• Saturday, July 4th, 8:00 pm They Live

    Independence Day. A homeless drifter (wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper) discovers a conspiracy by non-human aliens who have infiltrated American society in the guise of wealthy yuppies. With the help of special glasses that reveal the aliens’ true faces and their subliminal messages, our hero tries to stop the invasion. What used to be known as a deliriously imaginative satire of… [read more]


  • Sunday, July 5th, 2:00 pm Yellow Submarine

    Dryden Kids. The Beatles’ foray into feature-length animation utilizes a mythical plot about the band’s attempt to free the people of Pepperland from the Blue Meanies. A treat for both the eyes and the ears, the film beautifully combines the imagery of ’60s pop artist Peter Max with classic songs such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “All You Need Is Love.”… [read more]


  • Monday, July 6th, 1:30 pm Yellow Submarine

    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, July 7th, 8:00 pm Divine Intervention

    Member’s Movie Night! New Acquisition. Carefully intertwined stories featuring a variegated lot of characters in the town of Ramallah, Elia Suleiman’s deadpan, earnest take on the everyday lives of Palestinians is as compelling as it is caustically humorous. Focusing on the story of a man and woman separated by political boundaries—she lives in Jerusalem, just ten miles south—Divine Intervention is… [read more]


  • Wednesday, July 8th, 8:00 pm Salesman

    Maysles. A landmark American documentary from essential filmmakers the Maysles brothers, Salesman marks a highpoint in ’60s cinema verité. Aging Bible salesman Paul Brennan is followed from door to door, through struggles with sales quotas and the somber desperation and frustrations of constant travel. As a study of business and religion, materialism and spiritualism… [read more]


  • Thursday, July 9th, 8:00 pm My Friend Ivan Lapshin

    Aleksej German “Set in provincial Russia in 1935, My Friend Ivan Lapshin was banned for fourteen years for its evocative dramatization of one of the darkest periods in Soviet history. A police investigator relentlessly and mercilessly pursues a gang of criminals, but in the process comes to realize the distance between the idealism of the revolutionaries and the grim… [read more]


  • Friday, July 10th, 8:00 pm Three Exercises in Interpretation

    Rochester Premiere. “One of the year’s most unexpected and delightful surprises was never meant to be seen by an audience. Three Exercises in Interpretation grew out of an intensive three-week acting workshop conducted in Toulouse in 2011 by acclaimed Romanian directors Cristi Puiu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Aurora) under the auspices of Les Chantiers Nomades… [read more]


  • Saturday, July 11th, 8:00 pm Trouble in Paradise

    James Card: Mirth and Madness. A hilarious romance about three subjects the movies have always excelled at serving up and dishing out: sex, crime, and conspicuous consumption. Trouble in Paradise is “the Lubitsch touch” at its most sardonic and exalted… [read more]


  • Monday, July 13th, 1:30 pm Trouble in Paradise

    James Card: Mirth and Madness. A hilarious romance about three subjects the movies have always excelled at serving up and dishing out: sex, crime, and conspicuous consumption. Trouble in Paradise is “the Lubitsch touch” at its most sardonic and exalted… [read more]


  • Tuesday, July 14th, 8:00 pm The Merry Widow

    James Card: Mirth and Madness. “It is a good show in the excellent Lubitsch manner, heady as the foam on champagne, fragile as mist and as delicately gay as a good-natured censor will permit. Victor Leon and Leo Stein have arranged a book to suit the Lubitsch style and the songs which fall to Miss MacDonald and Mr. Chevalier have grace and wit. All of the sets are consummately lovely… [read more]


  • Wednesday, July 15th, 8:00 pm Shorts Made for the Theaters

    House Treasures. The way we watch movies has changed greatly over the years—from the films we watch and how we watch them, to the spaces where we watch them and even the reason we watch them. Once a staple of the moviegoing experience, short films like those in this program—meant to be shown in a theater to a large audience—are relatively unknown to younger audiences today… [read more]


