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Thursday, May 02, 2024

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE PEOPLE’S JOKER

United States | 2022 | Vera Drew

The subversive superhero film that played only once at the 2022 Toronto Int’l Film Festival (its subsequent screenings were scuttled after Warner Bros claimed copyright infringement) has finally won theatrical release! Set in a Gotham City where comedy is outlawed and the Caped Crusader is a right-winger, Vera Drew’s semi-autobiographical satire—about an aspiring clown (played by Drew)—is a gutsy, gonzo work that reimagines the origin story of Batman’s nemesis as a trans coming-of-age tale. With...

8:40pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

COUP DE CHANCE (STROKE OF LUCK)

France, United Kingdom, United States | 2023 | Woody Allen

Woody Allen’s new French-language film, his 50th feature (and maybe his last), is “easily his best movie since Blue Jasmine (10 years ago), maybe since Match Point (18 years ago),” according to Variety. Like Match Point and Crimes and Misdemeanors, it’s a tale of upper-middle-class mores and murder—this time focused on a Parisian married woman who falls head over heels for an old classmate. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Cleveland theatrical premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 93 min.

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Friday, May 03, 2024

7pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

COUP DE CHANCE (STROKE OF LUCK)

France, United Kingdom, United States | 2023 | Woody Allen

Woody Allen’s new French-language film, his 50th feature (and maybe his last), is “easily his best movie since Blue Jasmine (10 years ago), maybe since Match Point (18 years ago),” according to Variety. Like Match Point and Crimes and Misdemeanors, it’s a tale of upper-middle-class mores and murder—this time focused on a Parisian married woman who falls head over heels for an old classmate. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Cleveland theatrical premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 93 min.

9pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE PEOPLE’S JOKER

United States | 2022 | Vera Drew

The subversive superhero film that played only once at the 2022 Toronto Int’l Film Festival (its subsequent screenings were scuttled after Warner Bros claimed copyright infringement) has finally won theatrical release! Set in a Gotham City where comedy is outlawed and the Caped Crusader is a right-winger, Vera Drew’s semi-autobiographical satire—about an aspiring clown (played by Drew)—is a gutsy, gonzo work that reimagines the origin story of Batman’s nemesis as a trans coming-of-age tale. With...

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Saturday, May 04, 2024

5pm

Best Int’l Feature Oscar nominee!

THE TEACHERS’ LOUNGE

Germany | 2023 | İlker Çatak

One of the five nominees for this year’s Oscar for Best Int’l Feature (and hopefully the runner-up to the worthy winner The Zone of Interest) is a tense examination of the challenges of teaching multicultural students in a politically-sensitive environment. An idealistic instructor at a German middle school sets off a chain of nightmarish events when she investigates a theft in the teachers’ lounge. Winner of five 2023 German Film Awards (Lolas) including Best Fiction...

7pm

Back by Popular Demand!

HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS

United States | 2022 | Mike Cheslik

A 19th-century trapper battles scores of buck-toothed varmints (all played by humans in mascot costumes) who have destroyed his applejack distillery in this wordless, wildly inventive, live-action comic book-cum-videogame—the indie comedy sensation of 2024! Maybe our third engagement will prove the charm for those who have not yet experienced the fun of this manic movie marvel. DCP. 108 min.

9:10pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

FANTASIA

United States | 1940 | Ben Sharpsteen et al.

Disney’s third animated feature (after Snow White and Pinocchio) was, in its day, a bold experiment in blending cartoon characters and artful animation with classical music. It was also, in its day, a financial flop. The film’s eight diverse segments include Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony,” and the Mickey Mouse masterpiece “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (set to Dukas). DCP. 124 min.

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Sunday, May 05, 2024

3:45pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

FANTASIA

United States | 1940 | Ben Sharpsteen et al.

Disney’s third animated feature (after Snow White and Pinocchio) was, in its day, a bold experiment in blending cartoon characters and artful animation with classical music. It was also, in its day, a financial flop. The film’s eight diverse segments include Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony,” and the Mickey Mouse masterpiece “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (set to Dukas). DCP. 124 min.

