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1997: World Premieres
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The Movies of 1997: World Premieres
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 Addicted to Love Dir. Griffin Dunne. With Matthew Broderick, Meg Ryan, Tchéky Karyo B
 Afterglow Dir. Alan Rudolph. With Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Jonny Lee Miller, Lara Flynn Boyle D+
 Air Force One Dir. Wolfgang Petersen. With Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close C+
 Alien: Resurrection Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman B
 Amistad Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Morgan Freeman B
 Artemisia Dir. Agnès Merlet. With Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Miki Manojlović B
 As Good As It Gets Dir. James L. Brooks. With Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear C+
 Bliss Dir. Lance Young. With Craig Sheffer, Sheryl Lee, Terence Stamp, Lois Chiles C
 Boogie Nights Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. With Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore A–
 The Boxer Dir. Jim Sheridan. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott D+
 Children of Heaven Dir. Majid Majidi. With Mir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi B
 Clockwatchers Dir. Jill Sprecher. With Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach B
 Conceiving Ada Dir. Lynn Hershmann-Leeson. With Tilda Swinton, Francesca Faridany C
 Cremaster 5 Dir. Matthew Barney. With Matthew Barney, Ursula Andress, Joanne Rha, Susan Rha B+
 Eye of God Dir. Tim Blake Nelson. With Martha Plimpton, Kevin Anderson, Nick Stahl B
 Hands on a Hardbody Dir. S.R. Bindler. Documentary about a peculiar U.S. endurance trial B+
 I Know What You Did Last Summer Dir. Jim Gillespie. With Jennifer Love Hewitt C
 Jackie Brown Dir. Quentin Tarantino. With Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster A–
 Life Is Beautiful Dir. Roberto Benigni. With Roberto Benigni, Giorgio Cantarini C
 Love and Death on Long Island Dir. Richard Kwietniowski. With John Hurt, Jason Priestley B
 The Mill on the Floss Dir. Graham Theakston. TV Movie. With Emily Watson, Ifan Meredith C
 Mrs. Dalloway Dir. Marleen Gorris. With Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone, Michael Kitchen B+
 My Best Friend's Wedding Dir. P.J. Hogan. With Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz B
 The Myth of Fingerprints Dir. Bart Freundlich. With Noah Wyle, Julianne Moore, Roy Scheider B
 Niagara, Niagara Dir. Bob Gosse. With Henry Thomas, Robin Tunney, Michael Parks C
 Oscar and Lucinda Dir. Gillian Armstrong. With Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Tom Wilkinson A–
 Paradise Road Dir. Bruce Beresford. With Glenn Close, Pauline Collins, Jennifer Ehle B–
 Passion in the Desert Dir. Lavina Currier. With Ben Daniels, Michel Piccoli, Paul Meston B–
 The Sweet Hereafter Dir. Atom Egoyan. With Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood B+
 Taste of Cherry Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. With Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolhossein Bagheri A
 A Thousand Acres Dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange C–
 Titanic Dir. James Cameron. With Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Gloria Stuart A–
 Titanic Dir. James Cameron. With Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Gloria Stuart A–
 Washington Square Dir. Agnieszka Holland. With Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney B+
 The Well Dir. Samantha Lang. With Pamela Rabe, Miranda Otto, Paul Chubb, Geneviève Lemon C–
 Wild Man Blues Dir. Barbara Kopple. Documentary about Woody Allen and his jazz band B+
 Wilde Dir. Brian Gilbert. With Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Sheen, Tom Wilkinson D+

Full Listing of Films Screened

4 Little Girls Dir. Spike Lee. Documentary about 1963 church bombing in Montgomery, Alabama B+

Addicted to Love Dir. Griffin Dunne. With Matthew Broderick, Meg Ryan, Tchéky Karyo B
Afterglow Dir. Alan Rudolph. With Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Jonny Lee Miller, Lara Flynn Boyle D+
Air Force One Dir. Wolfgang Petersen. With Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close C+
Alien: Resurrection Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman B
All Over Me Dir. Alex Sichel. With Alison Folland, Tara Subkoff, Cole Hauser, Pat Briggs B+
Amistad Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Morgan Freeman B
The Apostle Dir. Robert Duvall. With Robert Duvall, John Beasley, Farrah Fawcett A–
Artemisia Dir. Agnès Merlet. With Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Miki Manojlović B
As Good As It Gets Dir. James L. Brooks. With Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear C+
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Dir. Jay Roach. With Mike Myers B–

