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From Visconti to Welles, the Austin Film Society's series is a classic film feast

'A Summer of Restoration: Selections from Milestone Films' offers 10 must-see movies rarely shown in Austin

Chris Garcia
Higashi Yoichi's 1996 film 'Village of Dreams' screens June 12 as part of the Austin Film Society's latest series.

While the Paramount Theatre's Summer Classic Film Series rolls forth, the Austin Film Society presents 10 must-see movies for any self-avowed cinephile as part of its frequent Essential Cinema series.

This one's a doozy: "A Summer of Restoration: Selections From Milestone Films" is a "sampling of a wide selection of films, old and new, from the wonderful Milestone Films catalog, specializing in restoration."

The series, playing Saturdays at noon through Aug. 7 at the Alamo Ritz, brings a superb array of important movies from around the world, including Orson Welles' 1963 expressionistic adaptation of Kafka's "The Trial," Luchino Visconti's masterly melodrama "Rocco and His Brothers" and Margot Benacerraf's influential 1959 documentary "Araya."

Complete film descriptions and ticket information:

Saturday: ‘I'm Going Home' by Manoel de Oliveira. Portugal/France, 2001.

June 12: ‘Village of Dreams' by Higashi Yoichi. Japan, 1996.

June 19: ‘The Edge of the World' by Michael Powell. United Kingdom, 1937.

June 26: ‘Rocco and His Brothers' by Luchino Visconti. Italy, 1960.

July 3: ‘Killer of Sheep' by Charles Burnett. USA, 1977.

July 10: ‘It Happened Here' by Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo. United Kingdom, 1966.

July 17: ‘The Trial' by Orson Welles. France/West Germany/Italy, 1963.

July 24: ‘Araya' by Margot Benacerraf. Venezuela/France, 1959.

July 31: ‘Siddhartha' by Conrad Rooks. USA, 1972.

Aug. 7: ‘South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition' by Frank Hurley. Australia/United Kingdom, 1919.

— Chris Garcia

'A Summer of Restoration: Selections From Milestone Films'