GATES OF THE NIGHT
PORTES DE LA NUIT
1946, Janus Films, 100 min, France, Dir: Marcel Carné

Director Marcel Carné and collaborator Jacques Prévèrt, the toast of French cinema in 1945 with the release of the epic CHILDREN OF PARADISE, found themselves in the doghouse with critics and audiences alike when they released their follow-up, GATES OF THE NIGHT. A troubled production history (original stars Jean Gabin and Marlene Dietrich bailed out), a contentious storyline (no one was happy with the pointed references to the black market that had sprung up after the Liberation) and the film’s unremitting darkness raised eyebrows and hackles when it was released in 1946. Seventy years later, however, the film can be seen as a singular, masterful work, filled with colorful and mysterious performances - including a young and highly appealing Yves Montand. With Pierre Brasseur, Serge Reggiani, Jean Vilar and Nathalie Nattier.


NOVEMBER
2017, 115 min, Estonia, Dir: Rainer Sarnet

This adaptation of Andrus Kivirähk’s novel Rehepapp follows the lives of pragmatic farmers who co-exist with werewolves, ghosts and the plague in a strange, intriguing tale that boasts a very distinctive visual style. A mixture of magic and romantic comedy, NOVEMBER is making its North American premiere in the International Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017.


ALGOL
ALGOL. EINE TRAGÖDIE DER MACHT
1920, 99 min, Germany, Dir: Hans Werckmeister

A coal miner (Emil Jannings) encounters the demonic Algol, who divulges the secret of harnessing the rays of the star Algol as a source of energy; the miner becomes the most powerful man in the world, with every country dependent on his energy supply. A sci-fi morality tale with inventive art direction by Walter Reimann, this tinted and toned restoration features a recorded score by Stephen Horne.


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