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Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987) Directed by Éric Rohmer “Adventures” may be a bit of a misnomer here; in Rohmer’s four-part film, teenage girls Reinette and Mirabelle embark on the kinds of “adventures” that are more about navigating life’s mundane situations, from rude waiters to loud trucks disrupting rural idyll. It’s Rohmer’s peppering of subtle humor and his careful study of character—focusing his lens on two girls from different backgrounds (Reinette from the...
Tampopo (1991) Directed by Juzo Itami The mass of New Yorkers who, some years ago, could tell you where to grab the best hot dog in town, have, by 2016, largely been replaced by a younger set who could probably point you in the direction of their favorite ramen spot. For this development, it’s likely we have David Chang and his Momofuku empire to thank. But before Chang & co. there was Tampopo, a veritable...
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...
Heat & Vice: The Films of Michael Mann February 5-16 at BAM Billed as “New York’s first complete retrospective of the master auteur’s modern take on urban noir,” BAM’s series includes all of Michael Mann’s features, but you won’t find any of his significant work producing, writing and directing television movies like The Jericho Mile and L.A. Takedown, the amateurishly acted shoestring blueprint for the masterpiece Heat. There also isn’t space for his work on shows...

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