• Friday, August 29th, 8:00 pm The Lord of Rings: The Two Towers

    Land, Sea, Sky. So rapturous and epic are many of this film’s sequences that Cecil B. DeMille would have been green with envy. In the second part of his adaptation of Tolkien’s tomes, Jackson charges his hobbits toward Mordor to destroy the One Ring, led by the deranged and ring-addicted Gollum… [read more]

  • Saturday, August 30th, 8:00 pm The Lord of Rings: The Return of the King

    Land, Sea, Sky. The Lord of the Rings trilogy took seven years and a veritable army of film artists to complete. Jackson oversaw this massive production with the deftness of a Laurence Olivier or a David Lean. By the end of The Return of the King, one has the astonishing feeling of having been on a journey through a singular world. In this climactic final installment… [read more]

  • Sunday, August 31st, 2:00 pm Royal Wedding

    Summer Love. End the summer with double the romance as brother-and-sister dance team (Fred Astaire and Jane Powell) find love in Great Britain. The duo are excited to put on a show in England around the same time as Princess Elizabeth’s wedding. Each averse to a committed relationship in their own way, Jane falls for a lord she meets on the boat (Peter Lawford)… [read more]

  • Tuesday, September 2nd, 8:00 pm The Penalty

    Silent Tuesdays.The legendary “man of a thousand faces” Lon Chaney stars as “Blizzard” king of the San Francisco underworld. Having had both of his legs mistakenly amputated above the knees as a boy, Blizzard grows up planning his revenge on San Francisco… [read more]

  • Wednesday, September 3rd, 8:00 pm The Tracker

    Rochester Premiere! A leading figure in contemporary Australian cinema, Rolf de Heer acquired world notoriety with his 1993 masterpiece Bad Boy Bubby. A decade later, The Tracker—a haunting drama (starring David Gulpilil) on the Aboriginal genocide of the early twentieth century—inaugurated a cycle of films dedicated to the history, beauty, and tragedy of Australia’s native cultures against the backdrop of colonial and post-colonial society… [read more]

  • Thursday, September 4th, 8:00 pm Stage Beauty

    Actor’s Life. In the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the English theatre employed only male actors—some of whom specialized in portraying women. With the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 and the reign of Charles II, women began performing Juliet, Imogen, and Desdemona… [read more]

  • Friday, September 5th, 8:00 pm Nine to Five

    Labor. Jane Fonda is a divorcée who takes a secretarial job and soon befriends co-workers Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. Constantly harassed by their male chauvinist boss (Dabney Coleman), the trio plots a cabal in the interest of women’s rights and workplace efficiency… [read more]

  • Saturday, September 6th, 8:00 pm Instrument

    Filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington, DC, band Fugazi collaborated over a ten-year period to document the band’s creative process and performances. Instrument is, therefore, much more than just a “rockumentary”; it is an intimate look at the synergistic union of the band’s members, guitarists and vocalists… [read more]

  • Sunday, September 7th, 2:00 pm Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

    Post-screening Discussion. Documentary filmmaker Greenwald takes the viewer on a deeply personal journey into the everyday lives of families struggling to fight this retail goliath. Dozens of film crews on three continents recorded the stories of Walmart’s assault on families and American values. In November 2005, the film screened three thousand times in nineteen countries and all fifty states—the largest grassroots mobilization in movie history… [read more]

  • Tuesday, September 9th, 8:00 pm The Three Musketeers

    Silent Tuesdays. Following the success of The Mark of Zorro, Douglas Fairbanks stars as D’Artagnan in his second costume swashbuckler, a lavish adaptation the famous Alexandre Dumas story. Fairbanks admitted to having used the character of D’Artagnan as inspiration for some earlier roles… [read more]

  • Wednesday, September 10th, 8:00 pm The Savages

    Hoffman. Ordinarily the tribulations of a pair of embattled siblings (Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman) faced with caring for their ailing, estranged father (Philip Bosco) is hardly the stuff of comedy. In the hands of writer-director Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills), however, their plight becomes a funny, deeply touching exploration of responsibility, guilt, and forgiveness… [read more]

  • Thursday, September 11th, 8:00 pm It’s a Great Feeling

    Actor’s Life. There is no blueprint for breaking into the movie business. Katharine Hepburn attributed her success to good luck and knowing the right people. It’s a Great Feeling is an insider’s look at what it takes to get ahead in Hollywood, done with great panache and good humor by the extraordinary actors at Warner Bros. in 1949… [read more]