  • Thursday, July 16th, 8:00 pm The Life of Jesus

    Bruno Dumont. At the time of its release, Bruno Dumont’s debut feature arrived as something of a paradox. On the one hand, the film delved into unexplored territory (at least for mainstream art cinema) by portraying sexual intercourse between its main actors without the use of prosthetics or other forms of cinematic trickery. But The Life of Jesus did not provoke the level… [read more]


  • Friday, July 17th, 8:00 pm Hard to Be a God

    Aleksej German. When legendary Russian auteur Aleksej German died in 2013, he left behind this extraordinary final film, a phantasmagoric adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel by the Strugatsky brothers (authors of the source novel for Tarkovsky’s Stalker). Hard to Be a God began percolating in German’s consciousness in the mid-1960s, and would actively consume… [read more]


  • Monday, July 20th, 1:30 pm The Merry Widow

    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, July 21st, 8:00 pm Bringing Up Baby

    James Card: Mirth and Madness. In the mother of all screwball comedies, Cary Grant stars as a stuffy paleontologist who knows more about dinosaurs than he does about the modern woman. This makes him easy prey for wacky heiress Katharine Hepburn who gets her man involved in a series of increasingly funny disasters. Director Hawks, a master of all genres, provided a template for comedy… [read more]


  • Wednesday, July 22nd, 8:30 pm Gimme Shelter

    Maysles. The landmark documentary about the ill-fated Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. Only four months earlier, Woodstock had defined the love generation, which now lay in ruin on a desolate racetrack six miles outside of San Francisco. Before an estimated crowd of 300,000 people, the Stones headlined a free concert featuring Tina Turner, Jefferson Airplane, the Flying Burrito Brothers… [read more]


  • Thursday, July 23rd, 8:00 pm Twentynine Palms

    Bruno Dumont. The world according to Bruno Dumont has no shortage of horror. But it wasn’t until Twentynine Palms that the French provocateur would craft what could essentially be labeled a horror film. As Dumont himself has said of the horror genre, “it’s not so much the subject that matters as the air itself. . . . In this way, Twentynine Palms is a horror film—an extreme horror… [read more]


  • Friday, July 24th, 8:00 pm Coast of Death

    Primal Screen. Those who regard cinema as a pleasure for the eyes will be richly rewarded by this pictorially stunning portrait of what the ancient Romans called “the end of the world” (hence the name “Cap Finisterre” on modern maps). The nickname in the title comes from the many shipwrecks that occurred among the rocks, mist, and storms of this beautiful stretch of wilderness in northwestern Spain… [read more]


  • Saturday, July 25th, 8:00 pm The Wicker Man—Final Cut

    Summer of the Leviathan. After receiving an anonymous letter about a missing 12-year-old girl, a devout Christian cop travels by seaplane to a remote Scottish island to investigate. But the islanders welcome neither his badge nor religious devotion, for laird of the isle (Christopher Lee) and his devoted followers worship only the pagan gods of old—and those gods demand a sacrifice. The cop fears for… [read more]


  • Sunday, July 26th, 2:00 pm The Bridges of Madison County

    In the Garden. A suppressed Iowa housewife Francesca (Meryl Streep) sends her farming husband and two children away to the Illinois State Fair, only to start a four-day passionate affair with a freewheeling photographer Robert (Clint Eastwood), who is visiting the region on assignment from National Geographic magazine. This patient rural romance was adapted from the eponymous bestselling novel… [read more]


  • Monday, July 27th, 1:30 pm Bringing Up Baby

    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, July 28th, 8:00 pm The Mask of Fu Manchu

    James Card: American Fantastique. Boris Karloff, fresh from Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Old Dark House, stars as the diabolical Chinese megalomaniac Dr. Fu Manchu, who tries to take over the world via archeology and torture. Myrna Loy gives a vibrant performance as Fu’s young daughter, helping him in his quest to acquire the sword and mask of Genghis Khan… [read more]


