NYFF50: On the Arts

September 29 – October 4

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Music, opera, theater and magic are captured on screen in these films that reflect other performing arts through the prism of cinema.

In This Series

Becoming Traviata

Becoming Traviata

Philippe Béziat | 2012 | 108 mins

Director Philippe Béziat and Producer Philippe Martin in person at 9/29 and 10/1 screenings!

Met Opera favorite Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in Philippe Béziat’s lovely film about the staging of Verdi’s masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.

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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein | 2012 | 88 mins

World Premiere! Ricky Jay in person!

A warm and fascinating portrait of the man widely considered to be the world’s greatest magician: actor, raconteur and master illusionist Ricky Jay.

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Ingrid Caven: Music and Voice

Ingrid Caven: Music and Voice

Bertrand Bonello | 2012 | 105 mins

Fassbinder regular and cabaret performer Ingrid Caven performs a rich repertoire of songs in French, German and English before the intimate camera of director Bertrand Bonello.

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Punk in Africa

Punk in Africa

Keith Jones and Deon Maas | 2012 | 82 mins

A fascinating chronicle of the explosion of punk rock in 1970s South Africa, where it became a second front in the burgeoning war against Apartheid. Director Keith Jones and producer Jefe Brown in person!

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The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America

The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America

Jeff Kaufman | 2012 | 90 mins

Director Jeff Kaufman in person at both screenings!

Director Jeff Kaufman’s look at the life of legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Chick Webb is a meditation on the transformative power of art as well as a monument to a great American artist.

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