MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS
1985, Janus Films, 121 min, USA/Japan, Dir: Paul Schrader

The tumultuous life of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima serves as the subject for what many consider director Paul Schrader’s masterpiece. To a score by Philip Glass, the film interweaves several narratives (each with its own distinctive look) drawn from Mishima’s youth, his novels and the attempted coup that ended in his ritual suicide. “The most unconventional biopic I've ever seen, and one of the best.” – Roger Ebert. In Japanese and English with English subtitles.


CAT PEOPLE (1982)
1982, Universal, 118 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

Director Paul Schrader adds a glossy ’80s eroticism to Jacques Tourneur’s ’40s horror classic about a race of people who turn into cats when sexually aroused. Nastassja Kinski travels to New Orleans to visit long-separated brother Malcolm McDowell, who goes missing right around the time a black panther attacks a prostitute. Giorgio Moroder’s synth-pop score includes the David Bowie hit “Cat People (Putting Out Fire).”


THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE
1984, Park Circus/MGM, 120 min, USA, Dir: Stuart Rosenberg

Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts star as a pair of hard-luck thieves determined to make one big score, in director Stuart Rosenberg’s lyrical New York crime drama. Watch for excellent supporting work from a gallery of great character actors, including M. Emmet Walsh, Burt Young, Philip Bosco and a wonderful, snarling performance by Geraldine Page as a grieving mother.


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