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ANOTHER PUBLIC ENEMY
Stunning in its revelations, Lutz Dammbeck's documentary explores the incredibly complex back-story of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber, by situating him within the late 20th Century web of technology that he grew to oppose. A marvelously subversive approach to the history of the Internet, Dammbeck's film combines speculative travelogue and investigative journalism to trace contrasting counter cultural responses to the cybernetic revolution. The film touches on utopianism, anarchism, terrorism, CIA, LSD, MK-ULTRA, Tim Leary, Ken Kesey and more as it explores conspiracies and upheavals, secrets and cover-ups. In German with English subtitles. Lutz Dammbeck---Germany---2003---115 mins.
ARAGAMI: RAGING GOD OF BATTLE
This early Rankin/Bass TV special is a take on the 1845 fantasy by Dickens, wherein a poor toymaker finds a magical cricket on his hearth one Christmas morning.
In this traumatic film based on real events, a Japanese aid worker volunteers to go to wartorn Iraq, gets kidnapped, and is shunned by her country upon release. Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes.
Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes in 2005, Masahiro Kobayashi's
is a heartbreaking film based on real-life events. The narration begins after Japanese aid worker Yuko (Fusako Urabe) volunteered to go to wartorn Iraq, gets kidnapped, and is released. We find her back home in Japan, where she is systematically shunned by the Japanese public for shaming the country. Not only do strangers taunt her, but her former coworkers, friends, and loved ones greet her with unease at best and harassment at worst. To convey this traumatic "reintegration," the director "trades in his usual painterly camera set-ups for a looser, handheld style" (
). In Japanese with English subtitles.
Masahiro Kobayashi---Japan---2005---82 mins.
BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE
In this critically-acclaimed, absurdist comedy from Malaysian New Wave filmmaker James Lee, the effects of alienation and consumerism in an increasingly mechanized modern world spiral out of control. Teoh (Loh Bak Lai), a working stiff, is forced to buy a second-hand washing machine, which quickly breaks down. After multiple calls to customer service, and through some surreal narrative logic, a young woman (or the embodiment of his temperamental washing machine) arrives and becomes his live-in maid, whom he exploits and rents out to demented strangers. "An absurdist allegory on the perils of secondhand ownership...contains Bunuelian flourishes aplenty" (David Ng,
). In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles. James Lee---Malaysia---2004---113 mins.
BLACKMAIL IS MY LIFE
Based on the four Gospels, this dramatic retelling of the life of Jesus follows his baptism by John, his appointing of the 12 apostles, and the events leading to his crucifixion and ascension into heaven. In Spanish with NO ENGLISH subtitles.
Miguel Zacarias---Mexico---1969---115 mins.
They might not have bankable stars or clear selling points, but each of the obscure gems in these
Cult Camp Classics
sets come beautifully restored and ready to please their hungry devotees. The fourth volume includes three historical costume epics: at long last comes this strange work from Howard Hawks,
Land of the Pharaohs
(USA, 1955, 106 mins.), which is based on a script by William Faulkner and Harry Kurnitz and follows the epic construction of the Great Pyramid; Sergio Leone's directorial debut
The Colossus of Rhodes
(Italy, 1961, 138 mins.), is a sweeping sword-and-sandal epic set in ancient Greece. Rory Calhoun stars a Greek hero who must travel to Rhodes and destroy the mythical Colossus;
(Richard Thorpe, USA, 1955, 115 mins.) is a lavish MGM production shot in Cinemascope. Set in 70 B.C., Edmund Purdom plays a gilded farmer who is obsessed with the beautiful Samarra Howard Hawks/Sergio Leone/Richard Thorpe---USA/Italy---1955-1961---359 mins.
Shot in black-and-white,
is a darkly comic road movie about two men, Tatsuo (Emoto Akira) and Kiyoshi (Shiina Kippei), who are the best of friends despite being on opposite sides of the law. Tatsuo is a retiring Yakuza, while Kiyoshi is a cop, and the two are on a road trip in order to attend the funeral of their mutual beloved, Fumiko. But while remembering her, the two begin a simmering resentment towards the other which begins to boil over when the two meet a young couple who discover a dead body in the back of Tatsuo and Kiyoshi's car--the body of Tatsuo's brother. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Masahiro Kobayashi---Japan---1999---74 mins.
