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The Battle of Algiers
One of the most influential political films in history, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both…
Seven Samurai
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira…
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Aguirre, the Wrath of God - Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes
Noted by legendary film critic Roger Ebert as one of his top ten favorite films of all time, this masterpiece from Oscar-nominated director Werner Herzog is an unforgettable portrait of madness and power. In the mid-16th century, after annihilating the…
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The King's Choice - Kongens nei
Based on the true story about the three dramatic days in April 1940 when the King of Norway was presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: Surrender or die. After three days of desperately trying to evade…
Yojimbo
The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa's visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by…
Rome Open City
This was Roberto Rossellini's revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with more melodramatic flair than the other films that would form this trilogy and starring some…
A Touch of Sin
A "brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China" (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic ), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. Written…
La Rafle
Audiences of all ages are discovering writer-director Rose Bosch's powerful portrayal of France's infamous Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, featuring international stars Jean Reno ( The Da Vinci Code , Mission: Impossible , The Professional ) and Melanie Laurent ( Beginners ,…
Oldboy
Oh Dae-su is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and young daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is locked up in a strange, private "prison" for 15 years. No one tells him why he's there or…
Rommel
This action-filled historical drama depicts the harrowing seven final months in the life of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, known as the "Desert Fox." Winner of Best Actor - National (Ulrich Tukur) at the Bambi Awards . Nominated for Favorite…
Au revoir les enfants
This late work from French writer-director Louis Malle tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie--until a secret is revealed.…
Fear And Desire
Virtually unseen since its theatrical premiere in 1953, FEAR AND DESIRE was the ambitious first feature film by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. An existential war film often compared with the director's PATHS OF GLORY (1957) and FULL METAL JACKET (1987),…
Ivan's Childhood
The debut feature by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, Ivan's Childhood is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy's war-ravaged youth. Moving back and forth between the traumatic realities of World War II and serene moments of…
Throne of Blood
A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare's definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives…
A Man Escaped
Robert Bresson skillfully combined the simplest of concepts with the sparest of techniques to make one of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time in A MAN ESCAPED. Based on the memoirs of Andre Devigny, a member of the…
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 member to Gestapo recruit. At once the story of a…
Police Story
Considered -- and rightly so -- a Hong Kong action cinema classic, POLICE STORY marks Jackie Chan's initial foray into the stunt-filled action movie genre that became his trademark. Jackie Chan plays an honest cop, Chan Ka-Kui, assigned to protect…
Stagecoach
This is where it all started. John Ford's smash hit and enduring masterpieceStagecoach revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list and establishing the genre as we know it today. The quintessential tale of a group of…
The Hidden Fortress
A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile…
Ashes and Diamonds
Adrzej Wadja's film open on the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, as Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland.…