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Restorations & Revivals

Enjoy these classics from world cinema on the big screen in Brown Auditorium Theater!

 

Queen Margot

La reine Margot

1994, in French and Italian with English subtitles
Patrice Chéreau

Showtimes

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Based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas and the memoirs of Marguerite de Valois, Queen Margot takes place in the late 16th century during a religious war between the ruling Catholics and the Protestant Huguenots. The young Margot (Isabelle Adjani), heiress to the French throne, finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage to the leader of the Huguenots (Daniel Auteuil). She hopes to escape with a new lover (Vincent Perez) but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family. ... more info

Past Films in This Series

 

On the Bowery

1956
Directed by Lionel Rogosin
Restored 35mm print! This Oscar-nominated film uses a cinema verité style to chronicle three days on New York’s skid row, the Bowery. Noted for offering the flip side of the 1950s “American dream,” the film’s stark realism is evoked by a combination of documentary and scripted footage. The storyline follows railroad worker Ray as he visits bars, sleeps on the streets, and is victimized by a thief, with whom he ends up bonding. “A milestone in American cinema. . . ... more info
 

Shoah

1985 (multiple languages with English subtitles)
Directed by Claude Lanzmann
Screenings cosponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston *Part I & II: Thursday, July 7, 10 am (636 min.) Part I: Saturday, July 9, 2 pm (291 min.) Part II: Sunday, July 10, 2 pm (345 min.) New 35mm print! Special ticket prices apply! General admission is $10 for one part; $15 for both parts. MFAH Members and HMH Members, students with ID, seniors, and members of Film Buffs receive a $2 discount. Twelve years in the making and re-released for its ... more info
 

The Man Who Fell to Earth

1976
Directed by Nicholas Roeg
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES
Uncut 35th Anniversary Edition David Bowie stars as an alien who visits Earth to find a cure for his dying race on another planet. Shortly after he arrives, the alien hires an attorney (Buck Henry) to patent ten groundbreaking inventions. The alien is homesick and devises his own space program to return home, but his plans are sabotaged by jealousy, suspicion, and greed. This new 35mm print of the uncut director’s version allows viewers to experience the dazzling visuals of ... more info
 

The Mummy

1932
Directed by Karl Freund
A 1921 British field expedition to Egypt uncovers the mummy of Prince Imhotep, who was condemned and buried alive 3,700 years ago, along with the Scroll of Thoth, which can bring the dead back to life. When a young member of the expedition reads the Scroll out loud, Imhotep (Boris Karloff) is reawakened. Eleven years later, the ageless mummy, disguised as a modern Egyptian, attempts to reunite with his lost love, an ancient princess who has been reincarnated as a beautiful young woman (Zita Johann). more info
 

Come Back, Africa

1959
Directed by Lionel Rogosin
Lionel Rogosin’s Come Back, Africa is a historical wonder and an honest glimpse into the harsh reality of life under the now-abolished South African apartheid government. (Rogosin's On the Bowery screened at the MFAH last year.)  After witnessing firsthand the terrors of fascism as a soldier in World War II, Rogosin vowed to fight against it wherever and whenever he saw its threats reemerging. Rogosin traveled to South Africa and secretly filmed Come Back, Africa, which revealed the cruelty and injustice with which ... more info
 

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

1969
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Click here for the related Artful Thursday* event on May 10. The cathartic decade of the 1960s culminated in a prolific year of moviemaking in 1969, with Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice as one of the leading American success stories. “Consider the possibilities,” read the ads for writer-director Paul Mazursky’s satirically comic second feature about what happens when the sexual revolution meets the bourgeoisie. After Bob (Robert Culp) and Carol (Natalie Wood) return to Los Angeles from a retreat, resolved to pursue ... more info
 

Reality Bites

1994
Directed by Ben Stiller
Written by Houstonian Helen Childress and filmed in Houston, Reality Bites was the first “Gen X” comedy based on recent graduates facing life and love after college. Winona Ryder stars as a valedictorian searching for a meaningful job and relationship while bouncing between two interested men (Ben Stiller and Ethan Hawke), and her group of friends including Steve Zahn and Janeane Garofalo. more info
 

Children of Paradise

Les enfants du paradis

1945 in French with English subtitles
Directed by Marcel Carné
Restored print Poetic realism reaches sublime heights in this 1945 classic. Repeatedly declared the greatest French film of all time, Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis) is a tragic tale of ill-fated love between a theater mime (Jean-Louis Barrault) and an actress (Arletty) loved by three other men. Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect the tumultuous world of 19th-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. "From ... more info
 

