TALES OF HOFFMAN – One week only! April 10-16!

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Rialto Pictures will release Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 Technicolor extravaganza THE TALES OF HOFFMANN, the opera and dance follow-up to the writer/director team’s The Red Shoes, in a new 4K restoration from Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation and the BFI in association with Studiocanal.

The restoration, the longest version ever shown in this country, will run April 10-16 in an exclusive one-week run.

Long acknowledged as the most artistically brilliant creative partnership in British film history, Michael Powell (1905–1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902–1988) collaborated for over 30 years on some of the most beautifully-conceived color films of all time, including The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, and A Matter of Life and Death.

Based on the 1881 opera by Jacques Offenbach, TALES OF HOFFMANN is an anthology of fantastic and romantic adventures, starring The Red Shoes’ Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, and Ludmilla Tchérina. With every shot and cut imagined as a visualization of the music, the film has been acknowledged by director Martin Scorsese (who has often cited Powell & Pressburger as inspirations for his own work) as a major influence on his editing of Raging Bull.  Even more surprisingly, horror icon George Romero has often called The Tales of Hoffmann his favorite film of all time and the one that inspired him to start making movies of his own.

This restoration, supervised by Powell’s wife and Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker, is the most complete, crisp and beautiful version ever released in this country.


– Martin Scorsese



– George Romero

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FRIDAY MARCH 27 – 7:30pm.   “SALAD DAYS” special screening!


“SALAD DAYS: The Birth of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital”  is a documentary-in-progress that examines the fertile Washington, DC punk scene of the 1980s. This was a particularly important time in the evolution of punk and independent music, with DC based bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, the Faith, the Slickee Boys, Void, Government Issue, Marginal Man, Dag Nasty, 9353, Gray Matter, Beefeater, Scream, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Shudder to Think, Nation of Ulysses, Jawbox and others defining the DC aesthetic. Local record labels like Dischord, Fountain of Youth, Teen Beat, and Simple Machines would become standard-bearers for the DIY revolution.

A lot has been written about the pre-Nirvana period of American punk rock, but there’s never been an examination of DC’s contribution. We’ve spent the last year interviewing dozens of the participants who helped create the local music scene in the 1980s— musicians, photographers, DJs, activists, and writers—to tell the story of one of the most inspiring (and misunderstood) decades in independent music. We’ve also sorted through hundreds of photos, live videos, flyers and zines for inclusion in the film.




THURSDAY APRIL 2 – 7:00pm.   “BOSTON CINEMA CENSUS” special screening!


The Boston Cinema Census is an annual screening event. For years the BCC has provided an intimate and entertaining way for local filmmakers to present their work to a film loving audience.

In the true spirit of a census, the films presented at the BCC each year span the interests of narrative, documentary and experimental film. It is a vehicle for regional filmmakers to demonstrate their place in the local filmmaking community and an opportunity for audiences to experience current trends in local filmmaking.

Throughout its history the BCC has proven a key launching pad for New England filmmakers. Past BCC films have gone on to have very strong festival runs, moving next to festivals such as the New York Film Festival, SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival.




THURSDAY APRIL 9 – 8:00pm.   “RYE COALITION: the Story of the Hard Luck Five” special screening!




When they signed with one of the world’s biggest record labels, Rye Coalition was primed to finally get their glory, or so it seemed.

Like countless rockers before them, childhood best friends started a band in a basement with a couple simple goals in mind: have fun and play good music.  As one of the first bands to develop the new “emo” sound, they were at the forefront of a movement that includedShellac, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker and Karp (with whom they later recorded a legendary 12? split). Rye Coalition’s first recording was a demo cassette tape (1994?s “Dancing Man”, self-released), backed by an East Coast tour in a beat up schoolbus long before most of them had their driver’s license.  For over a decade they blasted through a seemingly endless array of basement shows and dive bar gigs as their talent and fan base grew. They released albums on indie labels and toured the country on bigger and bigger bills: (At-the-Drive-in, Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age , Foo Fighters). After gaining momentum from 2002?s “On Top” LP, engineered by Steve Albini, they were signed to Dreamworks Records and none other than Dave Grohl (Nirvana) came on as their producer. Then, it all imploded. As Henry Owings of Chunklet put it- “Rye Coalition has had the worst luck of any band I can think of.”

This film traces their career (culled from over 20 years of home movies and unseen tour footage) supplemented with new interviews with the band and those who know them best. Although the band was praised by critics and supported by an absurdly dedicated grassroots fan base, somehow these Jersey rockers never got their due. Until now.

Featuring: Steve Albini (Shellac), David Clifford (Red Sparowes), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses),  Charles Maggio (Rorschach), Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age), Jared Warren (Melvins). Dir: Jenni Matz, 2014; 77  minutes.



Boston Lyric Opera Signature Series in partnership with Somerville Theatre
Opera at the Movies

Friday, April 10 | 7:00 – 10:30 p.m.
$10 adult/$7 senior
Presented in 35mm!

Experience the grandeur and the drama of Amadeusthe way it was meant to be enjoyed—on the big screen! The historic and beautiful Somerville Theatre welcomes Boston Lyric Opera for a special screening of Miloš Forman’s Academy Award®-winning Amadeus (1984), the story of Mozart’s music and life as told by his rival, Salieri. Kick off your evening with a live performance from the upcoming BLO production of Don Giovanni, visit the theatre bar for a great assortment of beer and wine, then delve into a sweeping story of genius, passion, jealousy, and, above all, glorious music.


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