You, the Living – 2007 Andersson


You, the Living is Roy Andersson’s second in a trilogy that starts with 2000’s Songs From the Second Floor and concludes with 2013’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceYou, the Living confirms

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Black Girl – 1966 Sembene


65 minutes- Ousmane Sembene’s debut (Moolaadé) – auteur from Senegal A potent drama – realism—the story of Diouana—a maid and her experience going from Dakar to France as a maid for a white French familyLandscape

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Cry of the City – 1948 Siodmak


German-born Robert Siodmak was on a roll in the 1940’s with Phantom Lady in 1944, Spiral Staircase in ’45, and The Killers in 1946. Solid film noir workThey are no De Niro and Pacino but

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The Believers – 1987 Schlesinger


It’s a far cry from Schlesinger’s work in the 1960’s and 1970’s (even Day of the Locust in 1975 is much much better than this) but this is an underrated filmIt opens with a shocking

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His Kind of Woman – 1951 Farrow


An RKO Howard Hughes film (not surprising it features Jane Russell)A great cast- I mean in 1951 Robert Mitchum is at his peak- half-way between Out of the Past (1947) and Night of the Hunter

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The Birdcage – 1996 Mike Nichols


A remake of 1978’s La Cage aux Folles, Mike Nichols’ The Birdcage features heavyweight actors (Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest for a start) and a lot of laughsActually shot by Emmanuel Lubezki—it is far

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Make Way for Tomorrow – 1937 McCarey


McCarey’s depression-era drama is two-thirds Tokyo Story’s premise (McCarey’s film inspired Ozu apparently) and one-third (the final 30 minutes) a truly one of a kind and tender love storythe premise of the generational gap –adult

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Images – 1972 Altman


Altman’s only foray (maybe more like a toe in the water) into horror- a thriller, closer to Repulsion, Persona, (Altman himself mentioned Bergman’s masterpiece as an influence) or Mulholland Drive. It is challenging film but

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Thunder Road – 2018 Cummings


Feature debut of Jim Cummings who also writes and “performs” (per closing credits) the lead here in Thunder Road taking its title from the Springsteen song (which is not in the film)A stirring character study

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Forrest Gump – 1994 Zemeckis


Neither the best film of 1994—nor is it anything resembling (or close to) a bad or mediocre movie (there has been a trend towards this in recent years for Forrest Gump)Robert Zemeckis blends an undeniably

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