Pierrot le Fou, August 2
Toshiro Mifune is a sly mercenary in Kurosawa's tongue-in-cheek anti-epic. “A visually faultless and highly sophisticated satire on violence and human weakness.”-Sight and Sound
Judy Holliday mixes poignancy with hilarity in Vincente Minnelli's graceful musical.
Tony Randall and Jayne Mansfield in Frank Tashlin's brilliantly composed ode to and exposé of Madison Avenue.
François Truffaut's quintessential coming-of-age film is a lyrical but unsentimental portrait of adolescence and of Paris, naturalistically captured by cinematographer Henri Decaë.
Richard Brooks's adaptation of Truman Capote's book is a compelling account of a brutal murder and an ironic, visually transfixing portrait of the American heartland.
Don Siegel alien-ates the normal, finding science-fiction terrors in small-town California.
Stanley Kubrick harnesses the widescreen, epic format for an intensely metaphysical experience in space and time.
See August 15.
Embedding the enigma of T. E. Lawrence in unforgettable desert images, David Lean and cinematographer Freddie Young created “an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.”-Chicago Tribune
It's déjà vu all over the place in this new print of Alain Robbe-Grillet and Alain Resnais's elegant, labyrinthine puzzle. Repeated on August 17.
Masaki Kobayashi's breathtaking epic, starring Tatsuya Nakadai, is “probably the best samurai film ever made.”-Washington Post
Karlson's Western is “an intense, poignant, beautifully shot and acted study in family dysfunction, racism, and the pathology of masculinity.”-Cinematheque Ontario
Frantisek Vlácil's exquisitely shot medieval epic of rivalry and revenge merges hallucinatory imagery with raw realism.
Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina in Godard's audacious take on the lovers-on-the-run genre, lensed in ravishing color by Raoul Coutard.
A masterpiece of the Glasnost era, Alexander Sokurov's enigmatic science fiction allegory is a powerful microcosm of Stalinism and its legacy.
Budd Boetticher's characteristically spare, tense film follows aging bounty hunter Randolph Scott trailed by assorted outlaws, including James Coburn and Lee Van Cleef. “A small masterpiece.”-Time Out
Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in a musical spoof of television, advertising, and even the Hollywood musical.
Rival candy companies battle for corporate supremacy in Yasuzo Masumura's iconoclastic outburst aimed at the advertising biz.
“Still Robert Altman's best moment, this 1971 antiwestern murmurs softly of love, death, and capitalism.”-Chicago Reader. Vilmos Zsigmond's photography gloriously captures the Northwest landscape.
Miklós Jancsó's disquietingly beautiful ballet of war and death in Central Russia in 1918.
Nicholas Ray uses CinemaScope for a close-in, searing saga of '50s suburban psychosis, featuring a brilliant performance by James Mason.
A gang of bank robbers (including Lee Marvin) invades a small Arizona town in Richard Fleischer's sunstruck noir.
Marvin stars in John Boorman's neo-noir, “a fabulous, vicious allegory for modern corporate America, filmed in a dreamlike, sensuous style.”-NFT, London
A Fellini masterpiece eddying around Marcello Mastroianni's definitive performance as a jaded reporter drawn to the decadence he sensationalizes.