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Art House Cinema

Art House films are critically-acclaimed movies that don't necessarily cause a stampede at the box-office. These so-called 'minor' works are generally seen only at Film Festivals or a few selective theatres, but they stay in the mind, for better or worse. Below is a list of films in Alice's Collection that for one unexplained reason or another, generally didn't quite get the exposure they may have deserved when originally released. Enjoy finding many of cinema's 'gems' in this section. Right: Peter Greenaway's 'The Baby Of Macon'.

Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

8.3/10
Director: Bela Tarr
Starring: Hanna Schygulla, Lars Rudolph

Bela Tarr's gravely haunting, challenging existential meditation is set in a bleak and wintry Hungarian village which is visited by a distinctly odd t... Read more

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)

8.2/10
Director: Mikio Naruse
Starring: Hideko Takamine

A delicate, devastating study of a woman's life, a Ginza barmaid who fears that, as she faces her 30th birthday and the loss of her job, she will have... Read more

Where The Green Ants Dream (1984)

7.1/10
Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Bruce Spence, Wandjuk Marika, Roy Marika

Another fascinating . . sometimes maddening chapter in director Werner Herzog's continuing obsession with the fate of the earth and the fate of himsel... Read more

Who's That Knocking at My Door (1968)

6.7/10
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Zina Bethune

For the movie world, a major talent was knocking: New York University graduate film student Martin Scorsese. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times proc... Read more

Whore ( aka The Life ) (2003)

5.6/10
Director: Luna
Starring: Denise Richards, Daryl Hannah, Joaquim de Almeida

Directed in a surreal documentary style, filmed viginettes spoken directly to the camera by prostitutes, porn stars and pimps are interlaced with a fi... Read more

Wise Blood (1979)

7.2/10
Director: John Huston
Starring: Brad Dourif, Harry Dean Stanton, Ned Beatty, Dan Shor

An unlikely religious leader (Brad Dourif) recruits a ragtag band of followers for his Church of Christ Without Christ in order to expose the hypocris... Read more

Wolf at the Door (1987)

Director: Henning Carlsen
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Valerie Morea

A depiction of the struggles of artist Paul Gauguin during his middle period when he returned to Paris, after his sojourn in Tahiti, and fought to win... Read more

Womb (2010)

6.4/10
Director: Benedek Fliegauf
Starring: Matt Smith, Eva Green

Tells the story of the cross-generational love affair between Rebecca (Eva Green) and Thomas (Matt Smith), two childhood friends who, once re-united,... Read more

Women in Love (1969)

7.5/10
Director: Ken Russell
Starring: Alan Bates, Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed, Jennie Linden, Eleanor Bron, Alan Webb

Director Ken Russell's moving adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel is set in 1920s England and chronicles the complicated romantic lives of artist Glen... Read more

Wuthering Heights (2011)

6.1/10
Director: Andrea Arnold
Starring: Oliver Milburn, Nichola Burley, Steve Evets, Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Solo...

An epic love story that spans childhood well into the young adult years, the film follows Heathcliff (Solomon Glave, then James Howson), a boy taken i... Read more