Church of Film

January 17th, 2018

UNCANNY TALES AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

A carefully curated collection of short films that will leave you asking, “What on earth did I just watch?” UNCANNY TALES charts a course through the narrative experimental work of Surrealists Raul Ruiz and Jean-Claude Carrière, Mexican horror anthologies, English video pieces, and beyond, searching for those corners of storytelling where logic seems to have dropped the ball, or in which characters are trapped in an insidious new logic, with weird and terrifying results.

January 15th, 2018

SCHOOL IN THE CROSSHAIRS AT CENTURY

Yuka, a shy schoolgirl at the top of her class, discovers she has powerful psychic abilities. She puts them to use helping her friend, class loser Koji. But when a new student, Keiko, shows up to school demonstrating similar abilities, using them to seize control of the student council and usher in a Fascist regime, Yuka and Keiko must find a way to end her reign of terror! SCHOOL IN THE CROSSHAIRS is another mischievous, whacked-out genre fireball from weirdo-genius Nobuhiko Obayashi, the director of the notorious Hausu!

January 8th, 2018

MORNING PATROL AT CENTURY

A destroyed earth, a desolate city in ruins. TVs still operate, cinemas still function, there is electricity, but no people. The Morning Patrol guards the empty metropolis, electronic voices warn the non-existent citizens to evacuate… but for what purpose? A lone woman sneaks in, seeking to pass through the so-called Forbidden Zone and make her way to the sea, ducking the Patrol and dodging their traps. She has no memory. THE MORNING PATROL is Greek director Nikos Nikolaidis’s somber and foreboding look at a future in ruination, and a past half remembered.

January 3rd, 2018

LABYRINTH IN THE FIELD: SHORTS OF THE NEW JAPANESE AVANT-GARDE

At the CLINTON STREET THEATER! Celebrating the postwar generations, surrounding the Nihon Student Movement of the 60s, the radical Art Theatre Guild production house, and the avant-garde throughout the second half of the 20th century! A curated collection of surreal journeys, including Shuji Terayama's explorations of childhood trauma and memory, LABYRITNTH IN THE GRASS and BUTTERFLY, Tengai Amano's poem about a child who cannot accept death, TWILIGHT, and other short work by Mari Terashima, Toshio Matsumoto and more!

January 1st, 2018

YEAR O1 AT CENTURY

Armed only with the slogan “Quit Everything,” the people of France walk out of their jobs—and never return. Labor and money are abolished. Production stops. Consumption stops. Markets stop. Governments stop. Now people work only to fulfill their needs, and use only what they need. Consumer goods are museum pieces, the earth is a common land and garden, and wage labor is a barbaric, faintly remembered past. Somewhere, counter-revolutionaries gather stacks of money, now useless paper, hoping one day it will again be charged with significance and elevate them to the status of lords. This is a report from the first year of a liberated world! Jacques Doillon’s YEAR 01 (with contributing pieces by Left Bank luminaries Alain Resnais and Jean Rouch) is a serio-comic Utopia, a series of imaginative sketches based on the philosophies behind the tumult of May ’68 and the Situationist International. Imagine a future!

December 20th, 2017

UPROAR IN HEAVEN AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

Bursting forth from an egg in Flower Fruit Mountain, the powerful and magical Monkey King is crowned by the animals below. But the Jade Emperor in Heaven is afraid of the mighty new king and invites him to be his stable master so that he can keep a watchful eye. He soon learns that the rebellious spirit of the handsome Monkey King may be too much for him to control, especially when the king declares himself Great Sage Equal to the Heavens! Wan Laiming’s UPROAR IN HEAVEN, adapted from the 16th century classic Journey to the West, was the first animated feature made in Mao's China—a beloved rebel tale told with swirling colors and a towering imagination, restored to its pristine glory. [Note, this is a restoration of the 1965 original, *NOT* the 2012 3D reconstruction].

December 18th, 2017

Christmas Ghost Stories AT CENTURY

In the grave tradition of English ghost tale masters like M.R. James, four short films explore the uncanny and unclear boundaries between the living and the dead. In THE SlGNALMAN, a lonely train station functionary is haunted by visions of a phantom and the trauma of a crash that occurred years before. THE ASH TREE is a chilling tale of atavism and a witch’s revenge on a witchfinder general’s descendant. An elderly man with a taste for the Occult has a habit of adopting young orphans in LOST HEARTS, but for what nefarious purpose? And a buried treasure brings misfortune and terror on the archaeologist who finds it, for the treasure has an undead guardian in A WARNlNG TO THE CURlOUS… Lawrence Gordon Clark’s stark and frankly terrifying adaptations of classic English ghost stories were a beloved Christmas tradition in the UK, and still bring a chill to the holidays!

