THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT
1996, Sony Repertory, 129 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Millionaire pornographer Larry Flynt may seem an unlikely subject for a biopic, but in the hands of director Milos Forman and screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, his life and legal battles brilliantly illuminate the continuing American conflict between free speech and censorship. The outstanding cast is led by Woody Harrelson as the Hustler magazine founder, rocker Courtney Love as doomed stripper Althea Leasure and Edward Norton as attorney Alan Isaacman.


THE INTOUCHABLES
2011, The Weinstein Company, 112 min, France, Dir: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

In this sparkling comedy, Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a wealthy quadriplegic looking for a new live-in caretaker. Senegalese immigrant Driss (Omar Sy, who earned a Best Actor Cesar for this role) seems an unlikely choice at first, but because he treats his new employer without pity, the two hit it off. Their widely different backgrounds offer each a window into a new world: Driss experiences art and culture, and Philippe, encouraged by his young friend, brings a woman into his life. A major box office hit throughout Europe! In French with English subtitles.


BERNADETTE: NOTES ON A POLITICAL JOURNEY
2011, 88 min, Ireland, Dir: Lelia Doolan

"Elected to the British Parliament in 1969 at the age of 21, Bernadette Devlin was the youngest-ever female MP. A vital force in the civil-rights movement fighting discrimination against Catholics in housing and employment, she was also a gifted orator with strong community roots and even firmer radical-socialist convictions. Despite having faded in profile since she survived an assassination attempt in 1981, the former "Castro in a miniskirt" proves well worth [Lelia] Doolan's feature-length probing, filmed over the years 2002-11... Doolan's documentary entertains as well as educates, thanks to her highly engaging subject and rich treasure trove of archival clips." –Variety


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