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  • Damsel

    Damsel

    ★★★½

    Clever twists to the Western genre in which men attempt to rescue a young woman who is anything but a damsel in distress. Good performances add to the humor.

  • Cezanne and I

    Cezanne and I

    ★★★½

    Engrossing film about the long and intense between Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola with a intriguing twist that Cezanne came from a wealthy family and for most of the film is a struggling artist while Zola from a poor background becomes a celebrated and financially successful writer. Exceptional scenic images.

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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★★

    Outstanding and powerful film based on actual events. A young French doctor visits a Polish convent after WW2 where she discovers that several nuns had been raped by Russians and are pregnant.

    Director Anne Fontaine masterfully combines tension, shame and faith in the film. The screenplay develops a wide range of characters portrayed by an exceptional cast.

  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    ★★★★★

    One of my favorite American films. this intense, emotionally powerful masterpiece depicts the desperation driving a Depression-era dance marathon.

    The film is full of memorable portraits - Jane Fonda's bitter desperation contrasting with Michael Sarrazin's sensitivity as her dance partner, Susannah York's increasingly frazzled would-be-actress, Red Button's aging sailor, and Oscar-winning Gig Young as the manipulative master of ceremonies.

    Sydney Pollack's superb directions gives a vivid sense of the harsh conditions of the marathon. The sprints where contestants race and 3 couples are eliminated are particularly harrowing.