• Tuesday, May 26th, 8:00 pm Mutiny on the Bounty

    Card. In the midst of a 1789 voyage to the West Indies, master’s mate of the HMS Bounty Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable) rebels against the sadistic Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton). The most breathtaking and expensive film of 1935 was based on historical incident, but the combination of spectacular seascapes, shipboard intrigue, and Gable’s and Laughton’s battle for control make for a timeless story that will never be topped… [read more]


  • Wednesday, May 27th, 8:00 pm Prospero’s Books

    Greenaway. It would not be quite accurate to say that Prospero’s Books is an “adaption” of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Rather, Greenaway’s film is a lively and deeply experimental reflection on the nature of reading and the materiality of books, using the Bard’s final play as a point of departure. When a violent storm casts Prospero (John Gielgud) astray on an unidentified island, his vast library somehow survives with him… [read more]


  • Thursday, May 28th, 8:00 pm The American Soldier

    Fassbinder. Three Munich cops have hired professional killer and Vietnam veteran Ricky (Karl Scheydt) to kill people they cannot kill as “guardians of the law.” Before taking care of his task, Ricky meets his old friend Franz (Fassbinder). Ricky’s first victim is a gypsy, the second is a girl who deals with porn magazines and sells information. Since her boyfriend is present, Ricky kills him, too. When Ricky requests a girl in the hotel, his clients send him Rosa… [read more]


  • Friday, May 29th, 8:00 pm Wild Boys of the Road

    Wellman. The carefree fun of high school dances and graffiti-decorated jalopies is short-lived for friends Frankie Darro and Edwin Phillips when the deep despair of the Great Depression sinks in. With jobless parents unable to find employment, the two teens take to the road looking for work to help support their families. What follows is a harrowing early initiation into the adult world of violence, hunger, and even rape. Wellman cast 19-year-old Busby Berkeley… [read more]


  • Saturday, May 30th, 8:00 pm Beware of a Holy Whore

    Fassbinder. Perhaps the most honest film of Fassbinder’s early period, this chaotic, absurdist take on moviemaking makes 8 ½ look tidy. A film crew, holed up in a hotel awaiting their director and star, are going stir crazy. Once the star (Eddie Constantine) arrives, he turns out to be a quiet, sullen man, brazenly impenetrable to the hysteria overtaking the rest of the crew. The director turns out to be a dictatorial madman, launching whiskey glasses… [read more]


  • Sunday, May 31st, 2:00 pm Men with Wings

    Wellman.Men with Wings is a giant bomber from the Paramount hangar, designed on a lavish scale by the skilled air picture mechanic, William A. Wellman, and polished off beautifully in Technicolor. The action scenes, including a dogfight in the air, are exceptionally impressive. While the romance, involving three people, is subjugated to the story of the development of aviation from Kitty Hawk, NC, in 1903 down to the present, the love interest… [read more]


  • Monday, June 1st, 1:30 pm Men with Wings

    Senior Matinee. Presented free to seniors (62+) on Monday afternoons through October. Beginning this March, our senior matinee screenings are fully incorporated into our regular film calendar. Cinematic classics from the George Eastman House collection will be presented in 35mm, the way they were originally screened and were meant to be seen. This series is made possible in part by the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation and the Monroe County Office for the Aging… [read more]


  • Tuesday, June 2nd, 8:00 pm Lonesome

    Card/House Treasures. It’s the classic story of boy-meets-girl, both lonely but not alone, cyphers lost among the bustle of the big city until at last fate brings them together. They share a brief moment of utter joy (in this case at Coney Island) before being torn apart again to go back to their lives. The style, however, is not classical at all. Director Fejos uses double exposure, quick edits, and a carefully designed color palette to create a contrast… [read more]


  • Wednesday, June 3rd, 8:00 pm It’s All So Quiet

    Rochester Premiere. Helmer, a single farmer in his fifties, lives with his aged, bedridden father in the Dutch countryside. His working days are marked by the visits of milk collector Johan, a man of his own age for whom Helmer holds a secret fascination. One day Helmer decides to renovate the house, buying himself a new double bed and moving his father upstairs. His life gains even more momentum when adolescent farmhand Henk comes to help him out… [read more]


