• Tuesday, September 1st, 8:00 pm Old Ironsides

    Silent Tuesdays. We start our fall Silent Tuesdays with one of the great sea epics of film history, about the United States’ first conflict with a foreign power and the crucial role taken by the iconic sailing warship USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides” because cannonballs seemed to just bounce off her wooden hull. A tale of cunning… [read more]


  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 8:00 pm The Look of Silence

    Rochester Premiere.The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son… [read more]


  • Thursday, September 3rd, 8:00 pm The Iron Ministry

    Rochester Premiere.Filmed over three years on China’s railways, The Iron Ministry traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. The Iron… [read more]


  • Friday, September 4th, 8:00 pm The Hand That Feeds

    Labor Film Series/Rochester Premiere. At a popular bakery-café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich … [read more]


  • Saturday, September 5th, 8:00 pm Nothing Sacred

    Nitrate Picture Show Festival Favorite. Attendees of the inaugural Nitrate Picture Show (held at George Eastman House this past May) will attest to the brilliance and colorful beauty produced by vintage nitrate prints projected on the big screen in the Dryden Theatre. One of the highlights of that weekend was the Technicolor comedy Nothing Sacred,… [read more]


  • Sunday, September 6th, 2:00 pm Mary Poppins

    Dryden Kids. Julie Andrews won an Oscar for her performance as that magical English nanny, Mary Poppins. Shot in Technicolor and combining live-action with animation, this charming musical is set in London during the progressive era and resolves many of the period’s social concerns—suffrage, class antagonisms, and child labor—in a… [read more]


  • Monday, September 7th, 1:30 pm Mary Poppins

    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… [read more]


  • Tuesday, September 8th, 8:00 pm Buster Keaton Silents

    Silent Tuesdays. Tonight’s program showcases the brilliant, surreal visual humor of the great, grave comedian Buster Keaton in three films which show how he loved and could manipulate the very elements which make film itself special. For instance, Cops plays with confounding visual expectations and a very simple story where… [read more]


  • Wednesday, September 9th, 8:00 pm Jauja

    Primal Screen/Rochester Premiere. Much closer in spirit to his performance in Cronenberg’s A History of Violence than to that in Lord of the Rings, Viggo Mortensen is the leading actor, co-producer, and music composer (with American guitarist Buckethead) for a lavishly rarified pseudo-western set in 1882 under the majestic skies of… [read more]


  • Thursday, September 10th, 8:00 pm Stereo

    Birth of Body Horror: Early Works of David Cronenberg. In his first feature-length film, David Cronenberg begins to explore many of the themes that would remain constant across his substantial and diverse body of work—the relationship between sexuality and violence, the otherness of the body, and the mysteries of the… [read more]


  • Friday, September 11th, 8:00 pm Eight Men Out

    Labor Film Series. A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series. Stellar cast (John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, Clifton James, Christopher Lloyd, David Strathairn, Michael Rooker) transform the story of a national scandal into a suspenseful examination of … [read more]


  • Saturday, September 12th, 8:00 pm Spellbound

    Ingrid Bergman: From Rochester with Love. When Gregory Peck arrives as the new head of a mental institution, staff doctor Ingrid Bergman is, attracted to him but begins to suspect that something is amiss. Hitchcock explores the unfathomable machinations of the human mind in this intriguing mystery, partially set in Rochester. Spellbound, Bergman’s first… [read more]


  • Sunday, September 13th, 2:00 pm Intermezzo: A Love Story

    Ingrid Bergman: From Rochester with Love. Concert violinist Holger Brandt is a man dedicated to two things: his music and his family. That is until he hears the beautiful, talented pianist Anita Hoffman, his daughter’s music teacher. When he asks Anita to accompany him on tour, the two fall passionately in love, abandoning his family and the… [read more]


  • Monday, September 14th, 1:30 pm Intermezzo: A Love Story

    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 … [read more]


  • Tuesday, September 15th, 8:00 pm The Birth of a Nation

    Silent Tuesdays. One hundred years ago, an American film, made at a time when European films dominated international screens (and even those of the United States), created unprecedented artistic, commercial, and moral astonishment throughout the world—a film which remains one of the most influential and controversial ever made, yet is… [read more]


  • Wednesday, September 16th, 8:00 pm Grand Hotel

    House Treasures. MGM publicity boasted “more stars than there are in the heavens” and with Grand Hotel they proved it. At a time when it was customary to have only one or two big stars in a film, producer Irving Thalberg took a chance and cast five early 1930s megastars into this movie. Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery and Lionel… [read more]


