A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
2005, New Line Cinema, 95 min, USA/Germany/Canada, Dir: David Cronenberg

This thriller from director David Cronenberg stars Viggo Mortensen as a pillar of a small town community who runs a diner and lives a happy and quiet life with his wife (Maria Bello) and two children. But their lives are forever changed when Mortensen thwarts an attempted robbery and is lauded as a hero by the media, attracting the attention of two brutal mobsters (William Hurt and Ed Harris) who believe he is someone else. “A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE shifts its tone faster and better than any film I can think of … from the deeply serious to the deeply unnerving to the outright parodic with breathtaking speed and effect.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times.


TALE OF TALES
IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI
2015, IFC Films, 125 min, Dir: Matteo Garrone

Acclaimed director Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH) makes his English-language debut with this fantasy-horror anthology film, which takes the classic PENTAMERONE collection of fairy tales as its source. An international cast including Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones stars in a trio of stylish fables exploring love, desire and obsession.


IMMORTAL BELOVED
1994, Sony Repertory, 121 min, UK/USA, Dir: Bernard Rose

After Ludwig van Beethoven’s death in 1827, a three-part love letter was discovered in his papers addressed to an unnamed “immortal beloved,” and the quest to identify her drives this moving drama. Gary Oldman is superb as the legendary composer, and Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege and Valeria Golino are equally fine as possible objects of Beethoven’s affection. Featuring sumptuous production design and some of the most beautiful classical music ever written, writer-director Rose’s rumination on the mysteries of love is a feast for the senses.


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