1963. Japan. Dir: Akira Kurosawa. With Toshiro Mifune. 143 min. 35mm print.
A son of a chauffeur mistakenly gets kidnapped instead of that of a wealthy shoe executive (Mifune); the latter must decide whether or not to abide by the kidnapper’s request or risk the life of his employee’s child. Kurosawa explores the dark underbelly of Japan in this intricately staged and framed crime drama.
2018. UK. Dir: Paul King. With Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant. 103 min.
A case of mistaken identity lands Paddington in jail, sending him on a mission to prove his innocence. This heartwarming, brightly-colored film combines live action and mo-cap animation for a story about an outsider arriving somewhere new and not only fitting in, but making the world around him a brighter, more charming place.
2017. Mexico/USA. Dir: Viktor Jakovleski. Documentary. 67 min.
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico celebrates “ritual, danger, and the absolute beauty of reworks.” is truly sensory movie experience immerses viewers inside the exploding colors, set to a score by Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin ’04. Q&A with producers Dan Janvey ’06 and Kellen Quinn ’05.
1933. USA. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. With Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper. 91 min.
When two struggling artists find that they’re having an affair with the same woman, the woman proposes: why not share? This refined yet obscene sex comedy employs Lubitsch’s signature wit to poke fun at dating norms and the vanity of jealous men, presenting a “Pre-Code” vision of romance more progressive than most rom-coms today. Intro by Prof. Michael Slowik, CFILM.
2007. France. Dir: Ce?line Sciamma. With Pauline Acquart, Louise Blache?re, Ade?le Haenel. 85 min.
Marie is a girl fighting to assert herself in a world where her meek and gentle grace is not accepted, while also navigating a new friendship with a synchronized swimming superstar. The writer-director of Girlhood takes a tender look at young love, friendship, sexual exploration, and what it means to belong.
1955. USA. Dir: Anthony Mann. With James Stewart. 103 min. 35mm print.
Stewart comes to the West with a mission and a mule train – and he leaves with a bullet in the hand. Shakespearean tragedy and psychological subtlety typify this crowning CinemaScope Western from Mann (Winchester ’73), whose eye for clarity, depth, and the grandeur of the landscape is without limit.
2007. Argentina. Dir: Lucía Puenzo. With Inés Efron, Martín Piroyansky. 91 min. 35mm print.
Stereotypes surrounding gender and sexuality are wonderfully inverted in this tale of an intersex teen reconsidering her self-identity. Puenzo renders her protagonist with bittersweet ambiguity, reminding us that the constructs of masculinity and femininity have little to do with the beauty of being human.
2009. USA. Dir: Wes Anderson. With George Clooney, Meryl Streep. Animated. 88 min.
Bored with subterranean home life and yearning for his wild criminal past, Clooney’s titular canid plans one last big chicken heist that upends his whole community. The bespoke stop-motion world feels (quite literally) made for Anderson’s stylistic quirks – as reconfirmed by the recently released Isle of Dogs.
1942. USA. Dir: Michael Curtiz. With Ingrid Bergman. 102 min. 35mm print.
Of all the bars in all the towns in all the world, Bergman had to walk into Bogart’s, with a French resistance leader on her arm and the Nazis on their tail. Beyond the gorgeous cinematography and the quotable screenplay, this film tells an intimate story about the struggle of moving on from lost love that remains stirring 75 years after release.
1953. USA. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. With Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse. 112 min. 35mm print.
A fading musical star seeks to remedy his career woes by putting on a show, and, boy, does he put on a show! Minnelli’s delightful, nostalgic showbiz film a? clef reveals MGM’s Freed production unit at the height of its art, resulting in some of the silver screen’s sheerest kinetic bliss. As the song goes: “that’s entertainment!”