  • Thursday, September 17th, 8:00 pm Crimes of the Future

    Birth of Body Horror: Early Works of David Cronenberg. Surreal even by Cronenberg’s standards, this early feature serves as a fascinating catalog of obsessions that would soon become the King of Body Horror’s stock-in-trade: “creative cancers” that produce puzzling, functionless new organs; dermatological… [read more]


  • Friday, September 18th, 8:00 pm On The Art of War

    Labor Film Series/Rochester Premiere.Milan, August 2009. Four workers climb a 20-meter gantry crane inside the hangar of the INNSE, the last active factory in Milan. They threaten to throw themselves down to stop the dismantling of the machinery and the closure of the factory they work in. The hangar is… [read more]


  • Saturday, September 19th, 8:00 pm Notorious

    Ingrid Bergman: From Rochester with Love.In one of Hitchcock’s crowning achievements, the master of suspense utilizes all of his technical and storytelling acumen in the realization of this gripping thriller. A young woman (Ingrid Bergman) is recruited by the government to spy on a group of Nazis, while her… [read more]


  • Monday, September 21st, 1:30 pm Notorious

    Senior Matinee. In one of Hitchcock’s crowning achievements, the master of suspense utilizes all of his technical and storytelling acumen in the realization of this gripping thriller. A young woman (Ingrid Bergman) is recruited by the government to spy on a group of Nazis, while her… [read more]


  • Tuesday, September 22nd, 8:00 pm Cyrano de Bergerac

    Silent Tuesdays.One of James Card’s particular treasures that he brought to George Eastman House—and in fact was the very last film he saw in the Dryden Theatre—was this exquisitely conceived silent version of Edmond Rostand’s play. Director Augusto Genina inventively visualizes Rostand’s characters and poetry, and… [read more]


  • Wednesday, September 23rd, 8:00 pm Rebels of the Neon God

    Rochester Premiere. Tsai Ming-liang emerged on the world cinema scene in 1992 with his groundbreaking first feature, Rebels of the Neon God. His debut already includes a handful of elements familiar to fans of subsequent work: a deceptively spare style often branded “minimalist”; actor Lee Kang-sheng as the silent and sullen Hsiao-kang; copious amounts… [read more]


  • Thursday, September 24th, 8:00 pm The Brood

    Birth of Body Horror: Early Works of David Cronenberg. Something’s gone terribly wrong at the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmics, where, through intense psychological role playing Dr. Hal Raglan (Oliver Reed) has been encouraging troubled clients to manifest their repressed emotions and desires as fleshy, distinctly Cronenbergian excrescences that soon appear on their skin. The case of… [read more]


  • Friday, September 25th, 8:00 pm The Wobblies

    Labor Film Series. “Wobblies” was the popular name given to trade unionists organized in the Industrial Workers of the World, around the turn of the last century—a union with syndicalist and anarchist sympathies. The US government, Pinkertons, and private business used any means necessary… [read more]


  • Saturday, September 26th, 8:00 pm Under Capricorn

    Ingrid Bergman: From Rochester with Love. Aristocrat Ingrid Bergman weds stableman Joseph Cotten with unforeseen results in Hitchcock’s excursion into the costume drama. Misunderstood and underappreciated on its release, Under Capricorn was later hailed by French New Wave… [read more]


  • Sunday, September 27th, 2:00 pm Journey to Italy

    Ingrid Bergman: From Rochester with Love. The most vital of a series of films Ingrid Bergman made with then-husband Rossellini, Journey to Italy is a breathtaking cinematic trip through Italy and a masterpiece of happenstance experience leading to epiphany, with detached… [read more]


  • Monday, September 28th, 1:30 pm Under Capricorn

    Senior Matinee. Aristocrat Ingrid Bergman weds stableman Joseph Cotten with unforeseen results in Hitchcock’s excursion into the costume drama. Misunderstood and underappreciated on its release, Under Capricorn was later hailed by French New Wave… [read more]


  • Tuesday, September 29th, 8:00 pm The Girl Without a Soul

    Silent Tuesdays. John H. Collins is one of the great “What if . . . ?” figures of American cinema, a brilliantly creative filmmaker who went from being a costume department assistant to a major director within four short years before dying at the age of 31 in the 1918… [read more]


  • Wednesday, September 30th, 8:00 pm Greetings

    Five Faces of New York in the 1970s. Greetings was Brian De Palma’s first great cinematic statement. It appeared on the eve of this country’s most turbulent decade since the American Civil War, and in advance of the efforts of an ostensibly “new” Hollywood to render the … [read more]


