D. A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus
In 1971, Norman Mailer, fresh from the controversy over his essay “The Prisoner of Sex” and the backlash it received from leaders of the women’s movement, convened with four prominent feminist thinkers and activists—Jacqueline Ceballos, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, and Diana Trilling—at Manhattan’s Town Hall for a zeitgeist-defining battle of wills and wits. Part intellectual death match, part three-ring circus, the often raucous proceedings were captured with crackling, fly-on-the-wall immediacy by documentary greats D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, who condensed the three-hour affair into this briskly entertaining snapshot of a singular cultural moment. Heady, heated, and hilarious, Town Bloody Hall is a dazzling display of feminist firepower courtesy of some of the most influential figures of the era, with Mailer relishing his role as the pugnacious provocateur at the center of it all.
This widely acclaimed film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a stunning, senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in present-day Belarus, teenage Flyora (Aleksei Kravchenko, in one of the screen’s most searing depictions of anguish since Renée Falconetti’s Joan of Arc) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance.
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Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La haine, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts.
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