FOR THIS YEAR WE’RE HIGHLIGHTING NEWLY RESTORED AMERICAN CLASSICS, ALONGSIDE SOME RARITIES AND DOCUMENTARIES THAT REVEAL NEW LAYERS AND DEPTH TO THESE WELL-KNOWN CLASSICS.
What we found when looking at films from this year's American Essentials was a growing cinematic interest in literature and fine art and with that came three most excellent documentaries with significant levels of film cross-over.
Who are we to ignore an alignment of the planets so we’ve done our best to allow them to dictate a creative programming course. This we hope allows you to explore some hidden corners within which sit some great moments of film, art and literature.
Of particular interest is the fine documentary David Lynch: The Art Life and with the arrival of the new restoration of Mulholland Dr. on the scene...well it was just too much to resist. The Lynch documentary ends where Eraserhead commences so we felt it would just be criminal to leave audiences hanging without including one of the core American independent works in the program.
We felt the same when we came across the excellent new visual stream of consciousness documentary You Never Had it: An Evening with Bukowski. This documentary provides Barfly with a whole other dimension as if it wasn’t good enough already. Bukowski really is extraordinary and you can’t get more intimate.
Aside from these micro-sidebars this section offers audiences to experience some wonderfully rare work and others making their way back to the screen in new digital and remastered glory.