  • Friday, October 2nd, 8:00 pm The Trotsky

    Labor Film Series. Like most high schoolers, Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) is having an identity crisis. What differentiates Leon, however, is that he believes he is the reincarnation of Soviet thinker Leon Trotsky, predestined to follow the same path as his… [read more]


  • Saturday, October 3rd, 8:00 pm I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

    House Treasures. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart was conceived as a documentary about the making of what became Wilco’s most popular album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but this film became a classic David and Goliath story where artistic integrity triumphs over crass commercial… [read more]


  • Sunday, October 4th, 2:00 pm The Night of The Hunter

    This gorgeously evocative amalgam of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, German Expressionism, and Depression-era drama is a unique masterpiece in the history of cinema. At its core is Robert Mitchum’s terrifying performance as Preacher Harry Powell, a serial killing wolf in sheep’s clothing who relentlessly… [read more]


  • Monday, October 5th, 1:30 pm The Night of The Hunter

    Senior Matinee. This gorgeously evocative amalgam of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, German Expressionism, and Depression-era drama is a unique masterpiece in the history of cinema. At its core is Robert Mitchum’s terrifying performance as Preacher Harry Powell, a serial killing wolf in sheep’s clothing who relentlessly… [read more]


  • Tuesday, October 6th, 8:00 pm Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    Silent Tuesdays. Acclaimed German director F. W. Murnau’s (Nosferatu, The Last Laugh) first Hollywood film elicited extraordinary praise from the critics. Lighting, camera angles and movement, acting style, judicious use of sound effects and music—all are smoothly integrated to… [read more]


  • Wednesday, October 7th, 8:00 pm The French Connection

    Five Faces of New York in the 1970s. Featuring what may be the most relentless and exciting car chase in cinema history, The French Connection is based on the true story of two New York cops, played by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, who try to break up the eponymous… [read more]


  • Thursday, October 8th, 8:00 pm Scanners

    Birth of Body Horror: Early Works of David Cronenberg. The result of a scientific experiment gone awry, “scanners” have the ability to read thoughts, control others through brain waves and cause heads to explode. The doctor (Patrick McGoohan) who created this mutant… [read more]


  • Friday, October 9th, 8:00 pm Men of the Cloth, followed by a Q&A with director/producer Vicki Vasilopoulos

    Labor Film Series/Rochester Premiere. Men of the Cloth is an inspiring portrait of Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli, and Joe Centofanti, three Italian master tailors who confront the decline of the apprentice system as they navigate their challenging roles in the twilight of their career. The film unravels the mystery of their artistry and reveals how their… [read more]


  • Sunday, October 11th, 2:00 pm Elena and Her Men

    Ingrid Bergman: From Rochester with Love. Jean Renoir’s classic romantic comedy of intertwining love and the shrewd power of desire, set during the tumultuous political and social turmoil of turn-of-the-century France. Ingrid Bergman stars as Polish princess Elena, a woman at the center of a tangled knot of affections. She captures the eye of General Rollan (Jean… [read more]


  • Tuesday, October 13th, 8:30 pm Kiss of the Spider Woman

    ImageOut of the Archive. Two men of very different backgrounds and ideologies are forced to share a cell in a South American jail. Luis (William Hurt, in an Oscar-winning performance) is a flamboyant gay man imprisoned for “corruption of a minor,” the stoically macho Valentin (Raul Julia) for his involvement with a leftist revolutionary group. To pass the time and distract from their desperate… [read more]


  • Wednesday, October 14th, 8:00 pm Short Films of Rudy Burckhardt

    Five Faces of New York in the 1970s.
    Under The Brooklyn Bridge
    (Rudy Burckhardt, US 1953, 15 min., 16mm)
    “One cannot deny its documentary value or Burckhardt’s eye for detail, his unpretentiousness. There are sequences—the children swimming under the Brooklyn Bridge is one—which belong with the… [read more]


  • Friday, October 16th, 6:00 pm The Hour of The Furnaces

    Labor Film Series. With the Marxist notion of violence as a necessary catalyst of social change at the center, Fernando E. Solanas and Octavio Getino’s monolithic document of neocolonialism in Latin America exemplifies what the directors termed a “Third Cinema,” following the commercial and auteur cinemas that viewers have been trained to expect. Told in three… [read more]


  • Sunday, October 18th, 2:00 pm A Walk in the Spring Rain

    Ingrid Bergman: From Rochester with Love. This fine romantic drama features Ingrid Bergman as Libby Meredith, a wealthy New York socialite who moves with her husband Roger (Fritz Weaver) to a cabin in rural Tennessee. They meet Will Cade (Anthony Quinn), a salt-of-the-earth local who charms the metropolitan Libby with his rustic sensibilities, and the two… [read more]


