La Strada

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There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La Strada Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide. (via Janus Films)


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Italy / 1954 / Dir by Federico Fellini / 1h 48m

 

Martin Eden

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Pietro Marcello’s Italian-language adaptation of Jack London’s 1909 novel features an intense performance by Luca Marinelli who, in the title role as a charismatic, unschooled aspiring writer consumed by love, ambition and politics, won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival.


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Transposed to mid-century Naples, at a provocative moment in Italy’s history, Martin saves a young man from a beating by a gang of toughs, and then accompanies him home to a lunch at where he meets the upper-class family. Martin falls for the sister, Elena (Jessica Cressy), a university student whose beauty and intelligence inspires him. He hopes to vault beyond his roots by becoming a writer and thereby win her affections. All leads to a political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman. The film cleverly intercuts documentary snippets as Martin struggles to get published as he rails against a world that has let him down. But perseverance furthers as he achieves fame and success. As in the novel, Martin is mistaken for being a socialist, but he actually believes only in the power of the individual. Ultimately, MARTIN EDEN is a story of unrequited love: Martin is spurned by Elena, his cultured girlfriend until he has made it, by which point it is too late. Unrated. In Italian, Neapolitan and French with subtitles.
Italy/2020/dir by Pietro Marcello/ 129 mins

Citizens of the World

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Writer, director, star Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy’s answer to Larry David, returns to the humanist comic territory of his arthouse hits Mid-August Lunch and The Salt of Life with Citizens of the World, a warm and delightful reflection on life with characters you’ll want to spend more time with after the credits roll.

Three Italian retirees in their seventies are seriously considering moving away from their roots in Rome to find a place to live in a country where their meager pensions will go further. The Professor (Di Gregorio), retired after teaching Latin his whole life, is getting bored; Giorgetto, one of the last true Romans, struggles to make ends meet every month; and Attilio, a hippie-esque antique dealer hopes to revisit the passions and emotions of his youth. Planning for the scouting trip, the trio trawl the pubs and restaurants of a sun-saturated Rome and discover that, even having reached senior-dom, they can still learn one or two lessons about life and themselves.


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Italy/2020/dir by Gianni de Gregorio / 90 mins

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

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Ric Burns’ film explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist, a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds, who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and the baseline of our shared humanity.


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A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, he talked about his life and work, battles with drug addiction, homophobia, a medical establishment that long shunned his pioneering work on cognitive disorders, and his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.
US/2020/dir by Ric Burns/ 110 mins

RBG

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Academy Award Nominee – Best Documentary Feature, Best Original Song

The passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is momentous. In tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and unparalleled legacy upholding justice, Magnolia Pictures is proud to offer RBG for Virtual Cinema ($6.99 to own). Magnolia will be donating its net proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation in support of their Women’s Rights Project, which was co-founded by Ginsburg in 1972. While we’re all mourning the loss of an American hero, we hope that viewers will be re-introduced to her work, and take her passion and courage back out into the world.During her life, she developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon (the notorious RBG) – racking up victories for gender equality since the early 1970s and writing brilliant dissenting opinions on important issues. 
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Rififi

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We’re happy to bring you this French noir classic, with a fresh new print that highlights the beautiful black and white cinematography from Philippe Agostini.

Tony Le Stéphanois (Jean Servais), back from prison after taking a rap for Jo le Suédois (Carl Möhner), is ready to settle a few scores and mastermind a brilliant jewel heist. A worldwide smash hit, Rififi earned director Jules Dassin the Best Director prize at Cannes and set the standard for screen robberies for decades to come. (via Rialto)

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“No matter how many heists you’ve seen, how many gangs you’ve watched fall apart or how many aging crooks you’ve seen walk up a mean street to a violent destiny, Rififi never loses its ruthless grace and force.”

Michael Wilmington

Chicago Tribune

“It becomes as savage as ”Reservoir Dogs,” ”The Killing,” or any of the other dozens of films over which it still casts a shadow.”

Owen Gleiberman

Entertainment Weekly

 

France / 1955 / Directed by Jules Dassin / Unrated / 118 mins

 

Out Stealing Horses

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Adapted from the bestselling novel by Norwegian author Per Petterson, OUT STEALING HORSES stars Stellan Skarsgård as a grieving widower whose encounter with an old acquaintance from his youth causes him to recollect his own coming of age in 1948. Confronting feelings of guilt from events long ago, he summons wisdom from the past to help him deal with the grief of the present. The Norwegian entry for best international entry at this year’s Oscars, the film combines first rate performances with the alluring backdrop of the harsh Norwegian countryside.

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“An ambitious film that examines memory and consciousness through the perspective of an older man who’s determined to escape from memory and to constrict his lived experience.” – Glenn Kenny

The New York Times

 

Norway / 2019 / Directed by Hans Petter Moland / Unrated / 2hrs 2 mins

Billy the Kid

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A provocative coming-of-age story, Jennifer Venditti’s debut film, BILLY THE KID (2007), is an acclaimed odyssey into the soul of an American teenager. Venditti follows Billy as he navigates small town Maine, grappling with isolation and first-time love, and traversing the frustrating gap between imagination and reality. Exhilarating and heartfelt, the film grants an intimate, empathetic view of an expressive and seemingly fearless outsider and provides an unvarnished and unique snapshot into what it’s like to grow up in America.
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Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

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Werner Herzog turns the camera on himself and his decades-long friendship with the late author Bruce Chatwin, a kindred spirit whose quest for ecstatic truth carried him to all corners of the globe. Herzog’s deeply personal portrait of Chatwin, illustrated with archival discoveries, film clips, and a mound of “brontosaurus skin,” encompasses their shared interest in aboriginal cultures, ancient rituals, and the mysteries stitching together life on earth. (via Music Box)

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“To elaborate as Chatwin did, Herzog implies, is a legitimate response to places that can’t help but exert a strong pull on the imagination. And of course, the truth-and-a-half principle figures heavily in Herzog’s own art — of which this film is a particularly outstanding example.” – Glenn Kenny

The New York Times

 

USA / 2019 / Directed by Werner Herzog / Unrated / 1hr 25 mins

John Lewis: Good Trouble

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Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time’s list of most influential people), this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future. In English and French with English subtitles. (via Kino Lorber)

“Always legible, sometimes reductive, but never condescending, Pemberton’s film offsets a lack of complexity with an abundance of clarity.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

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New Zealand / 2020 / Directed by Justin Pemberton / 103 mins.

Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

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Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world, produced colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the ways in which the patriarchal art world pushed her into obscurity. BEYOND THE VISIBLE is available now as a virtual cinema offering from Kino Marquee. 

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The Booksellers

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A beguiling new documentary offering a tour of New York City through the lens of the passionate and often eccentric individuals who love, collect and sell vintage and antique books. Upstate Films is bringing you The Booksellers as a virtual cinema offering in partnership with Greenwich Films. Tickets are $9.99, and half the gross proceeds will come back to support Upstate Films.

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A White, White Day

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In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason “engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch” – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter. (Film Movement)


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A WHITE, WHITE DAY is available from Film Movement, through the Film Movement Plus platform. Tickets are $12 per household, and you’ll have 72 hours to watch the movie after you purchase your ticket. When you make the purchase, you will receive an email from Film Movement with instructions on how to watch. You can watch on your browser, or stream with the Film Movement Plus App, which is available on most every common digital device (Apple, Roku, Amazon, Android…).

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