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This Week in Philly: Stranger Than Paradise, The Last Picture Show, and more

This Week in Philly: Stranger Than Paradise, The Last Picture Show, and more

Every Week, Philly has tons of film events to offer! We’re featuring as many as we can each Monday! Got an upcoming film event in the Philadelphia area? Submit it here to be featured!

Monday, May 27

 Philadelphia Psychotronic Film Society May Meeting #2, 7:30PM at PhilaMOCA. Always free, no tickets needed, the best film screening series in Philadelphia continues with another mystery pick from somebody who wants to show you something deeply weird.

Tuesday, May 28

Red River (dir. Howard Hawks, 1948) 7:15PM at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. The first Hawks/John Wayne collaboration, Red River is the first of two films in the Bryn Mawr Film Institute's "So Long, Wild West" pair. Get your tickets here, where you can also get information on the pre-screening seminar.


Wednesday, May 29

  • Stranger Than Paradise (dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1984) 7:30PM at the Princeton Garden Theater. Get tickets here (also plays the next night at the Ambler Theater).

  • A Star is Born (dir. George Cukor, 1954) 7:30PM at the Ambler Theater. This is the Judy Garland/James Mason A Star is Born, part two in the "Show Business Will Kill You, Kid" quadrilogy. Get your tickets here (also plays the next night at the Princeton Garden Theater).

  • Jay Schwartz Presents: From Philadelphia with Love: Industrial, Educational, and other Lost Local Films, 7:30PM at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Schwartz, a film collector and curator, shows a series of non-theatrical, Philly-based shorts on 16mm. Get your tickets here.

Thursday, May 30

  • The Last Picture Show (dir. Peter Bogdanovich, 1971) 7:15 PM at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Bogdanovich's big breakout American wasteland classic is the second part of the "So Long, Wild West" pair. Watch Red River and then watch a movie where Red River is a central metaphor. Get your tickets here, where you can also get information on the pre-screening seminar.

  • You Were Never Lovelier (William A. Seiter, 1942) 7:30PM at the County Theater. One of them "Rita Hayworth did everything Fred Astaire did backwards and in heels" joints. A real swell time for you and your steady, especially at a picture house, on the big screen. Get tickets here.

Friday, May 31

  • Ism, Ism, Ism: Program 1 and 2, 7:00PM at Lightbox Film Center. Documentarian Jesse Lerner shows a series of experimental films from Latin America. Get your tickets here.

  • My Neighbor Totoro (dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988) 11:59PM at the Ritz at the Bourse. Midnight's when movie theaters famously let loose and show their weirdest stuff. The grimy cult films, the campy, reclaimed masterpieces of grindhouse cinema. It's when the freaks come out, baby! So here's a quiet anime classic about children moving to the Japanese countryside. The subtitled version of the film will be screened. Get your tickets here.

Saturday, June 1 

  • Muppets From Space (dir. Tim Hill, 1999) 10:30AM at the Princeton Garden Theatre. This is the Miss Piggy/Kermit Muppets from Space, part three in the "Jim's Dead But We Can Probably Keep Making These For A While" 90s trilogy. Get your tickets here.

  • Exhumed Presents: Margheritti-thon!, 12:00PM at Lightbox Film Center. A six film marathon of Antonio Margheritti works from 1976-1984. Exploitation action from an Italian master (?), put on by Philly's pride and joy, Exhumed. Get your tickets here.


Sunday, June 2

  • The Spy Behind Home Plate (dir. Aviva Kempner, 2019). 1:10 and 4:00PM at Ritz at the Bourse. Morris "Moe" Berg was a Jewish baseball player who was perhaps more than just a baseball player... (He definitely was-- see the title) The Spy Behind Home Plate will screen at the Ritz at the Bourse before and after these two times, but both of these will include a Q&A. Get your tickets here and here.

  • Okko's Inn (dir. Kitaro Kosaka, 2019) 4:30PM at PhilaMOCA. Director Kosaka, a Ghibli alumn, worked with respected studio Madhouse to make this joyful anime film about a girl who finds friendly ghosts in her grandmother's inn. Get your tickets here.

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