This season’s programming brings us from frightening to festive!
PFS is excited to release the full lineup of curated programming for October through December! Taking place at the Philadelphia Film Center and PFS Bourse, the lineup begins with Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING as part of Sight and Sound 100. We’re in the home stretch of this phenomenal year-long series, and the final 25 films hold showings of all-time critically acclaimed films and finishing with #1: JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES in December.
n October, After Hours gets especially eerie with POLTERGEIST, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, and THE INVISIBLE MAN & BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN Double Feature along with a Choose Your Own Scare B(oo!)YOB on Halloween with THE EXORCIST and THE CROW.
November is a film series cornucopia stuffed with HACKERS for Guilty Treasures, ROBOCOP for After Hours, Stanley Kubrick’s FEAR & DESIRE / THE SEAFARERS for Debut, and the second Oldies Goodies hosted by Be Reel Black Cinema Club featuring STATE PROPERTY.
Get in the holiday spirit this December with HOME ALONE Throwback Quizzo, a Naughty and Nice series of seminal spicy hits including BODY HEAT, BASIC INSTINCT, THE HANDMAIDEN, and EYES WIDE SHUT as well as an IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE food drive with Philabundance.
More information and the full October – December Programming schedule below!
See the digital version of our printed programming booklet here.
SIGHT AND SOUND
Join PFS as we embark on the journey together and screen all 100 films from the 2022 list, counting down throughout the entire year. We’re in the home stretch with #25 to #1!
- DO THE RIGHT THING
Wed. October 4 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
Rising racial tensions between Black and Italian-Americans erupt on a hot summer day in Brooklyn, New York in Spike Lee’s unforgettable, seminal masterpiece.
- LATE SPRING
Thu. October 5 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
Sat. October 7 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
One of Ozu’s greatest contributions to cinema finds a widowed father in postwar Japan determined to marry off his dutiful daughter, despite her wishes to stay by his side during his twilight years.
- APOCALYPSE NOW
Sun. October 8 | 5:30 PM | Film Center
Fri. October 13 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
The 1979 Palme d’Or winning war epic positions legendary performer Martin Sheen as a Vietnam War captain entrusted with a deadly assignment–to neutralize a Special Forces Colonel gone rogue in Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic descent into the heart of darkness.
- THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
Sun. October 8 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
Sat. October 14 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
Accompanied by a stirring score, the unforgettable performance by Renée Jeanne Falconetti propels Carl Th. Dreyer’s landmark silent film into the heavens as the titular French heroine struggles to remain resilient amid a historical trial of deception and corruption.
Sun. October 15 | 10:00 AM | Bourse
Devoid of archival footage, interviews with survivors and perpetrators of the genocide form nine hours of Claude Lanzmann’s gut-wrenching documentary portrait of the Holocaust’s brutality.
Wed. November 1 | 7:30 PM | East
Thu. November 2 | 7:30 PM | East
A riveting exploration of human identity in Abbas Kiarostami’s striking docufiction derived from the unbelievable story of the superfan arrested for impersonating respected director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and the trial that followed.
- THE SEARCHERS
Wed. November 1 | 7:00 PM | East
Thu. November 2 | 7:00 PM | East
The equally bitter, lonely and obsessive Civil War vet John Wayne mounts a search for his lost niece across the southwest with little regard for friend or foe in John Ford’s monumental western.
- MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON
Fri. November 3 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
Sat. November 4 | 6:30 PM | Bourse
Presented before our screening of Persona, this hauntingly gorgeous journey through a woman’s reveries abandons linear storytelling for an abstract voyage into her darkest desires.
Fri. November 3 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
Sat. November 4 | 6:30 PM | Bourse
A melding of divergent personalities occurs between a nurse and the troubled actress she is tasked with caring for in the 1966 psychological drama hailed as Ingmar Bergman’s magnum opus.
- SEVEN SAMURAI
Sat. November 4 | 2:00 PM | Bourse
Akira Kurosawa’s endlessly influential epic follows a ragtag team of masterless samurai banding together to protect a defenseless farmers’ village from bandits, despite little promise of reward or glory.
- CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7
Sun. November 5 | 3:00 PM | Bourse
Tue. November 7 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
The great Agnes Varda cements herself as a singular cinematic voice over the course of a simple Tuesday evening in her heralded second film, following a woman’s venture across a changing Paris after a tarot reading spells her doom.
- THE RULES OF THE GAME
Sun. November 5 | 6:00 PM | Bourse
Mon. November 6 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
Venerated auteur Jean Renoir crafts a timely dramedy set during the imminent lead-up to World War II, where a weekend gathering at a French chateau uncovers the eroding morality of members of the French Bourgeois and the people that serve them.
- MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
Wed. November 8 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
Tue. November 14 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
A triumph in film experimentation, Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent feature observes an unseen director capturing the citizens of the Soviet Union with only his trusty camera and a dazzling array of new cinematic techniques.
- SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Thu. November 9 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
Sun. November 12 | 3:00 PM | Bourse
Featuring iconic numbers, jaw dropping performances, and inspiring direction, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN follows 1927 Hollywood during an industry-wide shift to sound pictures, leaving a silent film production company in the throes of an existential crisis.
- THE GODFATHER
Sat. November 11 | 6:00 PM | Bourse
In 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola created an iconic depiction of mafia life in the US centered around the transfer of power between a father and his son.
Sat. November 11 | 3:00 PM | Bourse
Sun. November 12 | 6:00 PM | Bourse
Perfecting his knack for slapstick and clever visual antics, filmmaker Jacques Tati’s crowning achievement finds his perpetually naive alter-ego Monsieur Hulot fumbling through an absurd, consumer-driven futuristic Paris devoid of any culture and meaningful connection.
- MULHOLLAND DR.
Fri. November 17 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
Sat. November 18 | 4:00 PM | Film Center
Sun. November 19 | 6:30 PM | Film Center
A woman plagued with amnesia and a wannabe Hollywood starlet cross paths in an enthralling narrative of dreams and nightmares, continuing David Lynch’s inexplicable universe of cinema.
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Sat. November 18 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
Sun. November 19 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
Sun. November 26 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
In Stanley Kubrick’s inventive, awe-inspiring sci-fi epic, the discovery of a peculiar object entrapped within a lunar surface spurs a space expedition led by two men and HAL 9000, a supercomputer with inconceivable abilities and a taste for chaos.
Sat. November 18 | 6:00 PM | Film Center
Thu. November 30 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
In F.W. Murnau’s American film debut, a seductive city woman disrupts the sanctity of a family when she begins an affair with a farmer, soon convincing him to murder his wife. US cinema was never the same.
- BEAU TRAVAIL **FILM ESSENTIALS**
Sun. November 26 | 4:00 PM | Film Center
Wed. November 29 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
During his recollection of days leading soldiers in Djibouti, the haze of nostalgia begins to erode when a repressed former Foreign Legion officer pivots to his contentious relationship with a bright young recruit in Claire Denis’ triumph.
- IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
Fri. December 1 | 7:30 PM | Film Center
Thu. December 7 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
In Wong Kar Wai’s first cinematic offering of the 21st century, two neighbors are bound together by a consuming yet restrained relationship as they navigate betrayal and loneliness in their respective apartments and rain soaked streets of Hong Kong.
- TOKYO STORY
Sat. December 2 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
Sun. December 3 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
Yasujirō Ozu’s 1953 evocative and meticulous family drama examines the fragility of the parent-child dynamic through a sweet, elderly couple visiting their grown-up children for possibly the last time.
- CITIZEN KANE **FILM ESSENTIALS**
Wed. December 6 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
Sat. December 9 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
Birthing a new cinematic landscape filled with wondrous flair, Orson Welles steers his transformative directorial debut with an audaciousness fit for his subject: the thinly-veiled life of media mogul Charles Foster Kane aka William Randolph Hearst.
Fri. December 8 | 7:30 PM | Film Center
Sun. December 10 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
A debilitating obsession hijacks the mind of a retired detective when he is tasked with investigating his friend’s enigmatic wife. He is taken through the haunted streets and behind the closed doors of San Francisco in Alfred Hitchcock’s towering achievement.
- JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES
Sat. December 16 | 6:00 PM | Film Center
Sun. December 17 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
Topping BFI’s 2022 Sight and Sound 100 list is the subtle, entrancing classic from Chantel Ackerman. JEANNE DIELMAN studies the mundanity of a French widowed housewife over the course of three days and how her once daily routine begins to steadily unravel.
Bringing together the odd, eerie, thrilling, and downright weird, this is the home of cult classics.
Fri. October 6 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
Tobe Hooper’s instant haunted house classic is as terrifyingly fun today as it was in 1982—a California family’s pleasant suburban home being barraged by supernatural occurrences has no right to be this scary.
- THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
Fri. October 6 | 9:30 PM | Film Center
Sat. October 7 | 9:00 PM | Film Center
Featuring an inventive script and excellent zombie effects, a mid-level warehouse manager and his punk employee mistakenly unleash a noxious chemical that turns an innocent night of drinking and partying in the cemetery for a group of new wave punks into a fight for survival.
- THE INVISIBLE MAN
Sat. October 14 | 6:00 PM | Film Center
From director James Whale, an experiment gone wrong leaves chemist Claude Rains steadily descending into madness as he seeks to murder a few people here or there in his personal reign of terror.
- BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Sat. October 14 | 8:00 PM | Film Center
Dr. Frankenstein’s attempt to leave the life of reanimation behind is thwarted by his past mentor and a lonely Monster seeking love in all the wrong places, but the Bride has some other ideas in mind.
- THE EXORCIST **BYOB**
Tue. October 31 | 7:00 PM | East
William Friedkin utilized brutal documentary-like direction to capture the bone chilling depiction of a desperate mother’s plea to two Catholic priests to save her possessed daughter from damnation. Horror films have never been the same.
- THE CROW **BYOB**
Tue. October 31 | 8:00 PM | East
The late Brandon Lee stars as a murdered rock star who returns for an encore and revenge in this stylish Gothic, action-packed thrill ride that oozes charisma and dark alley brooding.
Fri. November 3 | 9:30 PM | Bourse
Fri. November 10 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
A megacorporation in the near future funds a walking tank with feelings to demolish the rising crime in a derelict Detroit in Paul Verhoeven’s ingenious, hyper violent satire that stills shocks and thrills.
- UNDER THE SKIN
Sat. December 9 | 8:15 PM | Film Center
Fri. December 15 | 7:30 PM | Film Center
In Jonathan Glazer’s mesmerizing fever dream, a beguiling woman takes to cruising the darkened streets of Glasgow seeking men for unknown reasons.
Sometimes a film just needs to make you laugh and yell “How?!?” or “Why?!?!” a thousand times.
Sat. November 4 | 9:00 PM | Bourse
Fri. November 10 | 9:30 PM | Bourse
There has never been a better depiction of teenage rebellion at the dawn of the internet than when Zero Cool, Acid Burn, Nikon and the rest of the Hackers rollerbladed their way into our motherboards.
- WILD THINGS
Fri. December 8 | 8:30 PM | Film Center
Sat. December 16 | 7:30 PM | Film Center
Trailer park Neve Campbell and beauty queen Denise Richards take on Matt Dillon and the Baconator in a swampy, trash neo-noir filled with deception, swimming pools, and plot twists every five minutes.
A filmmaker’s debut remains a defining moment that can serve as film forensic for everything that follows.
- FEAR & DESIRE / THE SEAFARERS
Mon. November 13 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
Wed. November 15 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
Stanley Kubrick’s unconventional war drama debut is presented for the first time as it was first seen 70 years ago at the Venice Film Festival in this restoration, now with a more existential bent. Followed by his first foray into color with the maritime documentary The Seafarers.
- SEXY BEAST
Sat. December 2 | 6:00 PM | Film Center
Sat. December 9 | 6:00 PM | Film Center
In Jonathan Glazer’s debut, a retirement filled with sundrunk days by the pool is all but destroyed for a retired safecracker when his foul mouthed, child-like former mentor (Ben Kingsley) appears with one last job.
OLDIES GOODIES (Presented with Be Reel Black Cinema Club)
Since 2017, Be Reel Black Cinema Club has disrupted the myth that Black cinema is rare and inaccessible one monthly meetup at a time!
- STATE PROPERTY
Thu. November 16 | 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM | Bourse
Celebrating not only 50 years of hip-hop, but the historic reunion of Philly’s State Property at this year’s Roots picnic, we present Beanie Sigel’s shot at the American Dream and rise to power in Philadelphia.
Put your movie and pop culture knowledge to the test with this pairing of trivia and nostalgic films.
- HOCUS POCUS
Sat. October 7 | 6:00 PM | Film Center
It’s been 30 years since the Sanderson sisters put a spell on all of us and the world hasn’t been the same since. Join us for our annual October screening filled with trivia, black cats, and broomsticks.
- TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Thu. November 30 | 7:30 PM | Film Center
No film, or toy line, took over the imagination of an entire generation more than the turtles did back in the late-80s, early-90s. Join our pizza loving, ninjutsu trained, Italian Renaissance monikered heroes as they battle the evil Shredder across New York City. Cowabunga dude!
- HOME ALONE
Thu. December 21 | 7:30 PM | Film Center
This holiday season, pop on your pjs and scarf down some free cheese pizza as we congregate to discuss whether 90s sweetheart is indeed a pint-sized psychopath finding joy in terrorizing two bumbling bandits.
NAUGHTY AND NICE
We all could use a little reprieve from the winter doldrums with some seminal spicy hits from a notorious era in Hollywood plus some of our favorite erotic ventures from the past 25 years. Join us for the intrigue, salacious trysts, and an extra helping of Michael Douglas denying all culpability in a quest to escape domestic milieu.
- BODY HEAT
Sat. December 2 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
Sat. December 16 | 4:00 PM | Film Center
The film that arguably kicked off the erotic thriller sensation in Hollywood follows a Florida lawyer falling for a disgruntled wife with murder on her mind amidst one hot, sticky, sweaty summer.