  • Monday, October 19th, 1:30 pm A Walk in the Spring Rain

    Senior Matinee. This fine romantic drama features Ingrid Bergman as Libby Meredith, a wealthy New York socialite who moves with her husband Roger (Fritz Weaver) to a cabin in rural Tennessee. They meet Will Cade (Anthony Quinn), a salt-of-the-earth local who charms the metropolitan Libby with his rustic sensibilities, and the two… [read more]


  • Tuesday, October 20th, 8:00 pm The Outlaw and His Wife

    Silent Tuesdays/New Acquisition. A classic of Swedish cinema, directed by grandmaster Victor Sjöström (The Phantom Carriage, The Wind). The film, based on the 1911 play by Jóhann Sigurjónsson, follows Ejvind, who has been forced into stealing food to support his starving family. Escaped and on the run, he comes to work at the farm of the widowed Halla. The two… [read more]


  • Thursday, October 22nd, 8:00 pm Videodrome

    Birth of Body Horror: Early Works of David Cronenberg. When sleazy, opportunistic producer of sensationalist television Max Renn (James Woods) is shown an intercepted signal of a mysterious show being broadcast from Malaysia that he believes will revolutionize television programming, he jumps on it and broadcasts it. Titled Videodrome, the pixilated, static… [read more]


  • Friday, October 23rd, 8:00 pm Tir

    Labor Film Series/Rochester Premiere. For a few months now, Branko, a former teacher, has been working as a truck driver for an Italian transport company—a decision that can be easily understood as his wage has tripled. Yet everything has its price, even if not quantified in money. Growing up we were told, “work makes a man honorable,” but here it seems that the opposite has become… [read more]


  • Saturday, October 24th, 8:00 pm Manhattan

    Five Faces of New York in the 1970s. Woody Allen’s most critically acclaimed movie is a love letter to his hometown set to the romantic music of George Gershwin and photographed in glorious black & white Panavision by Gordon Willis. The story details the love life of comedy writer Isaac Davis (Allen), who is torn between sweet, devoted 17-year-old Tracy (Mariel… [read more]


  • Sunday, October 25th, 2:00 pm The Witches

    Dryden Kids. A young American boy is transformed into a mouse when he stumbles upon a secret witches’ convention at a grand English hotel. It’s up to our tiny hero to thwart a dastardly plot to rid the world of all children. This delightful fantasy, based on a book by Roald Dahl, features creature effects by the great Jim Henson…. [read more]


  • Monday, October 26th, 1:30 pm Manhattan

    Senior Matinee. Woody Allen’s most critically acclaimed movie is a love letter to his hometown set to the romantic music of George Gershwin and photographed in glorious black & white Panavision by Gordon Willis. The story details the love life of comedy writer Isaac Davis (Allen), who is torn between sweet, devoted 17-year-old Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) and the neurotic but fascinating Mary… [read more]


  • Tuesday, October 27th, 8:00 pm Policeman

    James Card Memorial Lecture/World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. George Eastman House is honored to have David Bordwell, the Jacques Ledoux Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and one of the most authoritative and influential figures in film studies, present the 2015 James Card Memorial Lecture and introduce Policeman. This… [read more]


  • Wednesday, October 28th, 8:00 pm New York Portrait (Parts I, II, III)

    Five Faces of New York in the 1970s “Hutton’s sketchbook of mid-1970s New York, edited in three parts over twelve years, is a chronicle of indelible impressions and an act of urban archeology. The artist evokes the city’s delicate rhythms, tonal contrasts, and shifts of scale—scrims of white mist and black smoke, of gauze, cloud, and fluttering pennant; the shadowy… [read more]


  • Thursday, October 29th, 8:00 pm Shivers

    Birth of Body Horror: Early Works of David Cronenberg Will they never learn? Playing god triggers the apocalypse once again, when scientists implanting patients with “helpful” parasites with the hope that they will function as replacements for diseased organs. This being a Cronenberg film, it goes without saying this bright idea quickly goes from bad to cataclysmic… [read more]


  • Friday, October 30th, 8:00 pm Pride

    Labor Film Series Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power, and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As… [read more]


  • Saturday, October 31st, 8:00 pm Larry Gone Demon & Rabid

    (Matthew John Lawrence, US 2015, 14 min., DCP)
    This frenetic, punk-rock nightmare centers on one asshole of a roommate. When three twentysomethings must deal with the incorrigible and incredibly demonic Larry, they risk life and limb in an attempt to save the soul of their once kind and unassuming friend while also procuring his $500 in back rent. Special introduction by director Matthew John… [read more]