6:30pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

THE TIME MACHINE

United States | 1960 | George Pal

Oscar-winning special effects highlight George Pal’s beloved, colorful film version of H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic. A Victorian-era British scientist (Rod Taylor) builds a device that transports him far into a post-apocalyptic future, where he is shocked by what humanity has become. Yvette Mimieux co-stars. “One of the best of its kind.” –Pauline Kael. 35mm. 103 min.

8:35pm

Best Int’l Feature Oscar nominee!

THE TEACHERS’ LOUNGE

Germany | 2023 | İlker Çatak

One of the five nominees for this year’s Oscar for Best Int’l Feature (and hopefully the runner-up to the worthy winner The Zone of Interest) is a tense examination of the challenges of teaching multicultural students in a politically-sensitive environment. An idealistic instructor at a German middle school sets off a chain of nightmarish events when she investigates a theft in the teachers’ lounge. Winner of five 2023 German Film Awards (Lolas) including Best Fiction...

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Thursday, May 09, 2024

6:45pm

Special Free Screening!

THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT

Japan, United Kingdom, United States | 2014 | Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi

Martin Scorsese co-directed this documentary that traces the history and influence of The New York Review of Books through its first five decades. Archival footage, contemporary interviews, and quotations from the publication abound. Cleveland theatrical premiere. DCP. 97 min.

8:45pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

THE THIN MAN

United States | 1934 | W. S. Van Dyke

The first entry in the hugely popular Thin Man series introduced the world to Nick and Nora Charles and their lovable wire-haired terrier Asta. As played by William Powell and Myrna Loy, the Charleses (he’s an ex-detective, she’s an heiress) are a dapper, hard-drinking, sophisticated married couple who solve disappearances and murders when they’re not canoodling or cracking wise. From a Dashiell Hammett novel. “Four stars (highest rating)…The sophisticated comedy-mystery par excellence, inspiring five sequels...

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Friday, May 10, 2024

7pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE SHADOWLESS TOWER

China | 2023 | Zhang Lu

After his elderly mother dies, a divorced, middle-aged Beijing food critic is encouraged by a female photographer friend to reconnect with his aging father (played by Blue Kite director Tian Zhuangzhuang), whom he hasn’t seen in 40 years. Selected for the main slate of last year’s New York Film Festival, this tender, touching work is “a contemplative film of quiet rewards” (Hollywood Reporter). Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 144 min.

9:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

AGGRO DR1FT

France, United States | 2023 | Harmony Korine

The latest out-there opus from the iconoclastic director of Gummo, Trash Humpers, and Spring Breakers employs infrared thermal photography to propel the viewer on a psychedelic journey through Miami’s criminal underworld, where a seasoned hit man relentlessly pursues his next target. “I have seen the future of cinema, and it is Aggro Dr1ft, a neon-hued outlaw eyegasm…There will likely never be another film like it.” –Peter Debruge, Variety. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 80 min.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

5pm

New 4K Restoration!

LE SAMOURAÏ

France, Italy | 1967 | Jean-Pierre Melville

Alain Delon plays a solitary, mostly silent contract killer in this spare, stylish Jean-Pierre Melville masterpiece that has influenced filmmakers from Martin Scorsese and Jim Jarmusch to John Woo, who once called it “the closest thing to a perfect movie that I have ever seen.” Wanted by both his employers and the police, this hit man has only one “friend”—the woman who witnessed his crime. “A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s...

7:05pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

LENNY

United States | 1974 | Bob Fosse

Dustin Hoffman excels as “sick,” foul-mouthed, self-destructive 1950s-60s nightclub comedian Lenny Bruce in Bob Fosse’s acclaimed follow-up to Cabaret. Valerie Perrine plays Bruce’s stripper girlfriend Honey. “Four stars (highest rating)…Powerful.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. 35mm. 111 min. Special admission $14; members, CIA/CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $11; no passes.

9:20pm

Cleveland premiere!