BORN TO FIGHT 2-DISC EDITION
"One of cinema's most stunning extravagances, and the most frightening art film you will ever see," says
's Michael Atkinson about this banned science fiction epic by controversial director Andrej Zulawski. The Polish Ministry of Culture halted production on
The Silver Globe
in 1978, and until the fall of communism in 1986 when Zulawski completed the film, it remained both his best-known and least-seen work. In this surreal and disturbing mix of
Lord of the Flies
, a group of space pioneers starts a colony on the moon. As the adults die off, the children revert to primitive forms, creating their own myths, deities, and social classes. Years later, a politician from earth arrives and--fulfilling the moon people's prophecy--is hailed as their great messiah. In Polish with English Subtitles. Andrzej Zulawski---Poland---1987---157 mins.
Accompanied by fellow director Jim Jarmusch, Samuel Fuller returns to the Brazilian rainforest, where decades earlier he was forced to abandon a production.
CARNIVAL IN THE NIGHT
Edgy indie director Masashi Yamamota (
) captures the punk scene of 1980s Japan in this prickly early film. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Yamamota gets the most out of a cast of young toughs who more or less play themselves, while shooting on 16mm for an appropriately gritty style. A punk rocker leaves her son with her ex-husband and begins an unusual odyssey through Tokyo's underbelly. Each person she meets is stranger than the last, with each encounter more disturbing.
Yami no Carnival
wa s an Official Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival. In Japanese Masashi Yamamoto---Japan---1982---108 mins.
"...the most delightful Polish film of the past few years" (
Bright Lights Film Journal
CLAY BIRD, THE
A vindictive man seeks revenge on the lover who gave him AIDS during a one-night-stand in this shrewd psychological thriller. After luring him back to his apartment with promises of sex, Tom (Scott Speedman) overpowers the surprised Dan (James Marsden) and interrogates him about an encounter that the latter man can barely recall. "A
Death and the Maiden
tango of culpability and vengeance in which the mantle of victimhood is lobbed back and forth like a ticking grenade" (Dennis Lim,
). Based on a Tony Piccirillo---USA---2004---96 mins.
COP ON A MISSION
Take a jet-set tour of the world of international dance music. Top DJs from around the globe are featured in this video program hosted by Global Underground founders James Todd and Andy Horsfield. Features Dave Seaman in Buenos Aires, Sasha in Ibiza, Nick Warren and Anthony Pappa in Hungary, and Darren Emerson in the U.K. Also included are the Global Underground shorts,
Getting Away With It
Traveling the World With the Speed of Sound
and a photo gallery by Dean Belcher. 2001, 100 mins.
A dedicated young teacher in a small Chinese village works against all odds for the future of her students in this inspirational story of truth and dedication. In her selfless pursuit, she learns about love, the kindness of country folk and the power of education. Winner of two Chinese Academy Awards. Stars Ju Xue, Li Baotian, Xiu Zongdi and Wang Xueqi. In Mandarin with English He Qun---China---1993---90 mins.
A collection of inter- and post-war gangster classics, including
Bullets or Ballots
(William Keighley, 1936, 82 mins.),
City for Conquest
(Anatole Litvak, 1940, 104 mins.),
Each Dawn I Die
(Keighley, 1939, 92 mins.),
(Keighley, 1935, 85 mins.),
(Lloyd Bacon, 1937, 70 mins.), and
A Slight Case of Murder
(Bacon, 1938, 85 William Keighley/Anatole Litvak/Lloyd Bacon---USA---1935-1940
DOA: DEAD OR ALIVE
From the beyond, a playboy sends a letter to three husbands, hinting that one of their wives was a mistress. A haunting follow-up to the Oscar-winning "Letter to Three Wives." With Eve Arden, Ruth Warrick, Jane Darwell. Irving Reis---USA---1950---78 mins.
Exclusive first-hand accounts and archival footage shed new light on the plans, people and events involved in D-Day on June 6th, 1944. The resistance efforts by the men and women of France and mainland Europe, the German fortification of France, and the eventual Allied invasion of Normandy and the subsequent bloodshed are all detailed.
A visionary feature film from Riri Riza that revolutionized the Indonesian film industry. Set against a pulsating backdrop of modern-day Jakarta, this electrifying drama tells the story of a woman from a small-town in West Sumatra who moves to the big city. Pulled between the old and the new, between tradition and rejuvenation, Eliana's mother and her childhood home keep popping back into her cosmopolitan life. "The same piquant energy as Wong Kar-Wai's
). In Indonesian with English subtitles. Riri Riza---Indonesia---2002---86 mins.
END OF SUMMER
Based on a Chekhov short story, this forgotten masterpiece is a bittersweet portrait of a doomed love affair between a bank official and a well-to-do young woman. Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes.
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