Recent Releases & Restorations

Enjoy newly released films and restored classics selected by our curators, now available in your own home.

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  • Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

  • John Lewis: Good Trouble

  • The Hottest August

  • Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly

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  • A Thousand Cuts

    Ramona S. Diaz
    United States, Philippines, 2020

    Streaming Premiere August 7

    This riveting documentary follows fearless journalist Maria Ressa and her colleagues at the embattled news site Rappler as they challenge Rodrigo Duterte’s authority and expose misinformation, criminality, and human rights abuses in the Philippines.

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  • A Tribute to Malcolm X

    Madeline Anderson
    United States, 1969

    Free Streaming Presentation

    Made for the groundbreaking TV series Black Journal, this short film commemorates the fourth anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination through archival footage of the civil rights leader and an interview with his widow, Betty Shabazz.

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  • Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly

    Cheryl Haines, Gina Leibrecht
    United States, 2019

    Sparked by artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s 2014 project on Alcatraz Island, this “very absorbing and valuable documentary . . . movingly puts Ai’s work into personal context” (The Guardian).

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  • Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

    Halina Dyrschka
    Germany, 2019

    This documentary illuminates the story of visionary Swedish painter Hilma af Klint, the unsung modernist of the early twentieth century. “Bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind” (New York Times).

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  • Carmine Street Guitars

    Ron Mann
    Canada, 2018

    In the heart of Greenwich Village, once the center of New York’s bohemia, one artisanal shop remains resilient amid encroaching gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars. “A gentle, warm, immensely satisfying portrait” (Rolling Stone).

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  • Chez Jolie Coiffure

    Rosine Mbakam
    Cameroon, Belgium, 2018

    Closing August 2

    A Brussels hair salon catering to West African immigrant women is at the center of this warmhearted documentary. “A must-see! An atypical and timely portrait of the intersection between the immigrant experience and female identity” (Indiewire).

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  • Chulas fronteras & Del mero corazón


    Swing along with Lydia Mendoza, Flaco Jiménez, and other greats of Mexican American music in Les Blank’s bouncy 1970s tributes to Chicano culture and pride, now digitally remastered in 4K.

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  • Classe tous risques

    Claude Sautet
    France, Italy, 1960

    Digital Restoration

    Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo star in “a tough and touching exploration of honor and friendship among thieves” (New York Times).One of the best French gangster films, tense and warm, elliptical and human” (Bertrand Tavernier).

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  • Colonel Redl

    István Szabó
    Hungary, West Germany, Austria, 1985

    Digital Restoration

    A man of modest background ascends into the ultimate echelons of state power while hiding his Jewish roots and homosexuality in this ornately photographed, surprisingly sensual vision of the opulence and rot of the pre–World War I Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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  • Confidence

    István Szabó
    Hungary, 1980

    Digital Restoration

    Two strangers hiding from Nazi forces in Budapest must pretend to be married in Szabó’s taut chamber piece, riven with both political and sexual tension. “A perfect example of an intensely subjective cinema. . . . Romantic, erotic, and disturbing” (Dave Kehr).

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  • Down and Out in America

    Lee Grant
    United States, 1986

    This long-unavailable, recently preserved documentary takes an unflinching look at a cross-section of Americans whose financial security evaporated as a result of the Reagan administration’s “trickle-down economics.” “A powerful, bracing, mournful film” (New Yorker).

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  • Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

    Gero von Boehm
    Germany, 2020

    A fascinating portrait of the influential fashion photographer, Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful explores Newton’s life and work through the eyes of the brilliant women who were his subjects and collaborators.

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  • I Am Somebody

    Madeline Anderson
    United States, 1970

    Free Streaming Presentation

    Anderson’s most celebrated film documents the 1969 strike of Black hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina, a high-water mark in the alignment between labor struggles and the civil rights movement.

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  • Integration Report 1

    Madeline Anderson
    United States, 1960

    Free Streaming Presentation

    A cinematic snapshot of the civil rights movement across the United States circa 1960, this short film documents speeches and interviews with movement leaders as well as protests around the country.

