Films From USA

Benning's dazzling first work began as a bedroom exper­iment with the PXL 2000. A pastiche of image and sound fast becomes a lucid commentary on adolescent isola­tion in a poor Milwaukee neighbourhood. Viewing her room through a snow dome—in what may be the most oblique and profound evocation of the opening scene from Citizen Kane (if she'd seen it or cared}—Benning represents youth as it is lived... Read more
... ... Jazz great Dizzy Gillespie has always had a musical love affair with Cuba, but it's been passion from afar. For three decades, political conditions prevented Gillespie from visiting Cuba, until he was invited to headline the Fifth International Jazz Festival of Havana. A Night in Havana is a celebration of that trip, and of Dizzy's music. ... ... ... In the 1940's, bebop was born. Dizzy st... Read more
When approached to direct the American contribution to the BFi's Century of Cinema project, Martin Scorsese (a natural choice given his remarkable film knowledge and passion) decided the only possible approach he could take was a distinctly personal, idiosyncratic memoir of what American movies have meant to him. And so we have almost four hours of rivet­ing Scorcese memories and observations, all... Read more
Set to a poem, this animation maps out the emotional impact of a failed relationship in the animator's life. (AA) ... Read more
M ... oshe shy and sheltered Hasidic jew living in New York City suffers contusion and conflict when he is attracted to a non-orthodox young woman Delicate amusing and telling. ... Read more
A Safe Place is a highly experimental feature, directed by a new director, Henry Jaglom. In his film, Jaglom, who also wrote the script, attempts to give "an involved and non-linear study of time and memory". ... A young girl is unable to recapture the idealism and freedom of her childhood, but is equally unable to let go of the past, or accept the inevitability of the present. She seems to rememb... Read more
The film depicts the activities of a group of U.S. children on Hallowe'en. The traditional 'trick or treat' activities are directed towards raising funds for UNICEF. Throughout the film scenes of needy children around the world are superimposed on scenes of garishly dressed-up U.S. children. ... Read more
An amusing collection of fourteen animated T.V. "spots", made with imaginative use of design, drawings, musical scores and wit. The film includes five award-winning designs. Some people actually turn on these commercials. ... Read more
An amusing collection of fourteen animated TV 'spots', made with imaginative use of design, drawings, musical scores and wit. The film includes five award-winning designs. Some people actually turn on these commercials. ... Read more
A female baseball fan examines her obsession with the game, along psycho-sexual lines. Vanalyne Green appropriates the all-male arena of pro baseball to create an hilarious visual essay about family, loss and sexuality. ... Confronted with such a wonderland, devoid of all women, Green is compelled to reinterpret baseball's symbolism - its womblike landscape, rituals and vocabulary, to construct an... Read more
A documentary which, using authentic old photographs of arrivals at Ellis Island, life in the Lower East Side, the schools, workshops, factories, and tenements, brings to life a period and culture through the eyes of one man who looks back on his youth. ... CINE Golden Eagle 1970; Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival 1970; Gold Medal, Atlanta 1970: First Prize; San Francisco 1969: Silver Medal, Ven... Read more
Drawn from a story by Robert Chambers &ndash: a pointed and deeply moving comment on the essential futility of war &ndash: this is a film of exceptional integrity and rare poetic grace. The American Civil War: three professional soldiers &ndash: two from the North. one from the South &ndash: agree on a short truce and engage in desultory conversation. ... Read more
When her marriage to Neville Montague (John Gilbert) is stopped by his strict father, impetuous, aristocratic Diana Merrick (Greta Garbo) throws her bonnet over a few more windmills and marries a charming scoundrel (Johnny Mack Brown). After his arrest and suicide, Neville now married, returns to Diana, who, thinking of his wife (Dorothy Sebastian), drives her high-powered roadster into the tree w... Read more
A Woman of Paris, the first serious drama by Charlie Chaplin, has not been available for general audiences since the late 1920s. The film was made in 1923, written and directed by Chaplin, and quickly became a major influence on other film-makers, including Sergei Eisenstein, René Clair and Ernst Lubitch. Chaplin spent over $800,000 on the film, a colossal amount for those days, often retaking sce... Read more
"The more I see of men, the more I like my dog," said Frederick the Great. The trouble is, you can get to like your dog a little too much, and that's what A.J. Poulin's whimsical but fascinating dog-umentary is all about. Poulin set out to examine the bizarre habits, rituals and foibles of Los Angeles pooch owners. In true Hollyweird fashion he has uncovered a subculture of obsessives, eccentrics ... Read more
A Few Good Men meets the GFC in Steve James' thrilling, up-close-and-personal account of the only bank that ever got prosecuted for this century's biggest economic meltdown. ... In the wake of the GFC, the US Government only laid charges against a single bank: Abacus Federal Savings Bank in Manhattan's vibrant Chinatown district. A tiny, family-owned Chinese-American banking group with deep roots ... Read more
Abigail is trying to leave town, but is constantly delayed by residents holding her accountable for the actions of her destructive mother. ... Second prize winner in the Cinéfondation at Cannes this year. ... D/S Matthew James Reilly P Matthew James Reilly, Raven Jensen, Seth Blogier TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
The abstract patterns and rhythms of the neon signs of Times Square, New York, reflected on the wet pavements and roadway. ... Read more
Benny Safdie co-directs and winningly plays an everyloser in this bittersweet physical comedy, which screened in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2008 (in front of brother Josh's The Pleasure of Being Robbed). ... Not in competition. ... Read more
Junk culture Laurel and Hardy team the Halflifers hit the screen running in this suburban Sci-Fi. Surviving in a perpetual state of fast forward, unleashing a never-end­ing babble of fast speak, this duo represent the everyday as aiien territory. Halflifers is an ongoing collaborative project created by Torsten Z. Burns and Anthony Discenza. Their series of lo-fi, video works "dig deep into our po... Read more
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