Weekend Matinees at 11:30am
Sat 1 Aug
Sun 2 Aug
Black Magic [35mm]
directed by Gregory Ratoff & Orson Welles starring Orson Welles (1949)
Welles’ real-life 18th-century con-man/magician/hypnotist Cagliostro helps bring down the French monarchy amid a cast of characters including Louis XV and XVI, Marie Antoinette, Madame du Barry, et al. Welles himself co-directed, uncredited.
35mm print courtesy of The Library of Congress.
Sun 9 Aug
directed by Orson Welles in English starring Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider (1962)
A gripping adaptation of Franz Kafka’s tale of Joseph K (Anthony Perkins in an outstanding performance), a man arrested for a crime that is never explained to him. Though his neighbors all scorn him, no one seems willing or able to help him, not even his mysterious defense attorney. Filmed in an abandoned train station in Paris, the strange setting perfectly captured the bizarre and nightmarish world of Kafka’s mythical totalitarian state.
Sat 15 Aug
Sun 16 Aug
Confidential Report aka Mr. Arkadin [35mm]
directed by Orson Welles in English starring Orson Welles, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave (1955)
Welles’s Mr. Arkadin — the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past, leading to a dizzying descent into a cold-war landscape of a Europe trying to erase its history — is a famously mercurial production existing in multiple different versions, thanks to Welles being banned from the editing room. We will screen the European cut of the film, entitled Confidential Report.
Sat 22 Aug
Sun 23 Aug
F for Fake [35mm]
directed by Orson Welles in English starring Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten (1973)
In Orson Welles’s free-form documentary F for Fake, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career—the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies.
Beginning with portraits of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes—not the least of whom is Welles himself.
Sat 29 Aug
Sun 30 Aug
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman [35mm]
directed by Albert Lewin in English starring James Mason, Ava Gardner (1952)
Ava Gardner plays a free-spirited singer who finds herself attracted to an enigmatic Dutch painter (James Mason), who arrives aboard a yacht that seems oddly devoid of a crew. As it turns out, he is the real Flying Dutchman of legend, cursed to sail the seven seas forever, until he finds one who will offer herself in sacrifice for him. Neither performer ever looked better, and this is arguably the best performance of Gardner’s career.
Sat 5 Sep
Sun 6 Sep
Georgy Girl [35mm]
directed by Silvio Narizzano in English starring Lynn Redgrave, James Mason, Alan Bates (1966)
Lynn Redgrave garnered international attention in her role as a girl named Georgy, who strives to capture some of the glamorous life of her swinging London roommate while also dodging the attention of her father’s wealthy employer (James Mason). The catchy title song was nominated for an Oscar and became a radio hit unto itself!
Sat 19 Sep
Sun 20 Sep
Age of Consent [35mm]
directed by Michael Powell in English starring James Mason, Helen Mirren (1969)
James Mason plays a successful Australian artist living in New York, who decides to return to his home country to seek new inspiration for his work. On a small island off the east coast he meets Cora (Helen Mirren), a gorgeous young woman who becomes his muse. A captivating post-Archers effort from Michael Powell that reaffirms his talents didn’t always require a collaborator.