(Seijun Suzuki, 1956) · In Suzuki's first directorial effort, a sailor has to help his younger brother out of a jam after the latter double crosses some gangsters in a horse-race fixing scheme. Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation Film Library.
runtime: 65m format: 35mm
(Seijun Suzuki, 1956) · Suzuki's third film (and his first to feature gangsters as protagonists) focuses on a boss and his henchman after they escape from prison. Suzuki shows his promise through cleverly constructed editing and bold compositions, particularly in the film's murder scenes (of which there are many). Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation Film Library.
runtime: 79m format: 35mm
(Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962) · The final film in Antonioni's trilogia dell'incomunicabilità, and in many ways the crucial entry in this monumental work, L'Eclisse focuses on Vittoria (Monica Vitti) as she drifts apart from her lover, finding solace in the arms of a materialistic stockbroker, Piero (Alain Delon). Amid the passion of this doomed affair and against the backdrop of a crepuscular Rome, Antonioni completes his cycle on the spiritual desolation of contemporary existence.
runtime: 126m format: 35mm
(Quentin Tarantino, 1997) · Jackie Brown is based on the novel Rum Punch, in which a blond flight attendant conspires against federal agents and a ruthless drug dealer (Samuel L. Jackson) in order to walk away with both her freedom and $550,000. But by casting Pam Grier (of 70s blaxploitation fame) in the lead, Tarantino turned this thriller into a story about Jackie outsmarting a system inherently rigged against "a 44-year-old black woman." Profits will be donated to RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network)"
runtime: 154m format: 35mm
(Dario Argento, 1977) · Bright colors, violent deaths, and an iconic score are just a few of the reasons why the cult classic Suspiria has inspired legions of feverish devotees. When sweet, innocent Suzy arrives at an elite ballet school as a new student, she sees a delirious girl fleeing, an omen of the horrors to come. Soon after, the girl is found murdered. As the deaths pile up, Suzy begins to suspect something sinister is lurking behind the pink walls of the school.
runtime: 98m format: DCP
(Roberto Rossellini, 1954) · Whittling a melody from the story of a couple whose marital bed has become a coffin, Journey to Italy is Roberto Rossellini's masterpiece of modernity. Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders star as a couple whose vacation together fragments into individual journeys as the ennui of companionship, the florid jungle of human connection, and the burden of failed love strenuously pervade the geography. What starts as a nihilistic endeavor becomes humanist in Rossellini's waltz for dejected meaning.
runtime: 97m format: DCP
(Darren Aronofsky, 2017) · Jennifer Lawrence plays a nameless, loving wife who breaks her back (and every other part of her body) for her narcissistic husband (Javier Bardem) and his country home. But when an obnoxious older couple shows up unannounced, they initiate a series of symbolic events that propel the story into the realm of apocalyptic allegory. Both claustrophobic haunted house thriller and biblical allegory, Mother! offers up a thrillingly visceral experience.
runtime: 121m format: DCP
(Wong Kar-Wai, 2004) · A hotel room number; a sci-fi serial; the last year of Hong Kong's autonomous rule; a future place where memories can be recaptured, reachable only by a mysterious train; the English words "To Owe For Sex" - all these add up to 2046, Wong's dizzying, magnificently strange sequel to In the Mood for Love. Told through a series of love affairs on four Christmas Eves in the life of a pulp fiction writer, 2046 is an epic about the pleasures of heartbreak.
runtime: 129m format: 35mm