2006 CESTA FILM SERIES
curated by Chris Rankin

August 13
August 20
September 3
September 10


No. 1
August 13
9pm
La Jetee

La Jetée (1962)

Directed by Chris Marker
Earth lies in ruin after a nuclear war. The few surviving humans begin researching time travel, hoping to send someone back to the pre-war world for food, supplies and maybe a solution to their dire position. One man is haunted by a vague childhood memory that will prove fateful. The remake of this film is "12 Monkeys" starring Bruce Willis.
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Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil (1958)

Directed by Orson Welles
A Mexican government investigator and his young American wife put their honeymoon on hold in an American border town when they become embroiled in a frame-up planned by the town's chief investigator. Featuring one of the longest continuous shots in Hollywood.

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An automobile is blown up as it crosses the Mexican border into the United States. Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston), a high ranking Mexican narcotics official on honeymoon with his bride Susie (Janet Leigh) is drawn into the investigation because a Mexican national has been accused of the crime. The figurative and physical presence of Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) as the 330 pound sheriff looms all over. Quinlan is a fanatic where "justice" is concerned, even if obtaining it involves planting evidence. Quinlan's reputation for law and order enables him to bend the law without question until Vargas confronts him. From that point on, it's a battle of wits between the two that, with an accelerating pace, rushes to a thrilling climax.
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No. 2
August 20
9pm
un chien

Un chien andalou (1929)
Directed by Luis Bunuel
Screenplay: Salvador Dalí and Luis Bunuel
In a dream-like sequence, a woman's eye is slit open--juxtaposed with a similarly shaped cloud obscuring the moon moving in the same direction as the knife through the eye. The French phrase "ants in the palms," (which means that someone is "itching" to kill) is shown literally. A man pulls a piano along with the tablets of the Ten Commandments and a dead donkey towards the woman he's itching to kill. A shot of differently striped objects is repeatedly used to connect scenes.

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il bruto

El Bruto (1953)

Directed by Luis Bunuel
A tough, tall and strong young man helps to an evil old man (Don Andres) to kick out a poor people from their houses, but he'll fall in love of a girl who lives with her father in the building about to be demolished.

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The movie, tries to make ties between Don Andres and Franco , Spain 's oppressive dictator at the time the film was made (and also the reason that the movie could not have been made in Spain in 1952).
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No. 3
September 3
8pm
straw dogs

Straw Dogs (1971)

Directed by Sam Peckinpah
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.

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Dustin Hoffman plays a regular American mathematician, who gets into some trouble with local bullies. He is made fun of and then his wife is raped. When they attack his home, he fights back. His outbreak of violence is extreme.
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No. 4
September 10
8pm
il conformista

The Conformist (1970)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

This story opens in 1938 in Rome, where Marcello has just taken a job working for Mussolini and is courting a beautiful young woman who will make him even more of a conformist. Marcello is going to Paris on his honeymoon and his bosses have an assignment for him there. Look up an old professor who fled Italy when the fascists came into power. At the border of Italy and France, where Marcello and his bride have to change trains, his bosses give him a gun with a silencer. In a flashback to 1917, we learn why sex and violence are linked in Marcello's mind.