March 2006

Traffic - Steven Soderbergh examines the effect of drugs as politics, business, and lifestyle, interweaving the stories of a newly appointed drug czar and his family, a West Coast kingpinıs wife, a key informant, and cops on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border. Instantly recognized as a classic, Traffic appeared on more than 200 criticsı ten-best lists, and earned five Academy Award nominations.

Title: 3 Films by Louis Malle

MURMUR OF THE HEART - Louis Malleıs critically acclaimed Murmur of the Heart gracefully combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of one boyıs journey from childhood to adulthood. Malleıs depiction of a precocious fifteen-year old boyıs sexual maturation and unorthodox relationship with his free-spirited mother is both shocking and deeply poignant, amounting to one of the finest coming-of-age films ever committed to film.

LACOMBE, LUCIEN - One of the first French films to address the issue of collaboration during the German Occupation, Louis Malleıs brave and controversial Lacombe, Lucien traces a young peasantıs journey from potential Resistance member to Gestapo recruit. At once the story of a nation and one troubled boyıs horrific coming of age, the film is a disquieting portrait of lost innocence and guilt.

AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS - Based on events from writer-director Louis Malleıs own childhood, Au revoir les enfants is the tragic story of friendship and devastating loss between two boys at a Catholic board-school in Nazi-occupied France. Julien befriends Jean, and the two precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie until Jeanıs secret‹that he is a Jew being hid by sympathetic priests‹is revealed. Subtly and precisely observed, the film is a tale of cowardice and courage and ultimately heartbreaking awakening into adulthood.

FISTS IN THE POCKET - A dark, perverse portrait of family dysfunction, Fists in the Pocket stunned moviegoers and critics alike with its unflinching social critique and brazenly assured style. This award-winning feature debut by writer/director Marco Bellocchio heralds the arrival of a powerful filmmaking voice, and ranks as a truly unique classic of Italian cinema.

MR ARKADIN - American smuggler Guy van Stratten decides to investigate the mysterious Mr. Arkadin (Orson Welles) after hearing about the wealthy man from a prison cellmate. Van Stratten befriends Arkadin's daughter, Raina, but Arkadin himself claims amnesia about his own life, sending van Stratten off to investigate his past. The search spans many countries and characters, but the real purpose of the mission is not what it seems. Orson Welles's elusive film presented in three different versions.


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