Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.
‘BOUND’ AND ‘AUDITION’ at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn (Feb. 14); ‘THE LADY EVE’ AND ‘IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES’ at the Metrograph (Feb. 14). There is often synchronicity in movie programming, but the Valentine’s Day dockets at these two New York theaters take the cake. For Feb. 14, the Alamo Drafthouse and the Metrograph have both scheduled dinner-and-a-movie evenings that feature female swindlers and graphically severed body parts. At the Alamo Drafthouse, the Wachowski siblings’ lesbian caper film “Bound” (1996), which is sold out at 7:15 p.m., will be followed by Takashi Miike’s 1999 thriller “Audition,” at 9:30 p.m., in which a widower’s efforts to audition a new wife lead him down a path that culminates in a grisly use of piano wire. At the Metrograph, Preston Sturges’s 1941 screwball classic “The Lady Eve” (showing three times on Feb. 14 and returning the next day) will precede a screening of Nagisa Oshima’s “In the Realm of the Senses” (1976), at 10 p.m. Mr. Oshima’s movie gained notoriety for its hard-core sex scenes, but it’s also a supremely artful and disturbing portrait of hermetic obsession.
‘A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT’ at Spectacle (Feb. 11; through Feb. 28). In this monumental assemblage, originally shown in 1977 and subsequently revised, the master essay filmmaker Chris Marker (1921-2012) sifts through and annotates a wealth of archival footage to reflect on the rise of the New Left across the globe in the 1960s and ’70s. Dave Kehr, writing in The New York Times when a restored version played at Film Forum in 2002, said the film might seem simply “a work of extraordinary journalism, but it is also a work of deft and subtle poetry, visual (in the rhyming of gestures and shapes across images and sequences) as much as verbal.”
TRIBUTE TO ANDRZEJ WAJDA at the Walter Reade Theater (through Feb. 16). The Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, who died at 90 in October, was a vigorous chronicler of his country’s history, with an eye for complicated heroes — qualities on ample display in this career-spanning retrospective. One of his earliest successes was “Kanal” (1957), showing on Saturday and Wednesday, a dramatized portrait of Resistance fighters during the Warsaw Uprising who, as the Nazis regain control of the city, make their way through the sewers, where madness and desperation set in. “Ashes and Diamonds” (1958) centers on a young former Home Army soldier (Zbigniew Cybulski) assigned to assassinate a Communist leader. In a recent appraisal of Mr. Wajda’s career in The New York Times, J. Hoberman called the movie, showing on Saturday and Thursday, “among the greatest of all youth films, a game changer not only for Polish cinema but, once the film was exported, also for national film industries throughout Eastern Europe.”
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