Jonathan Demme's "Rarely Seen Cinema"

For several years, at least through 2015, the late, Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Stop Making Sense) personally curated his own film series at the Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y. He dubbed the series "Rarely Seen Cinema," and sometimes even led post-screening discussions. While some of the movies shown were pretty well known (Children of Men, The Elephant Man), most were indeed deep cuts.

Of note: Demme's favorite "obscure" filmmaker appears to have been Alain Resnais. Five of the French director's films were screened.

Here's a link (EDIT: no longer working) with more info about the series: www.burnsfilmcenter.org/films/film-series/detail/14406

  • 55 Days at Peking
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Blackboards
  • Burn!
  • The Center
  • Chappaqua
  • The Childhood of a Leader
  • Children of Men
  • La Ciénaga
  • Coming Home
  • CQ
  • Crime + Punishment in Suburbia
  • Dragon Squad
  • Duck, You Sucker
  • The Elephant Man
  • Everything for Sale
  • A Field in England
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • The Flowers of St. Francis
  • The Crazy Stranger
  • Go
  • Goodbye to Language
  • Greaser's Palace
  • The War Is Over
  • The Hill
  • The Hired Hand
  • Holy Smoke
  • Jazz on a Summer's Day
  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  • Kippur
  • Lamerica
  • Latcho Drom
  • Limitless
  • Model Shop
  • My American Uncle
  • Muriel, or the Time of Return
  • The Music Room
  • Mutant Girls Squad
  • The Night of Counting the Years
  • Nothing But a Man
  • Nowhere to Hide
  • The Oscar
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Petulia
  • Pray for Japan
  • Profound Desires of the Gods
  • Providence
  • The Pumpkin Eater
  • The Raid
  • Report to the Commissioner
  • Ride with the Devil
  • The River
  • Robin and Marian
  • Rockers
  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
  • Rosewood
  • The Ruins
  • The Rundown
  • The Runner
  • Same Old Song
  • Seven Days in May
  • Silentium
  • Songs from the Second Floor
  • Stavisky...
  • Stroszek
  • Suzhou River
  • Terraferma
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • This Is My Father
  • Time Stands Still
  • Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man
  • Warsaw Bridge
  • Wonder Boys
  • You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
  • Zatoichi