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Bad Hair - Pelo Malo
A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy, with big brown eyes, a delicate frame, and a head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to…
Steam - The Turkish Bath
Tired of his troubled marriage, an Italian businessman's life changes dramatically after he learns that an aunt has left him property in Istanbul. Francesco (Alessandro Gassman) arrives to the Turkish city hoping that he can take care of the matter swiftly and return to Italy. He is surprised to discover…
The Red Kimona
This film is based on the infamous true story of a young girl who is tricked into a life of prostitution in New Orleans and goes on trial for murdering her pimp/lover. Producer and co-director Dorothy Davenport Reid became a director after the tragic death of her husband matinee idol…
Sir Arne's Treasure
A key film from Sweden's first golden age of filmmaking, Sir Arne's Treasure (Herr Arnes pengar) has long ranked among the most famous -- and famously hard-to-find -- classics of the silent era. Now restored by the Swedish Film Institute and featuring a magnificent orchestral score by Matti Bye and…
Cobra
Rudolph Valentino's first independent production, Cobra, was released less than a year prior to the actor's untimely death at age 31. It is an unusual and contradictory showcase for the actor who is remembered more than any other as the icon of irresistible sexuality in Hollywood silent film. Beleaguered by…
The Affairs of Anatol
Cecil B. DeMille directed this risque all-star revue of decadence which must have been jaw-dropping in 1921 and which remains astonishing today, although for entirely different reasons. Anatol de Witt Spencer (Wallace Reid), as incredibly wealthy as he is naive, and his child-like bride, Vivian (Gloria Swanson), are on their…
The Sheik with the Son of the Sheik - with Rudolph Valentino
"Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas upon which the women paint their dreams." - Rudolph Valentino, 1923 Women fainted in the aisles when The Sheik was released in 1921. The titled Lady Diana Mayo (Agnes…
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky
An immortality that Soviet Russia has heretofore allotted only to Lenin and Marx is bestowed upon the country's greatest writer, Maxim Gorky. One of the noblest achievements of pre-war Soviet cinema,O (Jay Leyda, Kino), this haunting, unforgettable film is based upon Maxim Gorky's 1913 autobiography My Childhood and shows a…
Cyrano De Bergerac
Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac was a triumph from the moment of its premiere on December 28, 1897. It has become the most popular play of the modern French theater, and Cyrano, despite an ugly visage dominated by an enormous nose, has become a world-beloved symbol of generosity, magnanimity of…
1001 Grams
Marie is a scientist who works in the Mass Department of the Norwegian Metrology Service where her father Ernst is director. When Ernst surprisingly falls ill, Marie is asked to go to Paris to recalibrate the National Norwegian kilo and take part in an international seminar where colleagues from around…
Misfit
After a wild night of partying in a city in Nigeria, early the next morning a young female is stranded on the streets. Finally setting her sights on a commercial bus heading into town, she quickly boards the bus in an attempt to escape street evangelist and prying eyes. She…
Kuhle Wampe, or Who Owns the World? - Kuhle Wampe oder Wem gehört die Welt?
This Weimar era film classic uses an avant-garde, fragmented narrative to tell the story of a working-class family in Berlin in 1931. Survival is difficult, with massive unemployment in the wake of the Great Depression. After Anni's brother commits suicide in despair, her family finds itself forced to move to…