Top Foreign Classics movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Seven Samurai on DVD Seven Samurai
Synopsis
Akira Kurosawa's heroic tale of honor and duty begins with master samurai Kambei posing as a monk to save a kidnapped child. Impressed by his bravery, a group of farmers begs him to defend their village from encroaching bandits.
Cast
Cast
Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, Daisuke Katô, Isao Kimura, Keiko Tsushima
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Classics, Japan, Foreign Art House, Japanese Language
Rent Rashomon on DVD Rashomon
Synopsis
Considered one of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's masterpieces, this Oscar-winning crime drama unfolds as four witnesses to a rape and murder report their versions of the attack, leaving the viewer to decide what really happened.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijiro Ueda, Noriko Honma, Daisuke Katô
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Crime Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Japanese Language, Japan
Rent The Bicycle Thief on DVD The Bicycle Thief
Synopsis
Poverty-stricken Antonio needs his bicycle to do his new job. But the same day he buys it back from a pawnshop, someone steals it, prompting him to search the city in vain with his young son.
Cast
Cast
Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda, Vittorio Antonucci, Giulio Chiari, Michele Sakara, Emma Druetti, Fausto Guerzoni
Director
Director
Vittorio De Sica
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, Italian Language, Italy
Rent Das Boot: Director's Cut on DVD Das Boot: Director's Cut
Synopsis
Nominated for six Oscars, this edge-of-your-seat dramatic triumph follows the trials of a German U-boat crew during World War II. Upon its restored re-release in 1997, an hour was added to the original film, which further augmented its impact. It also played as a six-hour German miniseries. In all its forms, the realistic and gripping battle scenes and palpable human struggle make Das Boot a critical hit.
Cast
Cast
Jürgen Prochnow, Klaus Wennemann, Herbert Gronemeyer, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Jan Fedder, Ralf Richter, Joachim Bernhard, Oliver Stritzel
Director
Director
Wolfgang Petersen
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Classic Dramas, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent The Battle of Algiers on DVD The Battle of Algiers
Synopsis
Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style, this film vividly re-creates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in 1957. The violence soon escalates on both sides in this war drama that remains relevant.
Cast
Cast
Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Fusia El Kader
Director
Director
Gillo Pontecorvo
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Political Dramas, Africa, French Language
Rent La Dolce Vita on DVD La Dolce Vita
Synopsis
Marcello, a gossip writer, finds himself among the fleeting excesses and decadence of life and sex. He sleeps with Maddalena, his fiancée is suicidal, and his intellectual friend may not be who he thinks he is.
Cast
Cast
Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux, Magali Noel, Alain Cuny, Annibale Ninchi, Walter Santesso
Director
Director
Federico Fellini
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Italian Language, Italy
Rent Au Revoir Les Enfants on DVD Au Revoir Les Enfants
Synopsis
As World War II rages on, two students at a boarding school form an unlikely friendship. Although the boys begin as adversaries, they find common ground, especially when it becomes clear that one is merely trying to survive the tyranny of the Nazis.
Cast
Cast
Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejto, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carre de Malberg, Philippe Morier-Genoud, François Berléand, François Négret, Peter Fitz, Pascal Rivet, Benoit Henriet, Richard Leboeuf
Director
Director
Louis Malle
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Must-See, France, French Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Raise the Red Lantern on DVD Raise the Red Lantern
Synopsis
After her father's death, 19-year-old Songlian marries the much older Chen Zuoqian, becoming the latest concubine in Chen's burgeoning harem and finding herself at the bottom of an oppressive hierarchy in 1920s China.
Cast
Cast
Li Gong, Cao Zhengyin, Cuifen Cao, Jingwu Ma, Jin Shuyuan, Ding Weimin, Chu Xiao, Qi Zhao, Caifei He, Cui Zhihgang
Director
Director
Yimou Zhang
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Dramas, China, Mandarin Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages, Foreign Classics
Rent 8 1/2 on DVD 8 1/2
Synopsis
Dog-tired movie director Guido Anselmi retreats to thoughts of yesteryear when his producers, his wife and his mistress all pressure him to start making another movie in director Federico Fellini's rumination on the joys and rigors of filmmaking.
Cast
Cast
Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Rossella Falk, Sandra Milo, Barbara Steele, Caterina Boratto, Edra Gale, Guido Alberti
Director
Director
Federico Fellini
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Showbiz Dramas, Classic Dramas, Italy, Foreign Classics, Italian Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Yojimbo on DVD Yojimbo
Synopsis
Masterless samurai Sanjuro Kuwabatake (Toshiro Mifune) finds himself in a feud-torn Japanese village in legendary director Akira Kurosawa's darkly comic film, which served as the prototype for Clint Eastwood's A Fistful of Dollars. As two factions of ruthless crime lords battle, Kuwabatake secretly convinces each side to hire him as protection against the other. When they discover his ruse, he's sent to prison, but his master plan is already underway.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada, Daisuke Katô, Seizaburô Kawazu, Takashi Shimura, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Yosuke Natsuki, Eijirô Tôno
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Action & Adventure, Japan, Foreign Art House, Foreign Classics, Japanese Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent In the Mood for Love on DVD In the Mood for Love
Synopsis
In 1962 Hong Kong, neighboring married apartment-dwellers Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan discover that their spouses are having an affair. The two spend time together and find they have much in common, but vow never to behave like their unfaithful mates.
Cast
Cast
Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung, Rebecca Pan, Kelly Lai Chen, Man-Lei Chan, Tsi-Ang Chin, Roy Cheung, Lai Chen, Paulyn Sun
Director
Director
Kar Wai Wong
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Romance, Hong Kong, Cantonese Language, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, Foreign Classics
Rent Metropolis on DVD Metropolis
Synopsis
In the year 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live underground and the wealthy, who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor, a man from the upper class abandons his privileged life to join oppressed workers in a revolt. Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, German director Fritz Lang's masterpiece has now been magnificently restored to include the original 1927 orchestral score.
Cast
Cast
Alfred Abel, Gustav Frohlich, Brigitte Helm, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp, Theodor Loos, Heinrich George
Director
Director
Fritz Lang
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Silent Films, Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Foreign Classics, Germany, Foreign Regions
Rent M on DVD M
Synopsis
German-American director Fritz Lang presents his first "talkie" -- and cinema's first serial killer -- in this 1931 classic whose central villain was later used in Nazi propaganda films to illustrate the evils of sexual deviance. Propelled by a compulsion he can't control, plump pedophile Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) escapes the eye of the law -- but not the wrath of the Berlin underworld being blamed for his crimes. Otto Wernicke co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Theo Lingen, Georg John, Gustaf Gründgens
Director
Director
Fritz Lang
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Thrillers, Germany, German Language, Foreign Art House, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages, The Criterion Collection
Rent Ikiru on DVD Ikiru
Synopsis
When a stoic government official (Takashi Shimura) in post-war Japan learns he has terminal cancer, he suddenly realizes he's squandered his life on meaningless red tape and has no close family or friendships to lean on, in this drama from director Akira Kurosawa. Resolving to use his remaining time wisely, he sets out to steer a children's playground project through the bureaucracy he knows so well.
