I WANT TO LIVE!
1958, Park Circus/UA, 120 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

This harrowing indictment of capital punishment recounts the true-life story of Barbara Graham, a “loose” woman who ran with the wrong crowd and paid the ultimate price. Susan Hayward gives a high-octane, Oscar-winning performance as the good-time girl gone bad. The film’s inexorable last reel shows Wise’s directorial and editing skill at their heart-pounding peak. With Simon Oakland, Theodore Bikel and Virginia Vincent.


WALKER
1987, Universal, 94 min, Dir: Alex Cox

Born in Nashville in 1824, William Walker is one of American history’s forgotten rogues, a mercenary whose attempts to bring slavery to Central America briefly made him president of Nicaragua. Ed Harris stars in Alex Cox’s thought-provoking drama, whose deliberate anachronisms underline the fact that the more things change, the more they stay the same (the film was shot on location during the Contra War). With Peter Boyle, Marlee Matlin, René Auberjonois and a score by frequent Cox collaborator Joe Strummer of The Clash. “Without being solemn, it's deadly serious. ... WALKER is something very rare in American movies these days. It has some nerve." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times.


AT ETERNITY’S GATE
2018, CBS Films, 111 min, Dir: Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel’s AT ETERNITY’S GATE is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s (Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented. With Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen and Mathieu Amalric. “By adamantly focusing above all else on van Gogh’s work - and its transporting ecstasies - Schnabel has made not just an exquisite film but an argument for art.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.


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