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A Woman Is a Woman

Jean-Luc Godard France, 1961

Godard’s radical “neorealist musical” is one of the most iconic films of the New Wave. Re-inventing Hollywood’s aging genre, it is suffuse with fourth-wall breaking playfulness, Eastmancolor Parisian streets, Legrand’s lush score, and the sparkling presence of Belmondo, Brialy and Anna Karina.

Marwencol

Jeff Malmberg United States, 2010

28 days to watch

A fascinating plunge into a world historically inspired, yet crafted from the personal storytelling of its injured creator, this SXSW Grand Jury Award winner is a portrait of how fantasy can be therapeutic. It movingly reveals how personal trauma inevitably leaves traces in the creative process.

Antiporno

Sion Sono Japan, 2016

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27 days to watch

Following Wet Woman on the Wind, we bring you the latest Nikkatsu Roman Porno reboot. Genre-bending Japanese provocateur Sono Sion (Love Exposure) flips his assignment on its head, transforming his softcore film into a candy-colored, fourth-wall-breaking exposé of the sex (and art) industry.

Christmas, Again

Charles Poekel United States, 2014

26 days to watch

Need an anecdote to the too-often terrible sub-genre of holiday movie? Look no further than Charles Poekel’s debut feature, an indie gem true not to the schlocky veneer of Christmas culture, but rather to the emotional (as well as economic) nuances brought about by the wintry, consumerist season.

The Big Feast

Marco Ferreri Italy, 1973

25 days to watch

Indulging in excessive eating this holiday season? Here’s a cure! (You’ve been warned.) Marco Ferreri’s justifiably notorious feast film is a cult classic of culinary cinema. But don’t think you’ll end up ordering take out by the end—things get weird, fast. Starring Mastroianni and Piccoli.

Violet

Bas Devos Belgium, 2013

24 days to watch

Partly indebted to films by Alan Clarke and Gus Van Sant, Bas Devos’ debut is an altogether measured and incisive rumination on death and trauma. Expressing its themes through an enveloping yet abstract marriage between sound and image, Violet is a film of powerful experiential effect.

Let's Spend the Night Together

Hal Ashby United States, 1983

We continue honoring rock & roll with this colossal musical spectacle featuring the phenomenon’s foremost luminaries: The Rolling Stones! Directed with kinetic flare by Hal Ashby (Harold & Maude), this is yet another momentous note in the irrefutable cinematic (and otherwise) legacy of the Stones.

Détective

Jean-Luc Godard Switzerland, 1985

We return to Godard’s 1980s period of reinvention: images as beautiful as paintings composing cleverly fragmented shards of old movie conventions that forge new critique. Promising his producers a genre film, here they instead got a caustically funny remix of all possible hotel movie mysteries.

This Is Spinal Tap

Rob Reiner United States, 1984

We honor the craft and inevitable humor of rock music with two contrasting documentaries of the phenomenon. This Is Spinal Tap finds a perfect alignment of comedic talents producing a film of endless humor and unexpected wisdom. Might “Marty DiBergi” be one of the finest of his generation…?

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Terence Nance United States, 2012

20 days to watch

A kaleidoscope of forms, ranging from documentary to animation, mix together to shape this intimate confession on romance, youth, and the one that got away. Infused with spirited flourishes of music, color, and direct camera addresses, Terence Nance’s debut is alive in ways that few movies are.

Irma Vep

Olivier Assayas France, 1996

19 days to watch

With our friends at Mondo we’re creating New Art for Timeless Cinema, a series of newly imagined artwork for some of our favorite films. The series begins with Olivier Assayas and Maggie Cheung’s meta-cinematic modern classic. Get an exclusive poster of your own by referring new cinephiles to MUBI.

Beeswax

Andrew Bujalski United States, 2009

18 days to watch

If you enjoyed Funny Ha Ha last week, we highly recommend you watch director Andrew Bujalski’s heartfelt and true third feature. With characters who are at their most honest when struggling to find the right words, it’s a funny and observant slice-of-life story shot in beautifully colorful 16mm.

Radio Mary

Gary Walkow United States, 2017

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17 days to watch

We are thrilled to present the premiere of a new independent gem from Gary Walkow, 1987 winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Adapted from his own novel, this eerie, beguiling ghost story stars Kate Lyn Sheil as a woman haunted by a Mephistophelian mystery man and newfound telepathic powers.

Yumeji

Seijun Suzuki Japan, 1991

16 days to watch
The Taisho Trilogy

A painter-poet becomes enveloped in the romance, life and death swirling around him, conceived with a beguilingly serene surrealism by studio exile Seijun Suzuki. His final film set in Japan’s decadent Taisho era has the infamously esoteric director dramatizing—in his mad way—the life of an artist.

Alphaville

Jean-Luc Godard France, 1965

Leave it to Godard to re-invent sci-fi moviemaking with a New Wave budget, stealing images of modern Paris to throw us into a pop dystopian future. An ingenious mix of futurism, detective noir, and romance, with, of course, Anna Karina along with the indomitable Eddie Constantine as “Lemmy Caution”.

