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Today's Film Programs

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Upcoming Film Series

link image thumbnail Thanks to Henri Langlois: A Centennial Tribute
June 11 - July 26
One of the final series in our current theater honors French film archivist and cinephile Henri Langlois (1914–1977), who inspired the international cinematheque movement and whose approach greatly informed the vision of BAM/PFA. Our tribute includes French silent cinema as well as work by Langlois’s favorite auteurs, Tod Browning, Ernst Lubitsch, Jean Renoir, Erich von Stroheim, and others.


link image thumbnail A Theater Near You
June 12 - July 24
We honor the memories of several recently departed filmmakers with screenings of their work: Albert Maysles, Michael Glawogger, Manoel de Oliveira, and Alain Resnais. Plus a new 35mm print of Ophuls's From Mayerling to Sarajevo and a new digital restoration of The Tales of Hoffmann (Powell and Pressburger).


link image thumbnail Sunday Funnies: Laurel & Hardy and W. C. Fields
June 14 - July 19
This summer we feature the classic comedies of Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy in new 35mm preservation prints and celebrate the comic genius of W. C. with three programs of 35mm prints. The series kicks off with a free Family Day screening of Laurel & Hardy shorts on June 14.


link image thumbnail The Phantom Foe
June 14 - June 28
Experience a classic of the silent serial genre with the fifteen hair-raising episodes of this adventure tale featuring the Phantom Foe, an elusive and sinister criminal mastermind. “A rediscovered proto-feminist masterpiece of terror and tension!” (Jurij Meden, George Eastman House). With live musical accompaniment.


link image thumbnail Melodrama Master: John M. Stahl
June 18 - July 26
If you like Douglas Sirk, you'll love John M. Stahl. Stahl (1886–1950 ) was the original Hollywood melodrama master, best known for such "women's" films as Imitation of Life (which won him an Oscar for Best Picture), Magnificent Obsession, and The Keys of the Kingdom with Gregory Peck.


link image thumbnail Cinema According to Víctor Erice
June 25 - August 2
Spanish director Víctor Erice, a committed cineaste, critic, scholar, and theorist, has selected some of the films that have most inspired his journey in cinema to accompany the screenings of his own work. As they are films beloved to our audiences, as well, we are pleased to present them as the closing film series in our current theater.


link image thumbnail The Poetry of Time: Andrei Tarkovsky
June 27 - July 25
Influential Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) "invented a new language, true to the nature of film" (Ingmar Bergman). This complete retrospective extends from Tarkovsky's powerful first film, Ivan's Childhood (1962), to his final, the elegiac The Sacrifice (1986).


link image thumbnail New Video Art from India
July 2 - July 2
Anuj Vaidya, who codirects the 3rd i SF International South Asian Film Festival, introduces us to recent video art from India in this program he organized with Lalitha Gopalan. The films—from Mumbai, Goa, and New Delhi—suggest novel ways of considering bodies in movement.


link image thumbnail An Open Window: Víctor Erice
July 29 - August 2
Spanish director Víctor Erice is revered for his masterpieces of contemplative cinema, reflecting on childhood, cinema, and the passing of time. We are honored that Erice will visit BAM/PFA to present his complete oeuvre of feature films as well as recent short works and a video essay made with Abbas Kiarostami. Erice will discuss his work with curator and professor Richard Peña as part of our series Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation.