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To Sleep with Anger (1990) begins innocuously, as a portrait of a Black American family with Southern roots that has been transplanted for some time to Los Angeles. Older bearlike patriarch Gideon (played by Paul Butler) pines for the affections of his spouse, the midwife Suzie (Mary Alice), who disputes with him over how he treats their adult sons. Junior (Carl Lumbly), who has long been seen as the correct, hard-working one, is resentful...
Seriously Funny: The Films of Leo McCarey July 15th-31st at MoMA Although his name might not be as celebrated today, the film director Leo McCarey was every bit the equal of better-known auteurs such as Frank Borzage, Jean Renoir, and Carl Theodor Dreyer. Like Borzage, he was a born romantic who sought to understand how people (sometimes misguidedly) used love and intimacy to try to protect each other from the dangers of their surrounding world. Like...
Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet May 6-June 6 at MoMA When one begins talking about Straub-Huillet, one could easily start with individual films. Not Reconciled (1965) is a masterwork, and so is Class Relations (1983). The world would be poorer without the riches of These Encounters of Theirs (2005). The extended musical passages contained in The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1967), Moses and Aaron (1974), and La Madre (2011) can bring transcendent lift to...
Japan Sings! The Japanese Musical Film April 8-23 at the Japan Society The Japan Society’s all-35mm "Japan Sings!" offers ten diverse feature-length examples of musicals drawn from throughout Japanese film history. The selection (which was curated by Michael Raine, a Japanese film scholar and film studies instructor at Western University, Canada) moves between comedy and tragedy as well as across period and contemporary settings filled with an array of operetta tunes, colloquial ballads, jazz pieces, and...

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