  • Friday, September 12th, 8:00 pm Workingman’s Death

    Labor Series. One of the most memorable labor films we’ve screened, Glawogger’s documentary commemorates the significance of heavy manual labor and its cost in human life. The film’s segments on Ukrainian coal miners, Indonesian sulphur miners, Nigerian slaughterhouse workers, Pakistani ship-breakers, and Chinese steelworkers, like the photographs of Sebastião Salgado, both celebrate and lament the labor it depicts… [read more]

  • Saturday, September 13th, 8:00 pm Borgman

    Curator’s Choice. There is something rotten in Holland! The first Dutch candidate to the Palme d’Or at Cannes in the last forty years is a beautifully dark fairy tale, reminiscent—but not at all derivative—of David Lynch (Lost Highway), Lars von Trier (The Kingdom), and Luis Buñuel (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie). It has the pulse of a genuine vampire cult thriller, but has no traditional bloodsuckers, nor gory violence… [read more]

  • Sunday, September 14th, 2:00 pm Mrs. Henderson Presents & Mona Lisa

    Double Feature. Bob Hoskins was a most unconventional leading man. But, he proved to be a genius at creating characters who could beguile, charm, and tug at your heartstrings without having standard movie-star handsome looks. He was simply a great, in-the-moment actor. To remember Bob Hoskins and his forty-year career, we present two of his most memorable performances that amply display his amazing versatility… [read more]

  • Tuesday, September 16th, 8:00 pm While New York Sleeps

    Silent Tuesdays. One of the first “portmanteau” films (featuring several stories around a central theme, like Plaza Suite and Dead of Night), While New York Sleeps is also one of the earliest and best films set in and filmed on location in New York City. Three tales—one romantic, one ironic, and one highly dramatic—unfold during one Manhattan night… [read more]

  • Wednesday, September 17th, 8:00 pm Charlie Wilson’s War

    Hoffman. Director Mike Nichols and writer Aaron Sorkin put a smart, zesty spin on the stranger-than-fiction true story of Charlie Wilson (played with great aplomb by Tom Hanks), a hard-partying playboy congressman from Texas who attempts to take down the USSR through the covert funding of Afghan rebels… [read more]

  • Thursday, September 18th, 8:00 pm Bicycling with Molière

    Actor’s Life/Rochester Premiere! What does it take to lure a great actor out of retirement? Successful and ambitious actor Gauthier (Lambert Wilson) is attempting, by any means possible, to do just that. Serge (Fabrice Luchini), like Molière’s misanthrope, has forsaken the world and shut himself off from its falseness… [read more]

  • Friday, September 19th, 8:00 pm Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Eastman House Restoration. Nominated for ten Academy Awards (and winner of four), Ang Lee’s exhilarating, lyrical, and rousing film is an action picture with a huge heart and endless spirit. Zen warriors are brought together by a stolen sword and one young woman’s fierce battle to determine her own destiny… [read more]

  • Saturday, September 20th, 8:00 pm Museum Hours

    In Person! Jem Cohen. Museum Hours brings together two strangers who meet and find a world of common bonds in Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Museum. Johann (Bobby Sommer), a museum guard, has ample time to observe both the art and the visitors. By chance, he meets Anne… [read more]

  • Sunday, September 21st, 8:00 pm Modern Times

    Labor Series. Chaplin directed, starred in, and scored this nearly silent classic indictment of industrialization and modernization. Costarring Paulette Goddard, Modern Times views the increasing dehumanization of the workplace through Chaplin’s everyman hero, the Little Tramp—a figure increasingly recognizable in Depression-era images of breadlines and vagrants… [read more]

  • Tuesday, September 23rd, 8:00 pm Hamlet

    Silent Tuesdays. Many silent filmmakers turned to Shakespeare for source material, transforming the Bard’s verbal poetry and drama into visual equivalents, but none more unusually than this project personally spearheaded by the legendary Danish actress Asta Nielsen, who takes the title role in this production… [read more]

  • Wednesday, September 24th, 8:00 pm Synecdoche, New York

    Hoffman. Idiosyncratic screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s (Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) directorial debut is a mind-bending meta-drama marked by ingenious visual puns, linguistic tropes, and a general delight in language, both cinematic and spoken. It is, in other words, a Charlie Kaufman film… [read more]

  • Thursday, September 25th, 8:00 pm Those Lips, Those Eyes

    Actor’s Life. It’s 1951 and starry-eyed pre-med student Artie (Thomas Hulce) has been accepted as an apprentice at the Kempton Hills Park Theatre in Cleveland. With no previous theatrical experience, Artie finds himself designated Props Master and thus begins his education in the theatre…. [read more]

