• Sunday, October 26th, 2:00 pm The Wages of Fear

    Labor. A group of exiles living in a poor, underdeveloped section of Venezuela is offered only one prospect for escaping the torpor and tensions of their lives: transporting a ton of highly explosive nitroglycerine over treacherous terrain. The four disparate men chosen to drive the explosive-laden trucks must face their task with knowledge that, according to the values of the American oil company that hired them, their lives are worth nothing. The Wages of Fear is… [read more]

  • Tuesday, October 28th, 8:00 pm The Bat

    Silent Tuesdays. Based on a 1920 hit Broadway play, The Bat was the prototype of the “old, dark house” horror/mystery film. Thought to be a lost film, a sole surviving and extremely fragile print was discovered in Oregon in the 1980s and was the basis for this UCLA restoration. Visually influenced by German expressionism, this film features many wonderful sets, both life-size and miniature. Starring Jack Pickford (Mary’s younger brother) and Louise Fazenda… [read more]

  • Wednesday, October 29th, 8:00 pm Björk: Biophilia Live and When Björk Met Attenborough

    Special Event! First conceived as an album and an app, Björk’s eighth studio recording becomes a concert film from the artist’s live performance at the Alexandra Palace in London. A master class in avant-garde psychedelia for the twenty-first century, it earned a memorably wild review from British newspaper The Guardian: “There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more of an opera, where Björk and… [read more]

  • Thursday, October 30th, 8:00 pm Double Feature: The Addiction and Habit

    Bloodsucking Freaks Double Feature! In Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) The Addiction, Lili Taylor plays Kathleen Conklin, an NYU philosophy student bitten by someone on her way home from a late-night screening. As her illness takes hold, she becomes sensitive to the sun, has trouble keeping food down, and worst of all, begins to have an insatiable thirst for blood. When she meets Peina (Christopher Walken), an older “vampire,” she begins to fully understand her addiction. Larry Fessenden directs and stars in Habit, the story of a recently heartbroken man who meets… [read more]

  • Friday, October 31st, 8:00 pm The Changeling

    Halloween! Reputedly, ghosts have reasons for staying in the earthly realm: they want to finish an uncompleted task, or they want to impart information to someone. And there is the possibility that a ghost may want a bit of revenge for having been hard done by when they were alive. Peter Medak’s The Changeling is a ghost story that deftly combines all three. George C. Scott is a man mourning a terrible loss who happens to rent a lovely, cavernous mansion while he picks up the threads of his life… [read more]

  • Saturday, November 1st, 8:00 pm Trash Dance

    Labor. Garrison’s camera follows Austin, Texas, choreographer Allison Orr as she observes and learns the work of trash collectors and then collaborates with them to turn the rhythms of their jobs into a dazzling dance routine. The culminating live performance of workers and their vehicles, presented on an airport runway before thousands of spectators, is not to be missed… [read more]

  • Sunday, November 2nd, 2:00 pm Glengarry Glen Ross

    Labor. David Mamet’s scathing indictment of the world of real estate and ’80s greed is brought to vivid life in this gripping film adaptation. Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey all give blistering performances as cutthroat salesmen who pull out all the stops in order to win a company sales competition… [read more]

  • Tuesday, November 4th, 8:00 pm The Goose Woman

    Silent Tuesdays. Louise Dresser and Jack Pickford star in this tale of a reclusive retired opera singer who revels in the publicity following the discovery of a murder victim on her derelict farm. The newfound attention turns sour, however, as her cravings for recognition and revalidation of her seemingly wasted life lead to tragic consequences… [read more]

  • Wednesday, November 5th, 8:00 pm Stagecoach

    Ford, Fonda, & The Duke. In making this film—an outing often considered the first “adult” Western—Ford told a story some have labeled Grand Hotel on wheels. He also introduced two elements that would be of great significance in his work. First, he launched John Wayne into national consciousness. Second, he introduced us to Monument Valley, the stunning Navajo territory of sandstone buttes and towers that would become iconic in this and eight later… [read more]

  • Thursday, November 6th, 8:00 pm The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

    Passion/Rochester Premiere! Two misanthropic couples seeking peace and privacy, and one ambitious ménage-à-trois, collide on the tiny island of Floreana in the Galapagos. What transpires between them forms the basis of this engrossing and sometimes bizarre true story. Equal parts biography, adventure, romance, and murder mystery… [read more]

