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In 1959, Yasujiro Ozuremade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weedsin color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa( Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunities with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. Together, the films offer a unique glimpse into the evolution of one of cinema's greatest directors. A Story of Floating Weedsreveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating weedsreveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life.
The Mayima family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own. Played by the extraordinary Setsuko Hara, Noriko impulsively chooses her childhood friend, at once fulfilling her family's desires while tearing them apart. A seemingly simple story, it is among the director's most emotionally complex--a nuanced examination of life's changes across three generations. The Criterion Collectionis proud to present one of Ozu's most enduring classics.
About the Transfer Onibabais presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Black bars at the top and bottom of the screen are normal for this format. This new high-definition digital transfer was created from a 35mm fine-grain print on a C-Reality Datacine. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches were removed using the MTI Digital Restoration System. The soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit from an optical track print, and audio restoration tools were used to reduce clicks, pops, hiss, and crackle. The Dolby Digital 1.0 signal will be directed to the center channel on 5.1-channel sound systems, but some viewers may prefer to switch to two-channel playback for a wider dispersal of the mono sound.
Set in Russia in 1919, shortly after the fall of the Czar, this allegorical love story tells the tale of an affair against the backdrop of a civil war. Magarethe von Trotta stars as a young woman who becomes involved with a sexually repressed Prussian soldier. When the soldier refuses her, the woman spirals into a psychosexual depression and begins sleeping with numerous men and championing the cause of the revolutionaries. Volker Schlondorff (THE TIN DRUM) directed this 1976 feature ripe with sexuality, the brutality of war, and even witchcraft. The ending of this heartbreaking work is unforgettable and unrelenting.
While earning room and board for a song, a down-on-his-luck musician gets into deep hot water when he's mistaken for a guitar case-toting hitman in a small Mexican town. EL MARIACHI was produced by do-it-yourself Austin, Texas auteur Robert Rodriguez (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, SPY KIDS) on a shoe-string budget for the Mexican video market but earned a major studio release. Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
When katharina blum spends the night with an alleged terrorist, her quiet, ordered life falls into ruins. Suddenly a suspect, katharina is subject to a vicious smear campaign by the police and a ruthless tabloid journalist, testing the limits of her dignity and her sanity.
Shot on location with a cast of nonprofessional actors, Vittorio De Sica's neorealist masterpiece follows Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto strives to maintain his dignity while trying to survive in a city where traditional human kindness seems to have lost out to the forces of modernization. Umberto's simple quest to fulfill the most fundamental human needs-food, shelter, companionship-is one of the most heartbreaking stories ever filmed and an essential classic of world cinema.
In a tranquil and timeless setting of a temple floating atop a manmade lake in a forest surrounded by mountain spires that cut the monastery off from worldly concern, an old monk teaches his young disciple the wisdom of buddha over the many seasons of their lives.
Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale star in this French drama set in the remote Algerian monastery of Tibhirine. For years, the monks have coexisted in harmony with the Muslim locals. But as the political situation in Algeria becomes increasingly unstable and terrorism takes hold in the 1990s, the monks face the agonising decision of whether to stay or go back to France.
The urgency of their situation is brutally brought home to them when a group of Croatian volunteers at the monastery are murdered by Islamic guerilla fighters.
In French and Arabic with English subtitles.
Documentary filmmakers andre and remy have found an ideal subject in ben. He is witty, sophisticated, intelligent, well liked - and a serial killer. As andre and remy document ben's routines, they become increasingly entwined in his vicious program, sacrificing their objectivity and their morality
An 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 of love and human foibles, told primarily through song, captures the flamboyant atmosphere of the city.
This unique love story follows the maneuverings of a society lady as she connives to initiate a scandalous affair between her aristocratic ex-lover and a prostitute.
The story of a man diagnosed with stomach cancer, Kurosawa's film is a serious contemplation of the nature of existence and the question of how we find meaning in our lives.
Opening with a shot of an x-ray, showing the main character's stomach, Ikiru tells the tale of a dedicated, downtrodden civil servant who, diagnosed with a fatal cancer, learns to change his dull, unfulfilled existence, and suddenly discovers a zest for life.
Plunging first into self-pity, then a bout of hedonistic pleasure-seeking on the frenetic streets of post-war Tokyo, Watanabe - the film's hero - finally finds satisfaction through building a children's playground.
Beautifully played by Takashi Shimura (who starred in 21 of Kurosawa's films), Ikiru is an intensely lyrical and moving film, and was one of Kurosawa's own favourites.
In black & white.
