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March
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Fitzcarraldo

“This man is harmless, he just had a soul stirring experience.” – Don Aquilino (José Lewgoy). Deep in the Peruvian rain forests, bankrupt entrepreneur Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski), known to the locals as Fitzcarraldo, has one obsession. His dream is to build an opera house within the harsh and unforgiving jungle terrain of Iquitos, [...]

14
March
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Serpico

It’s all about the roast beef sandwich. Ten minutes into Sidney Lumet’s seventies crime drama masterpiece we see the fresh faced, recently graduated Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) on his first beat as a uniformed New York cop. Stopping off for lunch in a greasy spoon diner with his assigned partner he’s introduced to the owner, [...]

11
March
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Le Pont du Nord

As one of the first Cahiers du Cinema writers to begin work on a feature film Jacques Rivette was also one of the last to gain any kind of serious recognition. Despite his influence on such directors as Spike Jonze, Susan Sideman, Michel Gondry, Sofia Coppola, Charlie Kaufman, and Jim Jarmusch his place in cinema [...]

4
March
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Electric Kingdom: Hip Hop on Film from Wild Style to Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

Growing up in the eighties there was a kid in our neighbourhood who rarely wore shoes, owned far too many dogs, and had a rather liberal attitude towards personal hygiene, theft and casual violence. He was also the only person I knew who had access to an actual video shop membership card. Circumstances which lead [...]