Virtual Repertory Series

CURRENT SERIES

ONGOING SERIES

Y’KNOW, FOR THE KIDS

We at The Brattle love kids movies but you wouldn’t necessarily know it by looking at our regular programming. While we offer periodic family-friendly films and, of course, the annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival, it’s not very frequently that we focus specifically on movies for children. That changes now! Learn more →

#BREAKYOURALGORITHM

During this time of social distancing, have you started to notice the limitations of your algorithm – whether those provided by streaming services or our own brains? The Brattle is here to help you #BreakYourAlgorithm! Learn more →

PREVIOUS PROGRAMS

PREVIOUS PROGRAMS

BOSTON ON FILM, PART 2

Wednesday, July 15 – Tuesday, July 21, 2020

For this second part of our BOSTON ON FILM series, we go beyond the crime film to focus on how the institutions of Boston – educational, social, medical, and the press – are depicted on screen. Learn more →

BOSTON ON FILM, PART 1

Wednesday, July 8 – Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Join us this week as we explore the way Greater Boston has developed a reputation for being a dark and sinister location with a seething criminal underbelly thanks in large part to the legacy of cult crime drama THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE and the success of films like MYSTIC RIVER and THE DEPARTED. Learn more →

REUNION WEEK 2020

Wednesday, May 20 – Tuesday, May 26

Each year – around the same time as the graduations and reunions at the innumerable area universities – the Brattle celebrates our own kind of reunion as we bring together films from the cinematic ‘classes’ celebrating their 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries. Learn more →

WOMEN OF SCI-FI

Wednesday, May 13 – Tuesday, May 19

At the start of 2020, The Brattle launched a year-long programming initiative to celebrate science fiction cinema. Each one of our bi-monthly schedules was to have included significant programs and series dedicated to the genre but, little did we know, we would soon be living through our own dystopic timeline… Learn more →

SCREWBALL COMEDY

Friday, April 24 – Thursday, April 30

Defined by madcap plots, speedy dialogue, and combative romantic conflicts, the Screwball Comedy stands alongside the gangster film and the film noir as a definitive American genre. The fast-talking, powerful women and oft-befuddled men in these films, with their inverted power dynamics, turned the traditional romantic comedy inside-out and… Learn more →

THE DOCYARD: CRESTONE

Streaming Fri, Apr 24 thru Mon, Apr 27
Live Q+A Mon, Apr 27 at 8pm via Zoom

A ragtag group of idealistic Soundcloud rappers attempt to create a sanctuary for free expression in the Colorado desert, set to an Animal Collective soundtrack. Learn more →

MUSIC MATTERS

Friday, April 17 – Thursday, April 23, 2020

Upon the occasion of our weekend virtual run of the OTHER MUSIC documentary, we take an opportunity to look back at some of the other great music films that have premiered at The Brattle over the years. This program also serves as a potent reminder of the power of music and why we should all do our best to support not just shuttered movie theaters but also live music venues and touring musicians during this unprecedented shutdown. From ecstatic concert movies, to fiction films filled with songs, to deep-diving documentaries, take a musical journey with us this week! Learn more →

VIRTUAL PREMIERE: OTHER MUSIC

Friday, April 17
A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Brattle!

In the summer of 2016, New York City lost a beloved and influential hub of independent music culture. Other Music – located in the heart of Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood – was more than just a store that sold CDs, records, tapes and magazines. It was a place where bands were formed, record labels were born, and careers were launched… Learn more →

VIRTUAL VACATION INTERNATIONAL

Friday, April 10 – Thursday, April 16, 2020

This program of films takes us on a virtual journey around the world to cities we can, unfortunately, only dream of visiting right now. Just like the USA edition of this program from last week, in each of these films, cities themselves are co-stars with the human protagonists. Sometimes, as in MY WINNIPEG, they are the point of the exercise but usually, they prefer to act as background – an often uncredited supporting player in the action. Learn more →

VIRTUAL SCREENING: ROAR

Wednesday, April 15
A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Brattle!

An unprecedented – and wholly unpredictable – action-adventure, ROAR follows wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of over 100 untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren, The Birds, and step-daughter Melanie Griffith, Working Girl) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives. Learn more →

VIRTUAL VACATION USA

Friday, April 3 – Thursday, April 9, 2020

This program of films takes us on a virtual journey around the United States to cities we can, unfortunately, only dream of visiting right now. In each of these titles, cities both large and small appear as characters in their own right. Sometimes, as in LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, they are the point of the exercise but usually, they pretend to just be in the background – an often uncredited supporting player in the action. Stay tuned for a future installment that will take us around the world! Learn more →

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

Friday, March 27 – Thursday, April 2

While we are all doing our best to flatten the curve on COVID-19 while practicing social distancing, we thought it might be good to have some reminders that, while it’s hard to not be able to hang out with friends, sometimes, it’s better NOT to get involved with other people. To that end, we present this series of films that feature sometimes hilarious, sometimes thrilling, but always cautionary tales of when it might have been best to just leave well enough alone – even if the end result is a happy ending. Learn more →

A LITTLE FAITH: INSPIRED BY SAINT MAUD

Wednesday, March 18 – Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Using Saint Maud, the acclaimed new religious/psychological horror film from Rose Glass, as a jumping off point, we’re excited to feature this series of films that explore the dangers of faith – either too much or not enough. Psycho killers, Satanic possessions, biblical disasters, cult freakouts, witchcraft, even the Antichrist himself – this series has it all. Learn more →

THE DOCYARD: NO DATA PLAN

Streaming Mon, Mar 30 thru Sun, Apr 5 • Live Q+A Tue, Mar 31 via Zoom

The American road movie is renewed in this essential essay film about documentation, precarity, family, and freedom of movement. Learn more →