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Fall Arts: Film Picks

The Weinstein Company, in limited releaseweinsteinco.com

Under Control
December 2–8

Gaining unsettling new relevance in the wake of Japan's earthquake-triggered radiation spill, German documentarian Volker Sattel's observational eulogy and final word on the "safe" use and realities of nuclear energy captures the philosophical relationship between nukes, their technicians and spokespeople, neighboring communities, nature, and history's retroactive ideas of the atomic future. Eeriest of all is the sight of a monolithic plant, built to stand the ages, dismantled and demolished. (Let's hope it happened on bulk pick-up day.)

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenueanthology, filmarchives.org

Henri-Georges Clouzot
December 8–24

A creative rival to Alfred Hitchcock for his similar mastery in perversely humored suspense, the late French auteur is honored at MoMA in the city's most comprehensive retrospective to date, including new 35mm prints of Quai des Orfèvres, Diabolique, and The Mystery of Picasso. Rare rediscoveries include short films, early screenwriting efforts, and his segment from the postwar anthology Retour à la vie. In conjunction, Film Forum offers a new print of Clouzot's tensest of thrillers, The Wages of Fear, from December 9–22.

MoMA
11 West 53rd Street, moma.org

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