The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1967)
Melvin Van Peebles directorial debut from 1967 about a soldier who gets a three-day pass in Paris still has resonance and potency. Of course, he would go on to be one of the most important and influential filmmakers of all time.
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The River (1951)
French master Jean Renoir’s first color film was shot entirely in India Gorgeous to see, but also hits on many important themes in the Renoir way.
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Time of the Gypsies (1988)
When I lived in Athens, GA in 1997 we had about 6 VHS tapes to watch. One was the same 8 episodes of Friends (for some reason) and another was Time of the Gypsies. This is a magical realism film from former Yugoslavia about a teenager with telekinesis who is roped into a life of petty crime. It’s ethereal and weird and feels like a fever dream. It’s what Neutral Milk Hotels In the Aeroplane Over the Sea would look like as a movie.
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Time Square (1980)
It was a coincidence that both picks have the word “time” in the title.
A Robert Stigwood-produced 1980 movie about two teens running around seedy, pre-Disneified Times Square with Tim Curry as a radio DJ with a bizarrely amazing soundtrack featuring The Cure, XTC, The Ramones, Gary Numan and so many more. It’s wild.
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