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It’s only fitting that one of the best films of the decade — Hard to Be a God, the long-awaited final work by the late Russian visionary Aleksei German — screened locally at the best theater in New York. The strength of Anthology Film Archives lies in its adventuresome and creative programming, which frequently involves working with outside collaborators and organizations. A choice selection of recent highlights includes: French films from the 1930s and 1940s, a period overshadowed by the New Wave of the ’60s; the third part of Cineaste magazine’s series highlighting screenwriters blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee; a second installment of the Malastrana Film Series survey of giallo films; the “Re-Visions” series focusing on recent restoration work on neglected American avant-garde filmmakers; and a new series, “This Is Celluloid,” that links films solely on the basis of how gorgeous their prints look. In an era when digital projection dominates multiplexes and is slowly creeping into rep houses, Anthology screens nearly every movie in 35mm — a feat in itself. 32 Second Avenue, Manhattan 10003, 212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org

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