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  • A nous la liberte

    Rene Clair's 1931 satire on industrialization was overshadowed for many years by Chaplin's Modern Times and then forgotten, though its recent release on DVD has given it a second—and well-deserved—lease on life. more...
  • Alexandra's Project

    Common threads of rage and revenge run through Australian director Rolf de Heer's previous feature—The Tracker, an avant-garde aboriginal western—and this thriller in which a man comes home to an empty house and watches a video prepared for him by his wife. more...
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder takes Douglas Sirk's Hollywood melodrama All That Heaven Allows and pushes it over the brink: it becomes the story of a May-December romance between a Moroccan guest laborer and an aging German hausfrau. more...
  • The American Astronaut

    Astronauts roam the galaxy like homeless cowpokes in Cory McAbee's tripped-out, low-budget comic space opera (2001), a ripping yarn about a nearly broke intergalactic trader (McAbee) transporting a 16-year-old boy to a nearly all-female colony on Venus while being chased by the murderous Professor Hess (played with wonderful understatement by Rocco Sisto). more...
  • American Movie (R)

    Wisconsin filmmaker Mark Borchardt tries to raise money for a feature by finishing a short called Coven in this intimate 1999 documentary directed and shot by Chris Smith (American Job). more...
  • The American Soldier

    Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder described this 1970 film as “what's left in the minds of the German people who see a lot of American gangster films.” What's left, apparently, is some of the seediest mise-en-scene I've ever encountered—flat, grainy, spatially incomprehensible, and way too dark. more...
  • Army of Shadows

    Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 thriller about the French Resistance, which received its first U.S. release only in 2006, is a great film but also one of the most upsetting ones I know. more...
  • The Ascent

    Brooding close-ups concentrate our attention on character psychology in this final film (1976) by Soviet director Larissa Shepitko, about Russian partisans struggling against German occupiers in the winter of 1942. more...