Music Box At Home

Sun, Apr 5th, 2020 to Thu, Dec 31st, 2020

As you may know, for the past several months, the Music Box has been offering our fans Virtual Cinema, the ability to stream the excellent films you have come to expect at the Music Box from the comfort of your own home and for the price of a normal movie ticket.

We are excited to unveil to you our brand-new platform for virtual cinema: Music Box At Home!

On this new website, you will be able to rent new releases and restorations of classics, and every film you rent supports the Music Box. No more going to multiple different platforms and creating multiple accounts to access our virtual programming.

And to create a true Music Box experience, cue up Dennis Scott on the Music Box Organ before you watch your film!

For More Infomation, visit www.musicboxathome.com

Now Available to Watch in Music Box At Home:

The Black Book of Father Dinis

A FILM BY: Valeria Sarmiento
WRITTEN BY: Carlos Saboga (screenplay), Camilo Castelo Branco (novel)
STARRING: Lou de Laâge, Stanislas Merhar, Niels Schneider, Jenna Thiam

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A Music Box Films Release

THE BLACK BOOK OF FATHER DINIS explores the tumultuous lives of Laura (Lou de Laâge), a peasant maid, and Sebastian (Vasco Varela da Silva), the young orphan in her charge, against a backdrop of overflowing passion and revolutionary intrigue in Europe at the twilight of the 18th century. An unlikely adventure yarn that strides the continent, from Rome and Venice to London and Paris, with whispers of conspiracies from the clergy, the military, and the gentry, this sumptuous period piece ponders the intertwined nature of fate, desire, and duty. Conceived by director Valeria Sarmiento as an appendix to the expansive literary maze of her late partner Raul Ruiz’s landmark MYSTERIES OF LISBON, this picaresque chronicle both enriches the earlier work and stands on its own as a grand meditation of the stories we construct about ourselves.

In French with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 113 mins
Format: Digital

Coded Bias

A FILM BY: Shalini Kantayya

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Modern society sits at the interection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.

“A chilling plunge into Orwellian reality.” — Hollywood Reporter

“CODED BIAS serves as both a wake-up call (to invasive practices the public doesn't yet realize are being implemented) and a call to action.” — Variety

A fascinating study of how even the seemingly impartial world of technology is subject to embedded racism and privilege.” — RogerEbert.com

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: Digital

Collective

A FILM BY: Alexander Nanau
WRITTEN BY: Alexander Nanau, Antoaneta Opris
STARRING: Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag, Catalin Tolontan

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After an explosive fire claims the lives of 27 people at Bucharest nightclub, Colectiv, officials reassure the public that surviving victims will receive care in facilities that are “better than in Germany.” Weeks later, a rising causality count leads intrepid reporters at the Sports Gazette to investigate. Just as a crucial tip exposes Hexi Pharma, a local firm’s culpability, the firm’s owner dies under mysterious circumstances and the health minister quietly resigns amid the uproar -but this is only the first chapter in a thrilling, ever-twisting exposé.

Closely tracking the efforts of the Gazette team as they methodically discover layer upon layer of fraud and criminal malfeasance, Alexander Nanau’s COLLECTIVE is a fast-paced, real-time detective story about truth, accountability, and the value of an independent press in partisan times.

In Romanian with English subtitles

"One of the Greatest Movies About Journalism and the Dark Forces It Confronts" -- IndieWire

"The brilliant, infuriating Romanian healthcare documentary COLLECTIVE is a COVID-era must-see" -- LA Times

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Romania
Language: Romanian
Run Time: 109 mins
Format: Digital

Flowers of Shanghai

A FILM BY: Hou Hsiao-hsien
WRITTEN BY: Eileen Chang (translation), T'ien-wen Chu
STARRING: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michiko Hada, Michelle Reis

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*New 4K Restoration*

An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s gorgeous period reverie traces the romantic intrigue, jealousies, and tensions swirling around a late 19th century Shanghai brothel, where the courtesans live confined to a gilded cage, ensconced in opulent splendor yet forced to work to buy back their freedom. Among the regular clients is the taciturn Master Wang (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), whose relationship with his longtime mistress (Michiko Hada) is roiled by a perceived act of betrayal. Composed in a procession of entrancing long takes, Flowers of Shanghai evokes a vanished world of decadence and cruelty, an insular universe where much of the dramatic action remains tantalizingly offscreen—even as its emotional fallout registers with quiet devastation.