Cast
Cast
Takashi Shimura, Shinichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka, Minoru Chiaki, Miki Odagiri, Bokuzen Hidari, Minosuke Yamada, Kamatari Fujiwara, Makoto Kobori
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Japan, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, Japanese Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, The Criterion Collection
Rent Belle de Jour on DVD Belle de Jour
Synopsis
Wealthy young newlywed Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) loves her husband (Jean Sorel), but can't bring herself to be intimate with him. So to sate her physical desires, she indulges in erotic daydreams, often blurring the line between reality and fantasy. When that isn't enough, she begins frequenting a classy Parisian brothel, working as a prostitute under an assumed name while remaining celibate within her marriage.
Cast
Cast
Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page
Director
Director
Luis Buñuel
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Art House, Foreign Romance, Foreign Classics, French Language, France, Foreign Must-See, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The 400 Blows on DVD The 400 Blows
Synopsis
After young Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) runs away, life on the streets of Paris leads to nothing but trouble and guilt in this gritty feature film debut from legendary director François Truffaut. Though he turns to petty crime to survive, Antoine's remorse often leads him to try to return things he's stolen -- with disastrous results. The film was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffray, Daniel Couturier, Francois Nocher, Robert Beauvais
Director
Director
François Truffaut
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, France, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent My Life as a Dog on DVD My Life as a Dog
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated gem offers an honest depiction of the often-confusing nature of childhood. Shipped off to live with his uncle for the summer, 12-year-old Ingmar finds unexpected adventures with the help of the town's warmhearted eccentrics. These experiences give him the strength to accept his life and eventually enjoy childhood.
Cast
Cast
Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén , Melinda Kinnaman, Kicki Rundgren, Lennart Hjulström
Director
Director
Lasse Hallström
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Scandinavia, Foreign Comedies, Tearjerkers, Swedish Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, Foreign Classics
Rent Wild Strawberries on DVD Wild Strawberries
Synopsis
Aging physician Isak Borg, begins to reflect on his life while en route to to receive an honorary degree. Along the way, a string of encounters causes him to experience hallucinations that expose his darkest fears, and he realizes that the choices he's made have rendered a life devoid of meaning.
Cast
Cast
Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Jullan Kindahl, Folke Sundquist, Bjorn Bjelfvenstam, Max von Sydow
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, Scandinavia, Swedish Language
Rent Throne of Blood on DVD Throne of Blood
Synopsis
Director Akira Kurosawa's magnificent rumination on Shakespeare's tragic "Macbeth" is a dark samurai drama set in feudal Japan, in which two soldiers -- Washizu (Toshirô Mifune) and Miki (Minoru Chiaki) -- find themselves lost in a dense forest during a powerful thunderstorm. When they encounter a ghostly old woman who predicts Washizu will soon rise to power, the soldier embarks on a murderously ambitious path and quickly fulfills the prophecy.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki, Akira Kubo, Takamaru Sasaki, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Takashi Shimura, Chieko Naniwa, Kokuten Kodo, Kichijiro Ueda, Eiko Miyoshi
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Japanese Language, Japan
Rent Amarcord on DVD Amarcord
Synopsis
Awarded both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, acclaimed Italian director Frederico Fellini's Amarcord is a richly visual film about Rimini, a traditional seaside village during the uncertainty of Mussolini's fascist rule. Fellini drew from personal experience to bring the small town and all its colorful characters to life in this story about the escapades of a boy on the cusp of becoming a man.
Cast
Cast
Pupella Maggio, Armondo Brancia, Magali Noel, Ciccio Ingrassia, Nando Orfei, Bruno Zanin, Gianfilippo Carcano
Director
Director
Federico Fellini
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign Classics, Italy, Foreign Classic Comedies, Italian Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Le Samourai on DVD Le Samourai
Synopsis
A little bit gangster film, a little bit samurai flick, this 1960s French masterpiece from Jean-Pierre Melville introduces the memorable anti-hero Jef Costello (Alain Delon), a contract killer with the instincts of a Japanese warrior and the features of Adonis. After offing a nightclub owner, Costello has two big problems: his double-crossing employer, who now wants him dead, and the dogged police investigator who's determined to rein him in.
Cast
Cast
Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, Caty Rosier, Jacques Leroy, Michel Boisrond, Robert Favart, Jean-Pierre Posier, Catherine Jourdan, Roger Fradet
Director
Director
Jean-Pierre Melville
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Thrillers, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Must-See, France, French Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent La Strada: Special Edition on DVD La Strada: Special Edition
Synopsis
In this restored special edition of Italian auteur Federico Fellini's powerful rumination on love and hate, gentle Gelsomina is sold by her mother to a bullying circus performer, only to have a clown win her heart and ignite a doomed love triangle.
Cast
Cast
Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani, Marcella Rovere, Livia Venturini
Director
Director
Federico Fellini
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, Italian Language, Italy
Rent The Killer on DVD The Killer
Synopsis
Nobody can play a killer with a conscience with quite the complex shadings that Chow Yun Fat imbues in this character. In this Hong Kong action thriller, he's stalked by a cynical cop (Danny Lee Sau-Yin), which gives the plot -- focusing on director John Woo's traditional themes of brotherhood and betrayal -- many places to twist and turn and moments to ponder. Highlight: the final shootout in a church amidst many (symbolic) fluttering doves.
Cast
Cast
Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu, Kenneth Tsang, Fui-On Shing, Wing-Cho Yip, Fan Wei Yee, Barry Wong, Parkman Wong
Director
Director
John Woo
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Action & Adventure, Hong Kong, Foreign Dramas, Mandarin Language, Cantonese Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages, Foreign Classics
Rent The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie on DVD The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Synopsis
In Luis Buñuel's deliciously satiric, Oscar-winning masterpiece, an upper-class sextet (Fernando Rey, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig, Stéphane Audran, Bulle Ogier and Jean-Pierre Cassel) sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts repeatedly thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined. Perhaps his greatest film, Buñuel's absurdist view of the upper class is a timeless satire about consumerism and class privilege.
Cast
Cast
Fernando Rey, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig, Bulle Ogier, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Julien Bertheau, Milena Vukotic
Director
Director
Luis Buñuel
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Comedies, France, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, Foreign Classics
Rent Army of Shadows on DVD Army of Shadows
Synopsis
Director Jean-Pierre Melville's experiences as a member of the French Resistance during World War II inform this movie about a civil engineer who becomes one of the chiefs of the underground movement. Hailed by many as a masterpiece for its dark and uncompromising vision, the film (which is based on a Joseph Kessel novel of the same name) co-stars Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse and Jean-Pierre Cassel.
Cast
Cast
Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Claude Mann, Paul Crauchet, Christian Barbier, Serge Reggiani, André Dewavrin, Alain Dekok, Alain Mottet, Alain Libolt, Jean-Marie Robain
Director
Director
Jean-Pierre Melville
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Thrillers, French Language, France
Rent Aguirre: The Wrath of God on DVD Aguirre: The Wrath of God
Synopsis
In mid-16th century South America, after completely annihilating the illustrious Incan empire, Gonzalo Pizarro leads his army of conquistadors over the Andes in search of the fabled City of Gold, El Dorado. As Pizarro's soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski) is consumed with visions of total domination and leads his army on a doomed quest into oblivion.