- BODY DOUBLE
Fri. December 1 | 8:00 PM | Film Center
Wed. December 13 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
Hitchcock fanboy Brian De Palma turns the heat up to 11 in this outrageous whodunit about a struggling young actor’s obsession with a woman who takes to dancing nude in front of her window.
- FATAL ATTRACTION
Thu. December 7 | 7:30 PM | Film Center
Sun. December 17 | 4:00 PM | Film Center
The extraordinary Glenn Close is all of us when she doesn’t take lightly to ghosting after a one-night stand with a married man leaves her alone and filled with devious plans for revenge.
- BASIC INSTINCT
Sun. December 10 | 6:00 PM | Film Center
Fri. December 15 | 8:15 PM | Film Center
Crime novelist, and suspected murderer, Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) is anything but basic in her seductive manipulation of an entire police force led by Michael Douglas in Paul Verhoeven’s transgressive neo-noir.
- THE HANDMAIDEN
Sun. December 3 | 6:00 PM | Film Center
Wed. December 20 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
After producing some of the most celebrated revenge films in history, Park Chan-wook crafted his most sensual, and yes, revenge-filled work about two very different women seeking an escape from their men in 1930s Korea.
- STRANGER BY THE LAKE
Sun. December 3 | 4:00 PM | Film Center
Wed. December 20 | 7:30 PM | Film Center
One of the most alluring and intoxicating films of the past ten years finds a man suspecting that his recent romance at a popular lake cruising spot may be more dangerous, and exhilarating, than he ever imagined.
- THE LAST SEDUCTION
Wed. December 6 | 7:30 PM | Film Center
Thu. December 14 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
The definitive cinematic femme fatale, Linda Fiorentino, commands the screen as a chain smoking, witty entrepreneur lying low after she steals her boyfriend’s drug money and shacks up with her next unsuspecting mark.
- EYES WIDE SHUT
Sun. December 17 | 7:30 PM | Film Center
Thu. December 21 | 7:00 PM |Film Center
A paranoid Tom Cruise goes to great lengths to shake off his wife’s intimate fantasies and ends up a guest at a most peculiar holiday party in Stanley Kubrick’s enchanting final film.
Indigenous People’s Day Philly
Sun. November 19 | Film Center
– IPD Philly is culminating its celebration of Indigenous excellence with an invitation to watch DREAMKEEPER on the big screen at the Philadelphia Film Society. DREAMKEEPER is a two part film about the journey of a Lakota elder and his grandson traveling from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Along the way, the grandfather tells various Indian stories that help his grandson embrace his cultural identity.
– During intermission we will have a panel discussion, music, light refreshment and fried bread to kick start IPD Philly’s end of the year fundraiser. Also, if you attend IPDphilly2023 on Monday Oct 9th, you can pick up a discount code that you can use for purchasing tickets online or at the door!
SPAGHETTI SHOCKERS II
Sat. November 25 | 12:00 PM | Film Center
Exhumed Films and Philadelphia Film Society are serving up a second helping of horror for the gory gourmand: SPAGHETTI SHOCKERS PART II is an all-day buffet of Italian horror rarities! See five seldom-screened screamers in their original, unedited versions, with most titles projected from original Italian language 35MM prints.
Fri. November 24 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
As they say, all good things must come to an end. After over a year of electric screenings filled with joy, high fives, friends new and old, we bid farewell to the single greatest cinematic experience that has ever graced the silver screen. On November 24 we will band together, for at least the last time this year, to experience the legendary adventures and brotherhood of two unforgettable heroes. Join us for a night to remember at the Philadelphia Film Center.
Tue. November 28 | 7:00 PM | East
In honor of Giving Tuesday we will say Beetlejuice three times and celebrate our amazing audience, new and old, from this past year with a special screening of the Tim Burton classic. This is a FREE event!
Sat. December 9 | 2:30 PM | Film Center
Family Day Prices – $6 GA
Philabundance Food Drive
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Sat. December 16 | 3:00 PM | Film Center
– PFS is proud to sponsor a food drive benefiting Philabundance at the Philadelphia Film Center. Come see Frank Capra’s beloved Christmas classic IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE on the biggest screen in Center City and get into the charitable spirit of the season by donating a canned good or non-perishable food item in lieu of paid admission. Philabundance donation bins will also be in the lobby of the Philadelphia Film Center the week leading up to the Food Drive screening.
– Tickets for this event are FREE, a reservation to the event is required. Admission is on a first-come first-served basis. A donation of a non-perishable item off Philabundance’s list below is encouraged.
– Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization, securing, rescuing and distributing food to help feed those in need and advocating for solutions to fight hunger. We use food and fund donations from the community to feed over 90,000 people every week!