J. Hoberman


J. Hoberman’s books include Film After Film (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?) and An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War.

  • Taiwan's Master Timekeeper

    September 19, 2014

    It was for The Puppetmaster that Taiwanese master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien first developed a startlingly advanced form of montage that has been compared to the movement of clouds drifting across the sky.

  • Revolt on the Polar Express

    July 1, 2014

    Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer is a madcap addition to the comic-book-derived movies that have dominated cinematic summer fare for much of the twenty-first century.

  • Eleven Visits to the Sky

    April 17, 2014

    Manakamana, the new documentary by anthropologist Stephanie Spray and filmmaker Pacho Velez, is a motion picture that transports the viewer to a mountaintop Hindu temple, as well as back in time to the medium’s dawn.

  • Sex: The Terror and the Boredom

    March 26, 2014

    Although too capricious (or should we say promiscuous?) to be a taxonomy, Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac is designed to illustrate and exhaust every popular theory of nymphomania, including, of course, the idea that the condition exists only as a male fantasy.

  • News from Space

    March 11, 2014

    Is a museum show designed to pass the time—or to propose a new temporal dimension?

  • When the Yellow Press Got Color

    December 31, 2013

    Peter Maresca’s outsized and outlandish anthology Society is Nix: Gleeful Anarchy at the Dawn of the American Comic Strip, 1895–1915, shows just how sensational this newspaper art form was in its early years.

  • David Cronenberg's Visual Shock

    November 21, 2013

    David Cronenberg is a filmmaker of ideas, one being the notion that human beings have merged with technology. His protagonists are often cyborgs as, in some sense, he is as well—not a commercial director with artistic aspirations so much as an avant-garde filmmaker who has contrived a commercial career.

  • Drowning in the Digital Abyss

    October 11, 2013

    A survival drama set almost entirely in the unfathomable emptiness of outer space, Gravity is something now quite rare—a truly popular big-budget Hollywood movie with a rich aesthetic pay-off.

  • Prague's Savage Spring

    July 3, 2013

    František Vláčil’s Marketa Lazarová is easy to watch but difficult to follow. Thirty years after its release, it was named overwhelmingly by a poll of Czech critics and filmmakers as the best movie ever produced in Czechoslovakia, yet it remains little known outside its native land.

  • New York in Slow Motion

    April 24, 2013

    James Nares’s Street, an engrossing and celebratory hour-long video projection of life in New York City, captures those intensified moments of metropolitan existence that, save in the midst of catastrophe, we usually take for granted.

  • 'Girls' Gone Wild

    March 29, 2013

    Filmmaker Harmony Korine has enjoyed a healthy career as a provocateur and Spring Breakers, however extravagantly prurient, marks his entry into middle-age; it feels mature.

  • Tolkien vs. Technology

    December 19, 2012

    There is a good deal to be said about Peter Jackson’s long-awaited and exceedingly long adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, most of it bad.

  • Trick or Truth?

    October 20, 2012

    “Every photograph is a fake from start to finish,” the photographer Edward Steichen asserted in the first issue of Camera Work in 1903. In what amounts to a backhanded defense of photography as art, Steichen explained that “a purely impersonal, unmanipulated photograph” was “practically impossible.” “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,” an exhibition now up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (later traveling to the National Gallery and Houston’s Museum of Fine Art), makes a vigorous case for understanding the medium as Steichen did.

  • Trapped in the Total Cinema

    September 26, 2012

    Can we speak of a twenty-first-century cinema? And if so, on what basis? In the immediate aftermath of World War II, the French film critic André Bazin characterized cinema as an idealistic phenomenon and cinema-making as an intrinsically irrational enterprise. “There was not a single inventor who did not try to combine sound and relief with animation of the image,” Bazin maintained in “The Myth of Total Cinema.”

  • Obama's Evil Twin

    September 5, 2012

    Surpassed only by The Expendables 2, with Sylvester Stallone, the Dinesh D’Souza political documentary 2016: Obama’s America was the second-highest grossing movie in America the week that it opened—timed to coincide with the Republican National Convention—and is now among the top ten highest earning documentaries in history. Like the RNC, 2016 is designed to show the president as a false prophet and a failed leader; unlike the RNC, the D’Souza film is less interested in the nature of Obama’s politics than in the enigma of his personality. With the Democrats gathering in Charlotte to recapture the Obama story, I sought out 2016 at the Regal Union Square in Manhattan to learn more.

  • The Lost Futures of Chris Marker

    August 23, 2012

    At once unsentimentally au courant and fixated on that past, Chris Marker was the Janus of world cinema. His unclassifiable documentaries treat memory as the stuff of science fiction, a notion he shared with his early associate Alain Resnais. Hardly a Luddite, Marker thrived on technological paradox. A half-hour succession of still images evoking motion pictures as time travel, La Jetée, his most generally known work, could have been made for Eadweard Muybridge’s nineteenth-century zoopraxiscope.

