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Essential Gus Van Sant: LAST DAYS on 35mm

Michael Pitt portrays a hauntingly familiar figure in this meditation—dedicated to Kurt Cobain—on the final days in the life of a famed musician retreating from the clamor of the world and its myriad, insistent demands. 103 more words

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Bigger Than Life: The Films of Nicholas Ray - ON DANGEROUS GROUND on 35mm

Injecting atmosphere and detailed character development to an already very strong script by A.I. Bezzerides, Robert Ryan stars as Jim Wilson, a hardboiled-as-hardboiled-can-be New York detective sent upstate to investigate a murder. 182 more words

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Bigger Than Life: The Films of Nicholas Ray - BIGGER THAN LIFE on 35mm

Moving to 20th Century Fox for this indictment of traditional masculinity in the American home — in addition to the perils of substance abuse under a pearly-white façade of self-improvement—Ray contin-ues to hone his storytelling ability, here focusing explicitly on the crisis of the American Dream. 139 more words

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Essential Gus Van Sant (& His Influences): EYES WIDE SHUT on 35mm

In the late 1990s, near the end of his career, Kubrick, known for his painstakingly crafted visions of Western culture— infused with a deep, unsettling malaise—enlisted Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, at the time Hollywood’s hottest power couple, for a visceral exploration of marital un-fulfillment and existential dread. 123 more words

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Bigger Than Life: The Films of Nicholas Ray - REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE on 35mm

Ray reinvigorated and expanded upon the generational-crisis motif of his earlier works in this Warner Brothers-made, mythical tale of a trio of troubled teens. Jim (James Dean), Plato (Sal Mineo), and Judy (Natalie Wood) meet while in jail, each there for a minor transgression stemming from problems at home. 164 more words

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Essential Gus Van Sant (& His Influences): Alan Clarke's ELEPHANT

Via the depiction of a series of anonymous murders drawn from real police reports during the late 1980s, Clark offers a highly original, affecting look at the troubles in Northern Ireland. 95 more words

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Essential Gus Van Sant: ELEPHANT on 35mm

Winner of the Palme d ‘Or and Best Director awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Van Sant drew inspiration for his key protagonists from the real-life Columbine High School tragedy. 114 more words

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