A talented, out-of-work Manhattan actor being supported by his stern wife gets more than he bargained for when he meets an ambitious but vapid young temptress. This cutting satire mercilessly skewers the ruthless politics and utter loss of dignity that often goes hand in hand with art.
Alida Valli stars as an Italian countess who betrays both family and country in a desperate affair with Farley Granger’s charming but dissolute officer from the Austrian occupying forces in 1866 Venice. Visconti’s first color film has been beautifully restored by StudioCanal, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia/Cineteca Nazionale, Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata.
This powerful social realist drama boasts Denise Newman’s remarkable performance as Shirley, a poor South African colored woman whose pride and work ethic are all she has left in the wake of her son’s debilitating shooting injury.
This deft documentary interweaves memorable songs by the onetime king of Brazilian popular music, interviews with contemporaries and masterful photomontage to explore a much beloved popular star’s infamous fall in a time of military dictatorship.
From reflecting on depression and isolation to fantasizing at the Laundromat or on the subway, these shorts present a wide behavioral gamut of what we do when we’re alone—or just feeling like we’re alone.
Eight experimental films and videos highlight the diverse concerns of contemporary film artists. Interior states become visible and the exterior world is visibly transformed as artists grapple with things awry, in need of restoration or simply deserving a closer look.
A willful young Kurdish boy and his just-as-obstinate grandmother journey across a chaotic Iraq in search of their missing loved one, a former political prisoner, in this neorealist, utterly heartfelt testament to that country’s continuing search for justice, closure and peace.
Acclaimed Turkish/German filmmaker Faith Akin takes a delightful comedic turn in this romp about the hapless owner of a Hamburg greasy spoon on an epic run of bad luck with love, family and the tax authorities, who’ll do anything—including upgrading to gourmet cuisine—to keep his restaurant afloat.
Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. The result is an amazing, strangely beautiful creature that exhibits an array of unexpected physical developments . . . and a taste for mayhem.
Acclaimed film editor, sound designer, intellectual maverick and nine-time Academy Award–nominee Walter Murch will deliver a fascinating reading on the cultural origins of cinema in the 19th century, with special consideration paid to the legacies of Beethoven, Flaubert and Edison.