Cast
Cast
Klaus Kinski, Peter Berling, Alejandro Repulles, Cecilia Rivera, Helena Rojo, Edward Roland, Ruy Guerra
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign Art House, Germany, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Must-See, German Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Once Upon a Time in China on DVD Once Upon a Time in China
Synopsis
Fists and feet fly like veritable lightning bolts when the brave Wong Fei-hung steps up to defend a noble martial arts school from corrupt government officials, a renegade swordsman and an illegal slave ring. A classic example of the Hong Kong school of filmmaking, this action-packed flick ends with an explosive finale in which Li uses every square inch of an old warehouse to pull off an array of intricate fight choreography.
Cast
Cast
Jet Li, Biao Yuen, Rosamund Kwan, Jacky Cheung, Steve Tartalia, Kent Cheng, Jonathan Isgar, Shi-Kwan Yen, Mark King
Director
Director
Hark Tsui
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Martial Arts, Hong Kong, Mandarin Language, Cantonese Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, Foreign Classics
Rent The Hidden Fortress on DVD The Hidden Fortress
Synopsis
Director Akira Kurosawa's classic adventure depicts the travails of two scheming peasants drafted by a defeated general to escort an imperious princess and her clan's royal treasure through enemy terrain.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Susumu Fujita, Misa Uehara, Takashi Shimura, Eiko Miyoshi, Toshiko Higuchi
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Action & Adventure, Japanese Language, Japan, The Criterion Collection
Rent Sanjuro on DVD Sanjuro
Synopsis
Akira Kurosawa's sequel to Yojimbo is a dark comedy about surly Sanjuro (Toshirô Mifune), a larger-than-life samurai who, adrift in an era of fading tradition and increasing lawlessness, instructs a gang of scheming radicals in samurai wisdom. An unlikely hero who loves an action-packed swordfight and is quick with the sarcasm, Sanjuro doesn't always practice what he preaches, but he always remains true to himself.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yuzo Kayama, Reiko Dan, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Kamatari Fujiwara, Takako Irie, Masao Shimizu
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Comedies, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Action & Adventure, Japan, Foreign Art House, Japanese Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown on DVD Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Synopsis
After being dumped by her lover, Iván (Fernando Guillén), Pepa (Carmen Maura) finds her life -- and the lives of those around her -- spiraling out of control in this madcap farce from acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. As Pepa tries to contact Iván, her friend Candela (María Barranco) reveals her involvement with a terrorist, Iván's wife visits with loaded guns, and Iván is about to board a plane that Candela's boyfriend plans to hijack.
Cast
Cast
Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, Rossy de Palma, María Barranco, Kiti Mánver, Guillermo Montesinos, Chus Lampreave, Yayo Calvo, Fernando Guillén Cuervo
Director
Director
Pedro Almodóvar
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Comedies, Foreign Dramas, Spanish Language, Spain, Foreign Classics
Rent Jules and Jim on DVD Jules and Jim
Synopsis
Writers Jules and Jim are close friends who fall in love with the same woman amid the turbulence of World War I Paris. What results is a decades-long love triangle that both tests and strengthens the bond between the two men.
Cast
Cast
Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino, Bassiak, Anny Nelsen, Sabine Haudepin, Marie Dubois
Director
Director
François Truffaut
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Romance, Foreign Classics, French Language, France
Rent Salò on DVD Salò
Synopsis
This deeply disturbing movie updates a work by the Marquis de Sade and portrays the fate of 18 Italian youths who are kidnapped by Nazis. Held in a remote palace, they must endure endless sexual and other humiliations and are then sentenced to die. Pier Palo Pasolini directs this provocative film, which stars Paolo Bonacelli and Giorgio Cataldi. This movie includes intensely graphic material.
Cast
Cast
Caterina Boratto, Palolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti
Director
Director
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Art House, Italy, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Italian Language, The Criterion Collection, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Red Beard on DVD Red Beard
Synopsis
A testament to the goodness of humankind, director Akira Kurosawa's medical drama chronicles the relationship between an arrogant young doctor (Yuzo Kayama) and the compassionate clinic director (Toshirô Mifune) who teaches him to appreciate the lives of their destitute patients. Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet passionate director who guides his embittered intern to maturity.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Kamatari Fujiwara, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Reiko Dan, Akemi Negishi
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Japan, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, Foreign Dramas, Japanese Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent L'Avventura on DVD L'Avventura
Synopsis
Italian superstar Monica Vitti intrigues as a rich woman vacationing on a resort island in the Mediterranean who goes on a search for a missing friend, an investigation that evolves into a search for love and the meaning of life.
Cast
Cast
Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar, Renzo Ricci, James Addams, Renato Pinciroli
Director
Director
Michelangelo Antonioni
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Italy, Foreign Classics, Italian Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Solaris on DVD Solaris
Synopsis
Scientist Kris Kelvin travels to the mysterious planet Solaris to investigate the failure of an earlier mission. But when his long-dead wife appears on the space station, he realizes the planet has the power to materialize human desires. Director Andrei Tarkovsky's sci-fi cult classic, based on Stanislaw Lem's novel, presents an uncompromisingly unique and poetic meditation on space travel and its physical and existential ramifications.
Cast
Cast
Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk, Juri Jarvet, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Nikolai Grinko, Sos Sarkisyan
Director
Director
Andrei Tarkovsky
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Russia, Foreign Art House, Russian Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, Psychological Thrillers, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent Diabolique on DVD Diabolique
Synopsis
The ailing spouse (Véra Clouzot) and manhandled mistress (Simone Signoret) of a sadistic boarding school headmaster (Paul Meurisse) plan and execute the man's murder -- but their plan goes haywire when the corpse vanishes. Henri-Georges Clouzot directs his real-life wife in this icy, black-and-white masterwork of homicide and Grand Guignol suspense, which ranked No. 49 on the Bravo network's "100 Scariest Movie Moments."
Cast
Cast
Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Jean Brochard, Pierre Larquey, Michel Serrault, Thérèse Dorny, Noel Roquevert
Director
Director
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Thrillers, Foreign Must-See, France, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, Foreign Classics, Psychological Thrillers, Mystery
Rent Fanny and Alexander on DVD Fanny and Alexander
Synopsis
Director Ingmar Bergman's autobiographical drama, the 1984 Best Foreign Film Oscar winner, depicts a family in crisis after its lively patriarch (Allan Edwall) dies unexpectedly, leaving his grieving wife (Ewa Froling) desperate to provide stability for her children. The widow marries a minister, but their new life proves to be foreboding and lonesome, so it's up to the children's grandmother (Gunn Wallgren) to infuse joy into their existence.
Cast
Cast
Kristina Adolphson, Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Gunn Wallgren, Börje Ahlstedt, Allan Edwall, Ewa Fröling, Pernilla August, Christina Schollin, Mats Bergman, Anna Bergman, Gunnar Björnstrand, Harriet Andersson, Kristian Almgren, Stina Ekblad, Siv Ericks, Majlis Granlund, Maria Granlund
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Scandinavia, Foreign Must-See, Foreign Dramas, Swedish Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Rules of the Game on DVD The Rules of the Game
Synopsis
When affluent Marquis Robert de la Chesnaye (Marcel Dalio) hosts a party at his sprawling property, emotions run high. Guests include Robert's mistress Genevieve (Mila Parely) and pilot Andre Jurieu (Roland Toutain), who fancies Robert's wife, Christine (Nora Gregor). Meanwhile, Schumacher (Gaston Modot) is trying to keep Marceau (Julien Carette) from hitting on his wife (Paulette Dubost). All the while, the servants watch with great interest.
