After the Fest: Essential Art House Cinema kicks off Thursday at the Brooks with 'Jules and Jim'

Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum of Art continue their year-round collaboration with this special program of restored Art House essentials.

Admission is $5 for Indie Memphis members and members of The Brooks, $7 for non-members, and is free with Indie Memphis '09 Silver or Gold Pass or Brooks VIP Film Pass.

Jules and Jim Jules and Jim

Jules and Jim
Thursday, Oct. 22 @ 7:30 pm
at the Brooks Museum of Art

** New, restored high-definition digital transfer.

Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, legendary director Francois Truffaut's early masterpiece Jules and Jim (Jules et Jim) charts the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession over the course of twenty-five years. Jeanne Moreau stars as Catherine, the alluring and willful young woman whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) into one of cinema’s most captivating romantic triangles.

An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash upon its release in 1962 and remains as audacious and entrancing today.

The Seventh Seal The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal
Thursday, Oct. 29 @ 1 pm & 7:30 pm
at the Brooks Museum of Art

** New, restored high-definition digital transfer.

Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess.

Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman's stunning allegory of man's search for meaning, The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet), was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America's 1950s art-house heyday, pushing cinema's boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.

La Strada La Strada

La Strada
Thursday, Nov. 5 @ 1 pm & 7:30 pm
at the Brooks Museum of Art

** New, restored high-definition digital transfer.

There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampano (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampano encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point.

With La Strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide.

Winner of the first official Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, awarded in 1956.

Rashomon Rashomon

Thursday, Nov. 12 @ 7:30 pm
at the Studio on the Square

** New, restored 35mm film print.

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Rashomon is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

Toshiro Mifune gives another commanding performance in the eloquent masterwork that revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema to the world.