  • Thursday, June 4th, 8:00 pm The Merchant of Four Seasons

    Fassbinder.Set in West Germany in the years following the Second World War, The Merchant of Four Seasons follows Hans Epp (Hans Hirschmüller), who returns home after serving in the French Foreign Legion to a family and society with which he feels deeply at odds. Hans and his wife Irmgard (Irm Hermann) run a modest fruit stand, but when Hans suffers a serious heart attack, his wife must tend to the business alone. As the events of their lives become progressively… [read more]


  • Friday, June 5th, 8:00 pm The Great Man’s Lady

    Wellman. The great man in the title could refer to director William Wellman just as easily as it does to the character played by Joel McCrea in this fourth pairing of the director with Barbara Stanwyck, his favorite actress. Stanwyck plays a young Philadelphia woman who elopes with McCrea, a man with big ideas of settling a new town in the west. She has just the right pioneering spirit to leave her old life behind, follow him to the frontier, and steadfastly… [read more]


  • Saturday, June 6th, 8:00 pm Effi Briest

    Fassbinder. At first glance, Fassbinder’s cool, detached adaptation of Theodor Fontane’s 19th-century German realist novel may seem the least likely entry in an extensive oeuvre known for its bold melding of provocative politics and candid sexuality. But Fassbinder had wanted to adapt the book from the very outset of his film career, and with its constricting compositions and strange staging—think Douglas Sirk by way of Bertolt Brecht—the result is without a doubt… [read more]


  • Sunday, June 7th, 2:00 pm Good-bye, My Lady

    Dryden Kids/Wellman.Good-bye, My Lady is a good name for a film that has almost no women in it. This Lady is a Basenji dog (sometimes said to be able to ‘laugh and cry, but not bark’), one of the most memorable canine performers in the history of film. The title relates to the touching and real relationship between the young orphan boy and the dog, as well described by a contemporary reviewer in 1956 in the Monthly Film Bulletin: ‘The opening scene… [read more]


  • Monday, June 8th, 1:30 pm The Great Man’s Lady

    Senior Matinee. Presented free to seniors (62+) on Monday afternoons through October. Beginning this March, our senior matinee screenings are fully incorporated into our regular film calendar. Cinematic classics from the George Eastman House collection will be presented in 35mm, the way they were originally screened and were meant to be seen. This series is made possible in part by the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation and the Monroe County Office for the Aging…. [read more]


  • Tuesday, June 9th, 8:00 pm Wife! Be Like a Rose! aka Kimiko

    Card. Premiering in New York in 1937, Kimiko is the first Japanese film to have a commercial run in the United States (thirteen years before Rashomon!). Kimiko is a young girl whose parents have separated. When she sets out for her father’s house in the country, she envisions bringing him back and reuniting the family. Her plan falls apart, however, once she is confronted with her father’s mistress’s hospitality and… [read more]


  • Wednesday, June 10th, 8:00 pm Story of G.I. Joe

    Wellman. Based on the reports of a Pulitzer Prize–winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle, who joined a US infantry unit (Company C, 18th Infantry) on its way across North Africa and Italy, this remarkably unglamorous and authentic picture, preceding Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One by 35 years, refuses to view the Second World War from any other perspective but that of an ordinary grunt, conveying an extraordinary sense of terror and misery… [read more]


  • Thursday, June 11th, 8:00 pm Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven

    Fassbinder. When mass layoffs are announced, a worker first shoots his superior and then himself. His utterly helpless wife, Mother Küsters (Brigitte Mira), faces a catastrophe. Her son (Armin Meier) and his wife (Irm Hermann) do not want to be publicly associated with the “factory killer.” Mother Küsters’s daughter Corinna (Ingrid Caven), singer in a nightclub, uses the unexpected publicity to advance her career. A reporter (Gottfried John) writes a denunciatory… [read more]


  • Friday, June 12th, 8:00 pm The Unspeakable Act

    Sallitt/Rochester Premiere/Director in Person! In this subtle “sibling drama,” 17-year-old Jackie (Tallie Medel) struggles with her deeply felt incestuous desires for her brother Matthew (Sky Hirschkron).

