Film

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SPRING FILMS AT THE WADSWORTH

APRIL 4, 2024–JUNE 30, 2024

HAIR (1979)

Thursday, April 4

7pmRegistration encouraged.

Stop by for First Thursdays, then stay for a free film screening of Hair in our theater! Re-experience the tumultuous 1960s fueled by the revolutionary music of the time. All ages are welcome! Watch trailer.

Directed by Milos Forman. US. 1979. 2 hours 1 minute. Rated PG.

This program series is made possible with generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program.

OCCUPIED CITY (2023)

Friday, April 5, 2pm

Saturday, April 6, 2pm

Sunday, April 7, 2pm

Free with museum admission.

Based on Bianca Stigter’s book Atlas of an Occupied City, Amsterdam 1940–1945, the film follows daily life under Nazi occupation and reveals the contrast between past atrocities and the bustling modern city. As stories of ordinary lives conclude in suicide or murder, Occupied City explores the realities faced by Amsterdam’s 140,000 Jews, highlighting the irony of the country’s wartime distinction for both resistance and persecution. Despite its length, this compelling cinematic experience maintains viewer interest and offers a timeless exploration of the impact of war. Watch trailer.

Directed by Steve McQueen. UK, Netherlands, US. 4 hours 6 minutes with intermission. Rated PG-13.

EARLY SHORT FILMS OF THE FRENCH NEW WAVE

April 12-14

Program 1 | 2pm Friday & 7pm Saturday
Program 2 | 7pm Friday & 2pm Sunday
Program 3 | 2pm Saturday & 7pm Sunday


See a selection of captivating shorts from iconic New Wave auteurs including François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Agnès Varda. All films in French with English subtitles. Watch trailer.

Program 1 (2 hours 3 minutes)

All the World’s Memory | Toute la mémoire du monde
Directed by Alain Resnais. 1956. 21 minutes.

Fool’s Mate | Le Coup du Berger
Directed by Jacques Rivette. 1956. 27 minutes.

The Marines
Directed by François Reichenbach. 1957. 21 minutes.

All the Boys Are Called Patrick
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, written by Éric Rohmer. 1959. 20 minutes.

The Song of Styrene | Le chant du Styrène
Directed by Alain Resnais. 1958. 13 minutes.

Ô saisons ô châteaux
Directed by Agnès Varda. 1958. 21 minutes.

Program 2 (1 hour 48 minutes)

The Overworked
Directed by Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, co-written by François  Truffaut. 1958. 25 minutes.

A Story of Water
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. 1958. 12 minutes.

Charlotte and Her Boyfriend
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. 1958. 13 minutes.

Love Exists
Directed by Maurice Pialat. 1961. 19 minutes.

Janine
Directed by Maurice Pialat. 1962. 17 minutes.

500 Francs
Directed by Melvin Van Peebles. 1961. 12 minutes.

Paris, a Winter’s Day
Directed by Guy Gilles. 1962. 10 minutes.

Program 3 (1 hour 53 minutes)

In Memory of Rock
Directed by François Reichenbach with Johnny Hallyday,

Les Chaussettes Noires.
1962. 11 minutes.

The Little Café
Directed by François Reichenbach. 1962. 12 minutes.

The Goumbé of the Young Revelers
Directed by Jean Rouch. 1965. 28 minutes.

The Botanical Avatar of Mademoiselle Flora
Directed by Jeanne Barbillon. 1965. 15 minutes.

The Fifteen Year Old Widows
Directed by Jean Rouch. 1964. 25 minutes.

Directing Actors by Jean Renoir
Directed by Gisèle Braunberger. 1969. 22 minutes.

STOP MAKING SENSE (1984)

Thursday, May 2  

7pm | Registration encouraged.

Stop by for First Thursdays, then get your big suit out of the closet and come to the theater for a screening of Stop Making Sense at 7pm. This timeless concert film, rereleased in 2023, features the iconic rock band Talking Heads in their prime, over three performances at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles during their Speaking in Tongues album tour. Watch trailer.

Directed by Jonathan Demme. US. 1984. 1 hour 28 minutes. Rated PG.

This program series is made possible with generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program.

INSIDE THE YELLOW COCOON SHELL (2023)

Friday, May 17, 2 & 7pm

Saturday, May 18, 2 & 7pm

This three-hour spiritual odyssey unfolds as a deeply felt exploration of grief in its myriad forms. Meet Thien (Le Phong Vu), a quiet man in Saigon, whose life takes an unexpected turn after a tragic accident involving his sisterin-law. Winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes for the best first feature film. Watch trailer.

Directed by Pham Thien An. Vietnam. (Vietnamese with English subtitles.) 2 hours, 59 minutes. Not rated.

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE (1982)

Thursday, June 6, 2pm 

Friday, June 7, 2pm

Saturday, June 8, 2pm

Sunday, June 9, 2pm

Free with museum admission.

