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Eraserhead
Part of the Series: Janus Cult Classics Collection
In David Lynch's "dream of dark and troubling things," Henry is left alone in his apartment to care for his deformed baby and has a series of strange encounters with the beautiful girl across the hall and the woman living…
Persona
Part of the Series: The Janus Films of Ingmar Bergman Collection
By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema's most unforgettable images. But with the radical Persona, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman,…
Weekend
Part of the Series: Janus French New Wave Collection
This scathing late-sixties satire from Jean-Luc Godard is one of cinema's great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them. Featuring a…
La Jetée
Part of the Series: The Janus Golden Age of French Cinema Collection Vol. 2
Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Marker's…
Belle de Jour
Part of the Series: Janus Modern French Cinema Collection
Catherine Deneuve's porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress's most iconic roles: Severine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for…
Europa
Part of the Series: Janus Art Cinema of the 1980s & 1990s Collection
"You will now listen to my voice . . . On the count of ten you will be in Europa . . ." So begins Max von Sydow's opening narration to Lars von Trier's hypnoticEuropa (known in the U.S. as…
Daisies
Part of the Series: The Janus Eastern European & Russian Collection
Maybe the New Wave's most anarchic entry, Vera Chytilova's absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be "spoiled," they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing--food, clothes, men, war--is taken seriously.…
Andrei Rublev
Part of the Series: The Janus Eastern European & Russian Collection
Immediately suppressed by the Soviets in 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky's epic masterpiece is a sweeping medieval tale of Russia's greatest icon painter. Too experimental, too frightening, too violent, and too politically complicated to be released officially, Andrei Rublev has existed only…
Tetsuo I: The Iron Man
Somewhere between a modern-day nightmare and a techno-fetishist's ultimate fantasy, this extraordinary film from Shinya Tsukamoto (Vital, A Snake of June) caused a cult sensation when first released. A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to…
Tout Va Bien
In 1972, newly radicalized Hollywood star Jane Fonda joined forces with cinematic innovator Jean-Luc Godard and collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin in an unholy artistic alliance that resulted in Tout va bien (Everything's All Right). This free-ranging assault on consumer capitalism and…
Orpheus
Part of the Series: The Janus Golden Age of French Cinema Collection Vol. 1
Jean Cocteau's update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais), scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Marie Dea), and a mysterious princess (Maria Casares). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows…
I Am Curious: Yellow
Part of the Series: I Am Curious
Seized by customs upon entry to the United States, subject of a heated court battle, and banned in numerous cities, Vilgot Sjoman's _I Am Curious--Yellow_is one of the most controversial films of all time. This landmark document of Swedish society…
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale,…
WR: Mysteries of the Organism
Part of the Series: The Janus Eastern European & Russian Collection
What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Dusan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions). His surreal documentary-fiction collision WR: Mysteries of the Organism begins…
Jubilee
When Queen Elizabeth I asks her court alchemist to show her England in the future, she's transported 400 years to a post-apocalyptic wasteland of roving girl gangs, an all-powerful media mogul, fascistic police, scattered filth, and twisted sex. With Jubilee,…
L'Age d'Or
L'AGE D'OR, the surrealist masterpiece of 20th century cinema is now available to challenge, arouse, unnerve, amuse, and galvanize the uninitiated for generations to come.
Goodbye to Language
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Goodbye to Language is a triumphant masterpiece from Jean-Luc Godard. Using 3D technology to mind-bending effect, the film follows a couple whose relationship breaks down along with the images,…
Call of Cuteness
All that is outsourced and kept out of sight, gets back to us in this consumerist nightmare. On a global playground the cat's body is devoured. Objects are fetishized & subjects made into things. They are the natural resources of…
Hail Mary
Denounced by the Pope and banned and boycotted worldwide, this surprisingly serene and lyrical work translates the Virgin Birth into tangible contemporary terms, with Mary as a teenage basketball-playing gas-station attendant who receives the Annunciation by jetliner. Mary is a…
Beware of a Holy Whore
Part of the Series: The Janus German Collection
In Rainer Werner Fassbinder's brazen depiction of the alternating currents of lethargy and mayhem inherent in moviemaking, a film crew--played by, and not so loosely based on, his own frequent collaborators--deals with an aloof star (Eddie Constantine), an abusive director…