AGGRO DR1FT

France, United States | 2023 | Harmony Korine

The latest out-there opus from the iconoclastic director of Gummo, Trash Humpers, and Spring Breakers employs infrared thermal photography to propel the viewer on a psychedelic journey through Miami’s criminal underworld, where a seasoned hit man relentlessly pursues his next target. “I have seen the future of cinema, and it is Aggro Dr1ft, a neon-hued outlaw eyegasm…There will likely never be another film like it.” –Peter Debruge, Variety. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 80 min.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

4:15pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

THE THIN MAN

United States | 1934 | W. S. Van Dyke

The first entry in the hugely popular Thin Man series introduced the world to Nick and Nora Charles and their lovable wire-haired terrier Asta. As played by William Powell and Myrna Loy, the Charleses (he’s an ex-detective, she’s an heiress) are a dapper, hard-drinking, sophisticated married couple who solve disappearances and murders when they’re not canoodling or cracking wise. From a Dashiell Hammett novel. “Four stars (highest rating)…The sophisticated comedy-mystery par excellence, inspiring five sequels...

6:30pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

THE NAKED CITY

United States | 1948 | Jules Dassin

There are eight million stories in the naked city and this seminal film noir classic told the first of them. Two police detectives (Barry Fitzgerald, Don Taylor) track a brutal killer through the streets of New York in Jules Dassin’s b&w crime drama that is remembered for its groundbreaking, Oscar-winning location cinematography. DCP. 96 min.

8:30pm

New 4K Restoration!

LE SAMOURAÏ

France, Italy | 1967 | Jean-Pierre Melville

Alain Delon plays a solitary, mostly silent contract killer in this spare, stylish Jean-Pierre Melville masterpiece that has influenced filmmakers from Martin Scorsese and Jim Jarmusch to John Woo, who once called it “the closest thing to a perfect movie that I have ever seen.” Wanted by both his employers and the police, this hit man has only one “friend”—the woman who witnessed his crime. “A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s...

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

CHICKEN FOR LINDA!

France, Italy | 2023 | Sébastien Laudenbach, Chiara Malta

To make amends for unfairly punishing her daughter, a single mother asks the eight-year-old child what she would most like to have for dinner. Her request—chicken with peppers—proves difficult to realize with a general strike on, so wild complications ensue. This touching, hand-painted animated feature was called “the best film of Cannes” and a “modest masterwork” by Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 76 min.

8:20pm

Cleveland premiere!

SHAYDA

Australia | 2023 | Noora Niasari

This semi-autobiographical debut feature was Australia’s official entry for this year’s Oscar for Best Int’l Feature Film. The movie tells of an Iranian immigrant woman in 1990s Australia who flees her abusive husband and takes refuge (along with her young daughter) in a women’s shelter. “Critic’s Pick…Deeply felt.” –NY Times. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 117 min.

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Friday, May 17, 2024

7pm

Cleveland premiere!

SHAYDA

Australia | 2023 | Noora Niasari

This semi-autobiographical debut feature was Australia’s official entry for this year’s Oscar for Best Int’l Feature Film. The movie tells of an Iranian immigrant woman in 1990s Australia who flees her abusive husband and takes refuge (along with her young daughter) in a women’s shelter. “Critic’s Pick…Deeply felt.” –NY Times. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 117 min.

9:20pm

Cleveland premiere!

LIMBO

Australia | 2023 | Ivan Sen

In this contemporary Aussie noir, a jaded police detective (Simon Baker) arrives in a remote Outback town to investigate the 20-year-old cold case murder of a local Indigenous girl. “A tough, muscular film with the grit of crime, but a heartbeat of compassion.” –Guardian (UK). Cleveland premiere. 4K scope DCP. 104 min.

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

5pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE ARC OF OBLIVION

United States | 2023 | Ian Cheney

Werner Herzog executive-produced (and appears in) this playful, provocative new documentary about time, memory, record-keeping, and archiving. While building a wooden ark for his many hard drives and other stuff he wants to keep, filmmaker Ian Cheney ponders—and questions—humanity’s proclivity to save, remember, and preserve its past. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 105 min.

7:05pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

United States | 1944 | Frank Capra

Cary Grant stars in Frank Capra’s manic but beloved farce, in which a newly-married drama critic discovers that the two sweet old aunts who raised him have been poisoning lonely gentlemen and storing the bodies in their basement. Others in his embarrassing family prove similarly insane. Joseph Kesselring’s famous stage play was adapted by Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein, co-writers of Casablanca. “One of the best madcap black comedies of all time—a must-see.” –VideoHound’s...

9:25pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances. Grafton Nunes introduces 5/19 screening!

