Cinema

The Museum will reopen to the public on Sunday, July 5. The Speed Cinema will remain closed until further notice. LEARN MORE

During this period of closure, we invite you to continue in your support of the Speed and the art of cinema with the Virtual Speed Cinema. Curator of Film Dean Otto has provided a selection of films you can watch via our provided links, wherein a portion of your ticket purchase goes directly to the Museum and the fulfillment of our mission.

Dean Otto currently serves as the Curator of Film. To learn more about Dean and the Speed Cinema, read the full press release here.

Photo by Rafael Gamo.

Speed Streaming: Recommendations and Reflections from Curator of Film Dean Otto

Explore recommendations for the best way to experience and support cinema during these unprecedented times, as well as reflections on what this changing landscape means for the future of film.

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Martin Eden: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starts October 16

Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, the film is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics.

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Aggie: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starts October 9

This compelling documentary explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Directed by Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund.

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The Artist's Wife: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starts September 25

The film centers on Claire (Lena Olin), the wife of famed artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern) and once a promising painter herself, who now lives in the shadow of her husband's illustrious career.

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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starts September 23

A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City to talk about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it.

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House of Cardin: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starts August 28

Filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes provide an in-depth view of the visionary fashion and design icon Pierre Cardin through his professional and personal life.

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Martin Margiela: In His Own Words: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming starts August 17

One of the most revolutionary and influential fashion designers of his time, Martin Margiela has remained an elusive figure the entirety of his decades-long career. Now, for the first time, he reveals his drawings, notes, and personal items in this exclusive, intimate profile of his vision.

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Jazz on a Summer’s Day 4K Restoration: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Streaming begins August 17

The film features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends. The 1959 classic is considered one of the most extraordinary and possibly the first concert film ever made. A #BlackArtistsMatter film.

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The Fight: A Virtual Speed Cinema+ Presentation

Available to stream now

An inspiring, emotional insider look at following a team of dedicated American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyers who are representing lawsuits challenging recent policies on reproductive rights, immigration, and LGBT rights.

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2020 Sundance Film Festival Shorts: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Available to stream now

An 80-minute theatrical program of six short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launch pad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers.

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Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Available to stream now

This compelling documentary on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei reveals candid details about his childhood, including years of harsh life on the edge of the Gobi Desert.

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John Lewis: Good Trouble: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

Available to stream now

Using interviews and rare archival footage, this new documentary chronicles Lewis' sixty-plus years of social activism and legislative action. A #BlackArtistsMatter film.

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