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You can leave your opera glasses at home, and savor the arias and sunsets at the 2019 Summer HD Festival (August 23–September 2) ending Labor Day weekend. Metropolitan Opera is screening, free to the public, ten of their past filmed opera performances from their Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmission. Bizet's Carmen and Wagner's Das Rheingold (the first of The Ring Cycle with avant-garde sets by Robert LePage) will be the most popular.
You and 3,000 other casual opera fans, seated on the fountain plaza, will be humming along to “L’amour” of Carmen’s “Habanera” aria. Get there early before the 7:45 / 8:00 pm screening times, as those without a seat will have to stand. (Free culture seekers in NYC know this rule, especially with the closing night of Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival that featured David Crosby.)
A free pre-festival screening of Stanley Donen’s Funny Face, featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin and a co-presentation with Film at Lincoln Center, will be shown on August 23. And if you want more free films, sidle down the plaza to the Walter Reade Theater for their free summer-long Mixtape double features that are ending soon: August 22 (demonlover, Elle), August 29 (Velvet Goldmine, Her Smell), September 5 (Three Times, Moonlight), or September 11 (Esther Kahn, Cries and Whispers). All except September 11 are sold-out and standby only, but don't feel completely shut out. You can arrive 20 minutes to an hour earlier than the screen times of 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm for the standby lines. You may get lucky.
50th MIXTAPE: Free Double Features www.filmlinc.org/series/50th-mixtape-free-double-features/
11th METROPOLITAN OPERA 2019 SUMMER HD FESTIVAL
Film at Lincoln Center: Funny Face
Met Opera HD Festival: Aida
Met Opera HD Festival: Carmen
Met Opera HD Festival: Das Rheingold
Met Opera HD Festival: Dialogues des Carmélites
Met Opera HD Festival: Samson et Dalila
Met Opera HD Festival: Cendrillon
Met Opera HD Festival: La Fanciulla del West
Met Opera HD Festival: La Fille du Régiment
Met Opera HD Festival: Luisa Miller
Met Opera HD Festival: Adriana Lecouvreur
Juraj Herz (1934 - 2018) was a challenging and controversial director, actor, and Holocaust survivor. Part of the Czechoslovakian New Wave of the 1960s, with his 1969 black comedy The Cremator, earning him the ire of of the Communist regime. Now the Metrograph theater (7 Ludlow Street, NY, NY) pays tribute to the director’s life and work with the film series Juraj Herz: In & Out of the Czechoslovakian New Wave. Running August 2 to August 9, the film series is comprised of new restorations and newly translated subtitles for his films.
Films include Beauty and the Beast (1978), The Cremator (1969), Morgiana (1972) and Ferat Vampire (1982). His interpretation of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, is filled with an air of bizarre menace unlike any other on film, in a twisted tale of captivity. His early 1966 film, Sign of Cancer, is a murder mystery set inside a dysfunctional and corrupt hospital that was critical of how The Party filled public offices with dangerous and incompetent men.
To learn more, go to: http://metrograph.com/
Juraj Herz: In & Out of the Czechoslovakian New WaveAugust 2 - 9, 2019
Metrograph7 Ludlow St.New York, NY 10002
Now in its eighth year, the Long Beach International Film Fest (LBIFF) returns to scenic Long Beach New York. Running July 31 to August 3, the festival is held at venues throughout Long Beach with shorts, documentaries, features, foreign films, and more. The opening night film is Astronaut, starring Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Mr. Holland’s Opus) as a lonely widower is helped by his family to achieve his dream of going to space. The animated short Bristled is a look at the trials and trepidations of blind dates. The Japanese film Amanogawa - The One I’ve Longed, is about a shy high school girl using a robot drone to communicate with a boy. Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny is a look at the life of the magazine’s iconic graphic designer.
Along with the films, LIBFF has The Taste on the Plaza features live music, gourmet food and craft beers along the scenic beach along with filmmakers doing talks after screenings.
To learn more, go to: http://www.longbeachfilm.com/
Long Beach International Film FestivalJuly 31 - August 3, 2019
"Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die": The New York Asian Film Festival survives and thrives to an adult age 18 this year. The festival takes place in NYC from June 28–July 11 at Film at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, and then at SVA Theater from July 11–14. NYAFF brings to the U.S. a film survey of the best of East Asia’s breadth of cultures. Their film industries in the global market are vibrant and growing in 2019: China ranks as No. 2; Japan as No. 4; and South Korea as No. 7. Films will be organized by regions along these tracks: Hong Kong Panorama, Mainland China, New Cinema from Japan, South Korean Cinema, Taiwan, and Southeast Asian Vanguard.
NYAFF opened on June 28 with Samurai Marathon, a jidaigeki or period piece set in the 1850s during the arrival of the U.S. Commodore Perry in feudal Japan. The film was scored by Philip Glass. Q&A with Director Bernard Rose followed the film screening, along with The Rising Star Asia Award presentation for Komatsu Nana, and the annual Night Market reception.
Also on opening weekend at Alice Tully Hall, NYAFF presented a very special screening with a live score accompaniment of Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels by director Kim Tae-yong. With the full orchestra from the National Gugak Center of traditional performing arts, classical Korean instruments played alongside the film melding fantasy, Korean folklore and the netherworld of guardian angels. Composer Bang Jun-seok was in attendance.
On Sunday night, June 30, while the rest of NYC was celebrating Pride month, Walter Reade Theater was hosting a packed audience who came out for the Taiwanese film, Han Dan. Director Huang Chao Liang and actor George Hu (both, center front in photo) in a Q&A discussed the Taiwanese firecracker ritual of the god, Han Dan, and the tragic story of two young men caught in a cycle of revenge and atonement.
Fight choreographer Grandmaster Yuen Woo-ping (The Matrix; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and Kill Bill) will be honored tonight at NYAFF 2019 on July 1 with the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award. Classic kung-fu films will be screened at the festival in tribute to him. He will give a free masterclass on July 2nd to the public. (Register on filmlinc.org.)
The Centerpiece is the North American premiere of The Fable, directed by Kan Eguchi, who will attend the festival. The Closing Night will be announced later in the festival. On July 13 at SVA, the Secret Screening is a Hong Kong classic given a live-music treatment by the hip-hop collective Shaolin Jazz.
The festival continues on through Sunday, July 14th.
To learn more and buy tickets:https://www.nyaff.org/nyaff19/schedule
18TH NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVALJun 28 - Jul 14, 2019
165 West 65th Street
333 West 23rd Street
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