Passing Strange

Spike Lee United States, 2009

14 days to watch

In light of today’s premiere of Spike Lee’s remake of his own She’s Gotta Have It, we revisit this impassioned filmic realization of the famed titular broadway musical. Lee’s energetic craftsmanship captures all of the tender inspiration at the heart of an empowering story of self discovery.

Wet Woman in the Wind

Akihiko Shiota Japan, 2016

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13 days to watch

Nikkatsu is rebooting its legendary Roman Porno series, giving different directors creative freedom in exchange for thriftiness and a healthy dose of sex. The first of these softcore art films (or arty softcore films, if you wish!), is Akihiko Shiota’s slapstick comedy, a breezily playful delight.

Funny Ha Ha

Andrew Bujalski United States, 2002

12 days to watch

As refreshing now as on its debut, and just as awkwardly charming (or is that charmingly awkward?), in Funny Ha Ha “Mumblecore” pioneer Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess) traces a young woman’s arrested development. A perceptive, hysterically laugh- and wince-inducing comedy about post-graduate drift.

That Most Important Thing: Love

Andrzej Żuławski France, 1975

11 days to watch

We honor the great visionary Polish director Andrzej Żuławski on his birthday with his impassioned first film made in France after his last was banned at home. A frenzied tale of troubled passion in love and art, it is driven with animal fervor by an unforgettable Romy Schneider, who won the César.

Mulberry St.

Abel Ferrara United States, 2010

10 days to watch

Revisiting the location and themes of Abel Ferrara’s earlier film China Girl (1987), the king of New York cinema crafts a loving portrait of his home with this neighborhood film about a community and its many vibrant souls at war with gentrification. A truly alive and buoyant gesture of cinema.

Kagerô-za

Seijun Suzuki Japan, 1981

9 days to watch
The Taisho Trilogy

The second entry in Japanese style-mad, rule-breaking genius Seijun Suzuki’s series of films set in the decadent Taisho era, Heat-Haze Theatre is a fever dream version of a period romance. Upending conventions of dramatic logic, its a sinister, visually flamboyant descent into madness—or is it love?

First Name: Carmen

Jean-Luc Godard France, 1983

We move from the sumptuous romanticism of Godard’s Pierrot le fou to this similarly fragmentary love poem from his 1980s period. First Name: Carmen reinvents cinema into elliptical broken rhythms and passages of discordant poetry to renew one of the oldest of tales: that of two lovers on the lam.

Dead or Alive: Final

Takashi Miike Japan, 2002

Takashi Miike heightens the inventive splendor of his gangster trilogy Dead or Alive uncannily into the realm of sci-fi with this apocalyptic finale. Androids, exoskeletons, and super powers abound into this kinetic audio-visual tapestry of ceaseless action. In others words: another Miike classic.

Dead or Alive 2: Birds

Takashi Miike Japan, 2000

This requisite spiritual sequel to Miike’s apocalypse composes itself in a unique bifurcated structure of dark violence and evocative meditations of the past. Dead or Alive 2 throws out the gangster picture rulebook, and creates a new poetic surrealism for its bullet ballet. Takashi Miike forever.

Dead or Alive

Takashi Miike Japan, 1999

Only last month we celebrated the gonzo cinema of Takashi Miike, and yet we can’t help but return to his world of violence, masculinity, and pop surrealism with one of his finest achievements: the Dead or Alive trilogy. This first film is a dazzling spectacle culminating to a truly singular ending.

Tharlo

Pema Tseden China, 2015

4 days to watch
Two from Tibet

Today we further celebrate the cinema of Tibet with this ravishing formal vision from the country’s preeminent cinematic poet, Pema Tseden. Gracefully articulating the life of a shepherd, Tseden’s film ambitiously reckons with the forces of modernism deteriorating Tibet’s past and cultural identity.

Paths of the Soul

Zhang Yang China, 2015

3 days to watch
Two from Tibet

Tibet is a landscape rarely seen by cinema, and director Zhang Yang gracefully honors its many elements with this spiritualist documentary of a pilgrimage across the country amidst a harsh winter. Patient and oneiric rhythms pair for a truly rich cinematic experience both textural and enveloping.

Zigeunerweisen

Seijun Suzuki Japan, 1980

2 days to watch
The Taisho Trilogy

After being fired from his studio in 1967 for his radical approach to genre filmmaking, Seijun Suzuki came back in style with his trilogy of films set in the Taisho era of Japan’s 1920s. He obviously lost none of his verve for outlandish storytelling and exquisite flourishes of color and set-design!

Pierrot le fou

Jean-Luc Godard France, 1965

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FOR EVER GODARD: A
RETROSPECTIVE

Today we begin a 7-film series dedicated to the greatest post-war filmmaker. Cinema, love, politics, art, war: Jean-Luc Godard’s obsessions explode in a supernova of color and emotion in this, possibly his funniest, most tragic film. A New Wave pinnacle, with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina.

I Cannot Tell You How I Feel

Su Friedrich United States, 2016

Su Friedrich continues her ongoing quest to film the battleground of family life. Her mother plays the lead, kicking and protesting against being taken to an “independent living” facility. Friedrich and her two siblings fill out the supporting roles—cajoling, comforting, and freaking out.

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