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SCANNERS is an obsessive dive into a world of espionage, corporate intrigue, and telepathic powers. While known for its iconic head explosions, there is a compellingly chilling thriller pulsating beneath the film's glorious practical effects. Through office corridors and overly lit hallways, prepare to be dragged along with the eponymous scanner until your feet are naught but bloody stumps and your flesh a tired husk, hoping one day to break free.
Washed-up actor Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton), almost synonymous with the iconic, twenty-years outdated superhero “Birdman,” mounts an ambitious Broadway production of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” in a quixotic attempt to revitalize his moribund career and ego. As opening night approaches, Thompson’s vainglorious effort to rebuild himself personally and professionally becomes an increasingly dark comedy of errors.
Part two of Rivette’s epic chronicles Joan’s imprisonment and interrogation by the British, but notably omits her trial, which features prominently in other cinematic accounts of her life. As in part one, Rivette’s focus on quotidian details and the spaces between the great events of Joan's life humanizes her in ways that are profoundly moving. Rivette’s long takes and the beauty and austerity of his images illuminate the saint’s inner and outer lives.
As part of our "Jacques Rivette, New Wave Master" programmed by Kathleen Geier
Having just returned to plague-ridden Sweden after fighting in the Crusades, medieval knight Antonius Block is met suddenly by Death, whom he challenges to a chess match over his very soul. Bergman is uncompromising, placing the silence of God at the very heart of his film; but he weaves glints of human kindness into this macabre tapestry, as Block and his squire Jöns try to accomplish one redemptive act before joining for eternity in the Dance of Death.