Cast
Cast
Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parely, Odette Talazac, Claire Gerard, Anne Mayen, Lise Elina, Marcel Dalio, Julien Carette, Roland Toutain, Gaston Modot, Jean Renoir, Pierre Magnier, Eddy Debray, Pierre Nay, Richard Francoeur
Director
Director
Jean Renoir
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, France, Foreign Classics, French Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Nosferatu on DVD Nosferatu
Synopsis
Max Schreck sports grotesque makeup in the scariest Dracula adaptation ever. The chilling tale kicks off when a real estate agent begins conducting business with Count Orlok, who goes on a rampage when he becomes obsessed with the man's comely wife.
Cast
Cast
Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroder, Georg H. Schnell, Ruth Landshoff, John Gottowt, Gustav Botz, Max Nemetz, Wolfgang Heinz, Karl Etlinger, Guido Herzfeld, Albert Venohr, Heinrich Witte, Hardy von Francois
Director
Director
F.W. Murnau
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Horror, Foreign Silent Films, Germany, Foreign Regions
Rent Tokyo Story on DVD Tokyo Story
Synopsis
An elderly couple in post-World War II Japan travel to Tokyo to visit their children but are received rather coldly by their offspring. In fact, the only person happy to see them is their widowed daughter-in-law.
Cast
Cast
Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura, Nobuo Nakamura, So Yamamura, Kuniko Miyake, Kyôko Kagawa, Eijirô Tôno, Shiro Osaka
Director
Director
Yasujiro Ozu
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Classic Dramas, Japanese Language, Japan, The Criterion Collection
Rent Kagemusha on DVD Kagemusha
Synopsis
Three warlord clans are battling for control of medieval Japan. When the leader of the Takeda clan, Lord Shingen (Tatsuya Nakadai), is mortally wounded, he orders that his death be kept secret from his enemies. The clan searches for a "shadow warrior," an exact double, to take his place. Now, a thief named Kagemusha (Nakadai in a double role) must fight for an empire in this stunning film from legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.
Cast
Cast
Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu, Hideji Otaki, Daisuke Ryu, Masayuki Yui, Kaori Momoi, Mitsuko Baisho, Hideo Murota, Takayuki Shiho, Koji Shimizu
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Art House, Foreign Dramas, Japan, Japanese Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, Foreign Classics
Rent Children of Paradise on DVD Children of Paradise
Synopsis
Often considered the classic epic of French film, Children of Paradise is the tragic tale of vastly different men who all fall for the same woman (played by Arletty). This romantic saga takes place amid a theatrical community in 19th-century Paris, set against a backdrop of intrigue, duels and murder that allegorizes occupied France. Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur and María Casares co-star in this Oscar-nominated film for Best Original Screenplay.
Cast
Cast
Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, María Casares, Gaston Modot, Fabien Loris
Director
Director
Marcel Carné
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Romance, Foreign Must-See, France, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Le Cercle Rouge on DVD Le Cercle Rouge
Synopsis
In French writer-director Jean-Pierre Melville's crime noir classic, a brooding thief named Corey (Alain Delon) and a fearless career criminal named Vogel (Gian Maria Volonte) team up with cop-turned-goon Jansen (Yves Montand) for a hot heist while a straight cop (André Bourvil) stalks them. A code of honor develops among the three crooks, but a destined meeting in the end leads to a change in plans. Paul Crauchet co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Gian Maria Volonté, Bourvil, Paul Crauchet, Paul Amiot, Pierre Collet, Andre Ekyan, André Bourvil
Director
Director
Jean-Pierre Melville
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Thrillers, France, Foreign Classics, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Divorce, Italian Style on DVD Divorce, Italian Style
Synopsis
Marcello Mastroianni stars as Ferdinando, a self-centered nobleman who's facing a midlife crisis and has lost all interest in his wife. But there's no divorce in 1960s Italy, so he devises an elaborate scheme for another man to seduce his wife. That would, under Italian law, allow him to kill her with impunity in defense of his honor. Highlights include the fantasy murders Ferdinando imagines as he pursues his goal.
Cast
Cast
Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste, Odoardo Spadaro, Margherita Girelli, Angela Cardile, Lando Buzzanca, Peitro Tordi, Ugo Torrente, Antonio Acqua, Bianca Castagnetta, Edy Nogara, Renato Pinciroli, Daniela Igliozzi
Director
Director
Pietro Germi
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Comedies, Italy, Foreign Must-See, Italian Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, Foreign Classics
Rent Persona on DVD Persona
Synopsis
To achieve more effective treatment, a young nurse named Alma and her patient -- actress Elisabet, who has stopped speaking -- check into an isolated cottage by the sea, where one of them unravels.
Cast
Cast
Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand, Jorgen Lindstrom
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Swedish Language, Scandinavia
Rent The Virgin Spring on DVD The Virgin Spring
Synopsis
On the way to deliver candles to a church, the virginal daughter (Birgitta Pettersson) of feudal landowner Töre (Max von Sydow) is savagely raped and murdered. But fate takes a vengeful hand when the killers unknowingly seek food and shelter at the girl's home. Will the grief-stricken Töre learn the truth about his visitors? Set in medieval Sweden, this disturbing tale directed by Ingmar Bergman earned an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Cast
Cast
Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson, Axel Duberg, Tor Isedal, Allan Edwall, Ove Porath, Axel Slangus, Gudrun Brost
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Thrillers, Foreign Art House, Foreign Must-See, Scandinavia, Swedish Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Cries and Whispers on DVD Cries and Whispers
Synopsis
This existential wail of a drama from Ingmar Bergman concerns two sisters, Karin (Ingrid Thulin) and Maria (Liv Ullmann), keeping vigil for a third, Agnes (Harriet Andersson), who is dying of cancer and can find solace only in the arms of a beatific nurse (Kari Sylwan).
Cast
Cast
Harriet Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Medical Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Foreign, Foreign Classics, The Criterion Collection
Rent Through a Glass Darkly on DVD Through a Glass Darkly
Synopsis
Recently released from a mental institution, Karin is on holiday with her family. But their inability to give her love and support causes a mental breakdown that leads to a hallucinogenic episode during which Karin envisions God as a spider. Director Ingmar Bergman's experimental "chamber play", which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is part of his trilogy of faith that also includes Winter Light and The Silence (available on separate discs).
Cast
Cast
Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Lars Passgard
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Art House, Foreign Dramas, Scandinavia, Swedish Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Must-See, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Day for Night on DVD Day for Night
Synopsis
Francois Truffaut's lavish dramedy about a film production is a case of life imitating art, with Truffaut playing a director and his most important actor in real life (Jean-Pierre Leaud) portraying Jacqueline Bisset's immature co-star. A thrilling sequence set to music by Georges Delerue celebrates the art of filmmaking as seen from an editor's perspective. It's enough to make you want to shoot your own film!
Cast
Cast
Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Dani, Alexandra Stewart, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean Champion, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Nike Arrighi, Nathalie Baye
Director
Director
François Truffaut
Genres
Genres
Classics, France, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Must-See, French Language, The Criterion Collection, Foreign Comedies, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Seventh Seal on DVD The Seventh Seal
Synopsis
Exhausted and disillusioned, a medieval knight makes the journey home after years of combat in the Crusades. But when the black-robed figure of Death confronts him, the knight challenges him to a game of chess.
