Woman’s Work – A Salute to women filmmakers marginalized, overlooked and underpaid by the ﬁlm industry, women ﬁlmmakers, upon ﬁnding their place behind the camera, produced the most provocative and groundbreaking of cinematic masterpieces. In this special series of ﬁlms, The Cupertino Library Foundation and Blue Light Cinema devote six weeks in exploring the work of the world’s great women directors. You are invited to watch the ﬁlms as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen – and later explore and discuss the work of these extraordinary ﬁlmmakers in a lively post-show discussion led by ﬁlmmaker and historian Mark Larson.
Admission Free. Location for all movies is Bluelight Cinemas.
Theatre seating is limited. All films start at 1:15 pm on Thursdays.
Patrons interested in attending should register for each film separately, and bring their registration to the Bluelight Cinemas box office before the scheduled start of the film to exchange with a ticket issued by Bluelight Cinemas.
Ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the film, anyone who is wait-listed or a drop-in will be able to approach the Bluelight Cinemas box office to ask for a ticket and to be seated on a first come first serve basis.
Seating is limited, and in some cases when overbooking of registrations occurs, certain patrons with registrations may not be able to be seated for the film. The best way to obtain a seat is to register using the orange buttons below and come earlier to the theatre.
Thursday April 13th
Ocean Waif (1916) and 49 -17 (1917) We begin our series with rarely exhibited ﬁlms by two extraordinary ﬁlmmakers from the silent era – the lyrical romance of the Ocean Waif (1916) by the cinematic pioneer Alice Guy Blanche and Ruth Ann Baldwins’s 49 -17 (1917) the ﬁrst Western feature directed by a woman.
Thursday April 20th
Ishtar (1987) Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty hit the road through the Middle East as two vagabond songwriters in legendary writer/director Elaine May’s wild and hilarious Ishtar (1987). Not appreciated upon its ﬁrst release, this wonderful comic gem has been newly rediscovered by both inspired ﬁlmmakers and grateful audiences.
Thursday April 27th
Christopher Strong (1933) The one and only Katherine Hepburn ﬂies high for love in director Dorothy Arzner’s classic melodrama of a woman’s sacriﬁce and experimental aviation – Christopher Strong (1933). For many years in the 1930’s and 40’s, Ms. Arzner was the only woman directing in the major Hollywood studios.
Thursday May 4th
Crossing Delancey (1988) A very great American ﬁlm of the 1980’s, Crossing Delancey (1988) by the independent ﬁlmmaker Joan Micklin Silver, has always been an audience favorite. Not only is this a touching love story beautifully enacted by Amy Irving and Peter Riegert, but also a ﬁnely crafted ﬁlm that captures the faces and voices of a now lost New York.
Thursday May 11th
The Bigamist (1953) The “mother of us all”, actress Ida Lupino, who fought long and hard to get behind the camera, made some of the most extraordinary and inﬂuential ﬁlms in the the 1940’s and 50’s. Join us for a rare showing of her sensitive portrait of men and women searching for truth and love in The Bigamist (1953), starring Edmund O’Brien, Joan Fontaine and the director herself.
Thursday, May 18
The Apple (1998) Two young twin sisters who have been conﬁned in darkness since birth discover the light of the world around them in this stunning ﬁlm from Iran. Made when the director Samira Makhmalbaf was only seventeen years old, The Apple (1998) is an extraordinary achievement in motion picture storytelling, forging a new blend of ﬁction and non-ﬁction that has been enormously inﬂuential to world cinema.