(Tomás Gutierrez Alea, 1979) · Cuba's aristocrats lose their privileges to Castro's guerrillas much as Confederate elites lost theirs to Sherman. Unlike Gone With The Wind, this film does not invite us to sympathize with these rich men. They are pampered and childish, a class that impedes rather than leads. A question may lie beneath the surface. Is theft justified if one does not like those in power? Note that Los Sobrevivientes ("The Survivors") was released in the year of the Iranian revolution.
runtime: 130m format: 35mm
(James Cruze, 1929) · As an investigation into the problems of performance and human psychology, this early sound film tells the story of a talented ventriloquist Gabbo, who goes insane as his egotistic and neurotic character drives his beloved assistant away. Increasingly, the line between Gabbo and his dummy is blurred, as he becomes unable to communicate except through the dummy, at times even treating it as a separate being. Print preserved by the Library of Congress.
runtime: 92m format: 35mm
(Argyris Papadimitropoulos, 2016) · In winter, time oozes past the sleepy island of Antiparos. But in summer, the beaches explode into a hedonistic celebration of youth. Caught in the midst of all the fun in the sun, Kostis, a middle-aged doctor, becomes enraptured by the vivacious beachgoer Anna, in all her nubile energy. A pointed look at generational gaps in culture and the unsettling power of the male gaze, Suntan follows Kostis as his curiosity towards Anna turns into obsession.
runtime: 104m format: DCP