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Journeys of Faith
A month-long feature film series, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Vatican Treasures: Early Christian, Renaissance, and Baroque Art from the Papal Collection, on view February 8 - April 12, 1988.

March 4
Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1979)
Mesmerizing sci-fi epic about a guide who leads two intellectuals into the Zone, a forbidden and mysterious region where one's innermost desires come true. (160 min.)

March 6
Breaking the Waves (Lars Von Trier, Denmark/France, 1996)
A na ve young wife believes that her promiscuity will save her husband's life. A wrenching tale of sex and salvation, degradation and deliverance. Adults only! (159 min.)

March 11
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy/France, 1964) This simple, austere, beautiful movie--widely regarded as the best life of Jesus on film--features a cast of non-professionals and an eclectic musical soundtrack encompassing Bach and Billie Holiday. (135 min.)

March 13
Jesus of Montreal (Denys Arcand, Canada/France, 1989)
Controversy swirls around an obscure actor who resuscitates a Church's moribund Passion Play in an unconventional manner. (119 min.)

March 18
Ordet (The Word) (Carl Dreyer, Denmark, 1955)
Religious differences tear apart a farm family in this transcendent account of orthodoxy versus true faith. A masterpiece, with an absolutely breathtaking climax. From a play by Kaj Munk.

March 20
Thérèse (Alain Cavalier, France, 1986)
Spellbinding account of a dreamy teenager's journey from convent privations to Carmelite nun to sainthood. (91 min.)

March 25
Miracle in Rome (Lisandro Duque, Colombia, 1988)
A bereaved father goes to Rome to get his deceased young daughter canonized when her exhumed, long-dead body shows no signs of decomposition. From a story by Gabriel García Marquéz.

March 27
Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, France, 1950)
Rigorous but rewarding tale of a young rural priest, dying of cancer, who finds grace while ministering to his first parish. From the novel by Georges Bernanos.


Playing on several dates throughout February:
Antonio Gaud (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1984)
Among the most popular documentaries ever shown at the MFA, this film takes the viewer through and around Gaudì's famed Barcelona structures to experience the brilliant imagination and exquisitely detailed creations of this architectural genius. (72 min.)


A series of films by the Japanese director Shohei Imamura, presented to complement current special exhibitions of Japanese art, In the Mountains (on view January 31-August 2) and Japanese Arts of the Meiji Era (1868-1912) (on view through April 26).

February 13
The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura, 1983)
An epic portrayal of life in a remote mountain village, and the courage of a grandmother facing the local custom of abandoning the elderly on Mount Narayama when the village can no longer afford to feed them. (128 min.)

February 15
Endless Desire (Shohei Imamura, 1958)
A story of post-World War II Japan. Five people from different walks of life decide to recover buried morphine from an old American air-raid shelter. (100 min.)

February 20
The Pornographers: Introduction to Anthropology (Shohei Imamura, 1966)
Mixes documentary and feature forms as well as film-within-a-film techniques to portray a maker of cheap pornographic films and his adopted family. A sometimes surreal story of lust, delinquency, corruption, and superstition. (128 min.)

February 22
Vengeance is Mine (Shohei Imamura, 1979)
An unflinching study of a cold-blooded serial killer based on Ryuzo Saki's fictional account of a real-life murderer. (128 min.)

February 27
Karayuki-san (Shohei Imamura, 1975)
An acclaimed documentary about one of the women sent to Southeast Asia to work in brothels during World War II. Imamura follows his subject to a Singapore slum, where she recounts her tale of being sold into sexual slavery. (70 min.)


Film and video screenings presented in conjunction with Assignment Rescue: The Story of Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee, on view through March 29.

February 10
The Exiles (Richard Kaplan, 1989)
The dramatic story of the artists, intellectuals and scientists who fled European totalitarianism and emigrated to the United States before America's entry into World War II is told in this documentary. (120 min.)

February 18
The Artists Schindler (David Kerr, 1997)
The U.S. premiere of a new film produced for British television. Includes interviews with colleagues of Varian Fry, historical footage and evocative dramatizations. (50 min.)

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