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Jean-Luc Godard 12 Films

Jean-Luc Godard’s career has spanned over half a century with the one constant in his work being that each new movie is primarily a study of form in relation to an idea. The forms evolved and the ideas changed, but his exploration of the relatedness of the two remained the same.


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Alphaville

From Jean-Luc Godard, American secret agent Lemmy Caution is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and kill the inventor of fascist computer Alpha 60.


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Détective

This avant-garde crime drama from director Jean-Luc Godard is set in a Paris hotel where two detectives investigate the death of a mysterious character.


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Film Socialisme

Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard (Contempt) triumphantly returns to the screen with FILM SOCIALISME, "a remarkable and beautiful and challenging" (Glenn Kenny, MSN) essay on the state of Mediterranean life, culture and history.


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First Name: Carmen

Jean Luc-Godard’s FIRST NAME: CARMEN (1983) is a radical reinvention of Bizet’s famed opera, updating the story of sexual obsession with bank robbery and kidnapping.


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Goodbye To Language

Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE is a triumphant masterpiece from Jean-Luc Godard.


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La Chinoise

Paris, 1967. Disillusioned by their suburban lifestyles, a group of middle-class students, led by Guillaume and Veronique, form a small Maoist cell and plan to change the world by any means necessary. Director Jean-Luc Godard, whose advocacy of Maoism bordered on intoxication, infuriated many traditionalist critics with this swiftly paced satire.


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Le Gai Savoir

While alone in an abandoned television studio, two militants, Émile Rousseau and Patricia Lumumba, have a discourse on language. The two deconstruct the meanings of sounds and images in an attempt to "return to zero" and truly experience the joy of learning.


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Hélas Pour Moi

Jean-Luc Godard’s provocative film about faith and desire starring Gérard Depardieu. Inspired by the Greek myth of Alcmene and Amphitryon, it investigates the story of a god inhabiting the body of a man to experience the pleasures of the flesh.


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Two in the Wave

Directors Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut changed the face of cinema forever as members of the French New Wave. With clips from over 30 films, and rare interviews with Godard and Truffaut throughout their careers, TWO IN THE WAVE is an essential and often revelatory look at the life and work of two of cinema’s inimitable masters.


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Hail Mary

One of the most controversial films of all time by one of the world's most provocative directors. Jean-Luc Godard's retelling of the story of the virgin birth, transposed to modern day and filled with the mundane aspects of any teenage girl's life.


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For Ever Mozart

Jean-Luc Godard's densely packed rumination on the need to create order and beauty in a world ruled by chaos is divided into four distinct but tangentially related stories, including the attempts by a young group of idealists to stage a play in war-torn Sarajevo and an elderly director's efforts to complete his film.


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A Married Woman

Legendary French New Wave auteur Jean-Luc Godard reverses the standard love triangle and challenges the influence of consumer culture in one of his most provocative dissections of modern life.


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Films of István Szabó 4 Films

Mephisto, Confidence, and Colonel Redl, each presented in stunning new restorations from the Hungarian National Film Archive. Szabó's films offer a powerful vision of human experiences across two world wars, interweaving deeply personal stories against the larger tapestry of European history.


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Mephisto

This 1981 Academy Award winner (Best Foreign Language Film) concerns a passionate, but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved.


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Colonel Redl

Set in the lead up to WWI, Hungarian master István Szabó's Cannes Grand Jury Prizer winner charts the rise of Alfred Redl to head of counter-intelligence of the Austro-Hungarian Army.


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Confidence

In World War II-era Hungary, the resistance pairs two unrelated members to act as husband and wife in an effort to stay hidden in plain sight. Will they be able to maintain the illusion without giving in to their growing feelings for each other?


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Bonus Extra - Remembrance of József Romvári

A short portrait of Hungarian production designer József Romvári (Mephisto, Confidence, Colonel Redl), made by his granddaughter Sophy Romvari. Only available in our $19.99 Szabo Films bundle.


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Derek Jarman 8 Films

Derek Jarman (1942-1994) was one of Britain’s most visionary and extraordinary film artists. Often in collaboration with actress and muse Tilda Swinton, Jarman’s lush, experimental reflections on art, politics, sexuality and identity transcend and subvert both the genres in which he worked—the period costume drama, the biopic—as well as the boundaries of so-called gay filmmaking.


