The first film in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him.
Animal rights activists free a group of infected chimpanzees to horrifying results in this speculative sci-fi horror effort from director Danny Boyle (TRAINSPOTTING, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE). A Science On Screen presentation!
Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) believes that he will soon die of leukemia. The unscrupulous American Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) learns of this and exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes. A new 4K restoration!
The second film in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy. As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager, eventually studying in Kolkata, we witness his academic and moral education, as well as the growing complexity of his relationship with his mother.
The third and final film in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy. Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. Alongside his professional ambitions, the film charts his romantic awakening, which occurs as the result of a most unlikely turn of events, and his eventual, fraught fatherhood.
A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.
Simon Godwin (MAN AND SUPERMAN) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash. The 'Beaux': Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their 'Stratagem': to marry for money.
After Barbara and Adam Maitland die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose "help" quickly becomes dangerous.
Gifted Eyad, a Palestinian Israeli boy, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and within Israeli society, Eyad develops a friendship with Jonathan, a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of the home Jonathan shares with his mother.
See performances by some of jazz’s greatest artists in these vintage shorts, digitally restored by the Cohen Film Collection from the best existing 35mm elements! Expert commentary by NEPR Jazz À La Mode host Tom Reney.
A young girl walks through a secret door and discovers a parallel reality that is eerily similar to the life she already knows, in director Henry Selick's animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's international best-seller.
Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and culture of the late 20th century, working with artists such as the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. DANNY SAYS follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer” and beyond.
Julian Schnabel’s visual masterpiece based on the inspiring memoirs of Elle France editor Jean- Dominique Bauby, who, at age 43, develops Locked-in Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder characterized by complete paralysis of volunteer muscles except for those that control eye movement. A Science On Screen presentation!
Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote leaves on journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman. On the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper who he thinks might be his ideal love.
The Bolshoi's panache and excellence are combined in Fadeyechev’s critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance with Leon Minkus' famous score.
Mitra Farahani’s lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso,” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran.
In this vibrant seriocomic re-imagining of Flaubert’s literary classic Madame Bovary, life imitates art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her furniture restorer husband Charles (Jason Flemyng) move to a charming ramshackle old farmhouse in the very same Norman village where the novel was written a century earlier.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators." Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team rids The Big Apple of ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties.
The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion.
A goalkeeper is sent off after committing a foul during an away game. He wanders aimlessly through the unfamiliar town, spends the night with the box-office attendant of a movie theater, and strangles her the next morning. But instead of turning himself in or fleeing, Bloch then goes to his ex-girlfriend’s place in the country and passively waits there for the police to come and arrest him.
Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage shows up needing 600 dollars before sundown. Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash, as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.
Upon his 11th birthday, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), who lives in misery with an aunt and uncle that don't want him, learns from a giant named Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) that he is the orphaned son of powerful wizards.
James Stewart stars as a small-town nobody, on the brink of suicide, who believes his life is worthless. Guardian angel Henry Travers shows him how wrong he is by letting Stewart see what would have happened had he never been born.
This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.
This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the citites and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone.
A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life.
Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, LOW DOWN is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction.
After suffering dramatic set backs in their lives, three close friends who are among the world’s best professional climbers battle their complicated pasts, inner demons and nature’s harshest elements in an attempt to confront the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas, one that has never been scaled to completion.
Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.
The film bears witness to German artist Anselm Kiefer's alchemical creative processes and renders in film, as a cinematic journey, the personal universe he has built at his hill-studio estate in the South of France.
This unconventional road movie is based on a script by Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard and tells the story of Travis (Harry Dean Stanton), a man who wanders out of Mexico and into Texas one day, in the blazing heat of the “Big Bend.”
Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, (Quvenzhané Wallis) out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home.
The slow death of the celluloid film industry has provoked some lively attempts to reinvent photochemical filmmaking in a more artisanal form. This program of shorts draws together contemporary experiments with hand-painted, hand-processed, and handmade cinema by Kerry Laitala, Louise Bourque, Peter Tscherkassky, Stan Brakhage, and others. Artist Kerry Laitala in person!
In Say The Word: Deconstructing The Beatles' Rubber Soul, Scott Freiman walks Beatles fans young and old through the creation of Rubber Soul with rare audio and video from the studio and the stage. Listen as classic tracks like “Norwegian Wood”, “In My Life”, and “Nowhere Man” come to life, and hear the stories behind the songs.
Director Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) takes a surreal trip through the mind of a wildly creative man whose attempts to balance his colorful dreams with his stark reality are complicated by the arrival of a beautiful woman. A Science On Screen presentation!
In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian king, is turned captive by Crassus with his wife Phrygia. Forced to fight as a gladiator and kill one of his friends, Spartacus plots an unprecedented upheaval.
Grigorovich's Spartacus was created at the Bolshoi in 1968 and has since remained the Russian company’s signature ballet. This most spectacular production is an epic tour de force, giving full expression to the virility and strengh for which the Bolshoi’s male dancers are renowned.
Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married.
A box office bomb when it opened in 1982, THE THING is now regarded as one of horror master John Carpenter's finest films, with incredible practical effects work by Rob Bottin and a score by Ennio Morricone. A double feature with David Cronenberg's VIDEODROME!
Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was adapted to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the team of director Robert Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula. Set in a small 1930s Alabama town, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck.
A program of shorts by Pat O'Neill, a founding father of the Los Angeles avant-garde who has worked between the industry and the underground for a half century. Best known for his innovative optical effects and experimental depictions of the California landscape, O'Neill appears in person to present four recent 35mm films.
Starring James Woods and Deborah Harry in one of her first film roles, Videodrome is one of writer/director David Cronenberg’s most original and provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking elements of sex and violence. A double feature with John Carpenter's THE THING!
Live introduction and Q&A by filmmaker Barbara Hammer! Hammer creates a layered portrait of poet Elizabth Bishop, from her childhood to her death in 1979. The film is loosely organized around Bishop's stays in Nova Scotia, Key West, Brazil, and Cambridge—the homes she made for herself and the lovers she took.
A mixture of real actors, computer animation, and live puppeteering, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE follows the adventures of a young boy named Max (Max Records) as he enters the world of the Wild Things, a race of strange and enormous creatures who gradually turn the young boy into their king.
The main characters in WINGS OF DESIRE are guardian angels - benevolent, invisible beings in trench coats - who listen to the thoughts of mortals and attempt to comfort them. One of them, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin).
In Nicolas Roeg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel The Witches, a young boy is vacationing at the seaside with his grandmother when he discovers that the hotel he is staying at is hosting a convention of witches.