17 Robert Duvall
Tender Mercies U.S.,
1983 (89 min.) Dir.: Bruce Beresford. With: Robert Duvall, Tess
Harper, Allen Hubbard, Betty Buckley, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley.
Story about a down-and-out country singer who puts his life back
together after he meets a widow and her son. Oscar winner for
Best Actor and Best Screenplay.
+ Assassination Tango
U.S., 2002 (114 min.) Dir.: Robert Duvall. With: Robert Duvall,
Rubén Blades, Kathy Baker, Luciana Pedraza. Hit man has
a job in Argentina and ends up meeting a dancer who opens up his
world to the tango.
October 22 Charlie Chaplin & Buster Keaton
The Great Dictator
U,S., 1940 (124 min.) Dir.: Charlie Chaplin. With: Charlie Chaplin,
Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell.
Chaplin's satire on Nazi Germany. Multiple Academy Award nominations.
+ The General U.S.A.
1927 (74 min.) Dir.: Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman. With: Buster
Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley. One of Keatons
best silent features. Comic look at a Civil War train robbery.
November 19 Richard Attenborough
A Chorus Line U.S.,
1992 (127 min.) Dir.: Richard Attenborough. With: Michael Douglas,
Terrence Mann, Alyson Reed, Cameron English. Story of a group
of performers trying out for a Broadway musical.
+ Elizabeth Great Britain,
1998 (123 min.) Dir.: Shekhar Kapur. With: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey
Rush, Joseph Fiennes, Richard Attenborough, Christopher Eccleston,
Fanny Ardant, John Gielgud. Queen Mary 1 dreads the prospect of
her half-sister ascending to the throne, but when Mary dies, that
is exactly what happens, leading to intrigues and divisiveness
within the court. Oscar winner for Best Makeup.
December 17 Clint Eastwood
A Fistfull of Dollars
Italy, 1964 (96 min.) Dir.: Sergio Leone. With: Clint Eastwood,
Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch. Eastwood plays a tough
gunslinger who is manipulated by rival families fighting over
a small frontier town. This movie made Eastwood an international
+ Unforgiven U.S.,
1992 (127 min.) Dir.: Clint Eastwood. With: Gene Hackman, Morgan
Freeman, Richard Harris. A one-time killer comes out of retirement
to make one more hit because he needs the money for his family.
The Westerns Western. Oscar winner for Best Picture, Best
Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Film Editing.
January 14 Jodie Foster
Little Man Tate U.S.,
1991 (99 min.) Dir.: Jodie Foster. With: Jodie Foster, Diane Wiest,
Adam Hann-Boyd, Harry Connick Jr., Celia Weston. Moving, extraordinary
look at a child genius. His single, working-class mother cannot
provide the stimulating environment he needs. The director of
the school for exceptional children who takes him under her wing
also cannot meet his needs.
+ Taxi Driver U.S.,
1976 (113 min.) Dir.: Martin Scorcese. With: Robert de Niro, Cybil
Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks,
Leonard Harris, Joe Spinell, Martin Scorcese. A psychotic New
York taxi driver tries to save a child prostitute and becomes
infatuated with an educated political campaigner. Cannes Festival
winner for Best Picture. Multiple Academy Award nominations.
February 11 Charles Laughton
Witness for the Prosecution
U.S. 1957 (114 min.) Dir.: Billy Wilder. With: Marlene
Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John
Williams. Adapted from an Agatha Christie clever and suspenseful
play. The film follows the supposedly unfaithful wife of a man
on trial for murder. It works well as both a murder mystery and
a courtroom drama. Golden Globe Winner for Best Supporting Actress.
Multiple Academy Award nominations.
+ Night of the Hunter
U.S., 1955 (93 min.) Dir.: Charles Laughton. With: Robert Mitchum,
Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, James
Gleason, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce. A dark tale of a psychotic
preacher who marries a lonely widow with two children in the hopes
of finding the cache of money her thieving husband had stashed.
March 17 Don McKellar
Exotica Canada, 1994
(104 min.) Dir.: Atom Egoyan. With: Bruce Greenwood, Mia Kirshner,
Don McKellar, Arsinée Khanjian, Elias Koteas, Sarah Polley.
Five disparate characters become linked to one anothers
destinies through a strip club called Exotica. It
is only at the end of the film that we learn why the central characters
have come into one anothers lives. Genie winner for best
+ Last Night Canada,
1998 (93 min.) Dir.: Don McKellar. With: Don McKellar, Sandra
Oh, Sarah Polley, Callum Keith Rennie, David Cronenberg, Robin
Gammel, Genevieve Bujold, Jackie Burroughs. A film that look at
how people deal with their impending death on the last night of
April 14 John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich U.S.,
1999 (112 min.) Dir.: Spike Jonze. With: John Cusack, John Malkovich,
Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, Charlie
Sheen. This is a remarkable and original black comedy and fantasy
about an iconoclastic puppeteer who discovers a way into the mind
of John Malkovich and decides to explore its possibilities.
+ Dancer Upstairs Spain/U.S.,
2002 (94 min.) Dir. John Malkovich. With: Javier Bardem, Juan
Diego Botto, Laura Morante, Elvira Minguez, Alexandra Lencastre.
A complex and mysterious tale that intertwines a police investigation,
a political drama and a love story into a marvelously full-bodied
May 5 Robert Redford
The Candidate U.S.,
1972 (109 min.) Dir.: Michael Ritchie. With: Robert Redford, Peter
Boyle, Don Porter, Allen Garfield, Karen Carlson, Melvyn Douglas,
Quinn Redeker. A political satire that doesnt stray too
far from reality. An idealistic candidate is talked into running
for the U.S. senate with a promise of absolute integrity since
he has no hope of winning or does he? Academy Awards for
Best Story & Screenplay.
+ The Milagro Beanfield War
U.S., 1988 (117 min.) Dir.: Robert Redford. With: Rubén
Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga, Julie Carmen, James Gamon,
Melanie Griffith, John Heard, Carlos Riquelme, Daniel Stern, Chick
Vennera, Christopher Walken, Freddy Fender, Robert Carricart,
M. Emmet Walsh, Trinidad Silva. Spirited, fanciful tale of a rugged
individualist who decides to stand up to the big brash developers
who plan to milk his land in New Mexico for all its worth.
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