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Pickpocket (1959)

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  Pickpocket (1959) (1959)

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Robert Bresson's masterpiece is a magnificent drama about a thief, his techniques, motives and secret existence. Loosely based on Crime and Punishment, it tells the compelling story of an insignificant man who drifts into crime. "One of the four or five great dates in the history of cinema! A film with deep inspiration, free, instinctive, burning,   More...



Le Trou (RARE)

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  Le Trou (RARE) (1960)

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Jacques Becker's swan song was this masterfully realized, realistic drama about an attempted prison escape and it is considered by some to be the best film of his career. Inspired by a true incident, the film meticulously details the struggle of five convicts to tunnel their way to freedom, while a traitor may be among them. Building its suspense methodically and effectively, Le   More...



Planeta Burg

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  Planeta Burg (1962)

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A serious and visually interesting science fiction film from the Soviet Union, footage from which was later used in Curtis Harrington's Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet and the Roger Corman production Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women (assembled by Peter Bogdanovich). This is the original (and much better) version, a compelling adventure in which   More...



Two-Lane Blacktop

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  Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

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Monte Hellman's minimalist masterpiece is one of the truly original works of American cinema, a film virtually ignored upon its original release that has grown in critical stature over the years. Singer/songwriter James Taylor plays "The Driver" and former Beach Boy Dennis Wilson is "The Mechanic"--two young men travelling across America in a single-minded pursuit of drag race   More...



Best Man, The

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  Best Man, The (1964)

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Based on Gore Vidal's play and screenplay; an incisive look at the American political process in the story of several presidential candidates who will do virtually anything to get endorsement; a sharp satire on political conventions with dynamite performances from Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams, and Ann Sothern.

Franklin J. Schaffner---USA---1964---102 mins.



Moonlight (2016)

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"A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African-American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love,   More...



Lobster, The

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  Lobster, The (2015)

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"In this highly imaginative, delightfully absurdist comedy from visionary director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, David lives in a society where single people have 45 days to find true love, or else they are turned into the animal of their choice and released into the woods. David is kept at the   More...



Ecstasy

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  Ecstasy (1932)

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This historic film originally suffered from the notoriety of its nude scene with Hedy Lamarr, the very thing has kept it in the public eye up to today. The Pope denounced it, Hitler banned it, American distributors censored it and Hedy's millionaire German munitions maker husband tried to buy up all the prints and destroy them. But there''s much more to this film than that   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...



Dead Ringers

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  Dead Ringers (1988)

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David Cronenberg does it again in this psychological horror film starring Jeremy Irons as a pair of disturbed, identical twin gynecologists. A technical and emotional masterpiece that subtly and quite creepily delves into what makes the Mantle brothers tick. With excellent supporting work by Genevieve Bujold. Based loosely on a true story.   More...



Ariel

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  Ariel (1988)

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In Kaurismäki’s drolly existential crime drama, a coal miner named Taisto (Turo Pajala) attempts to leave behind a provincial life of inertia and economic despair, only to get into ever deeper trouble. Yet a minor-key romance with a hilariously dispassionate meter maid (Susanna Haavisto) might provide a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Ariel, which boasts a terrific soundtrack of Finnish   More...



Cool World, The (1963) (RARE)

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  Cool World, The (1963) (RARE) (1963)

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Underground filmmaker Shirley Clarke (The Connection, Portrait of Jason) made this 1963 semi-documentary about African-American street gangs in Harlem. It was produced by Frederick Wiseman, and features real-life gang members acting alongside Clarence Williams III, Carl Lee, Antonio Fargas, and more, with an original jazz score by Dizzy Gillespie. "Mesmerizing scenes of Harlem   More...



Fat City

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  Fat City (1972)

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This sad, moving drama about life's losers ranks near the top of John Huston''s work. Stacy Keach stars as an alcoholic, has-been boxer and Jeff Bridges is the up-and-coming fighter who finds out what the game is all about. Susan Tyrell earned an Oscar nomination for her memorably wild performance as Keach''s volatile fellow drinker and lover. "Huston has confronted a piece   More...



Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, The

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  Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, The (1987)

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This absorbing documentary follows Kenzo Okuzaki--a veteran of Japan's WWII campaign in New Guinea--as he searches out those responsible for the mysterious deaths of several soldiers in his unit. Though he holds Emperor Hirahito accountable for all the suffering caused by WWII, he painstakingly tracks down former military officers and accuses them of specific war   More...



Un Flic

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  Un Flic (1972)

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French film icons Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve star in the final film by the great Jean-Pierre Melville (Le Samourai, Bob le Flambeur). Melville again finds thematic richness in the gangster genre with this tale o f a morose detective (Delon), a brilliant thief (Richard Crenna), and the woman they both love (Deneuve). "A bitter meditation on disenchantment and   More...



(RARE) Le Cercle Rouge

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  (RARE) Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

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Jean-Pierre Melville's tense crime thriller finds two convicts (Alain Delon and Gian-Maria Volonte) conspiring with a corrupt, alcoholic cop (Yves Montand) to pull off an elaborate jewelry store robbery. Melville''s elegant direction and great performances from Delon, Montand and Volonte reveal a story of kindred souls brought together through crime and set Le Cercle   More...



Dead of Night (1945)

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Michael Redgrave stars in this spine-tingling movie featuring dreams, premonitions, hallucinations and some well-timed comic breathers. Redgrave is feverishly convincing in the role of the ventriloquist who achieves the ultimate in schizophrenia. "The five set pieces in this classic British horror anthology still echo throughout today's pop culture...The other ghost   More...



Babette's Feast

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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...



Garden of the Finzi-Continis, The

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  Garden of the Finzi-Continis, The (1971)

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Vittorio De Sica's (The Bicycle Thief, Miracle in Milan) Academy Award-winning masterpiece stars Dominique Sanda as the daughter of a cultured Italian Jewish family of immense wealth, languishing in aristocratic privilege on their estate, oblivious, until the end, to the danger that Fascism poses for their precious world. "...understated, elegant, and hauntingly   More...



Moment of Innocence, A

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  Moment of Innocence, A (1996)

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In his youth, Iranian auteur Mohsen Makhmalbaf was imprisoned for stabbing policeman Mirhadi Tayebi during a political protest. Decades later, following his release from prison, Makhmalbaf was stunned to meet Tayebi again--this time at an audition for one of his films. Makhmalbaf utilizes this strange twist of events for this wry, metafilmic masterpiece, in which he and Tayebi   More...




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