Cast
Cast
Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Gill, Maud Hansson, Inga Landgre, Gunnel Lindblom, Bertil Anderberg, Anders Ek
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Art House, Scandinavia, Swedish Language, Foreign Classics
Rent The Wages of Fear on DVD The Wages of Fear
Synopsis
An oil company enlists four destitute drifters -- Mario (Yves Montand), Luigi (Folco Lulli), Bimba (Peter Van Eyck) and Jo (Charles Vanel) -- for a dangerous mission transporting volatile explosives across Central America's treacherous terrain. Packed with nerve-racking tension that never lets up, director Henri-Georges Clouzot's gritty masterpiece took home the Grand Prize at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Folco Lulli, Peter van Eyck, Vera Clouzot, William Tubbs, Darío Moreno, Jo Dest
Director
Director
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, France, Foreign Classics, French Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Contempt on DVD Contempt
Synopsis
Director Jean-Luc Godard's cynical take on the world of filmmaking is a poignant commentary about the sacrificial price of art. Screenwriter Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli) must fight many battles to get his version of Homer's <i>Odyssey</i> to the big screen. He's at odds with his conniving producer (Jack Palance) and his egotistical director (Fritz Lang). What's more, his marriage to his beautiful wife Camille (Brigitte Bardot) is also foundering.
Cast
Cast
Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang, Giorgia Moll, Jean-Luc Godard
Director
Director
Jean-Luc Godard
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, France, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Hard Boiled on DVD Hard Boiled
Synopsis
In a ruthless world of gun smugglers and mobsters, Tequila is a die-hard cop who'll stop at nothing to see justice done. Determined to avenge his partner's murder, Tequila joins forces with a rebel cop to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.
Cast
Cast
Hoi-Shan Kwan, Ng Shui Ting, Philip Kwok, Teresa Mo, Wei Tung, Yun-Fat Chow, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Bowie Lam, Y. Yonemura, Philip Chan, Johnson Law, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Bobbie Au-Yeung
Director
Director
John Woo
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Martial Arts, Hong Kong, Mandarin Language, Cantonese Language, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Classics, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Scenes from a Marriage on DVD Scenes from a Marriage
Synopsis
Widely considered one of Ingmar Bergman's best, this intense drama follows the marriage of Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) as it deteriorates. When Marianne learns of Johan's infatuation with another woman, the relationship unravels, yet through it all, a deep, underlying love keeps the couple connected. This is the theatrical version of the film; also included is a theatrical-TV comparison and other extras.
Cast
Cast
Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Bibi Andersson, Jan Malmsjö, Gunnel Lindblom, Anita Wall, Barbro Hiort af Ornas
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Swedish Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Scandinavia, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Stray Dog on DVD Stray Dog
Synopsis
Murakami (Toshir&#244; Mifune), a young police officer in 1940s Tokyo, finds that his gun was stolen while he was riding a packed bus. With his position in jeopardy, Murakami, aided by veteran officer Sato (Takashi Shimura), tries to locate his missing weapon. Together, they head to some of the worst parts of the city -- and to the forefront of crime. When Murakami learns that his gun has been used in a murder, his search escalates.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Eiko Miyoshi, Noriko Sengoku, Fumiko Honma, Reikichi Kawamura, Eijirô Tôno, Yasushi Nagata
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Classic Thrillers, Foreign Classics, Japanese Language, Foreign Thrillers, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Must-See, Japan, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Samurai Trilogy 1: Musashi Miyamoto on DVD Samurai Trilogy 1: Musashi Miyamoto
Synopsis
Starring Toshiro Mifune as Musashi Miyamoto, this first film in Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy won a 1956 Honorary Oscar. Struggling to elevate himself from his low caste in 17th century Japan, Miyamoto trains to become a mighty samurai warrior. In the film's bracing climax Miyamoto finally gets a chance to prove himself. Parts II and III of the trilogy weren't released in the United States until 1967.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Akihiko Hirata, Rentarô Mikuni, Mitsuko Mito, Eiko Miyoshi, Mariko Okada, Kuroemon Onoe, Kaoru Yachigusa
Director
Director
Hiroshi Inagaki
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, Japan, Japanese Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Band of Outsiders on DVD Band of Outsiders
Synopsis
Arthur and Franz are searching for a way to make a big score. So it sounds like a lucky break when Franz meets the beautiful Odile, and she informs him of a large chunk of cash her aunt keeps hidden in her house, but a miscalculation delays the seemingly perfect plan.
Cast
Cast
Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey, Louisa Colpeyne, Jean-Claude Remoleux, Michel Delahaye, Daniele Girard, Jean-Luc Godard
Director
Director
Jean-Luc Godard
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, French Language, France, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent High and Low on DVD High and Low
Synopsis
Known for his historical epics, director Akira Kurosawa was also a fan of American film noir and detective novels -- which explains why he based High and Low (also known as Heaven and Hell) on an Ed McBain story. Toshir&#244; Mifune plays a wealthy corporate boss who must choose between saving his company and paying the ransom for his chauffeur's kidnapped child. Kurosawa uses his brilliant visual style to reinforce the film's sociological themes.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyôko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kenjiro Ishiyama, Takeshi Katô, Takashi Shimura, Jun Tazaki, Nobuo Nakamura, Yûnosuke Itô
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Thrillers, Foreign Classic Dramas, Japan, Foreign Art House, Japanese Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Harakiri on DVD Harakiri
Synopsis
A samurai arrives at a lavish manor and asks to commit harakiri on the grounds. But the vengeful warrior is harboring a secret: once-powerful samurais are begging estate owners to allow them to commit suicide, when what they really want is a handout.
Cast
Cast
Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentarô Mikuni, Shima Iwashita, Akira Ishihama, Tetsuro Tamba, Hisashi Igawa, Yoshio Inaba, Kei Sato, Shoji Kobayashi, Ichirô Nakaya, Masao Mishima
Director
Director
Masaki Kobayashi
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Japanese Language, Japan
Rent The Umbrellas of Cherbourg on DVD The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Synopsis
Beautiful umbrella-store clerk Genevieve and charming gas station attendant Guy fall in love in the rainy coastal town of Cherbourg, but their romance is cut short when Guy is drafted into the army in this singular cinematic classic.
Cast
Cast
Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Ellen Farner, Marc Michel, Mirelle Perrey, Harald Wolff
Director
Director
Jacques Demy
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign Musicals, Foreign Romance, France, French Language, Foreign Classics
Rent The Leopard (Italian Version) on DVD The Leopard (Italian Version)
Synopsis
In this war drama set in 1860s Sicily, Prince Don Fabrizio Salina (Burt Lancaster) attempts to hold onto the glory he once knew, while his nephew, Tancredi Falconeri (Alain Delon), has joined opposition forces and is being heralded as a war hero. As Falconeri begins to fall for Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), the daughter of the town's new mayor, Don Calogero Sedara (Paolo Stoppa), Salina must learn to accept his changing political status.
Cast
Cast
Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Romolo Valli, Mario Girotti, Lucilla Morlacchi, Giuliano Gemma, Pierre Clémenti, Ida Galli
Director
Director
Luchino Visconti
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Italy, Foreign Classic Dramas, Italian Language, Foreign Art House, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Alphaville on DVD Alphaville
Synopsis
Directed by cinematic legend Jean-Luc Godard, this mesmerizing sci-fi noir centers on secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) and his mission to destroy Alpha 60, the sentient computer that controls Alphaville by destroying freedom of thought or individuality. Brilliantly realized and crafted, Godard's 1965 film helped to lay the foundation for future sci-fi classics such as Blade Runner, The Terminator and The Matrix.
