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Films – August 2012














5 Broken Cameras
Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
(Palestine/Israel/France/Netherlands, 2011, 90 min.)
When his fourth son is born in 2005, self-taught cameraman Burnat, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera, filming his village’s non-violent struggle against the Israeli construction of a separation barrier while at the same time recording the growth of his son.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


An Autumn’s Tale
(Chou tin dik tong wah)
Directed by Mabel Cheung
(Hong Kong, 1987, 98 min.)
A naïve young woman from Hong Kong goes to study in New York, where her street-wise cabbie neighbor takes care of her in the big city. (Cantonese, English and Japanese)
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 10, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 12, 2 p.m.

(Yin ji kau)
Directed by Stanley Kwan
(Hong Kong, 1988, 96 min.)
Two journalists’ repair their own relationship as they help the spirit of a 1930s prostitute who returned to 1980s Hong Kong to find the man who chickened out of their suicide pact. (Cantonese, English and Japanese)
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 3, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Aug 5, 2 p.m.


5 Fingers
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(U.S., 1952, 108 min.)
Based on a true story, a valet to Britain’s ambassador to Turkey during World War II hatches a scheme along with a refugee countess from Poland to sell secrets to the Nazis.
AFI Silver Theater
Sun., Aug. 12, 6:15 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 16, 5:10 p.m.

13 Rue Madeleine
Directed by Henry Hathaway
(U.S., 1947, 95 min.)
In the run-up to D-Day, OSS man James Cagney identifies recruit Richard Conte as a German mole, but chooses to keep him in play, equipping him with disinformation to feed the Nazis.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 12, 4:15 p.m.,
Mon., Aug. 13, 5:10 p.m.

Directed by Ron Fricke
(U.S., 1992, 96 min.)
Ron Fricke’s custom-built camera moved across 24 countries on six continents over a stretch of 14 months examining “man’s relationship to the eternal.”
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 3, 9:45 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 4, 10 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 5, 1:45 p.m.

Barry Lyndon
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(U.S./U.K., 1975, 184 min.)
The callow striver Redmond Barry, a reluctant conscript in the British army, leaves his Irish home in disgrace, deserts the army, then re-enlists on the victorious Prussian side.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 24, 3:35 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 25, 6:15 p.m.

Bonjour Tristesse
Directed by Otto Preminger
(U.S., 1958, 94 min.)
Cecile is a decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond, but when his old love interest comes to Raymond’s villa, Cecile becomes afraid for her way of life. (Screens with “Breathless”)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.

A Clockwork Orange
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(U.K., 1971, 136 min.)
Kubrick’s most idiosyncratic work is an exceedingly artful evocation of a dystopian future and a hugely influential cult classic that remains right-of-passage viewing for adventurous film lovers.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Aug. 16, 9:20 p.m.,
Fri., Aug. 17, 9:30 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m.

Diamonds Are Forever
Directed by Guy Hamilton
(U.K., 1971, 120 min.)
James Bond tracks a diamond-smuggling operation from Amsterdam to Los Angeles to Las Vegas, discovering that the trail leads to an archenemy whose interest in the rocks is military, not monetary.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 25, 3:45 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 28, 7 p.m.

The Deadly Affair
Directed by Sidney Lumet
(U.K., 1966, 115 min)
After receiving an anonymous poison pen letter alleging a British Foreign Office minister’s communist sympathies, security agent James Mason investigates, clearing the man’s name — but the next day, the minister is found dead.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Aug. 22, 9:20 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 23, 9:20 p.m.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(U.K., 1964, 96 min.)
Kubrick’s classic Cold War satire kicks in when the paranoid Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper initiates a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the Soviet Union because he suspects the communists are poising America’s water supply.
AFI Silver Theatre
Aug. 10 to 16

Five Graves to Cairo
Directed by Billy Wilder
(U.S., 1943, 96 min.)
A British corporal, stranded by his army’s hasty retreat from the victorious German Afrika Korps in 1942, holes up in a remote hotel on the border between Egypt and Libya, only to find the Germans arrive to use the hotel as their headquarters. (English and German)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 4, 11 a.m.,
Mon., Aug. 6, 5:10 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 7, 5:10 p.m.

