Blending irreverent comedy and surreal eroticism, Juzo Itami’s international hit is a utopian look at the peculiarities of gastronomic culture. Read more »
After a string of ill-fated productions, Francis Ford Coppola channeled his feelings of self-doubt in this deeply personal take on S. E. Hinton’s beloved novel. Read more »
George Stevens’s Oscar-winning comedy captures the first sparks of attraction that ignited one of the great on- and offscreen romances in Hollywood history. Read more »
A group of Cuba’s most seasoned musicians became an international sensation upon the release of this acclaimed documentary portrait.
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In his first English-language feature, Michelangelo Antonioni examines the elusiveness of the real through the lens of a murder mystery. Read more »
Capturing the cultural anxieties of the 1970s, Hal Ashby’s comedic parable explores the pitfalls of innocence and credulity in American politics. Read more »
A “celluloid atrocity” overflowing with deviant shenanigans, John Waters’s low-budget satire makes mincemeat of the peace-and-love era. Read more »
Religious fanaticism and anti-Communist hysteria give way to mass violence in this groundbreaking work of Mexican political cinema. Read more »
With his unique blend of British realism and romantic fatalism, director Andrew Haigh exposes the quiet desperation at the heart of a long marriage. Read more »
In his most seductive experiment with cinematic time, Richard Linklater wrestles with the joys and challenges of long-term intimacy. Read more »
Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated breakthrough revels in the complexities of the female psyche. Read more »
Joan Crawford delivers one of her greatest performances in Michael Curtiz’s unsparing look at class, ambition, and the all-consuming intensity of maternal love. Read more »
Ermanno Olmi captures the dignity of work in this painterly vision of late nineteenth-century rural Italy. Read more »
Kirsten Johnson interrogates the thorny ethics of nonfiction filmmaking in her intriguingly elliptical blend of essay, travelogue, and memoir.
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In his radical debut feature, Ousmane Sembène reveals the agony of the postcolonial experience through the story of a Senegalese migrant abused by her French employers.
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Rainer Werner Fassbinder plays a working-class gay man hoodwinked by his uppity bourgeois lover in this unsparing portrait of queer culture in 1970s West Germany. Read more »
Jack Garfein’s no-holds-barred account of sexual assault and trauma captures the volatile sensibility of the Actors Studio. Read more »
A revelatory restoration of Lewis Milestone’s underappreciated newsroom comedy accentuates the film’s punchy rhythms and breakneck banter. Read more »
A feast of whip-smart banter, Howard Hawks’s protofeminist take on newsroom politics is the most grown-up of all remarriage comedies.
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Pseudodocumentary collides with pure fantasy in Federico Fellini’s intricately layered portrait of his adopted home. Read more »
John Huston’s meticulously calibrated crime film combines nail-biting suspense with a mood of Chekhovian regret. Read more »
This elegiac meditation on impermanence showcases Laurie Anderson’s playfully experimental approach to sound and image. Read more »
In his deeply personal third feature, Noah Baumbach charts a family’s dissolution against the backdrop of 1980s literary Brooklyn. Read more »
The result of a notoriously troubled production, Marlon Brando’s unorthodox western presents a brooding vision of human futility. Read more »
The joy of new love collides with the anxieties of everyday life in Paul Thomas Anderson’s off-kilter foray into romantic comedy. Read more »
Akira Kurosawa lays bare his deepest fears in this visually astonishing interpretation of folklore, myth, and the director’s own dreams and memories. Read more »
This adaptation of one of the most influential series in manga history is a delirious mix of breathtaking swordplay and pop vulgarity.
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The tropes of light comedy give way to a Kafkaesque nightmare in this incendiary critique of moral rot in Franco-era Spain. Read more »
Guillermo del Toro’s anti–Wizard of Oz refracts the surreal traumas of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of a young girl. Read more »
From its diffusely structured narrative to its innovative cinematography, this radical western is a showcase for Robert Altman’s iconoclastic style. Read more »