• Losing Ground
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    Losing Ground

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    At the time of her death from cancer in 1988, Kathleen Collins was just 46 years old, but she was already an internationally renowned playwright, a popular professor (at New York’s City College) and a successful independent filmmaker.
    Her second film, Losing Ground tells the story of a marriage ...

  • Strange Victory

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    2020. The president of the United States threatens to bring the army in to "dominate" peaceful protestors asking for the end of police brutality against African Americans. Politicians call for more police arrests of citizens.

    The year was 2017. Charlottesville was just the beginning. Racist atta...

  • Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness

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    Before they dreamed up that oversized ape, King Kong's creators filmed this magical story of a Thai family's struggle to survive the forces of nature.

    CHANG is a revelation - not only is it the obvious prototype for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's later masterpiece, King Kong but it ...

  • Piccadilly

    E.A. (Varieté) Dupont's Piccadilly, the 1929 silent masterpiece brilliantly restored by the British Film Institute, stars the sultry Anna May Wong in her greatest role.

    After many years of supporting roles in Hollywood, Wong left for Europe in search of better work. And did she find it! Her elec...

  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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    When The Adventures of Prince Achmed premiered in Germany on September 23, 1926, it was hailed as the first full-length animated film. More than seventy-five years later, this enchanting film still stands as one of the great classics of animation — beautiful, mesmerizing and utterly seductive.

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  • Shoes
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    Shoes

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    Eva Meyer is poor shop girl working at a five-and-dime. She is the sole wage earner for three younger sisters, a mother who struggles to hold everything together, and a father who prefers beer and penny dreadfuls to work. Each week, Eva returns to her cold-water flat and dutifully hands over her ...

  • The Connection
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    The Connection

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    The Connection is one of the most vital, fascinating films of the American independent world. Created by a woman director, Shirley Clarke, at a time when they were in very short supply, the film shattered stereotypes in just about every conceivable way. And yet, the film remained unseen for many ...

  • No Maps on My Taps

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    "Exhilarating, touching, [and] thoroughly absorbing!” — The New York Times

    “Their story is poignant, their dexterity poetic, their legacy immense!” — Time Magazine

    The golden age of tap dancing spanned the first half of the twentieth century and featured extraordinary artists, including Bill “B...

  • About Tap
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    About Tap

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    George Nierenberg's brilliant and blissful followup to No Maps on my Taps is introduced by Gregory Hines, who shares his childhood memories of watching and imitating the tap dance greats at the Apollo Theater. ABOUT TAP features stylistic performances and recollections by three of America’s leadi...

  • A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China

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    Director Philip Haas (Angels and Insects and Up at the Villa), and artist David Hockney invite you to join them on a magical journey through China via a marvelous 72-foot long 17th-century Chinese scroll entitled The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour (1691-1698), scroll seven. As Hockney ...

  • Killer of Sheep

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    Charles Burnett’s African American masterpiece, Killer of Sheep was one of the first 50 films to be selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and was chosen by the National Society of Film Critics as one of the 100 Essential Films. But, due to music licensing problems, the film...

  • Rocco and His Brothers

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    In filmmaker Luchino Visconti's bold and bruising masterpiece, five Southern Italian brothers looking for opportunity move with their mother to Milan. Simone and Rocco find fame in the boxing ring and love, with the same woman—Nadia. Jealousy mounts, blood is shed, and a striving family faces sel...

  • The Mystery of Picasso

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    Like a matador confronting a bull, the artist approaches his easel, his eyes blazing. As he wields his brush, we see through the canvas as the artwork unfolds, erupts, dances into being before our eyes. Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist of the twentieth century, is making a painting, and...

  • The Moon and the Son

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    John Canemaker’s Academy Award® and Emmy Award-winning animated documentary explores the terrain of father/son relationships, as seen through Canemaker's own turbulent relationship with his father.

    Featuring the voices of noted actors Eli Wallach and John Tuturro, THE MOON AND THE SON: AN IMAGIN...

