1937. USA. Dir: Frank Capra. With Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt. 133 min.
A plane crashes deep within the Himalayas. Its five surviving passengers are stranded and without hope, until a mysterious crowd materializes in the snow and whisks them away to a hidden utopia. Lavish sets and a mammoth scope spelled a production riddled with difficulties, foreshadowing the rigor behind the stunning recent digital restoration decades in the making.
1999. USA. Dir: Gil Junger. With Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger. 99 min. 35mm print.
Stiles and Ledger lock horns in this late-nineties reimagining of The Taming of the Shrew. Teenage angst, hormones, and lip-syncing abound as the students of Padua High attempt to navigate the social scene and wrangle dates to that pinnacle of high school life: the all-important prom.
2012. USA. Dir: Aurora Guerrero. With Fenessa Pineda. 85 min.
This warm, contemporary indie flick charts the budding friendship – and perhaps even “more-than-a-friend”-ship – between two Chicana teens in Huntington Park. With the tender awkwardness of youth the girls struggle with the expectations of their immigrant families and their own dawning independence and self-awareness.
1985. UK. Dir: Terry Gilliam. With Jonathan Pryce. 132 min. 35mm print.
A sheepish government peon with grand romantic dreams attempts to correct a simple paperwork error only to find himself hurled into a treacherous world of terrorism, torture, and plastic surgery. Elaborate production design, hysterical performances and manically kinetic direction mark a fantastical satire of bureaucracy gone wrong.
1961. Italy. Dir: Pietro Germi. With Marcello Mastroianni. 105 min. 35mm print.
In this send-up of Sicilian machismo, a hard up patrician facing midlife crisis daydreams of converting his irksomely doting wife into soap, tossing her into quicksand, and rocketing her off the planet. As divorce is bluntly illegal, who knew that bumping off his spouse would actually be the more sensible recourse?
2015. USA. Dir: Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen. Animation. 94 min.
A cross-country move brings change not only to young Riley but also to the personified emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust – who are in charge of her every thought and feeling. Pixar’s latest feature renders our inner lives with remarkable color, clarity, and vision, putting a new spin on the classic coming-of-age tale.
2014. Argentina/Spain. Dir: Damián Szifron. With Ricardo Darín. 122 min.
A wrathful pilot, a cruel chef, and an indignant bride are but a few of the venomous souls driven to madness in this anthology film of violence and vengeance. Wild Tales is the most seen Argentine film of all time – a crowdpleasing stunner that received an alleged ten-minute standing ovation at Cannes.
1977. USA. Dir: David Lynch. With Jack Nance. 89 min. 35mm print.
A new father cares for his inexplicably inhuman child as he navigates the horrors of domestic life in an oppressive industrial landscape. Lynch crafts a surreal world populated by Freudian nightmares: men pulling levers inside of miniature planets, a chipmunk-cheeked woman singing in the radiator, a severed head ground into eraser dust.
1936. USA. Dir: Charles Chaplin. With Chaplin. 87 min. 35mm print.
Despite the industry-wide dominance of talkies by the mid-1930s, silent cinema’s beloved Little Tramp still waddled about Hollywood’s finest backlots in oversized shoes. From dizzying assembly lines and hazardous machinery to blindfolded rollerskating, Chaplin’s Depression-era critique of industrialism stands as one of his most iconic works.
2015. Australia. Dir: George Miller. With Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy. 120 min.
“What a lovely day!” Witness the madness in the desert as Max returns, caught betwixt a water-hogging megalomaniac and the women who refuse to submit to his tyranny. Come delight in high-octane chases, righteously violent feminism, and electric guitars in impractical places.