  • When Westerns Were Un-American

    June 1, 2012

    With the escalation of the Vietnam War, every Marxist intellectual, it seemed, wanted to write a Western. The most notable was Franco Solinas (1927–1982), a teenaged partisan and longtime member of the Italian Communist Party, journalist for the Communist newspaper L'Unità, and author. Solinas worked on four Spaghetti Westerns—all included in a three-week-long series at New York’s Film Forum that begins June 1—contributing to this wildly commercial and equally disreputable mode as decisively as director Sergio Leone or composer Ennio Morricone.

  • Talking Smack About Junk: Shirley Clarke's 'The Connection'

    May 5, 2012

    Re-released in a lovingly restored print on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, Shirley Clarke's debut film The Connection is an excavated relic of an earlier New York.

  • The Inner Light of Terence Davies

    March 23, 2012

    A nation must have its culture heroes, and current wisdom among Anglo-American movie critics and programmers has advanced Terence Davies to the position of Britain’s greatest living filmmaker. Beginning this week, viewers in New York will have an unusual chance to assess his work afresh, with the US release of The Deep Blue Sea, his new version of the 1952 Terence Rattigan adultery drama of the same name, coinciding with a retrospective of his work at BAM and a revival of The Long Day Closes at Film Forum.

  • A New Obama Cinema?

    February 11, 2012

    A lone lean figure strides purposefully through a dark tunnel, maybe a highway underpass. There’s no fear. A familiar husky voice whispers that “it’s half time--both teams are in their locker rooms, discussing what they can do to win this game in the second half.” One needn’t be a genius like Karl Rove to catch the drift of the two-minute Clint Eastwood-narrated Chrysler spot shown mid-Super Bowl last Sunday and everywhere else ever since. But get it Rove did.

  • Tyrant with a Movie Camera

    June 29, 2010

    Culled from a thousand hours of archival footage and four years in the making, this unconventional documentary assembled by the émigré Romanian film-essayist Andrei Ujică is a three-hour immersion in a totalitarian leader's official reality.

  • Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien

    September 12, 2014 — October 17, 2014

    All seventeen features of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, not only Taiwan’s greatest film artist but arguably the greatest narrative filmmaker of the past several decades, are included in this retrospective.

  • The Films of Tennessee Williams

    September 26, 2014 — October 6, 2014

    No American playwright inspired more entertainingly bad Hollywood movies than Tennessee Williams did.

  • 'The Congress'

    Ongoing

    Ari Folman’s The Congress uses a mix of live action and hallucinatory animation to meditate on the effect of computer-generated imagery on photographic movies.

  • Gregory J. Markopoulos: Film as Film

    September 8, 2014 — September 13, 2014

    Markopoulos was one of the key figures in American avant-garde film. These four programs are not close to a full retrospective but they give a sense of his project.

  • 'Los Angeles Plays Itself'

    September 4, 2014 — September 11, 2014

    Thom Andersen's heady, provocative, justly celebrated compilation film is an essay in film form with near-universal interest and a remarkable degree of synthesis.

  • The Complete Fritz Lang

    July 18, 2014 — September 8, 2014

    Harvard is consecrating the summer of 2014 to the great pulp artist who pioneered sword-and-sorcery, science fiction, spy, and serial killer movies in Germany—then emigrated to Hollywood where he helped invent film noir.

  • 'A Master Builder'

    July 23, 2014 — August 5, 2014

    In this updated version of the Ibsen drama, directed by Jonathan Demme, Wallace Shawn plays the part using his own translation from the Norwegian.

  • Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932-1957

    July 11, 2014 — August 4, 2014

    The studios of Hollywood’s golden age had individual personalities and specialties. This three-week series focuses on major-minor Columbia’s crime movies, films noir, and B-movie franchises.

  • 'Boyhood'

    Ongoing

    Richard Linklater’s latest experiment in time-lapse filmmaking—the tale of a child’s growing-up shot, a few scenes at a time, over a period of a dozen years—is fascinating.

  • Queer Pagan Punk: The Films of Derek Jarman

    June 12, 2014 — July 5, 2014

    Derek Jarman was an unclassifiable film artist—part Pre-Raphaelite aesthete, part avant-garde militant, a frenzied, literary master of low-budget panache.

  • '2001: A Space Odyssey'

    July 5, 2014, 3 pm

    Arguably the most avant-garde feature made by an American commercial director since Griffith’s Intolerance, 2001 is screening as it was originally released in 70mm on a suitably large screen.

  • A Tribute to Alain Resnais

    June 20, 2014 — June 30, 2014

    The late French filmmaker had a long and productive career. This tribute includes his greatest films, densely edited meditations on time and loss.