  • I Am Cuba, new restoration

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    Milestone Films first released Mikhail Kalatozov’s deliriously beautiful masterpiece, I Am Cuba in 1995. Now, decades later, we are delighted to have been able to create a brand new 4K restoration of the film from original 35mm fine grain masters we purchased so long ago. The newly restored I Am ...

  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Lost WWII films

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    Bon Voyage and Aventure Malgache are taut, absorbing dramas of wartime espionage and murder, made in 1944 to aid the war effort.

  • The Perfect Team: The Making of On The Bowery

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    Filmmaker Michael Rogosin's fascinating exploration of the production history behind his father Lionel's groundbreaking documentary, On the Bowery

  • On the Bowery
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    On the Bowery

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    ON THE BOWERY chronicles three days in the drinking life of Ray Salyer, a part-time railroad worker adrift on New York’s skid row, the Bowery. When the film first opened it 1956, it exploded on the screen, burning away years of Hollywood artifice, jump-starting the post-war American independent s...

  • Film by Samuel Beckett

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    Samuel Beckett, the celebrated author of Waiting for Godot, made a single work for projected cinema. It’s in essence a chase film; the craziest ever committed to celluloid. It’s a chase between camera and pursued image that finds existential dread embedded in the very apparatus of the movies itse...

  • Notfilm
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    Notfilm

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    In 1964 author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history: his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short, titleless avant-garde film. Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in his receivin...

  • Portrait of Jason

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    On the night of December 2, 1966, Clarke and a tiny crew convened in her apartment at the Hotel Chelsea to make a film. There, for twelve straight hours they filmed the one-and-only Jason Holliday as he spun tales, sang, donned costumes and reminisced about good times and bad behavior as a gay hu...

  • Ornette: Made in America

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    Ornette: Made In America captures Ornette’s evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes, and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and ...

  • Chac: The Rain God

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    A cult film from the 1970s, lost for years and now restored, Chac: The Rain God can now be seen as a gorgeous cinematic journey into myth. Based on a combination of ritual and legends from the Popul Vuh, as well as Tzeltal and Mayan stories, this gorgeous film was shot in the Chiapas region of Me...

  • The Big Animal
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    The Big Animal

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    The Big Animal (Duze Zwierze) was scripted by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski, directed by star Jerzy Stuhr, and shot in shimmering black-and-white by cinematographer Pawel Edelman (Academy Award®-nominee for Roman Polanski's The Pianist). It is a lovely, passionate film that exposes greed and pett...

  • Something New
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    Something New

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    Something New is a thrilling and hilarious Western where the hero comes to the rescue of the kidnapped girl in a 1920 Maxwell sedan! Chased by bandits on horseback across rocky terrain, Shipman, boyfriend/co-star Van Tuyle and "Laddie" (her pet collie) survive some of the most amazing (and real) ...

  • Delicious Little Devil

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    Mary McGuire (Mae Murray) is a working-class young girl who lives in a New York tenement and supports her mother and her shiftless father and uncle.

    Two items in the March 27, 1919 edition of The New York Star catch her attention. The first is a news item about the famous dancer Gloria du Moine ...

  • Beyond the Rocks

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    Beyond the Rocks, the silent romance starring film legends Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino was long considered one of the great "lost" films from the Hollywood golden age, only a one-minute fragment was known to exist in the Nederlands Filmmuseum.

    Lost for over eighty years, film cataloguer...

  • Back to God's Country

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    Back to God's Country stars early independent producer, writer, conservationist, and star Nell Shipman shot on location in the frozen wilds of Canada. Shipman, a fearless free spirit on and off-screen, was ably supported by brilliant cameraman Joseph B. Walker, who went on to shoot many of Frank ...

  • Araya
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    Araya

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    The restoration of Margot Benacerraf's brilliant film Araya is a landmark in cinema history. The film was hailed as a masterpiece of poetic cinema and a forerunner of feminist Latina cinema on it's re-release by Milestone.

    The peninsula of Araya in northeastern Venezuela, is one of the most ari...

  • When it Rains
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    When it Rains

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    On New Year’s Day, a man tries to help a woman pay her rent and learns a lesson in connecting with others in a community. A short film by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger) that remains a masterpiece of storytelling

  • The Exiles
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    The Exiles

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    The Exiles chronicles a night in the life of a group of 20-something Native Americans who left reservation life in the 1950s to live in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. The film is is a narrative feature with a script that was pieced together from interviews with the documentary subjects....

