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Belle de Jour
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…
À nos amours
With his raw style of filmmaking, Maurice Pialat has been called the John Cassavetes of French cinema, and the scorching A nos amours is one of his greatest achievements. In…
L'enfance nue
The singular French director Maurice Pialat puts his distinctive stamp on the lost-youth film with this devastating portrait of a damaged foster child. We watch as ten-year-old Francois (Michel Terrazon)…
The Last Metro
Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star as members of a French theater company living under the German occupation during World War II in Francois Truffaut's gripping, humanist character study. Against…
Bed and Board
The fourth installment in Francois Truffaut's chronicle of the ardent, anachronistic Antoine Doinel, Bed and Board plunges his hapless creation once again into crisis. Expecting his first child and still…
Confidentially Yours
When his wife and her lover are found dead, real estate broker Julien Vercel (Jean-Louis Trintignant) becomes the prime suspect in the murders. To save himself from a long prison…
Stolen Kisses
Jean-Pierre Leaud returns in the delightful Stolen Kisses, the third installment in the Antoine Doinel series. It is now 1968, and the mischievous and perpetually love-struck Doinel has been dishonorably…
Love on the Run
Antoine Doinel strikes again! In the final chapter of Francois Truffaut's saga, we find Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), now in his thirties, convivially concluding his marriage, enjoying moderate success as a…
Black Moon
Louis Malle meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of a mysterious war being waged in the countryside, beautiful young…
Lacombe, Lucien
One of the first French films to address the issue of collaboration during the German occupation, Louis Malle's brave and controversial Lacombe, Lucientraces a young peasant's journey from potential Resistance…
Murmur of the Heart
Louis Malle's critically acclaimed Murmur of the Heart gracefully combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of a precocious adolescent boy's sexual maturation. Both shocking and…
Claire's Knee
"Why would I tie myself to one woman if I were interested in others?" says Jerome, even as he plans on marrying a diplomat's daughter by summer's end. Before then,…
La Collectionneuse
A bombastic, womanizing art dealer and his painter friend go to a seventeenth-century villa on the Riviera for a relaxing summer getaway. But their idyll is disturbed by the presence…
Love in the Afternoon
Though happily married to his adoring wife Helene, with whom he is expecting a second child, the thoroughly bourgeois business executive Frederic cannot banish from his mind the multitude of…
My Night at Maud's
In the brilliantly accomplished centerpiece of Rohmer's "Moral Tales" series, Jean-Louis Trintignant plays Jean-Louis, one of the great conflicted figures of sixties cinema. A pious Catholic engineer in his early…

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Major Barbara
Part of the Series: The Janus British Collection
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Ivan the Terrible, Part 1
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Watership Down
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Part of the Series: Janus Italian Cinema Collection
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La Notte
Part of the Series: Janus Italian Cinema Collection
This psychologically acute, visually striking modernist work was director Michelangelo Antonioni's follow-up to the epochal L'avventura. Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as a novelist and his frustrated wife, who, over the course of one night, confront their alienation from each other and the achingly empty bourgeois Milan circles in…
Ashes and Diamonds
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Ivan the Terrible, Part 2
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Fists in the Pocket
Part of the Series: Janus Italian Cinema Collection
Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. Charged by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocketwas a gleaming ice pick in the…