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Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This weekend, we open Somewhere Between, the true story of four teenage girls living in different parts of the US and united by one thing: all four were adopted from China due to family situations colliding with the country’s “One Child Policy”. Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton and cast members will appear at the Music Box this weekend for post-screening Q&As. Purchase advance tickets online.

It’s time for the first Second Saturday Silent Cinema of the year. We’re kicking off 2013 with The Last Days of Pompeii, Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s tale of the young dandy Glaucus in love with beautiful Ione was the canonical narrative of Pompeii’s destruction. As always, this screening will feature live accompaniment by the Music Box organ! Purchase advance tickets now.

On Monday, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s birth we’re screening his set at Woodstock in Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock. This one-night-only event offers Hendrix’s seminal performance at Woodstock in 1969, in high definition and surround sound. Purchase advance tickets now.

We also have more screenings of Any Day Now and Sister, midnight screenings of John Carpenter’s The Thing, and a matinee of A Place In The Sun!

And finally, the full schedule for our 70mm Film Festival has been released, featuring Vertigo, 2001, The Master and much more! Purchase advance tickets now.

See you at the movies

Thursday, January 10th – Wednesday, January 16th, 2013


Somewhere Between

A film by Linda Goldstein Knowlton


This film follows four teenage girls adopted from China as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?”

Four baby girls are born in China to families who are unable to keep them, largely because of China’s “One Child Policy.” Instead of being raised by their biological parents, the baby girls are raised in orphanages, and then eventually adopted by American families to be whisked halfway around the world to the United States. There, they grow up with Sesame Street, hip-hop, and Twitter. They describe themselves as “bananas”: white on the inside and yellow on the outside. All is well, until they hit their teen years, when their pasts pull at them, and they begin to wonder, “Who am I?”

All four know they were probably “given up” because they were girls (they are understandably uncomfortable with the word “abandoned”), and grapple with issues of race, gender, and identity more acutely than most their age.

Documentaries have been made before about international adoption, but they have always been from the point of view of the adoptive, Caucasian parents, or the adult adoptee. Young women’s voices are rarely heard—especially young women of color. Somewhere Between lets four teenaged girls—Fang, Haley, Ann, and Jenna—tell their own stories, letting the film unfold from their points of view and shedding light on their deepest thoughts: about their families, their feelings of being “other,” and their powerful connections to a past that most of them cannot recall.

The film captures nearly three years in the lives of these four dynamic young women. The emotional journey took the film crew across America where they documented the girls in their hometowns, facing racism and struggling with stereotypes. Their journeys were also documented as they traveled to Europe to meet other transracial adoptees and back to China, where they witnessed China’s gender gap resulting from its One Child Policy.

The film also witnesses their emotional coming-of-age. As the girls discover who they are, viewers—no matter their color, gender, or culture—will find themselves exploring their own sense of identity and their feelings about family and belonging. Through their experiences, we will also see our still-prevalent cultural disconnects around stereotyping and race.

As Somewhere Between plunges the viewer into the ordinary and extraordinary days of these four girls lives, we, too, are forced to pause and consider who we are—both as individuals and as a nation of immigrants.


Fri, Jan 11 6:30pm
Sat, Jan 12 2:00pm · 6:30pm
Sun, Jan 13 1:00pm · 6:30pm
Mon, Jan 14 4:15pm
Tue, Jan 15 6:30pm
Wed, Jan 16 6:30pm
Thu, Jan 17 6:30pm
Fri, Jan 18 6:20pm
Sat, Jan 19 10:30am · 6:20pm
Sun, Jan 20 10:30am · 6:20pm
Mon, Jan 21 6:20pm
Tue, Jan 22 6:20pm
Thu, Jan 24 6:20pm

Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock

A film by Michael Wadleigh, Chris Hegedus, Erez Laufer starring Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, Mitch Mitchell, Larry Lee, Juma Sultan


Hendrix’s seminal performance at Woodstock in 1969, in high definition and surround sound.

Live at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix’s headlining appearance at the most famous festival in rock music history, is rivaled only by his set at Monterey Pop for sheer legendary status. But the two are very different. The rock guitarist was a virtual unknown in America when he delivered his literally incendiary performance at Monterey in 1967. A little more than two years later he was an established star, picked to close this mammoth three-day show (he was slated to appear on Sunday night, but weather and various snafus pushed that to Monday morning).

Introduced as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix quickly corrects that to Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, with original drummer Mitch Mitchell and new bassist Billy Cox augmented by two percussionists and a second guitarist (all three are for the most part inaudible, subsumed in the great sonic wash of Hendrix’s wailing guitar and Mitchell’s thrashing drums). The music had changed, too. Hendrix had started moving away from the format of short, poppy songs with the Electric Ladyland album, and while he still plays “Purple Haze,” “Foxey Lady,” and “Fire,” much of the emphasis in this lengthy set is on extended jamming. Not all of it works, but when it does — as on “Spanish Castle Magic” and a sped-up “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” which leads into the feedback-drenched re-imagining of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — the performance takes off. Little more than a year later, Jimi Hendrix, still regarded as the greatest rock guitarist ever, would be dead.


