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Kino Classics (Firm)

Works: 496 works in 1,014 publications in 4 languages and 15,094 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Silent films  Horror films  Vampire films  History  War films  Film noir  Documentary films  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: fds, Distributor, prn
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Kino Classics (Firm)
King : a filmed record... Montgomery to Memphis( Visual )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Including archival footage, this film is an indispensable primary resource of a pivotal moment in American and world history. Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970
Pioneers of African-American cinema( Visual )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of the so-called "race films" that flourished in the 1920s -'40s. Unlike the "black cast" films produced within the Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color. Entrepreneurial filmmakers built an industry apart from the Hollywood establishment, cultivating visual and narrative styles that were uniquely their own
Fear and desire by Stanley Kubrick( Visual )

10 editions published between 1953 and 2012 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A plane carrying four soldiers crashes in a forest behind enemy lines in an unnamed country. Desperate to escape, the group plans to build a raft and travel up the river into allied country. However, they are sidetracked by a local woman who stumbles across them in the woods, and the nearby presence of an enemy general who one member of the group is determined to kill. Includes the short film "The Seafarers"
The birth of a nation : D.W. Griffith's American epic( Visual )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nearly 100 years after its initial release, this film remains one of the most controversial films ever made and a landmark achievement in film history that continues to fascinate and enrage audiences. It is the epic story of two families, one Northern and one Southern, during and after the Civil War. D.W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African-Americans
Pioneers : first women filmmakers( Visual )

5 editions published in 2018 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores
Stachka by Sergei Eisenstein( Visual )

6 editions published in 2011 in 3 languages and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark the most outstanding cinematic debuts in the history of film. Triggered by the suicide of a worker unjustly accused of theft, a strike is called by the laborers of a Moscow factory. The managers, owner, and Czarist government dispatch infiltrators in an attempt to break the workers' unity. Unsuccessful, they hire the police and, in the film's most harrowing and powerful sequences, the unarmed strikers are slaughtered in a brutal confrontation
Korczak by Andrzej Wajda( Visual )

6 editions published in 2012 in Polish and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Henryk Goldszmit had become a Polish icon in the 1930s, through his writings, teachings, and radio programs for children, under the name of Janusz Korczak. WHen the kids from the Warsaw orphanage were to be deported to the gas chambers of Treblinka, he refused ot abandon them, and with them he died in the Holocaust. Academy award winning director Andrzej Wajda (Katyn) brings this tragic tale to the screen in Korczak, starring Wojciech Pszoniak as the kind and fiercely committed doctor. After the Nazis invade Poland, the Jewish Korczak and his orphans are moved into the newly formed Ghettos, where he scrounges for food and vainly tries to protect the children from the violence and famine outside their walls. With a powerful script by Agnieszka Holand (Europa Europa), stunning B & W cinematography by Robby Müller (Dead Man), and performed with self-immolating intensity by Pozoniak and the phenomenally talented ensemble of child actors, Korczak is, as Steven Spielberg wrote, "one of the most important European pictures about the Holocaust"--Container
Je t'aime je t'aime by Alain Resnais( Visual )

8 editions published in 2015 in French and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"... a haunting tale of romantic obsession and time travel, a traumatic break-up caught in an endless loop"--Container
A star is born by William A Wellman( Visual )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Esther Blodgett is just another starry-eyed farm kid trying to break into the movies. Waitressing at a Hollywood party, she catches the eye of alcoholic star Norman Maine, is given a shot at stardom, and is caught up in the Hollywood glamour machine . She and her idol Norman marry; but as her star rises, his comes crashing down
Ganja & Hess( Visual )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An archaeologist is stabbed with an ancient dagger that gives him immortality and an insatiable thirst for blood, which he then shares with his assistant's wife, and the two of them form a troubled partnership
The hitch-hiker by Ida Lupino( Visual )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two middle-aged Americans on a fishing trip in Mexico have their car and their lives commandeered by a psychopathic hitch-hiker
Das cabinet des Dr. Caligari : ein filmspiel in 6 Akten( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A masterpiece of psychological horror and the film that has come to epitomize the mysterious highly stylized German expressionist cinema. A demented hypnotist and his ghastly henchman spread death througout the German countryside. Newly remastered from the archival German material and tinted according to original instructions with evocative score
Nosferatu : a symphony of horror by F. W Murnau( Visual )

3 editions published in 2013 and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau. Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau's Graf Orlok is a nightmarish, spidery creature of bulbous head and taloned claws, perhaps the most genuinely disturbing incarnation of vampirism yet envisioned
Nothing sacred by William A Wellman( Visual )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hazel Flagg is the small-town girl who mistakenly believes she's dying of radium poisoning. Sensing a great human interest story, exploitative journalist Wally Cook brings Hazel to New York City and turns her into a media darling, but Wally's strategy takes a sudden turn when he starts having feelings for the vulnerable Hazel
Die Nibelungen by Fritz Lang( Visual )

5 editions published in 2012 and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Siegfried establishes larger-than-life heroic characters who are defined by tests of valor and rigid codes of honor. In order to win the hand of Kriemhild, Siegfried must win a bride for her brother, King Gunther. Kriemhild's Revenge begins after the death of Siegfried, and weaves the treacherous tale of his widow's ungodly vengeance upon his murderers. The noble qualities of the first film become liabilities in the second, as the blood oaths and vows of loyalty bring about a maelstrom of violence that results in the slaughter of entire armies
The stranger by Orson Welles( Visual )

6 editions published between 1946 and 2013 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Academy Award-nominated thriller follows Franz Kindler, a Nazi fugitive hiding out as a professor in a small Connecticut town. When his new wife begins to suspect his past, a detective sets out to uncover his identity
The front page by Foellinger Learning Laboratory( Visual )

2 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Earle Williams, a convict about to be executed escapes, throwing the Criminal Court Building into chaos. Newspaper reporters attempt to "scoop" the story by holding Williams in a roll top desk in the press room
The mask of Satan by Mario Bava( Visual )

8 editions published between 1960 and 2012 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Condemned witch Princess Asa returns from the dead two centuries after her execution and wreaks vengeance on her killer's family. Possessing the body of a descendant who happens to look just like her, Asa pulls out all the stops to exact her revenge. This is Bava's credited directorial debut, and it catapulted Steele and Bava to stardom
A Farewell To Arms by Frank Borzage( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first, and arguably greatest, film adaptation of Hemingway's great war novel in which lovers find their affair undermined by the horrors of the most brutal war the world had yet witnessed
Les valseuses by Bertrand Blier( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in French and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean-Claude and Pierrot are two crude drifters who travel the French countryside in pursuit of petty crimes and wanton sex. But when their abduction of a frigid young beautician becomes an exercise in frustration, they find sordid solace in a sex-starved ex-convict. Can two lovable but amoral brutes survive an increasingly strange spree of love, pain, responsibility, car theft, and nymphomania?
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Audience level: 0.34 (from 0.23 for A star is ... to 0.56 for Stachka / ...)

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Kino Lorber, Inc. Kino Classics (Firm)

Kino Lorber, Inc. Kino Classics (Firme)