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Series & Events

July 15–Sept. 14
Julie Andrews has enchanted audiences around the world for more than seven decades with her exceptional work on stage and screen. A three-time Academy Award® nominee, Andrews made her showstopping feature film debut in MARY POPPINS (1964), for which she won an Oscar®, a BAFTA and the hearts of children (and parents) across the globe. In the subsequent years, Andrews forged a remarkable career, winning five Golden Globes, three Grammys® and two Emmys®, in addition to being a Kennedy Center honoree, a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of a SAG Life Achievement Award. And she shows no signs of slowing down. You could say that she's simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

This series celebrates Andrews as the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award honoree and pays tribute to some of the screen legend's greatest roles, including her turn as everyone's favorite nanny in MARY POPPINS, her timeless performance as Maria von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC and her work in films made with husband Blake Edwards (the gender-bending VICTOR/VICTORIA), George Roy Hill (1920s musical spoof THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE) and Alfred Hitchcock (political thriller TORN CURTAIN). We cap the series with Andrews' dazzling performance as Gertrude Lawrence in Robert Wise's 1969 extravaganza STAR!, screening in 70mm.

June 24–July 14
Recently given an honorary Academy Award® for her "bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking as a writer, director and actress," Elaine May has carved out a singular career on stage and screen. With her writing and performing partner Mike Nichols, she formed the legendary comedy team of Nichols and May, which revolutionized American comedy in the 1950s and '60s. Her brilliance as a comedic actress can be seen in her screen directorial debut A NEW LEAF, as well as Herbert Ross' CALIFORNIA SUITE and Woody Allen's SMALL TIME CROOKS, and in 2019 she won a Tony for her performance in Kenneth Lonergan's play "The Waverly Gallery."

As a screenwriter for films directed by others, her credits include HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1978) and THE BIRDCAGE; she's also credited with making crucial, uncredited contributions to both TOOTSIE and REDS as a script doctor. But the multitalented May is above all the director of four film classics: A NEW LEAF, with May starring opposite Walter Matthau; the devastatingly funny Neil Simon adaptation THE HEARTBREAK KID, starring Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd and May's daughter Jeannie Berlin; the quirky crime yarn MIKEY & NICKY, starring John Cassavetes and Peter Falk; and the wondrous and unfairly maligned ISHTAR, starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman.

July 17–Sept. 21
After World War II, New York City experienced a creative rebirth of its film industry, playing host to a variety of shot-on-location films noir, scrappy independent dramas that tackled subjects the major studios ignored, and ultimately the game-changing classic ON THE WATERFRONT in 1954, winner of eight Oscars®. Quite a comeback for a city the film industry was said to have abandoned.

The American movie industry originated in New York before relocating to Hollywood, and by the 1940s, few films were still shot "back east." Yet a surprising mix of niche businesses held on, including independently produced "race films" made for the still-segregated African American market; industrial, promotional and educational films; and the city's biggest film producer at the time, the U.S. Army's Signal Corps facility in Queens. All of these productions drew from the same pool of local talent for their crews and casts, and once Hollywood filmmakers began to rediscover the unique possibilities for New York-set stories filmed on location, a new chapter in the city's film history was written.

This series is based on Richard Koszarski's book "Keep 'Em in the East: Kazan, Kubrick, and the Postwar New York Film Renaissance" and features a wide-ranging selection of the innovative films that were made in this unique time and place. Copies of the book will be available for purchase on site, and Koszarski will introduce several screenings in person on Friday, Aug. 19.

July 19–Sept. 19
A leading figure of the American cinema renaissance of the 1970s, director, writer, producer, actor, historian, critic and curator Peter Bogdanovich (1939–2022) drew on his deep knowledge of studio-era Hollywood history to forge an extraordinary career behind the camera, emerging as one of the most distinctive voices of a generation of young filmmakers that included Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. After starting out as an actor, Bogdanovich pursued a career as a repertory film programmer, curating groundbreaking retrospectives dedicated to his cinematic heroes Orson Welles, Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock for the Museum of Modern Art. Drawing inspiration from and reimagining genres popular during Hollywood's glory days through a prism of 1970s cynicism, Bogdanovich turned to directing, breaking into the mainstream with 1971's THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, a coming-of-age elegy to the American West, which earned eight Academy Award® nominations, including Best Director.

This series showcases the breadth of Bogdanovich's directorial work, starting with 1968's TARGETS — his first credited work as a director — a stylized crime thriller produced by Roger Corman and co-written by Bogdanovich's then-wife Polly Platt, a major creative collaborator on his first four films.

