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BAMcinématek

 
 

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

 
 
 
 
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"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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Current Film Series
Film Series
BAMkids Movie Matinees
Oct 12—Dec 14, 2014
 
BAMkids Movie Matinees
Oct 12—Dec 14, 2014
 

This Sunday afternoon series offers families the perfect introduction to classic children’s films on the big screen, curated by BAMcinématek.

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Film Series
Overdue
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
 
Overdue
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
 

Critics Nick Pinkerton and Nicolas Rapold introduce this series of unsung cinematic gems, paired for your delectation.

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Articles 
 

BAMcinématek named Best Film Series in Time Out’s Best of New York 2013! 

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PAST EVENTS
Film Series
A Pryor Engagement
 

This 18-film retrospective is a wild and wired tribute to one of comedy’s most incendiary voices.

Feb 8—Feb 21, 2013
 
 
Film Series
New Voices in Black Cinema
 

This festival of new black cinema returns for its third year with films that redefine the black experience.

Feb 15—Feb 18, 2013
 
 
Film
Valentine's Day Dinner & a Movie: Roman Holiday
 

Swoon your way through Valentine’s Day with this beloved royalty-gone-wild romantic comedy.

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
 
 
Film Series
New York Korean Film Festival
 

From dreamy romantic comedy to queasy K-horror, we gather the best in recent Korean cinema.

Feb 22—Feb 24, 2013
 
 
Film
Moonstruck
 

Cher is at her Oscar-winning best in this delightful Brooklyn Heights-set romantic comedy.

Mon, Feb 25, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Tuesdays with Elliott
 

We salute the life of beloved Cinemachat host Elliott Stein with a collection of rarities.

Feb 26—Apr 23, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Two from the World Cinema Foundation
 

This series presents two neglected world cinema masterpieces in eye-opening restorations.

Feb 27—Feb 28, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
 

America's leading French film festival!

Mar 1—Mar 6, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Saharan Frequencies
 

This series gathers seven rare gems that explore the sounds of North Africa.

Mar 4—Mar 18, 2013
 
 
Film
Willow: 25th Anniversary
 

Ron Howard's sword-and-sorcery spectacle turns 25 this year.

Thu, Mar 7, 2013
New DCP
 
 
Film Series
Adjani
 

This retrospective celebrates one of French cinema's greatest actresses at her smoldering best.

Mar 8—Mar 21, 2013
 
 
Film
Le Pont du Nord
 

Jacques Rivette’s masterful thriller is a hallucinatory cinephilic fever dream.

Mar 22—Mar 28, 2013
New 35mm print
 
 
Film
Somebody Up There Likes Me
 

Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreations) stars in this award-winning, deadpan comedic fable.

Mar 29—Apr 4, 2013
New York premiere
 
 
Film
Simon Killer
 

The line between heartbreak and derangement is thin in this bold, unsettling film.

Thu, Apr 4, 2013
Sneak Preview
 
 
Film Series
Miyazaki
 

The films of Hayao Miyazaki are testaments to the enduring power of animation.

Apr 5—Apr 14, 2013
 
 
Film
Earth Girls Are Easy: 25th Anniversary
 

A trio of aliens prowl a day-glo 80s LA in this delightfully goofy cult musical.

Mon, Apr 8, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Science on Screen
 

Experts explain the connections between movies and science in this ongoing series.

Apr 15, 2013—May 19, 2014
 
 
Film Series
Two Beats by Kitano
 

Kitano combines eye-popping violence, deadpan humor, and disarming sincerity.

Apr 16—Apr 17, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Magnificent Obsession: Douglas Sirk & Rock Hudson
 

Douglas Sirk’s amazing melodramas take bourgeois crises to Wagnerian heights.

Apr 19—Apr 21, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Earth Day
 

Two vital new documentaries explore major environmental dilemmas.

Apr 21—Apr 22, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Day of Heaven
 

A marathon of Malick masterpieces in sublime 35mm.

Sun, Apr 28, 2013
 
 
Film
BAMcinématek Favorite: The Buddy Holly Story
 

Buddy Holly goes from Texas teen to 1950s superstar in this appealing biopic.

Tue, Apr 30, 2013
New 35mm print!
 
 
Film
May Day: Class Relations
 

Straub and Huillet’s take on Kafka’s Amerika is a dystopian anti-capitalist fable.

