Winter Nights Film Series

Winter Nights Film Series
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Winter Nights returns to The Toby for its ninth season, this year exploring the themes of the special exhibition Sensual/Sexual/Social: The Photography of George Platt Lynes. Lynes, one of the most influential fine art and commercial photographers of the mid-twentieth century, made his mark in the fields of ballet, fashion, and portrait photography, but he also captured the male nude; as a gay man, Lynes transforms these images into meditations on desire. You’ll find all of these themes, from high fashion to steamy sensuality, in the Winter Nights film series.

January 11–February 2
The Toby
M $8 / P $12

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.jpgFriday,  January 11 / 7 pm

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958, dir. Richard Brooks, 108 mins., NR)

Brick (Paul Newman) and his wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), travel to Mississippi for his father’s birthday and a family reunion full of drama that only Tennessee Williams could write. 




Jane Eyre.jpgSaturday, January 12 / 4 pm

Jane Eyre (1943, dir. Robert Stevenson, 97 mins., NR)

Hired as the governess of Thornfield Hall, Jane (Joan Fontaine) falls in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester (Orson Welles), only to discover that the Rochester family is hiding a dark secret.  Aldous Huxley collaborated on this film adaption of Charlotte Brontë’s novel. 






Westworld.jpgSaturday, January 12 / 7 pm

Westworld (1973, dir. Michael Crichton, 88 mins., PG)

An amusement park built for rich customers to live out their fantasies turns deadly when a gun-slinging robot malfunctions.




Kinsey.jpgFriday, January 18 / 7 pm

Kinsey (2004, dir. Bill Condon, 118 mins., R)

Biology professor Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson) begins his pioneering research in the field of human sexuality. 




Celluloid Closet.jpgSaturday, January 19 / 4 pm

The Celluloid Closet (1995, dirs. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 102 mins., R)

Based on Vito Russo’s 1981 book, this documentary examines Hollywood’s history of depicting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters.   




Sunday Bloody Sunday.jpgSaturday, January 19 / 7 pm

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971, dir. John Schlesinger, 110 mins., R)

A free-spirited London artist ends his simultaneous affairs with a divorced woman and married doctor as he prepares to leave for the United States.




Funny Face.jpgFriday, January 25 / 7 pm

Funny Face (1957, dir. Stanley Donen, 103 mins., NR)

Fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) plucks bookshop clerk Jo (Audrey Hepburn) from obscurity for his next fashion shoot in Paris.




Mapplethorpe.jpgSaturday, January 26 / 4 pm

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016, dirs. Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, 108 mins., TV-MA)

A look at the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe, the controversial photographer who was inspired by George Platt Lynes and pushed the boundaries of what was socially acceptable.






Blow-Up.jpgSaturday, January 26 / 7 pm

Blow-Up (1966, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 111 mins., NR)

Mod London photographer Tom (David Hemmings) meets a mysterious model (Vanessa Redgrave) and discovers something suspicious in one of the photographs he has taken of her.






Billy Elliot.jpgFriday, February 1 / 7 pm

Billy Elliot (2000, dir. Stephen Daldry, 110 mins., R)

Billy (Jamie Bell), the 11-year-old son of a coal miner in Northern England, stumbles into a ballet class on his way to boxing and discovers his talent for dance.




Ballet 422.jpgSaturday, February 2 / 4 pm

Ballet 422 (2014, dir. Jody Lee Lipes, 75 mins., PG)

Follow emerging choreographer Justin Peck as he crafts the 422nd ballet for the New York City Ballet.




The Red Shoes.jpgSaturday, February 2 / 7 pm

The Red Shoes (1948, dirs. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 134 mins., NR)

A young ballerina (Moira Shearer) on the brink of stardom is torn between her obsessive director and the man she loves.





Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958. Directed by Richard Brooks. © Avon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

Jane Eyre, 1943. Directed by Robert Stevenson. © Twentieth Century Fox.

Westworld, 1973. Directed by Michael Crichton. © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

Kinsey, 2004. Directed by Bill Condon. © Fox Searchlight Pictures.

The Celluloid Closet, 1995. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. © Arte and Home Box Office (HBO).

Sunday Bloody Sunday, 1971. Directed by John Schlesinger. © Vectia and United Artists.

Funny Face, 1957. Directed by Stanley Donen. © Paramount Pictures.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, 2016. Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. © Film Manufacturers and Home Box Office (HBO) Documentary Films.

* Blow-Up, 1966. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Courtesy Photofest. 

* Billy Elliot, 2000. Directed by Stephen Daldry. © StudioCanal, Working Title Films, and BBC Films. Courtesy Photofest. 

Ballet 422, 2014. Directed by Jody Lee Lipes. © Magnolia Pictures.

The Red Shoes, 1948. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. © The Archers.

Please pardon the petals! Florists are working hard installing masterpieces for Art in Bloom today, Tuesday, March 21st and tomorrow, Wednesday, March 22nd.