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Caravaggio

CARAVAGGIO incorporates the painter's precise aesthetic into the movie's own visuals, while touching on all of director Derek Jarman's major concerns: history, homosexuality, violence and the relationship between painting and film.


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The Garden

Half waking dream and half fiery polemic, THE GARDEN was born of director Derek Jarman’s rage over continued anti-gay discrimination and the sluggardly response to the AIDS crisis – writhing with sorrow and anger, and yet so vividly alive to the loveliness of being.


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War Requiem

Derek Jarman teams with his muse Tilda Swinton and Laurence Olivier, for a spectacular and moving interpretation of composer Benjamin Britten's 1961 orchestral masterpiece.


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Blue

In his final—and most daring—cinematic statement, Jarman the romantic meets Jarman the iconoclast in a lush soundscape pulsing against a purely blue screen. Laying bare his physical and spiritual state in a narration about his life, his struggle with AIDS and his encroaching blindness, BLUE is by turns poignant, amusing, poetic and philosophical.


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Sebastiane

Audaciously spoken in Latin and supported by one of cult composer Brian Eno's best music scores, SEBASTIANE is both a milestone of British independent film and a pioneering work of queer cinema. Stripped of rank and exiled to a remote Sardinian outpost, Roman soldier and suspected Christian Sebastian becomes the object of his commanding officer aggressive desire. As Sebastian turns his back on his fellow soldiers in favor of his own mystical longings, the sun-bleached Mediterranean idyll becomes a psycho-sexual hothouse where lust sets the stage for a shocking tableau of death and martyrdom.


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Wittgenstein

Derek Jarman's modern, theatrical telling of the life of Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, a legendary inquirer into the nature and limits of language.


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The Tempest

Derek Jarman presents Shakespeare's intricate comedy of magic and revenge in a form that is at once faithful to the spirit of the play and a dazzling spectacle mixing Hollywood high camp and gothic horror. His film recalls the innocent homoeroticism of Pasolini's versions of the classics while its lush sense of decor and color is worthy of Minnelli.


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The Last of England

An apocalyptic roar of a movie, this is Derek Jarman's dizzying lament for the country he once knew and what he feared it would become. It is both deeply personal and grimly historical, and is undoubtedly one of the most important British films of all time.


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7 Beauties: The Films of Lina Wertmüller 8 Films

During the 1970s, Lina Wertmuller emblazoned her name into the pantheon of Italian cinema with a series of intensely polemical, deeply controversial and wonderfully entertaining films. Among the most politically outspoken and iconoclastic members of the second generation of postwar directors, Wertmuller was also one of the first female directors to win international recognition and acclaim, becoming the first woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director in 1977.

Presented here are seven films by the first woman every nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, plus Valerio Ruiz's definitive documentary on the Italian master, BEHIND THE WHITE GLASSES.


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The Seduction of Mimi

A blistering satire of Italy in the 1970s, THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI takes aim at a corrupt government, compromised labor leaders and the Neanderthal sexual politics of men in power, with uproarious results.


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Love & Anarchy

Giancarlo Giannini won the best acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his achingly sensitive portrayal of Tunin, a freckle-faced innocent who became an accidental anarchist.


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All Screwed Up

An anarchically outrageous comedy from Lina Wertmüller, ALL SCREWED UP is ripe for rediscovery, an accomplishment as impressive as the classics she made before and after: Love and Anarchy (1973) and Swept Away (1974).


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Swept Away

NEW 2K RESTORATION! Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, SWEPT AWAY is Lina Wertmuller's most famous and controversial film about sex, love and politics. On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella, a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino, a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island.


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Seven Beauties

A petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. The Germans capture him and he gets sent to a concentration camp where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer.


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Summer Night

Mariangela Melato stars as Signora Bolk, a self-made tycoon interested in ecological preservation. She is fed up with the terrorists who poach Italy's rich beauty, and as part of a crazy retaliation scheme she hires a former CIA agent to abduct the number one violator, Giuseppe 'Beppe' Catania. Catania is taken to her villa on a private island where he insists that as a man, he cannot go without sex.