  • 'Norte, the End of History'

    June 20, 2014 — June 26, 2014

    Measured even in its despair, Lav Diaz’s four-hour magnum opus draws on Dostoyevsky to ponder the nature of evil and what he’s called “the birth of fascism” in the Philippines.

  • 'Cahiers du Cinéma': Two Film Series

    May 6, 2014 — June 24, 2014

    As the world’s most influential film journal publishes its seven-hundredth issue, two successive series mark the event. The first is a “secret trove” of French classics; the second focuses on recent films championed by the still polemical journal.

  • 'Burning Bush'

    June 11, 2014 — June 24, 2014

    Agnieszka Holland’s 234-minute docudrama focuses on Jan Palach, the Czech student who set himself aflame in Wenceslas Square to protest the 1968 Soviet invasion.

  • 'Policeman'

    June 13, 2014 — June 19, 2014

    Nadav Lapid’s first feature is an assured and confounding vision of Israeli economic and political balkanization.

  • All Hail the King: The Films of King Hu

    June 6, 2014 — June 17, 2014

    Well before martial arts films were appropriated by Hollywood, King Hu established himself as a genre stylist as extravagant as Sergio Leone.

  • 'White House Butler Down'

    June 14, 2014, 7 pm

    A simultaneous double projection of White House Down (Roland Emmerich, 2013) and The Butler (Lee Daniel, 2013).

  • Mizoguchi

    May 2, 2014 — June 8, 2014

    The great Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi hasn’t had a full US retrospective in nearly twenty years; this will be the first to include all thirty of his surviving films. (He made eighty-five.)

  • 'The Wind Will Carry Us'

    May 30, 2014 — June 5, 2014

    Abbas Kiarostami’s self-reflexive modernism has never felt more organic than in this absurdist comedy, revived on the occasion of its fifteenth anniversary.

  • 'Gebo and the Shadow'

    May 28, 2014 — June 3, 2014

    The most recent film by the ageless Manoel de Oliveira, still active at 104, is a mordant chamber drama. This ode to mortality addresses its subject head-on.

  • Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist

    May 16, 2014 — June 1, 2014

    Prolific and foredoomed, R.W. Fassbinder provided West German cinema with its belated new wave. The first part of a comprehensive retrospective focuses mainly on Fassbinder’s electrifying early period.

  • Punk Rock Girls

    May 7, 2014 — May 11, 2014

    This new rite of spring assembles eleven features and a program of short films, mainly from the 1980s, celebrating—and in some cases made by—the fierce female purveyors of punk.

  • 'Othello'

    April 25, 2014 — May 8, 2014

    Orson Welles’ 1952 adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy—starring, of course, Orson Welles—is a triumph of editing.

  • Art of the Real

    April 11, 2014 — April 26, 2014

    An ambitious new series highlights documentary fictions, avant-garde documentaries, hybrid and fusion films that have been at the cutting edge of twenty-first-century cinema.

  • 'Godzilla': The Japanese Original

    April 18, 2014 — April 24, 2014

    Not to be confused with the truncated, dubbed, and reedited version released in the US, the Japanese Godzilla has a news-bulletin urgency--at once audaciously lurid and fearsomely somber, it’s all business and pure dream.

  • 'The Young Girls of Rochefort'

    April 11, 2014 — April 17, 2014

    Jacques Demy’s lavish follow up to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is sweet and often hilarious, perhaps the greatest movie anachronism of 1967.

  • WSB100: William S. Burroughs on Film

    April 3, 2014 — April 6, 2014

    The film component of the Burroughs centennial celebration is a suitably outré mixed bag, including Taking Tiger Mountain (1983), a rediscovered 35mm feature co-written by Burroughs (from his Blade Runner script).

  • 'The Missing Picture'

    March 19, 2014 — April 1, 2014

    Cambodian documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh uses stock footage, first-person voiceover narration, and (mainly) hundreds of carved wood figures, set in miniature forced labor camps, to dramatize his childhood under the Khmer Rouge.

  • Dark City, Open Country: The Films of Anthony Mann

    January 31, 2014 — March 30, 2014

    One of the most muscular of postwar genre directors (Manny Farber called him “a tin-can De Sade”), Anthony Mann opened up the Western, making eight scenic examples with James Stewart as a life-battered protagonist.

  • 'Ramona'

    March 29, 2014, 7:30 pm

    A newly restored 1928 version of Helen Hunt Jackson’s massively popular late-nineteenth-century novel of Native American life in post-Mexican War southern California has its world premiere on native ground.

  • 'Tortured Dust'

    March 28, 2014, 7:30 pm

    This ninety-minute flood of impressions closed the book on the monumental undertaking that Stan Brakhage began in the late 1960s, documenting his wife and children in their Rocky Mountain cabin.