  • Say Amen, Somebody (restored version)

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    One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is George Nierenberg’s masterpiece — a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey ("Precious Lord, Take My Hand"); its matron, Mother Willie...

  • Grass
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    Grass

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    A classic adventure by the makers of King Kong. In 1924, neophyte filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack hooked up with journalist and sometime spy Marguerite Harrison and set off to film an adventure. They found excitement, danger and unparalleled drama in the migration of the Bakh...

  • The Beggar Maid
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    The Beggar Maid

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    “Exceptional! … The Beggar Maid" is beautifully done … Miss Mary Astor, gives the beggar girl all of the grace and charm she is supposed to have.” — New York Times

    In 1920, Triart Pictures was formed to create movies of everlasting value about art and artists. They had famous artists including D...

  • Winter Soldier
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    Winter Soldier

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    In February 1971, one month after the revelations of the My Lai massacre, an astonishing public inquiry into war crimes committed by American forces in Vietnam was held at a Howard Johnson motel in Detroit. The Vietnam Veterans Against the War organized this event called the Winter Soldier Invest...

  • Bless Their Little Hearts

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    A key masterpiece of the L.A Rebellion, Bless Their Little Hearts distills the social concerns and aesthetics of that trailblazing movement in African American cinema. Billy Woodberry’s film showcases his attentive eye, sensitivity to the nuances of community and family, and the power of the blues...

  • Without Lying Down: Frances Marion in Hollywood

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    I've spent my life searching for a man to look up to without lying down." - Frances Marion

    And what a life it was! From 1915-1939, Frances Marion was one of the most powerful talents in the movie industry. In one of the most liberating eras for women in film, she wrote more than 200 movies and w...

  • Olive Thomas: Everybody’s Sweetheart

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    In the heyday of silent films, a winsome ingénue named Olive Thomas — affectionately dubbed "Ollie" by her friends and fans — possessed a seemingly charmed life. Born in the coal mining town of Charleroi, Pennsylvania in 1894, her astonishing beauty and spirit carried her to New York City where s...

  • I’m Going Home

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    Richard Brody's review of I'm Going Home from The New Yorker:

    With I'm Going Home, the legendary Manoel de Oliveira, at the age of 93, created his masterpiece. The critics have already acclaimed it as one of the finest films of the decade. Warm, funny, humane and ultimately heartrending, the fil...

  • The Dragon Painter

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    Remembered mostly for his magnificent performance as the Japanese officer in The Bridge over the River Kwai, few filmgoers realize that Sessue Hayakawa was one of the great stars of the silent cinema. In many films he played a dashing, romantic lead — a rarity for Asian actors in Hollywood, even ...

  • The World of Gilbert & George

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    Written and directed by Gilbert & George. New 2K restoration in collaboration with, and approved by, the artists!

    “We are unhealthy, middle-aged, dirty-minded, depressed, cynical, empty, tired-brained, seedy, rotten, dreaming, badly behaved, ill-mannered, arrogant, intellectual, self-pitying, ho...

  • The Wide Blue Road

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    The Wide Blue Road (La Grande Strada Azzurra), is the remarkable debut feature directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, famed for The Battle of Algiers (1966) and BURN! (1969), in a beautiful, newly restored version thanks to the efforts of Jonathan Demme, Dustin Hoffman and Milestone Film.

    Set in a fishin...

  • Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left For The East?

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    The first Korean feature to ever have theatrical distribution in the United States, Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? has been acclaimed by critics and audiences around the world as a film of remarkable power and beauty. In a remote mountain monastery above a bustling city, an old Zen maste...

  • The Viking
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    The Viking

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    On March 9, 1931, the SS Viking left the port of St. John's, Newfoundland, and sailed into motion picture history. On board were New York filmmaker Varick Frissell and an unusual crew of seamen and Hollywood movie people. Their mission: to shoot the final scenes for an epic feature film on the li...

