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The Citizen

The Citizen

DIRECTOR: ROLAND VRANIK
2017 / 110min / DCP
Wilson, a political refugee from Guinea Bissau now working as a security guard in Budapest, stumbles into love with Mary, the married teacher helping him cram for Hungarian citizenship, a situation further complicated by his paternal feelings for a fellow immigrant.
Overlord (Z Channel Presents)

Overlord (Z Channel Presents)

DIRECTOR: STUART COOPER
1975 / 83min / 35mm
During the war a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.
Milford Graves Full Mantis

Milford Graves Full Mantis

DIRECTOR: JAKE MEGINSKY AND CO-DIRECTOR NEIL YOUNG
2018 / 91min / DCP
In making a documentary portrait of a genius like percussionist Milford Graves, a giant of experimental free-jazz, filmmaker Jake Meginsky couldn’t very well go the usual stodgy talking heads route. Instead he matches interviews with Graves, a charismatic polymath and tireless worker residing in Queens and still bubbling over at seventy-six with disparate enthusiasms including Chinese medicine, martial arts, and biorhythm-based beats, to an appropriately idiosyncratic editing cadence which includes some truly astonishing archival footage. A rare music doc that lays down its own unpredictable beat.

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The Citizen

The Citizen

DIRECTOR: ROLAND VRANIK
2017 / 110min / DCP
Wilson, a political refugee from Guinea Bissau now working as a security guard in Budapest, stumbles into love with Mary, the married teacher helping him cram for Hungarian citizenship, a situation further complicated by his paternal feelings for a fellow immigrant.
Milford Graves Full Mantis

Milford Graves Full Mantis

DIRECTOR: JAKE MEGINSKY AND CO-DIRECTOR NEIL YOUNG
2018 / 91min / DCP
In making a documentary portrait of a genius like percussionist Milford Graves, a giant of experimental free-jazz, filmmaker Jake Meginsky couldn’t very well go the usual stodgy talking heads route. Instead he matches interviews with Graves, a charismatic polymath and tireless worker residing in Queens and still bubbling over at seventy-six with disparate enthusiasms including Chinese medicine, martial arts, and biorhythm-based beats, to an appropriately idiosyncratic editing cadence which includes some truly astonishing archival footage. A rare music doc that lays down its own unpredictable beat.
Overlord (Z Channel Presents)

Overlord (Z Channel Presents)

DIRECTOR: STUART COOPER
1975 / 83min / 35mm
During the war a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.
Un Film Comme Les Autres

Un Film Comme Les Autres

DIRECTOR: JEAN-LUC GODARD
1968 / 108min / DCP
A provocative, fearless, frustrating diptych film, wildly inventive in its use of sound, image, and structure, is comprised of footage of students and workers conversing outside striking factories, about the aims of the ’68 uprising. More spoken about than seen, the New York Film Festival premiere allegedly sparked an audience furor that has become legend.
British Sounds + Pravda

British Sounds + Pravda

DIRECTOR: DZIGA VERTOV GROUP
1969 / 110min / DCP
The first of two English-language Dziga Vertov Group productions underwritten and distributed by the film arm of publisher Grove Press, British Sounds (a.k.a. See You at Mao) appeared on the heels of Godard’s rejection of narrative film as irreparably tainted, an explosion of creative energy and innovative sloganeering ending with the blunt image of a bloodied hand reaching for a red flag. Multiple competing sound tracks carry doctrine from Nixon, a women’s liberation group, and the Communist Manifesto, pointedly drowned out by the clangor of machinery on a car factory assembly line, which led Godard to note that the audience couldn’t endure for ten minutes what workers endured for a lifetime.
Wind From the East

Wind From the East

DIRECTOR: DZIGA VERTOV GROUP
1970 / 100min / DCP
Conceived as a sort-of leftist spaghetti western inspired by an idea from student radical Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Wind from the East decisively changed direction after the shoot with actor Gian-Maria Volonté fell to pieces. Godard invited the young Gorin, then recovering from a motorcycle accident, to help him pick up the fragments in the editing room, and working together they transformed a potentially conventional film about an executive being kidnapped by strikers into a structurally-challenging kino-fist haymaker, ending with a veritable tutorial in the manufacture of homemade weapons.
Grease

Grease

DIRECTOR: RANDAL KLEISER
1978 / 110min / 35mm
Hot off of Saturday Night Fever and super-celebrity, triple threat John Travolta paired with rising Australian pop star Olivia Newton-John in this fizzy, festive, high-energy screen adaptation of the wildly popular 1971 stage musical, a titanic hit and, retrospectively, a sort of last hurrah for the Hollywood musical.
Ici Et Ailleurs + Godard in America

Ici Et Ailleurs + Godard in America

DIRECTOR: JEAN-LUC GODARD & ANNE-MARIE MIéVILLE
1976 / 100min / 16mm
The material that finally surfaced as Ici et ailleurs originated as a document of the Palestinian independence movement financed by the Arab League with the working title Until Victory, shelved after many of its subjects were killed in Black September by the Jordanian army. Years later, Godard and Miéville returned to the footage to produce this interrogation of the cinematic representation of political violence and the walls that exist between “here” and “elsewhere.”
Wanda

Wanda

DIRECTOR: BARBARA LODEN
1970 / 102min / DCP
Wanda, the film’s heroine, is a woman who Loden once described as living “an ugly type existence,” as a wife and mother who abandons her family (and herself too), in pursuit of what exactly? Some sense of self.
The Spook Who Sat By the Door