    “After All the Ships at Sea, I felt I needed a new field to plough, which is terribly risky for a self-financed filmmaker. The story of… [read more]


  • Saturday, June 13th, 8:00 pm A Month in Thailand

    Sallitt/US Premiere! “Paul Negoescu’s brilliant film shares with The Unspeakable Act a distinctly Rohmerian vibe (though the resemblance in Negoescu’s case is apparently due more to temperamental similarity than to homage), and takes its place in a loose 21st-century neo-Rohmerian movement that also includes Celina Murga’s Ana and the Others, Guillaume Brac’s A World Without, and the short films of Sky Hirschkron (who plays the brother in… [read more]


  • Sunday, June 14th, 2:00 pm Yellow Sky

    Wellman. A gang of bank-robbing bandits, led by the feared outlaw Stretch (Gregory Peck), flee from a posse into a desert to find refuge in a ghost town populated only by an ancient gold digger and his tomboy granddaughter (Anne Baxter).

    “A wonderfully disorienting cinematic experience… [read more]


  • Monday, June 15th, 1:30 pm Yellow Sky

    Senior Matinee. Presented free to seniors (62+) on Monday afternoons through October. Beginning this March, our senior matinee screenings are fully incorporated into our regular film calendar. Cinematic classics from the George Eastman House collection will be presented in 35mm, the way they were originally screened and were meant to be seen. This series is made possible in part by the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation and the Monroe County Office for the Aging…. [read more]


  • Tuesday, June 16th, 8:00 pm Tightrope

    Card. James Card’s famously inclusive approach to film curation was firmly rooted in his own broad personal taste. Case in point: Card’s great admiration for Clint Eastwood, a “genre” actor and filmmaker whose work, Card realized early on, often transcended mere formula. Exquisitely shot by Eastwood’s longtime cinematographer Bruce Surtees and directed by Richard Tuggle (although it’s said Eastwood, having grown impatient with Tuggle’s slow pace, eventually took over)… [read more]


  • Wednesday, June 17th, 8:30 pm Battleground

    Wellman. Returning to the territory he charted with The Story of G.I. Joe, Wellman crafts another deeply humanistic, documentary-like portrayal of American soldiers during the Second World War as vulnerable humans, and not heroic killing machines. Restrained almost to the point of neorealism, Battleground again follows a single company (327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division) as they simply try to survive the… [read more]


  • Thursday, June 18th, 8:00 pm Fear of Fear

    Fassbinder. Margot’s (Margit Carstensen) and Kurt’s (Ulrich Faulhaber) marriage happens smoothly and without much ado but also without great emotion—an inconspicuous relationship of the type one tends to call harmonic. Margot and Kurt live in Kurt’s mother’s (Brigitte Mira) house, where his sister (Irm Hermann) and her husband (Armin Meier) live as well. This is a source of friction, sometimes even open conflicts, especially when the mother forcefully… [read more]


  • Friday, June 19th, 8:00 pm All the Ships at Sea

    Sallitt. In the wake of a traumatic expulsion from a mysterious cult, Virginia (Edith Meeks) passes the days at a lakeside retreat in Northern Pennsylvania with her sister Evelyn (Strawn Bovee).

