Filmmakers find inspiration in a number of places, and throughout the month of January, the Dryden explores the fascinating relationship between male directors and their favored actresses. Elevating their stars to the level of collaborators and co-authors, the filmmakers in this series worked with performers who doubled as creative catalysts. The working and personal relationship of Ingmar Bergman and his star Liv Ullmann is the subject of Dheeraj Akolkar’s Liv & Ingmar. Moving from art cinema to classic Hollywood, Dishonored is a prime example of the incredible energy Marlene Dietrich instilled in director Josef von Sternberg (and vice versa). The third film in a series of fruitful collaborations, Dishonored is a sleekly directed espionage thriller, striking the careful balance of garishness and elegance that the two became known for. Working on a more restrained plane, Japanese master Yasujirô Ozu imbues every frame of Tokyo Story with quiet humility, reflected in a heartbreaking performance by regular contributor Setsuko Hara. Concluding the series is Woody Allen’s philosophical parody Love and Death, a riff on Russian literature (and Bergman) that showcases his comedic chemistry with Diane Keaton. A companion piece to Annie Hall, Love and Death suggests both the breadth of their abilities and the endless possibilities of artistic collaboration.
Wednesday, January 8, 8 p.m.
Liv & Ingmar
(Dheeraj Akolkar, Norway/UK/India 2012, 89 min., DCP)
Wednesday, January 15, 8 p.m.
(Josef von Sternberg, US 1931, 91 min., 35mm)
Wedsnesday, January 22, 8 p.m.
(Tôkyô monogatari, Yasujirô Ozu, Japan 1953, 136 min., Japanese w/ subtitles, 35mm)
Wedsnesday, January 29, 8 p.m.
Love and Death
(Woody Allen, US 1975, 85 min., 35mm)