1988, Park Circus/MGM, 81 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

With noisy construction going on where she lives, philosophy professor Marion Post (Gena Rowlands) rents a room in another building to complete her new book in peace. But now she’s next to a therapist’s office and can overhear the patients - among them an expectant mother (Mia Farrow) whose problems strike an unexpected chord with Marion. The top-flight supporting cast includes Gene Hackman, Blythe Danner, Ian Holm and, in his final film, John Houseman. This Bergman-esque drama (shot by Sven Nykvist) is among Allen’s most absorbing.

1983, Warner Bros., 103 min, USA, Dir: Bob Fosse

Director Bob Fosse’s final film is based on the true story of Dorothy Stratten (Mariel Hemingway), a Vancouver high school senior romanced by local promoter/pimp Paul Snider (Eric Roberts, in a career-best performance). Groomed as a Playboy model, Stratten becomes Playmate of the Year and is poised for a mainstream film career - but possessive husband Snider can’t bear to see her succeed without him. Co-starring Cliff Robertson as Hugh Hefner and Carroll Baker (BABY DOLL) as Stratten’s mother.

1986, Kino Intl., 142 min, Sweden/UK/France, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky

As a family descends on a remote Swedish island to celebrate the birthday of patriarch Alexander, World War III erupts, and the old man makes a bargain with God to avoid nuclear holocaust. Starring one of Ingmar Bergman’s favorite actors, Erland Josephson, and shot by the Swedish director’s longtime cinematographer, Sven Nykvist, THE SACRIFICE was Tarkovsky’s final film. In Swedish, French and English with English subtitles.

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