An illusion gone horribly wrong pits two 19th-century magicians, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman), against each other in a bitter battle for supremacy. Terrible consequences loom when the pair escalate their feud, each seeking not just to outwit — but to destroy — the other man.
We’re on a roll with Sally Potter Films. Two weeks ago we saw her “The Man Who Cried.” Last week we revisited “Orlando,” which was very well received, and now we revisit “The Tango Lesson.”
For a special treat we will have a live Tango Presentation!
After discovering a passion for the tango in Paris, a filmmaker (Sally Potter) becomes involved with her sexy Argentine teacher (Pablo Veron).
Last week we enjoyed the dramatic film “The Man Who Cried” by Sally Potter. This week we will explore together another one of her great films “Orlando.”
In 1600, nobleman Orlando (Tilda Swinton) inherits his parents’ house, thanks to Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp), who commands the young man to never change. After a disastrous affair with Russian princess Sasha (Charlotte Valandrey), Orlando looks for solace in the arts before being appointed ambassador to Constantinople in 1700, where war is raging. One morning, Orlando is shocked to wake up as a woman and returns home, struggling as a female to retain her property as the centuries roll by.
A Russian Jewish girl (Christina Ricci) is separated from her father in 1927 and escapes to England, where she’s rechristened Suzie. She grows up to be a singer in a Parisian theater populated by a glamorous Russian dancer (Cate Blanchett), an egotistical Italian tenor (John Turturro) and a handsome Gypsy horseman (Johnny Depp). When the Nazis invade France, however, Suzie’s life is suddenly in danger, and she attempts to flee to the United States, where her father moved years earlier.
The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver and their boss, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Directed by Warren Beatty. A great story about Hollywood of the 50’s.
Nominated for five Academy Awards — including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress — is the epic tale of one Swedish family’s pursuit of the American dream during the great Swedish migration to the American Midwest in the 1850s. Magnificent performances by Oscar-nominee Max von Sydow (“Awakenings,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and the acclaimed Liv Ullmann (“Scenes from a Marriage,” “Cries and Whispers”) make history come alive.
We enjoyed the beautiful film “The Last Sentence” by the Swedish director Jan Troell. Now we will explore together his film “Everlasting Moments.” The vivid story of a woman liberated by art at the beginning of the twentieth century in Sweden.
A Blu-Ray film from the Criterion collection with lots of splendid extras.
A frantic psychiatrist’s life is turned upside down when he is forced to treat a domineering mob boss whose dirty secret is his fear of ordering a hit.
When a famous cheese maker dies in a freak car crash, his daughter (Rachel Ward) is convinced that it was no accident. She thinks he was murdered for his top-secret cheese recipes. To prove her theory, she hires detective Roy Reardon (Steve Martin). His quest to find out what happened to the missing man brings him face-to-face with movie legends, actors such as Humphrey Bogart, Alan Ladd and Burt Lancaster, via footage from classic film noir and crime films. Let’s have a good laugh!