  • Wednesday, July 29th, 8:00 pm Grey Gardens

    Maysles. In a filthy, rotting East Hampton mansion overrun with cats and raccoons, Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie lead a reclusive and eccentric lifestyle—to put it mildly. The two Edies, cousins to Jacqueline Onassis, talk about their former lives in high society, offer bizarre fashion tips, and try to maintain the line between past and present. In this strange and often surreal piece of… [read more]


  • Thursday, July 30th, 8:00 pm I’m Going Home

    Remembering Manoel de Oliveira (1908-2015). “With I’m Going Home, the legendary Manoel de Oliveira, at the age of 93, created his masterpiece. The critics have already acclaimed it as one of the finest films of the decade. Warm, funny, humane and ultimately heartrending, the film is a remarkable and supremely eloquent statement by a magnificent director. Gilbert Valence (Michel Piccoli)… [read more]


  • Friday, July 31st, 8:00 pm Li’l Quinquin

    Bruno Dumont. Bruno Dumont’s films are no stranger to George Eastman House, as the Dryden Theatre has previously hosted such austere ruminations on mortality and spirituality as Flanders (Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival), Hadewijch, and Camille Claudel 1915. These films—plus works such as The Life of Jesus and Twentynine Palms—cemented Dumont’s status as a… [read more]


  • Saturday, August 1st, 8:00 pm His Girl Friday

    James Card: Mirth and Madness. His Girl Friday is a gender-bending version of Hecht and MacArthur’s comedy The Front Page. Rosalind Russell plays a breathless whiz of a reporter determined to give up her typewriter for a wedding ring, but her editor and ex-husband Cary Grant makes it hard for her to leave. The breathlessly delivered gags and dialogue… [read more]


  • Tuesday, August 4th, 8:00 pm Mystery of the Wax Museum

    James Card: American Fantastique. An unorthodox mix of coffins, comedy, and makeup that may just be the last word in gruesomeness, this gorgeous early two-strip Technicolor treatise in hyper-weirdness concerns an insane wax modeler bent on murder and mayhem. The creepy cast features Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, and Glenda Farrell as the wisecracking… [read more]


  • Wednesday, August 5th, 8:00 pm Christo’s Valley Curtain and Running Fence

    Maysles. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary—Short Subject, Valley Curtain celebrates Christo’s dramatic hanging of a huge orange curtain between two Colorado mountains. Since the late 1950s, the Bulgarian-born artist’s large-scale temporary works of art have helped change our perception of art and society… [read more]


  • Thursday, August 6th, 8:00 pm The Spirit of the Beehive

    Victor Erice. Member’s Movie Night. Víctor Erice’s spellbinding The Spirit of the Beehive is widely regarded as the greatest Spanish film of the 1970s. In a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of the country’s devastating civil war, six-year-old Ana attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes possessed by the memory of it. Produced as… [read more]


  • Friday, August 7th, 8:00 pm The Frontier

    Rochester Premiere/Director in Person! Laine (Jocelin Donahue), a young woman on the run from the law, turns up at the Frontier, an isolated desert motel. She is offered a job by Luanne, the owner, and, hoping to lose herself in the obscurity of the place, accepts it. But soon Laine realizes she has stumbled into an even bigger and more dangerous situation… [read more]


  • Saturday, August 8th, 8:00 pm Rollerball

    Summer of the Leviathan. The year is 2018, and corporate conglomerates are the new superpowers. Crime and poverty have been eliminated, and the violent, sometimes deadly sport of rollerball has become a worldwide obsession. James Caan stars as Jonathan E., veteran champion of the game, whose maverick ways shake up the corporation’s control. As the tagline says… [read more]


  • Sunday, August 9th, 2:00 pm The Secret Garden

    Dryden Kids/In the Garden. When young Mary Lennox loses her parents, she finds herself on a boat headed for England and her Uncle Craven’s house. The mysterious house contains over one hundred concealed rooms and overlooks the haunting moors. With her uncle distracted and absent, Mary wanders around until she finds a locked door in the garden, where it leads will become her own secret… [read more]


