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Asbury Park: Riot Redemption Rock 'n Roll
May 22
Asbury Park: Riot Redemption Rock 'n Roll(2019)
"Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll" tells the story of the long troubled town of Asbury Park, and how the power of music can unite a divided community. A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park erupted in flames during a summer of civil unrest, crippling the town for the next 45 years and reducing it to a state of urban blight. A town literally divided by a set of railroad tracks, the riot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene, but from the flames of the burning city emerged the iconic Jersey sound. "Asbury Park" returns Asbury sons Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon and Bruce Springsteen to the legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after hours club where they got their start, featuring never before seen interviews and performances.
Rated NR

Water Lilies by Monet - The Magic of Water and Lig
June 1 & 5
Water Lilies by Monet - The Magic of Water and Lig(2019)
Voyage through the masterpieces and obsessions of the genius and founder of Impressionism, Claude Monet. An art-world disruptor at the turn of the 20th century whose obsession with capturing light and water broke all convention, Monet revolutionized Modern Art with his timeless masterpieces.

An in-depth, exclusive tour led by Monet scholars of the museums that house the largest collections of the prolific artist's lilies paintings including the Musée Marmottan Monet, the Orsay Museum, the world-famous panels at L'Orangerie and concluding with Monet's own house and gardens at Giverny, the site where his fascination for water lilies was born.
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Seven Year Itch, The
June 1 & 2
The Seven Year Itch(2019)
We’re celebrating Marilyn Monroe’s 93rd Birthday with a special showing of THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, which immortalized the iconic star with her dress blowing up above a subway vent.

The Seven Year Itch is still as sexy, funny and charming today as it was when it was released over 60 years ago. Director Billy Wilder was at the top of his game with this sophisticated yet utterly farcical romantic comedy fantasy that explores a heretofore faithfully married man’s feelings (the “seven year itch” refers to the supposed “timely” urge towards matrimonial infidelity) about his gorgeous neighbour (Marilyn Monroe, in one of the most iconic bombshell performances ever put to celluloid). In the midst of a summer heat wave, New Yorker Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell, who also played the part on Broadway) ships his wife, Helen (Evelyn Keyes), and their son off to Maine for vacation. Left alone to work back in Manhattan, he encounters a gorgeous blonde model who has moved into the apartment upstairs, and becomes immediately infatuated. While pondering an affair, Richard dreams of his beautiful new neighbor — but will his fantasies about her become a reality?
Rated NR

Royal Opera House: Faust, The
June 2
The Royal Opera House: Faust(2019)
Gounod's most popular opera returns in David McVicar's stunning Parisian production, with singers including Michael Fabiano, Diana Damrau and Erwin Schrott.
Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul. Faust agrees, and Méphistophélès arranges matters so that Marguerite loses interest in her suitor Siébel and becomes infatuated with Faust.
Gounod's Faust (1859) was one of the world's most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II, and remains a core repertory work. The story, adapted by Gounod's librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré's play Faust et Marguerite, is based on Part I of Goethe's epic poem Faust, which was a major inspiration for many composers during the 19th century and beyond. Gounod added a ballet to Act V when Faust received its first Paris Opéra staging in 1869.

David McVicar's wonderfully theatrical production draws insightful parallels between Faust and Gounod, a composer torn between piety and worldly and romantic success. Sets and costumes by Charles Edwards and Brigitte Reiffenstuel pay tribute to the art and architecture of 1870s Paris, and include a colourful Cabaret d'Enfer, a run-down tenement block and re-creations of a box from the Paris Opéra and the organ loft of Notre-Dame. The variety of settings mirrors the variety in Gounod's score, highlights of which include Méphistophélès's demonic aria 'Le veau d'or', Marguerite's dazzling coloratura Jewel Song, the Act IV Soldiers' Chorus and Act V's impassioned trio as Marguerite struggles to achieve salvation.
Please be advised ROH: Faust contains brief sexual violence, and drug misuse
Rated NR

National Theatre Live: The Audience ENCORE
June 3
National Theatre Live: The Audience ENCORE(2019)
Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award®-winning production of The Audience.

