Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II (1944/1958)
Classics at the Browning
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8:00 PM
Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
With Nikolai Cherkasov, Serafima Birman, Pavel Kadochnikov
Not Rated, 191 minutes, DVD
Russian with English subtitles
Navigating the deadly waters of Stalinist politics, Eisenstein was able to film two parts of his planned trilogy about the troubled sixteenth-century tsar who united Russia. Visually stunning and powerfully acted, Ivan the Terrible charts the rise to power and descent into terror of this veritable dictator. Though pleased with the first installment, Stalin detested the portrait in the second film—with its summary executions and secret police—and promptly banned it. Note: There will be a brief intermission between Parts I and II.
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011)
History on Film
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7:00 PM
Directed by Pamela Yates
Not Rated, 104 minutes, BluRay
In January 2012, a Guatemalan court indicted former Guatemalan general and dictator Efraín Ríos Montt for mass murders of the Mayan people during the 1980s, becoming the first former head of state to be tried in his own country for genocide. In 1982, filmmaker Pamela Yates gained unprecedented access to Ríos Montt, his generals and leftist guerrillas documented in the film, When the Mountains Tremble (1983). Thirty years later, Yates’s film and its outtakes provide crucial evidence to finally bring the former dictator to justice.
Filmmakers Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis are scheduled to appear in person.
Joyeux Noel (2006)
New at the Browning
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:30 PM
Directed by Christian Carion
With Benno Fürmann, Gulliaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger
Rated PG-13, 116 minutes, 35mm
English, French and German with English subtitles
Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Joyëux Noel tells the true-life story of the spontaneous Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War I. Enemies leave their weapons behind for one night as they band together in brotherhood and forget about the brutalities of war.
New at the Browning
Friday, December 5, 2014, 9:30 PM
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 6:30 PM
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 9:30 PM
Directed by John Michael McDonagh
With Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly
Rated R, 100 minutes, DCP
Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kely Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral and often comic problems, he feels sinister forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
The Barber of Seville
The Met Opera Live in HD
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1:00 PM
The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy—featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera—stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score. 205 minutes.
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