Current Schedule

Aug
19
Sat
2017
Swept Away – 7 Beauties The Films of Lina Wertmüller
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm

(1974, Italy) Written and directed by Lina Wertmüller.
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato.

Wertmüller’s most successful – and most controversial – film dares to put class and sexual warfare in the same frame. A rich woman (Melato) is used to having the ‘little people’ who work for her know their place. But when she is stranded on a deserted island with a hunky, communist crew member (Giannini), she must give in to his dominance for survival. What is clearly a female fantasy served up for the director’s pleasure still has the power to shock. 116 min.
“Cuts down proletarian chauvinists and the bourgeois princesses alike with ribald humor.” – Charles Bramesco, RogerEbert.com

Lina Wertmüller the first woman to win an Academy Award® Best Director nomination, richly deserves this retrospective of her provocative and trailblazing 50-year career, with two screenings each of six new restorations of her best films, and a new documentary about her life and work.

Aug
20
Sun
2017
Seven Beauties – 7 Beauties The Films of Lina Wertmüller
Aug 20 @ 2:30 pm

(1975, Italy) Written and directed by Lina Wertmüller.
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore.

Bringing her trademark anarchy and sexual provocation to a Nazi concentration camp was a brave, if not risky, move for Wertmüller. But upending expectations, she cast Giannini as a honor-obsessed criminal from Naples, who joins the Italian Army to avoid prison, only to end up in a camp. In this place of hell, his attempts to seduce – and corrupt – the female commandant walks the line between comedy and horror. 115 min
“Unique…one of the strangest and most intriguing of European films.” ✰✰✰✰, Roger Ebert, Great Movies.

Lina Wertmüller the first woman to win an Academy Award® Best Director nomination, richly deserves this retrospective of her provocative and trailblazing 50-year career, with two screenings each of six new restorations of her best films, and a new documentary about her life and work.

The Seduction of Mimi – 7 Beauties The Films of Lina Wertmüller
Aug 20 @ 7:30 pm

(1972, Italy) Written and directed by Lina Wertmüller.
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Agostina Belli, Elena Fiore.

How does a working stiff from Sicily end up moving to Turin and becoming first a hero to the Communists, and then to the Mafia? Especially when his main interest seems to be chasing the ladies, and fathering their children… The first of six films that Giancarlo Giannini and Wertmüller made together was the beginning of a brilliant creative partnership. 108 min.
“Cheerfully ridicules the hypocrisy of the Italian male sexual code.” – Rogert Ebert.

Lina Wertmüller the first woman to win an Academy Award® Best Director nomination, richly deserves this retrospective of her provocative and trailblazing 50-year career, with two screenings each of six new restorations of her best films, and a new documentary about her life and work.

Aug
21
Mon
2017
Summer Night – 7 Beauties The Films of Lina Wertmüller
Aug 21 @ 7:30 pm

(1986, Italy) Written and directed by Lina Wertmüller.
Cast: Mariangela Melato, Michele Placido, John Steiner, Arnaldo Ninchi.

Wertmüller’s 16th film was a comeback of sorts, after her output slowed in the 1980s. Conceptualized as a sequel to Swept Away, it stars Mariangelo Melato as a self-made millionaire, who is fed with Italy’s politically motivated kidnappers. When an ex-CIA agent drops off a top terrorist (Michele Placido), at her palatial home on the island of Sardinia, she torments him even as sparks fly… 94 min
“Melato (who died in 2003) is an actress with more than enough talent and personality to sustain Wertmüller’s volcanic wit and passion…” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times.

Lina Wertmüller the first woman to win an Academy Award® Best Director nomination, richly deserves this retrospective of her provocative and trailblazing 50-year career, with two screenings each of six new restorations of her best films, and a new documentary about her life and work.

Aug
22
Tue
2017
Ferdinando & Carolina 7Beauties The Films of Lina Wertmüller
Aug 22 @ 7:30 pm

(1999, Italy) Director: Lina Wertmüller.
Cast: Sergio Assisi, Gabriella Pession, Nicole Grimaudo, Lola Pagnani.

Thirty-six years after making her first movie, Lina Wertmüller is still infatuated with the sensual pleasures that drive men – and women – mad. In the luxurious court of 18th century Naples, a young King Ferdinando is forced into marrying Carolina, the sweet, 16 year-old daughter of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. To both of their surprise, they find ecstasy in the bedroom – tuning out the revolutionary changes that are shaking up France and beyond.
“Her pictures are funny and frighteningly harrowing and big and emotional and over-the-top and popular. This was a very special artistic vision.” – Martin Scorsese. 105 min.

