TOM JONES
1963, Janus Films, 128 min, Dir: Tony Richardson

At the height of the British New Wave in the early 1960s, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne set out for more fanciful territory than the gritty realism of the movement they’d helped establish. TOM JONES brings a theatrical flair to Henry Fielding’s canonical 18th-century novel, boisterously chronicling the misadventures of the foundling of the title (Albert Finney, in a career-defining performance), whose easy charm seems to lead him astray at every turn from his beloved, the well-born Sophie Western (Susannah York). This spirited picaresque, evocatively shot in England’s rambling countryside and featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, went on to become a worldwide sensation, winning the Oscar for best picture on the way to securing its status as a classic of irreverent wit and playful cinematic expression.


GREEN BOOK
2018, Universal, 130 min, USA, Dir: Peter Farrelly

Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali star in GREEN BOOK, a film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the deep South, they must rely on "the Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism and danger as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Nominated for 5 Oscars.


THREE O’CLOCK HIGH
1987, Universal, 101 min, USA, Dir: Phil Joanou

Jerry Mitchell (Casey Siemaszko) gets a tough assignment for his high school paper: to write a profile of Buddy Revell (Richard Tyson), a violent kid who just transferred in from a continuation school. Though Jerry's overtures to the new student are well-intentioned, Buddy lays down a threat – the two will settle things with a fight in the parking lot at the end of the school day. As 3:00 PM approaches, Jerry does everything he can think of to avoid the confrontation. This underrated teen comedy features a soundtrack by Tangerine Dream.


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