In-Person Screenings Start This Week

This is the week! We’re opening for in-person screenings in the historic Willard Straight Theatre starting Monday, with an astounding eleven films this week! We’ll try to highlight why you should see each one (a prospect made quite economical with an All-Access Pass!).

But first, an announcement of our COVID policy:
All patrons must adhere to Cornell’s public health requirements for events which include wearing high-quality (N95 or equivalent) masks while indoors, and, if a patron does not have a current Cornell ID, provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Up-to-date guidance, including acceptable proof of vaccination or test, is available here.

Screenings kick off Monday, Feb 7 at 5:30pm with James Benning’s featurette L. Cohen, part of our Experimental Landscapes series. Also in the series, Sweetgrass, from the folks behind Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, screens Tuesday at 5:15pm with an introduction by Patty Keller (Comp Lit/Romance Studies).

Our Fellini, Masina & Rota series features two entries this week: Federico Fellini’s debut feature The White Sheik (Mon Feb 7 @ 7:00) and his lesser-known but equally absorbing Il Bidone (The Swindle) (Thur @ 7:00 & Sun @ 4:30).

Alain Resnais, another towering figure of European cinema, practically gets his own day at Cornell Cinema this Wednesday with Early Shorts by Alain Resnais (featuring his documentary short about the National Library of France, All the World’s Memory) at 5:15pm and his aching sci-fi romance Je t’aime, je t’aime unspools on 35mm at 7pm. Je t’aime was a major influence on Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for those who need an extra push to see this elliptical wonder. Both programs are part of our Francophone Film Festival.

Our Satoshi Kon series starts up this week as well, with Kon’s cult anime masterpiece Perfect Blue screening twice (Thur @ 9:25 & Sat @ 9:20) and a new documentary, Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, screening on Friday at 7pm.

If that’s not enough to convince you to pick up an All-Access Pass, well, revel in Orson Welles’ unforgettable performance in The Third Man (pictured) (Tues @ 7:45 & Wed @ 9:00), the start of our Saturday Night Noir series, or catch Wes Anderson’s triptych The French Dispatch (Fri @ 9:00, Sat @ 4:30 & Sun @ 7:00) or the just-added show of Disney’s Encanto (Sat @ 7:00). (Please note: Encanto will be screened two more times later this month.)

It's a veritable smorgasbord on offer here at Cornell Cinema! Be sure to check out everything we’re offering for the Spring on our website and purchase your semester-long All-Access Pass, so you can begin experiencing fantastic films curated especially for the Ithaca and Cornell communities.

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image from the film THE THIRD MAN