• 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]