Film Society at Lincoln Center, Family Films, Midnight Movies
NATIONAL VELVET (1944) 123min
Director: Clarence Brown
Elizabeth Taylor was a child when she starred alongside Mickey Rooney in this affectionate and delightful tale based on Enid Bagnold's 1935 novel set in Sussex, England. Taylor, launched to stardom by this film, plays the vivacious Velvet Brown who, with the help of Mi Taylor (Rooney), sets off to train a magnificent sorrel gelding to run in the Grand National. Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress (Anne Revere) and Film Editing.
Screens November 17, 18
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THE FUNHOUSE (1981) 96min
Director: Tobe Hooper
Hooper, the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE director delivers the scares in a carnival setting this time, as four teenagers are trapped and stalked by a deformed killer after they witness a murder by his hands while spending the night in the funhouse ride.
Screens November 16
Q (1982) 93min
Director: Larry Cohen
Detective David Carradine is on the case when a winged Aztec serpent nests atop the Chrysler building and begins wreaking havoc on the streets of New York in this one-of-a-kind gem from the one and only Larry Cohen.
Screens November 9
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (2010) 112min
Director: Edgar Wright
Canadian musician Michael Cera must battle it out with his new girlfriend’s seven nefarious ex-boyfriends before they can live happily ever after in director Edgar Wright’s wildly original comic-book romance.
Screens November 23
STAR WARS UNCUT (2012) 124min
Director: Casey Pugh
Finally making the hyperdrive jump from online to onscreen, the crowdsourced masterpiece STAR WARS UNCUT is a shot-by-shot remake of George Lucas’ 121-minute EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE that takes the fan-film genre to a new level. Casey Pugh, the man behind this must-be-seen-to-be-believed tribute film, assigned 473 eager volunteers their own 15-second segment to reshoot or animate as they saw fit. Laid end to end (and subject to change at any time based on voter ratings), the result is one of the Internet’s true cinematic wonders: a manic, disjunctive bricolage spectacle of Lego stormtroopers, stop-motion Star Destroyers, tin-foil C-3POs, canine Chewies, and trash-can R2s. There’s an impressive number of illustrated entries and handmade animations, but it’s the backyard reenactments, with their moppet Princess Leias and minivan Millennium Falcons, that anchor the project in a shared love, the scope of which transcends the polish or perfectionism of any single segment.
Screens November 30
NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984) 95min
Director: Thom Eberhardt
Watch the skies: when the earth passes through the tail of a comet, a handful of non-zombie survivors band together to survive the apocalyptic aftermath in this unabashedly ‘80s doomsday pastiche.
Screens December 7
Richard Pryor: LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP (1982) 82min
Director: Joe Layton
Three years after the seminal Richard Pryor: LIVE IN CONCERT (a past Midnight Movies selection), and two after setting himself on fire while freebasing, the comic genius returned for another extraordinary filmed concert performance.
Screens December 14
SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984) 79min
Director: Charles E. Sellier, Jr.
A young boy who witnessed his parents’ murder at the hands of an axe-wielding Santa grows up to become a deranged killer himself in the notorious ‘80s shocker that so outraged family groups, the film’s original distributor pulled it from cinemas after only a week.
Screens December 21
Under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Richard Peña, Program Director, the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the best in international, classic and cutting-edge independent cinema. The Film Society presents two film festivals that attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, having just celebrated its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award—now named “The Chaplin Award”—to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. The Film Society presents a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational programs and specialty film releases at its Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
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