December 11th, 2017

SON OF THE WHITE MARE AT CENTURY

Marcell Jankovic's animated feature, SON OF THE WHITE MARE, is psychedelic bath, a swirling trip of Hungarian folklore, Sigmund Freud, and anxieties, dreams and fears about industry and technology. When the lid on Pandora's Box has been opened under the dragon tree at the gates of Hell, the three sons of the white mare must come together and journey into the underworld to slay dragons and set things right! A kaleidoscopic monument to Hungarian animation that may short-circuit brains, so be sure to check them at the door!

December 6th, 2017

THE SNOW QUEEN AT CLINTON STREET THEATER

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, THE SNOW QUEEN is a surreal and sinister film focusing on the young girl Kerttu’s journey to rescue her brother Kai from the evil Snow Queen. Kerttu travels through beautiful and hostile lands, meeting various strange and threatening characters on the way – befriended and helped by some, waylaid and trapped by others. A rarely seen landmark of Finnish cinema, and a wintry fantasy epic!

December 4th, 2017

THE SNOW WOMAN AT CENTURY

A master sculptor and his apprentice, Yosaku, seek out a mystical tree for carving a statue commissioned by a local temple—but this angers the ghostly witch of the woods, who takes her revenge on the master but spares the student. Not long after, the beautiful Yuki appears in the village and falls in love with Yosaku. But through marriage and children, poverty and hardship, both Yuki and Yosaku both must keep a dreadful secret… THE SNOW WOMAN is a somber and elegant kaidan, a traditional Japanese ghost story, about love, sacrifice, and compassion, shot with painterly compositions by Kurasawa and Mizoguchi understudy Tokuzo Tanaka, and featuring a haunting score by Akira Ifukube.

November 29th, 2017

THE LITTLE PRINCE AT CLINTON STREET THEATER

A pilot crashes his plane in the Sahara and, stranded, meets a strange young boy whom he calls the little Prince. While he works to repair his plane, the Prince recounts his adventures journeying from his home planet, a tiny asteroid with three volcanoes and a rose, toward Earth, and all the planets inbetween. A highly-stylized adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s book by Lithuanian painter-turned-director, Arunas Zebriunas, THE LITTLE PRINCE wonderfully captures the melancholy ethos of the cherished classic, with stunning set pieces and desert photography.

November 27th, 2017

ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE AT CENTURY

When a luxury yacht finds itself shipwrecked on a mysterious island, its motley crew of survivors head out to find food and shelter. They stumble upon another ship whose crew seems to have met with a bad end. And what’s with the strange mushrooms native to the island? Can you eat them? An eerie atmospheric sci-fi horror seasoned with psychedelics, ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE snuck in commentary and controversy with production design alluding to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—it was banned in many parts of Japan and elsewhere.

November 22nd, 2017

LOVE SUBLIME AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

Beautiful young Rupa’s face is partially disfigured as a child, and she grows up castigated by her community and family as an abomination. Enter suave bachelor Rajiv, an engineer designing an important dam for the village. He abhors imperfection, but is drawn to mysterious Rupa’s enchanting voice. Can he reconcile the voice and the woman he loves with a face that terrifies him? Rich with bold costumes and colors, towering set pieces and wonderful songs, Bollywood auteur Raj Kapoor’s late film LOVE SUBLIME championed character over physical beauty. Ironically it was dismissed as too flashy, racy and vulgar at the time… today, all its extravagant entertainment and knotted contradictions make it all the more appealing!

November 20th, 2017

STRANGLER VS. STRANGLER AT CENTURY

Belgrade, 1985: A city with 2 million people but missing one thing to make it a real metropolis—a serial killer! It’s about to graduate, however, when Pera Mitic, a flower salesman with serious Oedipal issues, starts squeezing necks over carnations. Meanwhile an ambitious punk singer named Spiridon (Srdjan Saper, real life frontman for Yugoslavia’s most celebrated band, Idoli), develops a mysterious psychic connection with the killer, and whips up a controversial hit single—an ode to the Belgrade Strangler. Set around Belgrade’s underground radio and club scene, STRANGLER VS. STRANGLER is a brilliantly macabre, hilarious, and creepy pastiche of Hitchcockian horror, black comedy, and Yugoslavian punk!