  • Friday, September 26th, 8:00 pm The Killing Floor

    Labor. The film that inspired creation of the Rochester Labor Film Series, The Killing Floor recounts the true story of efforts to organize an interracial union of Chicago packinghouse workers during and after World War I. The film explores the tensions between southern black workers, lured by high wartime wages, and the ethnic European workers they replace, culminating in the 1919 Chicago race riots. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the 1985 Sundance… [read more]

  • Saturday, September 27th, 8:00 pm Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

    Rochester Premiere. El Camino de Santiago was born in the Middle Ages when pilgrims began walking the path to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. While their numbers have waxed and waned with war and tribulations, pilgrims continue to this day, walking the five hundred miles on foot. Filmmaker Smith walked it herself in 2008 and came back to follow six individuals, all with their own reasons for braving blisters, rain, heat and cold, and sometimes less than idyllic accommodations… [read more]

  • Sunday, September 28th, 2:00 pm Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

    Rochester Premiere. El Camino de Santiago was born in the Middle Ages when pilgrims began walking the path to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. While their numbers have waxed and waned with war and tribulations, pilgrims continue to this day, walking the five hundred miles on foot. Filmmaker Smith walked it herself in 2008 and came back to follow six individuals, all with their own reasons for braving blisters, rain, heat and cold, and sometimes less than idyllic accommodations… [read more]

  • Tuesday, September 30th, 8:00 pm The Show Off

    Silent Tuesdays. Louise Brooks is featured in this first of five adaptations of Pulitzer Prize–winning dramatist George Kelly’s cynical dramedy about a blowhard whose egotism and delusions lay waste to all around him. Former Keystone comedian Ford Sterling brilliantly personifies loud, obnoxious clerk Aubrey Piper, a part played in later versions by Hal Skelly, Spencer Tracy, Red Skelton, and Jackie Gleason… [read more]

  • Wednesday, October 1st, 8:00 pm Doubt

    Hoffman. Philip Seymour Hoffman received his third Oscar nomination for his sensitive portrayal of a kindly priest accused by a pair of nuns (Meryl Streep, Amy Adams) of molesting the son of an African American parishioner (Viola Davis) in the 1960s Bronx. Hoffman wasn’t the only cast member to get the nod—all three of his costars were similarly nominated—and while none would win, their combined talents under the sure-footed direction of John Patrick Shanley… [read more]

  • Thursday, October 2nd, 8:00 pm Noises Off

    Actor’s Life. A cast of American actors is in the final rehearsals for their out-of-town opening of a British sex farce. But the leading lady can’t remember when to put down the sardines, the actor playing the crook is always drunk, and the British accents are all over the place. Michael Frayn’s stage hit has been cleverly adapted to the screen by Peter Bogdanovich with the hilariously game cast of Michael Caine… [read more]

  • Friday, October 3rd, 8:00 pm The Organizer

    Labor. “Labor unions. Don’t be afraid. This is a funny movie.” Thus described in its original publicity, The Organizer (actually, Comrades) has been hailed as one of the great Italian films of the 1960s. It features Marcello Mastroianni as a socialist labor organizer in turn-of-the-century Turin who helps textile workers fight for better working conditions… [read more]

  • Saturday, October 4th, 8:00 pm The Congress

    Actor’s Life. Rochester Premiere. The impact of digital filmmaking on our culture—and on artist rights—is explored in this remarkable blend of fact, fiction, live action, and animation. Director Ari Folman began his work on The Congress in 2008, basing it loosely on The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem. Incorporating aspects of Robin Wright’s personal and professional lives… [read more]

  • Sunday, October 5th, 2:00 pm Salt of the Earth

    Labor. Rightfully featured in the National Film Registry, Salt of the Earth has fulfilled the hope of its blacklisted creators that it be recognized as “the first feature film ever made in this country of labor, by labor, and for labor”—a film that celebrates the greatness of minorities and the worth and dignity of working-class women. The film recounts the saga of Mexican-American zinc miners striking for equal pay and shows the daring efforts of their wives… [read more]

  • Tuesday, October 7th, 8:00 pm 7th Heaven

    Silent Tuesdays.Winner of three Academy Awards (best actress Janet Gaynor, best director Frank Borzage, and best writing, adaptation, Benjamin Glazer), 7th Heaven was one of the highest grossing American silent films and one of the most beloved. A romance set in Paris on the eve of the First World War… [read more]

  • Wednesday, October 8th, 8:00 pm Pirate Radio

    Hoffman. Based on the true adventures of the unlicensed radio stations that broadcast rock-and-roll across the UK from boats in the North Sea at a time (the mid-1960s) when BBC Radio wouldn’t touch the stuff, director Richard Curtis’s (Love Actually) fictionalized romp follows a motley crew of daring DJs… [read more]