Mon, Jan 14 6:30pm

The Last Days of Pompeii

A film by Carmine Gallone and Amleto Palermi


A decadent feast for the eyes, this Italian silent was based on Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Last Days of Pompeii (1834), arguably the most popular historical novel written in the nineteenth century. Bulwer-Lytton’s tale of the young dandy Glaucus in love with beautiful Ione was the canonical narrative of Pompeii’s destruction.

Glaucus’ jealous rival, the Egyptian priest Arbaces, slays Ione’s brother Apaecides, whom he has failed to convert to his mystery religion. Exploiting the love of the blind slave girl Nydia for Glaucus, her master, Arbaces proceeds to blame Glaucus for the murder. Then Mount Vesuvius strikes: the eruption kills the villain, and blind Nydia guides Ione and Glaucus through the rain of ashes to safety outside of the collapsing city.

Restored, color-tinted print courtesy of the British Film Institute.


Any Day Now

A film by Travis Fine starring Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, and Isaac Leyva


When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he’s never had.

“Powerful! Superb! Depictions of custody battles have become a cinematic staple, but few register with the heartfelt emotion of ??Any Day Now??.”
–Frank Sheck, The Hollywood Reporter

Inspired by a true story, and winner of 10 Audience Awards at film festivals around the country and starring the amazing Alan Cumming, Any Day Now is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he’s never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. Any Day Now touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.


Thu, Jan 10 4:10pm · 6:20pm · 8:30pm
Fri, Jan 11 1:30pm · 4:10pm · 6:20pm · 8:45pm
Sat, Jan 12 1:30pm · 4:10pm · 8:45pm
Sun, Jan 13 10:30am · 4:10pm · 6:20pm · 8:45pm
Mon, Jan 14 4:10pm · 8:45pm
Tue, Jan 15 4:10pm · 6:20pm · 8:45pm
Wed, Jan 16 4:10pm · 8:45pm
Thu, Jan 17 4:10pm · 6:20pm · 8:45pm
Fri, Jan 18 1:30pm · 8:45pm
Sat, Jan 19 1:30pm · 8:45pm
Sun, Jan 20 1:30pm · 8:45pm
Mon, Jan 21 8:45pm
Tue, Jan 22 8:45pm
Thu, Jan 24 8:45pm
Sat, Jan 26 10:30am
Sun, Jan 27 10:29am


A film by Ursula Meier starring Kacey Mottet Klein, Lea Seydoux, and Martin Compston


A stunning meditation on secrets, lies and moral obligation, Ursula Meier’s compassionate character study of a boy forced to grow up too fast is a movie for the ages.

Precocious 12-year-old Simon — played by the unforgettable Kacey Mottet Klein — lives with his wild and irresponsible older sister in a small apartment below a luxurious ski resort nestled in the Swiss Alps. Each day, Simon ascends the lofty mountain above, pilfering ski equipment from the rich and selling it to get by. Left unsupervised, his newfound criminal enterprise and growing attachment to the seasonal workers and guests sends his precarious relationship with his sister spiraling out of control.

A stunning meditation on secrets, lies and moral obligation, Ursula Meier’s compassionate character study of a boy forced to grow up too fast is a movie for the ages.


Thu, Jan 10 4:15pm · 6:30pm · 8:40pm
Fri, Jan 11 1:00pm · 4:15pm · 8:40pm
Sat, Jan 12 10:30am · 4:15pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Sun, Jan 13 1:00pm · 4:15pm · 8:40pm
Mon, Jan 14 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Tue, Jan 15 4:15pm · 8:40pm
Wed, Jan 16 4:15pm · 6:20pm · 8:40pm
Thu, Jan 17 4:15pm · 8:40pm
Fri, Jan 18 4:10pm
Sat, Jan 19 4:10pm
Sun, Jan 20 4:10pm
Mon, Jan 21 4:10pm
Tue, Jan 22 4:10pm
Wed, Jan 23 4:10pm
Thu, Jan 24 4:10pm

The Thing

A film by John Carpenter


The Thing is John Carpenter’s stunning masterpiece of horror. A group of weary scientists enduring the winter in an isolated camp deep in Antarctica chance upon an alien spacecraft buried in the ice. Helicopter pilot MacCready (Kurt Russell) must lead the men in discovering who among them is human and who is not.


Fri, Jan 11 midnight
Sat, Jan 12 midnight

A Place in the Sun

A film by George Stevens starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters


George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) is the poor nephew of a rich industrialist who takes a job in his uncle’s factory. While working there, George begins dating fellow factory worker Alice “Al” Tripp (Shelley Winters) but when George meets society girl Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor) and experiences all of the unattainable wealth and status she represents, George must choose between two very different worlds, with dire consequences.


Sun, Jan 13 10:30am


A film by Sergio Corbucci starring Franco Nero, José Bódalo and Loredana Nusciak


A film more violent and pessimistic than anything that ever came before it! Here comes horseless, dark-clad, blazingly blue-eyed Franco Nero dragging a coffin through the inches-thick mud of a crummy town, seemingly populated only by whores and a bartender – and fought over by bandidos and red-hooded clansmen. Featuring Nero’s starmaking role, and the first of what became 30+ official and unofficial sequels.


Fri, Jan 11 midnight
Sat, Jan 12 midnight
Fri, Jan 18 midnight

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