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RETURN OF THE DOUBLE FEATURE

Through Tuesday, September 13

This was our 2016 Summer Double Features Festival. Click here to view our 2019 Summer Double Features Festival schedule.

Ah, the double bill! During Hollywood’s Golden Age – unless the feature was Gone with the Wind length – your movie ticket usually entitled you to see an “A picture” (bigger stars, bigger budgets) paired with a “B picture” (lesser stars, smaller budgets – but oftentimes the more entertaining part of the bill). In the Golden Age of the Revival Theater, double features of classic films – often of equal merit - offered three to five hour marathons to hardened buffs, who could plunge hip deep into a director’s or an actor’s oeuvre or a genre or a theme, or spend the intermission head-scratching over a particular combination. Younger moviegoers – grown up ordering tickets by smartphone – have missed all the fun.  Well, They’re Back!  Here are twenty-six classic pair-ups – all Two for the Price of One! 

EVEN MORE DOUBLE FEATURES IN OUR MARX BROTHERS FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 23-29. 

Reviews

“There are times when one plus one equals three — at least at the movies. Return of the Double Feature!, a 26-day retrospective series opening on Friday at Film Forum, offers proof...For cinephiles of a certain age, including [Film Forum Repertory Programmer Bruce] Goldstein and myself, the double feature was a way of learning — and thinking — about movies. The double features in the Film Forum series are variously linked by director, actor, genre or character. Mr. Goldstein calls each a “little crash course.” Return of the Double Feature! begins by pairing “Vertigo” and “Rear Window.” Both were directed by Alfred Hitchcock; each stars James Stewart, cast against type as something of a perv. Most important, both are self-reflexive movies beloved by cinephiles for their fascination with voyeurism, fetishism and other illicit thrills. To encounter these two for the first time at once could be a revelation...Such is the magic of the double bill. Showing movies in dialogue encourages them to talk to each other even as it allows them to speak for themselves.”
– J. Hoberman, The New York Times

“AN IMMACULATE SERIES! Both a gateway for young cinephiles and a chance for more veteran filmgoers to see that one classic still hovering on their to-watch list.” 
– Samuel B. Prime, The Village Voice

“A GLORIOUS TRADITION! Unplug from Netflix, kiddies, and go to see some real entertainment, all in air-conditioned comfort.”
– Robert Brenner, The Huffington Post 

“Three cheers for double bills. At a time when you can pay close to $20 for a single movie (along with half-an-hour of bad commercials and deafening trailers), it’s about time we remembered when theaters gave you more than your money’s worth.”
– Stephen Whitty, NJ.com

Films in this Series

Friday, August 19

VERTIGO
12:30   5:10   9:50

REAR WINDOW
3:00   7:40

Saturday, August 20

CONTEMPT
12:30   4:25   8:20

BREATHLESS
2:35   6:30   10:25

Sunday, August 21

PATHS OF GLORY
12:30   4:00   7:30

THE KILLING
2:15   5:45   9:15

Monday, August 22

PATHS OF GLORY
12:30   4:00

THE KILLING
2:15

Monday, August 22

SUNRISE
5:45   9:35

NOSFERATU
7:40♪

Tuesday, August 23

YOJIMBO
12:30   4:20   8:20

DJANGO
2:35   6:30   10:25

Wednesday, August 24

IN A LONELY PLACE
12:30   4:10   7:50

THE BIG HEAT
2:20   6:00   9:40

Thursday, August 25

HAROLD AND MAUDE
2:10   5:40   9:15

WHERE’S POPPA?
12:30   4:00   7:30*

Friday, August 26

PSYCHO
12:30   4:50   9:15

REPULSION
2:40   7:00

Saturday, August 27

THE THIRD MAN
12:30   4:25   8:20

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
2:35   6:30   10:25

Sunday, August 28

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
12:30   4:40   8:50

THE BAND WAGON
2:30   6:40

Monday, August 29

THE BICYCLE THIEF
12:30   4:10   7:50

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
2:20   6:00   9:45

Tuesday, August 30

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE
12:30   4:35   8:45

THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE
2:30   6:35

Wednesday, August 31

STRAY DOG
12:30   4:50   9:15

DRUNKEN ANGEL
2:50   7:10

Thursday, September 1

M*A*S*H
12:30   5:05   9:45

McCABE AND MRS. MILLER
2:45   7:20

Friday, September 2

ED WOOD
3:00   7:15

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE
1:20    5:30    9:40

Saturday, September 3

BADLANDS
2:25   6:15   10:10

DAYS OF HEAVEN
12:30   4:20   8:10

Sunday, September 4

CITY LIGHTS
12:30   4:05   7:50

MODERN TIMES
2:15   6:00   9:35

Monday, September 5

ON THE WATERFRONT
12:30   4:20   8:10

THE WILD ONE
2:40   6:30   10:20

Tuesday, September 6

HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR
12:30   4:15   8:00

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD
2:20   6:05   9:50

Wednesday, September 7

THE BIG SLEEP
2:40   7:10

THE LONG GOODBYE
12:30   4:55   9:30

Thursday, September 8

THE MALTESE FALCON
2:25   6:20   10:15

THE THIN MAN
12:30   4:25   8:20

Friday, September 9

NOTORIOUS
2:20   6:10   10:00
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HIS GIRL FRIDAY
12:30   4:20   8:10
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Saturday, September 10

DIAL M FOR MURDER
IN 3-D
2:20*   6:05   9:50
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HOUSE OF WAX IN 3-D
12:30   4:15   8:00
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Sunday, September 11

LAURA
2:55   6:40
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LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
12:45   4:35   8:30
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Monday, September 12

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
3:00   7:20

THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT
12:30   4:50   9:10

Tuesday, September 13

DOUBLE INDEMNITY
12:40   4:55   9:10
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MILDRED PIERCE
2:45   7:00
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