 

James Baldwin’s mesmerizing storytelling takes viewers from Birmingham to Selma and Newark, vividly portraying the South’s violent resistance to desegregation and the enduring struggle for racial equality. The documentary blends historical events with intimate conversations among Baldwin, preachers, teachers, and fellow writers at the forefront of the ‘60s civil rights struggle. Watch trailer.

Directed by Dick Fontaine and Pat Hartley. US. 1 hour 35 minutes. Not rated.

Presented by The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture.

PEDRO ALMODÓVAR SHORTS: THE HUMAN VOICE (2020) & STRANGE WAY OF LIFE (2023)

Thursday, June 6

7pm | Registration encouraged.

Stop by for First Thursdays, then move to the theater at 7pm to view a pair of short films by Pedro Almodóvar. Almodóvar’s latest shorts exhibit his signature style via impeccable design, compelling narratives, and collaborations with frequent allies like cinematographer José Luis Alcaine and composer Alberto Iglesias.

In Strange Way of Life, Almodóvar crafts a hyper-male Western melodrama that explores the intensity of middle-aged romance. Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal deliver explosive performances in this visually stunning and emotionally charged narrative. Watch trailer.

The Human Voice showcases Tilda Swinton’s mesmerizing portrayal of a woman grappling with the aftermath of a relationship. Almodóvar’s first English-language film immerses viewers in a whirlwind of emotions, set against the backdrop of a luxurious yet isolating apartment. Watch trailer.

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Spain. 1 hour, 1 minute. Rated R.

Presented in conjunction with Kyle Dunn / MATRIX 194. Sponsored by Art Bridges Foundation. Co-presented by Out Film CT. 

STYLING IDENTITIES DOUBLE FEATURE | MANSCAPING (2020) & SWAN SONG (2021)

Friday, June 7, 6pm

Saturday, June 8, 6pm

 

Manscaping captures the artistry and activism of three individuals, modeling ways to transcend toxic masculinity in favor of social inclusion and personal freedom. Devan Shimoyama is an Afrofuturist visual artist whose barbershop painting series envisions inclusivity and draws on Afrofuturism and drag. Jessie Anderson, a transgender Canadian barber, owns Big Bro’s Barbershop, providing a safe space for trans, gender nonconforming, and queer customers. Richard Savvy, Australia’s “naked barber,” is a fetish barber/porn actor challenging norms with his unique approach. Watch trailer.

Swan Song unfolds as Pat Pitsenbarger (Udo Kier), a retired and stroke-afflicted former hairdresser, embarks on an unconventional road trip to ensure his late client, Rita Parker Sloan (Linda Evans), looks her best at her funeral. Swan Song explores themes of love, loss, and personal transformation with performances by Jennifer Coolidge, Stephanie McVay, and Shanessa Sweeney. Watch trailer.

Manscaping (2020) directed by Broderick Fox. US. 1 hour, 2 minutes. Not rated. Swan Song (2021) directed by Todd Stephens. US. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Rated R.

THE TEACHER’S LOUNGE (2023)

Friday, June 14, 2 & 7pm 

Saturday, June 15, 2pm

Sunday, June 16, 2pm

The seemingly tranquil setting of a middle school becomes the stage for a taut exploration of societal dynamics, echoing broader issues in our contemporary world. Led by the outstanding performance of Leonie Benesch as Carla Nowak, a seventh grade teacher, this suspenseful, intimate film masterfully navigates through a labyrinth of moral ambiguity and delves into the complexities of power, manipulation, and groupthink. Watch trailer.

Directed by Ilker Çatak. Germany. (German, Turkish, Polish, English with English subtitles.) 1 hour, 38 minutes. Rated PG-13.

THE LEAGUE (2023)

Friday, June 21, 2 & 2pm 

Saturday, June 22, 2pm

Sunday, June 23, 2pm

Sam Pollard chronicles the inspiring journey of the Negro Leagues, America’s prominent Black-owned baseball enterprise. Through archival footage and interviews with legends like Hank Aaron, Pollard showcases players’ resilience amid systemic racism. From Moses “Fleetwood” Walker to Rube Foster, the film meticulously traces the rise and fall of the leagues, offering a comprehensive portrait of Black American baseball history. Watch trailer.

Directed by Sam Pollard. US. 1 hour, 42 minutes. Rated PG.

Presented in conjunction with Yvonne Wells: Stitched Stories Spotlight Exhibition, the Amistad Center for Art & Culture, and the Art Bridges Cohort Program.

LA CHIMERA (2023)

Friday, June 28, 2pm 

Saturday, June 29, 2 & 7pm

Sunday, June 30, 2pm

Josh O’Connor is Arthur, a lovelorn Englishman with a penchant for plundering Italy’s historical artifacts in this fantasy-comedy set in 1980s Tuscany. La Chimera captures the spirit of the time and place, weaving a tale of characters fighting, singing, and breaking the fourth wall to engage the audience directly. Watch trailer.

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher. Italy. (Italian with English subtitles.) 2 hours, 10 minutes. Not rated.

Image: Still from La Chimera (2023), courtesy of NEON.