first look archive 2008

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Leave her to Heaven

A lush Technicolor film noir starring the luminously lethal Gene Tierney as a woman driven by an insatiable, and destructive, devotion to her man.


A portrait of the idiosyncratic filmmaker that is so close-up and personal, conspiracy theorists suggest David Lynch made it himself!

Flow: For Love of Water

A passionate call to arms, an empowering look at the potency of local activism, and a scary reminder of what is truly a life threatening crisis.

The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis Znaleziony W Saragossie)

The full length directors cut of Wojcieck Has' 1960s Polish epic, a truly surreal 'head-trip' set in the 18th century.

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Fassbinder's monumental and compelling dissection of Berlin low-life between the wars screens in a gorgeous new, complete 15-and-1/2 hour, 35mm print.

It's a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra transforms the trials of small-town dreamer James Stewart into a lasting paean to the heroism of lives lived in the shade of ordinariness.

The Grapes of Wrath

Novelist John Steinbeck gave his stamp of approval to this bravura film adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize winning novel.

Starting Out in the Evening

Delicate and subtle, this adaptation of Brian Morton's novel upholds the notion that literature is worth a lifetime of passion.


Denounced by presidents and bankrupted by his passions, Grove Press publisher Barney Rosset was an infamous crusader for free expression.


Shot on location in New York City, Harold Lloyd's action-comedy classic is a landmark film of the golden silent era.

Welcome Danger

This glorious restoration of comic genius Harold Lloyd's 'final silent' is both thrilling and contentious.

The Universe of Keith Haring

Keith Haring's joyful pop/graffiti genius erupted in the 80s to ignite galleries, fashion, celebrity and walls from Berlin to Melbourne.

Alice Neel

An intimate and textured investigation of the life and art of American artist Alice Neel.

Romance and Cigarettes

John Turturro's tragicomic, oddball and unexpectedly endearing 'kitchen sink' musical.


Restored 35mm print of the acclaimed epic by Oscar-lauded 'Best Director' Warren Beatty.

The Cool School

Beat-era Los Angeles was the locus for an energetic group of artists, curators and collectors.

The Inner Life of Martin Frost

Novelist Paul Auster's second foray into directing centres on a famed author who retires to a house in the country seeking renewal in seclusion.

Amazing Journey: the Story of the Who

An enthralling document on the band that defined a generation. 

Killer of Sheep

Widely hailed as a landmark in African-American filmmaking.