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THE NUTCRACKER – BOlSHOI BALLET

NR  |  4 hours 

Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, THE NUTCRACKER is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil. This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by THE NUTCRACKER.

Directed By

Bolshoi Ballet

Written By

Piotr Tchaikovsky (music), Yuri Grigorovich (libretto), Yuri Grigorovich (choreography)

Cast

The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists, and Corps de Ballet

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LA BAYADERE – Bolshoi Ballet

NR  |  4 hours 45 minutes 

A key work in the classical ballet repertoire, LA BAYADERE is the story of impossible love set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India. When a beautiful dancer and a warrior meet in secret, they swear eternal fidelity. However when the High Brahmin, who is also in love with the dancer, overhears them, he rushes to reveal their secret to the Rajah. Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life.

Directed By

Bolshoi Ballet

Written By

Ludwig Minkus (music), Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov (libretto), Marius Petipa (choreography), Yuri Grigorovich (new version)

Cast

Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova

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I DUE FOSCARI – Royal Opera House

NR  |  2 hours 35 minutes

A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi’s searing early tragedy I DUE FOSCARI, starring Placido Domingo and conducted by Antonio Pappano. The two Foscari of the title are the city’s Doge, Francesco Foscari and his son Jacopo, who has been brought back from exile to face charges of treason. This taut, sombre drama provides the basis for one of Verdi’s most arresting early scores, not heard at the Royal Opera House since 1995 and newly presented in an acclaimed staging by the American director Thaddeus Strassberger.

Directed By

Thaddeus Strassberger, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

Written By

Giuseppe Verdi (music), Francesco Maria Piave (libretto), Lord Byron (play)

Cast

Placido Domingo, Francesco Meli, Maria Agresta

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THE LAST UNICORN with Peter S. Beagle

ONE NIGHT ONLY SCREENING EVENT
THE LAST UNICORN returns to movie theaters with a gorgeous new remastered 2k digital print! Join author Peter S. Beagle for a screening of the 1982 classic animated film, Q&A session, raffle, and book signing after the movie. Bring your own books from home or pick out something new from our special selection of LAST UNICORN books, DVDs, and tour-only merchandise. Costumes encouraged – and great ones rewarded!

ABOUT THE FILM:
Designed and animated by the same Japanese artists who became the core of Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, THE LAST UNICORN is a bright, colorful tale of love and loss. Weary of being alone in the vast forest, unicorn Amalthea (voiced by Mia Farrow) begins to wonder if she’s the last of her kind. Following a rumor, she joins forces with feeble wizard Schmendrick (Alan Arkin) to look for the mystical Red Bull, a creature known to hunt and imprison unicorns. The film also features the vocal talents of Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, and Angela Lansbury.

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CITIZENFOUR

R  |  1 hour 53 minutes

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema:  a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. CITIZENFOUR is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling experience.

Directed By

Laura Poitras

Cast

Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Applebaum

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THE PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER – Bolshoi Ballet

NR  |  4 hours 30 minutes 

With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Theophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, brilliantly giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

Directed By

Bolshoi Ballet

Written By

Cesare Pugni (music), Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa (libretto), Pierre Lacotte(choreography)

Cast

Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova, Ruslan Skvortsov

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

 PG-13  |  2 hours 3 minutes
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones deliver award-worthy performances in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, the extraordinary story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. After falling deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde, Hawking (Redmayne, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane (Jones, LIKE CRAZY) fighting tirelessly by his side, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. Directed by Oscar winning filmmaker James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE), this inspirational film is based on Jane’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.

Directed By

James Marsh

Written By

Anthony McCarten, Jane Hawking (book)

Cast

Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

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PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS

NR  |  1 hour 30 minutes 

Chronicling the band’s 2012 farewell concert in their hometown of Sheffield, England, PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS is by no means a traditional concert film or rock doc. As much a testament to the band as it is to the city and inhabitants of Sheffield, PULP weaves together their career-best performance, exclusively captured for this film, with man-on-the-street interviews and dreamy staged sequences to paint a picture much larger, funnier, and more life-affirming than any music film of recent memory.

 

Directed By

Florian Habicht

Written By

Jarvis Cocker, Florian Habicht, Peter O’Donoghue

Cast

Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber

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DAVID BOWIE IS

100 min | NR
DAVID BOWIE IS takes audiences on an extraordinary journey through the groundbreaking exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Described by The Times as “stylish & outrageous,” the exhibition features a remarkable collection of photographs, stage costumes, and other rare possessions from the David Bowie Archive – and will only make one US stop during its global tour. With fascinating insight into Bowie’s most memorable music videos, never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, and special guests including Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, this exclusive cinematic event reveals the creativity and evolution of one the most influential artists of our time.

 

Directed By
Hamish Hamilton

Language
English

Official Site
davidbowie.com/davidbowieisfilm

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MACBETH – Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

From its mesmerizing first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches’ prophecy, Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination. When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife become the instruments of their fate and kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown.

Directed By

Eve Best

Written By

William Shakespeare