It’s our golden anniversary, and as a special gift to our audiences—and all New York movie lovers—we’ve put together a free summer playlist. From June to September, Film at Lincoln Center will continue to celebrate its semi-centennial with a series of double features presented free of charge. We have handpicked 20 films—a combination of our all-time and recent favorites—to be screened across 10 Thursdays, culminating on September 11 with a final selection to be decided by a public vote. Our “mixtape” zigzags across recent film history, pairing titles in a way that speaks to cinema’s diversity of expression, and includes important premieres and acclaimed films from our most popular year-round festivals, series, and new releases. As these selections illustrate, we plan to extend our commitment to introducing New York audiences to cinema’s most vital and innovative voices—past, present, and future.
June 27 – Cléo from 5 to 7 (6pm) and The Portrait of a Lady (8pm)
July 11 – Two English Girls (6pm) and Mulholland Dr. (8:45pm)
July 18 – Come Drink with Me (6pm) and The Assassin (8pm)
July 25 – The Leopard (6pm) and Happy as Lazzaro (9:30pm)
August 1 – Stalker (6pm) and High Life (9:15pm)
August 8 – School Daze (6pm) and Sorry to Bother You (8:30pm)
August 15 – Nocturama (6pm) and Burning (8:45pm)
August 22 – demonlover (6pm) and Elle (8:45pm)
August 29 – Velvet Goldmine (6pm) and Her Smell (8:30pm)
September 5 – Three Times (6pm) and Moonlight (8:30pm)
September 11 – Audience Choice! (Voting to launch June 27.)
Please note you are welcome to attend either both or just one screening in the double feature. If you are interested in attending, please register at the respective film page(s) from the “Films” or “Schedule” tab above so we can monitor capacity and provide event updates. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to each screening. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability.
Organized by Florence Almozini and Tyler Wilson.
Special thanks to A24, Gunpowder & Sky, Netflix, and United Artists Releasing for their generous support of Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th Mixtape series.
American Genre Film Archive
June 27 Double Feature
Free screening • Complimentary Popcorn & Soda • Post-Screening ReceptionFilm at Lincoln Center is honored to start the 50th Mixtape with a tribute to Agnès Varda, who passed away in March at the age of 90, and the 1962 classic that announced her as one of cinema’s premier artistic voices.
Free screening • Complimentary Popcorn & Soda • Pre-Screening ReceptionSumptuously photographed and exceedingly smart, Jane Campion’s interpretation of The Portrait of a Lady is a cinematic fever dream fascinated by the pictorial and sensuous forms of dominance within James’s text, and the inextricable bond between romantic love and violence.
July 11 Double Feature
Free screening!Based on a novel by Jules and Jim author Henri-Pierre Roché, Two English Girls plays variations on François Truffaut’s earlier film’s ménage à trois: a young writer (Jean-Pierre Léaud) falls in love with two beautiful sisters (Kika Markham and Sylvia Marriott) at the start of the 20th century.
Free screening!An aspiring movie star (Naomi Watts) finds herself in an obscure world of trouble upon meeting an enigmatic amnesiac brunette (Laura Harring) in this unique puzzle movie steeped in the romance and artifice of a bygone Hollywood. Widely considered the masterpiece of his late career and the ultimate expression of David Lynch’s deep love-hate relationship with Hollywood.
July 18 Double Feature
July 25 Double Feature
Free screening!Visconti reached new heights of epic grandeur with his sweeping, Palme d’Or-winning account of political upheaval and generational sea change in Risorgimento-era Italy, starring Burt Lancaster as the leonine patriarch of a ruling class Bourbon family in the last gasps of its dominance.
Free screening!A throng of tobacco farmers working on an estate live in a state of extreme deprivation, but nothing is what it seems in Alice Rohrwacher’s transfiguring and transfixing fable, which touches on perennial class struggle and enters the realm of parable.
August 1 Double Feature
Free screening!Claire Denis’s latest film—which features some of the most unsettling passages she has ever directed, as well as moments of the greatest delicacy and tenderness—is set aboard a spacecraft piloted by death row prisoners on a decades-long suicide mission to enter and harness the power of a black hole.
August 8 Double Feature
August 15 Double Feature
August 22 Double Feature
August 29 Double Feature
Free screening!Todd Haynes’s delirious rock opera about a journalist (Christian Bale) hired to reconstruct the sordid life story of the failed glam star (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) he’d idolized as a young man is as colorful, noisy, and chaotic as Haynes’s Safe had been clinically restrained.
Free screening!In a powerhouse performance, Elisabeth Moss is Becky Something, the influential lead singer of a popular ’90s alt-rock outfit spiraling out of control as she struggles with her demons. The latest from Alex Ross Perry tracks Becky’s self-destruction—and potential creative redemption.
September 5 Double Feature
Free screening!This rapturously beautiful 2005 feature by Hou Hsiao-hsien is a triumph about the melancholy play of time and memory. The action is broken into three different love stories set in different eras—a 1966 pool hall, a prosperous 1911 brothel, and contemporary Taipei—but starring the same leads, the impossibly glamorous Shu Qi and Chang Chen.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP for free on the respective film pages so we can monitor capacity. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to each screening. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability.
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