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Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Marker's LA JETEE is one of the most influential, radical science-fiction…
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and…
For Ever Mozart
The "story" is a complex tapestry in four panels, with the character of the Director linking the sections. A film is planned but is stymied by casting problems; a play is produced in Sarajevo, but the actors are swept away by war; the Director is frustrated in completing the film…
Belle de Jour
Catherine Deneuve's porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress's most iconic roles: Severine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Bunuel is an examination of desire and…
Tout Va Bien
In 1972, newly radicalized Hollywood star Jane Fonda joined forces with cinematic innovator Jean-Luc Godard and collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin in an unholy artistic alliance that resulted in Tout va bien (Everything's All Right). This free-ranging assault on consumer capitalism and the establishment left tells the story of a wildcat strike…
Hail Mary
Denounced by the Pope and banned and boycotted worldwide, this surprisingly serene and lyrical work translates the Virgin Birth into tangible contemporary terms, with Mary as a teenage basketball-playing gas-station attendant who receives the Annunciation by jetliner. Mary is a beautiful yet ordinary teenager who vows to maintain her chastity.…
I Am Curious: Blue
A parallel film to Vilgot Sjoman's controversial I Am Curious: Yellow, I AM CURIOUS: BLUE also follows young Lena on her journey of self-discovery. In BLUE, Lena confronts issues of religion, sexuality, and the prison system, while at the same time exploring her own relationships.
I Am Curious: Yellow
Seized by customs upon entry to the United States, subject of a heated court battle, and banned in numerous cities, Vilgot Sjoman's I AM CURIOUS YELLOW is one of the most controversial films of all time. This landmark document of Swedish society during the sexual revolution has been declared both…
Weekend
This scathing late-sixties satire from Jean-Luc Godard is one of cinema's great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them. Featuring a justly famous sequence in which the camera tracks along a…
Elena and Her Men
Set amid the military maneuvers and Quatorze Juillet carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir's delirious romantic comedy ELENA AND HER MEN (Elena et les hommes) stars a radiant Ingrid Bergman as a beautiful, but impoverished, Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love. When Elena…
French Cancan
Nineteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir's exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the cancan all the rage while juggling the love of two beautiful women--an Egyptian belly-dancer (Maria Felix) and a naive working girl turned…
Pickpocket
Robert Bresson's incomparable tale of crime and redemption follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsion grows, however, so too does his fear that his luck is about to run out. Tautly choreographed and crafted in…