Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema

Between 2005 and 2017, the great Jonathan Demme hosted a regular program at the Jacob Burns Film Festival in Pleasantville, NY called Rarely Seen Cinema, for which he curated an eclectic slate of films ranging from recent releases he'd enjoyed and wanted to support to older favorites he didn't feel were getting enough attention. Demme would present the movie and offer insight, occasionally with a guest, and his enthusiasm for all 89 of these films from THE PROFOUND DESIRE OF THE GODS to ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION was positively infectious.

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  • 55 Days at Peking
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Blackboards
  • Burn!
  • The Center
  • Chappaqua
  • The Childhood of a Leader
  • Children of Men
  • Come, Sweet Death
  • Coming Home
  • CQ
  • The Crazy Stranger
  • Crime + Punishment in Suburbia
  • Dragon Squad
  • Duck, You Sucker
  • The Elephant Man
  • Everything for Sale
  • A Field in England
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • The Flowers of St. Francis
  • For Your Love
  • Four Friends
  • Free In Deed
  • Go
  • Goodbye to Language
  • Greaser's Palace
  • The Hill
  • The Hired Hand
  • Holy Smoke
  • Jazz on a Summer's Day
  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  • Kaili Blues
  • Kippur
  • Krisha
  • La Ciénaga
  • Lamerica
  • Land Legs
  • Latcho Drom
  • Limitless
  • Model Shop
  • Muriel, or the Time of Return
  • The Music Room
  • Mutant Girls Squad
  • My American Uncle
  • Neon Bull
  • The Night of Counting the Years
  • Nothing But a Man
  • Nowhere to Hide
  • The Oscar
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Petulia
  • Point Break
  • Pray for Japan
  • Profound Desires of the Gods
  • Providence
  • The Pumpkin Eater
  • The Raid
  • Report to the Commissioner
  • Ride with the Devil
  • River of Grass
  • The River
  • Robin and Marian
  • Rockers
  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
  • Rosewood
  • The Ruins
  • The Rundown
  • The Runner
  • Same Old Song
  • Seven Days in May
  • Silentium
  • Songs from the Second Floor
  • Stavisky...
  • Stroszek
  • Suzhou River
  • Terraferma
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • They All Laughed
  • This Is My Father
  • Time Stands Still
  • Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man
  • The Turin Horse
  • The War Is Over
  • Warsaw Bridge
  • Wonder Boys
  • You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
  • Zatoichi