The Rules of the Game (1939)

A precursor to The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, My Man Godfrey and Gosford Park, Renoir’s generous and attentive eye captured a slice of the haut bourgeois life immediately preceding World War II. This compelling (and I might even say, addictive) film was a critical and box-office flop when it premiered, but has since influenced…

El Mariachi (1992)

A classic, and still as enjoyable, funny, and poignant today as when Robert Rodriguez showed it to great acclaim at Sundance and Independent Spirit Awards. Made on a shoestring budget of $7,000, the film has an honest immediacy which is appealing and cements its status as a classic. With some Fellini-esque dream sequences, Western showdowns…

Pasolini: A Film Series

On the heels of the retrospective at the MoMA (which was reviewed here) Luce Cinecittà and Fondo Pier Paolo Pasolini/Cineteca di Bologna, in association with Colpa Cinema and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, present more Pasolini from September 14th through September 15th at the Castro Theatre and the Roxie Theater. The exhibition is…