Captured live from London’s West End in 2013, the original broadcast returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and finally David Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
Rated NR

42nd Street - The Musical
June 8 & 19
42nd Street - The Musical(2019)
One of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street, comes to the big screen in the largest ever production of the show. The musical tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania and her talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh. She gets a spot in the chorus of Pretty Lady. Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva and star of the show, takes a dislike to the new girl. When Dorothy is injured, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found - someone like Peggy Sawyer!
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Exhibition on Screen: Van Gogh & Japan
June 9 & 12
Exhibition on Screen: Van Gogh & Japan(2019)
"I envy the Japanese" Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based - VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam - one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh.

Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan - through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists - Van Gogh's encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France - to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find - the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this overlooked story of Van Gogh's art we see just how important his study of Japan was.

The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.
Rated NR

Deconstructing the Beatles: Abbey Road, Side 1
June 13 & 15
Deconstructing the Beatles: Abbey Road, Side 1(2019)
The Beatles’ Abbey Road is a masterpiece filled with classic Beatles songs, such as “Come Together,” “Something,” and “Here Comes the Sun.” George Martin told the Beatles to think “symphonically,” and they responded by creating the remarkable side two song suite.

Abbey Road was the last time that the Beatles recorded together at EMI Studios — soon-to-be-christened Abbey Road Studios after the album’s release. Despite the bittersweet atmosphere that surrounded the recording sessions, The Beatles’ outstanding songs and performances together with George Martin’s orchestrations produced an album that continues to be regarded as one of the best albums ever created.

In Deconstructing Abbey Road, Beatleologist Scott Freiman has created one of his most in-depth “deconstructions.” Freiman takes the audience on a journey track-by-track explaining the inspiration for the songs and their evolution in the studio.
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Stagecoach (1939)
June 15 & 16
Stagecoach (1939)(2019)
80 years ago, the Western genre was forever changed by its greatest pioneer, the legendary John Ford. At a time when audiences were becoming bored with the genre recycling the same tired plots and story structures, Ford completely revitalized the Western with this single film. Stagecoach was a game changer. It took the previously well-worn tropes and expectations of the genre and flipped them on their head. Where outlaws used to be heinous and evil, in Stagecoach they are good, kindhearted, and portrayed by an up and coming prop-man turned actor by the name of Marion Morrison (that's John Wayne to you Western fans.)

Stagecoach also reinvigorated the genre with a profound sense of identity, introducing the world to Ford's beloved Monument Valley, the locations of which are now synonymous with the legacy of the Western. It became Ford's favorite place in the world, using it again for many other Western classics including My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache, and his opus, The Searchers. All of these films have had an incredible influence on modern directors, but Stagecoach in particular had a particular impact on the craft of filmmaking itself. Stagecoach exhibits some of the earliest instances of ceilinged sets, which is typically credited instead to Citizen Kane. Orson Welles actually studied Stagecoach when in preparations for his first film, citing it as: "my movie textbook… I wanted to learn how to make movies, and that’s such a classically perfect one.”

It cannot be overstated how important Stagecoach is, not only in the context of reestablishing the importance of the Western genre, but in the broader context of film as a whole. A more in-depth look at its legacy and influence can be found here. Today, on it's 80th anniversary, let us take some time to appreciate this fantastic film from one of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers. What are your own thoughts and ideas about Ford's masterfully revolutionary Western classic?
Rated NR

Bolshoi Ballet: Carmen Suite / Petrushka
June 16
Bolshoi Ballet: Carmen Suite / Petrushka(2019)
Carmen is as passionate and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug, in an evening encapsulating the soul of Russian Ballet.
Carmen: Impetuous Carmen seduces Don José in order to convince him to let her out of jail. Once outside, she thinks she’s finally free before realizing that she’s in fact prisoner of a love triangle: she wants to be with the famous Torero Escamillo, but she can’t make Don José go away.