  • Friday, November 7th, 8:00 pm All Quiet on the Western Front

    WWI. Produced with remarkable fidelity to Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, the images of All Quiet on the Western Front are rendered with such realism that the New York Times reviewer Mordaunt Hall proclaimed, “If they were not audible one might believe that they were actual motion pictures of activities behind the lines.” The film offers a glimpse of the horrors of the First World War from a German perspective… [read more]

  • Saturday, November 8th, 8:00 pm Rebecca

    Rare Nitrate Screening! The first—and best—film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic mystery story was also Alfred Hitchcock’s American directorial debut. Filled with sunlight and shadow, fueled by elegant, pitch-perfect performances from Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, and Judith Anderson, this version… [read more]

  • Sunday, November 9th, 2:00 pm Gone With the Wind

    Holidays. Winner of ten Academy Awards, Gone With the Wind was David O. Selznick’s personal triumph over multitudinous production problems including budget overruns, script changes, director replacements, censor objections, and his inability to find a Scarlet O’Hara. None of that shows on the screen. Vivien Leigh’s Scarlet triumphantly carries the film on her slender… [read more]

  • Tuesday, November 11th, 8:00 pm Barbed Wire

    Silent Tuesdays. In arguably her finest Hollywood film, Polish-born actress Pola Negri plays a French peasant girl whose farm is seized by the army and used as a German prisoner of war camp. Her hatred of the Germans changes when she meets captured soldier Oskar (Clive Brook). Unlike the anti-German propaganda… [read more]

  • Wednesday, November 12th, 8:00 pm Drums Along the Mohawk

    Ford, Fonda, & The Duke. John Ford’s fruitful 1939 included his first two films with Henry Fonda—Young Mr. Lincoln, shown here last year, and this title, Ford’s first Technicolor outing, about New York’s Mohawk Valley in the late eighteenth century. Fonda and Claudette Colbert play a farming couple caught in the tangle of American Indians and British sympathizing Tories as the American Revolution swirls around them… [read more]

  • Thursday, November 13th, 8:00 pm Outcast of the Islands

    Passion. The romantic allure of the South Seas provides the backdrop to this adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s story of desperate man fallen into crime and besotted with a beautiful but unobtainable native woman. Trevor Howard’s portrayal of a man caught in his own web of despair and grasping at one last perceived… [read more]

  • Friday, November 14th, 8:00 pm Dust in the Wind

    Hou Hsiao-hsien. This semi-autobiographical tale of two young lovers facing the pressures of Taiwanese society focuses on Ah-yuan, an apprentice in Taipei supporting his family, and his girlfriend, Ah-yun who works in a tailor shop. Struggling to make ends meet, they are suddenly thrust into a trying situation—Ah-yuan is drafted into the military and they are forced apart for three years. The first in our Hou Hsiao-hsien series… [read more]

  • Saturday, November 15th, 8:00 pm Grand Illusion

    WWI. Grand Illusion is Jean Renoir’s masterpiece and one of his most humane films. Set in the tumult of the First World War, the film follows two French aviators after they are captured by the German Army and moved among various POW camps. Beyond its ambitious and timely engagement with topics as grand as war, class, and nationalism… [read more]

  • Sunday, November 16th, 5:00 pm Monsters, Inc.

    Holidays. Ostensibly aimed at children, this animated film is actually made for the child in everyone. Living in Monstropolis, home to the monsters who jump out of closets and scare little children at night, our heroes Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) are confronted with the awful specter of the one child who isn’t afraid. Facing one’s greatest fear… [read more]

  • Tuesday, November 18th, 8:00 pm The Stolen Voice and A Philistine and Bohemia

    Silent Tuesdays. The Dryden Theatre is proud to present a double feature of George Eastman House 28mm restorations. In The Stolen Voice, a singer (Robert Warwick) at the height of his career loses his voice through the hypnotic influence of an evil rival. But he finds a livelihood in a medium where a voice is not necessary—moving pictures. Preceded by A Philistine in Bohemia, which captures much of the spirit of the O. Henry short story… [read more]

