The holiday season isn’t complete without films at the Dryden Theatre! Whether you’re a fan of the classics, the newer classics, or the films you’ve never seen before, the Dryden has you covered from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Before the string of acclaimed 1990s dramas that he is best known for, director Jonathan Demme turned his humanist camera on the subjects of three quirky, stylish comedies. Combining a unique ear for music with intimate close-ups and empathy for outsiders, Demme brought life to losers, free spirits, and mobsters.
Screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted by Hollywood following his appearance in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee in late 1947. Refusing to testify about his or anyone else’s involvement with Communist organizations, Trumbo was found in contempt of Congress and served eleven months in a federal prison. Following his release, and working through fronts and under pseudonyms, Trumbo embarked on a decade of high-quality work, often at low-budget studios.
The Polish Film Festival has been a fixture in Rochester since 1997 thanks, in part, to the area’s active Polish-American community. The annual festival presents classic Polish cinema as well as contemporary works produced by the newest generation of the country’s filmmakers.
Palme d’Or Winners of the 1960s The most prestigious award in film, the Palme d’Or is given out every year by the ever-changing jury of the Cannes Film Festival.
Silent Tuesdays, The only venue in Rochester to feature live accompaniment with 35mm film projection, the Dryden Theatre is the perfect place to experience silent films as they were meant to be seen.
Musicals have been a staple of American cinema since the advent of sound in 1927. The ability to synchronize movement with audio brought a new breed of performers to the silver screen.