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Breathless (1960) and Contempt (1963) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard For its second “Return of the Double-Feature” pairing, the Film Forum staff has perceptively joined two of Godard’s outwardly very different French New Wave classics. In Breathless, based on a story by François Truffaut, Jean-Paul Belmondo breaks out in full amoral, chain-smoking swagger as Michel, a small-time hood who kills a policeman while stealing a car and attempts to enlist Jean Seberg’s pliant but ambitious Patricia in...
Sudden Fear (1950) Directed by David Miller It's the equally scorned sibling to Michael Curtiz's Mildred Pierce. A star, visual verve, and generic fusion are shared between them, but their approaches differ. Were the winning pair of Miller and writer Lenore J. Coffee—his first noir, her several-dozenth script—a noir couple, we'd be the deceived spouse. That Sudden Fear is linked to noir is the first twist; despite the pulpy title, the film more closely resembles...
Joe Dante at the Movies August 5-24 at BAM It makes perfect sense for a Joe Dante retrospective to consist of the films he loves as well as the ones he made. Which is what BAMcinematék has decided to do to honor and celebrate one of the undisputed masters of contemporary American cinema. Joe Dante belongs to that pre-Tarantino generation whose love and critical understanding of cinema not only animated their careers as filmmakers but was...
Who’s Crazy? (1966) Directed by Thomas White A bus of insane asylum inmates breaks down in a frothy snow-blistered farmland. The inmates easily escape the bus by means of histrionic hilarity. They’re played by actors from the Living Theatre, known at the time for not only breaking the fourth wall, but also living it, and living it they do... The inmates break into a Belgian farmhouse where they engage in a variety of untainted ritualistic activities...