1983, Warner Bros., 93 min, USA, Dir: Carl Reiner

Brain surgeon Steve Martin is saddled with a horrible wife (Kathleen Turner), until he comes up with the perfect solution: transplanting the brain of a sweet, romantic woman into his nasty spouse’s gorgeous body. Outrageous gags and typically witty Reiner-Martin wordplay ensue in one of the funniest films of the 1980s.

RED (1994)
1994, Janus Films, 98 min, France, Poland, Switzerland, Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski

In the trilogy’s final installment, Valentine, a Swiss model (played by Irène Jacob, from THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE) meets an embittered former judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who spies on his neighbors, and crosses paths with an intriguing young law student (Jean-Pierre Lorit). In a wonderful piece of cosmic stage-managing, Kieślowski brings together the main characters from all the THREE COLORS stories during a storm-tossed ferry ride. In French with English subtitles.

1994, Janus Films, 91 min, France, Poland, Switzerland, Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski

The second film in director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s THREE COLORS trilogy is the simplest and most entertaining entry in the cycle, yet underneath the comedic surface lie some of the director’s most cynical attitudes. A luminous Julie Delpy plays Dominique, a wife who leaves her impotent husband, sparking a series of skirmishes between the two in which Kieślowski expresses his theme of "equality" via its darkest implications - in terms of revenge and getting even. The film is both a deliciously biting sex satire and a witty portrait of Poland in the early 1990s; in contextualizing his characters within the failure of communism, Kieślowski argues that true equality is an unattainable pipe dream. In Polish, French, and Russian with English subtitles.

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