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
Only one Howard Hawks title screens this weekend: El Dorado, starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and James Caan. It may not be as seasonal as this weekend’s other repertory offerings, but the thing is still essential viewing.
The extensive “Jean-Luc Godard: The Spirit of the Forms” continues this weekend, with far too many titles to actually list — but plenty you’ll want to be seeing, all on 35mm.
Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D plays Saturday and Sunday (10/26, 10/27) right before noon.
Museum of Modern Art
“Dante Ferretti: Designing for the Big Screen” brings Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and La Nuit de Varennes, while “To Save and Project” stands out with titles from Chantal Akerman and Andy Warhol.
Make this a top priority: Werner Herzog‘s Nosferatu the Vampyre — featuring Klaus Kinski in what is, perhaps, the greatest undead performance cinema has ever known — screens with a new 35mm print in tow.
On Sunday morning, the masterful Bride of Frankenstein is scheduled to play.
Puppets, puppets, puppets, puppets, and a few more puppets to spare. The too-massive-to-list selection is ready to run, going repertory with the likes of Return to Oz, Little Shop of Horrors — we well as a sing-along version, if you’re more tolerant of humanity than myself — Godzilla, and Aliens. The pictures from Walter Murch and collective fears of the Japanese people post-WWII are on 35mm.
For “Vamps and Virgins” and “Live + Sound + Cinema,” silent classic The Cat and the Canary will play, Saturday and Sunday (10/27), with musical accompaniment from Guizot; brunch is to be provided. Continuing “Shout at the Devil,” The Devil’s Advocate screens those same days and times, brunch also included.
For something just as scary at an opposite end of the day, a screening of the classic documentary Hands on a Hard Body will run throughout the weekend.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer plays at midnight on Friday and Saturday (10/25, 10/26).
What are your weekend watching plans?