16 Episodes

It’s been twenty-five years since cinema bid the twentieth century farewell with an extraordinary batch of films. In retrospect, 1999 was a time of intriguing cross-pollinations between the studios and independents, national and international productions, and high and low culture. Bringing together art-house favorites (BEAU TRAVAIL, GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI), Hollywood hits (GIRL, INTERRUPTED; THE INSIDER), and new cult classics (GO, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES), this cinematic time capsule takes us back to the premillennial, pre-smartphone, dial-up moment just before the world as we knew it seemed to change forever.

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    Episode 2

    Directed by Doug Liman • 1999 • United States
    Starring Sarah Polley, Timothy Olyphant, Katie Holmes

    Director Doug Liman’s follow-up to SWINGERS is a hyperkinetic, MDMA-fueled cult joyride that bounces, with whiplash-inducing abandon, between a coterie of twentysomething Californians chasing drug...

  • The Insider

    Episode 3

    Directed by Michael Mann • 1999 • United States
    Starring Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer

    Based on a true story, Michael Mann’s coolly riveting exposé of corporate corruption recounts the chain of events that pitted an ordinary man against the tobacco industry and dragged two people...

  • The Virgin Suicides

    Episode 4

    Directed by Sofia Coppola • 1999 • United States
    Starring Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, James Woods

    With this debut feature, Sofia Coppola announced her singular vision, exploring the aesthetics of femininity while illuminating the interior lives of young women. An adaptation of Jeffrey Eugeni...

  • The Straight Story

    Episode 5

    Directed by David Lynch • 1999 • United States
    Starring Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton

    In between the dark, florid surrealism of the LA-set neonoirs LOST HIGHWAY and MULHOLLAND DR., director David Lynch took a detour to America’s heartland for this surprisingly down-to-eart...

  • Beau travail

    Episode 6

    Directed by Claire Denis • 1999 • France
    Starring Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin

    With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd, Sailor,” Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time. Amid the azure waters and sunbaked ...

  • Bringing Out the Dead

    Episode 7

    Directed by Martin Scorsese • 1999 • United States
    Starring Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman

    This searing collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader continues their ongoing inquiry into questions of guilt, torment, faith, and existential meaning. S...

  • Girl, Interrupted

    Episode 8

    Directed by James Mangold • 1999 • United States
    Starring Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy

    Based on a true story, this searingly intense portrait of adolescent turmoil provides a powerhouse showcase for an ensemble of dynamic young actors, including Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Cle...

  • Summer of Sam

    Episode 9

    Directed by Spike Lee • 1999 • United States
    Starring John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino

    Spike Lee’s fever-pitch vision of murder, mass hysteria, and machismo run amok charts the escalating paranoia within an Italian American Bronx neighborhood during the sweltering summer of 1977 as the...

  • The Limey

    Episode 10

    Directed by Steven Soderbergh • 1999 • United States
    Starring Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren

    Steven Soderbergh’s stylish, fascinatingly fractured revenge thriller stars Terence Stamp as a British ex-con who, following his release from prison, heads to Los Angeles to investigate hi...

  • Bye Bye Africa

    Episode 11

    Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun • 1999 • Chad, France
    Starring Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Garba Issa, Aïcha Yelena

    The first feature by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (and the first ever made in Chad) is an autobiographical semidocumentary in which the director plays a version of himself, an African filmmaker...

  • Trick

    Episode 12

    Directed by Jim Fall • 1999 • United States
    Starring Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling

    The Doris Day–style romantic comedy gets a gay 1990s update in this charming, sweetly sexy tale of two Greenwich Village guys—shy aspiring Broadway composer Gabriel (Christian Campbell) and hu...

  • Buena Vista Social Club

    Episode 13

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1999 • Germany, United States

    Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected encounter with world fame. The veteran vocalists...

  • Following

    Episode 14

    Directed by Christopher Nolan • 1999 • United Kingdom
    Starring Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw

    Before he became a sensation with the twisty revenge story MEMENTO, Christopher Nolan fashioned this low-budget, 16 mm black-and-white neonoir with comparable precision and cunning. Providing irrefutable evi...

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Episode 15

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1999 • United States
    Starring Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman

    Jim Jarmusch combined his love for the ice-cool crime dramas of Jean-Pierre Melville and Seijun Suzuki with the philosophical dimensions of samurai mythology for an eccentrically postmodern take o...

  • Ratcatcher

    Episode 16

    Directed by Lynne Ramsay • 1999 • United Kingdom
    Starring Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, William Eadie

    In her breathtaking and assured debut feature, Lynne Ramsay creates a haunting evocation of a troubled Glasgow childhood. Set during Scotland’s national garbage strike of the mid-1970s, RATCAT...