  • The Music of Morricone

    March 20, 2014 — March 22, 2014

    The great film composer Ennio Morricone gets a belated eighty-fifth birthday tribute with four screenings, and will be on hand to introduce Once Upon a Time in the West.

  • 'Mauvais Sang'

    March 7, 2014 — March 12, 2014

    The second film by cineaste maudit Léos Carax is a sort of AIDS-inflected neo-New Wave Alphaville featuring the filmmaker’s then muse, Juliette Binoche, and the music of David Bowie.

  • The City without Jews: A Special Film Concert

    February 27, 2014, 7 pm

    A series of films devoted to “Vienna Unveiled” opens with the discomfiting (and prophetic) science fiction satire The City without Jews (1924).

  • 'Je t'aime, Je t'aime'

    February 14, 2014 — February 20, 2014

    A sensationally well-edited succession of flashbacks, Alain Resnais’s 1968 time-travel fantasy is both goofy and poetic. Remarkably, this is the film’s first US release.

  • Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

    February 5, 2014 — February 16, 2014

    Andrzej Wajda is the most prominent filmmaker in this robust series (and his 1958 Ashes and Diamonds the single greatest work) but the most rarely shown films are the 1960s historical extravaganzas.

  • 'The Lady from Shanghai'

    January 31, 2014 — February 6, 2014

    Baroque even by film noir standards, The Lady from Shanghai was conceived by Orson Welles as a quickie hack job to cover his losses on the 1945 stage spectacular Around the World in 80 Days.

  • A Tribute to Edie Adams

    February 4, 2014, 7:30 pm

    The appealing singer-actress-comedienne is celebrated in an evening of selected TV clips, hosted by performance artist Anne Magnuson.

  • "Further Rituals of Rented Island"

    January 16, 2014 — January 21, 2014

    The dozen programs in this feature films and video recordings (and other traces) of underground performance art in pre-fashionable SoHo.

  • Professor Mamlock

    January 20, 2014, 3 pm

    Released in the US a week after Kristallnacht, this story of a German-Jewish doctor’s humiliation and murder at the hands of the Nazis was one of the most widely seen Soviet films of the 1930s.

  • Three David Cronenberg exhibitions

    November 1, 2013 — January 19, 2014

    This fall, David Cronenberg is the subject of three new exhibitions in Toronto. The main one is 'David Cronenberg: Evolution,' devoted to his film work, another is curated by him, and the third consists of artworks commissioned in his honor.

  • "Aesthetics of Shadow"

    January 7, 2014 — January 19, 2014

    This innovative series looks at cinematic lighting, juxtaposing Japanese films from the 1920s and 1930s with the American movies that influenced them.

  • 'Los Angeles Plays Itself'

    Ongoing

    Most movies transform documentary into fiction; this remarkable work does the opposite.

  • 'The Thin Blue Line'

    Ongoing

    Errol Morris has never surpassed this unique documentary noir.

  • Stanwyck

    December 6, 2013 — December 31, 2013

    The embodiment of Hollywood resilience, the Brooklyn-born onetime chorine who renamed herself “Barbara Stanwyck” could play tough girl, screwball, and femme fatale.

  • 'The Wicker Man'

    December 21, 2013, 9 pm

    Robin Harvey’s much-loved 1971 cult film (recently discovered in a longer version by the Harvard Film Archive) is striking for being one of the few British horror movies with a totally indigenous feel.

  • 'Stalker'

    December 18, 2013 — December 19, 2013

    Enjoying a heightened visibility thanks to Geoff Dyer’s book-length appreciation, Andrei Tarkovsky’s last Soviet film is as much environment as narrative.

  • The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule

    November 20, 2013 — December 6, 2013

    The first US retrospective of a new generation of talented German filmmakers.

  • Three Films by Corneliu Porumboiu

    December 2, 2013 — December 3, 2013

    One of the strongest young directors of the new Romanian cinema gets a three-film retrospective. The description “droll” does not do Porumboiu’s deadpan comedies justice.

  • 'Sandra'

    November 22, 2013 — November 28, 2013

    Claudia Cardinale is grim, gorgeous, and miscast in the title role in Sandra.

  • Afterimage: Agnès Varda on Filmmaking

    November 4, 2013 — November 22, 2013

    The great idiosyncratic original of the French nouvelle vague generation, Agnès Varda began her career as a photographer and, in her use of the medium, she remains one at heart.

  • 'Tony Manero' and 'No'

    November 16, 2013 — November 17, 2013

    Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín visits Harvard to show two of his films about the Pinochet dictatorship.

  • Fredrick Wiseman: At Berkeley

    November 8, 2013 — November 14, 2013

    America’s preeminent documentary filmmaker audits America’s preeminent public university.

