R • 2 hours 4 min • 1980
And the Ship Sails On
A toned-down, rather depressive Fellini allegory (1984) set aboard an ocean liner carrying the ashes of a famous diva to her final resting place, in the days just before the outbreak of World War I. Symbols of life (a rhinoceros suffering in the hold, a band of Gypsy refugees picked up by the well-meaning captain) […]
The Canterbury Tales
1 hour 49 min
Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins, who wrote Steven Spielberg’s Sugarland Express and together made the fine, virtually unseen Corvette Summer, are the authors of this superbly atmospheric sword-and-sorcery tale. Peter MacNicol stars as the archetypal sorcerer’s apprentice; his mentor is Ralph Richardson, in a wonderfully weird performance. The film excels as a visual exercise, as […]
The Meetings of Anna
The succes de scandale of Jeanne Dielman brought Chantal Akerman the opportunity to make a film for the French major Gaumont; the result was this moody, terse, haunting feature about a woman filmmaker (Aurore Clement) on a promotional tour of Europe. In each city she takes the chance to look up relatives, friends, and ex-lovers, […]
1 hour 35 min • 1940
The Shooting Party
A Chekhovian study of a gamekeeper’s daughter and her relations with three men: her jealous husband, the local nobleman, and the young lawyer she really loves. Emil Lotenau directed this Russian production (1977).
1 hour 39 min
The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach
Volker Schlondorff draws a political allegory from an 1821 incident, in which seven German peasants robbed a tax collector and were left with no idea of how to spend the money. Rainer Werner Fassbinder reportedly can be glimpsed somewhere down in the cast (1970).
2 hours 10 min
One Hundred Men and a Girl
Universal survived the Depression thanks to Boris Karloff and Deanna Durbin, the latter horror being a reedy-voiced child star who infected a number of late 30s musicals before creeping puberty ended her career. This is one of her more tolerable vehicles, with Deanna seducing Leopold Stokowski (1937). Henry Koster directed.