  • Monday, August 10th, 1:30 pm Mystery of the Wax Museum

    Senior Matinee. An unorthodox mix of coffins, comedy, and makeup that may just be the last word in gruesomeness, this gorgeous early two-strip Technicolor treatise in hyper-weirdness concerns an insane wax modeler bent on murder and mayhem. The creepy cast features Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, and Glenda Farrell as the wisecracking… [read more]


  • Tuesday, August 11th, 8:00 pm The Son of Kong

    James Card: American Fantastique. Bogged down with lawsuits and money troubles following King Kong’s charge through Manhattan, conscience-heavy producer Carl Denham boards the Venture, a ship captained by the enterprising Captain Englehorn. In Dakang they meet Nils Helstrom, who spins a yarn about treasure on Skull Island to fool them into getting him out of Dakang… [read more]


  • Wednesday, August 12th, 8:30 pm Ozawa and Horowitz Plays Mozart

    Maysles. A backstage look at one of classical music’s best-known yet least understood figures. Ozawa has been music director of the Boston Symphony since 1973, and as one of the world’s top maestros he appears in such musical capitals as Berlin, Paris, and Milan… [read more]


  • Thursday, August 13th, 8:00 pm South

    Victor Erice. South follows a girl growing up in the 1950s in the north of Spain. She dreams of the mysteries of the Spanish south that are somehow connected with her father, a man she both adores and knows very little about. Much like Erice’s debut feature, South is primarily a lyrical chronicle of growing up and coming to terms with alien adult life. Using only natural light… [read more]


  • Friday, August 14th, 8:00 pm Roaring Rails

    House Treasures. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. Harry Carey was one of the best known and best loved (by the public and by his co-workers) actors in Hollywood. From his earliest silent films for D.W. Griffith at Biograph, to his star status in Hollywood as a western hero and then B series star, Carey brought warmth, humanity, and a natural ease to film acting. Roaring Rails is… [read more]


  • Saturday, August 15th, 8:00 pm Dolemite

    Summer of the Leviathan. Rudy Ray Moore is Dolemite, a man with no compunction about using violence to regain control of his nightclub. Queen Bee, the Reverend, and kung fu–fighting prostitutes join him in his heroic struggle against hoods, corrupt politicians, and assorted production equipment used to make the film itself. Quentin Tarantino wishes he could make… [read more]


  • Sunday, August 16th, 2:00 pm Summer Hours

    In the Garden. The divergent paths of three fortysomething siblings collide when their mother, heiress to her uncle’s exceptional 19th-century art collection, dies suddenly. Left to come to terms with themselves and their differences, Adrienne (Juliette Binoche), a successful New York designer; Frédéric, an economist and university professor in Paris; and Jérémie, a dynamic… [read more]


  • Monday, August 17th, 1:30 pm The Son of Kong

    Senior Matinee. Bogged down with lawsuits and money troubles following King Kong’s charge through Manhattan, conscience-heavy producer Carl Denham boards the Venture, a ship captained by the enterprising Captain Englehorn. In Dakang they meet Nils Helstrom, who spins a yarn about treasure on Skull Island to fool them into getting him out of Dakang… [read more]


  • Tuesday, August 18th, 8:00 pm The Devil-Doll

    James Card: American Fantastique. While Dracula and Freaks are recognized as cult classics, Tod Browning directed other inventive horror films that deserve a second look. The Devil-Doll, a unique and frightening foray into the world of miniature men, features groundbreaking special effects and sets that still impress. In this study of the macabre… [read more]


  • Wednesday, August 19th, 8:00 pm Islands and Christo in Paris

    Maysles. For a brief two weeks in May 1983, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands blossomed on the waters of Biscayne Bay, Florida. Eleven scrub pine islands were surrounded by 6.5 million square feet of bright pink fabric. A three-year struggle, a work of art, and a political drama interwoven with two other projects-in-progress—the wrapping of the Pont Neuf… [read more]