In Cantonese with English subtitles

"An emotionally shattering masterpiece ... Flowers of Shanghai is one of the most sublimely beautiful films I've ever seen.” — LA Weekly
 
"One of the cinematic high points of the ‘90s." — The New York Times

Technical Information

Production Year: 1998
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Run Time: 113 mins

Frida Kahlo

A FILM BY: Ali Ray

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Who was Frida Kahlo? Everyone knows her, but who was the woman behind the bright colours, the big brows, and the floral crowns? Take a journey through the life of a true icon, discover her art, and uncover the truth behind her often turbulent life.

Making use of the latest technology to deliver previously unimaginable quality, we take an in-depth look at key works throughout her career. Using letters Kahlo wrote to guide us, this definitive film reveals her deepest emotions and unlocks the secrets and symbolism contained within her art.

Exhibition on Screen’s trademark combination of interviews, commentary and a detailed exploration of her art delivers a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy. This personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works, and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience, and her unmatched lust for life, politics, men and women.

Delving deeper than any film has done before, engaging with world-renowned Kahlo experts, exploring how great an artist she was, discover the real Frida Kahlo.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: Digital

Martin Eden

A FILM BY: Pietro Marcello
WRITTEN BY: Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello
STARRING: Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Carlo Cecchi

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When unskilled laborer Martin Eden meets Elena, the daughter of a wealthy industrial family, it's love at first sight. The well-educated, refined young woman soon becomes an obsession for Martin who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his humble origins to be able to marry Elena. With determination and at the cost of great hardship, Martin sets out to get the education that his class has never allowed him to receive. Finding support in an older friend, left-wing intellectual Russ Brissenden, Martin soon gets involved in socialist circles, leading not only to political reawakening and destructive anxiety, but also to a conflict with Elena and her bourgeois world.

In Italian and French with English subtitles

“An absolute blast. Includes documentary footage, wealthy decadence, left-wing politics, angry speeches (in Italian!), beautiful women, square-jawed men, quotations from Baudelaire and the heroic deployment of manual typewriters, hand-rolled cigarettes, ascots and Volvo sedans. Everything I love in movies." — The New York Times
 
“A kaleidoscopic historical fantasia that seems possessed by the ghosts of Italian cinema.” — Film Comment
 
“This could be the international break-out of the season.” — The Film Stage

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: Italian
Run Time: 129 mins
Format: Digital

Monsoon

A FILM BY: Hong Khaou
WRITTEN BY: Hong Khaou
STARRING: Henry Golding, Parker Sawyers, David Tran, Molly Harris

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Kit returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time since he was six years old when his family fled the country in the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. Struggling to make sense of himself in a city he’s no longer familiar with, he embarks on a personal journey across the country that opens up the possibility for friendship, love and happiness.

In English and Vietnamese with English subtitles

“A thoughtful, deeply felt movie of great sweetness, unfolding at an unhurried pace.” — The Guardian

“In under 90 minutes, this fleeting character study leaves a lasting, optimistic impression of love and friendship..” — Little White Lies

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 85 mins
Format: Digital

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

A FILM BY: Ric Burns
STARRING: Oliver Sacks

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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. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.

