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A film by Federico Fellini

1963 | 138 min. | Classics | Italy | Italian w/English subtitles
Formats: 35mm, DCP, Blu-ray and DVD

Federico Fellini’s surreal self portrait, a triumph of art and imagination, is one of the indisputable cornerstones of a collection of great cinema. It has been studied, acclaimed and loved all over the world, it is a motion picture that can never grow old. 8½ is Fellini’s soul, a magnificently textured film that mingles dreams, reality and fantasy with a riot of visual imagery; a comic extravaganza of overwhelming brilliance.

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Bicycle Thief

A film by Vittorio De Sica

1948 | 90 min. | Classics | Italy | Italian w/English subtitles
Formats: 35mm, DCP, Blu-ray and DVD

The Bicycle Thief quickly solidified its position as one of the greatest films ever made when it was originally released. In his December 13th, 1949 review for The New York Times, Bosley Crowther called it “brilliant and devastating — a film that will tear your heart, but which should fill you with warmth and compassion.” The film later won a special honorary Academy Award for Outstanding Foreign Language Film.

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I Vitelloni

A film by Federico Fellini

1953 | 104 min. | Classics | Italy | Italian w/English subtitles
Formats: 35mm and DVD

Although an early Fellini film, many regard this as his finest work. Toughest of all critics, John Simon, in his book, Private Screenings states, “I Vitelloni is a masterpiece, one of the ten or twelve great films ever made.” Martin Scorsese in his documentary Il Mio Viaggio in Italia is a great admirer of this early work and says, “I Vitelloni was a major inspiration for my picture Mean Streets back in 1973 and continues to be so to this day. For me, it captures the bittersweet emotions of a moment that eventually comes for everyone, the moment you realize you can either grow up or forever be a child.”

Oedipus Rex

A film by Sir Tyrone Guthrie

1957 | 88 min. | Classics | Canada | English
Formats: 35mm and DVD

This definitive adaptation of Sophocles’ greatest play is a must for anyone interested in the dramatic arts. Sir Tyrone Guthrie’s adaptation is blessed with a remarkable ensemble cast and translated by no less a talent than William Butler Yeats. This powerful Greek tragedy is made all the more compelling by the actors wearing masks to establish the characters in the tradition of authentic Greek drama. The remarkable thing about this filmed version is that it is timeless in its importance as a record of a one-of-akind performance at a time when classic literature was often the subject of cinema rather than the less challenging special effects of today.

Of Mice and Men

A film by Lewis Milestone

1939 | 107 min. | Classics | USA | English

John Steinbeck is unquestionably one of America’s most important authors and this film adaptation, superbly directed by Lewis Milestone, is regarded as the best of the three-film adaptation of his most famous play. There are many aspects of the play that are faithfully transferred to the screen – Steinbeck’s understanding and sympathy for the migrant workers’ plight, society’s callous treatment of the elderly, and discrimination against Blacks.

Bartleby

A film by Anthony Friedmann

1970 | 78 min. | Classics | United Kingdom | English

Updated to 1970s London, this faithful adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic follows a young accounting clerk rebelling against his employer by responding to demands to do work by saying, “I prefer not to.” This is carried on ad absurdum until the office is in chaos because the other employees must do Bartleby’s work. His boss is unable to fire or help him and eventually has him placed in a mental hospital. Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons), John McEnery (The Duellists) and Thorley Walters (TV’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) star in this impeccably mounted study of employment, insanity, and the rigors of everyday life from one of literature’s most acclaimed geniuses.