• 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]

  • Tuesday, December 2nd, 8:00 pm A Night at the Nickelodeon

    Silents. Pre-WWI American cinema programs emphasized variety—comedies, dramas, suspense, and other genres all presented in short films. Each film in the program represents major titles which often appeared on the same nickelodeon bills: the poetic Land Beyond the Sunset, director D. W. Griffith’s stirring Fighting Blood, social comedians Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew’s delightful Boobley’s Baby,… [read more]

  • Wednesday, December 3rd, 8:00 pm She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    Ford, Fonda & The Duke. This the second—and most beloved—of Ford’s three films about the US Cavalry in the Indian wars. It also marks a maturing of John Wayne’s talent, as an older army captain reluctantly approaching retirement. It’s also the only Cavalry trilogy film shot in color, and Winton Hoch’s gorgeous and evocative Monument Valley cinematography won an Oscar… [read more]

  • Thursday, December 4th, 8:00 pm Far from the Madding Crowd

    Passion. Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Peter Finch, and Terence Stamp star in this lush, emotionally rich adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel. Christie is the beautiful, willful, and enigmatic Bathsheba Everdeen, who kindles the passions of three extremely different men with tragic results… [read more]

  • Friday, December 5th, 8:00 pm Flowers of Shanghai

    Hou Hsiao-hsien. Set entirely in a Shanghai brothel during the late nineteenth century, Flowers of Shanghai explores the myriad relationships of the courtesans and their clients, their complicated histories, and the rituals and traditions of the house. Hailed by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum as one of the best films of the decade… [read more]

  • Saturday, December 6th, 8:00 pm Diplomacy

    Curator’s Choice. Rochester Premiere. Paris, 1944. Germany is losing the war, and Hitler is determined to make tabula rasa of all the art treasures of the French capital. When the cathedral of Notre Dame is about to be dynamited by order of Dietrich von Cholitz—the Nazi military governor of occupied Paris—Swedish consul Raoul Nordling makes a desperate overnight attempt to avoid the catastrophe… [read more]

  • Sunday, December 7th, 2:00 pm Big Fish

    Holidays. Lyrical and lush, full of Burton’s fantastical visual imagery, and oddball characters (like conjoined Chinese vocal sister act Ping and Jing, among others) Big Fish relates the whoppingly eccentric life of Ed Bloom (Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor share the role)… [read more]

  • Tuesday, December 9th, 8:00 pm Modern Love & The Caretaker’s Daughter

    Silents. Leo McCarey’s The Caretaker’s Daughter stars Charley Chase in a bewildering ballet of mistaken identities and disguises meant to conceal a slightly questionable marital mixup. In Modern Love, his only extant starring feature, Chase is a newlywed who agrees to keep his marriage a secret to protect his wife’s job as a fashion designer… [read more]

  • Wednesday, December 10th, 8:00 pm My Darling Clementine

    Ford, Fonda & The Duke. John Ford told of knowing Wyatt Earp in his early days in Hollywood, and yet, when it came time to tell the story of Earp’s shining moment at the O.K. Corral, Ford chose to take liberty with the story… [read more]

  • Thursday, December 11th, 8:00 pm Abuse of Weakness

    Passion. Rochester Premiere. Director Catherine Breillat’s autobiographical film confronts some uncomfortable truths about the personal choices we make that knowingly or unknowingly cause pain and self-destruction. As Breillat’s alter ego Maud, Isabelle Huppert brings emotional depth and passion to a character suddenly crippled from a stroke… [read more]

  • Friday, December 12th, 8:00 pm Three Times

    Hou Hsiao-hsien. Hou Hsiao-hsien’s most successful film tells three stories, scattered throughout history. In the first, a soldier returning home falls in love with a hostess at a pool hall. The second, presented almost like a silent film, concerns a courtesan at a brothel and an idealistic man who visits her… [read more]

  • Saturday, December 13th, 8:00 pm Doctor Zhivago

    Passion. Boris Paternak’s classic story of the ill-fated love affair between the married Dr. Zhivago and the beautiful Lara is brought to the screen in this sweeping adaptation by director David Lean. Set against the backdrop of Imperial Russia, World War I… [read more]