Bent Dir. Sean Mathias. With Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau, Mick Jagger, Brian Webber B–
Bliss Dir. Lance Young. With Craig Sheffer, Sheryl Lee, Terence Stamp, Lois Chiles B
Boogie Nights Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. With Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore A–
The Boxer Dir. Jim Sheridan. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott D+
Breakdown Dir. Jonathan Mostow. With Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan B
The Butcher Boy Dir. Neil Jordan. With Eamonn Owens, Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, B–

Career Girls Dir. Mike Leigh. With Katrin Cartlidge, Lynda Steadman, Mark Benton B
Chasing Amy Dir. Kevin Smith. With Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell C
Children of Heaven Dir. Majid Majidi. With Mir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi B
Clockwatchers Dir. Jill Sprecher. With Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach B
Conceiving Ada Dir. Lynn Hershmann-Leeson. With Tilda Swinton, Francesca Faridany C
Conspiracy Theory Dir. Richard Donner. With Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart B
Contact Dir. Robert Zemeckis. With Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt B
Cremaster 5 Dir. Matthew Barney. With Matthew Barney, Ursula Andress, Joanne Rha, Susan Rha B+

Deconstructing Harry Dir. Woody Allen. With Woody Allen, Hazelle Goodman, Billy Crystal B–
Donnie Brasco Dir. Mike Newell. With Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby A–

Eve's Bayou Dir. Kasi Lemmons. With Jurnee Smollett, Samuel L. Jackson, Debbi Morgan A–
Eye of God Dir. Tim Blake Nelson. With Martha Plimpton, Kevin Anderson, Nick Stahl B

Face/Off Dir. John Woo. With Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola A–
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control Dir. Errol Morris. Documentary about men with bizarre jobs B+
The Fifth Element Dir. Luc Besson. With Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm C+
The Full Monty Dir. Peter Cattaneo. With Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber B
Funny Games Dir. Michael Haneke. With Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering B

The Game Dir. David Fincher. With Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn C+
Gattaca Dir. Andrew Niccol. With Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Loren Dean, Alan Arkin B+
Good Will Hunting Dir. Gus Van Sant. With Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgård B–
Grosse Pointe Blank Dir. George Armitage. With John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd C
Gummo Dir. Harmony Korine. With Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Chloë Sevigny B+

Hands on a Hardbody Dir. S.R. Bindler. Documentary about peculiar endurance trial B+
The Hanging Garden Dir. Thom Fitzgerald. With Chris Leavins, Troy Veinotte, Kerry Fox B–
Happy Together Dir. Wong Kar-wai. With Tony Leung, Leslie Cheung, Chang Chen A
Henry Fool Dir. Hal Hartley. With Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey B
The House of Yes Dir. Mark Waters. With Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling F

I Know What You Did Last Summer Dir. Jim Gillespie. With Jennifer Love Hewitt C
The Ice Storm Dir. Ang Lee. With Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver C+
In & Out Dir. Frank Oz. With Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon C+
In the Company of Men Dir. Neil LaBute. With Aaron Eckhart, Stacy Edwards, Matt Malloy B

Jackie Brown Dir. Quentin Tarantino. With Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster A–
John Grisham's The Rainmaker Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. With Matt Damon, Danny DeVito B–

Kundun Dir. Martin Scorsese. With Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Sonam Phuntsok, Tencho Gyalpo B+

L.A. Confidential Dir. Curtis Hanson. With Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey A
Lavender Limelight Dir. Marc Mauceri. Documentary about prominent lesbian filmmakers C
Liar Liar Dir. Tom Shadyac. With Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Swoosie Kurtz C
Life Is Beautiful Dir. Roberto Benigni. With Roberto Benigni, Giorgio Cantarini C
Life of Jesus Dir. Bruno Dumont. With David Douche, Marjorie Cottreel, Kader Chaatouf B
Live Flesh Dir. Pedro Almodóvar. With Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem B+
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore C
Love and Death on Long Island Dir. Richard Kwietniowski. With John Hurt, Jason Priestley B
love jones Dir. Theodore Witcher. With Nia Long, Larenz Tate, Lisa Nicole Carson B–
Love! Valour! Compassion! Dir. Joe Mantello. With Stephen Bogardus, Jason Alexander B–

