This December the Quad presents a 4K restoration of Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice; Alexis Bloom's riveting new documentary about Roger Ailes, Divide and Conquer; Dennis Scholl & Kareem Tabsch's colorful look at a lost era of Miami, The Last Resort, and the 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Death in Venice
Opens Fri December 14—U.S. premiere engagement of 4K restoration
Luchino Visconti, 1971, Italy, 130m, 4K DCP
Visconti’s masterly adaptation of Thomas Mann’s famed novella finds celebrated German composer Dirk Bogarde destroyed by his desire for an elusive, unattainable boy vacationing at his hotel on the Lido, the embodiment of his ideal of pure beauty. Totally consumed by longing, he fails to heed the warning signs of a cholera epidemic sweeping through the city. Visconti continues his exploration of physical and spiritual disintegration in this haunting excursion into romantic pessimism. A Warner Bros. release
In English, Italian, Polish, and French with English subtitles
Restoration by Cineteca di Bologna and Istituto Luce - Cinecittà
Rated by The Guardian as one of the best 25 arthouse films of all time
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
Opens Fri December 7 — Exclusive NY engagement
Alexis Bloom, U.S., 107m, DCP
How did we get here? This riveting new documentary charts the journey to our current tempestuous political moment through the career of a single massively influential figure: Roger Ailes. A one-time consultant to Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, Ailes would have his biggest effect on American politics once he became chairman of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News. Director Alexis Bloom probes deep into the formidable right-wing propaganda machine Ailes created, and the culture of misogyny that would lead to his professional downfall. A Magnolia Pictures/A&E IndieFilms release
Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival
“Excellent.” —The New York Times
The Last Resort
Opens Wed December 21 — Exclusive NY engagement
Dennis Scholl & Kareem Tabsch, U.S., 70m, DCP
Before Rollerblades and silicone dominated the boardwalk, South Beach was a self-contained haven for a tight-knit community of (predominantly) Jewish retirees. Young photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe were there to capture it all—from the candy-colored swimwear to glamorous New Years’ Eve parties. With narration by the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winner Edna Buchanan and filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, these striking images span a decade to create a vibrant portrait of a lost cultural era.
Audience Award for Best Documentary Film: Miami Jewish Film Festival; Official Selection: DOC NYC
"Sunny and satisfying... a beautiful slice of history.”—South Florida Gay News
With Dennis Scholl & Kareem Tabsch in person at select opening-weekend screenings
Animation Show of Shows
Opens Fri December 28 — Exclusive NY Engagement
Various, 98m, DCP
Now in its 20th edition, The Animation Show of Shows returns to the Quad with 15 stellar shorts from around the globe exploring everything from cosmic love to the magic of everyday objects. Founded and curated by producer Ron Diamond, 38 of the films showcased over the years have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations, with 11 wins and counting—four titles in this year’s program have qualified for Oscar consideration*.
The Green Bird* Maximilien Bougeois, Quentin Dubois,Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen & Pierre Perveyrie, France
One Small Step* Andrew Chesworth & Bobby Pontillas, U.S.
Grands Canons Alain Biet, France
Barry Anchi Shen, U.S.
Super Girl Nancy Kangas & Josh Kun, U.S.
Love Me, Fear Me Veronica Solomon, Germany
Business Meeting Guy Charnaux, Brazil
Flower Found! Jorn Leeuwerink, The Netherlands
Bullets Nancy Kangas & Josh Kun, U.S.
A Table Game Nicolás Petelski, Argentina
Carlotta's Face Valentin Riedl & Frédéric Schuld
Germany, Age of Sail* John Kahrs, U.S.
Polaris Hikari Toriumi, U.S.
My Moon Eusong Lee, U.S.
Weekends* Trevor Jimenez, U.S