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Watch these films in the renowned Cinestudio Theatre.

AMSTERDAM
(134min. R) 2022 David O. Russell, director
Ends Dec 1
The new film by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) has found a home in independent art cinemas. Based on a (mostly) true story, Russell’s political/comedy/thriller is set in 1933 as a cabal of business titans promote Hitler and Mussolini. It opens during World War I, as a bond grows between a nurse (Margot Robbie) and the two soldiers (John David Washington and Christian Bale) under her care. After a healing stay in Amsterdam, the veterans return home with Bale becoming a doctor and Washington a lawyer. Having disappeared for ten years, Robbie returns when Bale discovers a Senator has been poisoned. Pursued by homegrown fascists, the three friends risk everything to obstruct a rally calling for the overthrow of FDR (and democracy).

Tuesday, Nov 29 7:00 PM Wednesday, Nov 30 7:00 PM Thursday, Dec 1 7:00 PM
 

COMING UP

Cinestudio Fundraising Gala, Celebrating James and Peter
Cinestudio Fundraising Gala, Celebrating James and Peter
(180min. NR)
One Night Only Dec 3
Fundraising Gala Celebrating the Leadership of James Hanley and Peter McMorris 50 Years of Cinema Memories
Cocktail reception at 5 pm Film (chosen by James and Peter) at 6 pm Dessert reception following the film

Saturday, Dec 3 5:00 PM
Exhibition on Screen: Cézanne: Portraits of a Life
(87min. NR) Phil Grabsky, director
One Night Only Dec 4
One cannot appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Filmed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, with additional interviews from experts and curators from MoMA in New York, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps one of the least known and yet most important of all the Impressionists.

Sunday, Dec 4 2:00 PM
Tár
(158min. R) 2022 Todd Field, director
One Night Only Dec 8

Thursday, Dec 8 7:00 PM
MASTER OF LIGHT
(83min. NR) 2022 Rosa Boesten, director
Opens Dec 9

Friday, Dec 9 7:00 PM FREE
BARAKA
(96min. NR) 1992 Ron Fricke, director
One Night Only Dec 18
In celebration of Baraka’s 30th Anniversary, this alternative addition to Hartford’s holiday season returns to Cinestudio! And more than ever, this amazing film speaks not only to our planet’s diversity, but to its fragile vulnerability. Director and cinematographer Ron Fricke traveled six continents and 24 countries to capture mesmerizing images of life on Earth. Cinestudio’s superb sound and images captures the multiplicity of spiritual expression: chanting Buddhist monks, Jews praying at the Wailing Wall, African tribal dancers, and hypnotic Dervishes. Bring your friends and family to a cinematic experience that needs no words. (Fine for most children over 10)

Sunday, Dec 18 2:00 PM
It's A Wonderful Life
It's A Wonderful Life
(129 min) 1946 US Frank Capra, director
Opens Dec 17
The hallmark of a great movie is its ability to continually provide new meaning within its cherished familiarity. Every year, we appreciate a new facet of Frank Capra’s classic holiday film, finding messages of sacrifice, love, community and hope. And in spite of what we read in the news, it is the movie’s awareness of the need to come together that shines through. James Stewart plays a small-town guy who sacrifices his dreams to help others, only to see his optimism crushed by greed. It takes an angel-in-training named Clarence to reveal what Bedford Falls would have become without his caring and commitment.

Saturday, Dec 17 2:00 PM Monday, Dec 19 7:00 PM Tuesday, Dec 20 7:00 PM Wednesday, Dec 21 2:00 PM Wednesday, Dec 21 7:00 PM Thursday, Dec 22 7:00 PM Friday, Dec 23 7:00 PM Saturday, Dec 24 11:30 AM Saturday, Dec 24 2:00 PM
THE INSPECTION
(95min. R) 2022 Elegance Bratton, director
One Night Only Jan 12

Thursday, Jan 12 7:00 PM
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
(180min. NR) Simon Godwin, director
One Night Only Jan 22
Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity. The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love. A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick. Following his award-winning productions of Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra, director Simon Godwin returns with this irresistible comedy, broadcast live from the National Theatre stage.

Sunday, Jan 22 2:00 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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