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Bone with director Larry Cohen! Sleepwalk With Me! Second Saturday Silent Cinema!
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Thanks to everyone who made the opening weekend of Sleepwalk With Me such a huge success! We were thrilled to host Ira Glass for so many screenings. If you weren’t one of the over 6,000 people to see the film at the Music Box, don’t worry, we’ve got another full week of screenings for you!

At midnight on Friday and Saturday, we’ve got something special in store for you: The 1972 film Bone, the shocking directorial debut from writer/director Larry Cohen. Mr. Cohen will be at the Music Box both nights to introduce these special screenings. Purchase advance tickets now

Also, the newest installment of Second Saturday Silent Cinema is this weekend. This month we present The Crowd, King Vidor’s 1928 film about a young couple struggling to survive in an uncaring metropolis. As always, this classic film will be presented with live organ accompaniment, so come see The Crowd the way it was meant to be seen: On the big screen! Purchase advance tickets now

See you at the movies. . .

Wednesday, September 5th – Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

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A film by Larry Cohen starring Yaphet Kotto, Andrew Duggan, and Joyce Van Patten


A man breaks into the home of a rich, married couple, though all is not what it seems.


Fri, Sep 7 midnight
Sat, Sep 8 midnight

Sleepwalk With Me

A film by Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish starring Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose and Kevin Barnett


“An endearing indie feature about the day-to-day indecisions and nocturnal perambulations of a commitment-phobic New Yorker.”

“I’m going to tell you a story and it’s true… I always have to tell people that.” So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically-inspired, fictional feature debut.

We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.

Based on the successful one-man show, Sleepwalk with Me engages in the kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art.



Selected for Preservation, National Film Registry
National Film Registry


Second Saturday Silent Cinema Presents: The Crowd

A film by King Vidor starring Eleanor Boardman, James Murray and Bert Roach


Poignant and uncompromising, The Crowd is a timeless tale of the American everyman.

A classic story of a young man from a small town who heads to New York to pursue his dreams of big success in the big city but soon finds himself just one of many faceless workers in a large company.

The film tells the story of John (James Murray) and Mary (Eleanor Boardman) without sentimentality or melodrama and eloquently captures the reality of their lives, regrets, brief triumphs and disappointments in an impersonal metropolis. While not a box office success when it was first released, The Crowd has consistently been hailed as one the best and most enduring silent films and was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation by the Library of Congress National Film Registry.


Sat, Sep 8 12:00pm

Nominated: Bart Layton, Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival Awards

The Imposter

A film by Bart Layton starring Adam O'Brian, Frederic Bourdin and Carey Gibson


A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years.

“You won’t be able to get it out of your head.”
–Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Rarely has the con game, and the human capacity to believe in improbable outcomes, been taken to such extremes as we see in “The Imposter,” a dark, gripping and provocative film by Bart Layton that has the documentary world buzzing.”
–Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

Based on a true story, The Imposter is documentary filmmaking turned film noir. In 1994, a 13-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three-and-a-half years later he is found alive thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain, telling an elaborate story of kidnap and torture.

His family is overjoyed to have him back, but everything may not be as it seems. His strange accent and changes in appearance all seem to be suspicious inconsistencies, yet the family seems not to notice. It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this story takes an even stranger turn. With all of the twists of a true thriller, The Imposter challenges our perceptions of the truth, and every new revelation leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat.


I’m No Angel

A film by Wesley Ruggles starring Mae West, Cary Grant and Gregory Ratoff


Go West and see Mae!

With I’m No Angel, Mae West wrote the plot for her own star vehicle, thanks to a surprise hit in She Done Him Wrong. Tira (West) is a dancing beauty at a carnival sideshow, prancing and preening in a formfitting dress before her dumbstruck male audiences. Before an all-male jury, she brings a similar wiggling panache to the courtroom to defend her modern ways.


Lauren Greenfield, US Directing Award: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival Awards

The Queen of Versailles

A film by Lauren Greenfield starring Jackie Siegel and David Siegel


A documentary that follows a billionaire couple who live in a 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles, built on the success of the time-share industry.

“A sad, funny film, full of the wonder of opulence and the shock of decay.”
–Noel Murray, The Onion

“Hilarious and upsetting. Like a Theodore Dreiser novel for our time, infused with the vivid, vulgar spirit of reality TV. Laugh-out-loud funny, with elements of profound tragedy and allegory.”
–Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, The Queen of Versailles follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream.

We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. We witness the impact of this turn of fortune over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor.


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