Following is a partial look at films screening today at the Mann's Westwood Triplex. 'DANGEROUS MOVES'
Switzerland, 1984 , 95 minutes. 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The 1984 winner of the best foreign language film Oscar is a low-key political allegory, respectable rather than wholly riveting, in which the Soviet Union's ailing top chess player (Michel Piccoli) takes on a young, dissident Russian emigre (Alexandre Arbatt, who actually is a Russian emigre) for the world championship. For once, however, it is the dissident who's unscrupulous. Written and directed by newcomer Richard Dembo, "Dangerous Moves" also features other strong portrayals from Leslie Caron as Piccoli's concerned wife and Liv Ullmann as the ravaged wife of Arbatt, at last allowed to leave the Soviet Union so that her presence at the match will unnerve her husband.
'MEMORIES OF PRISON'
Brazil, 1984, 173 minutes. 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. A major work by Nelson Pereira dos Santos, one of the founders of Brazil's Cinema Nuovo, this beautiful, grueling, deeply contemplative film brings to life an autobiographical novel by Graciliano Ramos, who in 1936, during one of Brazil's most repressive periods, was imprisoned without a trial for a number of years under progressively severe conditions. Carlos Vereza is superb as Ramos, an intellectual whose ordeal only deepens his compassion for his fellow man, oppressor as well as oppressed. As has been noted, Ramos' various prisons become a metaphor for Brazil itself. RECOMMENDED.