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Three films rediscovering exploring our cinematic heritage from around the world including Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus (1928), the Czech classic Distant Journey (1949), and Frank Borzage’s  Moonrise, presented by Film Noir expert Eddie Muller.

The Circus   

The Circus
USA, 1928, 72 min.
A rarely seen masterpiece featuring two of the greatest comic sequences ever filmed. The lovable Tramp finds work as a circus janitor, only to be drafted in to replace the wayward headliners. With a score composed by Chaplin at age 79, this is one of the must-see events of the festival.... more

Distant Journey   

Distant Journey
Czechoslovakia, 1949, 99 min.
Over the years, the stature of this unaccountably neglected masterpiece has grown. It is one of the few films that succeed in making the horror and inexplicable reality of the concentration camp universe come alive by blending documentary with intentionally intensified, non-realist film techniques d... more


USA, 1948, 91 min.
An angst-ridden Southern boy kills his lifelong persecutor and buries the body. A persistent sheriff and his own tortured conscience hound him. Director Borzage brings a poetic visual style to this rural noir drama, one of the most brilliant -- and under-appreciated -- films of the 1940s. Noir autho... more

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