(François Truffaut, 1976) · With a cast composed almost entirely of non-actors, Small Change offers fragmentary glimpses into the lives of the children of Thiers. With his 1959 debut, The 400 Blows, Truffaut had sought "not to depict adolescence from the usual viewpoint of sentimental nostalgia, but . . . to show it as the painful experience that it is." 17 years later, in this playful, poetic film, he revisits the subject with the same aim but a slightly lighter touch.
runtime: 104 min format: 35mm
(W.S. Dyke, 1934) · The pairing of William Powell and Myrna Loy hit Hollywood like a bombshell with this movie, setting a new standard for humor and sophistication in one of the great mystery classics of the Golden Age. When an inventor mysteriously disappears and his secretary is murdered, husband-and-wife detective team Nick and Nora Charles are on the job, stopping every once in a while to get drunk, throw lavish parties, and shoot the ornaments off the Christmas tree.
runtime: 91 min format: 35mm
(Akira Kurosawa, 1948) · Kurosawa's sixth film and his first with Mifune marked two breakthroughs: Kurosawa graduated to auteur-status as he fully claimed his own vision and Mifune became an overnight star. This noir finds Mifune as a young, brooding yakuza with tuberculosis who seeks the treatment of an alcoholic doctor. As their tenuous friendship progresses in the slums of the American-occupied Tokyo, it becomes less and less clear which man assumes the role of drunken angel.
runtime: 98 min format: 35mm
(Errol Morris, 1997) · Eschewing the conventions of the normal talking head documentary, Errol Morris turns his attention to four vastly different men: a lion tamer, a topiary gardener, a mad scientist at MIT who studies robotics, and finally, Ray Mendez, a man who has dedicated a majority of his life to the study of a breed of blind hairless mole rats in Africa. The transience and timelessness of these men's lines of work unite them, despite a lack of interaction.
runtime: 82 min format: 35mm
(D.A. Pennebaker, 1973) · On July 3, 1973, Ziggy Stardust committed Rock 'n' Roll Suicide. Bowie axed off his star persona at London's Hammersmith Odeon Theater and began a new chapter of his career. After retiring Ziggy, Bowie's back catalogue had a resurgence, paving the way for Young Americans. Pennebaker shot Ziggy's swan song without knowing it would be his exiting act (even Bowie's band was left in the dark). Though Ziggy died young and pretty, the doc still rocks.
runtime: 90 min format: 35mm
(Rob Reiner, 1987) · When a young boy falls ill, his grandfather reads him a story that tells of love, a beautiful princess named Buttercup (Robin Wright), a Spanish master fencer, and the man with six fingers on one hand that murdered his father (Christopher Guest). Deftly juggling touching moments of emotion with absurdist comedy, The Princess Bride manages to capture a child-like sense of fantastic whimsy while remaining staunchly adult in its humor and themes.
runtime: 98 min format: 35mm
(Nicholas Stoller, 2014) · Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star as Mac and Kelly Radner—parents pitted against noisy fraternity neighbors (Zac Efron and Dave Franco). When the parties start to get too loud, the Radners ask the brothers to keep it down. The brothers oblige, asking that the Radners talk to them directly instead of calling the police in the future. However, when their agreement is broken, the Radners begin an all out war to force the fraternity to leave their house.
runtime: 97 min format: 35mm
(Jacob Ben-Ami & Edgar G. Ulmer, 1937) · A smashing screen success, this adaptation of Peretz Hirshbein's classic 1916 play of the same name follows a young orphaned scholar as he leaves the dimly lit study house for the open fields of Eastern Europe. Shot almost entirely outdoors in New Jersey, the film transports viewers to an idealized landscape where a rural community of feisty farming peasant Jews teach young Levi Yitshok (Michael Goldstein) lessons of the soil and of love.
runtime: 106 min format: 35mm