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Boy (1969) Directed by Nagisa Oshima Vivre sa vie (1962) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard While his real mother lies dying of tuberculosis, a ten-year-old boy, being raised by a loafing World War II veteran and his new wife, plays rock-paper-scissors and hide-and-go-seek with imaginary friends. Toshio—known to his parents only as “Boy”—has hopes to become an alien one day, and he shares his quixotic daydreams with his toddler brother, PeeWee, who cannot speak but is enamored of...
If you’re at all partial to repertory cinema—you’re visiting this site’s film section, so I’ll presume yes—you’ve likely paid attention to what format the screening will take. If it’s a 35mm print, a footnote may show up: “courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.” Maybe it was a local affair, hitting up Anthology’s hosting of Andy Milligan’s Bloodthirsty Butchers, or hightailed up to Lincoln Center for a Jackie Chan retrospective. Maybe you saw Penitentiary...
The term “cult cinema” seems like too broad a blanket until you discuss Andy Milligan, an abrasive trashmonger who made shoddy 16mm endurance tests that played in ye olde exploitation theatres. Watch one of his films and wonder, “Just who could possibly comprise this audience?” The picture quality, even after a digital transfer, is blotchy and coarse, even if the scene wasn’t hideously lit; it’s almost as though the content doesn’t want to be...
Black Girl (1966) Directed by Ousmane Sembène Sembène’s debut feature may have officially put African cinema on the map, but there’s much more to the film than historical importance. Through its tragic tale of Diouana (Mbissine Thérèse Diop), a Senegalese woman who moves to France to take care of a rich white French couple’s (Anne-Marie Jelinck and Robert Fontaine) children, only to find herself treated as a slave when she gets there, Sembène launches an...

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