(Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993) · The first film of Kieślowski's Three Colors Trilogy, Blue focuses on Julie (a stolidly agitated Juliette Binoche), a widow haunted by an accident that killed her husband and daughter, and who wanders through Paris trying to fill it with as little of herself as possible. "We love to contemplate blue... because it draws us after it," Goethe noted, and Blue indeed draws Julie and her observers alike into the mystery of a woman who rails quietly against death's demand that one start anew.
runtime: 100m format: 35mm
(Rose Troche, 1994) · In this comedy, Max (Guinevere Turner) is a student living in Wicker Park who hasn't had sex in ten months. Her friends try to set her up with Ely, whom Max dismisses as a hippie. Besides, Ely has been in a long-distance relationship for two years...Director Troche and star Turner, both lesbians, co-wrote Go Fish for lesbian audiences, but it was a Sundance hit and proved the marketability of all-female casts and lesbian love stories. A wave of others followed.
runtime: 94m format: 35mm
(Spike Lee, 1989) · 30th Anniversary! On a sweltering summer day, racial tensions in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn reach a dangerous boiling point. Sal, an Italian, owns a pizzeria which becomes a flashpoint of conflict after a neighborhood local named Buggin' Out takes issue with its "Wall of Fame." From there, animosity escalates to a fever pitch as latent hostilities break to the surface. Spike Lee's thorny masterpiece of ambiguity refuses easy answers or false consolations--which is probably what accounts for its remarkable staying power.
runtime: 125m format: 35mm
(Michael Cimino, 1980) · Written and directed by titan of New Hollywood Michael Cimino, Heaven's Gate spins an epic myth out of America's expansion to the west and the bloody conflicts that ensue. Huppert stars as a no-nonsense bordello madam who becomes entangled with Kris Kristofferson, a Harvard graduate who moves out west. One of the most ambitious epics Hollywood has ever produced, this terminally misunderstood film bankrupted its studio with lavish production costs, and has been reclaimed in recent years as a masterpiece.
runtime: 217m format: DCP
(Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1948) · Based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale of the same name, The Red Shoes, is a beautiful classic about a dancer's ultimate dilemma: the desire to dance or the desire for love. Played by Moira Shearer, Vicky Page is an aspiring ballerina who finds herself in this situation when she joins a ballet company and becomes the lead dancer. This visually luscious film has inspired both actors and directors alike, from Gene Kelly to Martin Scorsese, for both its inspired dancing and its brilliant use of Technicolor. 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation & Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
runtime: 136m format: 35mm
(Charles Laughton, 1955) · A wolf-in-sheep's clothing if there ever was one, Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) is a an itinerant preacher and serial killer who comes to a small West Virginia town, where he endears himself to his ex-cellmate's widow (Shelley Winters) and her small children. In the only film he directed, Laughton envisages a fantastical American South closer to an unexpurgated Grimm's fairy-tale than an O'Connor story: a crepuscular maze of swamps and woods where children flee from absolute evil with no adult supervision. 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation.
runtime: 93m format: 35mm
(Max Ophüls, 1949) · A mom (Joan Bennett) learns her daughter is having an affair with a sleazy older man. When she confronts him, her cozy suburban existence is upended and she becomes mired in a noir netherworld of seedy nightclubs and organized crime. Based on Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's novel, The Reckless Moment has been called Ophuls' finest American film. Co-starring James Mason as an oddly sympathetic blackmailer and Frances Williams as the African-American housekeeper the family deeply depends upon. Print Courtesy of the Yale Film Study Center.
runtime: 82m format: 16mm
(Felix van Groeningen, 2018) · Addiction, relapse, and recovery are just some of the problems that teenager Nic (Timothée Chalamet) has to face. His father David (Steve Carell) jumpstarts Nic's road to recovery upon discovering his drug use, but the path is anything but straightforward. As Nic and his loved ones struggle to triumph over his dependence, Beautiful Boy intimately depicts the collective effort needed to face the long road of overcoming addiction, as the family weathers the ebbs and flows of success and failure.
runtime: 121m format: DCP
(Victor Erice, 1973) · Erice outfoxed Franco's censors with his elliptical approach to narrative--which also generated the film's hauntingly beautiful vision of political turmoil filtered through a child's endlessly fertile imagination. The six-year-old Ana is enraptured by a Frankenstein movie, which colors her apprehension of the disturbances that intrude on her pastoral town. This allegory of life in a Spain gripped by Franco's fascist regime anticipates Days of Heaven with its unforgettable landscape cinematography.
runtime: 99m format: 35mm