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Frankenweenie (2012) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>
 

The story is similar to one you may know well: Young Victor Frankenstein is a science nerd and outsider at school, but he does have one good friend in his dog, Sparky. When tragedy strikes and Sparky shuffles off this mortal coil, Victor is heartbroken, but his science teacher gives him an idea of how to jolt the appropriately named pup back to life. The experiment is successful, and all goes well, until Victor's fellow students steal his secret and use it to resurrect other dead animals with monstrous consequences.

Free for children 12 and under.

Sun 10/22/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema


Lucky (2017) <h4>New at the Browning</h4>


Known for his work with major American independent film directors, most notably David Lynch, 91-year-old Harry Dean Stanton plays a 90-year-old atheist named Lucky who embarks on a spiritual journey after having outlived (and out-smoked) his friends. Living off the map in a small desert town, he comes to terms with his own mortality and searches for enlightenment, even if it feels elusive. This film also marks the directing debut of John Carroll Lynch, who many may recognize as Marge Gunderson’s husband Norm in Fargo.
Sun 10/22/17 3:00PM Browning Cinema


Macbeth (2017) <h4>Shakespeare at Notre Dame</h4>


The first advance screening in the U.S.A. of a bold new feature film of Shakespeare's Macbeth—poised for release. There will be a Post-screening Q&A with Judith Buchanan, the film's co-writer/adapter.

This event is currently sold out. Will Call will only be available for pick-up at the Ticket Office one hour prior. To guarantee your reservation, please pick-up your Will Call tickets at least 15 minutes prior to the performance. Unclaimed Will Call tickets will be released 15 minutes prior to the event to patrons waiting on standby.
Tue 10/24/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema


Cat People (1944) / I Walked with a Zombie (1943) <h4>RKO Classics</h4>


Creature Double Feature!

Cat People (1944)
Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon), a fashion designer in New York City who hails from Serbia, begins a romance with marine engineer Oliver Reed (Kent Smith). After the couple is wed, Oliver becomes concerned about Irena's notion that she is cursed and may transform into a large cat in the heat of passion. Airing his marital concerns to his assistant, Oliver unpurposefully triggers Irena's curse, and their relationship starts getting hairy.

I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Canadian nurse Betsy Connell (Frances Dee) is hired to care for Jessica Holland (Christine Gordon), a woman on a Caribbean sugar plantation, who has a bizarre condition. The mysterious affliction baffles Betsy, but Betsy isn’t unsure about falling in love with Jessica's husband, Paul (Tom Conway). She makes good on that affection by moving heaven and earth to cure his wife; however, her quest rings more hellish as Betsy is drawn into the local zombie world and begins to uncover island secrets.

Free for ND, SMC and HC students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.
Wed 10/25/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema


The Forgotten Army (2017) <h4>Nanovic Institute Film Series</h4>


This German documentary tells the story of former East German elite soldiers yet to come to terms with their past in the wake of the Berlin Wall falling. Divided between radicals and legalists, they are unable to find a new identity in reunited Germany. Since 1989, more than 250,000 border guards, high officers of the National People's Army and "Stasi" officers not only lost their jobs, but also their homeland and their identities. They all did what they were told to do with confidence that it was the right thing. Nonetheless, they were in a dilemma: being faithful to their oath also meant to spy on their neighbors and—as a last consequence—harm their own people, trying to escape to the West.

Filmmaker Signe Astrup is scheduled to appear in person!

Co-presented by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
Thu 10/26/17 7:00PM Browning Cinema


A Ghost Story (2017) <h4>New at the Browning</h4>


Directed by David Lowery, who is fresh off the well-received Pete’s Dragon remake, embarks on a darker-scale in a film tackling metaphysics and love, an uncommon yet effective pairing for a Halloween movie. Known just by “C”, Casey Affleck stars as a recently deceased husband to “M” (Rooney Mara). C returns to their suburban home as an iconic white-sheeted ghost and tries to connect with his bereft wife.
Fri 10/27/17 6:30PM Browning Cinema
Sun 10/29/17 3:00PM Browning Cinema


Lake Mungo (2008) <h4>New at the Browning</h4>


A critically acclaimed film from Australia that went largely overlooked during its release, Lake Mungo has been cited by many as the best or most interesting film in the sub-genre of found footage scary movies (think: Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity). Lake Mungo goes a different direction than those films, utilizing a more straightforward documentary approach to amp up the psychological horror angle for a slow, hot burn. After the funeral for a teenage Alice Palmer (Talia Zucker) who drowned in Lake Mungo, her family experiences a series of unsettling events that put into question whether Alice is still with them or not.
Fri 10/27/17 9:30PM Browning Cinema


Hocus Pocus (1993) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>
 

After moving to Salem, Massachusetts (not the best town to land in right before Halloween), teenager Max explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (future star of American Beauty, Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison. When Allison tells them a bit of local lore, the siblings dismiss the story as boring old superstition. As is sometimes the case, there’s truth behind the legend, and Max accidentally frees a coven of witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy). Now, with the help of a magical cat (bearing a strong resemblance to Salem Saberhagen), the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

Free for children 12 and under.

