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Revivals

Kurosawa and Lubitsch in ravishing color and Ford and Visconti in eye-popping black and white, epics from Marcel Ophüls and King Hu, early features from Hou, Sembene and Brocka, a hidden film from Manoel de Oliveira, and Brian De Palma’s hallucinatory Blow Out—all part our 2015 selection of revivals.

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Blow Out

  • Brian De Palma
  • 1981
  • USA
  • DCP
  • 107 minutes
One of Brian De Palma’s greatest films and one of the great American films of the 1980s, Blow Out is such a hallucinatory, emotionally and visually commanding experience that the term “thriller” seems insufficient.

Ran

  • Akira Kurosawa
  • 1985
  • Japan/France
  • DCP
  • 160 minutes
Inspired by the life of a 16th-century warlord and Shakespeare’s King Lear, Akira Kurosawa’s astonishing medieval epic was a decade in the planning and making. The finished work is, to put it mildly, a mind-blowing experience.

A Touch of Zen

  • King Hu
  • 1971/75
  • Hong Kong
  • DCP
  • 200 minutes
When it comes to the wuxia film, all roads lead back to the great King Hu. His three-years-in-the-making masterpiece has now been restored in its complete version.

Visit, or Memories and Confessions

  • Manoel de Oliveira
  • 1982
  • Portugal
  • 35mm
  • 73 minutes

North American Premiere

The late, great Manoel de Oliveira stipulated that this film—made in 1982, when he was 73—be released only after his death. Oliveira’s improbable career took the form of a long goodbye, but this actual farewell, a droll, convivial auto-elegy, is no less touching in its simplicity and lucidity.

Celebrating 25 Years of The Film Foundation

This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Film Foundation. Following his successful campaign in the early ’80s to develop a more durable color film stock, Martin Scorsese founded the organization to raise awareness of the fragility of film and to create a genuine consciousness of film preservation. Since its inception in 1990, TFF has partnered with archives, studios, and labs around the world to restore over 700 films. We’re presenting seven of their newest restorations.

Black Girl

  • Ousmane Sembene
  • 1965
  • France/Senegal
  • 65 minutes

Ousmane Sembene’s first feature—really, the movie that opened the way for African cinema in the West—is by turns tough, swift, and true in its aim. A formative and eye-opening work, and one of the director’s finest.

The Boys from Fengkuei

  • Hou Hsiao-hsien
  • 1983
  • Taiwan
  • DCP
  • 101 minutes

Hou Hsiao-hsien in person!


This “group portrait of four laddish adolescents on the razzle in Kaohsiung as they approach the onset of adult life” (Tony Rayns) was the film that Hou Hsiao-hsien considered it to be his real beginning as a moviemaker, and it was the first great work of the Taiwanese New Wave.

Heaven Can Wait

  • Ernst Lubitsch
  • 1943
  • USA
  • 35mm
  • 112 minutes

Q&A with Martin Scorsese!


The legendary Ernst Lubitsch’s portrait of a turn-of-the-century hedonist extraordinaire is a very funny comedy of manners and a lovely rendering of Old New York in glorious, candy-box Technicolor, beautifully restored.

Insiang

  • Lino Brocka
  • 1976
  • Philippines
  • DCP
  • 95 minutes

In Lino Brocka’s searing 1976 melodrama—and one of his very best films—a teenage girl (Hilda Koronel) is raped by her mother’s boyfriend and then blamed for provoking the act.

The Long Voyage Home

  • John Ford
  • 1940
  • USA
  • 35mm
  • 105 minutes

John Ford’s soulful, heartbreaking adaptation of four O’Neill short plays is a black-and-white tone poem on the aching loneliness of life at sea and the longing for home.

The Memory of Justice

  • Marcel Ophüls
  • 1976
  • UK/USA/France/Germany
  • DCP
  • 278 minutes

Marcel Ophüls in person!


The third of Marcel Ophüls’ monumental inquiries into the questions of individual and collective guilt, spanning the Nuremberg trials and the French-Algerian war through the disaster of Vietnam.

Rocco and His Brothers

  • Luchino Visconti
  • 1960
  • Italy/France
  • DCP
  • 177 minutes

Luchino Visconti’s rich, expansive masterpiece, the story of a mother and her grown sons who head north from Lucania in search of work, has an emotional intensity and a tragic grandeur matched by few other films.