Spring Film Series — Woman’s Work

Spring Film Series — Woman’s Work

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.

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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.


Ocean Waif

Thursday April 13th
1:15 pm

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.

Eventbrite - Spring Film Series — Ocean Waif



IshtarThursday April 20th
1:15 pm

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.

Eventbrite - Spring Film Series — Ishtar


Christopher Strong

Thursday April 27th
1:15 pm

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.

Eventbrite - Spring Film Series — Christopher Strong


Crossing Delancy

Thursday May 4th
1:15 pm

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.

Eventbrite - Spring Film Series — Crossing Delancy


The Bigamist

Thursday May 11th
1:15 pm

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.

Eventbrite - Spring Film Series — The Bigamist


The Apple

Thursday, May 18 
1:15 pm

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.

Eventbrite - Spring Film Series — The Apple

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