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The Anniversary Party (2001) Directed by Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh Joe and Sally Therrian are celebrating their sixth anniversary—though they’ve lived separately for most of the last one—with a few of their closest friends, past lovers, business advisors, directors, actors, and inscrutable neighbors in their Hollywood Hills home. Joe’s duplicitous behavior, bisexuality, and the indignancy of his decision to not cast his wife in his latest film (despite the character being based on her)...
The Book of Mary (1985) Directed by Anne-Marie Miéville Miéville’s short is customarily paired with Godard’s Hail Mary, but beyond the constant collaboration between the two directors (and the fact that they’re an item), they aren’t truly connected beyond the name shared by both protagonists: in this case, a young girl who finds herself growing up amidst her parents’ divorce. The short quietly relates moments we all know, from life or from fiction: the reveal in...
In Jackson Heights Directed by Frederick Wiseman Opens November 4 at Film Forum What is a community, and how does it work? With In Jackson Heights, Frederick Wiseman poses these and other questions, and while he’s not a documentarian who sets up an issue and then explains it (and then gives you a website), he does suggest a point of view. And in this vibrant string of vignettes from this diverse, multicultural, and colorful neighborhood, Wiseman...
Rocco and His Brothers (1960) Directed by Luchino Visconti Visconti's smoldering neorealist epic—clearly an inspiration to Scorsese, from outstanding fight scenes and sibling tension to ominous storefronts and urban throngs, among others—follows the poor Sicilian Parondi family's search for a better life in the northern Italian city of Milan. Instinctively able to navigate the moral complexity of the big city and finesse an obliviously garrulous widowed mother, Alain Delon’s Rocco is a humble altruist. Drafted, he...

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