AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Series & Events
Oct 26–Nov 24, 2019
Slovak-born Juraj Herz was a lightning rod for controversy following the release of his 1969 black comedy THE CREMATOR who, notwithstanding that film's ban by the Communist regime, continued to live and work prolifically in Czechoslovakia, turning out an immensely varied, always challenging body of work. Self-taught as a filmmaker, Herz studied acting and puppetry alongside Jan Švankmajer rather than attending the Prague Film School, and developed an autodidact outsider’s willingness to experiment and innovate.
As a Slovak Jew and Holocaust survivor, Herz was perhaps understandably drawn toward dark subject matter, practically inventing a Czechoslovak horror-fantasy tradition with troubling works like MORGIANA (1972) and FERAT VAMPIRE (1982), spinning a Gothic fairy tale in his BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1978), and exploring his memories of the concentration camp in his chilling CAUGHT BY NIGHT (1986). Upon his death in April of 2018, a Sight & Sound obituary deemed Herz "ripe for discovery by international audiences" — and we couldn’t agree more. (Courtesy of Metrograph/Nick Pinkerton.)
This touring retrospective is produced by Comeback Company and curated by Irena Kovarova. Originated at Metrograph, New York. Films provided by the Czech National Film Archive and První veřejnoprávní.
The pioneering writer-director Preston Sturges (1898–1959) was one of the greatest comedy filmmakers of Hollywood's Golden Age. A busy screenwriter in the 1930s, he transitioned to directing with 1940's THE GREAT MCGINTY, for which he won the first Oscar® awarded for Best Original Screenplay. He went on to enjoy the peak of his career throughout the early 1940s, producing a string of sophisticated farces and screwball comedies of rare invention and wit.
Select screenings in this series will feature an introduction and book signing by Preston Sturges' son Tom Sturges, author of "Preston Sturges: The Last Years of Hollywood's First Writer-Director." Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Oct 25-Nov 27, 2019. See every film and save with the Silent Cinema Showcase Pass! Click "Gifts and Passes" at the top of this page to purchase.
The Silent Cinema Showcase returns with another selection of newly restored screen classics and rare gems from the silent era. Silent filmmaking was an art form unto itself, one that sound films may have replaced, but did not necessarily surpass. This year, get acquainted with great silent film talents Buster Keaton, Pola Negri, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, Ossi Oswalda and Theda Bara, plus the dedicated and talented musicians who bring these films to life with their inventive accompaniment, including Donald Sosin, Ben Model, Gabriel Thibaudeau and Maurizio Guarini of Goblin. This year's program features some of our favorite small combos, including Alloy Orchestra and Not So Silent Cinema, and several large-scale special events, including performances by the Flat Earth Society Ensemble; Philip Carli and Flower City Society Orchestra; the Columbia Orchestra and the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra.
See also: NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR with live accompaniment by Maurizio Guarini of Goblin, playing Oct 25 & 26 in our Halloween on Screen series
An ongoing slate of limited engagements, updated weekly.
Oct 27–Nov 21, 2019.
The AFI Silver is proud to partner with the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States to celebrate Taiwanese cinema with seven films highlighting the breadth of Taiwan's cinematic talent. See classics from New Cinema masters Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang and Second New Wave pioneers Tsai Ming-liang and Ang Lee, and a 15th-anniversary screening of 20 30 40 by multi-hyphenate Sylvia Chang, then take a peek into Taiwan's exciting contemporary film landscape with Midi Z's breathtaking, Cannes-debuted psychological thriller NINA WU.
Taiwan Cinema Rediscovered is made possible by the generous support of the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.