Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Flesh of the Orchid (1975)
Directed by Patrice Chéreau
This film riffs on Hitchcockian themes of misplaced identity and lovers on the run, and for the most part achieves similarly thrilling albeit darker results. Charlotte Rampling’s follow-up to The Night Porter reinforces her reputation for uninhibited performances; she plays Claire, a stunning, slightly unhinged woman picked up in the middle of a highway after escaping a mental institution. She’s rescued by a pair of brothers who are on the run, and Claire learns that she, too, is being hunted by an estranged family. Simone Signoret has a memorable cameo in this tense, twisty thriller written by Jean-Claude Carrière. John Oursler (Mar 1 and 4 at Lincoln Center, part of its Patrice Chereau retrospective)

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