November 13th, 2017

SOVIET SCI-FI ANIMATION AT CENTURY

A showcase of rare late Soviet Sci-fi and Futurist animation! From monsters and Mayakovsky, Utopian Socialism and space exploration, to ecological disaster and weaponization, and capitalism and colonialization, this set is an odyssey of hopes, fears, and aspirations, in vibrant, swirling, psychedelic glory! This collection focuses on the work of brilliant animator Vladimir Tarasov, including his Futurist tribute to Mayakovsky, FORWARD MARCH TIME, and his miniature astral epic THE PASSAGE, among many others!

November 6th, 2017

THE MAN WHO FOLLOWS BIRDS AT CENTURY

Farouk, a young man with a poetic temperament, is orphaned in his hostile and unhappy village. He leaves with a friend to live as a beggar in the mountains, where he finds himself again surrounded by violence and inhumanity—but also great beauty. THE MAN WHO CHASES BIRDS is a rare and tender coming-of-age story set in the mountains of Uzbekistan. Inspired by Sergei Paradjanov and his long-distance friend Michelangelo Antonioni, Uzbek auteur Ali Khamraev turned this simple story into a sumptuous visual feast and mood piece worthy of the best art films of his time.

November 1st, 2017

CITY OF PIRATES at the Clinton Street Theater

Graceful, damned Isidore wanders through life as though it were a dream fractured or decomposing. A homicidal boy named Malo, her husband and other self, purifies her world with blood, fire and violence. She is heading for a castle on an island where her brother, lover, and captor Toby, a man with multiple personalities, dwells. Chilean director Raul Ruiz's widely hailed Surrealist masterpiece CITY OF PIRATES was written entirely from dreams and autowriting, and moves in gloomy, mystical dream logic. One of cinema's most enchanted poems!

October 30th, 2017

POE! A Night of Edgar Allen Poe at Century

As in Edgar Allen Poe, the master of gothic horror, and a favorite for all arthouse directors of every generation for the striking imagery in his magnificent short stories and poems. Our ode to Poe will feature first and foremost French pioneer Jean Epstein's masterpiece, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, a bewildering piece of film poetry co-scripted by his young associate director and student, Luis Bunuel. Also included will be Austrian director Kurt Steinwedner's THE RAVEN, a grim expressionist adaptation of the famous poem, and French New Wave critic-director Alexandre Astruc's horrifying THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, the only true adaptation of Poe's mind-bending story described in different pitches of the darkness.

October 23rd, 2017

DEAD OF NIGHT AT Century

Mr. Craig arrives at a country resort for a job, but finds things strangely familiar... everything that happens corresponds to a half-remembered recurring nightmare. Intrigued by his déjà vu, others begin to recount their own tales of the supernatural. But will they learn to trust their own dreams before Mr. Craig’s nightmare becomes real? Engaging the talents of three classic English directors with Brazilian avant-garde designer Cavalcanti, DEAD OF NIGHT is itself a half-remembered legend of a horror film, one that inspired cosmologist Fred Hoyle to formulate his Steady-State Theory of the Universe in his theater seat. "It's completely circular!” He marveled of the plot. “You can come in at any place and see it until the place you came in!"

October 18th, 2017

MESSIAH OF EVIL AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

A hundred years in the past, a demonic priest visits a sleepy Californian town and brings with him contagion. He vows to return... and as a strange zombie contagion grips Point Dune, CA, it seems like that prophecy may be coming true! A remarkably strange blend of zombie film and arthouse, MESSIAH OF EVIL gathered cult cache over the years for its heady take on the genre, it's over-the-top set pieces, and its mysterious occult plot (around which conspiracy still swirl!)

October 16th, 2017

MORGANA & HER NYMPHS at Century

Two young lovers, Françoise and Anna, become lost while on vacation. When Anna disappears, Françoise follows a mysterious dwarf and arrives at a strange castle. There the mistress of the castle, Morgana La Fey, offers her immortality, but at a cost... MORGANA & HER NYMPHS is one of the great gems of 70s French fantastique, blending a dreamy surrealism with horror, sensuality, and stunning design. A strange and mesmerizing nightmare...!

October 9th, 2017

THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK at Century

To the public, Dr. Bernard Hichcock is a beloved surgeon celebrated for his advances in anesthetic research. But he is leading a double life… at home, he plays a kinky game with his wife—until something goes horribly wrong… A taboo-smashing gothic horror, Riccardo Fredo’s THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK shocked audiences and has been widely hailed not only as an elegant precursor to the horror of Mario Bava and Dario Argento, but as one of the most subversive horror films of all time.

