(Billy Wilder, 1944) · Billy Wilder's classic proto-noir is best remembered for its snappy dialog, tight Wilder-Chandler script, and, of course, hard-as-nails Barbara Stanwyck. She meets salesman Walter Neff. He becomes obsessed with her, and agrees to help kill her husband and cash in on the life insurance. But Neff's voiceover turns this film into a confession. Neff narrates into a Dictaphone, trying to retrace how he became a broken-hearted liar and a murderer.
runtime: 107 min format: 35mm about this series
(Anand Patwardhan, 2011) · For thousands of years, India's Dalits were abhorred as &untouchables,& denied education, and treated as bonded labor. Fourteen years in the making, Anand Patwardhan's epic film details this history, the poetry and music of the Dalits, and the fight against superstition and religious bigotry.
runtime: 185 min format: DVD about this series
(Teshigahara Hiroshi, 1962) · Pitfall became the first of a run of feature collaborations between Teshigahara, playwright and novelist Kobo Abe, and composer Takemitsu Toru. The film, which the director once described as "documentary fantasy", abstracts and fragments the physical landscape of a coal mine shot on location, yielding its audio-visual-scape to an absurdist, existential murder mystery involving ghosts and doppelgangers. The first Japanese film to be distributed by ATG.
runtime: 97 min format: 35mm about this series
(Werner Herzog, 1979) · Klaus Kinski plays Count Dracula, marking the actor's second collaboration with Werner Herzog. The film pays homage to F.W. Murnau's classic silent picture of the same name, but updates the narrative significantly. While staying within the bounds of Bram Stoker's original story, the movie exudes Herzog's stylistic flair. However, the plot is more structured than many of his previous works, one reason for its relative commercial success.
runtime: 107 min format: DCP about this series
(Stanley Donen, 1963) · Charade combines thriller, screwball comedy, and whodunit elements in a film often called "the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made," Hepburn co-stars with Cary Grant as a young American woman in Paris who is pursued by three men determined to retrieve the fortune her murdered husband stole from them. In the public domain upon release due to an administrative snafu, Charade has become a classic for its quick dialog, '60s style, and Henry Mancini score.
runtime: 113 min format: 35mm about this series
(Richard Linklater, 2003) · Still in his Tenacious D prime, Jack Black dons a red Gibson SG and jets off with director Linklater to a prestigious prep school to teach a bunch of stuck-up, lily-white kids how to rock. Black’s wanna-be rock star schools the kids on Zep, the Ramones, Hendrix, Floyd, Rush, Sabbath, and AC/DC, gearing them up for a Great Gig in the Sky at the Battle of the Bands, all while helping them to use music as a way of self-understanding and personal expression.
runtime: 109 min format: 35mm about this series
(Roman Polanski) · Mia Farrow dons a pixie cut and a nice, smiley husband named Guy (John Cassavetes). The only problem is that she is pregnant, and suspicious that Guy promised her unborn child to the neighbors: he gets a part in a hot new play, they get to use her baby in weird Satanic rituals. The fear that your body is being used by strangers, for unknown purposes, is terrifying, as are the the almost cartoony Satanists.
runtime: 136 min format: 35mm about this series
(Abbas Kiarostami, 2012) · A Tokyo college student by day and a paid companion by night, Akiko is cajoled into answering a late-night call from an unlikely client living in Yokohama. Such is the inciting incident of Kiarostami's latest film, a work that gives new meaning to the phrase "deceptively simple." In actuality, this is a tour de force of hidden causes and unintended effects, taking the viewer down a narrative path as circuitous as the urban geography it covers.
runtime: 109 min format: DCP about this series
(Chris Marker, 1993) · In this documentary, Chris Marker writes six letters to the late Aleksandr Medvedkin, his teacher and friend, who, in the early the Soviet Union, hobbled together a cast and crew that toured Russia's countryside by train. They would shoot short films with the peasants they met, usually finishing quickly enough for the peasants to watch it the next day. The group embodied Marxist practice, yielding the fruits of labor to the laborers themselves.
runtime: 116 min format: DVD about this series