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  • Cabiria

    Giovanni Pastrone's 1914 film is one of several early Italian epics that significantly influenced the form and flow of the feature film, then in its developmental infancy. more...
  • Cactus

    Paul Cox's films (My First Wife, Man of Flowers) are a lot like academic recitals: the performance is basically competent, but the notes are all familiar and the emotional responses are programmed in. more...
  • Caravaggio

    Like the aesthetically suspect filmmaker of Jean-Luc Godard's Passion, Derek Jarman devotes much of this free-form meditation on the life and art of Caravaggio (1986) to creating living tableaux of the baroque master's most famous paintings, though the literalizing question of whether the impersonations are “real” enough (they are for the most part, the Deposition staging uncannily so) tends to obscure the subtler things Jarman's doing here. more...
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  • Castle of Purity

    Luis Buñuel was originally slated to direct this 1972 Mexican feature, about a man who keeps his wife and children locked away in their home for 18 years to prevent contamination by the outside world, and it might have turned out better if he had. more...
  • Chaplin at First National

    Chaplin's films at First National between 1918 and 1923 are among his most popular as well as his most critically acclaimed. more...
  • The Chase

    Not the Arthur Penn excess from the 60s, but a rarely screened 1946 adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich novel about an ex-GI trying to spirit the wife of a mobster away from dark, malarial Miami. more...
  • Children of a Lesser God

    Randa Haines's safety-first 1986 adaptation of Mark Medoff's Tony Award-winning play about a teacher at a school for the hearing impaired (William Hurt) who falls in love with an angry deaf woman (Marlee Matlin). more...
  • China 9, Liberty 37

    From anomie to spaghetti: Monte Hellman leaves his existential American west for Leone territory (the film was Italian financed and shot in Spain) in this 1978 story of a gunman (Fabio Testi) hired to kill a farmer obstructing the construction of a new railroad line; the gun backs off when he falls in love with the intended target's wife, but the wife decides to finish the job for him. more...
  • China: The Arts, the People

    Berlin underground formalist and feminist camp talent Ulrike Ottinger (Ticket of No Return, Madame X—Absolute Ruler) seems an unlikely source for a China documentary (or any documentary for that matter), but her proclivity for letting her camera run for surreally long periods of time without the least concern for the audience's backsides has never been questioned, so what the hell, why not? more...
  • Christmas in Connecticut

    Tinsel-thin seasonal folly (1945) about a newslady who has a GI hero over for Christmas dinner. more...
  • Circus of Horrors

    When I was young and impressionable, this was on TV all the time and I could never sit through it. more...
  • City of Lost Souls

    Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer) directed this 2000 Japanese crime thriller. more...
  • City of Lost Souls

    West German filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim (Red Love, Army of Perverts) lights out for the territory again, the sexual terra incognita of underground Berlin. more...
  • Class Relations

    Using the fragmentary Kafka novel Amerika as their armature, West German minimalists Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet (Moses and Aaron, From the Cloud to the Resistance) have fashioned a modern parable of immigrant opportunity (1983) based on the Marxian idea that economics, rather than politics or religion or other conceptual inventions, comprises the social bedrock of all human relationships. more...
  • Cold Days

    Andras Kovacs (The Stud Farm), generally regarded as the social conscience of the Jancso generation of Hungarian filmmakers, directed this 1966 feature, about the liquidation of Yugoslav partisans by Hungarian fascists during World War II; the film exemplifies the taste for mildly revisionist politics and history (controversial within state-supported limits) that grew up in Hungary during the 60s, and is usually numbered among the director's best works. more...