  • Thursday, October 9th, 8:00 pm Coco avant Chanel

    Fashion. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s rise to the top of the fashion world is a fascinating and inspiring story that is more relevant today than ever before. Her determination to free women from the confines of harsh corsets and the voluminous petticoats of the Victorian age was fierce and all-encompassing… [read more]

  • Friday, October 10th, 8:00 pm Made in Dagenham

    Labor. Reminiscent of Norma Rae, this film chronicles an historic 1968 strike at a British Ford factory. Led by spunky Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), the women walk out when they learn that management has classified them as unskilled workers and capped their wages. Bob Hoskins delivered another memorable performance shortly before he retired… [read more]

  • Saturday, October 11th, 8:00 pm The Devil Wears Prada

    Fashion. This is a must-see for anyone truly interested in what drives fashion—or for those who disparage the business but still buy the goods. Based on Lauren Weisberger’s tell-all roman à clef about working for the fashion editor from hell… [read more]

  • Tuesday, October 14th, 8:00 pm Longtime Companion

    ImageOut of the Archives! Longtime Companion takes its title from the words chosen by the New York Times to describe the surviving partner of a same-sex union in its obituaries. A group of New Yorkers, tangentially connected, is touched by a deadly virus that appears to target the gay community. With compassion, humor, and honesty, Norman René guides a superb cast through this sad… [read more]

  • Wednesday, October 15th, 8:00 pm Owning Mahoney

    Hoffman. Though overlooked at the time by most audiences, this incisive portrait of a compulsive gambler (Philip Seymour Hoffman) wound up on numerous critics’ best-of lists, including that of Hoffman’s great champion, Roger Ebert. Closely based on a real-life Toronto bank VP who committed one of the largest cases of bank fraud in Canadian history, Hoffman’s Mahowny is an unassuming workaholic in a beat-up car… [read more]

  • Thursday, October 16th, 8:00 pm Ganja and Hess

    Bloodsucking Freaks! While excavating the ancient city of Myrthia, archeologist Hess Green (Duane Jones in his only role after Night of the Living Dead) is stabbed by a dagger carrying mysterious, ancient germs. He awakens to find himself with an insatiable appetite for human blood and struggles to keep it a secret from Ganja, who has fallen in love with him despite the mystery surrounding her missing husband. Originally titled Blood Couple[read more]

  • Friday, October 17th, 8:00 pm Live Nude Girls Unite!

    Labor. This challenging and funny film documents the efforts of a group of Bay Area strippers to form the first union of exotic dancers in the United States. These sex workers confront the workplace problems faced by most workers without union contracts: long shifts, unsafe conditions, no job security, and the fear of termination for taking sick days. Fed up with these conditions, Query picks up her camera, organizes her sisters… [read more]

  • Sunday, October 19th, 2:00 pm Trouble Every Day

    Bloodsucking Freaks! Newlyweds Shane and June Brown (Vincent Gallo and Tricia Vessey) have just arrived in Paris for their honeymoon when Shane begins acting strange. Disappearing for long periods of time, he is distant and despondent. As he visits clinics in search of a mysterious, exiled Dr. Leo, Shane struggles with an illness that seems to be outside of human understanding. Meanwhile, Leo keeps his wife (who may or may not be among the undead) locked… [read more]

  • Tuesday, October 21st, 8:00 pm Der Liebe Pilgerfahrt

    Silent Tuesdays. This lyrical drama filled with romantic imagery was made by seminal pioneer Russian director Yakov Protazanov during a period in which he fled his homeland after the 1917 Revolution to make films in France and Germany. This was his last expatriate production before returning to the Soviet Union to make his most famous film, the surreal Aelita, Queen of Mars (1924), and eventually… [read more]

  • Wednesday, October 22nd, 8:00 pm The Master

    Hoffman. Paul Thomas Anderson’s mesmerizing survey of America’s bruised post-WWII psyche stands as one of the finest films of 2012 for many reasons: the dreamy cinematography, the exquisite production design, and Joaquin Phoenix’s startling, Oscar-nominated turn as Freddie Quell, a psychologically damaged vet who falls under the sway of charismatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Not-so-loosely based on Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, Dodd is both spiritual savior and dangerous charlatan… [read more]

  • Thursday, October 23rd, 8:00 pm Childhood

    Siegfried Kuhn in Person! Based on Kühn’s childhood experiences in Silesia near the end of World War II, Childhood views a dark period in our history through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy. Alfons (Marc Poser) has been sent to the rural home of his grandparents while his mother remains in Berlin. Kühn’s retelling of his wartime memories, especially those with his grandmother, raise the question of what is a real memory and what is a child’s distorted fantasy… [read more]

  • 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]