Ma vie en rose Dir. Alain Berliner. With Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque B+
Men in Black Dir. Barry Sonnenfeld. With Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Vincent D'Onofrio C
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Dir. Clint Eastwood. With John Cusack D
The Mill on the Floss Dir. Graham Theakston. TV Movie. With Emily Watson, Ifan Meredith C
Mother and Son Dir. Aleksandr Sokurov. With Aleksej Ananischnov, Gudrun Geyer B+
Mrs. Brown Dir. John Madden. With Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Antony Sher, Geoffrey Palmer B–
Mrs. Dalloway Dir. Marleen Gorris. With Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone, Michael Kitchen B+
My Best Friend's Wedding Dir. P.J. Hogan. With Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz B
The Myth of Fingerprints Dir. Bart Freundlich. With Noah Wyle, Julianne Moore, Roy Scheider B

Nappy Dir. Lydia Ann Douglas. Documentary short about African-American women's hair B
Niagara, Niagara Dir. Bob Gosse. With Henry Thomas, Robin Tunney, Michael Parks C

One Night Stand Dir. Mike Figgis. With Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski, Robert Downey Jr. C+
Oscar and Lucinda Dir. Gillian Armstrong. With Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Tom Wilkinson A–
Ossos Dir. Pedro Costa. With Nuno Vaz, Vanda Duarte, Mariya Lipkina, Isabel Ruth, Ana Marta B

Paradise Road Dir. Bruce Beresford. With Glenn Close, Pauline Collins, Jennifer Ehle B–
Passion in the Desert Dir. Lavina Currier. With Ben Daniels, Michel Piccoli, Paul Meston B–

The River Dir. Tsai Ming-Liang. With Lee Kang-sheng, Miao Tien, Lu Yi-Ching B+
Romy & Michele's High School Reunion Dir. David Mirkin. With Mira Sorvino D+

Scream 2 Dir. Wes Craven. With Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jerry O'Connell B
See the Sea Dir. François Ozon. With Sasha Hails, Marina de Van, Paul Raoux B
Seven Years in Tibet Dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud. With Brad Pitt, Jamyang Wangchuk B–
She's So Lovely Dir. Nick Cassavetes. With Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, John Travolta C
Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist Dir. Kirby Dick B+
Smilla's Sense of Snow Dir. Bille August. With Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris C–
The Spanish Prisoner Dir. David Mamet. With Campbell Scott, Rebecca Pidgeon, Steve Martin B–
Starship Troopers Dir. Paul Verhoeven. With Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer B–
The Sticky Fingers of Time Dir. Hilary Brougher. With Terumi Matthews, Nicole Zaray B+
The Sweet Hereafter Dir. Atom Egoyan. With Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood B+

Taste of Cherry Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. With Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolhossein Bagheri A
A Thousand Acres Dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange C–
Titanic Dir. James Cameron. With Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Gloria Stuart A–

Ulee's Gold Dir. Victor Nuñez. With Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Jessica Biel, Vanessa Zima B
Under the Skin Dir. Carine Adler. With Samantha Morton, Claire Rushbrook, Rita Tushingham B
U-Turn Dir. Oliver Stone. With Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Jon Voight, Claire Danes F

Wag the Dog Dir. Barry Levinson. With Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Heche B+
Washington Square Dir. Agnieszka Holland. With Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney B+
The Wedding Party Dir. Cherie Nowlan. With Richard Roxburgh, Frances O'Connor B–
Welcome to Sarajevo Dir. Michael Winterbottom. With Stephen Dillane, Emira Nušević B
The Well Dir. Samantha Lang. With Pamela Rabe, Miranda Otto, Paul Chubb, Geneviève Lemon C–
Wild Man Blues Dir. Barbara Kopple. Documentary about Woody Allen and his jazz band B+
Wilde Dir. Brian Gilbert. With Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Sheen, Tom Wilkinson D+
The Wings of the Dove Dir. Iain Softley. With Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache A–
The Winter Guest Dir. Alan Rickman. With Phyllida Law, Emma Thompson, Gary Hollywood B+


In Need of Reappraisal
The memories are fading, but they're somewhere in my brain

The Eel Dir. Shohei Imamura. With Kôji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baisho

Lolita Dir. Adrian Lyne. With Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella
Lost Highway Dir. David Lynch. With Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty

Men with Guns Dir. John Sayles. With Federico Luppi, Damián Delgado, Dan Rivera González

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Dir. Robert Iscove. TV Movie. With Brandy