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NYC Weekend Watch: Denis, Demy, Hawks, ‘Bottle Rocket’ & More

Written by on October 11, 2013 

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly 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, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of the Moving Image

More Howard Hawks, obviously. Friday (10/11) brings Red River, while Saturday (10/12) sees Ball of Fire and Sergeant York hit the screen; on Sunday (10/13), His Girl Friday and A Song is Born are scheduled to make an appearance. All will be shown on 35mm.

In preparation for her excellent new film, Bastards, “See It Big!” branches off into “Five by Claire Denis,” the French helmer’s essential cinema put front and center for your pleasure. This weekend brings Beau Travail, which, with a film print on the big screen, should look terrific.

Museum of Modern Art

Two series — “Dante Ferretti: Designing for the Big Screen” and “To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation” — run this weekend; the former offers titles from Scorsese and Pasolini, though the latter offers something enticingly lesser-known, being geared toward “rediscoveries of world cinema.”

Film Forum

The Jacques Demy retrospective continues with The Pied Piper on Friday (10/11) and Model Shop on Saturday and Sunday (10/12, 10/13); the latter date brings Donkey Skin, while the former sees another appearance from returning title Une chambre en ville.

Russian Ark is back, running throughout this weekend.

Ginger and Rogers star in Shall We Dance, which plays Sunday morning on 35mm.

IFC Center

Alien, The Wicker Man, The Last Picture Show, Mulholland Dr., and Bottle Rocket (those last two on film) all play every day of the weekend.


Keeping up the act with MoMI, BAM will screen this writer’s favorite Denis film, Trouble Every Day, throughout the weekend on a new, reportedly excellent print.

Nitehawk Cinema

A clear pattern is followed with “Shout at the Devil,” which brings Ti West‘s The House of the Devil Friday and Saturday (10/11, 10/12) at midnight, the latter date carrying over into Sunday (10/13) with Rosemary’s Baby & Devil and Daniel Johnston; those two screen before noon, brunch included.

For more horror, we might suggest Vampire Lovers — complete with live musical accompaniment from a place both wonderful and strange — which also runs midnight on Friday and Saturday, and on film.

Sunshine Cinema

Army of Darkness. Midnight. You know the drill.

What are your weekend watching plans?

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