  • Two Friends
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    Two Friends

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    Two Friends, the first feature film by Academy Award® winner Jane Campion (Sweetie, An Angel at My Table and The Piano). When Two Friends was shown at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival along with her three shorts, the film world heralded the brave new feminist voice of the extraordinary New Zealand d...

  • Seni’s Children

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    Seni Camara lives with her husband and family in the village of Bigona, in the Casamance region in southern Senegal. Working outside the local tradition of making pots and “useful” objects out of clay, Seni claims that through a “gift of God” she has been able to create thousands of bizarre, magn...

  • The Last Night of Rasputin

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    This is the rediscovered film made in 1924 by the legendary Soviet silent film director, Yevgeny Antinov. "Despised by the modernists for his love of narrative, hated by the traditionalists for his modern techniques, disapproved of by the government for his self-indulgence and individualism, and ...

  • The Giant Woman and the Lightning Man

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    Philip Haas’s eye-popping film on Australian Aboriginal art, takes us through the steps of preparing three ground paintings made by a group of desert tribesman. The film shows the collective effort and cooperation required to make the art. The beauty of the finished pieces — so ancient and so mod...

  • South: Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition

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    When Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail on the Endurance on August 8, 1914, he was already an internationally renowned Antarctic explorer and a national hero.

    He planned a brave attempt to cross the continent of Antarctica via the Pole. Raising money for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic (ITA) expedition...

  • Stones and Flies: Richard Long in the Sahara

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    Richard Long is a British land artist whose “walks” have included such far-flung places as the Australian brush and the glaciers of Iceland. The records of his journey, be they photographs, word pieces or objects he has collected along the way constitute his world-famous artwork. But before Phili...

  • The Cook and Other Treasures

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    At the Bull Pup Café, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is chef of all trades and Keaton waits tables in his own inimitable fashion. When a rambunctious customer annoys the pretty cashier, Buster Keaton comes to her defense and all-out mayhem ensues. Arbuckle and Keaton’s dance à la Salome and Cleopatra is...

  • The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy

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    At the time of her death from cancer in 1988, Kathleen Collins was just 46 years old, but she was already an internationally renowned playwright, a popular professor (at New York’s City College) and a successful independent filmmaker. Her first film, The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy is an adapta...

  • With Byrd at the South Pole

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    Admiral Richard E. Byrd was one of the most popular heroes in the age of exploration of the twenties. While he is nearly forgotten today, Byrd nearly beat Lindbergh to Paris (he flew a month later). In 1925, he was the first to fly over the North Pole making international heroes of himself and hi...

  • The Sorrow and the Pity

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    From the moment it was first released at a tiny Left Bank theater in Paris, this epic account of France under the occupation of the Nazi regime during World War II has been acclaimed as one of the most moving and influential films of all time. Originally refused by French TV, the film garnered in...

  • Scenes and Songs from Boyd Webb

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    A surreal foray into the fictive universe of Boyd Webb. Although Webb is usually classified as a sculptor, he does not exhibit objects — his art works are extremely large photographs of elaborate sculptural sets in which humans or animals are posed. For this movie, he has designed eight new works...

  • 90 Degrees South: With Scott to the Antarctic

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    Herbert G. Ponting's spellbinding chronicle of Captain Robert Scott's heroic and ultimately tragic race for the South Pole (not only did Amundsen reach the goal first but Scott and his entire team died on the return trip) was originally released in 1913. Ponting, who had been a renowned still pho...

  • And Now, Miguel

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    AND NOW, MIGUEL is known today as the beloved novel by Joseph Krumgold that won the Newberry Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1954. But few know that the story actually originated as a motion picture for the US Department of State directed by the Academy Award®-winning Kr...

  • A Young Man’s Dream and a Woman’s Secret

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    Filmmaker Philip Haas traveled to the southernmost tip of Madagascar to meet Efiaimbelo, a man in his mid-sixties who works as a funerary sculptor. The film follows Efiaimbelo as he travels to an isolated area in the countryside to cut down a special tree for sculpting. He makes it into a pole of...