Lina Wertmüller the first woman to win an Academy Award® Best Director nomination, richly deserves this retrospective of her provocative and trailblazing 50-year career, with two screenings each of six new restorations of her best films, and a new documentary about her life and work.

Aug
23
Wed
2017
Love & Anarchy – 7 Beauties The Films of Lina Wertmüller
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm

(Italy, 1973) Written and directed by Lina Wertmüller.
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Lina Polito, Pina Cel.

It’s the brave attempt to defeat fascism more than any triumphant result, that Wertmüller celebrates in her film set in Rome on the eve of World War II. Giancarlo Giannini won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role as a naive farmer and anarchist, who hides out in a Roman bordello – and falls madly in love with one of the prostitutes (Lina Polito) – while plotting to assassinate Benito Mussolini. 120 min
“Rules are made to be broken, especially in art! I prefer creative disorder to strict rules.” – Lina Wertmüller.

Lina Wertmüller the first woman to win an Academy Award® Best Director nomination, richly deserves this retrospective of her provocative and trailblazing 50-year career, with two screenings each of six new restorations of her best films, and a new documentary about her life and work.

Aug
24
Thu
2017
Lina Wertmüller: Behind The White Glasses
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm

(2017, Italy) Written and directed by Valerio Ruiz. With: Lina Wertmüller, Giancarlo Giannini, Martin Scorsese, Sophia Loren, Mariangela Melato, Rutger Hauer.

Don’t miss this personal, revealing portrait by Valerio Ruiz, Wertmüllers longtime assistant, beginning with her job as an assistant director to Federico Fellini on 8½. It takes us to the places where her most famous films were set, revealing the universe of a woman who, with her unfailing irony and taste for the grotesque, has left her indelible mark in cinema. 104 min.

“One of the shining lights of European cinema…her films were crammed with pointed humor, astute social commentary, and outrageous sexuality.” – Rob Edelman, New Yorker.

Aug
25
Fri
2017
Beatriz At Dinner
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm

(US, 2017) Director: Miguel Arteta. Screenplay: Mike White. Cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny, Jay Duplass.

Imagine, if you will,the plight of a successful Mexican immigrant (Salma Hayek) whose car breaks down outside the fancy digs of one of her massage clients in California. Beatriz is invited to stay for dinner, where the guest of honor is a smooth, soulless real estate developer (John Lithgow) – who may be responsible for exploiting the very town where she grew up. An audacious film that gets its bona fides from writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta, who made Chuck and Buck and The Good Girl. They also deserve kudos for doing what Hollywood hasn’t: creating the perfect role for the 50-year-old Hayek, who told the New York Times: “I like me better now. And I’m actually curious to find out who I’m going to be next.”
“In the first dramatic comedy for the Age of Trump, Salma Hayek is luminous at a dinner party from hell.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety. 83 min.

Aug
26
Sat
2017
Beatriz At Dinner
Aug 26 @ 7:30 pm

(US, 2017) Director: Miguel Arteta. Screenplay: Mike White. Cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny, Jay Duplass.

Imagine, if you will,the plight of a successful Mexican immigrant (Salma Hayek) whose car breaks down outside the fancy digs of one of her massage clients in California. Beatriz is invited to stay for dinner, where the guest of honor is a smooth, soulless real estate developer (John Lithgow) – who may be responsible for exploiting the very town where she grew up. An audacious film that gets its bona fides from writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta, who made Chuck and Buck and The Good Girl. They also deserve kudos for doing what Hollywood hasn’t: creating the perfect role for the 50-year-old Hayek, who told the New York Times: “I like me better now. And I’m actually curious to find out who I’m going to be next.”
“In the first dramatic comedy for the Age of Trump, Salma Hayek is luminous at a dinner party from hell.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety. 83 min.

Aug
27
Sun
2017
Beatriz At Dinner
Aug 27 @ 2:30 pm

(US, 2017) Director: Miguel Arteta. Screenplay: Mike White. Cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny, Jay Duplass.

Imagine, if you will,the plight of a successful Mexican immigrant (Salma Hayek) whose car breaks down outside the fancy digs of one of her massage clients in California. Beatriz is invited to stay for dinner, where the guest of honor is a smooth, soulless real estate developer (John Lithgow) – who may be responsible for exploiting the very town where she grew up. An audacious film that gets its bona fides from writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta, who made Chuck and Buck and The Good Girl. They also deserve kudos for doing what Hollywood hasn’t: creating the perfect role for the 50-year-old Hayek, who told the New York Times: “I like me better now. And I’m actually curious to find out who I’m going to be next.”
“In the first dramatic comedy for the Age of Trump, Salma Hayek is luminous at a dinner party from hell.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety. 83 min.

