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Funeral Parade of Roses - Bara no sôretsu
Director Toshio Matsumoto's shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz…
Caravaggio
Derek Jarman's most profound reflection on art, sexuality and identity retells the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. CARAVAGGIO incorporates the painter's precise aesthetic into the movie's own…
The Image Book - Le livre d'image
Jean-Luc Godard provides social commentary during a montage of digitally altered, color-saturated film clips. Nominated for a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival . Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival . " A dense visual and aural…
L'Age d'Or
L'AGE D'OR, the surrealist masterpiece of 20th century cinema is now available to challenge, arouse, unnerve, amuse, and galvanize the uninitiated for generations to come.
Tales from the Gimli Hospital
Guy Maddin's outrageously bizarre debut was one of the big hits of the 1980s midnight movie circuit. Reckless envy, unconsummated passions and necrophilia set the tone for these surreal tales shared by two patients confined during a turn-of-the-century smallpox epidemic.
Goodbye to Language
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival , Goodbye to Language is a triumphant masterpiece from Jean-Luc Godard. The film follows a couple whose relationship breaks down along with the images, which in its second half…
Blue
In his final and most daring cinematic statement, Jarman the romantic meets Jarman the iconoclast in a lush soundscape pulsing against a purely blue screen. Laying bare his physical and spiritual state in a narration about his life, his struggle…
Wittgenstein
A humorous portrait of one of the 20th century's most influential philosophers. This self-tortured eccentric, who preferred detective fiction and the musicals of Carmen Miranda to Aristotle, is a fitting subject for Derek Jarman's irreverent imagination. A visually stunning and…
Privilege
Yvonne Rainer's sixth feature is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Out of a subject that has been virtually invisible on film, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender and…
Hail Mary
Denounced by the Pope and banned and boycotted worldwide, this surprisingly serene and lyrical work translates the Virgin Birth into tangible contemporary terms, with Mary as a teenage basketball-playing gas-station attendant who receives the Annunciation by jetliner. Mary is a…
Intolerance - Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
D.W. Griffith's epic intercuts between four separate stories about man's inhumanity to man. In Babylon, pacifist Prince Belshazzar is brought down by warring religious factions. In Judea, the last days of Christ (Howard Gaye) are depicted in the style of…
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Aria
Ten of the world's greatest directors (including Derek Jarman, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Russell, and Robert Altman) were commissioned to create short pieces based on the world's greatest opera music. The result is erotic, demented, funny, poignant, extravagant, outrageous, breathtaking and…
Film About A Woman Who...
Yvonne Rainer's landmark film is a meditation on ambivalence that plays with cliche and the conventions of soap opera while telling the story of a woman whose sexual dissatisfaction masks an enormous anger.
Tetsuo I: The Iron Man
Somewhere between a modern-day nightmare and a techno-fetishist's ultimate fantasy, this extraordinary film from Shinya Tsukamoto (Vital, A Snake of June) caused a cult sensation when first released. A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to…
The Scenic Route
An experimental drama that spins the tale of a woman, her sister, and the man who completes the triangle. Told through such fertile sources as grand opera, classical painting, and Victorian melodrama. Winner of the Sutherland Trophy at the British…
Le Gai Savoir - The Joy of Learning
While alone in an abandoned television studio, two militants, Emile Rousseau and Patricia Lumumba, have a discourse on language. Referring to spoken word as "the enemy"--the weapon used by the establishment to confuse liberation movements--the two deconstruct the meanings of…
Careful
Guy Maddin's early masterpiece takes place in a 19th-century Alpine village where the wary residents --adult, child and animal!--must speak softly and tread lightly lest they cause an avalanche. But sexual frenzies teem in this world of repression, setting off…
Glitterbug
A stunning collage of ecstatic Super-8 fragments, GLITTERBUG is a loving tribute to Derek Jarman posthumously assembled by friends from his prolific filming of everyday events and his experimental investigations of the format. Jarman's vibrant photography combined with dynamic cutting…
Archangel
Literally a film like no other, this weird, wild and extraordinary photoplay is both melodrama and deadpan parody. With striking black and white cinematography and stylized set design, Guy Maddin tells a tale of obsessive love in the arctic Russian…
Journeys From Berlin/1971
To explore the ramifications of terrorism, Rainer employs an extended therapy session--in which an American woman speaks to a series of psychiatrists--to evoke the daily experiences of power and repression. Winner of the Independent/Experimental Film and Video Award at the…