ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA Extended Director's Cut
1984, Warner Bros., 251 min, Italy, USA, Dir: Sergio Leone

Childhood friends Robert De Niro and James Woods rise to power as New York gangsters during the glory years of Prohibition, only to lose their souls in the process. Leone’s final masterpiece features Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams, Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Danny Aiello and William Forsythe, as well as the film debut of Jennifer Connelly.


REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
2000, Lionsgate, 101 min, USA, Dir: Darren Aronofsky

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky adapted the Hubert Selby, Jr., novel about mothers, sons, drugs and letting your demons take over your rational self. Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Connelly and an Oscar-nominated Ellen Burstyn turn in stellar performances in this hard-hitting film about the corrosive nature of addiction in all its forms. Once again working with PI cinematographer Matthew Libatique, Aronofsky juggles characters’ subjective and external worlds with an innovative visual style to evoke a nightmare that’s impossible to shake.


DARK CITY
1998, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Alex Proyas

Alien "Strangers" whose world is dying collect a group of humans for study in order to find out what makes the heart and mind tick - in solving the mysteries of the human soul, they hope to save themselves. Every night at midnight they erase their subjects' memories and plant new ones - but one man, Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) proves resistant to the experiments and goes on the run, pursued by detective Bumstead (William Hurt) as he falls in love with torch singer Emma (Jennifer Connelly). Working from a script he wrote with Lem Dobbs and David Goyer, director Alex Proyas uses this sci-fi concept to explore the most profound philosophical issues relating to memory, experience, and what it means to be human.


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