  • To Save and Project

    October 9, 2013 — November 12, 2013

    The eleventh edition of MoMA’s annual preservation is laden as its predecessors with newly restored cinephilic treats and curiosities.

  • The Complete Howard Hawks

    September 7, 2013 — November 10, 2013

    Opening with two crowd-pleasers, To Have and Have Not and Rio Bravo, this full retrospective offers a total immersion in the Hawksian worldview.

  • 'Witchfinder General'

    October 27, 2013, 5 pm

    Set in pastoral East Anglia during the mid-17th-century civil war, it stars Vincent Price as a pious opportunist, a historical figure who profited from the chaos by discovering Catholic witches among the peasantry.

  • A Tribute to Karen Black

    October 18, 2013 — October 25, 2013

    More than any actress, Karen Black (who died this past summer) personified the New Hollywood of the late Sixties and early Seventies.

  • 'Let the Fire Burn'

    October 2, 2013 — October 15, 2013

    Jason Osder’s walloping documentary recounts the tale of the political sect called MOVE—or at least its destruction, after a twelve-year-long war of nerves with Philadelphia authorities.

  • 'Dead Birds'

    October 10, 2013 — October 11, 2013

    A landmark ethnographic film, as well as a startling allegory of human nature, Robert Gardner’s portrait of tribal life in the isolated New Guinea highlands marks its fiftieth anniversary.

  • A Pocketful of Firecrackers: The Film Scores of John Zorn

    September 20, 2013 — September 28, 2013

    The citywide celebration of the avant-garde composer-activist’s sixtieth birthday gets downhome and personal at Anthology Film Archives, where John Zorn has been something of a musician in residence for years.

  • 'The Last Time I Saw Macao'

    September 13, 2013 — September 27, 2013

    There are three ways to look at this portrait of “an ex-Portuguese colony that really never was” —as a minimalist meta-thriller, as an eccentric travelogue, and as a disconnected succession of beautiful images artfully deranged by narration.

  • 'Our Nixon'

    Ongoing

    The inadvertent self-disclosure that characterized the Nixon White House continues apace in Penny Lane’s found-footage assemblage, drawn largely from the super-8 home movies shot by the president's three closest aides.

  • Lame Brains and Lunatics: Cruel and Unusual Comedy

    September 11, 2013 — September 17, 2013

    Cubistic in their assault on ordinary perception, the silent two-reelers in this MoMA series are at least as modern (which is to say, as zippy, alienated, and weird) as the paintings upstairs.

  • 'Russian Ark'

    September 6, 2013 — September 12, 2013

    Post-Soviet maestro Aleksandr Sokurov dreams of rewinding Russian history and beginning again. Russian Ark is a marvelous performance and heady experience.

  • 'Museum Hours'

    Ongoing

    Experimental filmmaker Jem Cohen is known mainly for his unconventional documentaries, and his new film is equally difficult to characterize—neither a city symphony nor a love story nor a movie about Breugel, but a serenely eccentric way of looking.

  • Dark Nights: Simenon and Cinema

    July 11, 2013 — August 29, 2013

    The massive Simenon oeuvre inspired its share of film adaptations. The dozen here selected are largely French, but also include Hungarian master Béla Tarr, and Phil Karlson’s first-rate noir, The Brothers Rico.

  • Early Fassbinder on DVD

    August 29, 2013

    This welcome Criterion set contains five of the German prodigy’s first movies, all made in 1969 and 1970.

  • Cine-Simenon: Georges Simenon on Film

    August 8, 2013 — August 21, 2013

    The massive Simenon oeuvre inspired its share of film adaptations. The dozen here selected are largely French, but also include Hungarian master Béla Tarr, and Phil Karlson’s first-rate noir, The Brothers Rico.

  • A Call to Action: The Films of Raoul Walsh

    July 5, 2013 — August 10, 2013

    Breaking into movies as a protégée of D.W. Griffith, Raoul Walsh (1887–1980) would develop into the most robust of two-fisted Hollywood directors.

  • 'The Act of Killing'

    Ongoing

    Human rights activist Joshua Oppenheimer’s provocative documentary shows now-aged veterans of the mid-Sixties slaughter that brought the Suharto regime to power in Indonesia, playfully restaging the mass murder.

  • Watch That Man: David Bowie, Movie Star

    August 2, 2013 — August 8, 2013

    You saw the museum show (or not); here are the films. The Man Who Fell to Earth, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, and the others are matched with a selection of music videos and rarities.

  • 'Intolerance'

    August 2, 2013 — August 8, 2013

    The original studio-destroying extravaganza, D.W. Griffith’s supreme triumph and career debacle is a remarkable demonstration of cinematic might.

  • 'Computer Chess'

    July 17, 2013 — July 30, 2013

    The typically deadpan fourth feature by influential independent filmmaker Andrew Bujalski is a small movie with a cosmic and a comic novel premise.