Wed, May 1, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Friedkin 70s
 

William Friedkin’s remarkable 70s output captures its era’s volatile spirit.

May 2—May 7, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Booed at Cannes
 

Bresson, Dreyer, and Truffaut all felt the wrath of the notorious audience at Cannes.

May 8—May 23, 2013
 
 
Film
Looney Tunes!
 

Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and company wreak havoc in this special family matinee!

Sat, May 11, 2013
 
 
Film
Frances Ha
 

Greta Gerwig stars in this endearing, NYC-set homage to the French New Wave.

Tue, May 14, 2013
Sneak Preview
 
 
Sold Out
 
Film Series
FilmAfrica
 

Discover the best new African films in this cinematic companion to DanceAfrica.

May 24—May 27, 2013
 
 
Film Series
An Evening with Joss Whedon
 

Pop juggernaut Joss Whedon appears in person to discuss his idiosyncratic cult hits.

Thu, May 30, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Russian Cinema Now
 

A unique series of contemporary Russian films, featuring Alexander Sokurov’s Faust.

Jun 7—Jun 13, 2013
 
 
Film
Loonier Tunes!
 

Bugs, Daffy, and friends return to our screens for more cwaaazy hijinks!

Sat, Jun 8, 2013
 
 
Film
The Bling Ring
 

This sharp satire follows a group of infamous teens who burglarize celebrity homes.

Mon, Jun 10, 2013
Sneak Preview
 
 
Film
Storm Surfers 3D
 

This 3D documentary chronicles a surfing duo’s mad quest for Australia’s biggest waves.

Jun 14—Jun 18, 2013
 
 
Programs
BAMcinemaFest 2013
 

New York’s “best independent film showcase” (The New Yorker) presents its fifth annual festival.

Jun 19—Jun 28, 2013
 
 
Film Series
The Hitchcock 9
 

Discover the silent films of the world's most famous director in nine new restorations.

Jun 29—Jul 3, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Big Screen Epics 2013
 

Experience classic Hollywood spectacles on the grand Steinberg Screen.

Jul 3—Jul 22, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Cassavetes
 

A showcase of the godfather of American independent cinema's work as director and actor.

Jul 6—Jul 31, 2013
 
 
Film
Sundance ShortsLab
 

Sundance Institute presents a day-long educational workshop for filmmakers.

Sun, Jul 14, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Animation Weekend
 
This year's animation showcase features Beavis and Butthead, Don Bluth, and more!
Jul 26—Jul 28, 2013
 
 
Film
Prince Avalanche
 

Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star in this buddy comedy. David Gordon Green in person!

Thu, Aug 1, 2013
Sneak Preview
 
 
Film
The Blues Accordin' to Les Blank
 

A 3-film tribute to the brilliantly idiosyncratic ethnographer, who passed away this year.

Thu, Aug 1, 2013
 
 
Film
Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer
 

A portrait of Brooklyn’s leading hip-hop chronicler, featuring Q&As with special guests!

Aug 2—Aug 8, 2013
US Theatrical Premiere
 
 
Film
Doin’ It in the Park
 

This award-winning film brings to life the world of New York City pick-up basketball.

Fri, Aug 9, 2013
Outdoor Screening
 
 
Free
Film Series
Chaplin in 35mm
 

Rediscover four of Chaplin’s poignant and outlandish comedy classics in 35mm.

Aug 9—Aug 12, 2013
 
 
Film Series
A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement
 

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with classics and rarities.

Aug 13—Aug 28, 2013
 
 
Film Series
The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy
 

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost appear in person for this special marathon.

Sat, Aug 17, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Enter the Dragon + 5 Wing Chun Classics
 

A week run of Enter the Dragon, plus five other wing chun classics.

Aug 29—Sep 5, 2013
 
 
Film
Serge Bromberg Treasures
 

The world-famous film preservationist presents new restorations of silent comedic gems.

Thu, Sep 5, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Skateboarding Is Not a Crime
 

This series captures the best in 1970s counterculture coolness and four-wheel acrobatics.

Sep 6—Sep 23, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Marlene Goes West
 

The Ultimate Love Goddess brings her exotic beauty to four rough-and-tumble Westerns.

Sep 9—Sep 12, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Alfred Hayes, Screenwriter
 

Discover the film work of celebrated novelist and journalist Alfred Hayes.

Sep 18—Sep 19, 2013
 
 
Film
An Evening with Peter Rainer: Rear Window
 

Verteran critic Peter Rainer joins audiences to discuss Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece.

