The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week: February 11-17

02/11/2015 9:30 AM |


Leo the Last (1970)
Directed by John Boorman
A study in black, tan, and pigeon-gray, Leo the Last is pretty silly where it isn’t distasteful. However, like Leo himself, it’s not beyond redemption: Boorman’s fourth flick reaches a kind of silliness sublime as a gaggle of rich folks bounce naked in a pool, exhorted by a cheerful charlatan to “undulate, undulate.” An unduly good-looking cast (Marcello Mastroianni, Calvin Lockhart) brackets these underwater rears. Ascetic Leo, unwilling heir to some European throne, chases a gang of loyalists out of his basement with a sword, swearing to be a pacifist—it’s all like getting stoned in the wrongest company possible. Elina Mishuris (Feb 16, 12:30pm, 5:20pm at Film Forum’s Boorman series)