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Janus Films

Works: 2,716 works in 6,808 publications in 8 languages and 231,919 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Historical films  Samurai films  History  Comedy films  Detective and mystery films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Distributor, fds, prn, Producer, pre
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Janus Films
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

7 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 2,209 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"--Container
Lord of the flies by Peter Brook( Visual )

28 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 1,835 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
Rashomon = Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

24 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 1,817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four people describe the murder of a nobleman and the rape of his wife with each person's testimoy contradicting the other's
Richard III by William Shakespeare( Visual )

40 editions published between 1955 and 2018 in English and held by 1,698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard III: 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
Hamlet by Laurence Olivier( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,642 WorldCat member 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
M by Fritz Lang( Visual )

24 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,597 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
Smultronstället = Wild strawberries by Ingmar Bergman( Visual )

24 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in Swedish and held by 1,587 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
Nuit et brouillard = Night and fog by Alain Resnais( Visual )

11 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in French and English and held by 1,586 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
Amarcord( Visual )

27 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 1,370 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
L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni( Visual )

32 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,362 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. The director uses this story of Italy's idle rich as a meditation on human existence
La règle du jeu : fantaisie dramatique de Jean Renoir = The rules of the game : a dramatic fantasy by Michel Leiris( Visual )

16 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in French and English and held by 1,339 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
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

16 editions published between 1957 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 1,294 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
8 1/2( Visual )

5 editions published between 1963 and 2001 in Italian and held by 1,272 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
Umberto D. by Vittorio De Sica( Visual )

13 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in Italian and held by 1,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a government pensioner who living alone strives to retain a sense of dignity in his elder years
Sullivan's travels by Preston Sturges( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 1,185 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 passion de Jeanne d'Arc = Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer( Visual )

11 editions published between 1928 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,158 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
Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus( Visual )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in Portuguese and Undetermined and held by 1,149 WorldCat member 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
Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau( Visual )

25 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in French and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatized adaptation of the classic fairy tale. 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
El norte = The North by Gregory Nava( Visual )

9 editions published between 1983 and 2019 in Spanish and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El norte: Enrique and Rosa are brother and sister Mayan Indian peasants, living in the mountains of Guatemala. When the village attempts to organize for better treatment, Enrique and Rosa are forced to flee as the Guatemalan army is sent in to punish the townspeople. Receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant, they make their way to Los Angeles, hoping to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants
Harlan County U.S.A. by Barbara Kopple( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the 1973 Harlan County, Kentucky coal miners' strike against the operators of the Brookside mine and the Duke Power Company, which resulted from the company's refusal to honor the national contract of the United Mine Workers of America when the miners joined the union
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Rashomon = Rashōmon
Rashomon = RashōmonRichard IIIMSmultronstället = Wild strawberriesKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)8 1/2Umberto D.Sullivan's travels
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