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NYC Weekend Watch: Roman Polanski, ‘Showgirls,’ Charles Chaplin, Alec Guinness & More

Written by on June 13, 2014 


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.

IFC Center

Before his new picture arrives next week, be sure to catch some (though not all) of Roman Polanski‘s masterpieces. Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Repulsion, and The Tenant (those latter two on 35mm) play all weekend, while The Fearless Vampire Killers and Tess see shorter engagements.

Meanwhile, 12 Monkeys, Hausu, and The Shining are on the regular midnight circuit.


Museum of the Moving Image

“See It Big! Science Fiction” continues its impressive slate with Godzilla and Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Saturday (6/14). A James Cameron double feature is on tap for Sunday (6/15), when The Abyss and Avatar (in 3D) will play.

In the next step of its transition from whipping boy to critical darling, Showgirls is on tap for Saturday. This screening is to be introduced by Adam Nayman, author of the highly recommended It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirls, and copies will be signed by the author beforehand.

Museum of Modern Art

“Carte Blanche: MK2” brings Code Unknown on Friday and Saturday (6/13, 6/14); the former day also brings Chabrol‘s La Cérémonie, while the latter provides Kiarostami‘s Ten. Hong Sang-soo‘s Woman Is the Future of Man rounds out Saturday, while Paranoid Park and Claire Dolan come around Sunday (6/15).


“All Hail the King: The Films of King Hu” continues to deliver. Following King‘s The Valiant Ones and Tsui Hark‘s The Blade this Friday (6/13), Dragon Inn and Tsai Ming-liang‘s Goodbye, Dragon Inn screen on Saturday (6/14). This Sunday (6/15), The Fate of Lee Khan and Seven Samurai can be seen. All are on 35mm.

Anthology Film Archives

Chaplin is back at Anthology, with three programs playing on Saturday (6/14) and The Gold Rush & The Circus screening this Sunday (6/15).

Under their “In the Flesh” banner are pictures two from Chuck Vincent, Misbehavin’ and Roommates, as well as Blonde Ambition.

Poster - Kind Hearts and Coronets_03Film Forum

One of the greatest of screen actors is celebrated with “Alec Guinness 100,” beginning with Friday and Saturday (6/13, 6/14) showings of Kind Hearts and Coronets. A print of Great Expectations will screen this Sunday (6/15).

To Kill a Mockingbird also plays that day.

Nitehawk Cinema

Friday and Saturday (6/13, 6/14) midnight showings of Escape from New York (under “June Midnite: Future Noir” and “The Works — Kurt Russell”) and Ghost in the Shell (also of the former program) can be attended.

The most disgusting of Indiana Jones films, Temple of Doom, is accompanied with brunch on Saturday and Sunday (6/15).

What are your weekend watching plans?

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