Directed by Guy Hamilton
(U.K., 1964, 110 min.)
One of the most iconic of the James Bond films, influencing future installments with its wickedly sardonic dialogue, “Goldfinger” features Sean Connery as the dashing British spy and Honor Blackman as aviatrix Pussy Galore.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 4, 3:30 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 7, 7:10 p.m.

The Imposter
Directed by Bart Layton
(U.K., 2012, 99 min.)
In this documentary, a young Frenchman convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing three years earlier.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 10

Directed by Basil Dearden
(U.S., 1966, 134 min.)
After British and Egyptian troops are massacred in the Sudanese desert in 1883 by an insurgent army led by a Muslim holy warrior, Prime Minister Gladstone dispatches maverick war hero General Charles Gordon to Khartoum to salvage what remains of British authority there.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 25, 1 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 28, 4:20 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 30, 4:20 p.m.

The Kremlin Letter
Directed by John Huston
(U.S., 1970, 120 min.)
A cadre of jaded American intelligence veterans recruits a brilliant young phenom possessing a photographic memory and mastery of eight languages for a dangerous mission in Moscow.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 26, 9 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 29, 7 p.m.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(U.S./U.K., 1962, 152 min.)
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a 14-year-old nymphet.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Lord Jim
Directed by Richard Brooks
(U.K./U.S., 1965, 154 min.)
Disgraced merchant seaman Peter O’Toole drifts aimlessly around Southeast Asia, until an offer of a dangerous mission rouses him to redemption.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 26, 1:20 p.m.,
Mon., Aug. 27, 4 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 29, 4 p.m.

The Man Who Never Was
Directed by Ronald Neame
(U.K., 1956, 103 min.)
Based on a true story, a cadaver is pressed into duty to play a drowned British naval officer and washed ashore in Spain with forged documents detailing plans for an Allied assault on Greece in 1943 — a red herring to distract from the real plans to land in Sicily.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 5, 11 a.m.,
Mon., Aug. 6, 9:20 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 7, 9:20 p.m.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Directed by Peter R. Hunt
(U.K., 1969, 142 min.)
Villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld plans to cripple the world’s crop production by spreading the Virus Omega by means of the Angels of Death, 12 brainwashed women from around the globe.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 19, 7:45 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 21, 6:45 p.m.

Our Man in Havana
Directed by Carol Reed
(U.K., 1959, 111 min.)
The third and final of the Carol Reed-Graham Greene collaborations, this time in spoof mode: Havana vacuum cleaner salesman Alec Guinness is surprised to find himself recruited by Caribbean spymaster Noël Coward for service in MI6.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m.,
Wed. Aug. 22, 7 p.m.

Pickup on South Street
Directed by Samuel Fuller
(U.S., 1953, 80 min.)
A small-time criminal picks a pocket on the New York subway, but scores more than he bargained for: a strip of microfilm containing classified U.S. secrets, intended for delivery to a ring of communist spies.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 11, 11:05 a.m.,
Sun., Aug. 12, 8:30 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 14, 5:10 p.m.

Searching for Sugar Man
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
(Sweden/U.K., 2012, 85 min.)
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller Rodriguez.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 3

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Directed by Martin Ritt
(U.K., 1965, 112 min.)
After a drunken binge, a stint in jail and an affair with communist Claire Bloom, British agent Richard Burton appears washed up with MI6 and perhaps defection material. But is it all a sham?
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 18, 6:45 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 23, 7 p.m.

Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines
Directed by Ken Annakin
(U.K., 1965, 138 min.)
In 1910, an intrepid bunch of pioneer pilots enters a London-to-Paris air race, an international field led by a barnstorming American, an Italian ace Alberto Sordi, Red Baron-esque Prussian, amorous Frenchman and a Japanese naval officer.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 11, 1 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 12, 1:30 p.m.

Directed by Terence Young
(U.K., 1965, 130 min.)
Armed with two stolen NATO nuclear warheads, SPECTRE holds the U.K. and U.S. hostage, threatening to blow up a major city of their ransom demand for £100 million in uncut diamonds is not met.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 11, 5:55 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 14, 7 p.m.

