Barry Lyndon and the Exquisitely Re-created Period Drama

Somewhat misunderstood at its conception in 1975, Barry Lyndon soon rose to the status of Stanley Kubrick’s most finely tuned masterpiece, and one of the most meticulous and exquisite period dramas by any filmmaker. To celebrate the acquisition of a brand-new 35mm print of Barry Lyndon, we present a series that places Kubrick’s painstaking construction among similarly studious works set in various historical eras—eras that come to life again through the magic of the movies.

Many of the films in our series were created by artists whose claim to greatness is comparable to that of Stanley Kubrick, from Federico Fellini’s reconstruction of Ancient Rome and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s reimagining of the Middle Ages, across David Lean’s desert vistas of the Great War, to James Ivory’s trip to Edwardian England and Martin Scorsese’s re-creation of the Gilded Age in New York.

Date:
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. Ostensibly a biography of Catherine the Great, this breathtaking historical drama is one of the most innovative productions of the sound era.
Date:
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. This elegant Hollywood production, condensed from Leo Tolstoy’s tome, concerns two intertwined aristocratic Russian families during the era of Napoleon’s ill-fated 1812 invasion.
Date:
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. This elegant Hollywood production, condensed from Leo Tolstoy’s tome, concerns two intertwined aristocratic Russian families during the era of Napoleon’s ill-fated 1812 invasion.
Date:
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time:
2 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Dryden Kids | Period Dramas. Fleeing the clutches of a cruel orphanage for the brutal streets of 19th-century London, young Oliver finds himself amidst a criminal underworld of pickpockets and thieves. Free for ages 17 & under.
Date:
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Silent Tuesday | Period Dramas. Dorothy Gish gives her all in this tale of the orange-seller who became one of the iconic figures of 17th-century English theatre, a favorite mistress of Charles II, and a beloved public figure in her country.
Date:
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. As seen on the sprawling big screen, director Lean’s action-packed depiction of the shrouded and legendary life of T. E. Lawrence features some of the most sweeping and majestic views of the desert and war on film.
Date:
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. As seen on the sprawling big screen, director Lean’s action-packed depiction of the shrouded and legendary life of T. E. Lawrence features some of the most sweeping and majestic views of the desert and war on film.
Date:
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. Loosely adapted from Petronius’s lurid Ancient Rome farrago, Fellini's Satyricon freely follows the alternatingly bloody and randy adventures of the young poet Encolpius, whose desperate infatuation with an androgynous piece of jailbait gets him in all kinds of trouble.
Date:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. With its clever script, a haunting Ennio Morricone score, and beautifully filmed locations in Naples, Ravello, and Caserta, The Decameron is easily Pasolini’s most accessible and charming film.
Date:
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. Pasolini worked with darker hues here than in the rest of his Trilogy of Life to adapt Geoffrey Chaucer’s ribald epic.
Date:
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. Adapting the ancient Arabic collection of stories One Thousand and One Nights, Pasolini creates an exotic, dreamlike utopia of sexual delights and endless possibilities.
Date:
Monday, June 12, 2017
Time:
1:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Senior Matinee | Period Dramas. Ostensibly a biography of Catherine the Great, this breathtaking historical drama is now considered one of the most innovative productions of the sound era. Free for ages 55 and older.
Date:
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. Fellini's most intimate and popular film takes us back to the (meticulously re-created) coastal town Rimini of his adolescence in the 1930s, replete with a host of idiosyncratic small-town personalities and anecdotal vignettes.
Date:
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. Tokyo, 1930s. A former prostitute who now works as a maid in a hotel begins a passionate, obsessive sexual relationship with the hotel owner that renders everything around them irrelevant, even life itself. For mature audiences only.
Date:
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. In early 20th-century Edwardian England, the defiantly independent and flat broke Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) is slowly seduced by the genteel Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins), whose social graces belie darker desires. Free to members.
Date:
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. Directed by Roman Polanski, this lush, lyrical, delicate romance leads a lone peasant girl down a tragic road paved with lies, seduction, betrayal, and murder.
Date:
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time:
2 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. In early 20th-century Edwardian England, the defiantly independent and flat broke Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) is slowly seduced by the genteel Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins), whose social graces belie darker desires.
Date:
Monday, June 19, 2017
Time:
1:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Senior Matinee | Period Dramas. Directed by Roman Polanski, this lush, lyrical, delicate romance leads a lone peasant girl down a tragic road paved with lies, seduction, betrayal, and murder. Free for ages 55 and older.
Date:
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. Glenn Close stars as a Machiavellian widow who makes a deal with her no less conniving lover John Malkovich to corrupt the heart of innocent Michelle Pfeiffer in this late 18th-century tale of aristocratic decadence, corruption, and revenge.
Date:
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. A young, poor college student is forced to marry the wealthy lord of a manor, and finds herself embroiled in bitter competition for the privileges that come with the lord’s favor.
Date:
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Museum Treasures | Period Dramas | Brand-New 35mm Print! From Thackeray’s picaresque satire about an 18th-century rake, Stanley Kubrick fashioned one of the most visually sumptuous and meticulously crafted films of all time that won Academy Awards for cinematography, costumes, set design, and music.
Date:
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Museum Treasures | Period Dramas | Brand-New 35mm Print! From Thackeray’s picaresque satire about an 18th-century rake, Stanley Kubrick fashioned one of the most visually sumptuous and meticulously crafted films of all time that won Academy Awards for cinematography, costumes, set design, and music.
Date:
Monday, June 26, 2017
Time:
1:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Senior Matinee | Period Dramas. In early 20th-century Edwardian England, the defiantly independent and flat broke Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) is slowly seduced by the genteel Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins), whose social graces belie darker desires. Free for ages 55 and older.
Date:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. This gorgeously photographed story of unrequited love among New York’s high society during the 1870s ranks as one of Scorsese’s best works.
Date:
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. In 1845, Alexandre Dumas wrote a historical novel about the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, centered on the young princess Margaret of Valois, daughter of the scheming queen Catherine de’ Medici, who was largely responsible for all the bloodshed. Patrice Chéreau’s film adaptation is widely recognized as one of the most lavish (and blood-spattered) French period dramas.
Date:
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Period Dramas. This gorgeously photographed story of unrequited love among New York’s high society during the 1870s ranks as one of Scorsese’s best works.
Date:
Friday, June 30, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Rochester Premiere | Period Dramas. Based on extensive medical records and the memoirs of the Duke of Saint-Simon and other courtiers, The Death of Louis XIV is a wry neoclassical chamber drama, a work of pure magic by Albert Serra, one of today’s most singular directors.