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Anthology Film Archives would be an important institution solely on the basis of its rich experimental history and its efforts in film preservation and restoration. That it continues to screen surprising and under-seen selections from the history of cinema is a great boon for the city. Among Anthology’s most vital programs this year: a diverse sampling of films from Richard Fleischer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Violent Saturday, The New Centurions, Armored Car Robbery); a retrospective of French director Marcel Hanoun, whose work, after his lauded 1959 debut, Une Simple Histoire, faded into obscurity; and a tribute to the late Elmore Leonard, whose writings were responsible for classic films ranging from Delmer Daves’s 3:10 to Yuma (1957) to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997). This is to say nothing of the Archives’ enduring Essential Cinema collection, as well as its wonderfully curated new releases — its week-long run of Manoel de Oliveira’s Gebo and the Shadow, for instance, provided an all-too-rare opportunity to see a contemporary film in 35mm format during its initial U.S. theatrical run.

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