GRAND CENTRAL
2013, Ad Vitam Distribution, 94 min, France, Austria, Dir: Rebecca Zlotowski

Gary (Tahar Rahim) gets a maintenance job at a nuclear power plant in the French countryside – risky work made even riskier when he falls for a coworker’s fiancée (Léa Seydoux of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR). “A love triangle so intense it’s practically radioactive foregrounds GRAND CENTRAL, an engrossing, superbly acted working-class melodrama.” – Scott Foundas, Variety. In French with English subtitles.


AU BONHEUR DES DAMES
1930, 89 min, France, Dir: Julien Duvivier

AU BONHEUR DES DAMES is a tale of corporate greed crushing the competition and squeezing out the little guy. Though the story sounds like it was torn from today's headlines, AU BONHEUR DES DAMES is a fascinating classic from the silent era. The legendary German actress and fashion icon Dita Parlo (GRAND ILLUSION), whose exotic look and glamorous mystique inspired Madonna, stars as Denise, an orphan girl who comes to Paris to work in her uncle's small shop. Instead, she takes a job in the big department store across the street, which is trying to run her uncle out of business. Perhaps the last great silent production to come out of France, this melodrama is based on a novel by Emile Zola and directed by Julien Duvivier.


SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
1977, Paramount, 119 min, USA, Dir: John Badham

Plucked from the cast of the ensemble high-school sitcom “Welcome Back Kotter” for his first starring film role, this is the movie that made John Travolta a movie star and confirmed that the man can DANCE! Director John Badham, better known for action and war movies, here captures the connection between great dance music and the body. The story of a Brooklyn youth stuck in a working-class job, who finds that being king of the dance floor during the late-’70s disco craze might be his ticket to bigger things, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER has it all: big hair, white polyester suits and the quintessential Bee Gees soundtrack.


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