In an erotic tale of two professional women, Nathalie (Emmanuel Béart, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE & 8 WOMEN) who has pursued a career as an actress and Louise (Pascale Bussieres, WHEN NIGHT IS FALLING) who runs a dental prosthetics business with her husband, rekindle their friendship after a tumultuous break-up ten years before. They begin to discover that the passion that flames their relationship will only tear them apart once again.
Two restless young men enlist the object of their desire to help them commit a robbery -- in her own home.
The notorious pepe le moko is a wanted man: women long for him, rivals hope to destroy him and the law is breathing down his neck at every turn. On the lam in the labyrinthe casbah of algiers, pepe is safe from teh clutches of the police-until a parisian playgirl compels him to risk his life and leave its confines.
The chronicles of the touching and tumultuous relationship that developes between a vain young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. An uplifting humanistic tale of an ambitious intern who is initially angered to be assighned to an impoverished clinic, who comes to cherish the lives of his destitute patients
With his third version of THE GOLEM, director, writer, and actor Paul Wegener is credited with creating the first horror movie series, and historians consider THE GOLEM AND THE DANCER (his 1917 follow-up to the 1914 original) to be the first sequel in cinema history. Based on a legend in Jewish mysticism, in 16th-century Prague community leader and astrologer Rabbi Loew (Albert SteinrÃ¼ck) foresees doom for the Jews. When the emperor decrees a pogrom of the Jewish ghetto, Loew molds a forbidding clay golem (Wegener) to save his people. Loew invokes a demon spirit to retrieve a magic word that he places in an amulet on the creature's chest. Once the word is positioned, the giant wedge-haired automaton lives. Danger ensues, however, when Loew's assistant, Famulus (Ernst Deutsch), uses the golem to settle a score with Florian (Lothar MÃ¼thel), a knight who has stolen his sweetheart, Miriam (Lyda Salmonova). THE GOLEM's influence on future horror films was significant, particularly James Whale's FRANKENSTEIN. Wegener's distorted sets and chiaroscuro lighting, complemented by Karl Freund's expert photography, make the film an excellent example of German Expressionism and an important contribution by German mega studio UFA to the golden age of Weimar cinema.
Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo's masterful use of Technicolor transforms Juliet Of The Spirits, Federico Fellini's first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. Giulietta Masinaplays a betrayed wife whose inability to come to terms with reality leads her along a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the fully restored version of one of Fellini's most dazzling dreams.
A story about the coming of age of a young man working as a train dispatcher during world war II.
Classic italian spoof mixes physical comedy with a jazzy score and marvelous performances. A group of bumbling burglars try to rob a pawn shop but their overly complicated plan falls apart because they are too busy babysitting or chasing women.
At a decadent 1930s party, two very sexy and utterly shameless young women, Nathalie and Éliane, make a bet with a rich and handsome young Baron to corrupt two innocent teenagers in order to ruin their families' reputations. The prize on offer is marriage to the wealthy Baron.
The innocent and beautiful Nathalie, the illegitimate child of an aristocrat, seeks revenge on her father, Leroy-Murville. She is hired as the private teacher of her half-sister, sexy Sophie, and revenge takes shape using the most depraved teaching methods.
Meanwhile, the seductive Eliane sets out to corrupt the teenage son of Colonel Montvilliers using similarly perverse methods.
What you will see in this highly charged Sadean journey into sexual depravity and corruption of the innocent will astound you. Prepare yourself for scenes of masturbation, incest, lesbianism, bondage and all manner of unspeakably depraved sexual acts, together with a grand display of some of the finest lingerie in this classic example of French erotica.
Previously only available in a heavily censored version, Dressage can finally be fully appreciated in its fully uncut sexual glory for the first time.
In French with English subtitles, and in dubbed English language.
A devout 18-year-old Israeli is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister.
Declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, where religious law, tradition and the rabbi's word are absolute.
Twenty-something Eloy has a gift for walking on stilts that her inherited from his father, but while Dad tried to use this talent for creative purposes, Eloy has made a career out of his skill, wandering the city dressed as a high-rise sandwich to promote a diner.
One day, a stumble causes Eloy to crash through a ceiling window into the bedroom of Elvira, an attractive older woman. Both Elvira and her mother are convinced that a greater destiny has brought Eloy into her life, and she takes the young man under her wing.
Eloy loves women and is delighted when Elvira expresses a powerfully sexual interest in him, but she's a student of tantric sex techniques, and as she opens his eyes to the possibilities of lovemaking, he's introduced to new worlds of eroticism that allow him to leave his body and travel through time and space.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Jean De Florette
A wholly captivating, emotionally powerful and beautifully photographed classic epic of innocence, evil, greed, envy and revenge.
Manon Des Sources
A visual feast containing masterly performances leading to a heart-stopping and totally unexpected conclusion.
In French with English subtitles.
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