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Laura (1944) Directed by Otto Preminger “Are the processes of the creative mind now under the jurisdiction of the police?” This is the first of many such pompous inquiries that define Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), one of cinema’s most iconic jilted lovers. The object of his affections is the eponymous Laura (Gene Tierney), represented by an ever-presiding portrait that inspires creative infatuation from the perpetually cool Preminger regular Dana Andrews, whose laid-back presence allows the Austrian...
Intimate Bed (1993) Directed by Mircea Daneliuc Democracy, following the violent Romanian Revolution of 1989, is anything but free, as illustrated in Daneliuc’s urgent and darkest of comedies. Vasile runs a failing cinema where he finds perhaps his only pleasure, that is, paying his beautiful cashier for intercourse. Meanwhile, his wife is pregnant and wants to sell the baby; he wants it aborted. After Vasile finds a large sum of money in his office drawer, things...
Hitchcock/Truffaut Directed by Kent Jones Opens December 2 In 1962, François Truffaut, fresh off Jules and Jim, sat down with Alfred Hitchcock, preparing to unleash The Birds upon the public, for a weeklong interview, a film-by-film close-up on the elder director’s long career. They might have spoken more than half a century ago, but the documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, directed by Kent Jones and co-written by Jones and Serge Toubiana, aims to show the ways in which that conversation...
A Face in the Crowd (1957) Directed by Elia Kazan Certainly, Kazan and screenwriter Budd Schulberg's attack on media demagoguery remains as scalding as ever, especially with the emerging ubiquity of social media leading us to be as conscious as ever of public image. But even more startling than the film’s continuing relevance is its potency as nuanced drama. This is not a simplistic tale of innocents corrupted by unchecked power. Larry Rhodes (Andy Griffith)—dubbed "Lonesome"...

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