Weekend Classics: The Audience is Present

April 13th 2018 - July 1st 2018

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“The Audience Is Present” — showing in our Weekend Classics program, Fridays-Sundays at 11am — gathers together some of our favorite films that invite moviegoers into the action by breaking through the fourth wall. With a sly wink at viewers or an aside delivered directly to the theater, these 12 classic titles explore different modes of inclusion, from the inspired lunacy of the opening weekend’s Marx Brothers’ slapstick HORSE FEATHERS, to François Truffaut’s arthouse landmark THE 400 BLOWS’ legendary staring-into-the-lens final shot. Heavy on comedies, the program includes Penelope Spheeris’s big-screen version of SNL skit-cum-cinematic romp WAYNE’S WORLD, beloved staples from Mel Brooks (BLAZING SADDLES and SPACEBALLS), Juzo Itami’s “ramen Western” TAMPOPO, and Spike Jonze’s self-referential hall of mirrors ADAPTATION. Other highlights include 35mm prints of Woody Allen’s classic New York romance ANNIE HALL, Abbas Kiarostami’s CLOSE-UP, and Stephen Frears’s HIGH FIDELITY, along with related screenings of GOODFELLAS in the concurrent “Scorsese” midnights retrospective, and selections like David Fincher’s FIGHT CLUB and Joe Dante’s GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH, with a scene in which the film itself seems to melt in the projector, in our “Late-Night Favorites” lineup.

Past Screenings

  • Horse Feathers
    Norman Z. McLeod193268 minDCP
    New 4K Restoration
    • IFC Center
      • Friday Apr 1311:00am
      • Saturday Apr 1411:00am
      • Sunday Apr 1511:00am
  • The 400 Blows
    François Truffaut195999 minDCP
    • IFC Center
      • Friday Apr 2011:00am
      • Saturday Apr 2111:00am
      • Sunday Apr 2211:00am
  • Annie Hall
    Woody Allen197794 min35mm
    • IFC Center
      • Friday Apr 2711:00am
      • Saturday Apr 2811:00am
      • Sunday Apr 2911:00am
      • Monday Apr 3011:00am
      • Tuesday May 111:00am
      • Wednesday May 211:00am
      • Thursday May 311:00am
  • Tampopo
    Juzo Itami1985114 minDCP
    • IFC Center
      • Friday May 411:00am
      • Saturday May 511:00am
      • Sunday May 611:00am
      • Monday May 711:00am
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    John Hughes1986103 minDCP
    • IFC Center
      • Friday May 1112:05am11:00am
      • Saturday May 1212:05am11:00am
      • Sunday May 1311:00am
      • Monday May 1411:00am
      • Wednesday May 1611:00am
      • Thursday May 1711:00am
  • Privilege
    Yvonne Rainer1990103 minDigital Video
    • IFC Center
      • Friday May 1811:00am
      • Saturday May 1911:00am
      • Sunday May 2011:00am
  • Blazing Saddles
    Mel Brooks197495 minDCP
    • IFC Center
      • Friday May 2512:15am11:00am
      • Saturday May 2612:15am11:00am
      • Sunday May 2711:00am
      • Monday May 2811:00am
  • Wayne's World
    Penelope Spheeris1992104 minDCP
    • IFC Center
      • Friday Jun 112:15am11:00am
      • Saturday Jun 212:15am11:00am
      • Sunday Jun 311:00am
  • Close-Up
    Abbas Kiarostami199098 min35mm
    • IFC Center
      • Friday Jun 811:00am
      • Saturday Jun 911:00am
      • Sunday Jun 1011:00am
  • Spaceballs
    Mel Brooks198796 minDCP
    • IFC Center
      • Friday Jun 2211:35pm
      • Saturday Jun 2311:35pm
  • Adaptation
    Spike Jonze2002114 minDCP
    • IFC Center
      • Friday Jun 2912:15am
      • Saturday Jun 3012:15am
  • High Fidelity
    Stephen Frears2000113 min35mm
    • IFC Center
      • Friday Jun 2911:00am
      • Saturday Jun 3011:00am
      • Sunday Jul 111:00am