Directed by Michael Winterbottom
(U.K., 2011, 113 min.)
Set in contemporary Rajasthan, a young Indian woman falls in love with a wealthy British businessman, but despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society that is changing rapidly through urbanization and education.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

You Only Live Twice
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
(U.K., 1967, 117 min.)
After U.S. and Soviet space capsules mysteriously disappear from orbit, Sean Connery as James Bond follows the trail to Japan, where he uncovers a plot by SPECTRE to start World War II.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 18, 4:15 p.m.,
Mon., Aug. 20, 7 p.m.


(À bout de soufflé)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(France, 1960, 87 min.)
A young car thief kills a policeman and tries to persuade a girl to hide in Italy with him. (Screens with “Bonjour Tristesse”)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.

Nobody Else But You
Directed by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu
(France, 2011, 102 min.)
A bestselling Parisian crime novelist investigates the murder of a young, attractive, and vibrant woman who thinks she is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 3

Directed by André Téchiné
(France, 2011, 111 min.)
A crime writer living in Venice while working on his new novel meets and soon marries his real estate agent. They move to a remote house on Torcello Island, where his obsession with his wife’s daily whereabouts takes a dark turn. (French and Italian)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

The War Is Over
(La guerre est finie)
Directed by Alain Resnais
(France/Sweden, 1966, 121 min.)
After a close call crossing the French border, anti-Franco operative Yves Montand begins to question the cause to which he has devoted nearly three decades of his life. (French and Spanish)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m.,
Mon., Aug. 27, 7 p.m.

The Well-Digger’s Daughter
(La fille du puisatier)
Directed by Daniel Auteuil
(France, 2011, 107 min.)
In pre-World War II France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema


Cave of Forgotten Dreams
(Die Höhle der vergessenen Träume)
Directed by Werner Herzog
(Multiple countries, 2010, 90 min.)
Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet Pont d’Arc caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known paintings and drawings of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. (German, English and French)
Mon., Aug. 27, 6:30

Directed by Tom Tykwer
(Germany, 2010, 119 min.)
Hannah and Simon are a couple in their early 40s living together in Berlin, with a lot behind them but not much ahead — until they both fall in love with the same man.
Mon., Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m.

When We Leave
(Die Fremde)
Directed by Feo Aladag
(Germany, 2010, 119 min.)
Imprisoned in a loveless marriage in Istanbul, German-born Umay flees to Berlin to make a better life for herself and her 5-year-old son, but is distressed to discover her family sides with her husband. (German and Turkish)
Mon., Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m.


Le Amiche
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy, 1955, 100 min.)
Returning to her native Turin to open a salon on the heels of her Roman success, a fashion stylist painfully tries to bond with the local au courant crowd. (Screens with “Superstizione” (1949, 9 min.))
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 25, 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy/France, 1960, 145 min.)
A woman disappears along a rocky stretch of beach and her friend and lover try to find her, developing an attraction for each other. (Screens with “Nettezza Urbana” (1948, 9 min.))
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 26, 4:30 p.m.

The Lady without Camelias
(La signora senza camelie)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy/France, 1953, 106 min.)
A Milanese shop girl vaults to movie stardom, but teeters between ceding to the demands of “art” films or descending to low-budget spear-and-sandal epics, while oscillating in her personal life between a domineering producer and a suave diplomat. (Screens with “L’Amorosa menzogna” (1949, 10 min.))
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 12, 4:30 p.m.

Story of a Love Affair
(Cronaca di un amore)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy, 1950, 98 min)
A former working-class girl’s rich husband hires a detective to confirm his fears that her penniless old flame has returned, inadvertently reuniting the two former lovers in the process.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 11, 2 p.m.

I Vinti
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy, 1952, 110 min.)
Three morality tales follow well-off youths who commit murders in this French-Italian-British examination of postwar youth.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 11, 4:30 p.m.


Killer Clans
(Liu xing hu die jian)
Directed by Chor Yuen
(Hong Kong, 1976, 103 min.)
Rival assassins fall for the beautiful daughter they’ve been hired to kill in this breathtaking mix of swordplay, treachery, and titillation.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 17, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 19, 2 p.m.


Easy Money
(Snabba Cash)
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
(Sweden, 2010, 124 min.)
When JW becomes a drug runner to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to two other men: Jorge, a fugitive on the run from both the Serbian mafia and the police, and mafia enforcer Mrado, who is on the hunt for Jorge.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 10


Directed by K. Asif
(India, 1960, 185 min.)
In this lavish Bollywood spectacle inspired by true events, a 16th-century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m.