AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ
2013, Kino Lorber, 91 min, USA, Dir: Nancy Buirski

Dance student Tanaquil Le Clercq was in her teens when her lithe physique and expressive movement caught the eye of School of American Ballet founder George Balanchine. Le Clercq became a muse to Balanchine (who eventually married her) as well as to fellow choreographer Jerome Robbins, but in 1956, at the peak of her career, she was stricken with polio and never danced again. Through archival footage and interviews, this beautiful documentary captures the artistry and vibrant personality of one of the seminal figures of 20th century ballet. "A spooky, heartbreaking documentary...It’s a hymn to her rapture and infinite resilience. A" -Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly


GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA
2013, 89 min, USA/Italy, Dir: Nicholas D. Wrathall

Scion of a political family and a prodigiously gifted writer, Gore Vidal fit right into high society - except for his penchant to say what was on his mind. Vidal was among the sharpest critics of post-war America, and this thought provoking and entertaining documentary illuminates his life, work and politics with archival footage and recent one-on-one interviews filled with rapier wit.


CAPOTE
2005, Sony Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: Bennett Miller

Bennett Miller’s procedural about the writing of In Cold Blood is no conventional biopic but a moving and provocative account of the creative process. In an Academy Award-winning performance, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Truman Capote as a charming but ruthlessly self-interested man for whom everything - even friendship and love - is at its core raw material for his art. Chris Cooper and Catherine Keener give rich supporting performances, and Dan Futterman’s literate script is both thrillingly entertaining and unsettlingly dark.


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