(Frank Borzage, 1937) · One step removed from his European ancestry, Borzage sires a classical comedy that straddles the line between European and American. When Irene decides to divorce her rich husband Bruce after he falsely accuses her of an affair, he won't have anything of it. After a headwaiter named Paul sees Bruce try to frame Irene as a cheating wife, he falls in love with her. The next day, a man ends up dead and a transatlantic chase follows.
runtime: 97 min format: 16mm
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1949) · A period piece – rare in Hitchcock's filmography – Under Capricorn, set in 19th-century Australia, takes the claustrophobic tensions of Rope and fixes them upon the broken psyche of Lady Henrietta Flusky (Ingrid Bergman). The film hauntingly evokes Henrietta's unstable self, and everything is revealed and connected in probing long takes. With perhaps the most magisterial camerawork in Hitchock's career, Under Capricorn is an under-viewed masterpiece.
runtime: 96 min format: 16mm
(Joel Schumacher, 1993) · Recent divorcee William Foster (Michael Douglas), has been laid off from his job as a defense engineer. All he wants is to attend his daughter's birthday party, but as he makes his journey across town, he encounters seemingly endless problems. He quickly turns to violence to bring him to his final destination. Filmed during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Falling Down is a darkly comic take on one man's response to the failings of the American Dream.
runtime: 113 min format: 35mm
(Michael Roemer, 1964) · A drifter (Duff Anderson) settles down with the preacher's daughter in an Alabama town, only to find himself unable to survive in its stifling racist environment. The movie the Washington Post called "one of the most sensitive films about black life ever made," was actually made by a German Jew – Roemer drew on his own childhood in Nazi Germany for the script. It also boasts a stunning Motown soundtrack and a reputation as Malcom X's favorite film.
runtime: 95 min format: 35mm