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HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT (2017)
Starring Bob Balaban, Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas, Peter Bogdanovich, Arnaud Desplechin, David Fincher, James Gray, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Richard Linklater and Paul Schrader. Directed by Kent Jones.

Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.

REVIEWS Hitchcock/Truffaut - A thrilling celebration of a masterwork

THE MONUMENTS MEN (2014)
Starring Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Sam Hazeldine, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Holger Handtke. Directed by George Clooney.

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

REVIEWS The Monuments Men - Fighting a losing battle

MOONRISE KINGDOM (2012)
Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel and Lucas Hedges. Directed by Wes Anderson.

REVIEWS Moonrise Kingdom - Fine actors, dark humour

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
Starring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, J. Patrick McNamara, Warren J. Kemmerling, Cary Guffey, Justin Dreyfuss and Lance Henriksen. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.

REVIEWS Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Spielberg's sci-fi classic 40 years on

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