THE LAST EMPEROR
1987, 164 min, China, Italy, UK, France, Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci

Director Bernardo Bertolucci’s ravishing, Oscar-winning epic of the life of Pu Yi (John Lone), from 3-year old emperor of China to humble Peking gardener. Literally a film about before - and after - the Revolution, LAST EMPEROR is an elegiac swan song to the end of one era and the beginning of another. Winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Art Direction. Co-starring Peter O’Toole.


AUTO FOCUS
2002, Sony Pictures Classics, 105 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

Greg Kinnear gives one of his finest performances as Bob Crane, the affable star of television's "Hogan's Heroes," in director Paul Schrader’s subversive Hollywood biopic. A savagely funny, ultimately tragic portrait of a likable celebrity who hides a sex addiction and an exhibitionistic streak - a streak that manifests itself in Crane's unusual friendship with John Carpenter (Willem Dafoe), an electronics enthusiast who records the duo's sexual escapades. As the men's relationship turns darker, Schrader's film grows more compelling.


LUST FOR LIFE
1956, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Director Vincente Minnelli, screenwriter Norman Corwin and star Kirk Douglas team up for one of the greatest biopics ever made in this story of the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh. Using a color scheme based on Van Gogh's own work, the filmmakers create a delirious, deeply subjective portrait of an artist.


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