Sun 10/29/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema


The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) <h4>RKO Classics</h4>
 

A giant commercial success that netted nine Academy Awards, this epic addressed veterans’ difficulties reentering civilian life just three years after World War II ended. Fred (Dana Andrews), Al (Fredric March), and Homer (Harold Russell) return home to the U.S.A. after serving abroad. Although a war hero, Fred is unable to compete with more highly skilled workers and has to return to his low-wage soda jerk job. Bank executive Al tries to assist veterans with favorable loans but faces pushback for his efforts. After losing both hands in the war, Homer returns to his loving fiancée but struggles to adjust. Particularly noteworthy is Harold Rusell’s performance, as he lost both hands while working as an Army instructor prior to the role and remains the only person to have won two Oscars for the same performance.

Free for ND, SMC, and HC students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.

Wed 11/1/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema


Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) <h4>Classics at the Browning</h4>


The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries and could be used to rule all of Middle-earth. Powerful (and often malevolent) forces are unrelenting in their search for it. Fate, though, has placed the ring in the tiny yet capable hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the ring and steps into legend. Upon becoming the Ringbearer, Frodo picks up a posse and embarks on a daunting task: to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

Sponsored by the Medieval Institute and the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.
Thu 11/2/17 7:00PM Browning Cinema


Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) <h4>Classics at the Browning</h4>


Rolling seamlessly from The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers follows the continuing quest of Frodo (Elijah Wood) and the Fellowship to destroy the One Ring. Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin [Rudy Ruettiger]) discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum. Their colleagues Aragorn, the Elf archer Legolas, and Gimli the Dwarf encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell, and Helm’s Deep becomes the fulcrum on which the battle for Middle-earth balances.

Sponsored by the Medieval Institute and the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.
Fri 11/3/17 7:00PM Browning Cinema


Peter Pan (2017)<h4> National Theatre Live</h4>
 

All children, except one, grow up. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily, and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music, and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

Sponsored by the Brady Endowment for Excellence for Live Theatre Broadcasts.

Sun 11/5/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema


Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) <h4>Classics at the Browning</h4>


Among the many laurels received by the capstone in the LOTR trilogy, The Return of the King was nominated for 11 Oscars and won all 11, which tied it with Ben-Hur and Titanic for biggest hauls ever. The third installment presents the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of the future of Middle-earth. Hobbits Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their quest to destroy the One Ring while Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron's evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith.

Sponsored by the Medieval Institute and the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.
Sun 11/5/17 3:30PM Browning Cinema


Stromboli (1950) <h4>RKO Classics</h4>
 

Ingrid Bergman wrote to Roberto Rossellini, letting him know she admired his films and hoped to work with him. Soon, they created a production company together, found funding for Stromboli through Howard Hughes at RKO, and ultimately were married. Lithuanian Karin (Ingrid Bergman) flees her war-ravaged home country and winds up in Italy where she's sent to an internment camp. There, she meets Antonio (Mario Vitale), a POW who's just been freed. They enjoy a brief romance, punctuated by Antonio's marriage proposal, and Karin, seeing her chance to escape the camp, accepts. But Antonio takes her back to Stromboli, the volcanic island he lives on, and Karin struggles with a language barrier, brutal living conditions, and her outsider status.

Free for ND, SMC, and HC students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.

Wed 11/8/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema


Donkeyote (2017) <h4>Nanovic Institute Film Series</h4>


This familial documentary tracks Manolo, who at 73 is a contemporary Don Quixote. Manolo has a simple life in Southern Spain and two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión (“Sparrow”), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk in the U.S.A, the brutal 2200 mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey. Overcoming the small obstacle of shipping a donkey, Manolo’s chronic arthritis, a history of heart attacks, and Gorrión’s fear of water are just a few matters to take care of. As their adventure continues, Manolo’s wondrous friendship with his animals finds a beautiful equilibrium.

Director Chico Pereira is scheduled to appear in person!

Co-presented by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
Fri 11/10/17 7:00PM Browning Cinema


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2017) <h4>National Theatre live</h4>
 

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown), and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5-star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Sponsored by the Brady Endowment for Excellence for Live Theatre Broadcasts.

Sat 11/11/17 3:00PM Browning Cinema


Heidi (1937) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>
 

Adapted from one of the best-selling books ever published, Heidi has won hearts around the world (and broken the hearts of Raiders and Jets fans). An orphaned young girl named Heidi (Shirley Temple) lives happily with her grouchy but gentle grandfather, Adolph (Jean Hersholt), in the Swiss Alps. When she's stolen by her ruthless aunt and sold as a servant to the wealthy Herr Sesemann (Sidney Blackmer), Adolph embarks on a journey to find his granddaughter. Meanwhile, Heidi keeps her spirits high (as Shirley Temple characters are wont to do) and befriends Sesemann's daughter, but she longs to return home to the life she knew before.

Free for children 12 and under.

