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November 10 (Wednesday) 8:15 pm
November 14 (Sunday) 8 pm

We the Living (Noi Vivi)

Directed by Goffredo Alessandrini
Italy 1942 b/w, 35mm, 174 min.
With Alida Valli, Rossano Brazzi, Fosco Giachetti, Giovani Grasso, Emilio Cigoli, Cesarina Gheraldi
Italian with English subtitles

An unauthorized version of Ayn Rand’s partly autobiographical novel, We the Living was banned by the Italian authorities because of the anti-communist theme, which could also be read as anti-fascist. It was originally prepared for release in two parts running

270 minutes in all; the present version was re-edited in 1986 under the supervision of Rand’s attorneys. The setting is post–revolutionary Russia, where 18-year-old Kira and her family oppose the new order. Kira’s ambition for education and a career as an engineer are disrupted—and the seeds for disaster sown— when two very different men fall in love with her: a former aristocrat on the run from the secret police and a Party official committed to communist ideals.

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December 21 (Tuesday) 7 pm
December 22 (Wednesday) 7 pm
December 23 (Thursday) 7 pm


Directed by Joseph Anthony
US 1972, B/W, 35mm, 102 min.
With Robert Duvall, Olga Bellin, Sudie Bond

Regarded by many as the finest screen adaptation of William Faulkner's work, Tomorrow tells the tale of Jackson Fentry, a Mississippi cotton farmer, who leaves his father's farm to become a watchman at a local sawmill. One day while patrolling the grounds, Fentry discovers a woman lying unconscious on the ground, pregnant and alone. Gradually the story of an uncommon love unfolds. In its own quiet and unassuming way, this is a work of cinematic perfection deserving of rediscovery. Tomorrow features a poignant screenplay adaptation by Horton Foote and an absolutely astonishing performance by Robert Duvall as Fentry. In the words of Sheila Benson in the Los Angeles Times, "Duvall's work is one of the handful of performances in American film that deserves the word magnificent."

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