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NYC Weekend Watch: Werner Herzog, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Psycho’ & More

Written by on August 16, 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 Society of Lincoln Center

The week-long retrospective “Werner Herzog: Parables of Folly and Madness” begins, this Friday (8/16), with what is arguably Herzog‘s most acclaimed narrative, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, as well as The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. Saturday (8/17) brings Stroszek, Heart of Glass, Even Dwarfs Started Small, and Signs of Life; this Sunday (8/18), Woyzeck and the legendary Fitzcarraldo can be seen. All are titles on 35mm.

A print of The Manitou will be screening at midnight this Friday.

The Gene Kelly-led Three Musketeers is playing both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Museum of the Moving Image

“Fun City: New York in the Movies 1967–75” has another weekend in store, this one kicking off with Superfly. Saturday (8/17) sees the appearance of Rosemary’s Baby and the Alan Arkin-directed Little Murders, starring Elliot Gould. Hal Ashby‘s The Landlord and Ján Kadár‘s The Angel Levine are the showings planned for Sunday (8/18).

Wong Kar-wai‘s only English-language feature (and his most divisive work), My Blueberry Nights, is to be seen this Saturday (8/17).

Film Forum

“Summer Festival of Fantasy, Horror & Science Fiction” storms onward with a weekend of two-for-one admissions. Keeping things up this Friday (8/16) are Japanese monster pictures Godzilla and Mothra, followed by a Saturday (8/17) showing of Psycho and Peeping Tom. Sunday (8/18) brings a William Castle double-feature of The Tingler and Homicidal — and while only the latter is in 3D, the former can be experienced in Percepto and Psychedel-O-Rama.

Also screening, in more than two dimensions, is Vincent Price-starrer The Mad Magician 3-D, as well as the Three Stooges short Spooks.

Intolerance continues until this Tuesday.

IFC Center

Jaws plays both late afternoon and midnight this Friday and Saturday (8/16, 8/17).

Around the former times, John Ford‘s The Searchers — a film which requires no introduction — screens.

At midnight, too, is a 35mm presentation of The Swarm, starring Henry Fonda and Michael Caine.


“A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement” is running at BAM, on Friday (8/16) bringing Portrait of Jason and the political documentaries Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment & The Children Were Watching. The centerpiece, undoubtedly, is To Kill a Mockingbird on 35mm this Saturday (8/17), though that’s not to discount the Sunday (8/18) presentation of The Learning Tree, a picture with the distinction of being “[t]he first Hollywood studio film directed by an African-American.”

Nitehawk Cinema

Ebert‘s most-hated film, I Spit on Your Grave, is coming midnight, Friday and Saturday (8/16, 8/17), on 35mm for “Nitehawk Nasties.”

Landmark Sunshine

Long live the new flesh: Videodrome comes to Landmark on Friday and Saturday (8/16, 8/17) at midnight.

What are your weekend watching plans?

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