October 4th, 2017

CUADECUC VAMPIR at the Clinton Street Theater

Catalan rebel filmmaker Pere Portabella tagged along for the production of Jesus Franco’s Count Dracula, shot in (Francisco) Franco’s Spain and starring Christopher Lee. Franco’s film was forgettable, but Portabella’s film, a blistering high contrast reconstruction of the vampire myth, accompanied by an ambient noise score and film stock that seemed to decompose while projected, has become one of the world’s most celebrated experimental films. CUADECUC VAMPIR was more than just an atmospheric deconstruction of the genre, it was a sly wink at the creation of a monster, and the pathetic folly of militarist personality cults and Fascism.

October 2nd, 2017

THE NINTH HEART at Century

A young thief falls in love with a comedienne in a traveling carnival, but runs afoul of the law. To win his freedom, he must use his cloak of invisibility to save the ruling Lord’s daughter from a nefarious court alchemist, who steals the hearts of others to fuel his magical machines. Juraj Herz’s (Morgiana) THE NINTH HEART was a spectacular gothic fantasy filmed in tandem with his dark adaptation of Beauty & the Beast, with set design by his longtime friend Jan Švankmajer!

September 27th, 2017

FREAK ORLAND0 at the Clinton Street Theater

Gender-morphing time traveler Orlando enters Freak City, a consumerist utopia/dystopia run by the deranged inmates of modernity’s mutant extremities. Their journey, unfolding in chapters which cycle through her shifting identity, brings them through strange landscapes, even stranger people, and unbelievable worlds of madness. Designed and directed by radical provocateur Ulrike Ottinger, FREAK 0RLAND0 is a brilliant work of absolute surrealist madness, with eye-pummeling visuals, towering set pieces and high fashion costuming on steroids. With new English subtitles.

September 25th, 2017

THE DOLL at Century

A pathologically shy night watchman falls deeply in love with a mannequin and plots her theft. In his lonely, spare apartment he tends obsessively to her needs and comfort, until at last she comes alive and returns his love! But his new manifested lover has demands, and the world around him has serious questions… can a fragile and introverted creature cope with and explain his incomprehensible relationship? THE DOLL is a striking, frightening psychological thriller that recalls Hitchcock’s Psycho and presages Polanski’s Repulsion.

September 18th, 2017

THE SEVENTH VICTIM at Century

Mary's sister, Jacqueline, has gone missing. As she searches for clues to her disappearance, she finds herself closer and closer to a shadowy group, the Palladists—followers of an ancient Satanic cult. Producer Val Lewton's chilling film is one of the most enigmatic riddles of 1940s Hollywood -- a film that broke so many taboos that studio heads didn't know what to think: Satanism, Lesbianism, suicide... and yet it is not shock cinema, but rather a somber and majestic cinematic poem about a woman's descent into self-destruction, and the solace that some may find in death.

September 6th, 2017

MY TWENTIETH CENTURY at the Clinton Street Theater

Identical twin orphans Dora and Lily are separated as children in late 19th century Budapest, and come to age in a rapidly changing world alight with the electric light bulb and the birth of cinema. Dora grows to be a coquettish high class con artist, and Lili a bomb-toting anarchist. Their paths meet when Hungarian gentleman Z inadvertently courts both. Ildikó Enyedi's MY TWENTIETH CENTURY is a madcap magic-realist romp through Europe at the birth of a new era, spinning often wildly out of control into surreal flights of fancy.

September 4th, 2017

WHEN THE CAT COMES at Century

A magical circus troupe arrives into a sleepy Czech town, disrupting the mundane affairs and routines of the townspeople. With them is Mokol, a cat wearing sunglasses which, when removed, exposes everyone Mokol looks at in their true colors. While the adults find the cat dangerous for revealing their hypocrisies, the children love him. Vojtech Jasný's WHEN THE CAT COMES... (aka CASSANDRA CAT) was one of the first films of the nascent Czech New Wave to become an enormous international success, with brilliant color photography and effects by the great Jaroslav Kucera (Daisies, Morgiana, the Little Mermaid).

