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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Close-Up,’ ‘The Tenant,’ ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ & More

Written by on February 8, 2013 

Since any New York City cinephile has an almost suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, many of which are also in 35mm. If you can attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

To celebrate the release of his highly-anticipated Like Someone in Love, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is hosting the outstanding nine-day series “A Close-up of Abbas Kiarostami.” Screening on Friday is his towering Close-up, as well as the legendary Taste of Cherry; on Sunday, the theater offers a very rare opportunity to see his Koker Trilogy in theaters and on 35mm.

Those titles are Where is the Friend’s Home?, Life and Nothing More, and Through the Olive Trees. Tickets for any and all of those screenings can be purchased right this instant.

IFC Center

As part of their John Ford retrospective, the IFC Center will screen his acclaimed (but lesser-known) drama, Tobacco Road, twice more over the weekend. More information can be found by clicking here.

If in the mood for something darker, Roman Polanski’s masterpiece, The Tenant, is playing on 35mm as part of their midnight series, “The Scary ‘70s.” Tickets for a Friday or Saturday screening are available for purchase here.

David Fincher‘s Fight Club will also show on Friday and Saturday around midnight. Please, don’t talk about clicking this link for all the proper news.

Landmark Sunshine

The Godfather will hold midnight screenings this Friday and Saturday.

Film Forum

Screening on Sunday, at 11 A.M., is the consummate Hollywood musical, Singin’ in the Rain.


The Brooklyn theater has a very intriguing offer starting this weekend: “A Pryor Engagement,” their thorough series dedicated to Richard Pryor‘s cinematic career. Things kick off on Friday with Live in Concert, then continue by showing some of his better- and lesser-known acting turns. All information, including the purchase of tickets, is available at the above link.

Anthology Film Archives

One of New York City’s finest independent and repertory venues will play Bernardo Bertolucci‘s Before the Revolution this Friday evening.

Museum of the Moving Image

You can see Charles Burnett’s notorious Killer of Sheep on Friday at 7, as part of the museum’s “L.A. Rebellion” selection. Also included in that lineup for this weekend are Daughters of the Dust, Child of Resistance, and Bush Mama.

Jacob Burns Film Center

Throughout February, the Jacob Burns Film Center, located right in the heart of Pleasantville, will host “Pulp Fictions,” a series dedicated to some of the finest crime literature adaptations ever to hit the screen.

Selections for this week include Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low, John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon, François Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player, and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye. The complete lineup is, in academic terms, really something else.

New York City inhabitants can reach the venue by taking a train up to Pleasantville; they are located directly across the street from the town’s station entrance.

What films are watching this weekend? Want to add  suggestions? Comment below or contact us on Twitter: @TheFilmStage.

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