Film Series: From Canvas to Screen

Enjoy a selection of films that captures the drama and beauty of some of history’s most celebrated works of art.

Free with Museum admission.

No reservations taken. The theater opens at 4:00 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Dreams (1990), PG

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Saturday, March 9, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Unfolding in a series of eight mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa was inspired by the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master’s imagination, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic apparitions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest, a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead, a power plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of creation, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (played by Martin Scorsese), Kurosawa’s Dreams is both a showcase for its maker’s artistry at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Metropolis (1927), NR

Directed by Fritz Lang
Saturday, March 16, 4:30–6:35 p.m.

Metropolis takes place in 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live in the dark underground and the rich, who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of German silent cinema.

Silent with English intertitles.

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Days of Heaven (1978), PG

Directed by Terrence Malick
Saturday, March 23, 4:30–6:05 p.m.

In the mid-1910s, a Chicago steelworker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor, and flees with his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) and his little sister (Linda Manz) to the Texas Panhandle, where they find work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer (Sam Shepard). A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating a timeless American idyll that is also a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.

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Marie Antoinette (2003), PG-13

Directed by Sofia Coppola
Saturday, March 30, 4:30–6:35 p.m.

Marie Antoinette is an electrifying yet intimate retelling of the turbulent life of history’s favorite villainess. Kirsten Dunst portrays the ill-fated child princess who married France’s young and indifferent King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman). Feeling isolated in a royal court rife with scandal and intrigue, Marie Antoinette defies both royalty and commoner by living like a rock star, which serves only to seal her fate.

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Dreams, © Warner Bros. Pictures / Photofest; Metropolis, Kino Lorber; Days of Heaven, Paramount Pictures / Photofest © Paramount Pictures; Marie Antoinette (2006), Sony Pictures Entertainment/Photofest; © Sony Pictures Entertainment, photographer Leigh Johnson