Essential Art House

  • Jules and Jim
    Movie + 14 extras

    Jules and Jim

    Movie + 14 extras

    Directed by François Truffaut • 1962 • France

    Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary François Truffaut directs, and Jeanne Moreau stars as the alluring...

  • I Knew Her Well
    Movie + 3 extras

    I Knew Her Well

    Movie + 3 extras

    Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli • 1965 • Italy

    Following the gorgeous, seemingly liberated Adriana (Divorce Italian Style's Stefania Sandrelli) as she chases her dreams in the Rome of La dolce vita, I Knew Her Well is at once a delightful immersion in the popular music and style of Italy in the ...

  • Ugetsu
    Movie + 7 extras

    Ugetsu

    Movie + 7 extras

    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1953 • Japan
    Starring Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka

    By the time he made UGETSU, Kenji Mizoguchi was already an elder statesman of Japanese cinema, fiercely revered by Akira Kurosawa and other directors of a younger generation. And with this exquisite ...

  • Zéro de conduite
    Movie + 3 extras

    Zéro de conduite

    Movie + 3 extras

    Directed by Jean Vigo • 1933 • France

    So effervescent and charming that one can easily forget its importance in film history, Jean Vigo's enormously influential portrait of prankish boarding-school students is one of cinema's great acts of rebellion. Based on the director's own experiences as a ...

  • Black Narcissus
    Movie + 4 extras

    Black Narcissus

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1947 • United Kingdom

    This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns, played by some of Britain's finest actresses, includin...

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    Movie + 10 extras

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • Belgium

    A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman's JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELL meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner ...

  • Close-up
    Movie + 5 extras

    Close-up

    Movie + 5 extras

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1990 • Iran

    Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real...

  • The Wages of Fear
    Movie + 4 extras

    The Wages of Fear

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot • 1953 • France

    In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive cargo to a faraway oil fire, each bump and jolt test...

  • Pygmalion
    Movie

    Pygmalion

    Movie

    Directed by Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard • 1938 • United Kingdom

    Cranky Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) takes a bet that he can turn Cockney guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller) into a "proper lady" in a mere six months in this delightful comedy of bad manners, based on the pl...

  • Children of Paradise
    Movie + 6 extras

    Children of Paradise

    Movie + 6 extras

    Directed by Marcel Carné • 1945 • France

    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' theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious wom...

  • Daisies
    Movie

    Daisies

    Movie

    Directed by Věra Chytilová • 1966 • Czechoslovakia

    Maybe the New Wave's most anarchic entry, Vera Chytilovà'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 t...

  • Alexander Nevsky
    Movie + 1 extra

    Alexander Nevsky

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Sergei Eisenstein • 1938 • Soviet Union

    Eisenstein drew on history, Russian folk narratives, and the techniques of Walt Disney to create this broadly painted epic of Russian resilience. This story of Teutonic knights vanquished by Prince Alexander Nevsky's tactical brilliance reson...

  • Brief Encounter
    Movie + 4 extras

    Brief Encounter

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by David Lean • 1945 • United Kingdom

    After a chance meeting on a train platform, a married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a suburban housewife (Celia Johnson) begin a muted but passionate, and ultimately doomed, love affair. With its evocatively fog-enshrouded setting, swooning Rachmaninof...

  • 8½
    Movie + 13 extras

    Movie + 13 extras

    Directed by Federico Fellini • 1963 • Italy

    Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand e...

  • The Seventh Seal
    Movie + 6 extras

    The Seventh Seal

    Movie + 6 extras

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1957 • Sweden

    Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman's st...

  • Red Desert
    Movie + 6 extras

    Red Desert

    Movie + 6 extras

    Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni • 1964 • Italy

    Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, his first color film, is perhaps his most epochal. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological ag...

  • Rashomon
    Movie + 8 extras

    Rashomon

    Movie + 8 extras

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1950 • Japan
    Starring Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori

    A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, RASHOMON is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accou...

  • The Rules of the Game
    Movie + 15 extras

    The Rules of the Game

    Movie + 15 extras

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1939 • France

    Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis' country château lays bare some ugly tr...

  • An Angel at My Table
    Movie + 4 extras

    An Angel at My Table

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by Jane Campion • 1990 • New Zealand

    With An Angel at My Table, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jane Campion brings to the screen the harrowing true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand's most distinguished author. The film follows Frame along her inspiring journey, from a poverty-str...

  • Richard III
    Movie + 2 extras

    Richard III

    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Laurence Olivier • 1955 • United Kingdom
    Starring Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Claire Bloom

    In RICHARD III, director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier brings Shakespeare’s masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to ravishing cinematic life. Olivier is diabolically captivat...

  • The Battle of Algiers
    Movie + 9 extras

    The Battle of Algiers

    Movie + 9 extras

    Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo • 1966 • Algeria, Italy

    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 escalate...

  • Sansho the Bailiff
    Movie + 4 extras

    Sansho the Bailiff

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1954 • Japan

    When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. Under Kenji Mizoguchi's dazzling direction, this classic Japa...

  • Cléo from 5 to 7
    Movie + 5 extras

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    Movie + 5 extras

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1962 • France

    Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman's life, CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 is a spirited...

  • Smiles of a Summer Night
    Movie + 2 extras

    Smiles of a Summer Night

    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1955 • Sweden

    After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to na...