  • L'Avventura

    July 12, 2013 — July 25, 2013

    Alienation has never been more gorgeously indulged than in Michelangelo Antonioni's widescreen spectacular—a mystery that, lavishing neorealist attention on the rich and aimless, casually abandons its ostensible premise midway through.

  • L'Avventura

    July 12, 2013 — July 18, 2013

    Alienation has never been more gorgeously indulged than in Michelangelo Antonioni's widescreen spectacular—a mystery that, lavishing neorealist attention on the rich and aimless, casually abandons its ostensible premise midway through.

  • Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios

    June 5, 2013 — July 8, 2013

    Dwan directed Mary Pickford and Shirley Temple at their heights, and Ronald Reagan in the twilight of his career, but he’s most fondly remembered by film historians as a prolific problem-solver who adroitly handled whatever came his way.

  • The Cinema of Scientology

    June 19, 2013, 7:30 pm

    An unpredictable event scheduled in the midst of an ongoing, thoroughly outré series of movies screening under the rubric “Sects, Cults and Mind Control,” this evening promises all manner of celluloid material on the Church of Scientology.

  • 'Marketa Lazarová' on DVD

    June 18, 2013

    Unexpectedly appearing on DVD, Frantisek Vlacil’s medieval epic is justly considered a national masterpiece by the Czechs.

  • 'Before Midnight'

    Ongoing

    Richard Linklater turns his Before Sunrise and Before Sunset into a trilogy, and the actors deepen their remarkable rapport.

  • 'Hannah Arendt'

    May 29, 2013 — June 11, 2013

    There’s never been a better movie-movie about New York intellectuals, nor another one that I can think of.

  • 'Student'

    May 31, 2013 — June 6, 2013

    The latest film by Kazakhstan's leading director relocates Crime and Punishment corrupt present-day Almaty and distills the novel to an austere ninety minutes.

  • 'Leviathan'

    Ongoing

    This documentary made aboard a commercial fishing boat out of New Bedford abstracts the harvesting and processing of seafood into a vision of terrible beauty.

  • Ken Jacobs at Anthology

    May 24, 2013 — May 26, 2013

    The dean of avant-garde film artists is being recognized by two New York institutions, The Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archives. The Anthology program (titled “Insistent Clamor Forever”) offers an idiosyncratic career retrospective.

  • Revelations of a Fallen World: The Cinema of Arturo Ripstein

    May 10, 2013 — May 24, 2013

    Heir to Luis Buñuel, and godfather of the Mexico’s new cinema, Ripstein has over the past four decades developed a distinctive hallucinatory, darkly comic cantina naturalism.

  • 'Something in the Air'

    Ongoing

    Olivier Assayas follows up on his epic Carlos with another period piece, this one evoking the student milieu of the early Seventies

  • The Weimar Touch

    April 3, 2013 — May 6, 2013

    Among other things, the Nazi seizure of power served to send what was then Europe’s leading film industry into exile.

  • Ken Jacobs at MoMA

    May 2, 2013 — May 5, 2013

    The dean of avant-garde film artists is being recognized by two New York institutions, The Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archives. The MoMA show features new 3D works, a selection of early films, and a few of his favorite movies.

  • 'Flaming Creatures' at 50

    April 29, 2013, 7:30 pm

    The most influential and incendiary avant-garde film ever made in America, Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures had its first public screening a half-century ago in New York. Anthology is marking the occasion by recreating the original bill.

  • 'Dead Man'

    April 24, 2013 — April 25, 2013

    A western set in the 1870s and filled with creepy period details, Jim Jarmusch’s most uncompromising feature is generally regarded as his masterpiece.

  • 'Room 237'

    Ongoing

    Thanks to DVD and the internet, The Shining has become the subject of elaborate exegeses which are themselves the subject of Rodney Ascher’s documentary feature.

  • Werner Schroeter: Magnificent Obsessions

    January 19, 2013 — April 7, 2013

    Schroeter's most visionary movies—the willfully crude, aggressively campy low-budget opera-travesties he made in the late 1960s and early 1970s—were a significant influence on both Fassbinder and Syberberg.

  • 'The Rose King'

    April 6, 2013, 8:20 pm

    A brilliant assemblage of gothic rot and Catholic kitsch that Werner Schroeter made in 1984 with his longtime superstar Magdalena Montezuma, then dying of cancer.

  • 'No'

    Ongoing

    Chilean director Pablo Larrain caps a trilogy of movies concerning the Pinochet dictatorship—it’s a parable with an edge.

  • 'Holy Motors,' introduced by Leos Carax

    February 23, 2013, 7 pm

    To judge from its critical reception, the first Carax feature in a dozen years is everything that admirers of this raging visionary could wish for. He’ll be on hand to explicate, or not.

