Showing Today Thu, May 5

New and Noteworthy

A Hologram for the King
Now Playing

Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. Baffled by local customs and stymied by an opaque bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the help of a wise-cracking taxi driver (Alexander Black) and a beautiful Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury).

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Notorious
Hitchcock/Truffaut Film Festival
Now Playing

Alicia, a beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman), is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. After Alicia marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex (Claude Raines), her espionage work becomes life threatening when he discovers her deception. Only Devlin can rescue Alicia, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he’s loved her all along.

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Rear Window
Hitchcock/Truffaut Film Festival
Now Playing

Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard. Of particular interest to Jeff is Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), a traveling salesman who spends much of his time at home arguing with his bedridden wife. After the wife disappears and Jeff observes Lars’ increasingly suspicious behavior, Jeff becomes convinced that the salesman has committed murder. What follows is an increasingly dangerous game of cat and mouse that puts Jeff and those he cares for in dire jeopardy.

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The 39 Steps
Hitchcock/Truffaut Film Festival
Now Playing

While on vacation in London, Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) becomes embroiled in an international spy ring related to the mysterious “39 steps.” Then he meets agent Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim), who is soon killed in his apartment. He must elude the police, who are hunting him for murder, while he tries to stop Professor Jordan (Godfrey Tearle) from sending secrets out of the country. Hannay is assisted by Pamela (Madeleine Carroll), an unwilling accomplice who discovers the truth.

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The Congressman
Now Playing

Treat Williams headlines a stellar cast as Maine Congressman Charlie Winship, who’s having a bad day. After being caught on video refusing to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, he knocks out another House member, confronts his angry ex-wife, and faces denunciation by the media for attacking one of the most cherished patriotic symbols in America. As his life spirals out of control, Charlie embarks on a journey to a remote Maine island.

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Psycho
One Show Only!
Fri, May 6 at 8PM
Hitchcock/Truffaut Film Festival

Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) impulsively steals $40,000 from her employer to run off with her alimony- and debt-ridden boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin). Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police and overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm, Marion stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel. There she meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a very difficult relationship with his mother.

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Rope
One Show Only!
Fri, May 6 at 5:45PM
Hitchcock/Truffaut Film Festival

Just before hosting a dinner party, Philip Morgan (Farley Granger) and Brandon Shaw (John Dall) strangle a mutual friend to death with a piece of rope, purely as a Nietzsche-inspired philosophical exercise. Hiding the body in a chest upon which they then arrange a buffet dinner, the pair welcome their guests, including the victim’s oblivious fiancée (Joan Chandler) and the college professor (James Stewart) whose lectures inadvertently inspired the killing.

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North by Northwest
Opening Fri, May 6
Hitchcock/Truffaut Film Festival
Coming Soon

New York City ad executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) finds himself pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Vandamm mistakes Thornhill for a CIA agent. Hunted relentlessly by Vandamm’s associates, the harried Thornhill ends up on a cross-country journey, looking for a way to survive and meeting the beautiful and mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) along the way.

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Jules and Jim
One Show Only!
Sat, May 7 at 2:30PM
Hitchcock/Truffaut Film Festival

In the carefree days before World War I, introverted Austrian author Jules (Oskar Werner) strikes up a friendship with the exuberant Frenchman Jim (Henri Serre). Both men fall for the impulsive and beautiful Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), but it’s Jules who wins her hand. After the war, Jim visits Jules, Catherine and their daughter in their Austrian home and discovers not only that his feelings for Catherine are unchanged, but also that they’re reciprocated.

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Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt
Opening Mon, May 9
Limited engagement!
Coming Soon

Four days only! One of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt’s insights into the nature of evil, totalitarianism, ideologies, and the perils faced by refugees are more relevant than ever. This thought provoking and spirited documentary, with its abundance of archival materials, offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Arendt’s life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed.

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Masters: Yasujiro Ozu’s Late Spring
May 17
Film Studies

“If you polled the world’s film critics, asking them who was the most universal and beloved of all directors. Ozu would rank at or near the top of the list, along with Jean Renoir, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock. To...

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The Great Game
One Show Only!
Wed, May 18 at 8PM
French Cinémathèque

In this elegant political thriller, Pierre, a one-time best-selling author, agrees to work as a ghost writer for Joseph – a man who commands the political influence at the heart of the French State. Joseph is fomenting a conspiracy against the Interior Minister and will take advantage of his new protege to achieve his own ends. Soon realizing the life-threatening implications linked to his new job, Pierre will be seduced by Laura, a young activist. But is she really as harmless as she looks?

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Song of the Siren
One Show Only!
Wed, May 25 at 8PM
Reel Israel DC

On the eve of the Gulf War, Talila Katz, a smart, sexy Tel Aviv advertising executive, dumps her self-centered boyfriend, Ofer, and pursues the sweet but emotionally remote hunk Noah. Though air-raid sirens resound all around her, Talila, 32, is preoccupied with winning Noah’s love. But as her parents squabble and her sister endures an unfaithful husband, Talila faces the question of aloneness. As neighbors and friends don gas masks in sealed rooms, Talila is consumed with matters of the heart.

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Adventures in Space: Exploring the Cosmos in Sci-Fi Cinema
Jun 7, Jun 14, Jun 21
Film Studies

Tickets are not yet available for this event. Science fiction in popular culture has flourished since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution as a means to reflect on the implications of technological change as well as a way to imagine the...

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Admission: $12.00 Adults, $8.75 Matinee Shows, $9.25 Seniors (62+), $9.50 Students, $9.00 Children (12 & under) and Military, $7.75 Avalon Members, $6.75 Seniors who are Avalon Members.
Same rates apply to Wednesday Signature Series programs. Avalon Members must purchase their discounted tickets at the box office.

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