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

United States | 1941 | John Ford

The film that beat Citizen Kane for 1941’s Best Picture Oscar is also a masterpiece—and one of the great John Ford’s greatest movies. Spanning 50 turbulent years in the life of a Welsh coal-mining family at the turn of the 20th century, this nostalgic, moving drama stars Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, Donald Crisp, and a young Roddy McDowall. Sunday's show will be introduced by film scholar Grafton Nunes, former President + CEO of the Cleveland...

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

4pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances. Grafton Nunes introduces 5/19 screening!

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

United States | 1941 | John Ford

The film that beat Citizen Kane for 1941’s Best Picture Oscar is also a masterpiece—and one of the great John Ford’s greatest movies. Spanning 50 turbulent years in the life of a Welsh coal-mining family at the turn of the 20th century, this nostalgic, moving drama stars Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, Donald Crisp, and a young Roddy McDowall. Sunday's show will be introduced by film scholar Grafton Nunes, former President + CEO of the Cleveland...

6:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

CHICKEN FOR LINDA!

France, Italy | 2023 | Sébastien Laudenbach, Chiara Malta

To make amends for unfairly punishing her daughter, a single mother asks the eight-year-old child what she would most like to have for dinner. Her request—chicken with peppers—proves difficult to realize with a general strike on, so wild complications ensue. This touching, hand-painted animated feature was called “the best film of Cannes” and a “modest masterwork” by Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 76 min.

8:05pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON & TWO OTHER MASTERPIECES BY WOMEN

Cuba, Iran, United States | 1943-77 | Maya Deren, Forugh Farrokhzad, Sara Gómez

Voted the 16th best movie of all time in the 2022 Sight and Sound “greatest films” poll, Maya Deren’s surreal psychodrama Meshes of the Afternoon was co-directed by her husband, Alexander Hackenschmied (Hammid). A noirish nightmare about a woman haunted by a mysterious hooded figure with a mirror for a face, this 14-min. classic will be followed by two other masterworks by deceased distaff directors: Forugh Farrokhzad’s The House Is Black (Khaneh siah ast, Iran,...

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

FREE TIME

United States | 2023 | Ryan Martin Brown

This acclaimed, funny portrait of Generation Z malaise focuses on a NYC man in his late 20s who abruptly quits his data-entry job in order to pursue his passions and not waste his life doing menial work. But what are his passions? “Keenly observed and winningly performed.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 78 min.

8:25pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

IL BIDONE (THE SWINDLE)

France, Italy | 1955 | Federico Fellini

Giulietta Masina, Broderick Crawford, and Richard Basehart star in Federico Fellini’s oft-overlooked follow-up to La Strada—a neorealist crime drama in which some longtime con men begin to have misgivings about their immoral, predatory lifestyle. Music by Nino Rota. Subtitles. DCP. 113 min.

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Friday, May 24, 2024

7pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

IL BIDONE (THE SWINDLE)

France, Italy | 1955 | Federico Fellini

Giulietta Masina, Broderick Crawford, and Richard Basehart star in Federico Fellini’s oft-overlooked follow-up to La Strada—a neorealist crime drama in which some longtime con men begin to have misgivings about their immoral, predatory lifestyle. Music by Nino Rota. Subtitles. DCP. 113 min.

9:15pm

New 4K Restoration! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB

United Kingdom | 1951 | Charles Crichton

Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway star in this Ealing comedy masterpiece—about a meek British bank clerk who concocts a scheme to steal gold bullion and smuggle it out of the country as souvenir Eiffel Tower paperweights. T.E.B. Clarke’s screenplay won an Oscar. Watch for a young Audrey Hepburn. “Enduringly funny.” –Time Out Film Guide. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 78 min.

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Saturday, May 25, 2024

5pm

New 4K Restoration! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB

United Kingdom | 1951 | Charles Crichton

Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway star in this Ealing comedy masterpiece—about a meek British bank clerk who concocts a scheme to steal gold bullion and smuggle it out of the country as souvenir Eiffel Tower paperweights. T.E.B. Clarke’s screenplay won an Oscar. Watch for a young Audrey Hepburn. “Enduringly funny.” –Time Out Film Guide. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 78 min.

