ALWAYS
1989, Universal, 122 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

Based on the WWII drama A GUY NAMED JOE, this moving fantasy-romance is among director Steven Spielberg’s most underrated films. Warned by girlfriend Holly Hunter and colleague John Goodman that he takes too many risks, aerial firefighter Richard Dreyfuss resolves to take a safer job - but one last mission turns him from a pilot into a guardian angel. Audrey Hepburn costars in her final big-screen appearance.


PROSPERO’S BOOKS
1991, Park Circus/Miramax, 124 min, UK/Netherlands/France, Dir: Peter Greenaway

This highly imaginative retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest stars John Gielgud, here realizing a lifelong ambition to portray Prospero on screen. A magician in exile, he is eager to exact revenge against his enemies until his daughter (Isabelle Pasco) falls in love with his chief rival’s son (Mark Rylance). With its remarkably innovative use of choreography (to a Michael Nyman score), animation and digitally manipulated imagery, Greenaway’s riff on the classic play is among his most dazzlingly visual films.


ARABIAN NIGHTS
IL FIORE DELLE MILLE E UNA NOTTE
1974, Park Circus/MGM, 130 min, Italy/France, Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini

One of Pasolini’s greatest achievements, ARABIAN NIGHTS is a shimmering, golden dream of a film, drunk on its own beauty, where story after story unfolds like leaves in an ancient Persian manuscript. Equaled only by Wojciech Has’ THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT in its exquisite, otherworldly tone and intricate, puzzle-box structure, ARABIAN NIGHTS is simply unforgettable. With Tessa Bouche, Ines Pellegrini, Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti and Franco Merli.


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