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PERSONAL PROBLEMS
(165min.) 1980 Bill Gunn, director
All Tickets $5 or free with a Hartford Public Library Card through funding from Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Feb 3 – 8
Cinestudio is pleased to present Personal Problems as part of our celebration of African American cinema, sponsored in part by the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.  Spike Lee called the trailblazing Black director Bill Gunn “one of the most under-appreciated filmmakers of his time.” Commissioned by PBS (and then rejected), Gunn took his movie on the road, winning fans by word of mouth until it’s triumphant restoration over 20 years later at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This essential movie stars Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, known for her roles in Daughters of the Dust and Beloved, (as well as cookbooks exploring her Gullah culture.) Playing with any expected narrative, the film explores the many facets of a young Black woman’s life: romance, family, work, friendship, racism and mortality. “Incisively truthful and alive. It’s a necessary work, and one of the major repertory revivals of this or any other year.” Jon Dieringer, Screen Slate podcast.

Monday, Feb 6 7:00 PM Tuesday, Feb 7 7:00 PM Wednesday, Feb 8 7:00 PM
 

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THE WHALE
(117min. R) 2022 Darren Aronofsky, director
Opens Feb 9
Accepting this year’s Critics Choice Award for Best Actor, Brendan Fraser said “This movie is about love. It’s about redemption. It’s about finding the light in a dark place.” Fraser’s triumph in The Whale is one of the most deserved comebacks in recent memory. A box office star in 90s’ films like George of the Jungle and The Mummy trilogy, Fraser dropped out of view – until his deeply empathetic performance as a gay online English professor who is struggling with obesity and a lack of connection with his daughter (Sadie Sink from Stranger Things). The Whale is also a change of direction for filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, whose previous movies (Pi, The Black Swan, mother!) were known for edgy provocation over compassion.   “Fraser is absolutely extraordinary in a tour de force performance that ranges from subtle to shattering…it’s more than essential viewing -- it's some kind of miracle..” – Peter Travers, ABC news.

Thursday, Feb 9 7:00 PM Friday, Feb 10 7:00 PM Saturday, Feb 11 2:00 PM Saturday, Feb 11 7:00 PM Sunday, Feb 12 2:00 PM Monday, Feb 13 7:00 PM Tuesday, Feb 14 7:00 PM Wednesday, Feb 15 7:00 PM Thursday, Feb 16 7:00 PM
KILLER OF SHEEP
(80min. NR) 2009 Charles Burnett, director
All Tickets $5 or free with a Hartford Public Library Card through funding from Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Feb 17 - 22

Friday, Feb 17 7:00 PM Saturday, Feb 18 2:00 PM Saturday, Feb 18 4:30 PM Saturday, Feb 18 7:00 PM Sunday, Feb 19 2:00 PM Monday, Feb 20 7:00 PM Tuesday, Feb 21 7:00 PM Wednesday, Feb 22 7:00 PM
CLOSE
(105min. PG-13) 2023 BELGIUM Lukas Dhont, director
One Night Only Mar 9

Thursday, Mar 9 7:00 PM
Exhibition On Screen: Mary Cassatt: Painting The Modern Woman
(93min. NR) Ali Ray, director
One Night Only Mar 12

Mary Cassatt made a career painting the lives of the women around her. Her radical images showed them as intellectual, feminine and real, which was a major shift in the way women appeared in art.

Presenting her astonishing prints, pastels and paintings, this film introduces us to the often-overlooked Impressionist whose own career was as full of contradiction as the women she painted.

She printed, sketched, and painted dozens of images of mothers and children yet she never married or had children herself. She was a classically trained artist but chose to join a group of Parisian radicals – the Impressionists – a movement that transformed the language of art.

The world’s most eminent Cassatt curators and scholars help tell this riveting tale of great social and cultural change; a time when women were fighting for their rights and the language of art was completely re-written. Mary Cassatt and her modern women were at the heart of it all.

Sunday, Mar 12 2:00 PM
THE CRUCIBLE
(180min.) Lyndsey Turner, director
One Night Only Apr 2
A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma). Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power. As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial. Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.

Sunday, Apr 2 2:00 PM
OTHELLO
OTHELLO
(180min. NR) Clint Dyer, director
One Night Only May 7
An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance). She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost. Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide. Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.

Sunday, May 7 2:00 PM

Welcome to Cinestudio

Cinestudio is a not-for-profit independent film theater located at Summit Street and College Terrace on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The theater is a magnificent single-screen venue with over 450 seats, reconstructed as classic 1930’s-style movie house, including a much loved balcony and golden curtain. The building is a signature design by McKim, Mead and White, built in 1935.

Founded in 1970 by a group of students at Trinity, Cinestudio has become one of the most highly respected arthouse cinemas in the United States, with a long standing reputation for its wide diversity of programing, and for legendary projection and sound quality. Equipped with the highest quality 4K Digital Cinema systems, Cinestudio has also retained it’s top-of-the-line physical film 35mm and 70mm projectors for use in studio archive presentations. Cinestudio is a daily celebration of the Art of Cinema!
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