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Richard Peña recommends

Richard Peña recommends

Richard Peña is a Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in international cinema and film theory. From 1988 through 2012, he was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival.

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  • Richard Pena introduces the 1990s World Cinema Collection

    Film Critic Richard Peña discusses A SINGLE GIRL, QUEEN MARGOT, and VAN GOGH.

  • Queen Margot

    "Thrillingly Savage!" - Time Out New York

    Newly Restored! France 1572. During an uneasy break in the war of religions, Catholic King Charles IX concludes a marriage of state between his sister Margot (Isabelle Adjani) and the Protestant Hugenot King Henry of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil). This high...

  • Richard Peña introduces The Films of Benoit Jacquot

    Film Critic Richard Peña introduces "A Single Girl", "The Disenchanted" and "Keep It Quiet".

  • A Single Girl

    "Dazzling...Buoyant...Sharp-eyed...and Sexy." - The New York Times

    Shot in real time, Virginie Ledoyen delivers a tour de force performance in a film that is a clear descendant of the great early films of the French New Wave. The largely hand-held camera follows 19 year old Valerie on her first...

  • The Disenchanted

    "A rich evocation of a headstrong young woman's turbulent inner life." - The New York Times

    In her breakthrough role, Judith Godreche plays Beth, a disaffected 17 year old living in Paris with her bedridden mother and forced to hold her family together by degrading herself. This intimate drama ...

  • Keep it Quiet

    "Perhaps the most perfectly nuanced film (director) Jacquot has ever made." - Film Society of Lincoln Center

    In this low key satirical farce, a CEO is released from prison and rejoins his family who have a difficult time with his complete change in character, moving from a captain of industry to...

  • Richard Pena introduces the Films of the Taviani Brothers

    Film critic Richard Pena introduces the Films of the Taviani Brothers (Night of the Shooting Stars, Padre Padrone, Kaos).

  • Kaos

    "Rigorous and eloquent, effortlessly poetic, KAOS is the Tavianis at their best." _ The New York Times

    With a free adaptation from Luigi Pirandello's words, the Taviani brothers have constructed an ethereal odyssey into the Sicilian landscape - with four stories and an epilogue - it brings toget...

  • Night of the Shooting Stars

    "One of the greatest films of the 1980's." - Film Threat

    Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. Set during the summer of 1944 in a small Tuscan town caught between the threat of destruction by retreating German forces and the advancing American army, this is a bedtime ...

  • Padre Padrone

    "Stirringly affirmative...vivid and very moving." - The New York Times

    Winner of the coveted Palme d'Or, the story of young, barely literate shepherd boy Gavino who lives under the thumb of his tyrannical peasant father. He is ultimately rescued from his family and his isolated lifestyle by a ca...

  • Richard Peña introduces The Films of Philippe de Broca

    Film critic Richard Pena introduces the films of Philippe de Broca (That Man From Rio, Five Day Lover, Up to His Ears, On Guard).

  • Five Day Lover

    A rediscovered French romantic comedy restored for Cohen Film Collection. Jean Seberg brings all of her considerable coquettish charm to the role of Claire, a young mother married to Georges, but also having an affair with bachelor Antoine, who is being kept by her good friend Madeleine, a wealth...

  • On Guard

    "A big, gorgeous, sprawling swashbuckler." - San Francisco Chronicle

    A swashbuckling, action-packed adventure from the director of THAT MAN FROM RIO and KING OF HEARTS. It takes the cavaliere Lagardere sixteen years to avenge his friend the Duke of Nevers, who was assassinated by the Duke's cou...

  • That Man From Rio

    "Takes your breath away. A most beguiling exaltation of the absurd." - The New York Times

    INDIANA JONES meets James Bond! A blow dart-wielding thug snatches a rare statuette from the Museum of Man; anthropologist Jean Servais (Rififi) is kidnapped in broad Parisian daylight; serviceman (Jean-Pa...

  • Up to His Ears

    "It's a wild one and a funny one. A motion picture that will be talked about for years." - The New York Times

    Philippe de Broca's follow up to THAT MAN FROM RIO is filled with even more zaniness and hair-raising stunts than its predecessor. Adapted from Jules Verne's 1879 novel "The Tribulation...

  • Richard Pena introduces The Films of Maurice Pialat

    Film critic Richard Pena introduces the films of Maurice Pialat (The Mouth Agape, Graduate First, Loulou, Under the Sun of Satan, Van Gogh).

  • Graduate First

    In a town in northern France, teenagers sitting for the baccalaureate await the fateful date with anxiety tempered with indifference. The past year has been the scene of their conflicts with adults and teachers alike who consider the exam as the highway to employment. The disillusioned teenagers ...

  • Loulou

    "Depardieu and Huppert are magnetic." - The New York Times

    One evening Nelly meets Loulou, a down-and-out young man. After her husband kicks her out, she goes off to live with Loulou. She is soon with child, but Loulou doesn't change his wayward life, spending time with his pals and pulling off ...

  • The Mouth Agape

    When cancer strikes the mother of a French family, everyone in the family expresses a previously invisible caring and tolerance of the others. The father has always been a bit of a drunk and is forever chasing younger women. Despite that, he and his wife care for each other and he tends attenti...

  • Under the Sun of Satan

    "An extraordinary film." - The New Yorker

    Winner of the Palme d'Or. Donissan, a mediocre seminarist, haunted by Evil and the failure of his divine mission, mortifies his body and is unable to establish any rapport with his parishioners...until the day the abbot meets young Mouchette, who has ju...

  • Van Gogh

    "Astonishing." - Jean-Luc Godard

    "A rigorous film made with intelligence and acted with conviction." - The New York Times

    After leaving the asylum, Vincent Van Gogh settles in Auvers-sur-Oise, in the home of Doctor Gachet, an art lover and patron. Vincent keeps painting amidst the conflict with...

  • Richard Pena introduces Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

    Film critic Richard Pena introduces Bernard Blier's "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs."

  • Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

    "Exuberant and highly inventive." - The New York Times

    "Very funny, very wise & happily subversive." - Newsweek

    Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Gerard Depardieu, Patrick Dewaere, and Carole Laure star in a...

  • Richad Pena introduces The Storm Within

    New introduction to the film by Richard Pena.