Essential Art House

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  • Pickpocket
    Movie + 6 extras

    Pickpocket

    Movie + 6 extras

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1959 • France
    Starring Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Pierre Leymarie

    This incomparable story of crime and redemption from the French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of P...

  • Sansho the Bailiff
    Movie + 4 extras

    Sansho the Bailiff

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1954 • Japan
    Starring Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyoko Kagawa

    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...

  • À nous la liberté
    Movie + 5 extras

    À nous la liberté

    Movie + 5 extras

    Directed by René Clair • 1931 • France
    Starring Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France

    One of the all-time comedy classics, René Clair’s À NOUS LA LIBERTÉ tells the story of Louis, an escaped convict who becomes a wealthy industrialist. Unfortunately, his past returns (in the form of old ja...

  • The Gold Rush
    Movie + 6 extras

    The Gold Rush

    Movie + 6 extras

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1942 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain

    Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterwork—which charts a prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)—forever cemented the iconic sta...

  • Beauty and the Beast
    Movie + 8 extras

    Beauty and the Beast

    Movie + 8 extras

    Criterion Collection Edition #6

    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 of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Children of Paradise
    Movie + 7 extras

    Children of Paradise

    Movie + 7 extras

    Directed by Marcel Carné • 1945 • France
    Starring Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur

    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 demimon...

  • The Seventh Seal
    Movie + 6 extras

    The Seventh Seal

    Movie + 6 extras

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1957 • Sweden
    Starring Max von Sydow, Inga Landgré, Gunnar Björnstrand

    Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly comes face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, and challenges him to a g...

  • Smiles of a Summer Night

    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1955 • Sweden
    Starring Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson

    After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the comedy SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men...

  • Brief Encounter
    Movie + 4 extras

    Brief Encounter

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by David Lean • 1945 • United Kingdom
    Starring Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard

    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-en...

  • I Knew Her Well
    Movie + 3 extras

    I Knew Her Well

    Movie + 3 extras

    Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli • 1965 • Italy
    Starring Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy

    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 delight...

  • Black Narcissus
    Movie + 5 extras

    Black Narcissus

    Movie + 5 extras

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1947 • United Kingdom
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar

    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 som...

  • Henry V
    Movie + 1 extra

    Henry V

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Laurence Olivier • 1944 • United Kingdom
    Starring Laurence Olivier, Leslie Banks, Robert Newton

    Olivier mustered out of the navy to film this adaptation of Shakespeare’s history. Embroiled in World War II, Britons took courage from this tale of a king who surmounts overwhelming odds ...

  • An Angel at My Table
    Movie + 5 extras

    An Angel at My Table

    Movie + 5 extras

    Directed by Jane Campion • 1990 • New Zealand
    Starring Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson

    With AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Jane Campion brought to the screen the harrowing autobiography of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished author. Three actors in turn ...

  • The Wages of Fear
    Movie + 4 extras

    The Wages of Fear

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot • 1953 • France
    Starring Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter Van Eyck

    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...

  • The Rules of the Game
    Movie + 15 extras

    The Rules of the Game

    Movie + 15 extras

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1939 • France
    Starring Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély

    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 a...

  • Ashes and Diamonds
    Movie + 2 extras

    Ashes and Diamonds

    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Andrzej Wajda • 1958 • Poland
    Starring Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski

    On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incen...

  • The Devil and Daniel Webster

    Movie + 3 extras

    Directed by William Dieterle • 1941 • United States
    Starring Edward Arnold, Walter Huston, James Craig

    Jabez Stone is a hard-working farmer trying to make an honest living, but a streak of bad luck tempts him to do the unthinkable: bargain with the Devil himself. For seven years of good fortune,...

  • Richard III
    Movie + 3 extras

    Richard III

    Movie + 3 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...

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

    Movie + 11 extras

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • Belgium
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte

    A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores ...

  • Alexander Nevsky
    Movie + 1 extra

    Alexander Nevsky

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Sergei Eisenstein • 1938 • Soviet Union
    Starring Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov

    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 van...

  • La Jetée
    Movie + 7 extras

    La Jetée

    Movie + 7 extras

    Directed by Chris Marker • 1963 • France

    Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement ...

  • Red Desert
    Movie + 6 extras

    Red Desert

    Movie + 6 extras

    Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni • 1964 • Italy
    Starring Monica Vitti, Richard Harris

    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 spirit...