With Film Essentials at the Philadelphia Film Center, PFS is giving audiences the chance to experience some of cinema’s greatest treasures as they were meant to be seen: on vivid 35mm and on the biggest screen in Center City!
EDERICO FELLINI | ITALY, FRANCE | 1963 | 138 MIN | 35MM | ITALIAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
August 28 | 7:00 PM | Philadelphia Film Center
8½ is one of the most heralded films in cinema history, and perhaps the definitive film about filmmaking. A drama or comedy (depending on who you ask) with flourishes of the fantastical, 8½ finds legendary maestro Federico Fellini using actor Marcello Mastroianni (La Dolce Vita) as his surrogate to portray famous director Guido Anselmi. Suffering from self-proclaimed “director’s block” while in production on a epic science-fiction film, Guido humorously fields questions from exasperating reporters, dubious producers, and suspicious lovers. Yet Guido retreats into his mind as the pressure mounts, finding solace in his childhood memory of the enchanting La Saraghina and a riotous reverie amongst rebellious women. As the line between reality and fantasy blurs, the equally brazen and guilt-ridden Guido begins to cast actors for his film that bear uncanny resemblances to their real-life counterparts, resulting in an audacious, stunningly emotional, and visually splendid finale that cements the film as one of the greats.
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
NICHOLAS RAY | USA | 1955 | 111 MIN | 35MM
September 25 | 7:00 PM | Philadelphia Film Center
James Dean died behind the wheel of a Porsche Spyder less than one month before the release of Rebel Without a Cause in 1955, ensuring that the film would forever come wrapped in a shroud of tragic mystique. But more than just the film that launched its star (and his iconic red jacket) into the pop culture pantheon, Rebel is a deeply affecting exploration of teenage discontent and the power of chosen families. Dean plays Jim Stark, a sensitive teen with a troubled family life who’s embarking on his first day at an LA high school. Over the course of an eventful day and night, Jim forges a unique bond with two equally disaffected classmates: fey misfit Plato (Sal Mineo) and bad girl Judy (Natalie Wood). Though seemingly very different, the three are thrown together by a series of tragic events and bond over the alienation they feel toward their families and society as a whole. Vividly capturing the rage beneath the picture perfect facade of Eisenhower-era America, Rebel Without a Cause set the gold standard for teen drama, setting a moody template for generations of cinematic loners, outcasts, and rebels.