Silent Films & Live Music Cap Week

By: Cornell Cinema, 
Sun, 02/09/2020

The Academy Awards were Sunday night, and wow, what a ceremony!

You can catch Joaquin Phoenix in his Best Actor winning role as the JOKER this weekend. Also Monday we feature an extra screening of JOJO RABBIT, winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay!

Check back at the end of February for the night’s biggest winner, PARASITE, winner of Best Picture, Best International Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay!

Though it didn't win any Oscars, EASY RIDER was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson, and it screens Monday, part of our Thinking About History with the Manson Murders series. 

Tuesday night, we're screening the Oscar-nominated documentary FOR SAMA for FREE with a faculty panel discussion after the movie. FOR SAMA is a video love letter from a young mother to her newborn daughter, chronicling the past five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. The faculty panel will feature Nimat Barazangi, Elizabeth Brundige, and Sabrina Karim, with Seema Golestaneh moderating. Cosponsored with the Dept of NES, the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, and the Einaudi Center for International Studies.
On Wednesday, we're showing a new restoration of perhaps one of the greatest music documentaries ever made, SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY, about American gospel music, and we'll have a live performance by Cornell's very own a capella gospel ensemble Baraka Kwa Wimbo preceding the film!! Don't miss this one. 
We continue our Garden series with another Oscar winner, Vittorio De Sica's THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS (1972 Best Foreign Picture) on Thursday, and we wrap up our Merce Cunningham series with a special 3D screening of the new documentary CUNNINGHAM on Friday and Sunday. Also screening Friday and Sunday is QUEEN & SLIM; we think it might be a great date movie for Valentine's Day. 
And finally, this Saturday we're showing two special silent films with live musical accompaniment, featuring the house accompanist for the George Eastman Museum, Dr Philip Carli! The first, screening at 2pm, is Buster Keaton's hilarious STEAMBOAT BILL, JR, (pictured) with Dr Carli providing piano accompaniment, part of our IthaKid and American Cinema series. Then, at 4:30pm, Dr Carli will be joined by fellow Rochester musicians Tammy Keller (on cello) and M. David Shemancik (on clarinet) for a performance of Dr Carli's new score for THE WHEELS OF CHANCE, a British bicycling comedy based on a lesser-known comic novel by none other than H.G. Wells! Tickets for both of these events (sorry, no All-Access Passes accepted, folks) can be purchased at  

Hot Tip:
Did you know you can skip the Box Office line?? It's true! And you don't need our All-Access Pass to do it (but hey, free movies for one low price ain't a bad thing either!)—we offer advance tickets online at for the exact same price as in person, no fees! If you plan on coming to one of our screenings, buy a ticket online, and either print out your confirmation or put it on your phone. Then just walk straight to our usher and they'll scan your ticket!  Easy.


image from the film STEAMBOAT BILL, JR.