OLD BOYFRIENDS
1979, Rialto Pictures, 103 min, USA, Dir: Joan Tewkesbury

Dianne Cruise (Talia Shire), a psychiatrist in the midst of an identity crisis and a doomed marriage, goes on a road trip to reconnect with boyfriends from her past in an effort to better understand herself. The men she encounters include Keith Carradine, Richard Jordan and John Belushi. Tewkesbury makes a charming directorial debut with this insightful drama penned by Leonard and Paul Schrader.


CITY HALL
1996, Warner Bros. , 111 min, Dir: Harold Becker

Academy Award winner Al Pacino stars as New York City mayor John Pappas, a populist leader who harbors ambitions for the presidency. Brilliant young strategist Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack) serves as the mayor's idealistic deputy – but their office comes under fire after a shootout between a hero cop and a Mafia-connected drug dealer leaves a small child dead. Also starring Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Bridget Fonda and Danny Aiello, this taut political thriller reveals the dirty little secrets of democracy and the pursuit of power at any price.


PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE
1974, 20th Century Fox, 92 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma

Director Brian De Palma’s vivid reimagining of The Phantom of the Opera is at once camp, surreal, dazzling and heartbreaking. Cutthroat record producer Swann (Paul Williams, who also wrote the fine score) steals both the music and the girl from composer Winslow Leech (William Finely). Horribly disfigured in an attempt to reclaim his artistic credit, Leech becomes the Phantom at Swan’s new rock palace, the Paradise. Jessica Harper, contributing her creamy alto, plays Leech’s love interest, and Gerrit Graham is hysterical as glitter-rock star "Beef." De Palma turns what could have been a lightweight indulgence into clever pop-culture commentary.


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