Cinema with a twist: Cabaret Cinema at the Rubin Museum of Art



Picture it! New York City, 2014. You meet your friends after work for drinks and pan-Asian tapas. Following a couple of rounds of specialty cocktails, several plates of hors d’oeuvre, consisting of pulled BBQ pork buns (bao), smoked salmon with Himalayan toast points, and a fruitless conversation on the advantages of online dating, you head downstairs to watch a classic Hitchcock flick. But before going into the theater, you grab a bag of popcorn while your opera singer friend orders a couple of martinis, containing cucumber, lime, rose water, and infused basil seed. You think, Wow, who knew! It’s almost 9:30 and time for the movie; you step into the theater, equipped with a nice-size screen and rows of cocktail tables and chairs. Yes, cocktail tables! What could be better than popcorn, friends, and watching North by Northwest with martinis? After an introduction by Tony winner and Academy Award nominee, lyricist David Zippel, lights go down, the movie starts, and you realize, Wow, I’m having another one of those magical New York City moments. This calls for another drink!

Evenings such as these can be expected at the Rubin Museum of Art as Friday nights have become uniquely special, notably for its Cabaret Cinema, which presents films that explore themes that are featured in the museum’s galleries. Each film is introduced by a distinguished guest, who discusses the film’s connection with the museum’s current exhibitions. Past presenters have included Liv Ullmann (Persona, Cries and Whispers), Alan Cumming (Cabaret), Benjamin Millepied (Black Swan), and Matt Dillon (Crash, The Outsiders). Beginning April 11 and ending August 29, the theme of medicine will be explored in films with a lineup that begins with A Farwell to Arms and ends with Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors
John David West

Medicine Films Complete list of films:


A Farewell to Arms (1932, Frank Borzage)

Friday, April 11, 9:30 PM
Starring Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou
Introduced by designer Michael Bastian


M*A*S*H (1970, Robert Altman)
Friday, April 18, 9:30 PM
Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerrit

Red Beard (1965, Akira Kurosawa) 
Friday, April 25, 9:30 PM
Starring Toshirô Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Kamatari Fujiwara
Introduced by photographer Vera Lutter


Les Maudits (The Damned(1947, René Clément)

Friday May 2, 2014, 9:30 PM
Starring Marcel Dalio, Henri Vidal, Florence Marly

Tales of the Gimli Hospital (1988, Guy Maddin)

Friday May 9, 2014, 9:30 PM
Starring Kyle McCulloch, Michael Gottli, Angela Heck.


Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971, John Schlesinger)

Friday May 16, 2014, 9:30 PM
Starring Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Murray Head.


Death in Venice (1971, Luchino Visconti)
Friday May 23, 2014, 9:30 PM
Starring Dirk Bogarde, Björn Andrésen. 
Introduced by designer Michael Bastian.

The Little Foxes (1941, William Wyler)
Friday May 30, 2014, 9:30 PM
Starring Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, and Teresa Wright.

Gray’s Anatomy (1996, Steven Soderbergh)

Friday June 6, 2014, 9:30 PM
Starring Spalding Gray.
Introduced by writer Nathaniel Rich. 


Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)

Friday June 13, 2014, 9:30 PM
Starring Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara. 
Introduced by novelist John Burnham Schwartz.


Crimes and Misdemeanors(1989, Woody Allen)

Friday August 29, 2014, 9:30 PM
Starring Woody Allen, Martin Landau, and Mia Farrow.
Introduced by Patrick McGrath.



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