August 30th, 2017

THROW AWAY YOUR BOOKS RALLY IN THE STREETS at the Clinton Street Theater

The first feature by Japanese New Wave hero and renaissance man, Shûji Terayama (Pastoral: to Die in the Country), THROW AWAY YOUR BOOKS, RALLY IN THE STREETS is an explosive and manic psychedelic exploration of the director and poet's own troubled upbringing, and also of a nation wrestling with a haunting past and the promise of a revolutionary future. Told in feverish metaphorical vignettes, and accompanied by an raucous soundtrack by the Tokyo Kid Brothers, it's a film the tests the boundaries of film's poetic possibilities.

August 23rd, 2017

ALICE IN WONDERLAND at the Clinton Street Theater

Alice jumps down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carrol's familiar children's tale, but this time with a twist! Surrealist maestro Jean-Christophe Averty (Ubu Roi, Histoire de Melodie Nelson) outdid himself with a frenzy of electronic tricks, mixed inlays, collages of images and cartoons to make the most visually overwhelming and absurd adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND ever! Aired only on French television in the 70s, this insane piece of experimental video art is bound to blow some fuses! With subtitles for the first time in English!

August 21st, 2017

BEAUTY & THE BEAST at Century

A bankrupt merchant travels through a haunted forest to make his fortune, but must stop at a mysterious castle. There, in exchange for his life and fortune, he must sacrifice his daughter to the Castle's gruesome lord. A gloomy, baroque rendition of the familiar tale by Czechoslovakian New Wave master Juraj Herz (The Cremator, Morgiana), this BEAUTY AND THE BEAST hews closer to the traditional folk tales in presenting the beast, while also making deep ventures into Cocteauish surrealism.

August 16th, 2017

SOVIET SCI-FI ANIMATION at the Clinton Street Theater

A showcase of rare late Soviet Sci-fi and Futurist animation! From monsters and Mayakovsky, Utopian Socialism and space exploration, to ecological disaster and weaponization, and capitalism and colonialization, this set is an odyssey of hopes, fears, and aspirations, in vibrant, swirling, psychedelic glory! This collection focuses on the work of brilliant animator Vladimir Tarasov, including his Futurist tribute to Mayakovsky, FORWARD MARCH TIME, and his miniature astral epic THE PASSAGE, among many others!

August 14th, 2017

QUEENS OF EVIL at Century

A groovy drifter named David accidentally kills a strange, philosophically inclined old gentleman on a distant highway. Turning onto backroads, he finds himself lost at a far out cottage inhabited by three very fashionable witchy women, Samantha, Liv & Bibiana. There’s also a weird castle in the woods nearby. Probably nothing… right? Psychedelic, campy, moody, sensual… QUEENS OF EVIL is a piece par excellence of cult retro-pop that mixes Easy Rider cliché with Euro-horror and Hansel & Gretel motiffs.

July 26th, 2017

POISON FOR THE FAIRIES at the Clinton Street Theater

Graciela, a young and troubled young girl, becomes obsessed with witchcraft. She befriends Fabiola, a wealthy schoolmate, and impresses her with her knowledge of the black arts. But what begins first as childish playfulness increasingly becomes more destructive and sinister, until utter mayhem erupts. One of Mexican auteur Carlos Enrique Taboada's most accaimed works, POSION FOR THE FAIRIES is an elegant, witty, and unsettling psychological horror film!

July 19th, 2017

MORGANA AND HER NYMPHS at the Clinton Street Theater

Two young lovers, Françoise and Anna, become lost while on vacation. When Anna disappears, Françoise follows a mysterious dwarf and arrives at a strange castle. There the mistress of the castle, Morgana La Fey, offers her immortality, but at a cost... MORGANA & HER NYMPHS is one of the great gems of 70s French fantastique, blending a dreamy surrealism with horror, sensuality, and stunning design. A strange and mesmerizing nightmare...!

July 17th, 2017

BLACKJACK at Century

A tennis coach accidentally knocks out the eye of one his students. Restoring her vision requires a visit to the mysterious unlicensed surgeon, Blackjack, who lives in a secluded house, and the theft of an eyeball from a ganster-run eye lab. But where does this eyeball come from? Why does it provide visions of a strange man, and evoke a tortured gothic romance? BLACKJACK is Nobuhiko Obayashi’s crazy follow-up to his notorious cult hit, Hausu!

