(Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1966): As ravishing as Lawrence of Arabia yet infinitely more inscrutable and ambitious, Andrei Tarkovsky's second film aims to place the making of art both in the context of sweeping historical forces and insurgent spiritual resistance. As notorious for its troubled release history -- Soviet...

(Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1961): This is the movie where the voice of God summons the schizophrenic Karin (Harriet Andersson) to the attic of her family cottage on Faro and presents Himself in the form of a spider crawling from a crack in the wallpaper. It is...