6:40pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Movie Crazy

MOVIE CRAZY

United States | 1932 | Clyde Bruckman, Harold Lloyd

Iconic silent-screen comedian Harold Lloyd stars in this madcap, pre-Code sound film. A young man with no acting experience who desperately wants to be in pictures is accidentally summoned to Hollywood for a screen test. “Lloyd’s best talkie.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. 35mm. 84 min.

8:30pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

THE INVISIBLE FIGHT

Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia | 2023 | Rainer Sarnet

In the kitschy, colorful new film from the Estonian director of the 2017 cult favorite November, a young border guard and Black Sabbath fan in repressive 1970s USSR wants to learn martial arts. So, in a surprise twist that makes sense only in this crazy movie, he joins a monastery where bearded, black-cassocked Orthodox monks guard the secrets of “black metal kung fu.” “The strangest Estonian black metal kung fu movie you’ll see this year,...

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Sunday, May 26, 2024

1pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Movie Crazy

MOVIE CRAZY

United States | 1932 | Clyde Bruckman, Harold Lloyd

Iconic silent-screen comedian Harold Lloyd stars in this madcap, pre-Code sound film. A young man with no acting experience who desperately wants to be in pictures is accidentally summoned to Hollywood for a screen test. “Lloyd’s best talkie.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. 35mm. 84 min.

3pm

A Special Event! Alexander Payne in Person!

ELECTION

United States | 1999 | Alexander Payne

Two-time Oscar-winning writer and filmmaker Alexander Payne, director of The Holdovers and, before that, Sideways, Nebraska, The Descendants, About Schmidt, and others, will appear in person this afternoon—answering audience questions about his stellar career after a screening of a new 4K restoration of his breakthrough film. Election, Barack Obama’s favorite political movie, is a wickedly funny satire starring Reese Witherspoon as an overachieving Omaha high schooler who will do anything to be elected student body...

7pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Alexander Payne introduces

RED BEARD

Japan | 1965 | Akira Kurosawa

Two-time Oscar winner Alexander Payne, director of The Holdovers, Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways, Election (see 5/26 at 3:00), and others, will introduce a 35mm screening of this rarely-shown Kurosawa classic. Set in 19th-century Japan, the movie focuses on a gruff slum doctor (Toshiro Mifune) who tries to convince an arrogant young intern that caring for poor people is nobler than being a society physician. This humanistic epic, perhaps the only hospital drama with swordplay, was...

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

6:30pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

THE CREMATOR

Czechoslovakia | 1968 | Juraj Herz

Banned for 20 years after its release, this masterpiece of the 1960s Czech New Wave evokes 1920s German Expressionism. A family man running a crematorium in 1930s Czechoslovakia becomes a little too enthusiastic about ending human suffering and “freeing” people for the afterlife. He eventually finds complete fulfillment during the Nazi occupation of his country, and formulates his own Final Solution. “One of cinema’s most trenchant and disturbing portraits of the banality of evil.” –Janus...

8:30pm

Movie Crazy

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

United States | 1952 | Vincente Minnelli

Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, and Gloria Grahame (who won an Oscar) star in this juicy tale of old Hollywood—about an actress, a director, and a writer who are all asked to go to work for a ruthless producer they despise. Three lurid backstories flesh out their personal histories with the man. This winner of five Academy Awards teems with characters and incidents that seem to have real-life counterparts, sparking much speculation in its day about...

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Friday, May 31, 2024

7pm

Movie Crazy

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

United States | 1952 | Vincente Minnelli

Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, and Gloria Grahame (who won an Oscar) star in this juicy tale of old Hollywood—about an actress, a director, and a writer who are all asked to go to work for a ruthless producer they despise. Three lurid backstories flesh out their personal histories with the man. This winner of five Academy Awards teems with characters and incidents that seem to have real-life counterparts, sparking much speculation in its day about...

9:20pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

THE CREMATOR

Czechoslovakia | 1968 | Juraj Herz

Banned for 20 years after its release, this masterpiece of the 1960s Czech New Wave evokes 1920s German Expressionism. A family man running a crematorium in 1930s Czechoslovakia becomes a little too enthusiastic about ending human suffering and “freeing” people for the afterlife. He eventually finds complete fulfillment during the Nazi occupation of his country, and formulates his own Final Solution. “One of cinema’s most trenchant and disturbing portraits of the banality of evil.” –Janus...

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