Rocky’s Review
Coup 53

Two acclaimed documentaries in the same week about Iran was not intentional. But if you're a political enthusiast, you'll be rewarded. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (HARLAN COUNTY USA, AMERICAN DREAM) working at the top her game, delivers an absorbing, nuts-and-bolts chronicle of the true story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern U.S. history - the mission to free hostages captured during the Iranian revolution in 1979. [DESERT ONE] "is a staggering, indelible must-see." -AwardsWatch. Trailer

     What begins as an historical documentary about 4 days in August 1953, turns into a live investigation, taking filmmakers Taghi Amirani and Walter Murch into uncharted cinematic waters. The roots of Iran's volatile relationship with Britain and America has never been so forensically and dramatically exposed. [COUP 53] "has the air of something that grew from an impudent home movie into a magnum opus...passionate, fearless, jaw-dropping." -Hollywood Reporter. Listen to the John Powers review on Fresh Air. 

     If you view COUP 53 today - 8/19 - you have free access to a live Q&A at 12:00 PM (PST) Thursday, 8/20 with Amirani, Murch and Ralph Fiennes. Trailer

     "Designing is not a profession but an attitude." -László Maholy-Nagy. Maholy-Nagy is the subject of THE NEW BAUHAUS, a beautifully-made film about the influential design school that this Hungarian immigrant started in Chicago in 1937. His design school forever transformed design, photography and arts education in America and beyond. "By the end of the movie, you won't just admire Maholy-Nagy, you'll want to be just like him." -Forbes. Trailer

     Pop-up popcorn for sale this Saturday, August 22nd, 2:00-5:00.

Cinematically yours,
Rocky