Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema

Join host Jonathan Demme for a wild ride through the cinematic past.

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55 Days at Peking

55 Days at Peking


Charlton Heston stars as the leader of a multinational army that heads to Peking to stave off the anti-foreigner Boxer Rebellion of 1900. An extrava- gant epic—and commercial disaster —directed by Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause), it features David Niven as the fussy British ambassador and Ava Gardner as a sultry Russian baroness. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive 

Q&A host Jonathan Demme

Nicholas Ray. 1963. 154 m. NR. USA. The Weinstein Company.

Sun. May 3   5:00 PM

Tickets: $9 (members), $14 (nonmembers)
Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man

Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man


"Perhaps the least known of Bertolucci's features, it is far from the least interesting." (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader)

The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy the owner hatches a plan to use the ransom money as a reinvestment in the factory. A truly rarely seen masterpiece from the legendary director – produced between two more well-known Bertolucci titles, 1900 (1976) and The Last Emperor (1987) – Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man is a must-see film for not only fans of Italian cinema, but the medium on the whole. Screening from a 35mm print courtesy of Luce-Cinecitta.

Q&A host Jonathan Demme

Bernardo Bertolucci. 1981. 116 m. PG. Italy, Italian with subtitles. Swank Releasing.

Sun. June 7   5:00 PM

Tickets: $9 (members), $14 (nonmembers)