    “This project was inspired by the wish to work again with Strawn Bovee and Edith Meeks, and by the thought that the two seemed as if they… [read more]


  • Saturday, June 20th, 8:00 pm Men in War

    Sallitt. “The cycle of Westerns Anthony Mann made with Jimmy Stewart in the first half of the 50s seemed to push the director’s fascination with the abstract cinema of gesture and posture to the limit. And yet, from the remarkable opening crane shot following a puff of smoke as it drifts up from a vehicle fire, Men in War carries Mann’s visual precision and dramatic abstraction further than ever before, right to the boundary between entertainment… [read more]


  • Sunday, June 21st, 2:00 pm Westward the Women

    Wellman. “Thinking about how women made their way into the center of westerns in the Fifties (Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar, Barbara Stanwyck in Forty Guns), it’s strange how seldom Wellman’s remarkable portrayal of a female group is mentioned in lists of the finest 1950s westerns, the greatest decade for that form. Both The Ox-Bow Incident and Yellow Sky might have bigger reputations and yet, poignantly, Westward the Women is… [read more]


  • Tuesday, June 23rd, 8:00 pm The Lair of the White Worm

    Card. James Card apparently had great affection for this campy horror directed by Ken Russell, the filmmaker known for classics like Tommy (1975) and Altered States (1980). Russell loosely based the film’s screenplay on Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name, but the film ultimately takes leave of its source material, going off in wild, unexpected directions. After Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint (Peter Capaldi) unearths the remains… [read more]


  • Wednesday, June 24th, 8:00 pm Chocolat

    New 35mm print! Claire Denis’s semi-autobiographical debut film, Chocolat, tells in flashback the story of a family in Cameroon during the waning days of colonialism in West Africa. The characters—France, a young girl; her best friend, the black house servant Protée; her mother, Aimée; and her father, Marc—have a symbiotic existence, despite the strictures and social boundaries that exist between the native Africans and France’s family… [read more]


  • Thursday, June 25th, 7:00 pm Satan’s Brew

    Fassbinder. The poet Walter Kranz (Kurt Raab) faces a total creative crisis: Once called the “poet of the revolution,” he has not produced a word in two years. What remains are debts, a haranguing wife (Helen Vita), and a dim-witted brother (Volker Spengler) who collects dead flies. But after Kranz kills his rich lover, the blood in his poetic vein is revitalized. Yet, the work turns out to be a plagiarism of a poem by Stefan George. This is when… [read more]


  • Friday, June 26th, 8:00 pm Honeymoon

    Sallitt. Honeymoon follows newlyweds Mimi (Edith Meeks) and Michael (Dylan McCormick) in the turbulent days following their wedding.

    “This is the most conventionally made film of my career: it had an editor, a sound editor, and a colorist; it ran the gamut of labs… [read more]


  • Saturday, June 27th, 8:00 pm My Night at Maud’s

    Sallitt. “As Eric Rohmer developed his mature style in the late ’60s, he ran into the technical limitations of post-synchronized sound: in 1967’s La Collectionneuse, he fought for aural realism with a Stroheim-like fanaticism, insisting that all dubbed sounds be geographically accurate. It’s not surprising, then, that My Night at Maud’s, Rohmer’s first film using synchronized sound, saw him breakthrough to a new and supple style of filming… [read more]


  • Sunday, June 28th, 2:00 pm Lafayette Escadrille

    Wellman. The final film in the career of director William A. Wellman is curiously enough perhaps both his most and least personal film. Wellman based the film on his own experience in World War I, when he joined the French Foreign Legion and was assigned as the first American fighter pilot to help the French dogfight the Germans. But the studio interfered with production so much that Wellman, dismayed, quit the film business forever. In spite of all the… [read more]


  • Monday, June 29th, 1:30 pm Lafayette Escadrille

    Senior Matinee. Presented free to seniors (62+) on Monday afternoons through October. Beginning this March, our senior matinee screenings are fully incorporated into our regular film calendar. Cinematic classics from the George Eastman House collection will be presented in 35mm, the way they were originally screened and were meant to be seen. This series is made possible in part by the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation and the Monroe County Office for the Aging…. [read more]


  • Tuesday, June 30th, 8:00 pm Man, Woman, and Sin

    Card. Live piano by Philip C. Carli.

    Man, Woman and Sin is one the silent era’s most “personal” films in many ways, and remains one of MGM’s most unusual productions of any period. Based on the poem “The Widow In the Bye-Street” by English Poet Laureate John Masefield, it was… [read more]