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April 26, 2016
TRAFIC
France/Italy (1971)
Comedy
97 minutes
In Dutch, English, and French with English subtitles.
Directed by Jacques Tati

Jacque Tati's final appearance as Monsieur Hulot finds our bumbling hero transporting his newly-designed camper car to Amsterdam.  Along the way he struggles valiantly against the perpetual roadblocks of technology, bureaucrats and just people in general.




May 3, 2016
RADIOLAND MURDERS
USA (1994)
Comedy/Crime/Drama
108 minutes
Directed by Mel Smith

It's 1939, and a new radio network is about to take to the airwaves. But the celebration ends when bodies begin piling up backstage.  George Burns, Ned Beatty and Christopher Lloyd head a long list of stars in this rambunctious comedy from writer/producer George Lucas.



May 10, 2016
FRANCES HA
USA/Brazil (2012)
Comedy/Drama/Romance
86 minutes
In black and white
Directed by Noah Baumbach

Greta Gerwig co-wrote and stars in this bright and light-hearted comedy as a would-be dancer pursuing her dreams in New York City.  When those dreams start to fizzle, Frances needs to look outside of the city--and outside of herself--to find the place where she really belongs.



May 17, 2016
OUT OF THE PAST 
USA (1947)
Crime/Drama/Film-Noir
97 minutes
Directed by Jacques Tourneur

 

This quintessential film noir made contract player Robert Mitchum a star and set the standard for the genre for years to come. Private eye Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum) is hired by notorious gangster Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) to find his mistress, Kathie Moffett (Jane Greer), who shot him and ran off with $40,000. Jeff traces Kathie to Mexico, but when he meets her he falls in love and willingly becomes involved in an increasingly complicated web of double-crosses, blackmail, and murder. Directed with supreme skill by Jacques Tourneur and brilliantly photographed by Nicholas Musuraca, this is an unrelentingly gloomy film set in a dark world of greed and deceit where love is used to trap the gullible. It was here that Mitchum created what became his characteristic screen persona: the droopy-eyed cynic who accepts fate with a studied nonchalance. Jane Greer is equally superb, perfecting the role of the femme fatale with a combination of erotic fire and cool detachment. Her first appearance in the film, in silhouette as she enters a dark cantina from the bright sunlight, is one of the great entrances in film history. A seminal genre film, certainly among the greatest whose influence is still felt today. 




May 24, 2016
DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID

USA (1982)
Comedy/Crime/Mystery
88 minutes
Directed by Carl Reiner

 

Affectionately spoofing 1940s film noir and detective dramas, this comedy follows a private investigator's attempts to solve the murder of a scientist. The central gimmick allows the film's modern-day stars to, through clever editing, interact with scenes and characters from actual period thrillers. Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He finds a slip of paper containing a list of people who are "The Friends and Enemies of Carlotta." Searching for answers, Rigby encounters assorted low-lifes: dangerous men and women who were the hallmarks of the classic detective movies of the 40's and 50's. Filming in black and white allows scenes from old movies to be cut into this film. It is through this process that Rigby's assistant is none other than Philip Marlowe himself.




May 31, 2016

THE KID WITH A BIKE 
Belgium/France/Italy (2012)
Drama 87 minutes
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne  
In French with English subtitles


Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, the deeply moving new film by the Dardenne brothers delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret). When his father (Jérémie Renier) abandons him, Cyril obsessively searches for his bicycle - placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (Cécile de France), who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her – though she refuses to give up without a fight.




June 7, 2016

NINOTCHKA  
USA (1939)
Comedy/Romance
110 minutes
In Black and white 
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

 

"Garbo Laughs!" declared the ads for Ninotchka. In the face of dwindling foreign revenues, MGM decided to put Greta Garbo, a bigger draw in Europe than the US, in a box-office-savvy comedy, engaging the services of master farceur Ernst Lubitsch to direct. The film opens in Paris during the aftermath of the Russian revolution. A trio of Russian delegates (Sig Rumann, Felix Bressart, and Alexander Granach) are sent to Paris to sell the Imperial Jewels for ready cash. Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire), who once owned the jewels, sends her boyfriend, Count Leon (Melvyn Douglas) to retrieve the diamonds and he turns the trio into full-fledged capitalists, wining and dining them all through Paris. Moscow then dispatches the humorless, doggedly loyal Comrade Ninotchka (Garbo) to retrieve both the prodigal Soviets and the gems. When Leon turns his charm on Ninotchka, she regards him coldly, informing him that love is merely a “chemical reaction”. Even his kisses fail to weaken her resolve. Leon finally wins her over by taking an accidental fall in a restaurant, whereupon Ninotchka laughs for the first time in her life. She goes on a shopping spree and gets drunk, while Leon begins falling in love with her in ernest. As a bonus to the frothy script, by Billy Wilder and others, and its surefire star power, Ninotchka features what is perhaps Bela Lugosi’s most likeable and relaxed performance.




June 14, 2016

UNA NOCHE (One Night) 
USA/UK/CUBA (2012) 
Drama
90 minutes
Directed by Lucy Mulloy
In Spanish with English subtitles


Mired in the nervous desperation of Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. When accused of assault, his only option is to flee. He appeals to his best friend, Elio, to abandon everything and help him reach his destiny, 90 miles across the ocean. Elio's commitment is tested when he is torn between protecting his sister and his own desire to get out. On this one night, full of hope and fraught with tensions, they face the biggest challenge of their lives.




June 21, 2016

ART AND CRAFT 
USA (2014)
Documentary
89 min.
Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering multiple styles and periods. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open maket, Landis isn't in it for money, but instead donates his fakes to museums across the country. When Matthew Leininger, atenacious registrar in Cincinnati, discovers the ruse and organizes an exhibition of the work, Landis must confront his legcy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. However, it’s not so clear that he can. Landis is a dignosed schizophrenic whose elaborate con is also a means to cultivate connection and respect – feeding what he now nderstands as outright “addiction to philanthropy”. ART AND CRAFT starts out as an art caper, rooted in questions of uthorship and authenticity. What emerges is an unflinching exploration of life with mental illness and the universal need or community, appreciation and purpose.