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1938, Warner Bros., 102 min. Dirs. Michael Curtiz, William Keighley. In what is commonly acknowledged as one of the most beautiful, spectacular early Technicolor films, swashbuckling Errol Flynn (Welcome to Sherwood!) rescues lovely Olivia de Havilland from the evil clutches of Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone in a rousing adventure for the ages.
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The historic first feature film made in Africa by a black African director, Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl may be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but it’s no less trenchant and eloquent than it was upon its 1966 arrival. A sharp character study in the vein of Italian neorealism, and an incisive portrait of French-Senegalese postcolonial relations, Black Girl follows a young girl named Diouana’s move from Dakar to the French Riviera with the bourgeois white family who has hired her. Sembène, who got his start as an author and labor organizer, locates political gestures at their very seeds; in personal moments of impulse and morality, he tracks the gradual shift of Diouana’s temperament’s from optimistic to quietly defiant. Courtesy of a gorgeous new restoration from Janus, cinematographer Christian Lacoste’s stark frames deliver all of their original unmistakable symbolism, under the blindingly white sun of Antibes.
Dir Ousmane Sembène, 1966, DCP, 65 min.
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DAY OF THE ANIMALS, 1977, Film Ventures Int., 97 min. Dir. William Girdler. Its man versus Mother Nature, and shes packing razor-sharp claws and teeth. With the ozone depleted, a group of nature-happy hikers pay the ultimate price as radiation-crazed animals run amok. Theres mountain lions, grizzly bears and shirtless Leslie Nielsens oh my!