Beatriz At Dinner
Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm

(US, 2017) Director: Miguel Arteta. Screenplay: Mike White. Cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny, Jay Duplass.

Imagine, if you will,the plight of a successful Mexican immigrant (Salma Hayek) whose car breaks down outside the fancy digs of one of her massage clients in California. Beatriz is invited to stay for dinner, where the guest of honor is a smooth, soulless real estate developer (John Lithgow) – who may be responsible for exploiting the very town where she grew up. An audacious film that gets its bona fides from writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta, who made Chuck and Buck and The Good Girl. They also deserve kudos for doing what Hollywood hasn’t: creating the perfect role for the 50-year-old Hayek, who told the New York Times: “I like me better now. And I’m actually curious to find out who I’m going to be next.”
“In the first dramatic comedy for the Age of Trump, Salma Hayek is luminous at a dinner party from hell.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety. 83 min.

Aug
28
Mon
2017
Beatriz At Dinner
Aug 28 @ 7:30 pm

(US, 2017) Director: Miguel Arteta. Screenplay: Mike White. Cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny, Jay Duplass.

Imagine, if you will,the plight of a successful Mexican immigrant (Salma Hayek) whose car breaks down outside the fancy digs of one of her massage clients in California. Beatriz is invited to stay for dinner, where the guest of honor is a smooth, soulless real estate developer (John Lithgow) – who may be responsible for exploiting the very town where she grew up. An audacious film that gets its bona fides from writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta, who made Chuck and Buck and The Good Girl. They also deserve kudos for doing what Hollywood hasn’t: creating the perfect role for the 50-year-old Hayek, who told the New York Times: “I like me better now. And I’m actually curious to find out who I’m going to be next.”
“In the first dramatic comedy for the Age of Trump, Salma Hayek is luminous at a dinner party from hell.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety. 83 min.

Aug
29
Tue
2017
Beatriz At Dinner
Aug 29 @ 7:30 pm

(US, 2017) Director: Miguel Arteta. Screenplay: Mike White. Cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny, Jay Duplass.

Imagine, if you will,the plight of a successful Mexican immigrant (Salma Hayek) whose car breaks down outside the fancy digs of one of her massage clients in California. Beatriz is invited to stay for dinner, where the guest of honor is a smooth, soulless real estate developer (John Lithgow) – who may be responsible for exploiting the very town where she grew up. An audacious film that gets its bona fides from writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta, who made Chuck and Buck and The Good Girl. They also deserve kudos for doing what Hollywood hasn’t: creating the perfect role for the 50-year-old Hayek, who told the New York Times: “I like me better now. And I’m actually curious to find out who I’m going to be next.”
“In the first dramatic comedy for the Age of Trump, Salma Hayek is luminous at a dinner party from hell.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety. 83 min.

Aug
30
Wed
2017
The Beguiled
Aug 30 @ 7:30 pm

(US, 2017) Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, based on the 1971 film and the
book by Thomas Cullinan.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence.

Sofia Coppola’s new film brilliantly flips the 1971 film about an injured Union Army deserter (Clint Eastwood in the original) who hides out in a Southern girls school. Originally a tale of male titillation, it is turned to one exploring the ‘female gaze,’ still rare on the big screen. In non-film-school talk, this time it’s all about the female students (Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence), teachers (including Kirsten Dunst) and headmistress (a magnificent Nicole Kidman), and their barely concealed erotic fascination with the charmer in their midst. The subversive, languorous atmosphere is thanks in part to gifted cinematographer, Academy Award®-nominee Phillippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster).
“Coppola is a virtuoso of image and sound…The Beguiled is a hothouse flower of startling power and intimacy. You can’t shake it.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. 93 min.

Aug
31
Thu
2017
The Beguiled
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm

(US, 2017) Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, based on the 1971 film and the
book by Thomas Cullinan.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence.

Sofia Coppola’s new film brilliantly flips the 1971 film about an injured Union Army deserter (Clint Eastwood in the original) who hides out in a Southern girls school. Originally a tale of male titillation, it is turned to one exploring the ‘female gaze,’ still rare on the big screen. In non-film-school talk, this time it’s all about the female students (Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence), teachers (including Kirsten Dunst) and headmistress (a magnificent Nicole Kidman), and their barely concealed erotic fascination with the charmer in their midst. The subversive, languorous atmosphere is thanks in part to gifted cinematographer, Academy Award®-nominee Phillippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster).
“Coppola is a virtuoso of image and sound…The Beguiled is a hothouse flower of startling power and intimacy. You can’t shake it.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. 93 min.