The legendary Janus Films was founded in 1956 in the historic Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was the first dedicated theatrical distributor of foreign art house cinema in the country. Over their 60-year existence, Janus has introduced American audiences to the likes of Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, and Ousmane Sembene. To celebrate this historic milestone, we selected a dozen titles from Janus’ massive library, many of which are arriving in brand-new restorations! We’ll be screening two films by Japanese cinema’s sixties bad boy Seijun Suzuki: Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill; two films by Wuxia master King Hu: Dragon Inn and A Touch of Zen; plus new restorations of Ousmane Sembene’s Black Girl, Orson Welles’ little-seen masterpiece Chimes at Midnight, Roman Polanski’s Tess, the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple, and the Italian rediscovery I Knew Her Well. Plus a brand-new 35mm print of Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, the French animated wonder Fantastic Planet, Nicholas Roeg’s Walkabout (dedicated to the late film professor Don Fredericksen), and Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress!
Cornell alum Larry Jackson ’70, producer and former industry executive, worked with Welles on his unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind as well as Filming Othello. Jackson is also a former vice president at Samuel Goldwyn Co., Orion Pictures and Miramax and the producer-director of the Welles-narrated Bugs Bunny Superstar. He will take questions and present a behind-the-scenes slide show following the screening of Chimes at Midnight on August 31.