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BAMcinématek 2012


BAMcinématek presents classic films, premieres, festivals, and retrospectives, with appearances by filmmakers, actors, and critics.


"The four screening rooms nestled into a stately palace on Lafayette Avenue provide a year-round menu of new independent releases and smartly programmed series." —A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera

This documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the 1984 production of Einstein on the Beach.

Dec 21—Dec 24, 2012
An Evening with Nick Flynn

Author Nick Flynn joins audiences for a discussion of his work and a special screening of Being Flynn.

Tue, Jan 8, 2013
Sundance Film Festival USA: Kill Your Darlings

A murder brings together the leading figures of the Beat Generation in this revealing drama.

Thu, Jan 31, 2013
Sold Out
The Comedy

A fearlessly provocative, acerbic, pitch-black portrait of privileged Williamsburgians.

Nov 16—Nov 22, 2012
Film Series
Chuck Amuck

The best of iconic animator Chuck Jones, screened alongside films that bear his influence.

Nov 23—Nov 26, 2012
Film Series
Max von Sydow

We celebrate the career of a Swedish icon, whose work has spanned more than six decades.

Nov 27—Dec 14, 2012
Film Series
Home for the Holidays

From the perverse to the sublime, these films are sure to make for one schizoid holiday season.

Dec 15—Dec 20, 2012
The Wiz

The Motown-produced take on The Wizard of Oz, starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

Mon, Dec 17, 2012
Film Series
A Quick One, While The Who’s in Town

A revisit of The Who's filmography, including a week-long run of Quadrophenia.

Nov 2—Nov 15, 2012

A father seeks justice for his son's murder in this critique of the New York legal system.

Mon, Nov 12, 2012
Film Series
Puppets on Film

This wide-ranging, interactive series features puppets as you have never seen them before.

Nov 9—Nov 11, 2012
Film Series
For Demon Lovers

Celebrate Halloween with this demon threesome.

Oct 30—Nov 1, 2012
Unsound Co-Presents: The Ancient Law

A rarely screened silent masterpiece with a new, live score by Thomas Köner.

Wed, Oct 10, 2012
Film Series
Salut les jeunes! Young French Cinema

BAMcinématek celebrates ACID, a French association that mentors young, emerging filmmakers.

Oct 17—Oct 25, 2012
Film Series
Born in Flames: New Queer Cinema

BAMcinématek looks back at this seminal cultural movement of the early 90s.

Oct 9—Oct 16, 2012
Film Series
IFC Sneaks

A first look at the most anticipated new releases from IFC Films and Sundance Selects.

Oct 26—Oct 28, 2012
Film Series
Apocalypse Soon

A film quartet of end-of-world scenarios to cope with the coming Mayan apocalypse.

Oct 4—Oct 7, 2012
Film Series
John le Carré

A retrospective of the best adaptations of John le Carré’s classic espionage novels.

Sep 27—Oct 3, 2012
Sneak Preview: Wuthering Heights

An excitingly fresh, visually stunning take on Emily Brontë’s epic love story.

Tue, Sep 25, 2012
Film Series
10 Years of Film Movement

Greatest hits from a distributor that champions the best in emerging world cinema.

Sep 18—Sep 26, 2012
Brooklyn Book Festival: Withnail and I

This British comedy gem chronicles the booze-fueled misadventures of two jobless actors.

Thu, Sep 20, 2012
Film Series
American Gagsters: Great Comedy Teams

This series showcases some of the greatest actor-director partnerships in American comedy.

Aug 8—Sep 17, 2012
Film Series
Swoon: 20th Anniversary

A celebration of the 20th anniversary of a New Queer Cinema milestone.

Thu, Sep 13, 2012
Film Series
The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Critic Mark Cousins’ idiosyncratic valentine to the quintessential 20th-century art form.

Aug 14—Sep 11, 2012
Sneak Preview: Keep the Lights On

This chronicle of a relationship is "a front-runner for best American film of the year" (Village Voice).

Thu, Sep 6, 2012
Sneak Preview: Beloved

Catherine Deneuve stars as an aging call girl in Christophe Honoré’s new musical.

Mon, Aug 13, 2012
Spaceballs: 25th Anniversary

Mel Brooks' sci-fi spoof celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new HD restoration.

Tue, Aug 7, 2012

Three Seattle teens develop extraordinary powers after they encounter a glowing object.

Wed, Aug 1, 2012
Film Series
Do the Reggae

BAMcinématek celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence with 14 reggae films

Aug 2—Aug 6, 2012
Selections by Elliott Stein: Pursued

A New Mexico rancher (Robert Mitchum) struggles to confront his traumatic past.

Tue, Jul 31, 2012
Film Series
Animation Weekend

A weekend with two of North America's greatest animated film festivals.

Jul 27—Jul 29, 2012
Film Series
Grace Kelly: The Cool Blonde

Grace Kelly set a new standard for beauty and sophistication in a six year career.

Jul 13—Jul 26, 2012
Shut Up and Play the Hits

A document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and intimate portrait of James Murphy.

Wed, Jul 18, 2012
Daisies (Sedmikrasky)

An endlessly inventive, formally radical ode to rebellion and food wastage.

Jul 6—Jul 12, 2012
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei) 3D

Takashi Miike's adaptation of Masaki Kobayashi's classic tale of an unemployed samurai.

Thu, Jul 5, 2012
Film Series
Frank Capra Fourth

Celebrate Independence Day with two of Capra's most inspirational films. 

Jul 3—Jul 4, 2012
Film Series
Tangerine Dreams

In advance of the band's US tour this July, BAMcinématek presents a 10-film primer.

Jun 1—Jun 7, 2012
Lola Versus

Greta Gerwig plays a graduate student getting ready to settle into married life.

Thu, Jun 7, 2012
We Won't Grow Old Together

Maurice Pialat's harrowing account of a relationship in breakdown.

Jun 8—Jun 14, 2012
The Pruitt Igoe Myth
This documentary explores the issues that led to the decline of public housing.
Mon, Jun 11, 2012
Selections by Elliott Stein: The Scoundrel

Noel Coward makes his film debut in this sardonic Golden Age dramedy.

Mon, Jun 18, 2012
Film Series
BAMcinématek Favorites

BAMcinématek reaches into the vaults for two 60s masterpieces.

Jun 15—Jun 19, 2012
Film Series
New Czech Films

See what's hot in contemporary Bohemian filmmaking with New Czech Films.

May 9—May 13, 2012
Film Series
4 By Zvyagintsev

The first New York retrospective of Andrey Zvyagintsev comes to BAM.

May 13—May 15, 2012
Film Series

The cinematic companion to BAM's annual DanceAfrica celebration.

May 25—May 27, 2012
Film Series
A Night of Oz

BAMcinématek presents this pair of 80s comedies directed by the inimitable Frank Oz.

Wed, May 16, 2012
Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame

The National Baseball Hall of Fame celebrates the new season with rare cinematic treasures.

Thu, May 17, 2012
Film Series
The Color Wheel + Perry Picks

Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel makes its US theatrical premiere.

May 18—May 24, 2012
Film Series
3 Black Tales By Roy William Neill

A trio of films from director Roy William Neill including his final movie, Black Angel.

May 30—May 31, 2012
The Apple Pushers

This documentary follows the inspiring stories of immigrant NYC Green Cart vendors.

Tue, May 29, 2012