(Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1971) · In 16th century Brazil, rival colonial powers France and Portugal mobilize tribes of native Indians to carry out their imperial struggle. The Tupinambás Indians, allied with France, plan to eat a Portuguese prisoner as retaliation for the murder of one of their own, but capture a Frenchman instead. His life hanging in the balance, he struggles to convince them that he is not Portuguese. 16mm film print courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
runtime: 84m format: 16mm
(Johnnie To, 2004) · A botched standoff with a group of thieves (filmed in a virtuosic six-and-a-half minute long take) embarrasses the police, so Captain Fong (Kelly Chen) orchestrates a capture operation for the media to restore public trust in the police. When thief Yuen (Richie Jen) discovers her plan, he battles wits and uses her need for good press against her. To weds a brilliantly realized sense of space and place to a biting satire of government and media.
runtime: 90m format: 35mm
(Chantal Akerman, 1993) · Imported print! "If this isn't a masterpiece, tear the word from your dictionary," trumpeted Stuart Klawans. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Akerman set off across Eastern Europe in pursuit of the fading vestiges of a crumbling world, endeavoring to capture the lives of those who had quietly subsisted within it. Undertaken by filming "everything that touched me," From the East is a documentary that only Akerman could have made, shot through with tenderness and melancholy.
runtime: 110m format: 16mm
(Jacques Tourneur, 1942) · The original 1942 Cat People, starring Simone Simon, is a seminal work in film history that revitalized the use of shadows as a means of generating suspense, by leaving its terrors to its audience's imaginations. Newlywed Irena is terrified of physical intimacy with her husband, fearing that the excitement will turn her into a feline monster. Latent with repression, the film's sophisticated psychological treatment of its heroine cleverly addresses the rapprochement between eroticism and violence in female sexuality.
runtime: 73m format: DCP
(Jesús Franco, 1969) · A jazz trumpeter finds himself in over his head in what might be all in his head. One night at a party for jet set creeps, he witnesses the torture of a woman. When he finds her corpse on the seashore the following morning, a sick strain of eros takes hold of him. He encounters an identical woman alive and well in Rio, but upon pursuing her, he discovers she may not be as alive as he thought. Featuring Klaus Kinski as a perverted millionaire, Venus in Furs is an arthouse fantasia disguised as a porno--a Godard with more chutzpah.
runtime: 86m format: 35mm
(Miloš Forman, 1981) · In this "tragicomic mosaic," Forman's keen eye for American society draws out the lively, provocative energy of the country's Gilded Age. Ragtime centers on black pianist Coalhouse Walker, Jr., who begins a fruitless search for justice amidst the passions, racial tensions, and violence that besiege New York City. Featuring memorable performances by Howard E. Rollins, Jr. and an out-of-retirement James Cagney, the film's equal shares in hope and rage echo its motto: "Bad time, good time, Ragtime."
runtime: 155m format: 35mm
(Debra Granik, 2018) · Veteran Will and his young daughter Tom live an isolated, almost idyllic life in the wilderness—until one day, they're discovered by the authorities and forcibly assimilated into society. Leave No Trace remains gripping throughout thanks to critically acclaimed performances from the two leads and director Debra Granik's masterfully crafted realism. Hinging on small moments of empathy in a harsh world, this film explores what it means to be an outsider, by choice or chance.
runtime: 119m format: DCP
(George Cukor, 1933) · In this Depression-era ensemble picture graced by a sparkling script and star-studded cast, a shipping mogul and his harried wife arrange a soirée for their Park Avenue friends. In the days and hours before the party, they and their invitees--including an aging actress, a mining magnate and his social-climbing wife, and a booze-soaked silent film star--struggle to keep up appearances as they face ill-fated loves and precarious fortunes. 16mm collection print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive
runtime: 113m format: 16mm