(Alain Berliner, 1997) · Alain Berliner's first feature, Ma Vie en Rose is the story of Ludovic, a 7-year-old boy certain of only two things—he should have been born a girl, and the error is sure to be corrected. This belief sets him at odds with classmates and neighbors in his conservative, middle class suburb. While serious trouble ensues, the tone is that of a modern day fairytale, with a fairy godmother—Pam, a princess who flies through Ludo's fantasies—to boot.
runtime: 88 min format: 35mm
(Sidney Lumet, 1974) · This adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel, in which Albert Finney's Hercule Poirot solves the murder of a wealthy American aboard the titular train, was a new kind of mystery movie: an A-list production with a galaxy of stars (Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, and Vanessa Redgrave are just a few of the names in this one) and lavish production design which spares no expense in recreating the '30s atmosphere.
runtime: 128 min format: 35mm
(Akira Kurosawa, 1963) · Mifune is Mr. Gondo, a business executive whose chauffeur's son has been kidnapped, leaving him to decide how much he is willing to sacrifice for someone else's child. Once he does, the ramifications are deeply felt. While the first half of the film is purely theatrical and filmed on a single set, the second act is free of such restrictions, and the multilayered narrative explores the dichotomy of high and low in ways that only Kurosawa's camera could.
runtime: 143 min format: 35mm