NEW ARRIVALS TO METROGRAPH AT HOME
To commemorate Black History Month, and accompanying the series curator Brandon Harris’ in-theater selections, Strange Fruit collects six disparate yet luminous, landmark films from essential Black artists, including L.A. Rebellion godfather Charles Burnett, documentarian William Greaves, and the multi-hyphenate virtuoso Gordon Parks, brought together in a program of vital titles that spans milestones of American neorealism through to Depression-era Christianist propaganda as high camp.
My Brother’s Wedding, Bless Their Little Hearts, Hellbound Train
Moments Without Proper Names, Nationtime, Sidewalk Stories, Native Son
A CENTURY OF ROMANCE
The tools of cinema may have changed since the silent days, and the times have certainly changed with them, but one thing that remains consistent is the medium’s ability to render visible the mysterious process by which two people are drawn together—or torn apart. In time for Valentine’s Day, A Century of Romance brings together nine superlative cinematic ruminations on love and love lost from around the world, one from each decade from the 1920s to the 2000s. It’s our hand-picked bouquet of cinematic love stories to swoon over, sob to, and snuggle up with.
The Wildcat, Mädchen In Uniform, Scarlet Street,
Story of a Love Affair, The Girl on a Motorcycle, Conjugal Warfare, West is Wes
The Scent of Green Papaya, Mademoiselle Chambon, It Felt Like Love
Starring Sophia Loren
Born in Rome as Sofia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone, the woman the world would come to know as Sophia Loren started acting at age 16, signed a five-picture deal with Paramount at 22, and after international superstardom and countless plaudits—including an Academy Award—she is still working today. Spotlighted here, her collaborations with famed director Vittorio De Sica rank among the best-loved films of this lustrous living legend.
Boccaccio ’70, Marriage Italian Style,
Sunflower, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Bruno Dumont’s France
Hailed as an heir to Robert Bresson after his 1997 feature debut The Life of Jesus and the austere, oft brutal works that followed, Bruno Dumont pulled one of the most startling quick-change acts in recent film history with his 2014 miniseries L’il Quinquin, a murder mystery spoof that announced his departure onto a new path of comic experimentation. This selection captures Dumont at his crucial pivot point, bringing together the apotheosis of his anguished dramas of spiritual crisis (Camille Claudel 1915) and two works that exemplify his shift from the sublime to the ridiculous, and his reinvention in a burst of rude, raucous laughter.
Camille Claudel 1915, L’il Quinquin, Coincoin and the Extra-Humans
Metrograph Selects: Projection Team
Select films, chosen specially by Metrograph staff. You can’t experience the expertise of the Metrograph projection team—Matthew Reichard, Will VanKoughnett, Kim Garcia, and Dustin Ersek-Mull—outside of our theater, but they’ve been nice enough to line up a little treat for At Home viewers, hand-picking two personal favorites—a sprawling Russian epic and an intimate Québécois comedy-drama—culled from a lifetime of watching from the booth. You’ll have to adjust the volume and so on yourself, but they’ll be with you in spirit.
Hard to Be a God, I Killed My Mother
standalones and limited engagements
At the outset of the Thatcher years, Black reggae DJ Brinsley Forde fights to make his way in the music business, while beset on all sides by the racism of the police, the National Front, and his neighbors. Rosso’s sound-system drama is hard-nosed, indignant, and utterly compelling, driven along by a pulsing dub-infused soundtrack.
Selected by Bradford Young as part of his In Theater series Filmcraft: Bradford Young, ASC