Everything the cinephile in your life needs this holiday season.
1/5Persistence of vision If 3-D really is the future of cinema (again), what filmgoer wouldn�t want a pair of lightweight, stylish 3-D glasses ($19.95)? Unlike the specs they hand out at the multiplex, Visual World Products� spiffy shades�including the peripheral vision-friendly Vantage model, pictured�will work in multiple viewing platforms. They�re compatible with six passive 3-D television brands and about 94 percent of all 3-D-equipped movie screens. Available at visualworldproducts.com.
2/5The French connection Jean-Luc Godard�s eight-episode, five-hour Histoire(s) du cin�ma ($44.99) is one of the French New Waver�s greatest achievements. It�s both a heady cluster of allusions�to movies, literature, 21st-century politics�and an epic poem. Long unavailable on Region 1 DVD, it arrives stateside December 6 in a two-disc edition from Olive Films. Available at amazon.com.
3/5I stream, you stream Hulu Plus now caters to cinephiles as ardently as it does to boob-tube addicts. Chalk up its increasingly impressive library of streaming movies to a fruitful partnership with Criterion. A gift subscription ($7.99 per month, $95.88 per year) is cheaper than a semester of film school�and probably more useful, too. Available at hulu.com.
4/5Beast in show For those who like their holidays macabre, along comes some spooky yuletide reading from filmmaker John Landis. Monsters in the Movies (DK Adult, $40) offers a photo history of the horror film, with 100 years of creature features spread across 300 glossy, full-color pages, including interviews with legendary directors and F/X maestros. Available at amazon.com.
5/5Shirt-ified copy The kick-ass director T-shirts ($25) from CineFile Video unite the twin passions of moviegoing and devil-horn throwing. Ozu gets lionized in the Ozzy Osbourne font, Herzog�s name sits atop the Danzig skull, and, in our personal favorite, B�la Tarr shares torso space with the Black Flag logo. Available at cinefilevideo.com.