Cast
Cast
Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Howard Vernon
Director
Director
Jean-Luc Godard
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy, French Language, France, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Conformist on DVD The Conformist
Synopsis
In this thought-provoking drama set in 1930's fascist Italy, the government orders Marcello to kill a political refugee who happens to be his college mentor. Marcello obeys and is hence "the Conformist," a man who'll do absolutely anything to belong.
Cast
Cast
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio, Fosco Giachetti, José Quaglio, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clémenti, Yvonne Sanson, Milly, Giuseppe Addobbati, Carlo Gaddi, Umberto Silvestri, Furio Pellerani
Director
Director
Bernardo Bertolucci
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Classics, Italian Language, Italy
Rent Diva on DVD Diva
Synopsis
When 18-year-old Jules (Frederic Andrei) secretly tapes the concert of a superstar diva who refuses to be recorded, he accidentally winds up with another tape that identifies a top mobster involved in an international sex and drug ring. Suddenly, Jules is being chased through the streets of Paris by blackmailers, hit men and the police. Action, arias and assassins all collide in this romantic thriller directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix.
Cast
Cast
Frederic Andrei, Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, Roland Bertin, Richard Bohringer, Gerard Darmon, Jacques Fabbri, Thuy An Luu, Dominique Pinon, Anny Romand, Chantal Deruaz, Patrick Floersheim, Jean-Jacques Moreau
Director
Director
Jean-Jacques Beineix
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Thrillers, France, Foreign Must-See, French Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Black Orpheus on DVD Black Orpheus
Synopsis
This superb retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice Greek legend is set against Rio de Janeiro's madness during Carnival. Orpheus (Breno Mello), a trolley car conductor, is engaged to Mira (Lourdes de Oliveira) but in love with Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn). A vengeful Mira and Eurydice's ex-lover, costumed as Death, pursue Orpheus and his new paramour through the feverish Carnival night. Black Orpheus earned an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Cast
Cast
Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Marcel Camus, Fausto Guerzoni, Maria Alice, Lourdes De Oliveira, Aurino Cassiano, Alexandre Constanino, Adhemar Feirrera Da Silva, Waldetar De Souza, Jorge Dos Santos
Director
Director
Marcel Camus
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Brazil, Foreign Romance, Portuguese Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, Foreign Classics
Rent The Night Porter on DVD The Night Porter
Synopsis
Twelve years after World War II, an ex-Nazi concentration camp guard working as a porter at a hotel is reunited with one of his victims, and contrary to expectations, they resume a twisted and doomed relationship.
Cast
Cast
Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti, Giuseppe Addobbati, Isa Miranda
Director
Director
Liliana Cavani
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Steamy Romance, Foreign Art House, Italy, Foreign Classics
Rent El Topo on DVD El Topo
Synopsis
In this surreal Western, avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky uses allegory and religious iconography to tell the story of a gunfighter, El Topo (Jodorowsky), who wanders the desert on an odyssey seeking enlightenment. But first, he must defeat four master gunfighters and dig a tunnel to free a colony of deformed underground dwellers from their dark confines. This experimental film reached cult status as the first of the "midnight movies."
Cast
Cast
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau, José Luis Fernández, Alf Junco, Gerardo Zepeda, Mara Lorenzio, René Barrera
Director
Director
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Spanish Language, Foreign Dramas, Mexico, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Andrei Rublev on DVD Andrei Rublev
Synopsis
This mesmerizing account of 15th century Russian monk Andrei Rublev follows the icon painter as he faces violence, political persecution and, eventually, a crisis of faith after leaving the monastery to paint Vladimir Cathedral's interior. The Soviets suppressed this sweeping epic -- widely recognized as a cinematic masterpiece -- and did not allow it to be seen as director Andrei Tarkovsky intended until more than 20 years after completion.
Cast
Cast
Anatoli Solonitsyn, Yuri Nikulin
Director
Director
Andrei Tarkovsky
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Russia, Russian Language, Foreign Art House, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Night and Fog on DVD Night and Fog
Synopsis
Employing haunting images, such as a hill of human hair or a pyramid of shoes, director Alain Resnais contrasts 1955 footage of Auschwitz's quiet, empty buildings with black-and-white footage shot there in 1944. This landmark documentary -- one of the first cinematic reflections on the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust -- is as lyrical as it is graphic, and has influenced contemporary movies such as Schindler's List.
Cast
Cast
Michel Bouquet
Director
Director
Alain Resnais
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, Foreign Classics, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, The Criterion Collection
Rent Umberto D. on DVD Umberto D.
Synopsis
Bankrupt and lonely, an old man (Carlo Battisti) considers committing suicide. Since he has only a devoted dog and a maid (Lina Genneri) as his companions, things look bleak -- until one day when the old man's luck changes, giving him new hope. Director Vittorio De Sica's touching portrait of one man's effort to retain his pride in the face of adversity is a treasure of Italian post-war cinema.
Cast
Cast
Carlo Battisti, Maria-Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova, Elena Rea, Memmo Carotenuto
Director
Director
Vittorio De Sica
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Italy, Foreign Classics, Italian Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Elevator to the Gallows on DVD Elevator to the Gallows
Synopsis
When the bewitching Florence (Jeanne Moreau) and her lover, Julien (Maurice Ronet), plot to kill Florence's unsuspecting husband (Jean Wall), they don't count on a technical glitch -- a broken elevator -- getting in the way of the perfect murder. Louis Malle directs this haunting French thriller in his feature film debut, an impressive achievement heightened by the film's memorable improvisational score composed by jazz legend Miles Davis.
Cast
Cast
Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin, Jean Wall, Elga Andersen, Sylviane Aisenstein, Micheline Bona
Director
Director
Louis Malle
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, France, Foreign Classics, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Samurai Trilogy 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple on DVD Samurai Trilogy 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
Synopsis
Valiant 17th century samurai Musashi Miyamoto (Toshir&#244; Mifune) finds himself enveloped in conflict -- from a rivalry with a martial-arts school to a love triangle with two beautiful women (Kaoru Yachigusa and Mariko Okada). But nothing, not even a battle with 80 swordsmen, can shake his courage. The film is the second part of the acclaimed trilogy, whose first installment earned an honorary Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Akihiko Hirata, Mitsuko Mito, Mariko Okada, Kuroemon Onoe, Kaoru Yachigusa, Daisuke Katô, Kunimori Kodo, Michiyo Kogure, Ko Mihashi, Sachio Sakai, Koji Tsurata
Director
Director
Hiroshi Inagaki
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, Japan, Japanese Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Last Year at Marienbad on DVD Last Year at Marienbad
Synopsis
At a lavish European hotel, a handsome stranger tries to convince a lovely young woman that they had a passionate affair a year ago. When she claims not to remember him, he keeps trying to convince her, weaving a story that mixes memory and fantasy. Or is it all fantasy? French new wave director Alain Resnais helms this complex, controversial film that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.
