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13 Conversations About One Thing

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  13 Conversations About One Thing (2002)

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The director and writers of the underrated Clockwatchers present an honest look at our unending quest for happiness in this ensemble drama that intersects the stories of several New Yorkers who find their lives altered by often ironic twists of fate. The fine cast includes Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, Clea DuVall, Amy Irving, and Alan Arkin. "The movie is brilliant,   More...



Servant, The

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  Servant, The (1963)

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Dirk Bogarde stars as the title character, hired as a valet to wealthy and decadent James Fox. The power shifts in the household, however, as the new servant commands more control and his "master" falls increasingly under his influence. "An extraordinary film...It questions our assumptions about relationships and in the process reveals the hypocrisy that abounds   More...



Last of Sheila, The

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  Last of Sheila, The (1973)

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Written by notable puzzle aficionados Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins, this clever who-dunnit set on a yacht includes plenty of wicked humor to go along with the mystery. On the anniversary of his wife's mysterious death, a jaded film producer (James Coburn) invites some guests on board his boat for a sinister game of "guess the shameful secret." Also starring James Mason,   More...



Tokyo Story

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  Tokyo Story (1953)

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One of the legendary classics of humanist cinema, Tokyo Story tells the simple, sad story of an elderly couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their two married children, only to find themselves politely ushered off to a hot springs resort. "Ozu's technique, as spare and concentrated as a haiku master''s verse, transforms the very banalities of the subject into moments   More...



Pixote

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  Pixote (1981)

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Nothing in recent cinema comes close to Hector Babenco's devastating account of brutalization and exploitation offered in this film about a 12-year-old boy who somehow survives the vicious oppression of reform school to escape and find his way into dope-dealing, prostitution and murder on the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Named one of the top ten films of the year by the National   More...



Bully (Clark)

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  Bully (Clark) (2001)

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Larry Clark returns to Kids territory with this film about an abusive relationship between two Florida teens that finally blows apart in violence. The abused party in the "friendship" teams up with other acquaintances to plot the murder of the boy who has tormented him for years. The teens depicted in Bully are even more vacuous and driven by sex and narcotics than in Clark's   More...



Days of Heaven

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  Days of Heaven (1978)

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An award winner both at Cannes and in Hollywood, this story follows a trio composed of a fugitive from the Chicago slums named Bill (Richard Gere), his woman (Brooke Adams), and a shy, rich Texan (Sam Shepard), all caught in a love triangle. Besides the poetic narration provided by Bill's kid sister (Linda Manz), Days of Heaven''s power is largely nonverbal. Set   More...



Red Shoes, The (Criterion)

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  Red Shoes, The (Criterion) (1948)

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Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's classic, beautiful film about a young ballerina (Moira Shearer) and the young composer (Marius Goring) who are taken under the wing of impressario Anton Walbrook. Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger---Great Britain---1948---133 mins.



Alphaville

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  Alphaville (1965)

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Eddie Constantine is Lemmy Caution, inter-galactic private eye, in this bravura mix of comic strip, science fiction and film noir in what is ultimately a new style of cinema in which form and content are identical. Lemmy sets out to dispose of diabolical scientist Leonard von Braun (a.k.a. Leonard Nosferatu) from Alphaville, the futuristic city run by an electronic   More...



All My Good Countrymen

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  All My Good Countrymen (1968)

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One of the wonders of the Czech New Wave, All My Good Countrymen is also one of the least-known films from this miraculous era of Czech filmmaking. The reason is obvious: completed barely before the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, it was immediately banned and never shown. Despite this, the film won the Special Jury Prize of the Cannes Film Festival, and   More...



White

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  White (1994)

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The second part of Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy (based on the concepts of the French tri-color flag) is also the wittiest of the three. Zbigniew Zamachowski stars as a Polish man whose life disintegrates when his new French bride (Julie Delpy) deserts him after only six months. Forced to begin anew, he returns to Poland and plans a clever scheme of revenge   More...



I Stand Alone (Noe)

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  I Stand Alone (Noe) (2001)

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Confrontational in every regard, I Stand Alone is a shocking portrait of hatred and the disturbed mind that gives it free reign. An unemployed, 50-year-old butcher finds rage as the only fuel for his existence. His angry, racist, misogynist, homophobic, and class-conscious thoughts are shared in an expletive-laced voice-over narration that runs through most of the film as   More...



Piano Teacher, The

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  Piano Teacher, The (2001)

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Michael Haneke's challenging adaptation of Elfriede Jelinek''s novel won honors for Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert), Best Actor (Benoit Magimel) and the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Huppert portrays a single, middle-aged piano teacher whose lonely, unhappy existence includes voyeuristic activities and self-mutilation. Pursued by a talented musician (Magimel),   More...



Rebecca (1940)

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  Rebecca (1940) (1940)

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Hitchcock's first American film, based on a Daphne du Maurier gothic romance. With Laurence Olivier and a fine performance by Joan Fontaine as a shy young woman who marries Olivier. Excellent supporting roles by Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Leo G. Carroll and Nigel Bruce. Alfred Hitchcock---USA---1940---104 mins.



Babette's Feast

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  Babette's Feast (1987)

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"Subtle, funny and deeply felt...an instant masterpiece" (Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide). Stephane Audran is Babette, an exiled French cook-housekeeper for a pair of devoutly religious, elderly Danish sisters. When she wins a lottery she asks to prepare a Gallic feast for the women and their friends to show her appreciation. Based on the short story by Karen   More...



Volver

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  Volver (2006)

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Pedro Almodovar's triumphant return to female-centric melodrama after 1999''s All About My Mother stars Penelope Cruz as Raimunda, a steadfast, saucy woman who lives in a small Spanish town with her daughter (Yohana Cobo), a despicable husband (Antonio de la Torre), and a large network of confidantes. Almodovar counters the film''s bright color scheme and vibrant characters   More...



Notorious

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  Notorious (1946)

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One of the greatest, if not the greatest, of Hitchcock's films. A conflict between love and duty pushes the action of this thriller set in Rio just after World War II. A beautiful party girl (Ingrid Bergman), the daughter of a Nazi traitor, is enlisted by the U.S. government to marry Nazi spy Claude Rains in order to infiltrate his ring. Cary Grant is the U.S. agent sent to aid her,   More...



Viridiana

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  Viridiana (1961)

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Bunuel's outrageous and devastating attack on religion and society. Viridiana, about to take her vows as a nun, takes to the pure Christian life by organizing a haven for a blind man, leper, cripple and beggar. Full of Freudian symbolism, the film ends in a famous orgy of destruction, containing Bunuel''s blasphemous scene of the Last Supper. The film that got Bunuel   More...



Early Summer

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  Early Summer (1951)

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Director Yasujiro Ozu gracefully portrays the conflicts between three generations in this classic story of a 28-year-old woman who lives with her brother, sister-in-law, nephews and aging parents and must endure their pressure to marry the man of their choice. With Setsuko Hara, Kuniko Miyake and Chishu Ryu. "A sensitively rendered film about basic human emotions made   More...



Dry Cleaning

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  Dry Cleaning (1997)

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Sexual temptation leads a married couple down a dark road in this provocative drama. The couple runs a dry cleaning business and seem content enough until they see a brother-sister drag act that awakens their imaginations to new erotic possibilities. When the act splits up, the bisexual brother is invited to stay with the married couple. Turning his amorous attention to both of   More...




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