Director Jonathan Demme gives the psychological horror thriller a distinctively feminist twist in his acclaimed adaptation of Thomas Harris’s bestselling novel, The Silence of the Lambs.
A stately satire of modern media consumption and American politics, Hal Ashby’s Being There feels more prescient than ever.
A successful fusion of two extremely different artistic visions, David Cronenberg’s overlooked adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Dead Zone has become scarier than ever, in view of the contemporary political climate.
A mind-bending psychosexual odyssey and a visionary piece of popular transgressive cinema, David Lynch’s breakthrough film, Blue Velvet, looks at the underbelly of a picturesque, well-ordered American small town.
A sensational Hollywood story of ambition, fame, greed, and narcissism, Billy Wilder’s classic Sunset Blvd. reveals the dark side of Los Angeles’ dream factory, while seducing us with the power of its own manufactured images.
A radical re-examination of Islamist fundamentalism, Abderrahmane Sissako’s complex, vibrant, and ravishing Timbuktu finds something poignantly human in the interwoven stories of a town occupied by jihadist invaders.
In Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart rehearse a complex, nuanced, and shape-shifting psychological drama that blurs the lines between playacting and reality.
An ebullient, richly textured and visually spectacular meditation on love, Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding unites high production values and low-budget ingenuity, while sweeping us into the choreographed chaos of its colorful world.
An expansive, flamboyant and all but apocalyptic look at the underbelly of café society, Federico Fellini’s La dolce vita captures the alluring emptiness of our image-saturated consumer culture nearly sixty years after its premiere.
In his Cinesthesia program notes, Jason Fuhrman traces the evolution of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey from a nascent speculation on humanity’s role in the cosmos to a monumental work of cinematic poetry that permanently altered movies and our collective imaginations.