Opportunities to View Great Cinema from Home

By: Cornell CInema Staff, 
Mon, 04/27/2020

Dear Cornell Cinema Patrons,
We miss you! It's been over a month since we had to close our doors to help in the effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, but it feels like a lifetime! We hope you are staying safe and healthy. 
Unlike many arthouse cinemas around the world, we're doing okay financially during this difficult time, thanks to the support of Cornell's College of Arts & Sciences, a surprisingly good year of single ticket sales before the shutdown, and the introduction of our new All-Access Pass. We are incredibly grateful to all our supporters, but particularly appreciative of those who purchased one of our new passes, the sales of which are helping us weather the current situation. We truly regret that it was not possible for us to complete our Spring season, which contained so many great films, but we expect to rebook at least some of the titles for our next season.
In the meantime, we've been letting you know (via Facebook) about any interesting online viewing options we hear about, like this one from the National Film Board of Canada:
Watch 66 Oscar-Nominated-and-Award-Winning Animated Shorts Online, Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada

We've partnered with Music Box Films for access to their streaming service, Music Box Direct. Instead of their normal 7-day free trial period, they're offering a free 30-day trial period for access to their tremendous catalog of films. 
Here are the details:
The discount code for one month free is: Cornell
After signing up on the Music Box Direct website, enter the code above in the "COUPON" section of the payment information form.
The payment screen will ask you to enter your credit card number in order to sign up, but Music Box will send an automated reminder email before your card gets charged for the next month. 
View all the available titles at their site, but here's a smattering of recommendations:
Titles we've previously screened that you may have missed:
Francofonia by Aleksandr Sokurov
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life by Joann Sfar
The Girl with a Dragon Tatoo Trilogy (original Swedish version)
Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski (Oscar winner for Best International Feature Film)
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
Memoir of War 
by Emmanuel Finkiel, based on the novel La Douleur by Marguerite Duras
Meru by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin
Transit by Christian Petzold
Young Goethe in Love by Philipp Stolzl
But there are many others that we've heard good things about, including:
Flamenco, Flamenco by Carlos Saura and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem by Ronit Elkavetz & Shlomi Elkabetz
The Guardians by Xavier Beauvois
Lore by Cate Shortland
Finally, Music Box Films is the distributor of the new film And Then We Danced, that Cornell Cinema was planning to show on April 16 & 19. While this title is not currently available on Music Box Direct, it is availble via local arthouse cinema CINEMAPOLIS VIRTUAL CINEMA PROGRAM. Participating in this program is a great way to support both Cinemapolis and Music Box Films during this time.
Explore and enjoy!
MUBI - FREE 3-month trial period
MUBI is a curated streaming service for independent films that offers a cross-genre movie library that rotates daily (read about it here). They normally offer a 1-month trial period, but Cornell Cinema has partnered with them so patrons can take advantage of their FREE 3-month trial period!
Here are the details:
Visit Cornell Cinema's landing page here
On this page, patrons do need to enter their credit card details to sign up, but you won't be charged until the subscription renews at the end of three months, and you can cancel at any time.
According to a recent MUBI press release,
“April's curated line-up spotlights daring new voices, champions classics from the past, and celebrates Jean-Paul Belmondo's birthday with a special double bill.
“The slate is packed with recent festival hits and rediscovered classics exclusively available on MUBI. This month, they will celebrate the creative partnership between two icons of French cinema in the double bill Belmondo & Melville and highlight the groundbreaking documentary work of Pietro Marcello ahead of the release of his new film Martin Eden. MUBI's exclusive strands continue to feature bold festival finds: Locarno alum and experimental animator Jodie Mack's anticipated feature debut The Grand Bizarre will be presented in the Undiscovered strand. Straight from Rotterdam is the striking Nona. If They Soak Me, I'll Burn Them, by Camila José Donoso (The New Auteurs). Lastly, discovered at last year's Berlinale, are the eerie Ghost Town Anthology (Luminaries), by Quebecois director Denis Côté, and the stunning A Russian Youth (Debuts) by new talent Alexander Zolotukhin.” 
Expand your cinematic horizons!  
HBO - FREE without subscription during the month of April!

For the month of April, watch some of HBO's most beloved shows and documentaries, plus a selection of movies—entirely for free. Watch every episode of series like The SopranosVeep and The Wire along with documentaries including McMillion$ and I Love You, Now Die and movies like Crazy. Stupid. Love. and Blinded by the Light, no subscription required. See the full list of available shows, documentaries and movies here.
Still looking? Head on over to 
where you can stream the restored silent film The Broken Butterfly (1919) by Maurice Tourneur with musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin, who performed at Cornell Cinema with The Ancient Law in November '18!

 We think we've got you covered with the same full range of cinematic offerings we're known for, but if we become aware of any other great sources, we'll let you know. If you don't already follow us on Facebook, please do, as we'll be posting there as well.  
We know that viewing at home is not the same as gathering in the beautiful Willard Straight Theatre to experience a film with an engaged group of movie-lovers, so we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible. Until then, stay happy, healthy and safe!

Music Box promo