SHIRLEY
2020, Neon, 107 min, USA, Dir: Josephine Decker

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband (Michael Stuhlbarg). The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naive young couple at their door. Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. "As willfully unconventional as a literary portrait could possibly be, MADELINE'S MADELINE director Josephine Decker’s take on Shirley Jackson is a thrillingly perverse example of what happens when the shackles of biopic formula are cast aside." - Benjamin Lee, The Guardian.


CARO DIARIO
DEAR DIARY
1993, Film Movement, 100 min, Italy/France, Dir: Nanni Moretti

Nanni Moretti recounts three entries from his “diary” in this hilarious and intimate self-reflective comedy, which follows the filmmaker’s musings on cinema atop a Vespa, a trip to the Aeolian Islands to work on his new screenplay, and his search for health and wellness after breaking out in a nagging skin rash. Winner of Best Director at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. “With a seductive rhythm, the film alternates between wry encounters and lovely restful interludes, the latter presented so soothingly that they create a contemplative mood. Beautiful Italian scenery is also among this film's many pleasures.” - Janet Maslin, The New York Times


THE GREY FOX
1982, Kino Lorber, 110 min, Canada, Dir: Phillip Borsos

Released from prison in 1901 after a 33-year sentence, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth, in a breakthrough performance) has no idea what to do with himself - until he sees THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY in a movie theater. Suitably inspired, Miner heads for British Columbia to resume his trade but when he meets forward-thinking photographer Katherine Flynn (Jackie Burroughs), the "Gentleman Bandit" is tempted to settle down. Based on a true story, this elegiac Western looks and sounds magnificent thanks to cinematographer Frank Tidy and the music of The Chieftains and composer Michael Conway Baker. "Fits beautifully between MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER and UNFORGIVEN, each of them stories about characters coming to term with changing times. There are even echoes of THE IRISHMAN, and the newly-refreshed film is ripe for reconsideration." - Jason Gorber, Slashfilm


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