The Spook Who Sat By the Door

DIRECTOR: IVAN DIXON
1973 / 102min / 35mm
The first black desk agent in a newly-integrated CIA (Lawrence Cook) goes to an inner-city Chicago guerilla group with his government training and starts planning a coup of his own.
Struggle in Italy

Struggle in Italy

DIRECTOR: DZIGA VERTOV GROUP
1970 / 76min / DCP
French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser provides the text for Godard and Gorin’s first film together under the Dziga Vertov Group name, a triptych financed by Italian television (and, of course, refused for broadcast) and largely shot at Godard and co-star Anne Wiazemsky’s home that follows Christina Tullio Altan’s would-be revolutionary as she begins to question the totality of her commitment to the cause, which she comes to view as unconsciously framed by bourgeois ideology—a reckoning that Godard himself had still recently passed through.
Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle

DIRECTOR: BETTY THOMAS
1998 / 85min / 35mm
After a close call auto accident, Eddie Murphy’s San Francisco surgeon John Dolittle rediscovers a boyhood ability to conversate with animals, but his “gift” soon proves more of a curse, as he becomes the hapless confidante of a menagerie of beasts with voices provided by Albert Brooks, Chris Rock, Brian Doyle-Murray, Norm MacDonald, and more.
Vladimir and Rosa

Vladimir and Rosa

DIRECTOR: DZIGA VERTOV GROUP
1971 / 103min / DCP
Juliet Berto, Gorin, and Godard himself appear in this pointed, satirical response to the trial of the Chicago Eight. Performers recite in the roles of Abbie Hoffman, Bobby Seale, and so on in the Dziga Vertov editing suite, while the filmmakers provide breathless commentary as they run up and down a tennis court.
PRIVATE EVENT TODAY IN THEATER & COMMISSARY

PRIVATE EVENT TODAY IN THEATER & COMMISSARY

- / 360min / 35mm
We'll see you tomorrow!
THE BLOOD OF A POET (with UN CHANT D'AMOUR)

THE BLOOD OF A POET (with UN CHANT D'AMOUR)

DIRECTOR: JEAN COCTEAU
1930 / 50min / 35mm
This early-sound masterpiece and debut film from essential twentieth-century artist-poet Jean Cocteau is a benchmark of cinematic surrealism.
Prairie Trilogy

Prairie Trilogy

DIRECTOR: JOHN HANSON & ROB NILSSON
1978-1980 / 120min / DCP
In Prairie Fire, 97-year-old ex-organizer and poet Henry Martinson recounts the 1916 birth of the Socialist Nonpartisan League.
Yellowstone Cubs

Yellowstone Cubs

DIRECTOR: CHARLES L. DRAPER
1963 / 48min / 35mm
Romping along with Tuffy and Tubby, two bear cubs separated from their mother, on an epic journey through Yellowstone National Park, the rambunctious and often hilarious Yellowstone Cubs exemplifies the qualities particular to the Disney nature documentary—sound storytelling, the magical merger of score and image, and a superabundance of humor and winsome delight.
The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice

DIRECTOR: TAY GARNETT
1946 / 113min / 35mm
The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain’s 1934 tale of sadism-tinged lust, greed, and murder in California, got its essential adaptation here via Garnett’s sweat-soaked, atmospheric evocation of roadside America, featuring John Garfield as fall-guy drifter Frank Chambers and Lana Turner as the married truck stop hash-slinger with whom he begins to plot the perfect murder.
The General

The General

DIRECTOR: BUSTER KEATON
1926 / 67min / DCP
Keaton’s engineer Johnnie Gray is another of his big-hearted little guys, rejected by the Confederate Army—though when the Union tries to make off with his train, runt Johnnie shows his mettle in the most incredible sustained chase sequence in all of silent comedy.
Wisconsin Death Trip

Wisconsin Death Trip

DIRECTOR: JAMES MARSH
1999 / 76min / 35mm
Taking as its jumping off point Michael Lesy’s cult book, which brings together 19th century photographs by Jackson County, Wisconsin photographer Charles Van Schaick and tales of strange goings-on from the local news.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

DIRECTOR: MEL STUART
1971 / 100min / 35mm
A world of pure imagination—and psychedelic misadventures—awaits! Gene Wilder is the definitive Wonka, a suave, arch, and possibly insane master of ceremonies in a purple velvet frock coat, offering a guided tour of his scrumdidilyumptious confectionary factory.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

DIRECTOR: ISAO TAKAHATA
2013 / 137min / DCP
A richly realized fable that begins when a bamboo cutter discovers a tiny girl inside of one of the shoots that he’s chopping, and decides to raise her as a princess—a decision that has very little to do with her down-to-earth nature. The final film by Studio Ghibli’s recently-passed co-founder, Takahata, and among his greatest achievements, with every frame a marvel of storytelling concision and handcrafted care.
On the Town

On the Town

DIRECTOR: STANLEY DONEN AND GENE KELLY
1949 / 98min / 35mm
Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin are three sailors with twenty-four hours of shore leave in Manhattan; Vera-Ellen, Betty Garrett, and Ann Miller are the footloose gals helping them make the most of it; and a show-stopping songbook, including Leonard Bernstein’s “New York, New York,” does the rest of the work in this almost criminally enjoyable romp.