Cast
Cast
Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff
Director
Director
Alain Resnais
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, France, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, French Language, Foreign Must-See, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Samurai Trilogy 3: Duel at Ganryu Island on DVD Samurai Trilogy 3: Duel at Ganryu Island
Synopsis
Seasoned warrior Musashi Miyamoto (Toshiro Mifune) must face off against his archrival, the young ambitious samurai Kojiro (Koji Tsurata), in this third and arguably best installment of director Hiroshi Inagaki's classic samurai trilogy. Fight highlights include a duel between the lance and wooden staff, as well as a matchup between an unarmed Musashi and three bandits. Kaoru Yachigusa and Mariko Okada co-star as the women in Musashi's life.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Koji Tsurata, Kaoru Yachigusa, Michiko Saga, Takashi Shimura
Director
Director
Hiroshi Inagaki
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, Japan, Japanese Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent And God Created Woman on DVD And God Created Woman
Synopsis
Juliette (Brigitte Bardot), an 18-year-old orphan with an insatiable appetite for pleasure, is living it up in sun-drenched St. Tropez. As she shakes the town to its very core, her naive husband, Michel (Jean-Louis Trintignant), endures every insult known to man on his doomed quest to tame her. Visionary auteur Roger Vadim directs this naughty international phenomenon, which showcases Bardot in her first breakout role.
Cast
Cast
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Brigitte Bardot
Director
Director
Roger Vadim
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Romance, France, Foreign Steamy Romance, French Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Tin Drum on DVD The Tin Drum
Synopsis
Young Oskar Matzerath, who grows up witnessing the rise of Nazism at the eve of World War II, decides at age 3 to stop growing -- effectively shutting out the world and communicating only by banging on his tin drum. Volker Schlondorff's epic unfolds with cinematic artistry, psychological insight, political vision and symbolic richness, as Germany falls prey to Nazism while Oskar's protests go unnoticed. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Cast
Cast
Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski, Tina Engel, Berta Drews, Roland Teubner, Tadeusz Kunikowski
Director
Director
Volker Schlöndorff
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany, Foreign Art House, Foreign Must-See, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on DVD The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Synopsis
In this silent classic, an inmate in an insane asylum explains to his psychiatrist how he came to the institution, telling the shrink the story of the evil hypnotist Caligari and his unwitting pawn, the sleepwalker Cesare.
Cast
Cast
Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Fredrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger
Director
Director
Robert Wiene
Genres
Genres
Classics, Horror Classics, Silent Films, Germany, Foreign Regions, Foreign Classics
Rent Shoot the Piano Player on DVD Shoot the Piano Player
Synopsis
Charlie (Charles Aznavour), a once-famous pianist, is now stroking the keys in a Parisian saloon. When his brothers get in trouble with gangsters, Charlie inadvertently gets swept up in the chaos and is forced to rejoin the family he once fled. This highly stylized melodrama from director Fran&#231;ois Truffaut employs all of the hallmarks of French new wave cinema: extended voice-overs, out-of-sequence camera shots, sudden jump-cutting and more.
Cast
Cast
Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier, Serge Davri, Daniel Boulanger, Jean-Jacques Aslanian, Claude Heymann, Alex Joffé, Richard Kanayan, Boby Lapointe, Catherine Lutz, Claude Mansard
Director
Director
François Truffaut
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Thrillers, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Art House, France, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Autumn Sonata on DVD Autumn Sonata
Synopsis
In her final film performance, Ingrid Bergman stars as a famous pianist who sacrifices her career to reconcile with her neglected daughter, Eva. Tensions arise when she discovers Eva is caring for her other daughter, who is mentally impaired.
Cast
Cast
Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk, Arne Bang-Hansen, Gunnar Björnstrand, Erland Josephson, Georg Løkkeberg, Linn Ullmann
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Classics, Swedish Language, Scandinavia
Rent Beauty and the Beast on DVD Beauty and the Beast
Synopsis
Lost in the woods, a hapless merchant is captured and held prisoner in the castle of a beastlike man (Jean Marais), who vows to kill the merchant unless he's replaced by one of his daughters. The lovely Belle (Josette Day) gives herself up to save her father. But before long, she finds the beauty hiding inside her grotesque captor in this lyrical masterpiece, the most celebrated film of the French director and poet Jean Cocteau.
Cast
Cast
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parely, Michel Auclair, Marcel Andre, Raoul Marco, Nane Gorman
Director
Director
Jean Cocteau
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Romance, Foreign Classics, France, French Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Mon Oncle on DVD Mon Oncle
Synopsis
Jacques Tati plays Monsieur Hulot, a self-absorbed chucklehead wrestling with neoteric gadgetry -- and losing -- in this satirical masterpiece that makes sport of mechanization, class distinctions and modernity.
Cast
Cast
Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Lucien Fregis, Betty Schneider, Jean-Francois Martial
Director
Director
Jacques Tati
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Comedies, France, Foreign Classics, French Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Battleship Potemkin on DVD The Battleship Potemkin
Synopsis
Director Sergei M. Eisenstein's cinematic landmark charts the events that led to the Bolshevik Revolution. The rebellion of a battleship crew ignites a citizens' uprising, resulting in czarist troops' infamous slaughter of insurgents and bystanders.
Cast
Cast
I. Bobrov, Beatrice Vitoldi, N. Poltavseva, Julia Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Mikhail Gomorov, Aleksandr Levshin
Director
Director
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Silent Films, Russia, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Silent Films, Foreign Must-See, Foreign Regions
Rent Winter Light on DVD Winter Light
Synopsis
The second of writer-director Ingmar Bergman's trilogy of faith, a suicidal fisherman goes to local priest Tomas Ericsson in search of guidance, but the pastor is equally absorbed in despair, overcome with anger, apathy and doubt. Ericsson's severe hopelessness fuels a growing divide between himself, his mistress, his parishioners -- and God -- in Bergman's stark, black-and-white depiction of one man's spiritual crisis.
Cast
Cast
Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Gunnel Lindblom, Max von Sydow, Allan Edwall, Kolbjorn Knudsen, Olof Thunberg, Elsa Ebbesen
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Art House, Scandinavia, Swedish Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Smiles of a Summer Night on DVD Smiles of a Summer Night
Synopsis
Director Ingmar Bergman weaves an intricate romantic ruse with his film about a country estate that becomes a matchmaking haven in turn-of-the-century Sweden. During a long, lazy summer, eight singles gradually become four couples, often switching partners along the way. Some of Swedish cinema's most celebrated faces appear, including Gunnar Bjornstrand, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson and Ulla Jacobsson.
Cast
Cast
Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Margit Carlqvist, Gunnar Björnstrand, Jarl Kulle, Ake Fridell, Bjorn Bjelfvenstam, Naima Wifstrand
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Romance, Swedish Language, Foreign Classics, Scandinavia, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Bad Sleep Well on DVD The Bad Sleep Well
Synopsis
Koichi Nishi (Toshiro Mifune) is distraught after his father's demise, which he blames on the cutthroat corporate environment in which he worked. Desperate to avenge his father's senseless death, Koichi tampers with the sanity of each person who ever wronged the man. He starts with the cake at his very own wedding; per Koichi's instructions, the confection has been specially crafted to remind the attendees of their darkest secrets.