Sun 11/12/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema


The Thing from Another World (1951) <h4>RKO Classics</h4>
 

This beloved science-fiction film of the 1950s has Cold War panic all over it, influencing generations of B-movies. Some might recognize it as sharing the same source material as John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982 (and the remake of that in 2011). When scientist Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite) reports a UFO near his North Pole research base, the Air Force sends in a team under Capt. Patrick Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) to investigate. What they find is a wrecked spaceship and a humanoid creature frozen in the ice. They bring their discovery back to the base, but Carrington and Hendry disagree over what to do with it. Meanwhile, the creature is accidentally thawed and begins wreaking havoc.

Free for ND, SMC, and HC students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.

Wed 11/15/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema


Follies (2017)<h4> National Theatre Live</h4>
 

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy, and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and Sunday in the Park with George.

Sponsored by the Brady Endowment for Excellence for Live Theatre Broadcasts.

Thu 11/16/17 7:00PM Browning Cinema


Babe (1995) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>
 

Although not the only film with talking animals to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, Babe created its own distinct and large splash when it arrived from Australia in 1995. Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins a piglet named Babe (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh) at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly and discovers that he too can herd sheep. Babe’s interspecific skills don’t jive with the other farm animals’ schemas (a pig who herds sheep!?), but the little piglet carries on. Soon, the farm’s entire social hierarchy is pulled into question by Babe, who must reconcile his yearning to belong with his passion.

Free for children 12 and under.

Sun 11/19/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) <h4>RKO Classics</h4>
 

Kennedy Center Honoree and national treasure Dolly Parton stars in this Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the Broadway musical. Miss Mona (Ms. Parton) runs the Chicken Ranch, a brothel with a long and rambunctious history in little old Gilbert, Texas. The locals have a perfectly fine relationship with the institution, and Mona is well respected in the community. Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (Burt Reynolds) also looks out for the Chicken Ranch due to his past with Miss Mona. When the pious reporter Melvin Thorpe (Dom DeLuise) exposes the brothel it becomes a political lightning rod. As outside interests light their torches, the governor (Charles Durning) finds himself in a sticky situation as Miss Mona hopes he can keep affairs fine and dandy at the Chicken Ranch.

Free for ND, SMC and HC students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.

Wed 11/29/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema


The Exterminating Angel <h4>The Met: Live in HD</h4>
 

Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera. The ensemble cast features Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar, Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile, and Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado.



Sponsored by the Jill A. Fischer Endowment for Excellence in Live Opera Broadcasts.
Sat 12/2/17 1:00PM Browning Cinema


The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>
 

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets, like Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear, weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways with hope that the miserable old man will embrace the season of the heart and, in that special time of caring, make his love last all year.

Free for children 12 and under.

Sun 12/3/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema


Miracle on 34th Street (1947) <h4>Sunday Family Films</h4>
 

In this Christmas classic, an old man by the name Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain's main store in midtown Manhattan where the holiday’s commercialism is placed in bright context. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

Free for chilldren 12 and under.

Sun 12/10/17 12:00PM Browning Cinema


Tosca <h4>The Met: Live in HD</h4>
 

Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s set and costumes of the Napoleonic era, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for Sonya Yoncheva as the jealous prima donna. Vittorio Grigolo reprises the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel, Michael Volle, and Željko Lucic as the depraved police chief Scarpia. James Levine conducts.



Sponsored by the Jill A. Fischer Endowment for Excellence in Live Opera Broadcasts.
Sat 1/27/18 1:00PM Browning Cinema


L'Elisir d'Amore <h4>The Met Opera: Live in HD</h4>
 

Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met with her first Adina opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but is also emotionally revealing against the backdrop of the Risorgimento, the movement for Italian independence, as it began gathering momentum in 1836. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.



Sponsored by the Jill A. Fischer Endowment for Excellence in Live Opera Broadcasts.
Sat 2/10/18 12:00PM Browning Cinema


La Bohème <h4>The Met: Live in HD</h4>
 

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Sonya Yoncheva the role of the fragile Mimì, with Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts.



Sponsored by the Jill A. Fischer Endowment for Excellence in Live Opera Broadcasts.
Sat 2/24/18 12:30PM Browning Cinema


Semiramide <h4>The Met Opera: Live in HD</h4>
 

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.



Sponsored by the Jill A. Fischer Endowment for Excellence in Live Opera Broadcasts.
Sat 3/10/18 1:00PM Browning Cinema


Così fan Tutte<h4>The Met: Live in HD</h4>
 

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.



Sponsored by the Jill A. Fischer Endowment for Excellence in Live Opera Broadcasts.
Sat 4/7/18 1:00PM Browning Cinema


Luisa Miller<h4> The Met: Live in HD</h4>
 

James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczala in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years.



Sponsored by the Jill A. Fischer Endowment for Excellence in Live Opera Broadcasts.
Sat 4/14/18 12:30PM Browning Cinema


Cendrillon<h4> The Met: Live in HD</h4>
 

For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.



Sponsored by the Jill A. Fischer Endowment for Excellence in Live Opera Broadcasts.
Sat 4/28/18 1:00PM Browning Cinema