  • Sunday, December 14th, 2:00 pm The Polar Express

    Holidays. Using the technique of “performance capture,” The Polar Express brought a new dimension to animated films. This stylish and moving adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s beautifully illustrated children’s book allows the protean actor Tom Hanks to play five different roles… [read more]

  • Tuesday, December 16th, 8:00 pm Side by Side

    Special Presentation. The Dryden is pleased to be able to screen our new 35mm print (courtesy of producer Justin Szlasa) of this timely and important documentary. Narrated by Keanu Reeves, Side by Side examines with clarity the differences between film and digital moviemaking, the fundamental changes to the industry, and the impact on its creative artists… [read more]

  • Wednesday, December 17th, 8:00 pm The Searchers

    Ford, Fonda, & The Duke. This was always considered a good Western, but time has continued to elevate it to greatness. Though it received no Oscar nominations, the film was declared the greatest Western ever made by the most recent, prestigious Sight & Sound critics’ poll… [read more]

  • Thursday, December 18th, 8:00 pm Humoresque

    Passion. Joan Crawford and John Garfield are the two lovers at the center of a story that examines two kinds of passion—one destructive, the other unyielding and pure. Skirting censors, director Negulesco and Crawford contrive to evoke the inner grip of desire… [read more]

  • Friday, December 19th, 8:00 pm A Time to Live, A Time to Die

    Passion. Hou Hsiao-hsien. When Ah-ha’s family flees China in 1947, they move to Taiwan and hope for a better life. Distanced from their cultural heritage, the family struggles with the growing generational gap and divisions among them. Poignant, understated, and shot with what would become his trademark candor… [read more]

  • Saturday, December 20th, 8:00 pm Mister Roberts

    Ford, Fonda, & The Duke. This adaptation of a play features Henry Fonda repeating his role as the title character, an officer on a backwater Navy cargo ship in the waning days of World War II. It’s a much better and entertaining comedy-drama than might be expected from the volatile production… [read more]

  • Sunday, December 21st, 2:00 pm White Christmas

    Holidays. Irving Berlin’s classic Christmas song is woven into a big screen musical that will put you in the holiday mood and have you singing along with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Danny Kaye… [read more]

  • Tuesday, December 23rd, 8:00 pm Norman McLaren 100th Anniversary

    Holidays. This year is the hundredth anniversary of the birth of acclaimed animator and director Norman McLaren. Born in Scotland, McLaren did his most innovative and imaginative work under the auspices of the National Film Board of Canada. To honor this most original filmmaker… [read more]

  • Friday, December 26th, 8:00 pm A Fish Called Wanda

    Special Presentation. Veteran director Charles Crichton teamed up with two Pythons, John Cleese and Michael Palin, to create this hip and hilarious bit of anarchy. Scripted by Cleese, he also stars as a reserved barrister who gets a new lease on life when he meets up with would-be bank robbers Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline… [read more]

  • Saturday, December 27th, 8:00 pm The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    Special Presentation. Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, and Guy Pearce are three hilarious lip-sync performers—two drag queens and one transsexual—who take the road trip of the century in a wildly painted school bus called Priscilla… [read more]

  • Sunday, December 28th, 2:00 am Amadeus – Director’s Cut

    Holidays. Forman’s film adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s hugely successful stage play, won seven Academy Awards, including a well-deserved Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham’s devious, but musically mediocre Salieri. Filmed in Prague by cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek… [read more]

  • Tuesday, December 30th, 8:00 pm Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Special Presentation. Human lives converge while narrative lines diverge in this pitch-black comedy that brought its Spanish auteur to international acclaim. Recently dumped by her criminal boyfriend, Pepa mines the spillage of her fractured life. Irresolution presides over Women on the Verge… [read more]

  • Wednesday, December 31st, 8:00 pm Strictly Ballroom

    Happy New Year. The buoyantly joyful and playfully clever film debut of director Baz Luhrmann was the surprise sleeper hit of 1992. After a midnight screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Luhrmann succeeded in selling all the worldwide rights the next day. Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice are the perfect mismatched couple in this boymeets-girl/ugly-duckling/rebels-with-a-cause romance set against the fierce competition of Australian ballroom dancing… [read more]