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Archival Treasures

The great French filmmaker Robert Bresson once wrote “try to show that which, without you, might never have been seen.” This quintet of movie gems from around the world dazzle in their beauty, but are not often seen.

Take Record of a Tenement Gentleman, for example. Its director, Yasujiro Ozu, is one of the greatest serious filmmakers who ever lived, yet this engrossing little temple of a movie has unexpected lightness and laughs. Youssef Chahine’s Egyptian film Cairo Station is perhaps the first great African film, and one of the best melodramas of the 50s, yet it’s seldom on our screens. Bengali director Satyajit Ray’s Devi is a lustrous beauty of a film in cream and black, with a haunting performance by fourteen-year-old Sharmila Tagore. Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist takes European politics and introduces it to the Hollywood musical and film noir. Souleymane Cisse’s Malian film Yeelen is like a cross between landscape painting, Oedipus Rex and Star Wars, yet its beauty is not well known.

Five movie jewels from the Aladdin’s cave of movie history.


Brightness   

Brightness
Burkina Faso, 1987, 105 min.
LISTED IN ARCHIVAL SECTION. (no copy for Desert Sun)... more



Cairo Station/ the Iron Gate   

Cairo Station/ the Iron Gate
Egypt, 1958, 77 min.
LISTED IN ARCHIVAL SECTION... more



The Conformist   

The Conformist
Italy, 1970, 107 min.
LISTED IN ARCHIVAL SECTION.... more



The Goddess   

The Goddess
India, 1960, 93 min.
LISTED IN ARCHIVAL SECTION.... more



The Record of a Tenement Gentleman   

The Record of a Tenement Gentleman
Japan, 1947, 72 min.
LISTED IN ARCHIVAL SECTION... more



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