Essential cinema back on the big screen. Beginning Sunday August 10 we’ll be showing Masterpieces of Polish Cinema through the good graces of Martin Scorsese and the Poles. The series will begin with ASHES and DIAMONDS.

A Tale of Winter

A tale of winter
Coming around Valentine’s Day
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(France/1992/Writer/Director Eric Rohmer)
unrated / 114 mins
Winter begins in summer, on a beach-in a series of swift snippets in which a stunningly sexy young couple, Felicie (Charlotte Very) and Charles (Frederic Van Dren Driessche) romp, make love and leave each other as the season quickly shifts.
For decades writer Eric Rohmer was the guiding light of the French auteur school of cinema, the nouvelle vague. He honed his modest personal cinema making such films as MY NIGHT AT  MAUD’S, PAULINE AT THE BEACH, CLAIRE’S KNEE. in Rohmer love and sex are typically viewed morally and intellectually and discussed in depth. Here however we witness a young couple, Félicie and Charles, who meet while on holiday, have sex on a beach, and fall deeply in love at the end of summer. And as they must go their separate ways, she inadvertengly gives him the wrong address, and, as a result, he disappears from her life. Five years later, at Christmas time, Félicie is a hairdresser in the Paris suburbs with a daughter (Charles’) and two lovers: the successful hairstylist Maxence and the Catholic intellectual Loïc. She loves them both, but, as she says, “There’s love and love,” and the love that counts is the one she still holds for the long lost Charles. Félicie is one of the most fascinating in Rohmer’s distinguished line of heroines: impulsive, independent, thoughtlessly frank, disarmingly sincere, at once exasperating and enchanting.
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Rome Open City

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(Italy/1946/dir by Roberto Rossellini)
unrated / 103mins
“Documentary style” narrative filmmaking is unthinkable without Roberto Rossellini’s revelation “Rome Open City” a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the members of the underground and the others who fought against it.
Conceived amid Rome in ruins at the end of WWII, written in Federico Fellini’s kitchen, the film’s style of filmmaking blends location shooting with non-actors as well as actors – Anna Magnani and Aldo Fabrizi – in leading roles. Unforgettable.

 It’s a street opera, caught on camera during wartime, a story performed by a mixed cast of amazing professionals and earnest non-professionals. When Magnani runs down the street, chasing after her fiance who has been captured by the enemy, the guns come out and cinema history is made before your eyes.”
– Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune 

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