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Hello Everyone,

Oh my, a ton of new stuff this week -- we've even had to crack open the 26,000 drawer (I think we have room for about 30,000 total... what then?). Of particular interest to the underground cult film fans out there is the Stay Free magazine collection of short films -- solely because it includes Todd Haynes' long out of print, full Barbie doll cast, cease-and-desist ordered, "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story".

News from the rumor mill: Criterion has bought the rights to "Berlin Alexanderplatz". What does that mean to us? Soon, we will get to see the whole 15+ hour film completely cleaned up and re-mastered with tons of bonus materials -- you know, it'll get the Criterion treatment. No word on a date yet but the Criterion chat groups are saying May. Watch this space for up-to-the-minute (well, actually, once weekly) updates.

Also, March 1 and 2, Alfred Brendel will be in town! That's right, arguably the world's most recorded pianist will be playing a solo recital and, get this, reading some of his deliciously surreal poetry. Surely the hook for Brendel coming here is his occasional collaborator, UIUC School of Music professor William Kinderman, himself a pianist and one of the world's leading authorities on Beethoven. Anyway, if you didn't manage to get yourself invited to the poetry reading (I did), or if you weren't fast enough to get a ticket to the recital (I was), then you can check out one of our new dvds, "Alfred Brendel: In Portrait". Even if you are one of the lucky ones, you might want to whet your appetite: fabulous biographical footage, beautifully filmed performances (including the Mozart sonata he will play in his Krannert recital), live discussions with conductor Simon Rattle, and, yes, a handful of poems read in the author's inimitable style.

Essential Art House Films Update: Last week's film was Jean Renoir's "Grand Illusion" and this week it will be "Pepe le Moko" -- watch along, if you want. In case you are interested, the latest review is on Renter's front page with a link to the rest of the reviews.

Have a great week!

Geoff (and all the other Rentertarians)

P.S. Did you know these e-mails are archived on our web site? If you want to refer back to any of them, go here.

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