Petruska: At Saint-Petersburg’s carnival, three puppets are playing the same role over and over: the unhappy lover Petrushka, the coquette and a Moor. Fed up with this endless part that never goes well for him, Petrushka attacks his rival and flees from the puppets theater.
Rated NR

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Taming of the Shrew
June 22 & 26
Royal Shakespeare Company: The Taming of the Shrew(2019)
In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy.
Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.
Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare's fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.
Rated

Royal Ballet: Triple Bill, The
June 23
The Royal Ballet: Triple Bill(2019)
Within the Golden Hour / New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Flight Pattern

The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today's leading choreographers. Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bossi and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Pite's Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses Górecki's familiar music and a large dance ensemble for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration. Between them, a new work created on The Royal Ballet by the acclaimed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.
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National Theatre Live: Small Island
June 27 & 29
National Theatre Live: Small Island(2019)
Small Island
adapted by Helen Edmundson
based on the novel by Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, England.

The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in London in this timely and moving story.
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Walking on Water
June 30 & July 3
Walking on Water(2019)
Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, Walking on Water is an unprecedented look at Christo's process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale art installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy's Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people. The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo's world amid mounting madness -- from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature. Captured through breathtaking aerial views and fly on the wall camerawork, we watch the artist's vision unfold, and get to know the man chasing it.
Rated NR

If the Dancer Dances
July 7 & 10
If the Dancer Dances(2019)
Unlike a painting, dance exists only in the moment. If a dance is not danced, it vanishes. IF THE DANCER DANCES brings audiences into the intimate and tactile world of the dance studio, as one of New York's top modern dance companies struggles to breathe new life into an iconic work by the legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham.

Cunningham stood as the most influential figure in modern dance for over 50 years and collaborated with artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Radiohead, and John Cage (also his life partner). IF THE DANCER DANCES is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009, coinciding with what would have been the choreographer's 100th birthday.
Rated NR

National Theatre Live: Hamlet ENCORE
July 8
National Theatre Live: Hamlet ENCORE(2019)
Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Strange) plays the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original broadcast returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
Rated NR

Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet, The
July 14
The Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet(2019)
Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece.
Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud. They marry in secret, but tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt. As punishment, he is banished from the city.
Kenneth MacMillan's passionate choreography for Romeo and Juliet shows The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest. Sergey Prokofiev's iconic score provides the basis for the ballet's romantic pas de deux and vibrant crowd scenes, while 16th-century Verona is created by Nicholas Georgiadis's magnificent designs.

In 1965, MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet was given its premiere at Covent Garden by The Royal Ballet and was an immediate success: the first night was met with rapturous applause, which lasted for 40 minutes, and an incredible 43 curtain calls. The title roles were danced by Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, although the ballet had been created on Christopher Gable and Lynn Seymour. It has been performed by The Royal Ballet more than four hundred times since, as well as touring the world, and has become a true classic of the 20th-century ballet repertory.
Rated NR

National Theatre Live: The Lehman Trilogy
August 10 & 14
National Theatre Live: The Lehman Trilogy(2019)
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.

On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.

163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.

This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.
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Royal Shakespeare Company: Measure for Measure
August 17 & 21
Royal Shakespeare Company: Measure for Measure(2019)
'To whom should I complain?'
When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her.
Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this new production.
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Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas
September 18
Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas(2019)
Margaret Atwood captured live from London on the worldwide release of her new book. The event will feature conversation about The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale with exclusive readings and special guests - September 10 only.
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National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors ENCORE
September 28 & October 2
National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors ENCORE(2019)
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Rated NR

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival
September 29 & 30
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival(2019)
MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate platform -- one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond.


During the week of September 27 – October 7, over 100,000 film lovers will gather in over 350 cinemas across six continents for one reason…to view and vote of the nine finalists’ films in the 21st Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. MANHATTAN SHORT is more than one of the world’s largest short film festival; it’s the world’s first and only Global Film Festival
Rated NR