(William K. Howard, 1937) · A period drama set during the reign of Elizabeth I, this was Leigh’s first movie with Laurence Olivier. Despite both being married to other people, the couple fell in love on set, beginning an affair that would end with both Leigh and Olivier divorcing their partners and marrying each other. The beginnings of their real-life passion play out on screen as Olivier earns the respect of Queen Elizabeth and the love of her courtesan, played by Leigh.
runtime: 92 min format: DCP
(Frederick Wiseman, 1968) · Wiseman’s second feature—a pithy, scathing report on a large public high school in Philadelphia—remains among his most popular. The film’s subject isn’t education so much as indoctrination, detailing the means by which teachers and administrators get students to accept the status quo. Filmed in 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, the film reminds us that following orders carried grave implications, particularly in the chilling final scene
runtime: 75 min format: 16mm
(Orson Welles, 1941) · Welles’ first feature film could also be considered the first modern film of the Sound Era and has become the textbook example of what a film can and should be. While Kane’s career in politics is derailed by his outrageous scandals, Welles’s career as auteur was launched. A film about aging and the unreliability of human memory, Kane’s ambition is not simply in its technical perfection or narrative seamlessness, but in its timelessness.
runtime: 119 min format: 35mm
(Elio Petri, 1970) · A homicide chief (Gian Maria Volonté) brazenly murders his mistress, deliberately planting evidence to implicate himself. He finds, however, that nobody is willing to believe he did it. An incisive satire of police corruption, this predates the poliziotteschi trend but paints the political context in which it developed. Though different in tone and style, it shares a complete disillusionment with the forces of government. Volonté is mesmerizing.
runtime: 115 min format: 35mm
(Stuart Gordon, 1985) · Based on an early Lovecraft story, Re-Animator is a gross-out masterpiece of horror comedy. Herbert West is a medical student obsessed with undoing death. He has a serum that will revive the dead, but in murderous zombie form. His professors are willing to kill to get it and his friend's fiancee is getting suspicious. The first major film from Chicago-native Stuart Gordon, Re-Animator expertly alternates between goofy exploitation and nightmare.
runtime: 86 min format: 35mm
(Stanley Kubrick, 1971) · Alex and his droogs need some milk-plus to prepare for a bit of the old ultra-violence (and you may need some too). As a satire of behvaiorla psychology and totalitarian governments, A Clockwork Orange still manages to shock the most savagely intellectual. The wicked Alex, outfitted jockstrap, bowler hat, and his signature eyeliner indulges in rape and Beethoven, but still lures the audience into his deviancy and dubious redemption from delinquency.
runtime: 136 min format: 35mm
(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014) · Joaquin Phoenix stars as "Doc" Sportello, a private detective who navigates the hazy world of 1970s Los Angeles. When his former girlfriend, Shasta, shows up one night talking about a kidnapping plot in the making, Doc is forced to investigate the underground world of cops, surfers, tycoons, and stoners. Managing to be both sorrowful and silly, Paul Thomas Anderson directs this adaptation of notoriously dense author Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel.
runtime: 148 min format: 35 mm
(Frank Tashlin, 1955) · Comic-book fanatic Eugene (Jerry Lewis) keeps roommate Rick (Dean Martin) up all night with his lurid dreams about the adventures of “Vincent the Vulture.” While Eugene encounters the real-life model for his beloved super-heroine Bat Lady (a young Shirley MacLaine), Rick turns his buddy’s dreams into a hit comic book and romances a fellow cartoonist. But can he defeat the Communist spies who think his cartoons are the secret to overthrowing the USA?
runtime: 109 min format: 35mm