Film Series in NYC This Week


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From left, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young and Orson Welles in “The Stranger,” showing next week at the Quad Cinema as part of a series of films about immigrants. See listing below.

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Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

IL BELLO MARCELLO at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (through May 31). For two weeks, Film Society patrons will be crying “Marcello!” like the women in “La Dolce Vita” (Saturday and May 29): This retrospective on the career of Marcello Mastroianni has suavity to burn. In addition to Mastroianni’s collaborations with Federico Fellini (including “8½,” Saturday and May 27), the series also showcases his work in two literary adaptations by Luchino Visconti (a version of Albert Camus’s “The Stranger,” May 27 and 30, and the Dostoyevsky-derived “White Nights,” Thursday) and three films he made with Vittorio De Sica and Sophia Loren (“Marriage, Italian Style,” Friday and May 26; “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” Sunday and May 29; and “Sunflower,” Sunday and Wednesday).
212-875-5601, filmlinc.org

IMMIGRANT SONGS at the Quad Cinema (May 19 through June 1). This series ventures well beyond the usual coming-to-America stories, like “The Godfather Part II” (Saturday and May 29) and “Moscow on the Hudson” (Tuesday and June 1), in which a Russian circus performer (Robin Williams) defects after visiting Bloomingdale’s. The immigrants here come also from other planets (“Superman,” Tuesday and May 27, and “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” May 27 and 31), though the decision to include fugitive war criminals in the definition might have taken things a step too far. In “The Stranger,” showing on Monday and Wednesday, Orson Welles plays a Nazi in hiding who tips off Edward G. Robinson to his identity when he claims at dinner that Karl Marx was not a German — because he was a Jew.
quadcinema.com

TERRY ZWIGOFF at the Metrograph (May 19-21). Cinema’s reigning bard of curmudgeonly misfits and outsider artists, Mr. Zwigoff made his mark in documentaries with “Louie Bluie” (Saturday) and “Crumb” (Sunday) and kept his acerbic voice intact when he moved into fiction features with “Ghost World” (Friday), an adaptation of the cartoonist Daniel Clowes’s work. (A particular one-liner in the film from Thora Birch — she calls a music performance “so bad it’s gone past good and back to bad again” — deserves a place in the hall of fame of cultural criticism.) Mr. Zwigoff’s other Clowes adaptation, the bitter “Art School Confidential” (Saturday), is probably his most maligned film, but it may also be the purest expression of his distaste for the commercialization of creativity. It stars Max Minghella as a wide-eyed art student, John Malkovich as a pretentious professor and Jim Broadbent as an alcoholic washout. Mr. Zwigoff will appear at several screenings.
212-660-0312, metrograph.com

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