Walter Reade Theater

Walter Reade Theater

20 Episodes

Art-House America

The Walter Reade Theater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is a beloved New York institution. We’ve created a short documentary on its history and programming, presented here with a lineup of films handpicked and introduced by its curators.

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Walter Reade Theater
  • Walter Reade Theater

    Episode 1

    The Walter Reade Theater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is a beloved New York institution. We’ve created a short documentary on its history and programming, presented here with a lineup of films handpicked and introduced by its curators.

  • Florence Almozini on THE GOLDEN COACH

    Episode 2

  • The Golden Coach

    Episode 3

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1953 • Italy
    Starring Anna Magnani, Odoardo Spadaro, Nada Fiorelli

    THE GOLDEN COACH (LE CARROSSE D’OR) is a ravishing eighteenth-century comic fantasy about a viceroy who receives an exquisite golden coach, and gives it to the tempestuous star of a touring commedia dell...

  • Richard Peña on RED DESERT

    Episode 4

  • Red Desert

    Episode 5

    Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni • 1964 • Italy
    Starring Monica Vitti, Richard Harris

    Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and RED DESERT, his first color film, is perhaps his most epochal. This provocative look at the spirit...

  • Richard Peña on PERSONA

    Episode 6

  • Persona

    Episode 7

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1966 • Sweden
    Starring Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson

    By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical PERSONA, he attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary perf...

  • Dennis Lim on MULTIPLE MANIACS

    Episode 8

  • Multiple Maniacs

    Episode 9

    Directed by John Waters • 1970 • United States

    The gloriously grotesque second feature directed by John Waters is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema's most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Waters' native Baltimore, with th...

  • Stranger Than Paradise

    Episode 10

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1984 • United States, Germany
    Starring John Lurie, Richard Edson, Eszter Balint

    With this breakout film, Jim Jarmusch established himself as one of the most exciting voices in the burgeoning independent-film scene, a road-movie poet with an affinity for Americana at it...

  • Dennis Lim on VAGABOND

    Episode 11

  • Vagabond

    Episode 12

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1985 • France
    Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss

    Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César for her portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona, found frozen to death in a ditch at the beginning of VAGABOND. Agnès Varda pieces together Mona’s sto...

  • Richard Peña on WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOUSE?

    Episode 13

  • Where Is the Friend’s House?

    Episode 14

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1987 • Iran

    The first film in Abbas Kiarostami’s sublime, interlacing KOKER TRILOGY takes a simple premise—a boy searches for the home of his classmate, whose school notebook he has accidentally taken—and transforms it into a miraculous, child’s-eye adventure of ...

  • Richard Peña on A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY

    Episode 15

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    Episode 16

    Directed by Edward Yang • 1991 • Taiwan

    Among the most praised and sought-after titles in all contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by Edward Yang, finally comes to home video in the United States. Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY is ...

  • Richard Peña on THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE

    Episode 17

  • The Double Life of Véronique

    Episode 18

    Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski • 1991 • France
    Starring Irène Jacob, Philippe Volter, Sandrine Dumas

    Krzysztof Kieślowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent a...

  • Dennis Lim on IN VANDA’S ROOM

    Episode 19

  • In Vanda’s Room

    Episode 20

    Directed by Pedro Costa • 2000 • Germany, Portugal, Switzerland

    For the extraordinarily beautiful second film in his Fontainhas trilogy, Pedro Costa jettisoned his earlier films' larger crews to burrow even deeper into the Lisbon ghetto and the lives of its desperate inhabitants. With the inti...