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  • Jazz on a Summer's Day

    Bert Stern
    United States, 1959

    4K Digital Restoration
    Available August 12

    Shot at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz on a Summer’s Day is an indispensable record of some of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. “Outstanding. . . . It’s Americana and a document of its time” (Variety).

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  • Joan of Arc

    Bruno Dumont
    France, 2019

    French cinema provocateur Bruno Dumont (Hadewijch, L’humanité) conjures up a mystical, austere, brilliantly eccentric vision of Joan of Arc, “equal parts Brecht, Bresson, and Busby Berkeley” (Screen).

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  • John Lewis: Good Trouble

    Dawn Porter
    United States, 2020

    This essential documentary combines rare archival footage with interviews and scenes of John Lewis at work to chronicle the life and career of the civil rights activist and politician, from Alabama cotton fields to Congress.

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  • Mephisto

    István Szabó
    Hungary, West Germany, Austria, 1981

    Digital Restoration

    A struggling provincial actor finds his star swiftly rising once he latches it to the Nazi machine in Szabó’s powerful statement on fascism and those who remain indifferent to it. Klaus Maria Brandauer gives “a performance of electrifying power” (Roger Ebert).

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  • Niki and Flo

    Lucian Pintilie
    Romania, France, 2003

    Politics, pride, and parenthood collide in the great Lucian Pintilie’s portrait of incompatible in-laws, “a mordant almost-comedy that represents a bridge—and also a battle—between the old Romania and the new” (New York Times).

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  • Nostalgia for the Light

    Patricio Guzmán
    France, Chile, Germany, 2010

    Guzmán’s poetic documentary takes us to Chile’s Atacama Desert, where astronomers study the skies while bereaved relatives search the land for signs of those disappeared under the Pinochet dictatorship.

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  • Stuff and Dough

    Cristi Puiu
    Romania, 2001

    A hopeful young entrepreneur decides to raise money by delivering an unknown package in this deadpan road movie, inspired by Jarmusch’s Down by Law. The debut film by the director of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

     

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  • The Audition

    Ina Weisse
    Germany, France, 2019

    An uncompromising high school violin teacher (Nina Hoss) becomes obsessed with a talented new student in this slow-burning psychological drama. “A symphonic study of human behavior. . . . Hoss is absolutely magnificent” (Cinema Scope).

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  • The Cordillera of Dreams

    Patricio Guzmán
    France, Chile, 2019

    Guzmán explores Chile’s traumatic history through a meditation on the Andean mountain range. “A stunning achievement in the cinema of the hidden pattern and the startling, unexpected connection” (Variety).

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  • The End of the Ottoman Empire

    Mathilde Damoisel, Sylvie Jézéquel
    France, Switzerland, 2016

    This fascinating documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.

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  • The Great Communist Bank Robbery

    Alexandru Solomon
    Romania, France, 2004

    This sardonic, elegantly constructed documentary is “a bizarre recreation of a crime of which the motive is still difficult to fathom and an astonishing evocation of a lost world of Romanian Stalinism” (BBC).

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  • The Grey Fox

    Phillip Borsos
    Canada, 1982

    Digital Restoration

    After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Richard Farnsworth emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in twentieth-century society—until he sees The Great Train Robbery and is inspired to do once again what he does best.

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  • The Hottest August

    Brett Story
    United States, 2019

    In the summer of 2017 Brett Story took the temperature of New York City, observing and speaking with inhabitants about their hopes for the future, economic precarity, and climate change. “Story’s an original, and the film is a revelation” (Variety).

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  • The Paper Will Be Blue

    Radu Muntean
    Romania, 2006

    A clueless tank crew wanders Bucharest’s chaotic streets on the night that Ceauşescu falls in Radu Muntean’s wry, humanist portrait of historic times.

     

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  • The Pearl Button

    Patricio Guzmán
    Chile, France, Spain, 2015

    Guzmán continues his excavation of Chile’s hidden past, using the theme of water to tie together strands of history and natural history in Patagonia.

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  • Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

    Daniel Traub
    United States, 2020

    This new documentary takes viewers behind the scenes as artist Ursula von Rydingsvard works on her monumental sculptures, revealing the loving labor behind their mysterious, expressive forms.

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