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Editions and photos by Eric S.



Background: Janus Films is one of the first film distributors to bring what are now regarded as masterpieces of world cinema to American audiences and can be credited with helping to introduce Americans to the work of Ingmar Bergman, François Truffaut, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Akira Kuwosawa among other well-regarded directors, being founded in 1956 by Bryant Haliday and Cyrus Haliday (an actor who appeared in films such as Devil Doll and Tower of Evil), who ran the 55th Street Playhouse in New York City and used it as a primary location for exhibiting Janus-distributed films. He was also an actor, appearing in films such as Devil Doll and Tower of Evil. Haliday purchased the historic Brattle Theater, a landmark in the Harvard Square section of Cambridge, MA. Harvey and Haliday converted the Brattle into an art film moviehouse in the mid-1950s. In 1966, Haliday sold the Brattle (which he continued to manage well into the 1970s), as well as Janus Films to Saul J. Turell and William Becker. Their sons, Jonathan B. Turell and Peter Becker, who own The Criterion Collection, are presently managing the company (http://www.janusfilms.com), which is still active in the art-house cimema world.



1st Logo
(1956- )

Janus Films (1950)Janus Films

Nickname: "The Janus I"

Logo: On a black background, we see a white oval, with Janus' head inside it. The text "JANUS FILMS" appears next to it.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent.

Availability: Appears on films that it licenses, including American prints of many Rank Organisation films and those of the above-named directors.

Scare Factor: Low.




2nd Logo
Janus Films Release (1950)
(1956-1975)

Nickname: "The Janus II"

Logo: Same as above, but "A" appears above "JANUS FILMS", and "RELEASE" appears below it.

FX/SFX: None; same as before.

Music/Sounds: Silent.

Availability: Again, as listed above..

Scare Factor: Same as before.




3rd logo
(1972-1984)


Janus Films PresentationJanus Films (1972)Janus Film Collection

Nickname: "The Janus III"

Logo: On a blue stone-like BG, we see a yellow oval with a Janus head inside it. The text

A JANUS FILMS
PRESENTATION

appears next to the Janus.

Variant: There is another version of this logo, and next to the Janus reads:

FROM THE
JANUS FILM
COLLECTION

FX/SFX: None; same as before.

Music/Sounds: Silent.

Availability: Once again, this can be seen on Rank Organisation films as well as foreign-language movies distributed by the company during the 1970's.

Scare Factor: Same as before.




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