One of film history’s most legendary and influential bodies of work, Bresson’s rigorous oeuvre is comprised over half a century of only thirteen features and one short musical comedy. Disorienting in their strange, singular beauty, Bresson’s films have exerted an unequalled authority over contemporary cinema despite the unavailability of many of them. Join us for a retrospective of the films of Robert Bresson, including several titles in new 35mm prints!
Join us at the American Cinematheque for a hilarious program of featherbrained fascists and dimwitted dictators, including Woody Allen's BANANAS, Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS, Charlie Chaplin's THE GREAT DICTATOR, Leo McCarey's DUCK SOUP starring the Marx Brothers, Paul Mazursky's MOON OVER PARADOR, Arthur Hiller's THE IN-LAWS and “You Nazty Spy!” starring the Three Stooges.
Working together on films including LE JOUR SE LÈVE, GATES OF THE NIGHT and the immortal CHILDREN OF PARADISE, surrealist poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert and director Marcel Carné spearheaded a new movement in poetic realism with their fatalistic, Paris-set movies that combine urban grit with deeply romantic tragedy and melodrama.
Deeply rooted in the country's national literature, Croatian films reflect Central European attitudes about artistic expression. This year’s New Croatian Cinema series lineup includes Croatian box-office hit and family adventure KOKO AND THE GHOSTS, directed by Daniel Kusan; Rajko Grlic’s farcical romantic comedy romp JUST BETWEEN US; Nevio Marasovic’s debut feature about the world’s last reality show, THE SHOW MUST GO ON; Branko Ivanda’s LEA AND DARIJA, a moving drama about a friendship between teenage ballerinas on the eve of World War II; and Vinko Bresan’s kinky black comedy WILL NOT STOP THERE.
From his tentative initial forays like THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK to his smash successes like M*A*S*H and NASHVILLE, to his critically acclaimed, cult sleepers like MCCABE & MRS. MILLER, THE LONG GOODBYE, 3 WOMEN, and COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, to his later, much-lauded THE PLAYER, SHORT CUTS and the award-winning GOSFORD PARK, Robert Altman has had an incredibly diverse career. After repeated viewings of his films, seemingly diverse and unrelated movies become oddly connected, with similar thematic threads running through them as well as a common ground where the performers are the centerpiece. Simultaneously allowed wide latitude to do their thing but ultimately focusing on the goal maestro Altman has set for them, the actors achieve a kind of nirvana of simulated reality and improvised truth.