  • 'Call Girl'

    February 20, 2013 — February 21, 2013

    Having its US premiere courtesy of Film Comment magazine, Mikael Marcimain’s leisurely political thriller is based on the scandal known in Sweden as Bordellhärvan that nearly brought down the socialist government in the 1970s.

  • A Close-Up of Abbas Kiarostami

    February 8, 2013 — February 17, 2013

    A comprehensive, but not complete, selection of Kiarostami’s narratives, movies for children, documentaries, and digital experiments.

  • 'Modern Romance' & 'We Won't Grow Old Together'

    February 14, 2013 — February 17, 2013

    Calling this show the “Valentine’s Day Massacre,” Anthology’s gutsy programmers have double-billed the two great anti-romances of the 1970s.

  • Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960-1986

    December 6, 2012 — February 10, 2013

    Every year or so there’s a retrospective so comprehensive and rich with little-seen work as to jeopardize one’s day job.

  • 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    Ongoing

    Kathryn Bigelow, whose last film, The Hurt Locker, was the best Hollywood action flick of the twenty-first century, uses the killing of Osama Bin Laden as the basis for an epic procedural.

  • New Yawk New Wave

    January 11, 2013 — January 31, 2013

    New York supported a scrappy, streetwise off-Hollywood well before the coinage “American independent.” “New Yawk New Wave” surveys the movement from Kubrick’s Killer’s Kiss through Scorsese’s Mean Streets.

  • 'The Tarnished Angels'

    January 23, 2013 — January 25, 2013, 1:30 pm

    The closest that cultivated emigré Douglas Sirk would come to making a European art film in Hollywood was a svelte adaptation of William Faulkner’s Pylon.

  • First Look 2013

    January 4, 2013 — January 13, 2013

    The second edition of the Museum of the Moving Image’s “First Look” opens with the local premiere of Bressonian brutalist Bruno Dumont’s Outside Satan.

  • Barbara Rubin and 'Christmas on Earth'

    January 9, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Barbara Rubin’s 1963 *Christmas on Earth*, made when she was eighteen, is an ethereal tangle of guys posing like Greek statues, girls painted like archaic fertility goddesses, and fingers probing orifices in bleached black and white.

  • 'Tabu'

    December 26, 2012 — January 8, 2013

    This purposefully anachronistic third feature by Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes is so rich with narrative fillips and filled with cinephilic pleasures it could restore your faith in the medium.

  • Ben Gazzara Retrospective

    December 13, 2012 — December 23, 2012

    A varied selection from the rich screen career of Ben Gazzara, who died earlier this year.

  • 'Lincoln'

    Ongoing

    High-minded yet somber, the much awaited Steven Spielberg-Tony Kushner adaptation promises to be the Popular Front sensation of 2012

  • 'Ornette: Made in America'

    December 7, 2012 — December 13, 2012

    A portrait of “free jazz” genius Ornette Coleman, Shirley Clarke’s last and least-known feature is the movie she was born to make.

  • The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film

    November 15, 2012 — December 2, 2012

    There’s more depth than might appear in this ferociously crowd-pleasing retrospective.

  • When Horror Came to Shochiku

    November 20, 2012

    Criterion’s bargain-price cult line Eclipse Series is releasing a box of four obscure examples of low-budget, late Sixties horror sci-fi produced at Japan’s most exalted movie studio.

  • 'We Won't Grow Old Together'

    November 15, 2012 — November 17, 2012

    The ultimate bad break-up movie.

  • 'L'eclisse'

    November 9, 2012 — November 11, 2012, 7:30 pm — 6:30 pm

    Less monumental in its purity and more subtle in its radicalism than L’avventura, Antonioni’s 1962 masterpiece showcases Monica Vitti as his moodiest, most evasive heroine.

  • 'Holy Motors'

    October 17, 2012 — October 30, 2012

    Leos Carax’s first movie in thirteen years is another singular, impressively crazy piece of work.

  • 'Wuthering Heights'

    Ongoing

    Andrea Arnold’s boldly miserablist, verité-style adaptation evokes the violence of Emily Brontë’s imagination.

  • 'The Dumb Girl of Portici'

    October 13, 2012 — October 21, 2012

    Dance legend Anna Pavlova made her only movie appearance in this elaborate, silent adaption of Daniel Auber’s opera La Muette de Portici.

  • 'The Red Detachment of Women'

    October 19, 2012, 7:30 pm

    A movie that’s simultaneously infectious, chilling, and camp.

  • The New York Film Festival

    September 28, 2012 — October 14, 2012

    New York’s festival of festivals gives local premieres to the most feted movies last May at Cannes (Michael Haneke’s *Amour*, Leos Carax’s *Holy Motors*, Abbas Kiarostami’s *Like Someone in Love*, Christian Mungiu’s *Beyond the Hills*) along with som

  • 'The Ancient Law'

    October 10, 2012, 7 pm

    It’s The Jazz Singer’s Austrian counterpart, albeit silent and here accompanied by multimedia artist Thomas Köner performing live.

