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Based on a Book by Patricia Highsmith January 19-23 at the Metrograph The time is ripe for Patricia Highsmith. Her greatest creation is a blond fraud and expert manipulator whose chief difference from the new American president is his infinitely superior taste in music, art, food, decorating and company (that and the openly documented murders). Toggling between identities to suit his current audience, Tom Ripley is a suave, chameleonic con artist and sociopath whose narcissistic tendencies...
Beauty and the Beast (1946) Directed by Jean Cocteau The enjoyable paradox at the center of Cocteau’s cinema is the sense that his films are both defiantly otherworldly yet utterly handmade, most evident in his most famous work. The opening confirms Cocteau’s awareness of the dichotomy, as he begs the audience to conjure the lost childhood innocence with which they can properly be induced into the fairy tale, all while the credits are written out in...

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