Howard Brookner’s 1985 documentary profile of the now legendary avant-gardist William S. Burroughs, assembled from some 80 hours of interview footage. Overall an interesting, serious job, and the more controversial aspects of Burroughs’s past and personalitysuch as his misogyny and his slaying of his wifeare squarely confronted. (JR)
Writer-director-actor Nanni Moretti is one of the brightest stars in contemporary Italian comedy, and, in the opinion of many European critics, the most interesting Italian director to have come along in years. This 1985 feature is less formally and thematically audacious than his subsequent Palombella rossa, about the political and ideological soul-searching of an Italian communist water-polo player, but it still gives one some idea of what makes Moretti distinctive: here he’s a former 60s radical converted to the priesthood who bumbles his way through well-intentioned encounters with parishioners that usually end in mutual incomprehension. 96 min. (JR)
Luigi Comencini’s highly praised live-action version of the Carlo Collodi fantasy, made in 1971, with Nino Manfredi, Gina Lollobrigida, Andrea Balestri, and Vittorio De Sica.