December 8, 2023–January 3, 2024

Essential Big Screen 2023

During The Cinematheque’s open-house festivities in July, we encouraged patrons to make a modest donation and, in turn, suggest a film they believe has been egregiously overlooked in our programming. Little surprise, your recommendations were top-shelf! In fact, in more than one instance, requests were serendipitously in sync with plans already afoot for 2024 (Jean-Luc Godard, Edward Yang, Tsai Ming-liang, we’re looking at you).

For this year’s Essential Big Screen” lineup, we’ve decided to sprinkle in three patrons’ picks too good to delay any longer. Thanks to John S. (Hana-bi), Kenny B. (Diary of a Country Priest), and Johanna H. (Glenda Jackson) for your selections and generous support. A medley of must-see classics—featuring works by Terrence Malick, Ozu Yasujiro, King Hu, and Douglas Sirk—round out the remaining program.

To anyone who enjoyed a movie at The Cinematheque in 2023, thank you for supporting us and the work we do. Happy holidays and even happier film viewing.


List of Programmed Films

Date Film Title Director(s) Year Country
2023-Dec Days of Heaven Terrence Malick 1978 USA
2023-Dec Hana-bi Kitano Takeshi 1997 Japan
2023-Dec Raining in the Mountain King Hu 1979 Taiwan . . .
2023-Dec Sunday Bloody Sunday John Schlesinger 1971 United Kingdom
2023-Dec Diary of a Country Priest Robert Bresson 1950 France
2023-Dec All That Heaven Allows Douglas Sirk 1955 USA
2023-Dec An Autumn Afternoon Ozu Yasujiro 1962 Japan