prey and the unspeakable acts that will be perpetrated on their captive bodies
La ilusión viaja en tranvía by Luis Buñuel( Visual )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in Spanish and held by 72 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
L'innocente by Luchino Visconti( Visual )

3 editions published in 1991 in Italian and held by 71 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
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