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Ferdinando & Carolina

As the monarchies of Europe hold their breath, something unexpected happens. King Ferdinando and Carolina share one common interest--a rollicking, orgiastic celebration of the senses, and plunge with gusto into the silken bed sheets to uphold their regal duties.


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Behind the White Glasses

A deep dive into the ground breaking life and career of Lina Wertmuller, the first woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for her masterpiece SEVEN BEAUTIES.


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The Films of F. W. Murnau 5 Films

Born on December 28th, 1888, in Germany, Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe (F.W. Murnau) studied art history at the University of Heidelberg before dedicating himself to filmmaking. Greatly influenced by the work of Max Reinhardt's theatre company, Murnau inherited the expressionistic use of high-contrast lighting from Reinhardt's work. Also highly influenced by his art history background, Murnau's work has direct references to Rembrandt's paintings and other masterworks of European art. Murnau's ability to create an uncanny combination between camera movement, choreographed action, and then-unseen lighting techniques, makes him one of the archetypes of the "artist filmmaker." More than pushing cinema into new aesthetic grounds with his revolutionary use of multiple exposure and warped lenses, Murnau will always be remembered as a director who further developed the relationship between the moving image and its subject matter.


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Nosferatu

An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, NOSFERATU remains to many viewers the most unsettling vampire film ever made, and its bald, spidery vampire, personified by the diabolical Max Schreck, continues to spawn imitations in the realm of contemporary cinema.


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Faust

Gösta Ekman stars as the titular alchemist who, struggling with his faith amidst a devastating plague, is offered the power to cure and the gift of youth...in exchange for his soul. As the diabolical Mephisto, Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh) delivers a performance of operatic scale and intensity, by turns charming, comical, and horrific.


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The Finances of the Grand Duke

In one of the most eclectic films of the German silent era, visual stylist F.W. Murnau broke away from the dark, foreboding dramas for which he was known to explore the realm of light comedy. Working from a screenplay by Thea von Harbou, Murnau crafted a playful espionage thriller reminiscent of Ernst Lubitsch (who had recently left Germany for Hollywood).


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The Haunted Castle

Before plumbing the depths of horror and despair with such films as Faust and The Last Laugh, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau tested the waters with this moody drama of a storm-bound manor and the grim mystery that lurks within. A hunting party is interrupted by the arrival of a notorious Count (Lothar Mehnert), who is believed to have murdered his brother. The uninvited guest sets in motion an elaborate plot to resurrect the ghosts of the past and bring to light the dark secret that lies at the center of his brother’s death.


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The Last Laugh

An unqualified maserwork of the silent cinema, the Kino edition is fully restored and mastered from a 35mm archive negative, with an orchestral score by Timothy Brock recorded in digital stereo.


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The Jeff Lipsky Collection 5 Films

"Jeff Lipsky, a career film distributor with a parallel path as an independent filmmaker, has a bold, brash approach to stark, plain filmmaking: rawness, bluntness, breathlessness in the face of incest, abortion, cancer, suicide and now, the Holocaust and Jewish identity. Some critics suggest Lipsky's stories, lovingly cast and achingly played, should be composed as novels or plays, but that's not what's in front of us in each and every one of the movies he's made. There are filmmakers whose work is sleek and slippery and flattering and formally conforming, but how many would have planned the ten-minute opening blind date in "Flannel Pajamas" (2006), or the brute, unvarnished, ceaseless monologue Julianne Nicholson has later on? (Or the concatenation of world-shifting confessions in "The Last"). The machinations and contortions and straight-up barefacedness of Lipsky's screenplay for "The Last" make once more for eye-popping performances. An unvarnished vehicle for the exceptional range of nonagenarian actress Rebecca Schull." -Ray Pride, Chicago New City News


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Flannel Pajamas

On a rainy April night, two 30-something New Yorkers meet for a blind date at a local diner. It’s a magical evening, made manifest by that elusive combination of great chemistry and instant connection. Stuart (Justin Kirk) is a study in contrasts – seemingly confident, with a high-powered Broadway job that makes full use of his fast-talking smarts, yet clearly lonely and desperately eager for love. Younger and still finding her way, Nicole (Julianne Nicholson) is naturally more reticent, coping with city life far from her large and eccentric Montana family.  As Stuart and Nicole progress from love to marriage to discussions about starting a family, their relationship faces the challenges of critical friends, emotionally demanding relatives, time-consuming careers, different religions and the stresses caused by the endless negotiations all couples wage daily. With no easy answers, no heroes or villains, FLANNEL PAJAMAS is a brave foray into the mysterious but all-too recognizable terrain of the human heart.


