World Cinema Video Collection


This unique collection includes the best of the silent era, groundbreaking international directors, American and European masterpieces from the mid-20th century, award-winning contemporary films from Global Lens, and films from Africa and the African diaspora from ArtMattan Productions. The collection shines a light on the history of cinema while also providing a glimpse into the cultures and issues of countries around the world—making it useful beyond film studies departments by bringing value to programs in area studies, political science, history, world languages, and more.


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Collection by the Numbers

1,792 Hours

Collection Highlights

German film – Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and M, Josef Von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel, Walter Ruttmann’s Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, multiple films by F. W. Murnau and G. W. Pabst (including Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl), as well as films by Paul Leni, Robert Siodmak, and Robert Wiene.

French film – Georges Méliès’s seminal work A Trip to the Moon, as well as films by Jean Renoir (Rules of the Game and Diary of a Chambermaid), Luis Buñuel’s France-based work (including An Andalusian DogTristana, and The Golden Age), and René Clair (The Million).

Japanese film – 16 films by Akira Kurosawa (including RashomonDrunken Angel, and Stray Dog), 21 films by Kenji Mizoguchi (including The Story of the Last ChrysanthemumsSansho the Bailiff, and Ugetsu), 16 films by Yasujirō Ozu (including Tokyo StoryI Was Born, But…; and Late Spring), and films by contemporary directors such as Juzo Itami and Kazuyoshi Okuyama.

American film – multiple titles from Buster Keaton (including The General and Steamboat Bill Jr.), D. W. Griffith (including The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance), Charlie Chaplin, and others representing the best of early American cinema, plus films by Douglas Sirk, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, Ida Lupino, Orson Welles, Busby Berkeley, and more covering the golden age of Hollywood.

Soviet, Eastern European, and Central Asian film – 10 films by Sergei Eisenstein (including Battleship PotemkinOctoberStrike, and Ivan the Terrible), and award-winning contemporary films from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, and Georgia (including When Father Was Away on BusinessFine Dead Girls, and A Wonderful Night in Split).

British film – the pre-Hollywood work of major British directors like Alfred Hitchcock (including The 39 StepsThe Lady Vanishes, and The Man Who Knew Too Much) and Michael Anderson (1984 and The Naked Edge).

African film – Cairo Station by Youssef Chahine, six films by Ousmane Sembène (including Black Girl a.k.a. La Noire de…, and The Curse a.k.a. Xala), two films by Flora Gomes (Those Whom Death Refused and Tree of Blood), and acclaimed contemporary films.

Italian film – classics from Vittorio De Sica (including The Bicycle Thief and Two Women), Federico Fellini (including La Dolce Vita and Variety Lights), and Roberto Rossellini (including PaisanRome, Open City; and Journey to Italy), as well as films by Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Giuseppe De Santis.

Indian film – 14 films by Satyajit Ray (including Pather PanchaliThe World of ApuAparajito, and The Big City), as well as films by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Partho Sen-Gupta, and Rajesh Shera.

Chinese-language film – the 1993 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige), Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu), films by King Hu (Dragon Gate InnTouch of ZenThe Fate of Lee Khan, and Raining in the Mountain), Zhang Yimou’s most famous films (The Story of Qiu JuRed Sorghum, and Ju Dou), as well as films by Tsai Ming-Liang (The River and Vive L’Amour).

Latin American film – classics from Glauber Rocha (Black God, White DevilAntonio Das Mortes; and Entranced Earth), 12 of Luis Buñuel’s Mexico-based productions (including Cannes Palme d’Or winner ViridianaThe Exterminating Angel, and Simon of the Desert), and award-winning films by directors from Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Cuba, Chile, and Ecuador.

Turkish and Middle Eastern film – seven films by Turkish director Yilmaz Güney (including Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Way a.k.a. Yol, and Hope a.k.a. Umut) as well as award-winning films from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine (including The KiteThe White Meadows, and Toll Booth).

Caribbean film – contemporary films from Curaçao, Cuba, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago distributed by ArtMattan Productions, a leading distributor of films from the African diaspora.

All foreign language films are accompanied by English subtitles. Using Films On Demand’s Custom Segment tool, faculty and students may create customized segments of specific scenes from a film, which can be embedded, shared, and saved. Some World Cinema titles contain mature themes or content; viewer discretion is advised. 

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