The rule for ‘Welcome to Metrograph’ title selection was no repeats of any director, which was all well and good until we got to John Ford, who cranked out stone-cold masterpieces like it was going out of style.
With the launch of our new series, True Stories, European Film Promotion (EFP) is proud to join with Metrograph in introducing New York audiences and the local film industry to 8 outstanding documentaries that push the visual and narrative boundaries of traditional non-fiction filmmaking.
Chanteuse and actress, archetypal Berliner and ardent American antifascist, brooding sex symbol and willful camp icon, a paragon of feminine glamor who was as comfortable in top hat and tails or gorilla suit as in a ballgown—come fall in love again with Marlene Dietrich, a figure whose complex, bi-amorous screen persona contained multitudes.
Often unfairly tagged as a traditionalist, Yasujirô Ozu was in fact entirely a man of his times—a keen social observer who tracked the tectonic shifts in Japanese life for more than thirty years, and an ardent cinephile who responded readily to changes in film grammar and technology.
Sometimes word is received that a 35mm print, unavailable in the US, will soon arrive on these shores. Or perhaps there is a film programmers are eager to show, and must import the print. So, apropos of nothing other than not allowing a chance to project these films go by, Metrograph is thrilled to present four masterpieces of French cine.
On the occasion of the release of critic, professor, curator and filmmaker Brandon Harris’s first book, Making Rent in Bed-Stuy: A Memoir of Trying to Make it in New York City, Metrograph is pleased to present six films that speak to Bed-Stuy and the surrounding area’s rich cultural and political legacy as a black space, the lives of some of its most famous scions and as a bulwark, increasingly imperiled, for Brooklyn’s black population.
If you think back to your very favorite moviegoing memories from childhood, there’s a half-decent chance that your dad was there for quite a few of them. So this Father’s Day, why not pay the ol’ man back for all of those dollars spent at the concession stand, and kick back with a couple of movies that offer pure, uncut, free-and-easy pleasure?