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See Charlotte Rampling's best films at IFC Center

Joshua Rothkopf
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Joshua Rothkopf

Currently bringing audiences to tears with her career-capping performance in 45 Years, Charlotte Rampling has long been a flinty spark for fans of onscreen boldness. She's never been afraid to go dark, savage or sexual—Rampling may be alone among British actors for toggling between fierceness and fragility. For the next several weekends, IFC Center will salute the star with an eight-film series spanning her 50 years onscreen. While we're pained not to see 1986's mind-shattering Max Mon Amour on the list—that's the one in which Rampling conducts a serious affair with a chimpanzee—the selections are excellent, speaking to a rare dramatic range. Below are all the titles and show dates. Do yourself a favor and cut out one weekend morning for a taste.

Georgy Girl One of the quintessential films of the mid-’60s, this British drama has Rampling in a small but memorable part as the roommate from hell. Fri 8–Sun 10 at 11am

Stardust Memories It got a bum rap at the time from folks who thought director Woody Allen was spitting on his fans, but this gorgeous b&w exploration of the perils of fame (co-starring Rampling as an unstable girlfriend) is vastly underrated. Jan 15–18 at 11am

The Verdict Sidney Lumet’s direction and David Mamet’s pitch-perfect script make this a cut above your typical legal drama—and Rampling's presence as a complex love interest and assistant to Paul Newman's crusading attorney doesn't hurt. Jan 22–24 at 11am

The Night Porter Dirk Bogarde stars opposite Rampling—some people still associate her with this role, more than 40 years later—in a morally dubious erotic tale involving a former Nazi and a woman he’d abused in one of the camps. Feb 5–7 at 11am

Heading South Haiti’s sex trade industry provides the background for this torrid tale of a rentboy and the women—including Rampling—who love him. Feb 12–15 at 11am

Under the Sand Rampling thrills as a married woman who becomes unhinged after her husband goes missing at the beach. It's a full-on middle-age meltdown. Feb 20, 21 at 11am

Farewell, My Lovely Robert Mitchum plays detective Philip Marlowe with support from folks like Rampling, Harry Dean Stanton and some guy named Sly Stallone. Feb 26–28 at 11am

The Cherry Orchard Rampling is the undeniable highlight of this 1999 Chekhov adaptation. Her Ranevskaya, defaulting on a lovely estate, is smarter and shrewder than most embodiments of the role. Mar 4–6 at 11am  

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