(Pietro Germi, 1964) · A bitter take on the misogynistic pride and honor bottled up within Sicilian society, Pietro Germi's follow-up to Divorce Italian Style stars Stefania Sandrelli as the teenage Agnese who is seduced by her sister's fiance. Agnese's father sets out to restore his family's pride by any and all means - bride kidnapping, shotgun weddings, or even murder. Germi's film unveils the patriarchial and archaic pitfalls of a society that accepts marriage as amnesty for rape.
runtime: 118m format: 35mm
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) · Based on Alberto Moravia's novel of the same name, _The Conformist_ follows Italian secret police officer Marcelo Clerici as he prepares to assassinate a former professor, an anti-Fascist intellectual. Marcelo's past is developed via flashbacks, humanizing the gunman as an eternal outcast, determined to fit in at any cost. Bertolucci's haunting visual compositions underscore Marcelo's plight, as the assassin lashes out against family, friends — and himself.
runtime: 111m format: 35mm
(Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1965) · A picaresque trip framed by countless stories collapsing into each other, Wojciech Has presents a swashbuckling episodic romp through surreal lands. In the midst of the Napoleonic wars, two soldiers in Saragossa find themselves entranced by the discovery of a manuscript, in between whose pages unfolds the epic and bizarre labyrinthine comedy of seduction, paranoia, and magic that plagued the soldier Alfonso van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski) years before.
runtime: 182m format: DCP
(Sidney Lumet, 1973) · Serpico follows police officer and activist Frank Serpico as he uncovers evidence of widespread corruption throughout the NYPD. However, his efforts to bring his findings to light fall on hostile ears. Al Pacino acutely tracks Serpico's evolution from idealist to hardened cynic as the quintessential 'lamp-lighter' grapples with the weight of a system that ignores its basic aim to serve and protect.
runtime: 130m format: 35mm
(Satyajit Ray, 1956) · The second entry in the landmark Apu trilogy, Aparajito continues the story of the now-teenage Apu, depicting his struggles as he leaves home, starts college, and learns to endure the pain of dislocation and loss. Observing Apu come into his own, Satyajit Ray exhibits in this film the same visual flair and humane vision which earned him the status of cinematic master, topping it all off with a heartbreaker of an ending that will make you want to call your mom afterwards.
runtime: 110m format: DCP
(Darren Aronofsky, 2000) · Requiem for a Dream shows the pursuit of the American dream through the stories of four drug addicts. Sara is a widowed housewife with an amphetamine addiction and dreams of regaining her youthful figure. Her son Harry and his friend Tyrone are heroin addicts with dreams of being successful drug dealers. Harry's girlfriend Marion is also a heroin addict with dreams of a future with him. Through trippy sequences, the film shows the tragic dissolution of their dreams in their addictions.
runtime: 102m format: 35mm
(Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959) · Based on Tennessee Williams' play, Suddenly, Last Summer entraps, within its wilt of paradise, mankind's predatory heart. Dr. Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift) visits wealthy Violet's (Katharine Hepburn) home to evaluate her niece, Catherine (Elizabeth Taylor). Overhead looms Catherine's troubled past and the mysterious death of her cousin, Sebastian, the summer before, an event whose truth drives Violet to violently seek her niece's lobotomy as its horror eclipses the present.
runtime: 114m format: 35mm
(Wolfgang Reitherman, 1967) · Come and celebrate the 50th anniversary of this Disney classic! Raised by a pack of wolves, Mowgli must leave his home when word spreads throughout the jungle that Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger, has returned. Encountering an eccentric cast of characters like the laidback Baloo, the entrancing Kaa, and swingin' King Louie, this animated masterpiece is the last Disney film to feature Walt's personal touch.
runtime: 78m format: 35mm
(Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1971) · Not only is this the greatest meta-film ever made, it might also be the greatest documentary about the art of cinema and of filmmaking itself, as much for its reverence of the craft as for its crushing condemnation thereof. Beware of a Holy Whore finds Fassbinder at his surreal, viciously contemplative best, gleefully deconstructing Whity, his then-greatest failure, and the frailty of the real, nonlinear human relationships expressed within its making.
runtime: 103m format: 35mm