Martha's Vineyard Film Center

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FORCE MAJEURE

, | 2014 | 118 minutes | | , ,
Ruben Östlund

Sunday December 21, 2014, 4:00 PM BUY TICKETS

A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year’s Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in…

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OPERA & BALLET in cinema: THE NUTCRACKER from the Vienna Staatsballett

| 2012 | 105 minutes | | , , , ,
Piotr Ilytch Tchaikovsky

Sunday December 21, 2014, 12:00 PM
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Starring Liudmila Konovalova as Clara, and Vladimir Shishov as Drosselmeier and The Prince. From the Vienna Staatsballett. The Nutcracker, certainly the most performed work in the ballet literature and one which has become a central experience for generations of ballet audiences. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev in 1967, this version holds a special place…

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AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA (LAST SHOWING!)

| 2014 | 87 minutes | |
Paola di Florio, Lisa Leeman

Sunday December 21, 2014, 7:30 PM
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AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. This feature documentary explores the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, who authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and…

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

| 2014 | 108 minutes | | ,
Justin Simien

Friday December 26, 2014, 7:30 PM
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Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college…

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CITIZENFOUR

| 2014 | 114 minutes | |
Laura Poitras

Saturday December 27, 2014, 4:00 PM
Sunday December 28, 2014 7:30 PM
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In January 2013, Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow…

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NATIONAL GALLERY

, , | 2014 | 180 minutes | |
Frederick Wiseman

Sunday December 28, 2014, 4:00 PM
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London’s National Gallery, one of the world’s foremost art institutions, is itself portrayed as a brilliant work of art in this, Frederick Wiseman’s 39th documentary and counting. Wiseman listens raptly as a panoply of docents decode the great canvases of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Turner; he visits with the museum’s restorers as…

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NEW YEARS EVE BASH — A Special night of film, food, libations, music, and cheer – including live TV coverage of Times Square at midnight on our Big Screen.

| 2014 | 104 mins | |

Wednesday December 31, 2014, 7:30 PM
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A Special night of film, food, libations, music, and cheer – including live TV coverage of Times Square at midnight on our Big Screen. Doors Open at 7:30 pm  8:00 pm – TOP FIVE director/written by Chris Rock Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE takes things to the next…

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Classic Film Night: GROUNDHOG DAY

| 1993 | 101 minutes | | , ,
Harold Ramis

Wednesday January 07, 2015, 7:30pm

Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom is in his grasp. Phil displays a charm and wit on camera that evaporates the moment the red light goes off; he is bitter, appallingly self-centered, and treats his co-workers with contempt,…

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OPERA in cinema: Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA

, | 2012 | 165 minutes | |
Joan Font

Sunday January 11, 2015, 12pm
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Presentation “Catch Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in what may just be definitive performances in Rossini’s enchanting rags-to-riches rendition,” entreated James Sohre in his review of Rossini’s beloved dramma giocoso “La Cenerentola” in Opera Today. This performance from Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu captures all the vocal sparks and dazzle generated…

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FOXCATCHER

| 2014 | 134 minutes | | , ,
Bennett Miller

Friday January 16, 2015, 7:30 PM
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FOXCATCHER is a psychological drama directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL) and starring Golden Globe winner Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller.   The film was written by E. Max Frye and Academy Award nominee Dan Futterman. FOXCATCHER tells…

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GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (Co-sponsored by the MV Museum)

| 1967 | 108 minutes | |
Stanley Kramer

Wednesday January 28, 2015, 7:30pm

In collaboration with the MV Museum’s ongoing exhibit “Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s”, join us for the first in this four part 1960s film series. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose. It stars Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, and featuring Hepburn’s niece Katharine Houghton….

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DR. STRANGELOVE (Co-sponsored by the MV Museum)

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Stanley Kubrick

Wednesday February 11, 2015, 7:30pm

OR: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.  In collaboration with the MV Museum’s ongoing exhibit “Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s”, join us for the first in this four part 1960s film series. In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers’ minds, the Cold War at…

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OPERA in cinema: LA FORZA

, | 2014 | 210 minutes | |
Martin Kušej

Sunday February 15, 2015, 12pm
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Presentation La forza del destino – what is the meaning of the destiny that Verdi uses so forcefully? Who forces Leonora, and Alvaro as the murderer of her father, to enter the hermitage of a monastery – and confronts them there, in a mighty showdown, with the brother who is full of…

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EASY RIDER (Co-sponsored by the MV Museum)

| 1969 | 95 minutes | | , ,
Dennis Hopper

Wednesday February 25, 2015, 7:30pm

In collaboration with the MV Museum’s ongoing exhibit “Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s”, join us for the first in this four part 1960s film series. Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers (played by Fonda…

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OPERA in cinema: Cavalleria and Pagliacci

| 2014 | 170 minutes | |
Enrico Castiglione

Sunday March 15, 2015, 12pm
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Cavalleria Rusticana Adapted from the short story written by Giovanni Verga, Cavalleria Rusticana is a one-act opera considered one of the classics of verismo opera. The opera was composed by Pietro Mascagni, with a libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, as part of an 1888 competition by Milanese publisher Edoardo Sonzogno. After winning the…

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OPERA in cinema: L’ELISIR D’AMORE

| 2012 | 130 minutes | |
Rolando Villazón

Sunday April 12, 2015, 12 pm
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Presentation From the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden comes this spectacular production of Gaetano Donizetti’s wonderful L’Elisir d’Amore. Set as a classic Western, this is the second directorial work of Rolando Villazón (following his directorial debut in 2011 with Werther at Opera de Lyon). Villazòn as director and Nemorino — these tidings alone were…

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OPERA in cinema: RIGOLETTO

| 2014 | 129 minutes | |
Stefano Vizioli

Sunday May 10, 2015, 12pm
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Presentation Considered one of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest accomplishments, Rigoletto continues to enthrall audiences worldwide with its tragic plot and famous arias. One of the most popular arias of all time, “La donna e’ mobile,” is so catchy that prior to Rigoletto’s premiere in Venice of 1851, Verdi swore the tenor to secrecy,…