Hair

1979
Directed by Miloš Forman
Celebrate the 80th birthday of Czech-born filmmaker Miloš Forman with an adaptation of the counterculture musical Hair. Based on the Broadway musical of the 1960s, Hair relates the story of Claude (John Savage), a young Oklahoman who leaves his family ranch for New York City. He quickly becomes involved with the hippie subculture and falls in love with a girl (Beverly D’Angelo). However, their happiness is short-lived when Claude is subsequently drafted. The musical also stars Treat Williams. Forman studied ... more info
 

Daisies

Sedmikrásky

1966, in Czech with English subtitles
Directed by Vera Chytilová
A touchstone of the Czech New Wave that is best described as a feminist, psychedelic, surreal Eastern European answer to Howard Hawks’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum calls this film “one of the most exhilarating stylistic and psychedelic eruptions of the 60s.” Two young women, each named Marie, decide to behave outrageously in response to the world: they consume as much as possible, devouring expensive food paid for by rich men, setting in motion a series of pranks ... more info
 

The Shining

1980
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
In conjunction with this revival of The Shining, the MFAH presents several screenings of the documentary Room 237 (April 11–14). Click here for more information. Loosely based on the Stephen King novel, The Shining follows a writer (Jack Nicholson), his wife (Shelley Duvall), and son as they become caretakers of the Overlook resort hotel during the winter off-season. Isolated and snowbound, the family experiences an evil presence that encourages the father to commit violence, while his psychic son sees frightening visions from the ... more info
 

Holy Motors

2012 in French with English subtitles
Directed by Léos Carax
Numerous U.S. film critics—including the Houston Film Critics Society—voted Holy Motors the best foreign film of 2012. Join the shadowy Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) on his rollicking, soulful journey by limousine through the streets of Paris as he transforms into multiple characters for a series of mysterious “appointments” as a captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, and family man. Léos Carax’s mirthful, mind-bending masterwork is a ravishing fever dream of becoming, unraveling, and starting all over again. “. . . an exhilarating hybrid of ... more info
 

Trances

Transes

1981, in Arabic with English subtitles
Directed by Ahmed El Maanouni
A concert film unlike any other, Trances presents extraordinary footage of Nass El Ghiwane—known as the Rolling Stones of Africa—whose legendary performances combined music, poetry, and theater. “We eavesdrop on the group, whose troubadour style has won them a large and rapturous following in their home country of Morocco. The debt owed to the musical traditions of their faith and land is freely acknowledged, and vividly brought to mind by the trance-like state their compelling, percussive music induces in their ... more info
 

Little Fugitive

1953
Directed by Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin
60th Anniversary Rerelease / New 35mm print In this utterly charming fable that poetically captures the joys and wonders of childhood, 7-year-old Joey (Richie Andrusco) is tricked into believing he killed his brother and flees to New York’s Coney Island, where he experiences a day and night filled with adventures. With a concealed, custom-made 35mm camera, legendary photographer Morris Engel—whose collaborators included future wife Ruth Orkin, herself a photography titan—captured a perfect time capsule of Coney in the waning years ... more info
 

Far from Vietnam

1967/2013; in English and French with English subtitles
Directed by Various directors
This epic collaboration between cinema greats Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Alain Resnais, and Agnés Varda in protest of American military involvement in Vietnam was made—in the words of editor Chris Marker— "to affirm, by the exercise of their craft, their solidarity with the Vietnamese people in struggle against aggression." The elements include documentary footage shot in North and South Vietnam and at antiwar demonstrations in the United States; a fictional vignette dramatizing the self-interrogation of European ... more info
 

Candy Mountain

1988
35mm
Directed by Robert Frank and Rudy Wurlitzer
As the distributor and archive for the films of photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank, the MFAH is pleased to showcase titles from the Robert Frank Collection. Candy Mountain, Robert Frank's collaboration with novelist Rudy Wurlitzer, follows a struggling musician (Kevin J. O’Connor) who sets out to find legendary guitar maker Elmore Silk (Harris Yulin) in hopes of striking a deal to make himself rich and famous. The film also stars Bulle Ogier (Celine & Julie Go Boating) and features cameos by iconic ... more info
 

Un Flic

A Cop

1972, in French with English subtitles
35mm
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Released in the United States as Dirty Money, the final film by Jean-Pierre Melville (1917–1973) features Alain Delon as a burned-out police detective, Richard Crenna as a nightclub owner and bank robber, and Catherine Deneuve as the icy woman they both love. The film showcases two trademark heists: a near-wordless bank job on a deserted, seaside street; and a nerve-racking, 20-minute drug snatch done via helicopter-to-train transfer—and back again.  more info
 

