Beauty and the Beast, December 2
Marcello Mastroianni plays an idealistic labor organizer in 19th-century Turin in Mario Monicelli's naturalistic and poignant film.
Fellini's muse Giulietta Masina modeled her timeless character Gelsomina after Chaplin's tramp. She stars with Anthony Quinn in this classic that "remains remarkably satisfying today."-N.Y. Times. "The cornerstone of Fellini's work."-Martin Scorsese
Ermanno Olmi's humane, funny, and heartbreaking portrait of a young man embarking on his first job in Milan captures the alienation and regimentation of the working world.
Jean Cocteau's classic tale of love and transformation remains one of the cinema's most enchanting and sensuous excursions into the realm of poetic fantasy.
Made just before the outbreak of WWII, Jean Renoir's masterpiece of ruthless grace uses a gathering in a country house as setting for a tragicomic study of polite society on the brink of collapse.
Masaki Kobayashi's atmospheric and visually captivating adaptation of four haunting stories by Lafcadio Hearn. "Each of the exquisitely crafted tales . . . is, in its own right, one of the great ghost stories brought to the screen. Together, they form an exemplar of the anthology horror film."-Village Voice
Mikhail Kalatozov's stunningly visualized drama of young love and ambition destroyed by war is a key work of Soviet cinema in the post-Stalin era.
Ingmar Bergman naturalistically captures the sensuality and anguish of a youthful summer love affair in this acclaimed early work.
In Agnès Varda's New Wave classic, two crucial hours in a young woman's life unfold as if in real time.
Carl Dreyer's drama of a 17th-century witch hunt is "one of the most completely moving films ever made."-Pauline Kael
A medieval knight challenges Death to a game of chess in Ingmar Bergman's iconic work of cinematic philosophy.
When a middle-aged couple encounters a young drifter on a boating trip, undercurrents of sex and violence threaten to break the surface tension in Roman Polanski's debut feature.
Juan Antonio Bardem's scathing portrait of the privileged class heralded the rebirth of Spanish cinema in the postwar period.
Max Ophuls's classic, ironic tragedy of love and a pair of earrings, with Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer, and Vittorio De Sica. "Perfection."-The New Yorker
Jean-Pierre Léaud plays François Truffaut's alter ego Antoine Doinel in the quintessential coming-of-age film, a lyrical but unsentimental portrait of adolescence and of Paris.
Truffaut's portrayal of an early-20th-century love triangle with Jeanne Moreau at its apex is "full of wit and radiance."-Pauline Kael. "I wish I'd made it."-Jean Renoir