Cast
Cast
Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyôko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Takashi Shimura, Kô Nishimura, Takeshi Katô, Kamatari Fujiwara, Chishu Ryu, Seiji Miyaguchi
Director
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Thrillers, Foreign Dramas, Japanese Language, Japan, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Ugetsu on DVD Ugetsu
Synopsis
With 16th century Japan's feudal wars as a backdrop, director Kenji Mizoguchi's lyrical masterpiece delivers a profound message about the ephemeral nature of human life. Despite the conflict raging around them, a potter and a farmer -- two peasants with visions of grandeur -- journey to the city seeking wealth and glory. But their blind ambition ultimately takes its toll on the families they left behind.
Cast
Cast
Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Saka Ozawa, Ikio Sawamura, Mitsuko Mito, Kikue Mori, Ryosuke Kagawa, Eigoro Onoe, Saburo Date
Director
Director
Kenji Mizoguchi
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Japan, Japanese Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, The Criterion Collection
Rent Monsieur Hulot's Holiday on DVD Monsieur Hulot's Holiday
Synopsis
Jacques Tati follows his acclaimed directorial debut Jour de F&#234;te with this gentle satire that introduced Tati's alter ego, Monsieur Hulot. When Hulot spends a holiday at a seaside resort, he accidentally wreaks good-natured havoc wherever he goes. Falling all over himself to impress a beautiful girl, Hulot inadvertently crashes a funeral, topples a priceless vase and ignites fireworks with his pipe -- all to hilarious effect.
Cast
Cast
Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Michele Rolla, Valentine Camax, Louis Perrault, Andre Dubois, Lucien Fregis, Raymond Carl, Suzy Willy
Director
Director
Jacques Tati
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Comedies, France, Foreign Classics, Foreign Comedies, Foreign Must-See, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Juliet of the Spirits on DVD Juliet of the Spirits
Synopsis
Unable to confront the reality of her husband's infidelity, Juliet (Giulietta Masina) undergoes a period of introspection and self-discovery. Filled with fantastic imagery, her adventure is a woman's journey into dream, memory and spirit. With his first color feature -- and the help of cinematographer Gianni Di Venanzo -- director Federico Fellini creates a Technicolor feast for the eyes with stunning visuals and luscious dreamscapes.
Cast
Cast
Caterina Boratto, Alba Cancellieri, Valentina Cortese, Rosella De Depio, Sylva Koscina, Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu
Director
Director
Federico Fellini
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Art House, Foreign Classic Dramas, Italy, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions
Rent Masculin Feminin on DVD Masculin Feminin
Synopsis
Would-be writer and revolutionary Paul (Jean-Pierre L&#233;aud) romances breezy pop singer Madeleine (Chantal Goya), but the pair's fundamental differences breed confusion. Can their stormy relationship survive in a world that blends bourgeois sensibility and radical social concern? French new wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard forays into the vibrant world of 1960s counterculture in this fresh take on the age-old battle of the sexes.
Cast
Cast
Jean-Pierre Léaud, Chantal Goya, Marlene Jobert, Michel Debord, Catherine-Isabelle Duport, Eva-Britt Strandberg, Birger Malmsten, Brigitte Bardot, Francoise Hardy, Dominique Zardi
Director
Director
Jean-Luc Godard
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Dramas, France, French Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Betty Blue on DVD Betty Blue
Synopsis
A woman who is prone to irrational bouts of fury begins a steamy romance with a handyman and writer in this Oscar-nominated drama. Eventually, her psychological scars begin to wreak havoc on their relationship.
Cast
Cast
Jean-Hugues Anglade, Béatrice Dalle, Gerard Darmon, Consuelo De Haviland, Clémentine Célarié, Jacques Mathou, Vincent Lindon, Jean-Pierre Bisson, Dominique Pinon, Bernard Hug
Director
Director
Jean-Jacques Beineix
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Art House, Foreign Steamy Romance, Foreign Romance, Foreign Dramas, French Language, France, Foreign Classics
Rent La Cage aux Folles on DVD La Cage aux Folles
Synopsis
Renato, who manages a nightclub, and his drag queen boyfriend Albin must masquerade as a straight married couple when Renato's son Laurent brings his fiancée's conservative parents to dinner.
Cast
Cast
Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier, Rémi Laurent , Carmen Scarpitta, Benny Luke, Luisa Maneri, Michel Galabru, Venantino Venantini, Carlo Reali
Director
Director
Edouard Molinaro
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Foreign Comedies, LGBT Comedies, Classic Comedies, Foreign LGBT, Foreign Classic Comedies, Foreign Classics, French Language, France, Gay
Rent The Burmese Harp on DVD The Burmese Harp
Synopsis
Set during World War II's last days, this drama chronicles a Japanese soldier's transformation after coming face-to-face with the human cost of war. Sent to inform a platoon the war is over, he can't persuade the men to surrender.
Cast
Cast
Rentarô Mikuni, Shôji Yasui, Jun Hamamura, Taketoshi Naito, Kô Nishimura, Hiroshi Tsuchikata, Sanpei Mine, Taniye Kitabayashi, Tatsuya Mihashi, Yûnosuke Itô
Director
Director
Kon Ichikawa
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Classics, Japan, Foreign Classic Dramas, Japanese Language, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Must-See, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Knife in the Water on DVD Knife in the Water
Synopsis
Director Roman Polanski ratchets up the suspense with a story that takes place almost entirely within the confined setting of a sailboat owned by a wealthy journalist and his much younger wife. On their way to the lake for a weekend of sailing, the couple invites a young hitchhiker to join them on their boat. But hostility looms as each man tries to humiliate the other in front of the woman.
Cast
Cast
Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz
Director
Director
Roman Polanski
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Poland, Foreign Classics, Polish Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Silence on DVD The Silence
Synopsis
In the last of Ingmar Bergman's trilogy of faith, three passengers travel through a foreign country on the brink of war. After falling ill, Ester (Ingrid Thulin) checks into a hotel room, with her sister Anna (Gunnel Lindblom) and Anna's son, Johan, occupying the adjoining suite. Anna ventures out into town and attracts the attention of a local waiter. When Anna tells Ester of her escapade, their emotional rift deepens.
Cast
Cast
Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Birger Malmsten, Hakan Jahnberg, Jorgen Lindstrom
Director
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Art House, Scandinavia, Swedish Language, Foreign Classics, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Diary of a Chambermaid on DVD Diary of a Chambermaid
Synopsis
This wicked adaption of the Octave Mirbeau novel is classic Luis Bu&#241;uel. Jeanne Moreau is Celestine, a beautiful Parisian domestic who, upon arrival at her new job in provincial 1930s France, entrenches herself in sexual hypocrisy and scandal with Bu&#241;uel regulars Michel Piccoli (as a philandering husband) and Muni (as his l'amour fou).
Cast
Cast
Jeanne Moreau, Michel Piccoli, Muni, Francoise Lugagne, Georges Géret, Igor Agafonnikov, Daniel Ivernel
Director
Director
Luis Buñuel
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Art House, France, French Language
Rent Purple Noon on DVD Purple Noon
Synopsis
It's more like high noon when Alain Delon, as the cagey Tom Ripley, murders his rich friend Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) and then co-opts his life in Ren&#233; Cl&#233;ment's 1960 film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel <i>The Talented Mr. Ripley</i>. The suspense builds as Ripley's complicated impersonation gradually circles back and entraps him in his own manufactured web of deceit and murder.
Cast
Cast
Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforet, Erno Crisa, Elvire Popesco, Frank Latimore, Billy Kearns, Ave Ninchi
Director
Director
Rene Clement
Genres
Genres
Classics, Suspense, Classic Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, France, French Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
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