Essential Art House

  • The Kid
    Movie + 13 extras

    The Kid

    Movie + 13 extras

    Criterion Collection Edition #799

    Charlie Chaplin was already an international star when he decided to break out of the short-film format and make his first full-length feature. THE KID doesn't merely show Chaplin at a turning point, when he proved that he was a serious film director, it remains...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Zéro de conduite
    Movie + 3 extras

    Zéro de conduite

    Movie + 3 extras

    Directed by Jean Vigo • 1933 • France
    Starring Jean Dasté, Gérard de Bédarieux, Louis Lefebvre

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Bicycle Thieves
    Movie + 6 extras

    Bicycle Thieves

    Movie + 6 extras

    Directed by Vittorio De Sica • 1948 • Italy
    Starring Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell

    Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award-winning BICYCLE THIEVES, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar ...

  • Sawdust and Tinsel
    Movie + 3 extras

    Sawdust and Tinsel

    Movie + 3 extras

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1953 • Sweden
    Starring Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson

    Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival of humiliation in SAWDUST AND TINSEL, one of the master’s most vivid early works and his first of many collaborations with the g...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pygmalion

    Movie

    Directed by Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard • 1938 • United Kingdom
    Starring Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller

    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 c...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...