Dear Friend of Film Forum:

"For me, seeing a movie in a real theater with a real audience is an inescapable part of the experience. To be carried along in the dark on a wave of laughter, of tears is exhilarating. Therefore, anything that helps theaters against TV in their war of more than 65 years is a good thing... Repertory theaters and their daily double features are mostly a thing of the past."

- Roger Ebert, blog posting (November 2, 2011)

In 2012, we celebrate Bruce Goldstein's 25th anniversary as Director of Repertory Programming. Thanks to Bruce's work, Film Forum remains one of the few cinemas in the U.S. to present repertory programming, festivals rich in rarities, and double features on a regular basis. In 2011 alone, we presented festivals devoted to director Fritz Lang, composer Bernard Herrmann, comedian W.C. Fields, actors Al Pacino and Robert Ryan, and the silent comedy masterpieces of Buster Keaton, along with Essential Pre-Code, NYPD, 5 Japanese Divas, and The Silent Roar (MGM Silents). Plus stunning new 35mm prints and restorations of Fellini's LA DOLCE VITA, Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION, Fuller's HOUSE OF BAMBOO, Bresson's DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST, Visconti's THE LEOPARD, Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER, Powell & Pressburger's THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, and many others.

In 2010, we celebrated Film Forum's 40th anniversary as an alternative movie house premiering American and foreign independent features. During these decades, we have introduced the work of such acclaimed directors as Werner Herzog, Kelly Reichardt, Frederick Wiseman, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Terence Davies, Lucrecia Martel, Andrzej Wajda, Gus Van Sant, Mira Nair, Christopher Nolan, Margarethe von Trotta, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Bruce Conner, Alexander Sokurov, Claire Denis, Peter Greenaway, Michael Haneke, Carlos Reygadas, Cristi Puiu, Jan Svankmajer, Spike Lee, Guy Maddin, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Johnnie To, and Asghar Farhadi.

Here's what we don't put on our screens:
big-budget Hollywood releases that you can see all over town.

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Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper
Director

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