  • Wednesday, November 19th, 8:00 pm 3 Godfathers

    Ford, Fonda, & The Duke. For this Technicolor film, Ford decided to remake Marked Men, a 1919 silent now considered lost. The script by Frank S. Nugent and Laurence Stallings (based on a novella) loosely adapts the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men to the Old West. Three outlaws—John Wayne, Harry Carey Jr., and Pedro Armendáriz… [read more]

  • Thursday, November 20th, 8:00 pm Expedition to the End of the World

    Passion/Rochester Premiere! Our passion for adventure, exploration, and knowledge has not diminished in the 21st century. The group of artists and scientists who set sail on a three-mast schooner prove that discovery of the natural world is still an awe-inspiring experience. Their destination is Northeast Greenland to study and observe the rapidly melting massifs of that region. This expansive and ravishing northern wilderness causes the crew to both lose and find themselves… [read more]

  • Friday, November 21st, 8:00 pm The Puppetmaster

    Hou Hsiao-hsien. Considered Hou Hsiao-hsien’s masterpiece, The Puppetmaster tells the true story of Taiwanese puppeteer and actor Li Tien-lu. Alternating between scenes from Li’s life and Li speaking directly into the camera, the film graciously follows him and his battles with the Japanese forces as they attempt to compromise his art for the sake of propaganda… [read more]

  • Saturday, November 22nd, 8:00 pm Sorcerer

    James Card Memorial Lecture with Ned Price, Chief Preservation Officer, Warner Bros. Technical Operations The Dryden is honored to have Ned Price present the 2014 James Card Memorial Lecture. Respected and revered in the industry for his preservation expertise, Price directs preservation on the Warner Bros. catalog that includes MGM, RKO, Lorimar, and Allied Artist libraries. Among the films he has worked on for the studio are Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, King Kong, Ben-Hur[read more]

  • Sunday, November 23rd, 2:00 pm Babe

    Holidays. There may be a logical order to nature, but that doesn’t stop one bighearted orphaned pig from aspiring to higher things—like herding sheep. Humans take a backseat in this delightful adaptation of Dick King-Smith’s The Sheep-Pig, as barnyard animals converse with each other and tell tales about the “Boss,” played by the endearing James Cromwell… [read more]

  • Tuesday, November 25th, 8:00 pm Molly O’ and Should Men Walk Home?

    Silent Tuesdays. Mabel Normand, the first world-famous screen comedienne, achieved fame as a star and director working for Mack Sennett. Molly O’, Normand’s best feature film, stars her as an Irish washerwoman’s daughter whose inadvertent love for a millionaire is disrupted by her disapproving working-class parents. Normand returned to short films later in the 1920s as a society thief in the delightful Should Men Walk Home?, where she partners Creighton Hale… [read more]

  • Wednesday, November 26th, 8:00 pm The Grapes of Wrath

    Ford, Fonda, & The Duke. Ford’s adaption of John Steinbeck’s dustbowl classic remains one of the filmmaker’s most admired movies, and it was one of the first films selected for the National Film Registry. Fonda’s portrayal of Tom Joad is among the actor’s most iconic roles, and John Carradine and Oscar-winner Jane Darwell are also memorable… [read more]

  • Friday, November 28th, 8:00 pm Good Men, Good Women

    Hou Hsiao-hsien. Good Men, Good Women blends two parallel stories: the harrowing true story of Chiang Bi-Yu and her incarceration in China during the White Terror of the 1940s, and that of Liang Ching, an actress in a movie based on the life of Chiang Bi-Yu. Between rehearsals, Liang receives strange empty phone calls and faxed pages of her missing diary, and the lives of both women begin to… [read more]

  • Saturday, November 29th, 8:00 pm Je t’aime, je t’aime

    Special Presentation. French director Alain Resnais and screenwriter Jacques Sternberg bend time and human resilience in this milestone film. Recovering from a failed suicide attempt, Claude is selected to participate in a time travel experiment that produces some unexpected results. Restored and released in new 35mm prints… [read more]

  • Sunday, November 30th, 2:00 pm Miracle

    Holidays. Kurt Russell channels legendary coach Herb Brooks in this fact-based story of the 1980 US Men’s Olympic ice hockey team. Brooks subjected his team of college players—classified as the underdog with no chance of unseating the dominant Soviet Union—to a psychologically and physically brutal regime of training… [read more]