OUTSIDE THE LAW
1920, 75 min, USA, Dir: Tod Browning

This action-packed crime thriller by director Tod Browning (DRACULA, FREAKS, LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT) features Lon Chaney in dual roles: as the frighteningly intense, vengeful Black Mike Sylva; and, proving his billing as the Man of a Thousand Faces, as Ah Wing, student of philosophy. With a solid performance by Priscilla Dean as Molly, who is diverted from her life of crime by Confucian wisdom.


METROPOLITAN
1990, Rialto Pictures, 98 min, USA, Dir: Whit Stillman

Writer-director Whit Stillman earned an Oscar nomination for his debut feature, this perceptive comedy of manners set in 1970s Manhattan. While on winter break from his university, Tom Townsend (Edward Clements) meets a group of young socialites at a debutante ball and is accepted into their circle, spending evenings at after-hours parties hashing through socialist political theories, romantic gossip and concerns about the impending demise of the aristocracy to which all but Tom were born.


VAGABOND
SANS TOIT NI LOI
1985, Ciné-Tamaris, 107 min, France, Dir: Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda’s most acclaimed work since CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 and arguably the greatest French film of the 1980s, VAGABOND tells the brutal, simple, yet unrelenting story of the last months in the life of a young female drifter. Sandrine Bonnaire’s harrowing performance in the lead role made her an overnight international star at the age of 18. (The French title of the film literally translates as "without roof or law.") Shot in a semi-documentary style, the film opens abruptly on the body of Mona, frozen to death in a ditch on the side of the road. Interspersed with flashbacks of Mona’s life as a drifter are reminiscences by the people she met along the way. In spite of Varda’s attention, Mona ultimately remains unknowable, even to herself. She is a cipher, misunderstood by those she has encountered even as they recall their impressions and interactions with her for the camera.


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