MOPA Film Calendar
MOPA's Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater is a renowned cinema destination in Southern California that hosts a diverse selection of film festivals, premieres, documentaries, retrospectives, and one-of-a-kind events.
The Learning Tree (1969) + Shaft (1971)
A Black History Month Double Feature! The first feature directed by Gordon Parks: The Learning Tree, followed by his better-known crime drama Shaft (1971).
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. The first and last X-rated film to receive a Best Picture Oscar!
Nemiche per la pelle (Best Enemies Forever)
What would happen if two sworn enemies, two opposed women in temperament and lifestyle find out to share the most incredible legacy: the child of their ex - husband?
Drunken Angel (1948)
A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond. The first collaboration of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune!
Demetrio Perez is a famous criminal lawyer from Naples who years ago was considered one of the best in his field, but after having had made too many enemies is now reduced to working as a public defender.
Woman of the Year (1942)
The first pairing of super-duo Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy! Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.
In bici senza sella (On A Bike Without Saddle)
The much yearned-for permanent job! A true rarity these days in Italy. Aspiring to this unattainable dream, a cast of seven young characters face the merciless everyday battle for their future by coming up with new, extreme forms of survival.
Internationally acclaimed surf-filmmaker, Jason Baffa, documents surfer, artist and environmentalist, Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his Italian homeland on what most perceive as a 'Don Quixotian' quest but transforms into a modern discovery seeped in culture, tradition and passion.
Hitchcock's first film after arriving in Hollywood! A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.
King Kong (1933)
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Plus new documentary Long Live the King: The Legacy of Kong.
Shores of Light: Salento 1945-1947
Thousands of Jewish survivors landed in Southern Italy after WWII, on their way to Israel. Amazed by the welcome they received from the local population that so contrasted with the years of hatred, they found joy and healing while they awaited the ships that would run the British blockade.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Richard Lester's boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy.
A tempo debito (In Due Time)
In October 2013, a small crew enters the correctional facility in Padua to hold a course on short film making. A casting session is held and out of the 40 inmates attending, 15 are selected for the course. The inmates are from 7 different nationalities and all awaiting trial.
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)
A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.
L’arte della felicita (The Art of Happiness)
Under a leaden sky, among the apocalyptic omens of Naples at the height of its degradation, grieving taxi driver Sergio comes to grips with the death of his older brother, Alfredo, who left years ago to join a Buddhist monastery in Nepal.
Dementia 13 (1963)
First non-nudie feature film directed by Francis Ford Coppola! A great one for Halloween! Members of an Irish family are being killed off by one of their own who wishes to inherit the family fortune.
Mean Streets (1973)
The first pairing of director Martin Scorsese with actor Robert De Niro, and it is on Scorsese's birthday! A small-time hood struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs.
East of Eden (1955)
James Dean's first major feature film role! A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.
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