Leonid Gaidai – Kavkazskaya plennitsa AKA Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1966)

Leonid Gaidai’s irreverent comedy updates a Leo Tolstoy story for modern Soviet times, in the Caucasus region. Shurik, a naive Russian student mired in his own clumsy Soviet culture, sets off to the Caucasus to write down the folk culture of this region: its traditions, legends, sayings, and toasts. Read More »

Gordon Douglas – In Like Flint (1967)

Former Z.O.W.I.E. spy Derek Flint (James Coburn) is called back from retirement after his former spy chief, Lloyd C. Cramden (Lee J. Cobb), is framed for prurient behavior with a prostitute, and U.S. President Trent (Andrew Duggan) experiences an incident of “lost time.” After Flint discovers irregularities on a recently launched space-station mission, he realizes that an international conspiracy is afoot. He travels the world and assumes myriad disguises to unravel the nefarious plot. Read More »

William Wyler – How to Steal a Million (1966)

Based on the short story “Venus Rising” by George Bradshaw, How to Steal a Million features a rather contrived plot about a wealthy art forger (Academy Award winner Hugh Griffith, Ben Hur) and his beautiful daughter (Hepburn) who are about to be exposed as frauds after they allow one of their fake statues to be displayed in a major art exhibition. In a desperate attempt to save face, Hepburn solicits help from a dashing society burglar (Peter O’Toole, Lawrence of Arabia) to steal the statue before tests can be made to reveal its true origin. The “burglar” isn’t exactly what he appears to be, however, and as they plot their haphazard heist, the two inevitably begin to fall in love. Read More »

Robert Kramer – À toute allure (1982)

A couple of young skaters dream to work in Chicago but travel is too much expensive. A shady photographer want to help them…

Un couple de jeunes patineurs rêve de se produire à Chicago mais le voyage n’est pas à la portée de leur bourse. Un photographe, personnage louche, propose son aide… Read More »

Mia Hansen-Løve – Tout est pardonné AKA All Is Forgiven (2007)

Debut director Mia Hansen-Love turns seemingly random slices from the life of a disintegrating family unit into a remarkably graceful, natural film about what it is to be human. Perhaps the most persuasive aspect of this hopeful parable of failure is the way casting, acting, script, and camerawork conspire to usher us into an immediately believable world which is observed with a painterly eye yet never seems staged. Read More »

Joseph B. Vasquez – Hangin’ with the Homeboys (1991)

Four friends (two African-American, two Puerto Rican-American) learn a lot about themselves and one another while negotiating a memorable roller coaster of a Friday night out on the town. Read More »

Jonathan Demme – Handle with Care AKA Citizen’s Band (1977)

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The interlaced stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen’s band) radio. Read More »