  • Thursday, August 20th, 8:00 pm The Quince Tree Sun

    Victor Erice. In the fall of 1990, the celebrated Spanish painter Antonio López García decides to create a new work. Subject of his still-life: a sun-drenched quince tree in his backyard. Lopez turns out to be a most meticulous artist. Before he starts painting, he carefully measures the tree and pinpoints special points of interest. His idea and desire is not only to paint the tree… [read more]


  • Friday, August 21st, 8:00 pm Amour Fou

    Rochester Premiere. Heinrich is a melancholy young poet in Romantic Era Berlin who determines his best way out of despair is to end it all. Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, Henrietta, fascinated by Heinrich’s controversial “The Marquise of O,” finds his plan intriguing, and she agrees to navigate the uncharted journey towards a suicide pact with him. Amour Fou—inspired… [read more]


  • Saturday, August 22nd, 8:00 pm Three Days of the Condor

    Summer of the Leviathan. CIA researcher Joe Turner (Robert Redford) spends his days probing through magazines, advertisements, and books looking for hidden messages. One day he presents a book to his superiors, pointing out its history and peculiar story. A few days later he returns from his lunch break to find all six of his colleagues murdered. Before long he realizes he… [read more]


  • Sunday, August 23rd, 2:00 pm The Secret Garden

    Dryden Kids/In the Garden. Agnieszka Holland’s sophisticated adaptation of this classic tale sticks closely to the source and expands upon the themes. Mary Lennox, raised in India until her parents pass away, is shipped to England to live with her preoccupied Uncle Craven in his massive, neglected mansion. With one of the servant’s brothers she finds a hidden door in the garden… [read more]


  • Monday, August 24th, 1:30 pm Three Days of the Condor

    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, August 25th, 8:00 pm Mighty Joe Young

    James Card: American Fantastique. Sixteen years after King Kong, director Schoedsack, producer Merian C. Cooper, and special effects wizard Willis O’Brien teamed up to make another thrilling movie about an out of control gorilla. The target of Joe Young’s rampage is a crowd of Hollywood honchos out to exploit the big ape’s talents. O’Brien’s assistant was Ray Harryhausen… [read more]


  • Wednesday, August 26th, 8:00 pm Umbrellas

    Maysles. This film takes a poignant, in-depth look at the concept and realization of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project The Umbrellas, presenting the artists at their most triumphant and most vulnerable moments—from the exaltation of the project’s opening day through unexpected tragedies at the end. The artists chose sites with contrasting cultures, among people… [read more]


  • Thursday, August 27th, 8:00 pm Correspondences

    Victor Erice. A collection of poetic video letters/postcards/essays exchanged between Víctor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami in 2006 and 2007.

    “As luck would have it, Abbas Kiarostami and Víctor Erice were born a week apart, the first in Iran… [read more]


  • Friday, August 28th, 8:00 pm The Duke of Burgundy

    Rochester Premiere. Sex, bondage, and butterflies: two women explore the extremes of carnal desire in this kinky, deliciously twisted tale of erotic obsession. In a crumbling European estate, butterfly researcher Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her lover Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) repeatedly enact a sadomasochistic role-playing game, with Cynthia as the stern mistress and… [read more]


  • Saturday, August 29th, 8:00 pm Dog Day Afternoon

    Summer of the Leviathan. Based on a true story and set in the dog days of August 1972, Sidney Lumet’s film is a gripping tale of a bank robbery gone wrong. Pacino, sweaty and anxious, delivers his most passionate and engaging performance as a driven man who robs a bank in order to pay for his lover’s sex change operation and help support his family. Through an unexpected… [read more]


  • Sunday, August 30th, 2:00 pm The Duke of Burgundy

    Rochester Premiere. Sex, bondage, and butterflies: two women explore the extremes of carnal desire in this kinky, deliciously twisted tale of erotic obsession. In a crumbling European estate, butterfly researcher Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her lover Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) repeatedly enact a sadomasochistic role-playing game, with Cynthia as the stern mistress and… [read more]


  • Monday, August 31st, 1:30 pm Dog Day Afternoon

    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]