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MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA

Dziga Vertov Soviet Union, 1929

Dziga Vertov’s masterpiece remains a visually thrilling chronicle of modern life, and an ode to the power of film. A lucid mixture of documentary and avant-garde techniques, it’s a radical redefinition of cinema’s boundaries—essential viewing that is just as groundbreaking many years later.

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REMINISCENCES OF A JOURNEY TO LITHUANIA

Jonas Mekas United States, 1972

Jonas Mekas’ second diary film lovingly records a return to his native Lithuania after 27 years of absence. The émigré avant-garde pioneer negotiates the trauma of being a “displaced person” by weaving together bittersweet memories, and moments of beauty and loss: finding a home in cinema forever.

JUNUN

Paul Thomas Anderson United States, 2015

Featuring Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Israeli musician Shye Ben Tzur, and amazing Indian artists, Paul Thomas Anderson’s one-of-a-kind documentary is an intimate, eclectic, multi-cultural, multi-musical journey. Prepare to be uplifted.

THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS

Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier Denmark, 2003

Lars von Trier, will you ever stop provoking people? Here’s a movie that’s about his provocations: the Nymphomaniac director challenges his hero, the great Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth, to remake his own movie under von Trier’s maniacal guidelines. Can he do it? Or will both filmmakers go insane?

LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF

Thom Andersen United States, 2003

Both a moving homage to his adopted hometown and an insightful work of film criticism, essayist and professor Thom Andersen has made a wide-ranging epic that explores how the City of Angels has been used in TV and cinema in the 20th century. Featuring clips from more than 200 LA-set films!

THE GRAND BIZARRE

Jodie Mack United States, 2018

From MUBI regular Jodie Mack comes a tour de force, sui generis globetrotting textile documentary in the form of a 16mm abstract animated (and musical!) feature. An entrancing experience that is as much about the creation and circulation of fabric as it’s about the pure pleasure of color and design.

HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO

Ruxandra Medrea, Serge Bromberg France, 2009

By a cinematic twist of fate, a famous film archivist got stuck in an elevator with the widow of the acclaimed French director Henri-Georges Clouzot. They began to talk about Clouzot’s final, unfinished film, and the result was Inferno: part documentary, part drama, a true work of cinephilia.

LOST, LOST, LOST

Jonas Mekas United States, 1976

A deeply personal, delightfully idiosyncratic, remarkably free-ranging, and ultimately powerfully searching diary film from Jonas Mekas. An interpretive chronicle of the Lithuanian’s struggle to find a sense of home in mid-century Brooklyn, it’s a profound expression of longing and hope.