Le Petit Soldat

1960-63, in French with English subtitles
35mm
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Set in France during the Algerian war for independence, a right-wing secret agent (Michel Subor) for a French terrorist group has deserted the army. When he continually fails to assassinate a woman (Anna Karina in her debut) who is a member of the left-wing Algerian liberation movement, the young man is suspected of being a double agent. Complications arise when the two fall in love. “One of Godard’s starkest and most serious works, shot in infinite tones of gray via ... more info
 

Max and the Junkmen

Max et les ferrailleurs

1971, in French with English subtitles
35mm
Directed by Claude Sautet
Independently wealthy Paris detective Max (Michel Piccoli) infiltrates a gang of bank robbers by becoming involved with the leader’s girlfriend (Romy Schneider). Working undercover, Max mentions how easy it would be to knock over a certain bank in the hopes that the gang attempts a robbery – so Max, the detective, can catch them red-handed. Never released in U.S. theaters, this taut thriller with a heart of a great melodrama makes its American debut in a restored 35mm print featuring ... more info
 

Phase IV

1974
35mm
Directed by Saul Bass
Introduced by Peter Lucas, independent curator Acclaimed graphic designer and master of film-title sequences (Anatomy of a Murder; Man with the Golden Arm; Vertigo; Psycho) Saul Bass directed this unique sci-fi film in which scientists study the patterns of cosmically altered ants that are rapidly evolving to develop a hive mind. The only feature film by Bass, Phase IV boasts stunning photography, art direction, and visual effects. This special screening of a new 35mm print is shown with a digital reconstruction ... more info
 

Daughters of the Dust

1991
35mm
Directed by Julie Dash
Introduced by Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw, Director, University Art Museum, Texas Southern University The first film directed by an African American woman to be theatrically distributed, Julie Dash’s feature film debut is considered a masterpiece. Five women of a Gullah family living on the Sea Islands off the Georgia coast in 1902 contemplate moving to the mainland in this emotional tale of change. The Gullah are descendants of West African slaves and their isolation has kept their superstitions and native ... more info
 

L'Avventura

1960, in Italian with English subtitles
35mm
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
A woman mysteriously disappears on a yachting trip. While her lover and her best friend search for her across Italy, they begin an affair. Antonioni’s penetrating study of the idle upper class offers stinging observations on spiritual isolation and the many meanings of love. Initially greeted with jeers and confusion, L’Avventura was then awarded a Cannes Special Jury Prize “for the beauty of its images, and for seeking to create a new film language.” It is now established as a ... more info
 

Godzilla: The Japanese Original

1954, in Japanese with English subtitles
Directed by Ishirô Honda
Widely considered the best monster movie of the sci-fi loving 1950s, Godzilla: The Japanese Original returns! This 60th-anniversary restoration features scenes deleted from versions previously screened in the United States and coincides with a new Hollywood remake. H-bomb testing stirs a 400-foot sea dragon who terrorizes Tokyo like a fire-breathing King Kong, crushing trains and swatting down fighter planes. The monster is rendered in “suitmation” by special-effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya, and the added scenes showcase the performance of the monster’s ... more info
 

All That Jazz

1979
Directed by Bob Fosse
Introduced by author Sam Wasson ("Fosse") In this autobiographical masterpiece, director/dancer/choreographer extraordinaire Bob Fosse (1927–1987) tells his life story through the manic character of Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), a workaholic theater director fueled by all manner of substances to keep up with his hectic schedule of projects and romantic entanglements. All That Jazz becomes a confessional of sorts as Joe confides in an Angel of Death (Jessica Lange), and the film is punctuated by hallucinatory production numbers and much melodrama. ... more info
 

A Hard Day’s Night

1964
Directed by Richard Lester
The MFAH proudly serves as the exclusive Houston venue for the U.S. release of the 50th anniversary restoration of A Hard Day’s Night. Experience this digitally restored classic in 4K resolution, enhanced by a new 5.1 sound mix produced by Giles Martin, son of longtime Beatles manager George Martin. When worldwide Beatlemania hit in 1964  United Artists wanted to ship out a Beatles movie before the vogue was over. Working within a tight $500,000 budget, director Richard Lester turned out A ... more info
 

Je t’aime, je t’aime

1968, in French with English subtitles
Directed by Alain Resnais
Recovering from an attempted suicide, a writer (Claude Rich) agrees to participate in a time-travel experiment that has been tested only on mice, but a malfunction causes him to relive moments from his past in random order. This screening of director Alain Resnais's Je t’aime, je t’aime is presented in homage to the filmmaker, who died on March 1. Watch for the Museum to show his landmark Hiroshima mon amour in the fall. “It's a science-fiction tragedy in comic strip ... more info