NYFF50: Masterworks

September 29 – October 14

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Restorations, revivals and rediscoveries from cinema’s past, as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen. This year's Masterworks section includes two special series: Cinéastes/Cinema of Our Time and Men of Cinema: Pierre Riessent and the Cinema Mac Mahon.

In This Series

Cousin Jules

Cousin Jules

Dominique Benicheti | 1972 | 91 mins

A rediscovered masterpiece of world cinema, focused on the everyday life of a farmer (the filmmaker’s cousin) and his wife in the remote French countryside.

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Downpour

Downpour

Bahram Beyza’i! | 1972 | 128 mins

Bahram Beyza’i in person!

The remarkable debut feature by director Bahram Beyza’i tells the story of a schoolteacher who falls in love with the sister of one of his students in a poor village.

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Fellini Satyricon

Fellini Satyricon

Federico Fellini | 1969 | 128 mins

Better late than never, perpetual NYFF bridesmaid Federico Fellini makes his very first festival appearance with this new restoration of his Oscar-nominated 1969 classic.

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Field Diary

Field Diary

Amos Gitai | 1982 | 83 mins

30th Anniversary Screening! Amos Gitai in person!

Amos Gitai’s landmark documentary about the Israeli occupation of the West Bank helped to end, in Gitai’s words, the “myth of the good occupation.”

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Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate

Michael Cimino | 1980 | 216 mins

Michael Cimino and Kris Kristofferson in person!

Michael Cimino’s much-discussed but rarely screened western epic returns in a glorious new restoration of the director’s final cut, personally supervised by Cimino himself.

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The King of Marvin Gardens

The King of Marvin Gardens

Bob Rafelson | 1972 | 103 mins

Bob Rafelson in person!

Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern star as estranged brothers trying to get rich quick in bottomed-out Atlantic City in director Bob Rafelson’s great and largely unheralded follow-up to his Five Easy Pieces.

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Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

David Lean | 1962 | 242 mins

The screen's greatest epic returns in a magnificent 4K restoration. A Sony Pictures Repertory release.

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Little Shop of Horrors (The Director’s Cut)

Little Shop of Horrors (The Director’s Cut)

Frank Oz | 1986 | 103 mins

Director Frank Oz, actress Ellen Greene, composer Alan Menken and film restorer Kurt Galvao in person!

Director Frank Oz’s ebullient adaptation of the smash Off-Broadway musical has finally been restored to its original director’s cut, including 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage. A Warner Home Video release.

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The Mattei Affair

The Mattei Affair

Francesco Rosi | 1972 | 116 mins

Francesco Rosi’s Palme d’Or-winning bio-pic stars the great Gian Maria Volonté as Enrico Mattei, the Italian businessman who sought to develop the country’s energy efficiency before dying under mysterious circumstances in 1962.

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Native Son

Native Son

Pierre Chenal | 1951 | 104 mins

Heavily censored upon its initial American release, French director Pierre Chenal’s provocative adaptation of Richard Wright’s controversial bestseller has been fully restored to its original 104-minute running time.

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Nothing But a Man

Nothing But a Man

Michael Roemer | 1964 | 95 mins

Director Michael Roemer and cinematographer Robert M. Young in person!

Director Michael Roemer and cinematographer Robert M. Young brought the influence of cinema vérité to this landmark drama about a newlywed black couple facing the social challenges of 1960s America.

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Old Czech Legends

Old Czech Legends

Jiří Trnka | 1953 | 91 mins

Six classic Czech folktales come to life in the brilliant puppet animation of Jiří Trnka, who would have turned 100 this year.

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The Overcoat

The Overcoat

Grigori Kozintsev | Leonid Trauberg | 1926 | 84 mins

Live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra!

The marvelous Alloy Orchestra returns to NYFF to accompany this rarely screened masterpiece of Soviet silent cinema, based on Gogol’s tragicomic story. Screening with Filmstudie (Hans Richter, 1926).

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Re-Introducing Marnie: William Rothman on Hitchcock’s Last Masterpiece

Re-Introducing Marnie: William Rothman on Hitchcock’s Last Masterpiece

Alfred Hitchcock | 1964 | 130 mins

The Master of Suspense’s strange tale of a thief (Tippi Hedren) with an unnatural fear of thunderstorms and men will be presented and analyzed by leading Hitchcock scholar William Rothman, author of Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze.

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Richard III

Richard III

Laurence Olivier | 1955 | 161 mins

Screening introduced by Martin Scorsese!

Immaculately restored to its full Technicolor glory, the finest entry of Laurence Olivier’s Shakespeare adaptations features the actor-director as the eponymous hunchback duke who will stop at nothing to win the British throne.

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The Rolling Stones – Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland ‘65

The Rolling Stones – Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland ‘65

Peter Whitehead | Mick Gochanour | 1966/2012 | 65 mins

This newly restored version of director Peter Whitehead’s behind-the-scenes diary of The Rolling Stones on tour in Ireland in 1965 is an invaluable document of the band becoming the legend.

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The Satin Slipper

The Satin Slipper

Manoel de Oliveira | 1985 | 410 mins

Manoel de Oliveira’s epic rendering of playwright Paul Claudel’s verse masterwork, initially screened at the 1985 NYFF in a drastically cut two-hour version, presented here in its full seven-hour cut.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

David Hand | 1937 | 83 mins

Family Film: $10 tickets... for everyone! Please note: This screening will take place in the Walter Reade Theater.

Disney’s timeless tale of a princess banished from the palace and then saved by seven unforgettable dwarves—the first animated feature made in America. A Walt Disney Pictures release. Screening with Paperman.

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