Tue, Sep 24, 2013
Curator's Choice
 
 
Film Series
I Am Divine
 

John Waters’ outrageous muse breaks every taboo in these foul and funny films.

Sep 25—Oct 3, 2013
 
 
Film
Charles Bradley: Soul of America
 

This moving documentary captures the life and music of a rising soul star.

Fri, Sep 27, 2013
Sneak Preview
 
 
Film
Dog Day Afternoon
 

Al Pacino stars in one of the best summer-in-the-city films ever.

Mon, Sep 30, 2013
 
 
Film
Forbidden Planet
 

Author Matthew Buchholz introduces this startlingly imaginative sci-fi classic.

Tue, Oct 1, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Cassavetes Redux
 

The godfather of American independent cinema returns to BAM by popular demand.

Oct 4—Oct 9, 2013
 
 
Film
Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film
 

This strikingly lensed rockumentary follows troubadour Bill Callahan (Smog) on tour.


Mon, Oct 7, 2013
 
 
Sold Out
 
Film
The Beast with Five Fingers
 

Peter Lorre stars in this classic chiller about a pianist’s severed hand.

Thu, Oct 10, 2013
Curator's Choice
 
 
Film
Trouble Every Day
 

Claire Denis’ heady and haunting cannibal film runs for one week in a new 35mm print.

Oct 11—Oct 17, 2013
One week only
 
 
Film
American Promise
 

An intimate look at race, education, and black American middle-class life.

Tue, Oct 15, 2013
Sneak Preview
 
 
Film Series
Karen Black
 

Karen Black’s offbeat performances embodied the defiant spirit of 1970s New Hollywood.

Oct 18—Oct 24, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Puppets on Film
 

This annual weekend of the best puppetry on film returns for its third edition.

Oct 25—Oct 27, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Dern + Black
 

Bruce Dern and Karen Black light up the screen together in three gems from the 1970s.

Oct 28—Nov 5, 2013
 
 
Film
2 by Norman Mailer: Maidstone + Untitled
 

Two films by Norman Mailer, followed by a discussion with his son and biographer.

Wed, Oct 30, 2013
 
 
Film
Morricone Youth: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger
 

This Halloween screening of Hitchcock's classic features live music by Morricone Youth.

Thu, Oct 31, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Nordic Noir: Kjell Sundvall
 

A contemporary master of Swedish crime cinema joins audiences to discuss his best work.

Nov 1—Nov 2, 2013
 
 
Film
Martin Amis Presents Roman Polanski's Macbeth
 

Acclaimed novelist Martin Amis introduces Roman Polanski's bold take on Shakespeare.

Mon, Nov 4, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Bobcat Goldthwait
 

Three provocative comedies, including the New York premiere of Goldthwait's latest.

Sun, Nov 3, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Independent of Reality: The Films of Jan Nemec
 

The first full-career U.S. retrospective of a Czechoslovak New Wave enfant terrible.


Nov 8—Nov 14, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Hot Dern!
 

BAMcinématek pays tribute to this ever-surprising virtuoso actor.

Nov 16—Nov 27, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Kid Stuff
 

Some of the most empathetic evocations of childhood by cinema’s favorite auteurs.

Nov 28—Dec 2, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Of Freaks and Men: The Films of Aleksei Balabanov
 

The outré, darkly comic films of this radical Russian director are ripe for discovery.

Dec 3—Dec 10, 2013
 
 
Film Series
Migrating Forms
 

A festival of the most audacious moving-image work from the film and art worlds.

Dec 11—Dec 17, 2013
 
 
Film
An Evening with Bruce Dern
 

Cannes Best Actor winner Bruce Dern comes to BAM for an in-depth discussion of his career.

Wed, Dec 4, 2013
 
 
Sold Out
 
Film
Her
 

Director Spike Jonze introduces his acclaimed new film starring Joaquin Phoenix.


 

Mon, Dec 9, 2013
Members only
 
 
Sold Out
 
Film
Stalker
 

Andrei Tarkovsky’s tense sci-fi classic screens in a rare 35mm print.

Dec 18—Dec 19, 2013
Imported 35mm print
 
 
Film
Animation Block Presents: Late Night Work Club
 

Join us for shocking, spooky tales by the most innovative animation artists on the scene.


Thu, Dec 19, 2013