2012, IFC Films, 86 min, USA/Brazil, Dir: Noah Baumbach

Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she's not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure and redemption.

2016, A24, 107 min, Dir: Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow

Directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow get legendary auteur Brian De Palma to talk about his career for nearly two hours straight in this candid, entertaining look at a life in the cinema. In a wide-ranging conversation illustrated by clips from the director’s oeuvre, De Palma provides a crash course in what it was like to be at the center of the American cinema’s last golden age. This documentary is a treasure trove for his fans, and for fans of movies in general.

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