July 10th, 2017

THE LITTLE PRINCE at Century

A pilot crashes his plane in the Sahara and, stranded, meets a strange young boy whom he calls the little Prince. While he works to repair his plane, the Prince recounts his adventures journeying from his home planet, a tiny asteroid with three volcanoes and a rose, toward Earth, and all the planets inbetween. A highly-stylized adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s book by Lithuanian painter-turned-director, Arunas Zebriunas, THE LITTLE PRINCE wonderfully captures the melancholy ethos of the cherished classic, with stunning set pieces and desert photography.

July 5th, 2017

MORNING PATROL at the Clinton Street Theater

A destroyed earth, a desolate city in ruins. TVs still operate, cinemas still function, there is electricity, but no people. The Morning Patrol guards the empty metropolis, electronic voices warn the non-existent citizens to evacuate… but for what purpose? A lone woman sneaks in, seeking to pass through the so-called Forbidden Zone and make her way to the sea, ducking the Patrol and dodging their traps. She has no memory. THE MORNING PATROL is Greek director Nikos Nikolaidis’s somber and foreboding look at a future in ruination, and a past half remembered.

June 28th, 2017

PRIVATE VICES PUBLIC VIRTUES at the Clinton Street Theater

A wild, orgiastic and conspiratorial retelling of the Mayerling Affair, in which the young heirs to the Austro-Hungarian Empire conspire against their parents, plotting political revolution amidst a mad party in which all taboos are confronted. Miklos Jansco's PRIVATE VICES PUBLIC VIRTUES was roundly booed when it scandalously opened the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. Today we can judge anew the merits of its liberating commentary on the hazy mixture of free love, drugs, and revolutionary politics that had engulfed Jancso's generation. Probably not safe for younger audiences... and maybe not safe for anyone!

June 21st, 2017

LA RUPTURE at the Clinton Street Theater

In one of Claude Chabrol’s strangest thrillers, a young mother flees from her husband, whose violent mental breakdown has led to the injury of her child. Unfortunately, she is a poor working woman and a former dancer, and her husband is the scion of a vast industrial enterprise. To win her freedom and secure her child’s future, she must confront a vast patriarchal conspiracy that seeks to discredit and destroy her, through illicit drugs and nefarious sexual plots. THE BREACH (La Rupture) is a paranoid psychedelic thriller unlike anything else produced by the Hitchcockian French master.

June 19th, 2017

ANNA at Century

A night of Serge Gainsbourg! A successful ad man in swinging Paris falls in love with a girl in a photograph—of course, who else but Anna Karina? Part winking Godard pop and part candy-colored Jacques Demy musical, the swirling parade of pre-’68 Paris is emceed by the one and only Serge Gainsbourg, who also provides the soundtrack. It probably doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, but who cares? It’s good campy fun. Also featuring Marianne Faithfull!

June 14th, 2017

THREE GOOD FRIENDS

Three friends return from a three month sojourn to find that an economic downturn has robbed them all of their fortunes. Undaunted, the three of them decide to open a gas station and try their hand at manual labor. When a beautiful woman appears at the station, the three of them eagerly vie for her attentions, but only one of them can win her heart. THREE GOOD FRIENDS was one of the last great comedic masterpieces of Weimar Germany, and one of the best films produced by the legendary film duo of Willy Fritsch and Lilian Harvey. Brimming with charm, humor, and those familiar Weimar tropes of gender play and role reversal, it stands as wondrous monument to an irreverent culture in the midst of catastrophic change.

June 7th, 2017

THE WIND

Letty moves from Virginia to West Texas to stay with her cousin's family, but soon finds herself unwelcome. Forced into a marriage to a man she does not love, she is tormented by the incessant winds— the constant violent howling, her isolation and sadness, and the hostility of those around her threatens to consume her. One of cinema's great masterpieces, Victor Sjostrom's rarely seen THE WIND was both a crowning achievement for Sweden's pioneering filmmaker and for actress Lillian Gish, who delivers one of the screen's most transcendent performances.

June 5th, 2017

MACUNAIMA AT CENTURY

Starring Grande Otelo as Macunaima, "a hero with no character," Joaquim Pedro de Andrade's surreal farce is one of the monumental classics of the Brazilian Cinema Novo. Macunaima is born a feckless, whiny, and guileful child in the jungle. A magical transformation turns him into a handsome white man, but does nothing to change his disposition. It does, however, change the way people see him and that makes more than enough difference. An extraordinarily colorful, madcap and surreal social satire that follows Macunaima and his cohorts as they make their way through modern day Brazil, with it's revolutionary violence, its sexual liberty, and its mad cannibal (literally…) industrialists! Based on Mario de Andrade's modernist classic novel from 1928.