The Janus Golden Age of French Cinema Collection Vol. 1

Janus Films
Show More

15 videos in this collection

Children of Paradise
Poetic realism reached sublime heights with Children of Paradise, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Paris's theatrical demimonde, filmed during…
Beauty and the Beast
Jean Cocteau's sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's fairy-tale masterpiece--in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast--is a landmark…
The Rules of the Game
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La regle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in…
The Earrings of Madame de...
The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, The Earrings of Madame de . . . is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance.…
Orpheus
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…
Under the Roofs of Paris
In Rene Clair's irrepressibly romantic portrait of the crowded tenements of Paris, a street singer and a gangster vie for the love of a beautiful young woman. This witty exploration…
Le Million
An impoverished artist discovers he has purchased a winning lottery ticket at the very moment his creditors come to collect. The only problem is, the ticket is in the pocket…
A Day in the Country
While on a day trip to the countryside with her parents, a young woman falls in love with a local boy.
Boudu Saved from Drowning
Michel Simon gives one of the most memorable performances in screen history as Boudu, a Parisian tramp who takes a suicidal plunge into the Seine and is rescued by a…
La bete humaine
Based on the classic Emile Zola novel, Jean Renoir's La bete humaine was one of the legendary director's greatest popular successes--and earned star Jean Gabin a permanent place in the…
La ronde
Simone Signoret, Anton Walbrook, and Simone Simon lead a roundelay of French stars in Max Ophuls's delightful, acerbic adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's controversial turn-of-the-century play Reigen. Soldiers, chambermaids, poets, prostitutes,…
Le plaisir
Roving with his dazzlingly mobile camera around the decadent ballrooms, bucolic countryside retreats, urban bordellos, and painter's studios of late nineteenth-century French life, Max Ophuls brings his astonishing visual dexterity…
Les Miserables, Part 1
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adapation of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard's dazzling, nearly five-hour Les miserables is a breathtaking tour de…
Les Miserables, Part 2
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adapation of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard's dazzling, nearly five-hour Les miserables is a breathtaking tour de…
Les Miserables, Part 3
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adapation of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard's dazzling, nearly five-hour Les miserables is a breathtaking tour de…

Related videos

The Janus Golden Age of French Cinema Collection Vol. 2
A collection of films from the Golden Age of French Cinema from Criterion Collection
The Janus Japanese Collection Vol. 2
A collection of Japanese films from Criterion Collection
The Janus Japanese Collection Vol. 3
A collection of Japanese films from Criterion Collection
Janus French New Wave Collection
A collection of French New Wave films from Criterion Collection
Janus Modern French Cinema Collection
A collection of Modern French Cinema from Criterion Collection
The Janus Films of Ingmar Bergman Collection
A collection of films from Ingmar Bergman from Criterion Collection
Janus Italian Cinema Collection
A collection of films on Italian Cinema from Criterion Collection
The Janus Japanese Collection Vol. 1
A collection of Japanese films from Criterion Collection
The Janus British Collection
A collection of British Films from Criterion Collection
Les cousins
Part of the Series: Janus French New Wave Collection
In Les cousins, Claude Chabrol crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, Chabrol conjures a darkly comic character study that questions notions of good and evil, love and jealousy, and success in the…
The Janus Eastern European & Russian Collection
A collection of films from Eastern Europe and Russia from Criterion Collection
Wild Strawberries
Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg--masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjostrom--is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man's remarkable voyage…