PHILADELPHIA
1993, Sony Repertory, 125 min, USA, Dir: Jonathan Demme

In one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to deal with AIDS, Tom Hanks stars as a young attorney suffering from the disease who must retain a small-time lawyer (Denzel Washington) to lead a wrongful termination suit against his former employer. This acclaimed drama costars Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas and Joanne Woodward, and earned Oscars for Hanks' moving performance and Bruce Springsteen's original song "Streets of Philadelphia."


THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
1991, Park Circus/MGM, 118 min, USA, Dir: Jonathan Demme

Break out the fava beans and Chianti! Newbie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) undergoes a trial by fire when she’s asked to track down the deadly Buffalo Bill. In search of leads, Clarice interviews another serial killer, Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), whose confinement in prison makes him no less dangerous. This hit thriller is one of only three films to win Oscars in all the top five categories: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally).


ADAPTATION.
2002, Sony Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: Spike Jonze

From the team who brought us BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, ADAPTATION is a brilliantly offbeat comedy starring Nicolas Cage as “Charlie Kaufman,” a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration and self-loathing - and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother, Donald (also played by Cage). While struggling to adapt “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean and orchid poacher John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the subject of Orlean’s book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s search for passion collides with the others’.


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