1942, dir. Orson Welles, from a Booth Tarkington novel about late 19th century America, an era of rigid social mores. When Isabel Amberson's 20 year "arranged marriage" ends with the death of her husband, she seeks out her former suitor, the man she really loves, but is blocked by her egotistical son. A brilliant drama about the tragedy of unfulfilled love. Welles said of this follow up to CITIZEN KANE that he wanted to use the motion picture camera as an "instrument of poetry." Stars Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Ann Baxter, and Agnes Moorehead.
1949, dir. Carol Reed. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Valli, from the Graham Greene novel set in post-World War II Vienna. Pulp writer Holly Martins (Cotten) goes on a manhunt for the mysterious Harry Lyme (Welles), an old friend presumed dead, now a con man who preys on the sick. Lyme's belated first appearance in a darkened doorway, his sardonic, mocking grin illuminated as a light goes on in a nearby apartment, is one of the great moments of cinema. Welles's study of a witty, intelligent man who has deliberately chosen evil is the best performance he ever gave, and Anton Karas's zither rendition of the Third Man Theme adds just the right touch. Oscar-winning cinematography by Robert Krasker.
1997. The third and final installment in writer-director Kevin Smith's New Jersey trilogy, preceded by the cult classic CLERKS and MALLRATS. Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) becomes smitten with fellow comic book artist Alyssa Jones (Joey Adams) but her romantic sights are set on another woman. He pursues a friendship with her nevertheless. Meanwhile, Holden's lifelong best friend Banky (Jason Lee) is threatened by his loss of Holden to emotional adulthood.
We are sorry that IL CONFORMISTA had to be canceled due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize and we will try to have it in the future.
French-Italian, 1961, dir. Michaelangelo Antonioni. A couple discovers at the deathbed of a family friend that their marriage is also afflicted with a degenerating cancer. On their way to a gala party, the wife (Jeanne Moreau) tells her novelist husband (Marcello Mastroianni) that he disgusts her and she can no longer live with him. At the party, she leaves him and they partake of separate adventures. The night that ensues is a social whirl on the scale of Roman grandeur, with stylish, almost Surrealist exuberance. By dawn, nothing is the same.
Italian, 1969, dir. Luchino Visconti. The director's own preferred title is GOTTERDAMMERUNG, a clear indication of the operatic dimensions intended for this study of Nazism as a perverted and decadent ideology. Stars Dirk Bogarde and Ingrid Thulin.
Silent film made in 1927 during the twilight of the silent movie era, directed by Clarence Badger. Capturing Clara Bow's charismatic rapport with the camera, this breezy comedy about a gold-digging gal established Clara as the "IT" girl and made her a major sex symbol. Also stars Gary Cooper.
One of the first talkies, filmed in 1929. This is one of the rare early films by pioneer director Dorothy Arzner who portrayed female protagonists as subjects of action, existing apart from the distorting mirror of male fantasy. The story of a flapper who organizes her college friends into a society called "The Hard-Boiled Maidens," much to the consternation of the authorities, stars Clara Bow, the "IT" girl, who had become one of Hollywood's hottest properties. With Frederic March.
1933, dir. Leo McCarey. Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) is elected president of Fredonia, a self-contained universe of insanity, and declares war on a neighboring country. As an anti-fascist, anti-intellectual political satire, this is one of the most subversive films ever made; it is said that when an intellectual attempts to analyze the Marx Brothers, he winds up looking like a pretentious idiot. Critics claim simply that this was the Marx Brothers' best film. It was Fellini's favorite film of all time.
1935, dir. Sam Wood. This was the brothers' first film for MGM under the wing of boy genius producer Irving Thalberg, and considered by the Marx Brothers themselves to be their best. The boys have a great time poking fun at grand opera and at wealthy grand dame Margaret Dumont in particular. The "state room sequence" is possibly the funniest 5 minutes in film history.
1997, writer/director Victor Nunez. ULEE'S GOLD is the story of Ulysses Jackson (Peter Fonda), a solitary beekeeper working in the tupelo marshes of the Florida Panhandle. A war veteran devastated by his wife's death, Ulee has had to become caretaker for his two granddaughters, Penny (Vanessa Zima) and Casey (Jessie Biel) because his son Jimmy (Tom Wood) is in jail and his daughter-in-law Helen (Christine Dunford) ran off. Ulee must travel to Orlando to retrieve Helen from two of Jimmy's former partners in crime, Eddie Flowers (Steven Flynn) and Ferris Dooley (Dewey Weber). The duo turns out to have their own reasons for getting Ulee to Orlando. Old robbery money is involved, and the two will haunt the Jackson family to the end.
The desperate crisis that afflicts the Jackson family draws Connie Hope into their closed world. According to Richardson, "Ulee is sort of beset by these women in the movie. He is trying to raise his son's daughters, he's got this volatile daughter-in-law to deal with and this nurse who suddenly comes into his life. These women, in their own ways, force him to cope, to come back to life."
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