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Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema, 2005–2017

For 12 years at the Jacob Burns Film Center, Jonathan Demme hosted a wild and eclectic series of films encompassing the full range of his cinematic passions and impulses. He scheduled them between his other film and life projects, but always returned, reliably, recharged, and ready to offer up a new slate of Sunday afternoon screenings—and we were always thrilled to get the call. –Brian Ackerman, JBFC Founding Director of Programming

See below for a full list of Jonathan’s Rarely Seen Cinema selections. Visit our tribute page for video celebrating Jonathan’s work and a photo album of his time at the JBFC.

55 Days at Peking (dir. Nicholas Ray)
A Field in England (dir. Ben Wheatley)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (dir. Steven Spielberg) Q&A with Jenny Lumet and Janet Maslin
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Au Hasard Balthazar (dir. Robert Bresson)
Blackboards (dir. Samira Makhmalbaf)
Burn! (dir. Gillo Pontecorvo) Q&A with Fab Five Freddy
The Center (dir. Charlie Griak)
Chappaqua (dir. Conrad Rooks)
The Childhood of a Leader (dir. Brady Corbet) Q&A with director Brady Corbet
Children of Men (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
Come Sweet Death (dir. Wolfgang Murnberger) Q&A with author Wolf Haas
Coming Home (dir. Hal Ashby)
CQ (dir. Roman Coppola)
Crime and Punishment in Suburbia (dir. Rob Schmidt)
Dragon Squad (dir. Daniel Lee)
Duck, You Sucker (dir. Sergio Leone)
The Elephant Man (dir. David Lynch)
Everything for Sale (dir. Andrzej Wajda)
Five Easy Pieces (dir. Bob Rafelson)
The Flowers of St. Francis (dir. Roberto Rossellini)
Four Friends (dir. Arthur Penn) Q&A with Molly Penn and Matthew Penn
Free in Deed (dir. Jake Mahaffy) Q&A with actress Edwina Findley
Gadjo Dilo (dir. Tony Gatlif)
Go (dir. Doug Liman) Q&A with director Doug Liman
Goodbye to Language (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
Greaser’s Palace (dir. Robert Downey Sr.) Q&A with director Robert Downey Sr.
The Hill (dir. Sidney Lumet)
The Hired Hand (dir. Peter Fonda)
Holy Smoke (dir. Jane Campion)
Jazz on a Summer’s Day (dir. Aram Avakian/Bert Stern)
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (dir. Jay Duplass/Mark Duplass) Q&A with Jason Segel
Kaili Blues (dir. Gan Bi)
Kippur (dir. Amos Gitai)
Krisha (dir. Trey Edward Shults)
La Cienaga (dir. Lucrecia Martel)
La Guerre est Finie (dir. Alain Resnais)
Lamerica (dir. Gianni Amelio)
Latcho Drom (dir. Tony Gatlif)
Limitless (dir. Neil Burger)
Model Shop (dir. Jacques Demy)
Mon oncle d’Amerique (dir. Alain Resnais)
Muriel (dir. Alain Renais)
The Music Room (dir. Satyajit Ray)
Mutant Girls Squad (dir. Noboru Iguchi/Yoshihiro Nishimura)
Neon Bull (dir. Gabriel Mascaro) Q&A with director Gabriel Mascaro
The Night of Counting the Years (dir. Shadi Abdel Salam)
Nothing But A Man (dir. Michael Roemer) Q&A with Fab Five Freddy
Nowhere to Hide (dir. Joong-hoon Park) Q&A with director Joong-hoon Park
The Oscar (dir. Russell Rouse)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer) Live musical accompaniment by In the Nursery
Per Amor Vostro (Anna) (dir. Giuseppe M. Gaudino)
Petulia (dir. Richard Lester) Q&A with Declan Quinn
Point Break (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
Pont de Varsóvia (dir. Pere Portabella)
Pray for Japan (dir. Stuart J. Levy) Q&A with activist Majora Carter
The Profound Desire of the Gods (dir. Shohei Imamura)
Providence (dir. Alain Resnais)
The Pumpkin Eater (dir. Jack Clayton)
The Raid: Redemption (dir. Gareth Evans)
Report to the Commissioner (dir. Milton Katselas)
Ride with the Devil (dir. Ang Lee)
The River (dir. Jean Renoir)
River of Grass (dir. Kelly Reichardt)
Robin and Marian (dir. Richard Lester)
Rockers (dir. Theodoros Bafaloukos) Q&A with director Theodoros Bafaloukos
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (dir. David Mirkin)
Rosewood (dir. John Singleton) Q&A with activist Majora Carter
The Ruins (dir. Carter Smith) Q&A with screenwriter Scott Smith
The Rundown (dir. Peter Berg)
The Runner (dir. Amir Naderi)
Same Old Song (dir. Alain Resnais)
Seven Days in May (dir. John Frankenheimer)
Silentium (dir. Wolfgang Murnberger)
Songs from the Second Floor (dir. Roy Anderson)
Stavisky (dir. Alain Resnais)
Stroszek (dir. Werner Herzog)
Suzhou River (dir. Lou Ye)
Tempête (dir. Samuel Collardey) Q&A with producer Grégoire Debailly and screenwriter Catherine Paillé
Terraferma (dir. Emanuele Crialese) Q&A with screenwriter Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (dir. Tobe Hooper)
They All Laughed (dir. Peter Bogdanovich)
This is My Father (dir. Paul Quinn) Q&A with Aidan Quinn, Declan Quinn, and Paul Quinn
Time Stands Still (dir. Peter Gothar)
Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)
The Turin Horse (dir. Béla Tarr)
Wonder Boys (dir. Curtis Hanson)
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (dir. Alain Resnais)
Zatoichi (dir. Takeshi Kitano)

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