Gourmet Video

If you like foreign films and you’re tired of the selection at your video-rental store, consider the Connoisseur Video Collection, a Los Angeles video mailorder company that specializes in up-market films from around the world. Their standing inventory boasts a wide range of classics, among them Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion and Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, from France; Victor Erice’s exquisite political allegory Spirit of the Beehive (Spain); and director Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes (Japan). There’s also a sprinkling of American classics, including Orson Welles’s The Trial and Frank Capra’s Lady for a Day, and an ongoing series of Bolshoi Ballet films. Among their new releases are Luchino Visconti’s opulent The Innocent, about the moral decline of the pre-Fascist Italian aristocracy; and Roberto Rossellini’s Open City, starring the magnificent Anna Magnani as an Italian resistance fighter in the Second World War. Some are full-length directors’ versions and all are subtitled in English. Prices run as high as $79.95 and as low as $29.95 on sale. To order call 800-FILMART.