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  • Padre Padrone

    Neo-neorealism from the Taviani brothers, who emerged from the obscurity of Italian television to take the grand prize at Cannes with this 1977 study of a boy growing up under the geographical and familial oppression of Sardinia. more...
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  • A Page of Madness (NR)

    Teinosuke Kinugasa's mind-boggling silent masterpiece of 1926 was thought to have been lost for 40 years until the director discovered a print in his garden shed. more...
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  • The Pajama Game

    Film scholar Jane Feuer has argued that the Hollywood musical is a politically conservative genre, a notion challenged by the Warners musicals of the 30s, Bells Are Ringing (1969), and this exuberant, underrated 1957 movie. more...
  • Pale Flower

    "What was so wrong about killing one of these stupid animals?" ponders Ryo Ikebe in voice-over as director Masahiro Shinoda pans across a crowded city street in black-and-white 'Scope, setting the malignant tone of this fine Japanese noir (1962). more...
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  • Palestine Blues

    This first-person documentary about the effects of the security wall Israel's building across occupied Palestine in defiance of the International Court of Justice is an affecting cri de coeur, though director Nida Sinnokrot takes sides—we don't hear about any Palestinian terrorism. more...
  • Palestinian Revolution Cinema

    These decades-old shorts offer affecting cris de coeur about refugee life; their technical rough edges contribute to their feeling of raw authenticity, of fugitive images snatched between explosions. more...
  • Palindromes

    No comic filmmaker in America works as hard as Todd Solondz to ride the knife's edge between humor and pathos: his characters are lonely, unhappy, and helplessly cruel to one another, but intimate encounters between them often crash past the barriers of misery into hilarity. more...
  • The Palm Beach Story

    Rudy Vallee turns in his best performance as a gentle, puny millionaire named Hackensacker in this brilliant, simultaneously tender and scalding 1942 screwball comedy by Preston Sturges—one of the real gems in Sturges's hyperproductive period at Paramount. more...
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  • Panique
  • Panique

    French director Julien Duvivier (Pepe le Moko) spent the World War II years as an exile in Hollywood, then returned home to direct this crackerjack mystery (1946), which probes at some of his countrymen's worst instincts. more...
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  • Panorama Ephemera

    This 2004 assemblage of excerpts from industrial, educational, advertising, and amateur films, collected by archivist Rick Prelinger over two decades, presents a portrait of 20th-century America, from strikes to elections to civil defense. more...
  • Pan's Labyrinth (R)

    A Mexican-Spanish coproduction by the talented Guillermo del Toro (Cronos), this nightmarish fairy tale for grown-ups takes place in Spain after the civil war, when the Republicans were still counting on help from the Allies that would never come. more...
  • Paper Moon

    Peter Bogdanovich seems to have chosen John Ford's underrated Will Rogers vehicles of the 30s (Judge Priest, Steamboat 'Round the Bend) as the models for this 1973 Depression comedy; the images (by Laszlo Kovacs) have a lovely dusty openness—a realistic view of the midwestern flatlands fading into a romantic memory. more...
  • The Paperboy (R)

    A strange hybrid of southern gothic literature and 70s drive-in cinema, this drama centers on a young man in south Florida (Zac Efron) whose older brother (Matthew McConaughey), a reporter for a Miami daily, returns to town hoping to exonerate a worthless swamp rat (John Cusack) for the murder of a local sheriff. more...
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  • Paprika

    Anime master Satoshi Kon tops his acclaimed features Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, and Tokyo Godfathers with this dizzying, ambitious excursion into the subconscious (2006). more...