Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family. “It is true, deep, and brilliant” Robert Ebert
Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell
US, 1984, 15
“Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.” (Federico Fellini)
On the 20th January 1920, in the Italian town of Rimini, Federico Fellini was born. He went on to influence film forever through his often autobiographical works, in which his own oneiric world and vivid, restless imagination are unleashed with cinematic splendour.
I Vitelloni, 1953
La Strada, 1954
La Dolce Vita, 1960
8 1/2, 1963
Juliet of the Spirits, 1965
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman
US, 1992,130mins, 15
Renoir double bill
Two seminal films by one of cinema’s most important directors, Jean Renoir. These two classics display the humanism of Renoir’s work, populated with naturalist portraits of class struggle and everyday strife. Both starring the iconic Jean Gabin, these films attest to the director’s place within the ‘Poetic Realism’ movement, but also his anti-war sentiment and his pioneering role in the birth of film noir.
La Grande Illusion, 1937, 114mins, U
A group of French soldiers, including an aristocrat captain and a working-class lieutenant, grapple with their class differences as they are held in a WWI German prison camp. When transferred to a high-security fortress ruled by an aristocratic German officer, the men must concoct an escape plan. A anti-war classic and a film of tremendous warmth, wit, and wisdom. Orson Welles once said if he could only choose to save one film, it would be this.
La Bete Humaine, 1938, 97mins, PG
On board a train bound for the port city of Le Havre, railroad stationmaster Roubard murders a man who seduced his young wife Severine. Engineer Lantier also begins a passionate affair with Severine, who takes little time in suggesting that Jacques should get rid of her controlling husband. A hotblooded, high-powered, lurid love triangle.
The 39 Steps
A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll
UK, 1935, 85mins, U