HAROLD AND MAUDE
1971, Paramount, 91 min, Dir: Hal Ashby

Producer Robert Evans fought hard for non-conformist editor-turned-filmmaker Hal Ashby to be allowed to direct this wildly offbeat romance between suicidal youngster Bud Cort and eccentric, 80-year-old Ruth Gordon. The result is one of the most poignant and subversive films of the New Hollywood era.


GROUNDHOG DAY
1993, Sony Pictures, 101 min, Dir: Harold Ramis

Self-absorbed weatherman Bill Murray is caught in a freakish time loop, doomed to repeat the same Groundhog Day over and over again until he gets things right. Director Harold Ramis concocts an existential comedy that is funny, intelligent and positively Punxsutawney. With Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot.


THE CONCERT
LE CONCERT
2009, 119 min, France, Dir: Radu Mihaileanu

Andrei Filipov (Aleksei Guskov), once the famed conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was humiliatingly fired under Brezhnev’s rule for keeping Jewish musicians in the company. Now, working as a lowly janitor in the very same building, he intercepts an invitation for the current Bolshoi orchestra to perform at the Châtelet Theater in Paris and seizes an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past for himself and his former musicians. Gathering the company together with the addition of a young violinist (Mélanie Laurent, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), Andrei sets off on a heist to complete the Tchaikovsky concerto performance he has waited thirty years to finish. Equal parts farcical, engaging, and poignant, director Radu Mihaileanu crafts a journey of highs and lows that climaxes "in a place of transcendent emotion that sends everyone out of the theater in a swirl of transport." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

In French and Russian with English subtitles.


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