THE VALLEY (OBSCURED BY CLOUDS)
LA VALLÉE
1972, Janus Films, 106 min, France, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Viviane (Bulle Ogier) is in New Guinea looking for rare feathers when she meets four European hippies on a quest to find a mythical valley paradise. Joining the quartet, Viviane embarks on a journey of self-discovery, encountering free love, psychedelic drugs and indigenous Mapuga tribesmen along the way. Featuring gorgeous cinematography by Néstor Almendros and an appropriately enigmatic soundtrack by Pink Floyd.


THE WHALES OF AUGUST
1987, Alive Films, 90 min, USA, Dir: Lindsay Anderson

Bette Davis joins another screen legend, Lillian Gish, for this lovely tale of two sisters spending the summer, as they have for 60 years, on a picturesque island off the coast of Maine. Anderson displays a deep love for Hollywood's past, casting not only Davis and Gish but veterans Vincent Price, Harry Carey Jr., and Ann Sothern, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role. A profound meditation on aging, this is perhaps the best of Davis' later films, and won Lillian Gish the Best Actress award from the National Board of Review.


NEVER APOLOGIZE
2007, Double M Productions, 111 min, USA, Dir: Mike Kaplan

This unique hybrid of film, theater and literature is Malcolm McDowell’s celebration of his friend and mentor, Lindsay Anderson, the award-winning director who cast the actor in his first starring role in IF… This hilarious and moving mix of McDowell’s reminiscences, writings by and about Anderson, and more than 200 visuals bring the legendary iconoclast to life, along with (through the actor's uncanny impressions) their notable colleagues, including Bette Davis, Alan Bates, John Ford, John Gielgud, Rachel Roberts and Lillian Gish. "McDowell and Kaplan pull off a very surprising coup that grips consistently for every one of its 111 minutes.” - David Robinson, Sight and Sound


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