THE GREY FOX
1982, Kino Lorber, 110 min, Canada, Dir: Phillip Borsos

Released from prison in 1901 after a 33-year sentence, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth, in a breakthrough performance) has no idea what to do with himself - until he sees THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY in a movie theater. Suitably inspired, Miner heads for British Columbia to resume his trade but when he meets forward-thinking photographer Katherine Flynn (Jackie Burroughs), the "Gentleman Bandit" is tempted to settle down. Based on a true story, this elegiac Western looks and sounds magnificent thanks to cinematographer Frank Tidy and the music of The Chieftains and composer Michael Conway Baker. "Fits beautifully between MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER and UNFORGIVEN, each of them stories about characters coming to term with changing times. There are even echoes of THE IRISHMAN, and the newly-refreshed film is ripe for reconsideration." - Jason Gorber, Slashfilm


THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD
1990, Kino Lorber, 105 min, USA/UK, Dir: Nancy Kelly

Set in a mining town in the 1880s, THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD is based on the classic novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn with a screenplay by award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace (TRIBAL JUSTICE). The acclaimed drama tells the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman whose desperately poor parents sell her into slavery; she is soon trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho's gold country. Eventually Charlie (Chris Cooper), a different kind of man, wins her in a poker game and slowly gains her trust. Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully today in the era of #MeToo. “A genuine triumph … This is classic Western filmmaking: the lucid lyricism of a John Ford, a Budd Boetticher, a George Stevens. But, since Kelly is dealing with different kinds of conflicts, the film always seems to be opening up a new world … Independent in the best sense of the word.” - Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times


DJANGO UNCHAINED
2012, Swank, 165 min, USA, Dir: Quentin Tarantino

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles, and though success leads Schultz to free Django, the two continue to work together. Through it all, Django remains focused on one goal: rescuing the wife (Kerry Washington) he lost to the slave trade – a quest that leads to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of the infamous plantation “Candyland.”


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