(Miklós Jancsó, 1972) · FREE SCREENING! Miklós Jancsó has been forgotten in the current craze for long-take cinema, despite being one of its most innovative forebears. Eschewing the rigorous austerity for which the mode is known, Jancsó's freewheeling camera tracks and pans wildly, fusing the long take with kinetic visual spectacle in the service of radical political critique. Red Psalm, which contains a total of just 26 shots, is a lushly sensual Hungarian Communist musical that utilizes this stylistic bravado to exhilarating effect.
runtime: 87m format: DVD
(Olivier Assayas, 1996) · The enchanting Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love) stars as a fictionalized version of herself in this crucial work by former Cahiers critic Assayas. She's cast by a lecherous director (Jean-Pierre Léaud of The 400 Blows) in a remake of a Feuillade silent film. Her arrival on a film set already bristling with tension sparks a daisy chain of off-kilter energy that soon muddles the very bounds of reality. Boasting a killer soundtrack and moody atmosphere, the relentlessly cool Irma Vep is an intoxicating ode to cinephilia.
runtime: 99m format: 35mm
(Nicholas Ray, 1952) · In The Lusty Men, Ray turned onto the American West his gentle eye for those drifting loners and limping souls who don't belong. Robert Mitchum stars as a washed-up former rodeo star trying to give up his life of transience. Ray's lyrical treatment of the West brings out the hardscrabble setting's essential melancholy, in a lament for all those still in search of fulfillment. Restored by Warner Bros. in collaboration with The Film Foundation and The Nicholas Ray Foundation. Print courtesy of The Film Foundation Conservation Collection at the Academy Film Archive.
runtime: 113m format: 35mm