  • 'The Master'

    Ongoing

    Paul Thomas Andersen’s muscular account of an American cult leader and his disciple is likely the best and certainly the most ambitious movie that Hollywood will give us this year

  • Andrew Sarris Memorial Screening

    September 19, 2012, 7 pm

    The Museum of Modern Art plays tribute to the highly influential film critic who died last spring with his 1964 Warhol screen test and a screening of Max Ophul’s 1948 *Letter from an Unknown Woman*.

  • 'Cosmopolis'

    Ongoing

    Having failed to set La Croisette aflame last May at Cannes, Cronenberg’s utterly faithful and superbly alienated adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel opens wide.

  • Capturing the Marvelous: Ukrainian Poetic Cinema

    September 7, 2012 — September 12, 2012

    The strong strain of folk surrealism that Alexander Dovzhenko introduced to Ukrainian cinema is sampled and celebrated with two of his silent classics, as well as Sergei Parajanov's robust, near delirious *Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors* and others.

  • 'La Région central'

    September 9, 2012, 3 pm

    Chantal Akerman introduces a rare screening of Michael Snow’s choreographed landscape epic *La Région central* (1971).

  • 'The Death of Mr. Lazarescu'

    August 31, 2012 — September 2, 2012, 8:45 pm

    This ode to mortality--the key work of the new Romanian cinema--is not without a certain grim humor one might call deadpan.

  • 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

    Ongoing

    No recent American independent film has generated more festival excitement than this exuberant faux folktale.

  • 'Almayer's Folly'

    August 10, 2012 — August 16, 2012

    A new feature by Chantal Akerman is an event and New York is fortunate to have Anthology Film Archives to give her latest movie a run.

  • 'The Leopard'

    August 11, 2012 — August 12, 2012

    Mutilated on its initial American release, this sumptuous historical drama—more pageant than action film, less reconstruction than reverie—has an artistry that’s only comprehensible in the uncut Italian version, projected on the big screen.

  • 'Lonesome'

    August 6, 2012, 6:45 pm

    A wonderful celebration of 1920s New York, Paul Fejos’s charming partial-talkie is also a poignant evocation of anonymity amid the metropolitan crowd.

  • 'Bonsái'

    July 13, 2012 — July 19, 2012

    With its shabby locations, deadpan exchanges, and a lively indie-rock score, Bonsái is a small, grounded cumulatively poignant tragicomedy of student-boho life.

  • 'Daisies'

    July 6, 2012 — July 12, 2012

    The most drolly anarchic cine-provocation to bloom during the Prague Spring, Vera Chytilova’s new wave farce looks better every year.

  • 'The Wedding March'

    July 9, 2012, 7 pm

    You owe it to yourself to see more silent movies, especially in archival prints with live musical accompaniment. This is Erich von Stroheim’s other mutilated masterpiece.

  • 'Funny Face'

    June 29, 2012 — July 5, 2012

    The last great, unself-conscious Hollywood musical features Audrey Hepburn playing a beat chick among the fashionistas, Fred Astaire dancing, and cabaret madcap Kay Thompson clowning.

  • 'Valerie and Her Week of Wonders'

    June 29, 2012, 9 pm

    Made in the traumatized aftermath of the Prague Spring, Jaromil Jireš’s phantasmagoric Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) is one of the strangest movies ever made in Eastern Europe.

  • 'Barry Lyndon'

    June 22, 2012 — June 27, 2012, 12:15 pm

    This cerebral, melancholy action film could be Kubrick’s masterpiece; it certainly represents the height of his craft.

  • Tepepa…Long Live the Revolution

    June 16, 2012, 7:30 pm

    Franco Solinas, who wrote Battle of Algiers, provided a script for Guilio Petroni’s Tepepa…Long Live the Revolution (1969) as though adapting The Wretched of the Earth.

  • 'A New Leaf'

    June 10, 2012, 3:30 pm

    For her first feature, writer-director Elaine May cast herself as a dithering schlemiel. A New Leaf (1971) is a devastating psychodrama, masquerading as amiable dark comedy.

  • Tepepa…Long Live the Revolution

    June 3, 2012, 5:20 pm

    Franco Solinas, who wrote Battle of Algiers, provided a script for Guilio Petroni’s Tepepa…Long Live the Revolution (1969) as though adapting The Wretched of the Earth.

  • Werner Schroeter Retrospective

    May 27, 2012, 5:30 pm

    The most over stimulating day of MoMA’s Werner Schroeter retrospective features consecutive screenings of two echt underground features by the German equivalent of Jack Smith.