You Only Live Once
Fritz Lang, 86 mins, USA, 1937, 35mm, B&W
Fritz Lang's beautifully crafted crime drama stars Henry Fonda as an ex-con trying to go straight but discovering that fate is against him. The film is a blend of tragic romance, road movie, German expressionism and depression-era blues. Fonda and Sylvia Sidney are sympathetic as the star-crossed lovers not allowed to forget the past in this persuasive noir portrait of the social inequities of '30s America. Also features Margaret Hamilton and Ward Bond. Imported 35mm print.
Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler Part 1
Fritz Lang, 155 mins, Germany, 1922, 35mm, B&W, German with English subtitles
The power-crazed Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), a master of many disguises, dominates the underworld in a reign of terror. Manipulating the economy to his advantage, his omnipotence appears irrefutable. Operating at his cinematic peak, with the technical might of the Ufa film studio at his disposal, Lang created one of his greatest works, brilliantly capturing the post-WWI German Zeitgeist through his portrayal of a decadent culture of occultism, hypnotism, hyper-inflation, hysteria and hedonistic pleasures. Produced by Erich Pommer and co-scripted by Thea von Harbou. Imported 35mm print.