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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Nashville,’ ‘Night of the Hunter,’ ‘Broken Blossoms’ & More

Written by on July 26, 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.

Film Forum

L’Avventura has been held until the July 30, giving all in New York another chance to experience the majesty of Antonioni on 35mm.

Joseph Losey‘s The Servant celebrates its 50th anniversary with a one-week Film Forum run.

Museum of the Moving Image

“See It Big! The American Epic” wraps up this weekend. Going out with something of a bang, expect Nashville and There Will Be Blood on Saturday (7/27), the latter title appearing on Sunday (7/28) with a 35mm Night of the Hunter also popping up.

Nitehawk Cinema

Legendary editor Walter Murch‘s only feature film, Return to Oz, screens on Saturday and Sunday (7/27, 7/28) as part of “July Brunch: Fantasy Fables” — offering 35mm, maligned debuts, forgotten sequels to classics, and a satisfying meal all in one place.

Only fifteen minutes earlier, on both days, you’ll have an opportunity to see D.W. Griffith‘s Broken Blossoms. Thanks to their “Vamps and Virgins” lineup, one can experience this seminal silent tale with a live musical accompaniment from Gersh/Reed.


Animation dominates the weekend at BAM, starting with Friday’s (7/26) showing of The Land Before Time, continuing Saturday (7/27) with the very-different Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, and finishing off by way of The Secret of NIMH this Sunday (7/28). Seen on celluloid, their hand-drawn animation ought to look mighty pretty.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Lucio Fulci‘s City of the Living Dead can be seen on 35mm, this Friday (7/26) at midnight.

Landmark Sunshine

In honor of this weekend’s Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen‘s Annie Hall — recently anointed his greatest work — will have midnight engagements on Friday and Saturday (7/26, 7/27) .

Museum of Modern Art

One of the few not-immediately-available titles in their Warner Bros. retrospective will screen over the weekend: Fearless, starring Jeff Bridges and directed by Peter Weir. It can be seen early in the evening on Saturday (7/27) — followed by Watchmen, a film you can easily rent but which will, regardless, look rather nice on a large screen.

IFC Center

The Big Lebowski, once more, Friday and Saturday (7/26, 7/27) at midnight.

What are your weekend watching plans?

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