The Belcourt Theatre

The Belcourt Theatre

8 Episodes

Art-House America

Welcome to the Belcourt, a beloved Nashville institution that has been woven into the fabric of its city since it opened in 1925. The venue was one of the Grand Ole Opry’s first homes, and it continues today as a vibrant art-house cinema run by a dedicated staff. A movie lover’s paradise, the Belcourt also serves as a hub for education through programs like the Strong Leads initiative, which introduces a new generation of young female cinephiles to films directed by and centered on women. Plus, Belcourt programmer Toby Leonard presents a selection of all-time favorites.

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The Belcourt Theatre
  • The Belcourt Theatre

    Episode 1

    Discover the storied history of the indispensable Nashville movie theater and community hub committed to enriching its city through cinema.

  • Ikiru
    Episode 2


    Episode 2

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1952 • Japan

    Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa's greatest achievement, Ikiru presents the director at his most compassionate, affirming life through an exploration of a man's death. Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cance...

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    Episode 3

    Directed by Louis Malle • 1958 • France

    In his mesmerizing debut feature, twenty-four-year-old director Louis Malle brought together the beauty of Jeanne Moreau, the camerawork of Henri Decaë, and a now legendary score by Miles Davis. A touchstone of the careers of both its star and director, EL...

  • Profound Desire of the Gods

    Episode 4

    Directed by Shohei Imamura • 1968 • Japan

    When an engineer from Tokyo arrives on an island inhabited by the Futori family, he is drawn into their primitive culture and superstitions. Directed by Shohei Imamura.

  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

    Episode 5

    Directed by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta • 1975 • Germany

    When Katharina Blum spends the night with an alleged terrorist, her quiet, ordered life falls into ruins. Suddenly a suspect, Katharina is subject to a vicious smear campaign by the police and a ruthless tabloid journalist...

  • Wise Blood

    Episode 6

    Directed by John Huston • 1979 • United States

    In this acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O'Connor, John Huston vividly brings to life her poetic world of American eccentricity. Brad Dourif, in an impassioned performance, is Hazel Motes, who, fresh ou...

  • Secret Honor

    Episode 7

    Directed by Robert Altman • 1984 • United States

    Sequestered in his home, a disgraced President Richard Milhous Nixon arms himself with a bottle of scotch and a gun to record memoirs that no one will hear. He is surrounded by the silent portraits of Lincoln, Eisenhower, Kissinger, and his moth...

  • La Ciénaga

    Episode 8

    Directed by Lucrecia Martel • 2001 • Argentina, Spain

    The release of Lucrecia Martel's La Ciénaga heralded the arrival of an astonishingly vital and original voice in Argentine cinema. With a radical and disturbing take on narrative, beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on...