CLOSE-UP
NEMA-YE NAZDIK
1990, Janus Films, 98 min, Iran, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past 30 years, and this may be his most radical and brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event - the arrest of a young man on charges that he impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf - as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, CLOSE-UP has resonated with viewers around the world.


JEWEL ROBBERY
1932, Warner Bros., 68 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

William Powell (THE THIN MAN films) stars as a debonair thief who steals both gems and hearts in this romantic crime comedy based on the play "Ekszerrablás a Váci-uccában" by Ladislas Fodor. Bored Baroness Teri von Horhenfels (Kay Francis) is on the prowl for a new lover when she witnesses a jewelry store robbery and decides the head of the gang (Powell) will be her next prey. She casts aside her current amour, but her husband (Henry Kolker) will not surrender so easily: He dedicates himself to putting The Robber behind bars.


HARD TICKET TO HAWAII
1987, AGFA, 96 min, USA, Dir: Andy Sidaris

Bullets! Bikinis! Bazookas! Radioactive pythons exploding out of toilets! No film captures the playful chaos of action cinema’s golden age like director Andy and producer Arlene Sidaris’ undisputed masterpiece. The Agency is a tough-as-nails, tech-savvy squad of physically ideal humans (led by Playboy icon Dona Speir and “The Bold and the Beautiful” soap legend Ronn Moss) who defend Hawaii’s Molokai Island from diamond smugglers, narcotics slingers and a skateboarding maniac armed with an inflatable sex doll. Tirelessly and shirtlessly, they deal out homicidal justice at every turn - unleashing helicopters, motorcycles and deadly Frisbees to ensure the safety of every bronzed boytoy and babe on the beach. This inexhaustible geyser of top-notch sex and violence exists beyond entertainment’s maximum limits - if you see only two movies in your lifetime, it should be because you watched this twice.


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