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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...
Golden Eighties (1986) Directed by Chantal Akerman This poignant musical comedy unfolds almost entirely inside a shopping mall called the Toison d’Or (“Golden Fleece”) filled with male and female workers whose amorous yearnings for one another compete with their attention to their jobs. The cast includes repeat Akerman performers Pascale Salkin and Delphine Seyrig, who dreamily, painfully sing love songs composed by Marc Hérouet with lyrics that the late Akerman wrote. “Golden Eighties is a...
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...
  Pierrot le fou (1965) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Ferdinand Griffon (Jean-Paul Belmondo) has a lot to escape from: his wealthy wife, their children, a job somebody would like him to have. To hell with it! An old girlfriend, Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina) turns up, and the two make a run for the South and the sea, stealing cars, burning money, weaving in and out of some international gun-running scheme, and eventually getting bored (her) and getting...