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HORSE MONEY (narrative)
HORSE MONEY (narrative)

2015  Narrative Films  Cinema Studies  Europe 

A visionary masterwork from the renowned director of Colossal Youth, Pedro Costa’s Horse Money is a mesmerizing odyssey into the real, imagined and nightmarish memories of the elderly Ventura, a Cape Verdean immigrant living in Lisbon.

ABOUT ELLY (narrative)
ABOUT ELLY (narrative)

2015  Narrative Films  Middle Eastern Studies  Cinema Studies 

With the return of their friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals (two married couples and a brother and sister, along with three young kids) decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter’s kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad.

JAUJA (narrative)
JAUJA (narrative)

2015  Narrative Films  Cinema Studies 

Jauja is the story of a man’s desperate search for his daughter, a solitary quest that takes him to a place beyond time, where the past vanishes and the future has no meaning.

LETTERS TO MAX
LETTERS TO MAX

Political Science  Cinema Studies  Russia  Eastern Europe  2015 

What is the job of a diplomat for a country that does not exist? With this question, acclaimed filmmaker Eric Baudelaire initiates a wide-ranging correspondence with his friend Maxim Gvinjia, former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Abkhazia, a country with physical borders, a government, and its own flag, but has not been recognized as a nation.

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JEALOUSY

Cinema Studies  2014  Narrative Films 

An enthralling tale of love, temptation and betrayal, directed by major post-New Wave auteur Philippe Garrel and starring his son, actor Louis Garrel. Shot in lustrous, widescreen black and white by the great Willy Kurant (Masculin Feminin, Under Satan’s Sun).

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SOKUROV: EARLY MASTERWORKS

Literature  Russia  Cinema Studies  Eastern Europe 

A deluxe collector"s set featuring three early masterworks by visionary Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark, Alexandra) in newly translated and restored director"s cuts: Whispering Pages (70 min), a brooding, beautiful film inspired by nineteenth-century Russian literature, primarily Dostoevsky"s "Crime and Punishment"; Stone (79 min), a mysterious fable about a young night watchman"s encounter with the ghost of Chekhov; and Save and Protect (133 min), a visually sumptuous adaptation of Flaubert"s "Madame Bovary".

STRAY DOGS
STRAY DOGS

Cinema Studies  Asian Studies  2015  Narrative Films 

A haunting masterpiece and possibly the last film from the great Tsai Ming-liang, Stray Dogs is a visually powerful work about a single father and his two young children trying to survive on the streets of Taipei. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

ACTRESS
ACTRESS

Women's Studies  Sociology  Family Relations  Cinema Studies  2015 

The roles women are expected to play in today's society, and the difficulties in balancing career and family, are the central issues deftly explored in Robert Greene's acclaimed documentary Actress. Using elements of melodrama and cinema verit", the film follows the travails of a former actress-turned-housewife as she prepares to make a comeback.

DISCOVERY IN A PAINTING
DISCOVERY IN A PAINTING

2014  Cinema Studies  Art History 

A marvelous exploration of Cezanne’s “Still Life with Apples,” Leo Hurwitz and Manny Kirchheimer probe the mysteries of this modern masterpiece by simply observing the work, closely, without commentary, focusing on the details – the brushstrokes, the abstract shapes, the color juxtapositions, the hidden pictures – discovering, perhaps, its secrets.

NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY  (narrative)
NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY (narrative)

2014  Southeast Asian Studies  Narrative Films  Cinema Studies 

In Norte, the End of History, one of the world"s most uncompromising cinematic visionaries, Filipino director Lav Diaz delivers an extraordinary reimagining of Dostoevsky"s "Crime and Punishment" that is both an intimate human drama and a cosmic treatise on the origin of evil.

MAIDAN
MAIDAN

2015  Russia  Eastern Europe  Political Science  Sociology  Cinema Studies 

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Maidan chronicles the civil uprising that toppled the government of Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovich and has since developed into an international crisis. Filmed in stunning long takes, sans commentary, Maidan is a record of a momentous historical event and an extraordinary study of the popular uprising as a social, cultural and philosophical phenomenon.

LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF

Urban Studies  Sociology  Media Studies  Latino Studies  Cinema Studies  Chicano Studies  Architecture  2014 

Never before available, Thom Andersen's landmark documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself explores the tangled relationship between the movies and their fabled hometown – as seen entirely though the films themselves.Newly remastered, this kaleidoscopic tour through the metropolis' real and cinematic history, from the silent era to modern times, is an extraordinary achievement, unlike any documentary that has come before or since.

RED HOLLYWOOD
RED HOLLYWOOD

2014  Labor Studies  Cinema Studies  American History 

A revelatory documentary by Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) and film critic Noel Burch, Red Hollywood, which has been remastered and re-edited, examines the films made by the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist and offers a radically difference perspective on a key period in the history of American cinema.

EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER
EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER

2014  Photography  Cinema Studies  Art History 

A fascinating investigation into the work of photographer and cinema pioneer Eadweard Muybridge, Thom Andersen’s (Los Angeles Plays Itself, Red Hollywood, Reconversao) much-lauded documentary incorporates a biographical overview of its subject with a re-animation of his historic sequential photographs as well as concise and innovative analysis.

RECONVERSÃO
RECONVERSÃO

2014  Urban Studies  Architecture  Environmental Studies  Cinema Studies 

A master of the essay film, Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself, Red Hollywood) surveys the work of Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura - winner of his profession's highest honor, the Pritzker Prize - whose astonishing, often-controversial projects embrace decay, the passage of time, local history, and nature.

THE ANABASIS OF MAY AND FUSAKO SHIGENOBU, MASAO ADACHI AND 27 YEARS WITHOUT IMAGES
THE ANABASIS OF MAY AND FUSAKO SHIGENOBU, MASAO ADACHI AND 27 YEARS WITHOUT IMAGES

2014  Terrorism Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Media Studies  Criminal & Law  Cinema Studies  Asian Studies  Flaherty Collection 

Mixing personal stories, political history, revolutionary propaganda and film theory, artist Eric Baudelaire illuminates the idealism and radicalism of left-wing extremist movements of the 1970s by interweaving the stories of two of its protagonists: May Shigenobu, daughter of the founder of the Japanese Red Army, and Masao Adachi, the revered Japanese director who gave up cinema to take up arms.

THE MAKES
THE MAKES

2014  Cinema Studies  Flaherty Collection 

In 1967, following the success of Blow Up, Michelangelo Antonioni planned to make his next film in Japan. The project was cancelled (Antonioni shot Zabriskie Point instead), but he did publish his ideas for the film.” In this brilliant documentary, filmmaker Eric Baudelaire remakes Antonioni’s lost film through photographs, real life anecdotes, correspondences and critical discourse.

WHAT NOW? REMIND ME
WHAT NOW? REMIND ME

LGBTQ  Cinema Studies  AIDS  2014 

Joaquim Pinto has been an instrumental figure in Portuguese cinema for over 30 years, as a director of his own films, or producer and sound designer for other renowned filmmakers. In What Now? Remind Me Pinto, who has been living with HIV, looks back at his life in cinema, at his friendships and loves, and at the mysteries of art and nature.

THE ART OF OBSERVING LIFE: conversations with documentary filmmakers
THE ART OF OBSERVING LIFE: conversations with documentary filmmakers

Cinema Studies  2014  Directed by Women 

In the wonderful Art of Observing Life, renowned documentarian Marina Goldovskaya delivers a master class in cinema verité and an appreciation of the filmmakers who transformed the Documentary. Composed of intimate conversations with Robert Drew and Richard Leacock (Primary), Allan King (A Married Couple), Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (The War Room), Lionel Rogosin (On The Bowery) & others.

MANAKAMANA
MANAKAMANA

Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  2014  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Directed by Women 

Produced by the directors of Sweetgrass and Leviathan, Manakamana is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind documentary experience. Filmed entirely inside the narrow confines of a cable car, high above a jungle in Nepal, that transports villagers to an ancient mountaintop temple, it is an acute ethnographic investigation into culture, religion, technology and modernity.

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