This week, Miloš Forman’s 1965 masterwork Loves of a Blonde will close out the series Female Sexuality in European Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz theater in Austin, Texas. This three-act Czech New Wave classic offers a tender portrait of a young factory worker living in the provincial town of Zruč, who has a romantic encounter with a piano player from Prague. Shot by cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček, this beautifully rendered tale of desire and disillusionment earned Forman a nomination for best foreign film and remains a go-to favorite work of ’60s international cinema. If you’re in Austin, you can see the film on 35 mm next Tuesday night, and in the meantime, revisit Dave Kehr’s liner notes on the film, which accompanied our release of it in 2002.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.