Classic Movie Weekends for Autumn

Astaire. Brando. Hepburn. Herzog. Miyazaki. Orson Welles. NZIFF presents legends of the giant screen this Autumn.

NZIFF presents fabulous film events this Autumn at The Civic in Auckland, Embassy in Wellington, Regent Dunedin, MTG Hawke’s Bay, and Hoyts Riccarton in Christchurch. From the curators of the New Zealand International Film Festival comes a weekend line-up of classic films made to be seen on the magnificent cinema screen.

NZIFF Autumn Events in Auckland screen from Friday 11 April through to Sunday 13 April at The Civic. Tickets on sale directly from Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.nz) from Friday 14 February.

NZIFF Autumn Events in Wellington will screen across three weekends at the Embassy Theatre in April, starting on Saturday 12 April. Tickets on sale directly from the Embassy Theatre. On sale date to be advised.

NZIFF Autumn Events in Dunedin screen on Saturday 12 April and Sunday 13 April at the Regent Dunedin. Tickets on sale directly from the Regent Dunedin. On sale date to be advised.

NZIFF Autumn Events in Napier will screen across three weekends at the MTG Theatre in April, starting on Saturday 12 April. Tickets on sale directly from Ticketek. On sale date to be advised.

NZIFF Autumn Events in Christchurch will screen across three weekends at Hoyts Riccarton in May, starting on Saturday 3 May. Tickets on sale directly from Hoyts Riccarton. On sale date to be advised.

The films screening in NZIFF Autumn Events 2014

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Auckland and Wellington only) 

Once seen, never forgotten, this hallucinatory epic of Spanish conquistadors unhinged in the Amazon is the definitive Werner Herzog expedition to the edge.  It was also the first of his collaborations with his legendary “best fiend”, actor Klaus Kinski.

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Funny Face 

A charming confection of 50s vogues, this musical casts Audrey Hepburn as a brainy West Village bookshop manager and Fred Astaire as the fashion photographer whose camera (not to mention a trip to Paris and some fabulous Givenchy gowns) might just transform her into a runway star.

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Lawrence of Arabia (Napier, Dunedin, Christchurch only) 

David Lean’s 1962 biopic remains the benchmark in epic action cinema: literate, dynamic and visually stupendous. Dashing performances by Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif defined the two young actors for life.

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On The Waterfront 

Marlon Brando mesmerises in the indelible performance that revolutionised big-screen acting 60 years ago and is still heart-breaking today.

“As unspoiled in its key elements as the day it was made, On the Waterfront is indisputably one of the great American films.” — Kenneth Turan, LA Times

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The Third Man

Ranked first in the British Film Institute’s end-of-century survey of British cinema, The Third Man is film noir with rare pedigree: director Carol Reed and actor Orson Welles bring sinister flamboyance to novelist Graham Greene’s literate, perfectly structured thriller script.

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The Wind Rises 

The great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao has announced his retirement and if he sticks to his word, he will have gone out on a sublime note. The Wind Rises is a fictionalised portrait of the brilliant aeronautical engineer Horikoshi Jiro and the two loves of his life: his work, and his ailing wife, Nahoko. 

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