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The Last

The survivors of four generations of a Jewish family are rocked to their core when the family’s beloved 92-year-old matriarch makes a stunning confession. Remarkable nonagenarian actress REBECCA SCHULL (Wings, United 93, Little Children) anchors an ensemble cast that includes Tony Award winning actor REED BIRNEY (The Humans, House of Cards), AJ Cedeño, Jill Durso and Julie Fain Lawrence, in a riveting, provocative family drama about a Holocaust survivor, albeit one with a shocking twist.


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Mad Women

Young and beautiful, Nevada Smith craves to find a place for herself in a family of overachievers. Her mother Harper is running for political office, her father Richard is a successful dentist and her older sister, Judith, is a pediatrician working overseas with Doctors Without Borders. In addition, the family is still grieving the death of a sister who died at a young age. When Richard is suddenly sent to prison, Nevada is overwhelmed with the emotional need to comfort her mother and does so in the most shocking way imaginable, pondering whether this has made her heroic, mythic, savior, or pariah. Kelsey Lynn Stokes, Reed Birney, Christina Starbuck, Frances Eve, and Jamie Harrold lend verisimilitude and poignance to a septet of characters facing cataclysmic yet virtuous challenges.


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Molly's Theory of Relativity

A sexy, funny, surreal, and devastating portrait of a beautiful twenty-eight-year-old astrophysicist who, having unexpectedly and unfairly lost her job, is poised to make perhaps the first reckless decision of her life. Her story unfolds during eighteen hours, on Halloween, the scariest day of the year. Providing counsel on the fateful day are her husband, her father-in-law, three deceased relatives (!), a precocious nine-year-old trick-or-treater (who might as well be a pint-sized doppelgänger of Molly herself), her grandfather from Minot, North Dakota, and a six-year-old neighbor, who may or may not be imaginary. This tale of love and desperation, infused with a dollop of magical realism, observes the unbreakable bonds of family, and posits the notion that death is merely a relative thing.


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Twelve Thirty

There are three women in the Langley household: Vivien (Karen Young), the mother, is caught between a fierce independence and an almost agoraphobic attachment to home; seductive and confident Mel (Portia Reiners) is a 19-year-old mirror image of her mother; Maura (Mamie Gummer), 22, is alienated, afraid and unable to pinpoint her place in the world. They live together in a seemingly close household, yet each is very much alone. The once man-of-the-house, Martin (Reed Birney), left long ago to pursue a new way of life, but keeps a shadow presence: he maintains a comfortable erotic tie to his ex-wife and a tentative relationship with Mel. Maura has all but shunned him. The family’s status quo explodes when Jeff (Jonathan Groff) walks into their combustible, dysfunctional world.


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The Gianfranco Rosi Collection 3 Films

Gianfranco Rosi has emerged as one of the most awarded and provocative documentarians working today. His observational films artfully and sympathetically depict the lives of subcultures and displaced peoples the world over. The Gianfranco Rosi Collection includes four of his greatest films. Fire at Sea (2016), an Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, is a heartwrenching portrait of African refugees pouring into the Italian island of Lampedusa. Sacro GRA (2013), winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is an engaging tour of Rome’s ring road. Rosi spent five years shooting Below Sea Level (2008), which documents the hand-to-mouth existence of California flatland squatters. And his first feature, Boatman (1993), captures life and death on the Ganges River in India.


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Sacro GRA

Gianfranco Rosi has emerged as one of the most awarded and provocative documentarians working today. SACRO GRA, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is an engaging tour of Rome’s ring road, populated by a fascinating group of eccentrics.


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Below Sea Level

Provocative filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi spent five years shooting BELOW SEA LEVEL, which documents the hand-to-mouth existence of California flatland squatters.


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Boatman

Gianfranco Rosi's first feature, BOATMAN, captures life and death on the Ganges River in India.


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