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Opening Virtually This Week: The incomparable Richard Farnsworth in  The Grey Fox ...
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Greetings City Lights Fans,

My must-see pick for this week is Canadian director Phillip Borsos’ beautifully produced The Grey Fox, from 1982, which introduced stuntman Richard Farnsworth as an actor (who would go on to feature in David Lynch’s work and many more) in the true story of stagecoach-turned-train robber Bill Miner. Shot in the Pacific Northwest, it’s a tender adventure story with an incredible performance from Farnsworth. It has never been available on DVD, and this restoration is welcome indeed. It's an old-fashioned yarn but timeless. Rent it and help support City Lights Cinemas -- and see a great film to boot. 

Michael

THE GREY FOX: PG, 110m 
New 4K restoration! After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th-century society… until he sees The Great Train Robbery and is inspired to once again do what he does best.
NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY: NR, 82m 
Cookbook author and environmental activist Diana Kennedy reflects on an unconventional life spent mastering Mexican cuisine.
CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: NR, 103m 
"If there's a depressing note to Piketty's circular view of history, it's his belief that egalitarianism often springs from catastrophic disaster ("everyone is equal in death" becomes a refrain), and that it's the slow grind of extreme wealth and extreme poverty that breeds those disasters." The Austin Chronicle
CLEMENTINE: NR, 90m 
Reeling from a one-sided breakup, anguished Karen flees Los Angeles for her ex’s idyllic lake house in the Pacific Northwest. There, she becomes entangled with a mysterious, alluring younger woman, whom she cannot seem to resist.
THE BOOKSELLERS: NR, 99m 
Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. The Booksellers takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.
SAINT FRANCES: NR, 106m 
"One of the pure joys of this job is experiencing a breakout performance or discovering a new director destined for great things. Saint Frances gives us both." Chicago Sun-Times
BEST OF CATVIDEOFEST: NR, 40m 
For the first time ever, CatVideoFest is available to screen virtually outside of theaters! Long time CatVideoFest curator extraordinaire, Will Braden, has crafted a 40-min "treat" of a reel that includes the very best videos from CVF history.
PHOENIX, OREGON: R, 108m 
Defying midlife haze, two friends, a graphic novelist and a chef seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world's greatest pizza."
FANTASTIC FUNGI: NR, 81m 
"Though its generic title may evoke memories of the archaic science videos you fell asleep to in grade school, Schwartzberg’s film quickly proves to be one of the year’s most mind-blowing, soul-cleansing and yes, immensely entertaining triumphs." RogerEbert.com
THE WHISTLERS: NR, 97m 
"The Whistlers is no minimalist slice of realism, but an oversized, deliciously twisted ride that runs on an endless supply of black humor and a sizeable body count. You won’t laugh much while you’re watching it, but it’s a hoot nonetheless." The Wrap
ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND: NR, 97m 
"All music documentaries are subjective in that they’re the most engrossing to those the most into the music. But for the right fan, Roher’s lovely leafing through musical history will be touching and at times thrilling." Movie Nation
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