1954, Janus Films, 95 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

One of Bergman’s most satisfying marital comedies stars the droll and sparkling duo of Eva Dahlbeck and Gunnar Björnstrand as a couple deep into their married years and seeking fresh pastures. A gynecologist (Björnstrand) falls for one of his patients (Yvonne Lombard), while his wife (Dahlbeck) flounces off to Copenhagen to renew her fling with a sculptor (Åke Grönberg). Deftly interspersing scenes of farce with interludes of tranquil reflection, A Lesson in Love serves as a cocktail before the full-blown comic brilliance of SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT the following year.

1951, Janus Films, 96 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

A film that the director considered a creative turning point, this reverie about life and death unites Bergman’s love of theater and cinema, and touches on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career - isolation, performance and the inescapability of the past. In one of the director’s great early female roles, Maj-Britt Nilsson beguiles as an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student (Birger Malmsten). Her memories of the sunny, rocky shores of Stockholm’s outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present, most of them set in the dark backstage environs of the theater where she works.

1921, 136 min, USA, Dir: Fred Niblo

This exciting adaptation of the oft-filmed Alexandre Dumas novel stars Douglas Fairbanks as d'Artagnan, who travels to Paris to join the king’s elite guard and joins musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos to defend the crown against intrigue in the 17th century. Loaded with lavish costumes and swashbuckling action, the film features such early Hollywood stars as Adolphe Menjou, Eugene Pallette and Barbara La Marr. This major new restoration was created in collaboration with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, based on the original elements that Fairbanks donated to MoMA in 1939.

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