(Elia Kazan, 1951) · Second only to her turn as Scarlett O’Hara, Leigh plays fading and delusional Southern belle Blache DuBois. Last time Leigh played Blanche, she was directed onstage by husband Laurence Olivier. Informed by her own struggles with bipolar disorder, Leigh's rendition of Blanche is superb. Marlon Brando is the brutish Stanley Kowalski—also a reprise of a stage performance—and this portrayal earned Brando the first of four consecutive Best Actor nominations.
runtime: 122 min format: 35mm
(Frederick Wiseman, 1995) · Before he documented the Paris Opera Ballet, Wiseman trained his camera on the American Ballet Theatre in New York. Like his 2009 La Danse, the film grants ample screen time to administrators as well as dancers and choreographers, presenting the company as a complex institution akin to a hospital or military base. Wiseman emphasizes the strenuous work—both physical and intellectual—of creating a ballet so we appreciate the results as much as he does.
runtime: 170 min format: 16mm
(Orson Welles, 1968) · Mr. Clay, a fading Portugese merchant, lives alone in Macao and can afford anything. Timeworn and lonely, he hires a handsome sailor to reenact a tall tale of the seven seas with Clay's make-believe wife (Jeanne Moreau). However, some stories are not meant to be brought to life. This adaptation of an Isak Dinesen story is certainly not one of those -- Welles frames dulcet deep-focus imagery beautifully in his first color film.
runtime: 60 min format: 35mm
(Mario Bava, 1974) · After a breathless opening robbery and chase sequence, Kidnapped confines the action to a moving car for most of its remainder. Trading his usual gel-lit horror for a more realistic pressure cooker atmosphere, Bava masterfully ratchets up tension as three rabid dogs and their captives must endure each other’s company on the road to Naples. This nihilistic real-time exercise went unfinished until after his death, but it stands among his best work.
runtime: 96 min format: Blu-Ray
(Clive Barker, 1990) · Troubled Aaron Boone dreams of monstrous Midian but lives in decrepit Calgary. A lunatic is stalking the streets, and his psychiatrist keeps telling Boone to turn himself in. But is Boone a serial killer, or something much, much scarier? Why is he so drawn to that deserted cemetery? And gosh, why is that shrink, played in a rare on-screen role by David Cronenberg, so very creepy? Come tonight to see the original version in glorious 35mm!
runtime: 102 min format: 35mm
(Stanley Kubrick, 1980) · Heeeere's Johnny! Check in at Room 237 of the Overlook Hotel--you may see some gruesome ghouls and disturbing demons. Despite its shocks, The Shining never relies on cheap thrills. Instead, Kubrick enhances the paranoia of entrapment through harrowing use of Steadicam and an unsettlingly dissonant soundtrack. Initially met with negative feedback, Kubrick racked up his first (and only) Razzie award nomination for his coldly composed direction.
runtime: 109 min format: 35mm
(Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014) · After losing a prolonged local zoning dispute, Marvin Heemeyer of Granby, Colorado went on a destructive bulldozer rampage that ended with his suicide in June of 2004. This inspired the story of Kolya, who must defend his family home on the shore of the Barents Sea from the local political machine. Channeling the Russian zeitgeist with the spirit of the Book of Job, things escalate when Kolya brings his friend into the mix, big-time Moscow lawyer Dmitri.
runtime: 140 min format: DCP
(Frank Tashlin, 1958) · Frequent Tashlin collaborator Jerry Lewis returns as a stage magician who sets off for Japan on a USO tour. Once there, he promptly gets himself fired, but in the process he befriends a young boy who’s been mired in despair since the death of his parents. This film has a much more sentimental and heartfelt tone than many of Tashlin’s other works, but the director’s comedic style is still very much in evidence, with movie and pop-culture references aplenty.
runtime: 98 min format: DCP