April 29–July 14
This series rounds up a wide range of recent digital restorations of screen classics. Here's your chance to see them back on the big screen and looking better than they have in years, thanks to the efforts of dedicated film archivists and specialty distributors.

July 15–Sept. 21
Dominating the 1930s, and flourishing into the 1940s, the screwball comedy genre emerged in Hollywood during the Great Depression to delight audiences with fast-paced dialogue, farcical plots, comedic tension between the sexes, mismatched romances, piercing class criticism, relentless optimism and phenomenal female characters. Directors as varied as Frank Capra, George Cukor, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch and Preston Sturges worked alongside some of the era's finest actors and actresses — among them Jean Arthur, Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Irene Dunne, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Rosalind Russell, Barbara Stanwyck and Jimmy Stewart — to craft a genre that provided a much-needed escape during a time of great hardship and also commented on contemporary social realities, sexual norms and gender roles, all while creatively working around the restrictions of the Hollywood Production Code (cheerfully ignored since its implementation in 1930, it was newly enforced beginning in 1934) under the camouflage of comedy.

This summer, we celebrate screwball with an embarrassment of comedic riches, including all-time classics like IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, TWENTIETH CENTURY, HIS GIRL FRIDAY, NINOTCHKA and THE LADY EVE, plus rare 35mm screenings of Garson Kanin's MY FAVORITE WIFE and Howard Hawks' BALL OF FIRE and I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE.

April 29–July 13
Trailblazing actor and director Sidney Poitier (1927–2022) — a founding Vice Chair of the American Film Institute and recipient of the 20th AFI Life Achievement Award — forged a singular path in American cinema as one of the first and most visible Black stars in Hollywood, as a boundary-pushing director and as an activist and diplomat. In 2002, he was given an Honorary Academy Award®, in recognition of his "remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being."

This retrospective presents a selection of Poitier's finest work both in front of the camera and behind it. Highlights include Poitier's first credited screen role in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Oscar®-nominated noir NO WAY OUT (1950); LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963), for which Poitier became the first Black actor to win an Oscar® in a leading role; and 50th-anniversary screenings of Poitier's directorial debut, the action-comedy-Western BUCK AND THE PREACHER (1972). We also spotlight some of Poitier's best-known and most beloved work with THE DEFIANT ONES (1958), A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1961), IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967).

An ongoing slate of limited engagements, updated weekly.

AFI Silver presents an exciting selection of filmed performances ranging from one-of-a-kind concerts to stage productions from the National Theatre.

April 29–July 14
Explore the wondrous worlds of Studio Ghibli with this comprehensive retrospective showcasing all of the feature-length films produced by the famed Japanese animation studio founded by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki (plus the added bonus of Miyazaki's pre-Studio Ghibli masterwork NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND).

From popular features like SPIRITED AWAY and HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE to rarities like OCEAN WAVES and MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS, these films are sure to delight audiences of all ages. Series made possible by GKIDS.

July 15–Sept. 20
A colossus of world cinema, Toshiro Mifune (1920–1997) thrilled audiences over a four-decade career spanning 150 films, with 16 directed by Akira Kurosawa. Though famous for his gruff, boisterous turns as a samurai, Mifune was a talented thespian equally adept at more restrained roles. Take it from Kurosawa himself: "I am a person rarely impressed by actors… [b]ut in the case of Mifune I was completely overwhelmed." In addition to his prolific collaboration with Kurosawa, Mifune starred in films directed by other Japanese heavyweights, including Masaki Kobayashi, Mikio Naruse and Kihachi Okamoto.

This retrospective presents a broad selection of Mifune's films drawn from across his entire career, with several rare 35mm prints imported from Japan. Highlights include RASHOMON, the Venice Golden Lion-winner that catapulted Japanese cinema onto the world stage; the genre-defining jidaigeki SEVEN SAMURAI; the actor's striking physical transformation into an elderly paranoiac in I LIVE IN FEAR; Mifune's sole collaboration with director Mikio Naruse, A WIFE'S HEART, showcasing the actor's tender side; the international all-star action-packed Western RED SUN (1971); and the thrilling swordfight spectaculars YOJIMBO, SANJURO, THE SWORD OF DOOM, SAMURAI REBELLION.

This series is made possible with the support of The Japan Foundation. Special thanks to Bruce Goldstein and Film Forum.