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1.

Chikamatsu Monogatari

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"One of a string of late-career masterworks made by Kenji Mizoguchi in the first half of the 1950s, A Story from Chikamatsu (a.k.a. The Crucified Lovers) is an exquisitely moving tale of forbidden love struggling to survive in the face of persecution. Based on a classic of eighteenth-century Japanese drama, the film traces the injustices that befall a Kyoto scroll maker's wife and his apprentice after each is unfairly accused of wrongdoing. Bound by fate in an illicit, star-crossed romance, they go on the run in search of refuge from the punishment prescribed them: death. Shot in gorgeous, painterly style by master cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, this delicately delivered indictment of societal oppression was heralded by Akira Kurosawa as a 'great masterpiece that could only be made [...]
DVD
2018
Clemons (Stacks)
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Westfront 1918: Vier von Der Infanterie

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G.W. Pabst brought the war movie into a new era with his first sound film, a mercilessly realistic depiction of the nightmare that scarred a generation, in the director's native Germany and beyond. Digging into the trenches with four infantrymen stationed in France in the final months of World War I, Pabst illustrates the harrowing ordeals of battle with unprecedented naturalism, as the men are worn away in body and spirit by firefights, and the disillusion that greets them on the home front.
DVD
2018; 1930
Clemons (Stacks)
3.

Medium Cool

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The story of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman is a visceral, lasting cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with an extended sequence shot right in the middle of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. An inventive commentary on the pleasures and dangers of wielding a camera, Medium Cool is as prescient a political film as Hollywood has ever produced.
BookDVD
2013; 1969
Clemons (Stacks)
4.

Anatomy of a Murder

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A small-town Michigan lawyer takes on a difficult case: that of a young Army lieutenant accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife. A gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom drama, Anatomy of a murder was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex. More than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. With its outstanding supporting cast and influential jazz score by Duke Ellington, it is an American movie landmark.
DVD
2012; 1959
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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I, Daniel Blake

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A carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as together they battle the national health care system.
DVD
2018; 2016
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
6.

Certain Women

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A stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand. A portrait emerges of flawed but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.
DVD
2017; 2016
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
7.

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg =: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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Geneviève, a shop assistant, falls in love with Guy, a gas station mechanic. But a life with him will not be in her future. A tender, bittersweet love story, sung throughout in French.
DVD
2017; 1964
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
8.

Canoa

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"One of Mexico's most highly regarded works of political cinema, Canoa: A Shameful Memory reimagines a real-life incident that had occurred just eight years before its release, when a group of urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by residents of the village of San Miguel Canoa who had been manipulated by a corrupt priest into believing the travelers were communist revolutionaries. Director Felipe Cazals adopts a gritty documentary style to narrate the events in Canoa while referencing the climate of political repression that would lead to the massacre of student protesters in Mexico City thereafter. The resulting film is a daring commentary on ideological manipulation, religious fanaticism and mass violence, as well as a visceral expression of horror"-- [...]
DVD
2017; 1976
Clemons (Stacks)
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Here Comes Mr. Jordan

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Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy.
DVD
2016; 1941
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

Muriel, or, the Time of Return =: Muriel, Ou, le Temps D'un Retour

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The past of an antique shop owner and widow in Boulogne-sur-Mer comes back to haunt her when a former lover reenters her life. Meanwhile, her stepson is tormented by his own ghosts, related to his service in France's recently ended war in Algeria.
DVD
2016; 1963
Clemons (Stacks)
11.

The River

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Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold.
DVD
2015; 1951
Clemons (Stacks)
12.

Cameraperson

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A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film, a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer.
DVD
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)
13.

La Chienne

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Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, known as Lulu on the street, and makes her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dédé, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dédé's need of money.
DVD
2016; 1931
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Executioner

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A macabre farce about an undertaker who marries an executioner's daughter and reluctantly takes over her father's job so the family can keep their government allotted apartment.
DVD
2016; 1963
Clemons (CHECKED OUT)
15.

The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

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In 1960, a filmmaking group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy, Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis, and, following the president's assassination, the poetic short Faces of November. Collected here are all four of these titles, early exemplars of the movement known as Direct Cinema.
DVD
2016; 1960
Clemons (Stacks)
16.

L'albero Degli Zoccoli

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A painterly and sensual immersion in late nineteenth-century Italian farm life that lovingly focuses on four families working for one landowner on an isolated estate in the province of Bergamo.
DVD
2017; 1978
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

Like Someone in Love

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Over a period of two days, a young prostitute and a widower develop an unexpected connection.
DVD
2014; 2012
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Kōshikei

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A Korean man is sentenced to death in Japan but survives his execution, sending the authorities into a panic about what to do next. At once disturbing and oddly amusing, Oshima's constantly surprising film is a subversive and surreal indictment of both capital punishment and the treatment of Korean immigrants in his country.
DVD
2016
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

A Poem Is a Naked Person

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Filmmaker Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974 while Blank was living at the Russell/Shelter Records recording studio compound on Grand Lake of the Cherokees in NE Oklahoma, but unreleased due to creative differences and music clearance problems, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Includes scenes of Russell and his band and others performing, both in concert and in the studio. Also features footage of everyday life in Oklahoma.
DVD
2016; 1974; 2015
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

Phoenix

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Set in a rubble-strewn Berlin in 1945, is like no other film about post-World War II Jewish identity. After surviving Auschwitz, a former cabaret performer, her face disfigured and reconstructed, returns to her war-ravaged hometown to seek out the gentile husband who may or may not have betrayed her to the Nazis. Without recognizing her, he enlists her to play his wife in a bizarre hall-of-shattered-mirrors story that's as richly metaphorical as it is preposterously engrossing.
DVD
2016