Film of the day

Kim Ki-duk South Korea, 2012

Pieta

With the Venice Film Festival opening today, we present a double bill of films that took the top prize. The ever-controversial Kim Ki-duk won the 2012 Golden Lion (beating The Master) for this intense, provocative psychodrama. Definitely not for the faint of heart, it sent the fest spinning.

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Marie Losier United States, 2011

29 days to watch
Summer Concert Series

Can two become one? That is just one question asked this intimate and impressionistic look at by the art and life of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV founder Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his partner, Lady Jaye. Their aspiration to unite bodies and art is a paean as much to creation as it is to love.

Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss

Yasuharu Hasebe Japan, 1970

28 days to watch
Stray Cats Rock!

Delinquent girl gangs invade MUBI! Oh yes: We’re featuring the Stray Cat Rock series of low-budget, high-ingenuity Japanese pop-exploitation. This is the one that started it all, directed by B-genre master Yasuharu Hasebe (Retaliation) and featuring pop stars Akiko Wada and Meiko Kaji.

Full Moon in Paris

Éric Rohmer France, 1984

27 days to watch

From 1808 to 1984: French New Wave director Éric Rohmer always worked to capture the quintessence of his film’s characters and their era. We move from Germany’s romantic past to bracingly contemporary Paris in this rich, fresh and epoch-defining gem led by the utterly enchanting Pascale Ogier.

The Marquise of O

Éric Rohmer France, 1976

26 days to watch

This week, a double feature contrasting two sides of beloved New Wave director Éric Rohmer. For one of only a few period films he made, Rohmer went to West Germany to adapt a 1808 novella by Kleist! Yet the film is a sumptuous joy, delving into past romantic relations just as complex as those today.

Woyzeck

Werner Herzog West Germany, 1979

Shot fast on the heels of Nosferatu, using the same crew, star, and location, Woyzeck is a tight Herzogian psychodrama of civilized insanity and murder most foul. Filmed largely in long takes, it showcases possibly Kinski’s best performance: subtle, human, and ready to explode.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye

Heinz Bütler Switzerland, 2007

24 days to watch

The greatest photographer of the 20th century? Quite possibly. This ode to Henri Cartier-Bresson, touring through his photos of Parisian streets, the Spanish Civil War, and beyond, makes the case simply but convincingly: filming Bresson himself, showing us the brilliant work singing its praises.

Stagecoach

John Ford United States, 1939

23 days to watch

What more can be said about John Ford’s immortal classic, when all you need to do is watch? Its DNA is everywhere from Kurosawa to Firefly, but the original rip-roaring, sharp-eyed, quick-drawing adventure is still a masterclass. And when the camera dollied in on John Wayne, a star was born.

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

Margaret Brown United States, 2004

22 days to watch
Summer Concert Series

An ethereal musician behind which lay so much pain and instability: that’s the mystery of this documentary on Texan troubadour Townes Van Zandt. Extensive and wonderful archive footage tell one story, the tales of friends, family and admirers something else. And then there’s the great, great music.

Mademoiselle Chambon

Stéphane Brizé France, 2009

21 days to watch

French director Stéphane Brizé recently turned heads when his The Measure of a Man picked up the Best Actor prize at Cannes for star Vincent Lindon. Catch up on this auteur and his leading man with this 2009 collaboration, a heartfelt romance whose nuanced, incisive screenplay won Brizé a César.

Merry-Go-Round

Jacques Rivette France, 1981

20 days to watch
Jacques Rivette Tribute

Our final rare film from Jacques Rivette is generally considered a failure—but what a failure! Two 1970s greats—Maria Schneider and Joe Dallesandro—collide in a bewildering, free-wheeling experimental drama that sent the director into a breakdown and left the film unjustly unreleased for years.

Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night

Werner Herzog West Germany, 1979

Our epic Herzog series enters its last round! Revisiting F.W. Murnau’s classic, Herzog made a unique, elemental take on Dracula: a haunting vision of life, death, and superstition, aglow with color and finding pity for Kinski’s deathless wraith. With Isabelle Adjani, the carnal queen of Euro-horror.

The Glass Shield

Charles Burnett United States, 1994

18 days to watch

One of America’s greatest, but perennially under-funded and under-appreciated filmmakers, Charles Burnett, the director of the lyrical L.A. ghetto portrait Killer of Sheep, here focuses with skewering vision on police and race relations. Made twenty years ago, the era still feels much like our own.

Bad Seed

Billy WilderAlexander Esway France, 1934

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17 days to watch

Here’s a treasure from the vaults: the directing debut of Billy Wilder, a comedy made in France in between his flight from Germany and his arrival in Hollywood. Starring Danielle Darrieux (Madame de…), it shows Wilder’s sweet-and-sour sensibility, mixing romance and cynicism, comedy and drama.

Camille 2000

Radley Metzger Italy, 1969

16 days to watch

Our hothouse Radley Metzger double bill climaxes with Camille 2000. Criticized as purely pornographic in the newly X-rated world of 1969, this erotic tale (adapted from Alexandre Dumas) is also a campy melodrama, a chic piece of 60s pop art, and a provocateur’s test of the new freedoms of cinema.

