On a busy summer day, Antoine (Jean-Pierre Darrousin, onscreen in nearly every shot) and his wife Helene (Carole Bouquet) head for the South of France to pick up their children. En route he drinks and their bickering slowly escalates. Adapting a Simenon novel, Kahn skillfully combines absurdity, comedy, and menace to portray a marriage whose insurance is about to be cancelled. | Read More
In their first season together, the Berlin Philharmonic and new conductor Sir Simon Rattle collaborated on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. This spectacle of dance and music brought together 250 young people from 25 countries and a variety of social backgrounds. The film celebrates the children discovering their own creativity and seeing the potential in their own lives.
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Douglas' travelogue through the modern South has a mythical, philosophical tone reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch and Richard Linklater. Sublime cinematography and a soundtrack of macabre Americana immerse us in a world of fiery ministers and hard-luck barflies, where fact is important but feeling is king. Featuring an acoustic performance by on-screen tour guide Jim White (before first screening only). | Read More
One of the foundation texts of independent film, Shadows didn't just usher in a "new wave" in American cinema -- it was a new wave unto itself. Set in the world of beatnik coffee houses and jazz clubs, Cassavetes' first feature literally throws away the script, relying instead on unrehearsed actor improvisations, handheld camerawork, and stolen locations to lend a gritty authenticity to its exploration of interracial relationships in 1950's Manhattan. UCLA Film & Television Archive's new restoration funded by the Film Foundation. | Read More
The alarming disappearance of humor from Iran's political discourse is traced when an improv troupe of political satirists, the leader of which is a Persian counterpart of the medieval jester, learn that the government is about to close their theater. Preceded by Inside Out, a short about Iranian transsexuals. | Read MoreDocumentary
Amid the swirl of controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ comes this timely portrait of Sister Rose Thering, a nun who has made the battle against anti-Semitism her life's work. Rose challenged the doctrine blaming Jews for the death of Jesus, took a leading role in Vatican II, and carries on her fight today. | Read MoreDocumentary
Stanley Kramer's (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Caine Mutiny) first film as topline producer came on a film that ironically has never screened in New York City, though many film buffs count it amongst their favorites. And for good reason: The subtle sarcasm and nimble wordplay beat Woody Allen and a legion of New York storytellers to the wry punch by decades. | Read More
Solanas is one of Latin America's great militant filmmakers. On par with his classic Hour of the Furnaces, A Social Genocide is both grand cinema and a passionate plea to reflect on the devastating consequences that globalization, neo-liberal politics, and political corruption have had on once-rich Argentina. | Read More
Jesse, an 11-year old deaf-mute boy, sets out to find an audio cassette his
mother recorded shortly before her death, which may be locked in a storage
room. The director of The Runner and Marathon portrays the boy's determined
search as a heroic quest. | Read More
O Brother Where Art Thou…Magnolia…Garden State. Whether as an orchestral score or in the form of a simple pop song, a film's soundtrack can serve as a framing device as integral as the story itself. Join us a conversation about the powerful effect of music in film. | Read More
Valeria is a passive onlooker to her own life in Turin, and she grows so obsessed with the activities of her neighbor Massimo that when he moves to Rome she decides to follow him. There she meets and unexpectedly befriends Massimo's companion Flavia, and becomes enmeshed in both of their lives.
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