  • Big Stakes
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    Big Stakes

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    One of the most breathtaking 35mm tinted and toned nitrate prints from the silent era, the Library of Congress has graciously provided Milestone with an exceptional video master of this silent cult classic. BIG STAKES is an entertaining, exciting, hilarious – and yes, strange – addition to cinema...

  • Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies

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    Blonde, beautiful and talented, Marion Davies was the first and funniest screwball comedienne. As star of two of the best comedies ever made, Show People and The Patsy, she combined zany slapstick and exuberant mimicry. Glamorous, witty and kind, both on screen and off, Davies was also famous for...

  • Dziga and His Brothers

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    The fascinating and tumultuous lives of Mikhail, Boris and Denis Kaufman (better known as Dziga Vertov) are the focus of this powerful documentary. Using rare archival footage from Russian state film archives and private collections, the brothers' lives and art are traced from Bialystok to Moscow...

  • From the Archives of Modern Art

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    A Milestone favorite, Eleanor Antin is an acclaimed artist/filmmaker working for many years in installation, performance and video, She has built an impressive international reputation based in part on her historical impersonations including Eleanor Nightingale (a Crimean War nurse), the Black Ki...

  • Let There Be Light

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    Banned for years and then shown with a very poor quality soundtrack, John Huston's LET THERE BE LIGHT was always highly regarded but a bit difficult to watch. Now with fully restored sound (by Chace Audio) and visual (by Colorlab), this is the best version of the legendary film.

    Huston's film ab...

  • Edge of the World

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    A critical and popular hit at the New York Film Festival, Michael Powell's The Edge of the World received a thrilling theatrical release that established it as one of the great discoveries of the year!

    Two families living on a remote island off the coast of Scotland, the Mansons and the Grays, a...

  • Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room

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    Hollywood discovered Peggy-Jean Montgomery when she was 19 months old and made her a star by the age of two. By the time she was six, she had made more than 150 popular shorts and a star of feature films. In fact, she was one of the most popular stars in Hollywood with a line of Baby Peggy produc...

  • My Brother’s Wedding

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    In 1983, after many long months of shooting, Charles Burnett sent his rough-cut of My Brother's Wedding to his producers. Ignoring his request to finish the editing of the film, the producers rushed it to a New York festival screening, where it received a mixed review from the New York Times. Wit...

  • The Man Without a World

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    THE MAN WITHOUT A WORLD is one of the most unusual, artistic and fantastic films of the American Indie history. There is nothing else like it!

    THE MAN WITHOUT A WORLD is credited to the legendary (and imaginary) 1920s Soviet director, Yevgeny Antinov. But the film is anything but old. In fact, A...

  • Oporto of My Childhood

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    With the freedom of inspiration and the rigor of writing that are his trademarks, Manoel de Oliveira returns to Oporto, the city of his birth.

    The Oporto of this childhood is a city laden with history, a city of artists and thinkers. And, as in a spiral movement, the film moves from the ruins of...

  • Electric Edwardians: Films of Mitchell & Kenyon

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    In the earliest years of the twentieth century, enterprising traveling showmen in the north of England hired pioneer filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon to shoot footage of local people going about their everyday activities. These films would be shown later at nearby fairgrounds, town hall...

  • Legong: Dance of the Virgins

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    Legong: Dance of the Virgins was filmed entirely on location in Bali in 1935 by the Marquis Henry de la Falaise, World War I her, the ex-husband of movie star Gloria Swanson and the current spouse of screen siren Constance Bennett. The film is a tragic tale of love denied — Poutou, a respected Le...

  • Sand Bubbles
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    Sand Bubbles

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    Louis J. Dorflinger, son of the founder of Dorflinger Glass Works, wrote in his diary on Monday, September 25, 1916 that three gentlemen from the Paramount Picture Company came to White Mills, Pennsylvania to “take pictures” of the glass house and shops and left the next day. This film, Sand Bubb...

  • Millay at Steepletop

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    Millay at Steepletop (Color, 25 minutes) is a loving tribute to the great American poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, filmed entirely at her 700-acre upstate New York farm by Sloane Shelton and Kevin Brownlow. By combining images of the natural beauty of the poet's home with readings from her most fa...