The Lickerish Quartet

Radley Metzger Italy, 1970

15 days to watch

Presenting our most risque double bill: Radley Metzger! The death of censorship left a brief hope that erotic films could be legit cinema, and Metzger was a celebrated, scandalous practitioner. This 1970 gem doubles as sly meta-commentary. Warhol called it a masterpiece. Where you land is up to you.

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

John Scheinfeld United States, 2010

14 days to watch
Summer Concert Series

The next subject of our Summer Concert Series is this smooth-voiced pop singer, who’s best known for the opening theme of Midnight Cowboy but whose legacy is so much bigger. Featuring interviews with Randy Newman, Yoko Ono, and more, it’s a tribute to an underrated musician’s place in pop history.

Noroît

Jacques Rivette France, 1976

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13 days to watch
Jacques Rivette Tribute

Our next rare film from New Waver Jacques Rivette is what Jonathan Rosenbaum describes as a fusion of a female pirate adventure, mythological fantasy, Jacobean tragedy, experimental dance film, and personal psychodrama, for a wildly risky film that now seems unimaginable today.

Last Life in the Universe

Pen-ek Ratanaruang Thailand, 2003

12 days to watch

Thai auteur Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s gorgeous, languid, Sundance-playing drama. Its lackadaisical melancholy is perfectly embodied by Japanese film star Tadanobu Asano, who buries himself in the exquisitely muted colors of legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Watch for Takashi Miike’s cameo!

Rio Corgo

Maya KosaSérgio da Costa Switzerland, 2015

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11 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

We conclude our highlights from the Locarno Film Festival with this stellar Swiss co-production. An audacious debut, it (ad)ventures into the Portuguese countryside to explore a man’s life (shot across a gorgeous landscape) in ways that go beyond the boundaries of normal documentaries.

Köpek

Esen Isik Switzerland, 2015

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10 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

For our final two selections of films being shown from the Locarno Film Festival come from the Swiss Panorama section, highlighting the best of recent Swiss productions. In Esen Isik’s feature debut, the Turkish director explores the tensions and passions of those who live on Istanbul’s margins.

Deux Rémi, deux

Pierre Léon France, 2015

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9 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

A lightweight favorite films from Locarno last year is Russian-born Pierre Léon’s slim, comedic adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s “The Double.” Its charming insider cast includes auteur Serge Bozon, Truffaut’s enchanting granddaughter, film historian Bernard Eisenschitz, and New Wave secret Jackie Raynal.

The Movement

Benjamín Naishtat Argentina, 2015

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8 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

Up-and-coming director Benjamín Naishtat prize-winning third film is an audaciously stark and powerful tale of the Argentine frontier. In this small film with impressive ambition—and stunning black and white cinematography—Naishtat cleverly envisions a crucial moment in his nation’s history.

Los Hongos

Oscar Ruíz Navia Colombia, 2014

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7 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

Each August the Swiss town of Locarno hosts a festival showing some of the year’s best discoveries. We celebrate this year’s edition with favorites, intimate and provocative, that recently premiered there, beginning with Columbian director Oscar Ruíz Navia’s follow-up to his acclaimed gem Crab Trap.

Duelle

Jacques Rivette France, 1976

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6 days to watch
Jacques Rivette Tribute

This month, we pay tribute to Jacques Rivette, the best kept secret of the New Wave, whose free-form tales of conspiracy and game-playing inspire clandestine fervor. He followed his masterpiece Celine and Julie Go Boating with this phantasmal noir, starring the great Juliet Berto and Bulle Ogier.

Meek's Cutoff

Kelly Reichardt United States, 2010

After the discretion of Wendy and Lucy Kelly Reichardt surprised us with her own take on the Western genre: intensely focused, fascinatingly observant, and loaded with portent. It continues Reichardt’s rich partnership with Michelle Williams, but it is Bruce Greenwood as Meek who steals the show.

River of Grass

Kelly Reichardt United States, 1994

We’re showcasing a new restoration of stalwart American independent Kelly Reichardt’s debut, which premiered at Sundance this year alongside her latest film, Certain Women. A fugitive drama, its dedication to outcasts in the American landscape would become a hallmark of this very special director.

Old Joy

Kelly Reichardt United States, 2006

After 12 years away, Kelly Reichardt returned to independent filmmaking with this small scale but beguiling portrait of two men, no longer young, not quite old, trying to resume a friendship. With a lush Oregon setting and precise social detail—a director hallmark—she made a road movie in miniature.

Wendy and Lucy

Kelly Reichardt United States, 2008

We’re devoting a 4-film series to Kelly Reichardt to celebrate the new restoration of her debut, River of Grass. Our tribute begins with the movie that opened this independent, socially inquisitive American sensibility to a larger public: her powerful first collaboration with Michelle Williams.

Metropolis

Fritz Lang Germany, 1927

Expiring at midnight

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the passing of a legend: Fritz Lang. Easily one of the most iconic films ever made, his classic future shock is still thrilling: a propulsive sci-fi epic, a mind-blowing visual symphony, and a time-honored gateway to the marvels of silent film. Restored in HD.

Music from the Big House

Bruce McDonald Canada, 2010

Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, has decided to take a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues—Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary.

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