“A portrait at once tender and thrilling, a movie that presents us with a man who… was that rare if not unique thing, a scientific navigator of the soul.” — Variety
 
“One of the surprising and moving lessons of this revealing film is how often the most gifted people are unappreciated. [A] thoughtful, deeply affecting film.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 114 mins
Format: Digital

Smooth Talk

A FILM BY: Joyce Chopra
WRITTEN BY: Tom Cole
STARRING: Laura Dern, Treat Williams, Mary Kay Place

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*New 4K Restoration*

Suspended between carefree youth and the harsh realities of the adult world, a teenage girl experiences an unsettling awakening in this haunting vision of innocence lost. Based on Joyce Carol Oates’s celebrated short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and produced for PBS’s American Playhouse, the narrative debut from director Joyce Chopra features a revelatory breakout performance from Laura Dern as Connie, the fifteen-year-old black sheep of her family whose summertime idyll of beach trips, mall hangouts, and innocent flirtations is shattered by an encounter with a mysterious stranger (a memorably menacing Treat Williams).

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Smooth Talk captures the thrill and terror of adolescent sexual exploration as it transforms the ingredients of a standard coming-of-age portrait into something altogether more troubling and profound.

This new 4K restoration was undertaken by the Criterion Collection.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1985
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: Digital

La Strada

A FILM BY: Federico Fellini
WRITTEN BY: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli
STARRING: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart

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** WINNER - First-ever Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film **

New 4K Restoration! There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in LA STRADA, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La Strada Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide.

In Italian with English subtitles

“Undeniably powerful, but also very sentimental at times.” —Little White Lies

“Symbols, metaphors, and larger-than-life performances hold sway, and moments of bizarre if inconsequential charm abound.” —Time Out

Technical Information

Production Year: 1954
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: Italian
Run Time: 108 mins
Format: Digital

The Twentieth Century

A FILM BY: Matthew Rankin
WRITTEN BY: Matthew Rankin
STARRING: Daniel Beirne, Sarianne Cormier, Mikhail Ahooja

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Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing one, final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the defining characteristic of the twentieth century!

“[A] combination of supreme creativity, jaw-dropping audacity and amusing tongue-in-cheek dialogue.” — Variety
 
“Feel[s] like both a throwback to an MGM weepie and a colorized acid trip through historic hell.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Canada
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: Digital

White Riot

A FILM BY: Rubika Shah
WRITTEN BY: Rubika Shah, Ed Gibbs
STARRING: The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson, Poly Styrene, Sham 69, Alien Kulture

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Britain, late-1970s. Punk is exploding. The country is deeply divided over immigration. The National Front, a far-right and fascist political party, is gaining strength as politicians like Enoch Powell push a xenophobic agenda. Outraged by a racist speech from Eric Clapton, music photographer Red Saunders writes a letter to the music press, calling for rock to be a force against racism. NME, Melody Maker, and Sounds all publish the letter. Flooded with responses, Red discovers many share his views. Teaming up with like-minded creatives Roger Huddle, Kate Webb, Syd Shelton and Australian graphic designer Ruth Gregory, the team bands together to create Rock Against Racism (RAR) and a fanzine, Temporary Hoarding. Speaking directly to the youth, Temporary Hoarding reports stories and issues that the mainstream British media ignores, like immigration, the Catholic side of the Northern Ireland conflict, and the police’s controversial “suspected persons” (sus) powers. They give a voice to the voiceless. The National Front begins to strike back, committing acts of violence against RAR supporters and petrol-bombing their HQ. Despite this, RAR spreads virally across the UK and into Europe, becoming a grassroots youth movement. The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson and other top bands of the day jump on board. White Riot is a moment in time when music changed the world. When a generation challenged the status quo. It’s Woodstock meets the March on Washington, punk-style.

"Compelling in its depiction of political organization in the analog age." -- The New York Times

"A heroic grassroots political movement whose importance reveals itself more clearly in retrospect with every year that passes." -- The Guardian

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 84 mins
Format: Digital

Zappa

A FILM BY: Alex Winter
STARRING: Frank Zappa

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With unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage, ZAPPA explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Alex Winter’s assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.

"Accomplishes the acrobatic act of doing justice to a figure like Frank Zappa." -- Wall Street Journal

"It's a multimedia immersion, filled with rare footage of Zappa from his teenage years on and assembled with the loving dexterity we've come to expect from Alex Winter as a filmmaker." -- Variety

Technical Information

Production Year: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 129 mins
Format: DCP