WORLD ON A WIRE
WELT AM DRAHT
1973, Janus Films, 212 min, Germany, Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Originally created for German television, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s sci-fi epic lends a tense, noir-ish atmosphere to virtual reality head games that THE MATRIX would play a quarter-century later. Fred Stiller (Klaus Löwitsch) takes over a computer simulation program at the Cybernetics and Future Science Institute after the death of a top researcher. The man reportedly had been on the verge of a major discovery, but as Stiller investigates, others begin to vanish mysteriously as well.


AFTER HOURS
1985, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Manhattan becomes a surreal dreamscape of bizarre terror in Martin Scorsese's film about an ordinary guy who agrees to a late-night date with an attractive but alarmingly disturbed woman (Rosanna Arquette). Dead bodies, strange sculptresses and an incensed ice cream truck mob are all part of the protagonist's weird journey into the dark and neglected hours of the morning.


THE DEPARTED
2006, Warner Bros., 151 min, USA/Hong Kong, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Inspired by Hong Kong film INFERNAL AFFAIRS, this riveting drama of divided loyalties will keep you guessing until the very last shot. In an effort to break Boston’s Irish-American mob, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes undercover as part of crime boss Frank Costello’s (Jack Nicholson) crew. What he doesn’t know is that Costello has his own mole (Matt Damon) working in the police force. Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a long-overdue Best Director statuette for Scorsese.


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