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SAFETY LAST! (1923) – AFI Movie Club
SAFETY LAST! star Harold Lloyd – one of the most enduring legends of cinema’s silent era – shared his expertise and wisdom with the very first class of the AFI Conservatory in 1969, lecturing the young filmmakers in the first-ever installment of the school’s signature seminar series, which bears his name to this day as...
PAPER MOON (1973) – AFI Movie Club
The story of a con man and his unlikely accomplice during the Great Depression, PAPER MOON (1973) was directed by Hollywood maverick Peter Bogdanovich – the iconic filmmaker, journalist and scholar who was a longtime friend of the American Film Institute. An essential voice among other great artists who helped to articulate AFI’s educational mission...
WEST SIDE STORY (1961) – AFI Movie Club
A contemporary reimagining of “Romeo and Juliet” based on the beloved stage musical, WEST SIDE STORY (1961) more than earned its acclaim across the American Film Institute’s lists celebrating excellence in the art form – including placement on both the original and 10th anniversary editions of the greatest American films and three entries among the...
MINARI (2020) – AFI Movie Club
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung and featuring production design by AFI Alum Yong Ok Lee (AFI Class of 2013), MINARI (2020) was honored with an AFI AWARD, recognizing it as one of the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image. According to the official AFI AWARDS rationale, “MINARI blossoms with hope in...
CITY LIGHTS (1931) – AFI Movie Club
A tender-hearted tale that is also arguably the quintessential cinematic story featuring Charlie Chaplin’s beloved “tramp,” CITY LIGHTS (1931) ranked #1 on the American Film Institute’s 10 Top 10 list of the art form’s greatest romantic comedies and has appeared six times on AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – including #11 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies –...
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994) – AFI Movie Club
Appearing on both of the American Film Institute’s lists of the greatest films of all time – the original and its 10th anniversary edition – THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994) stars Tim Robbins and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Morgan Freeman as inmates in a Maine prison whose camaraderie helps them to retain their humanity, even...
WONDER WOMAN (2017) – AFI Movie Club
Directed by AFI Alum Patty Jenkins (Class of 2000), WONDER WOMAN (2017) was honored with an AFI AWARD, recognizing it as one of the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image. According to the official AFI AWARDS rationale, 'WONDER WOMAN smashes the stratosphere of status quo by giving the world what...
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955) – AFI Movie Club
Ranked by the American Film Institute among the greatest American films of all time, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955) features a performance from James Dean – named by AFI as one of cinema’s greatest screen legends, starring here in what is arguably his most essential and iconic role. Learn more about REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE...
SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993) – AFI Movie Club
The haunting, harrowing story of SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993) was brought to the screen by two AFI Life Achievement Award honorees – director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams – and was shot by AFI Alum Janusz Kamiński (AFI Class of 1987). AFI Board of Trustees Chair Kathleen Kennedy served as an executive producer on the film. An important record...
CARMEN JONES (1954) – AFI Movie Club
A riveting rendition of “Carmen” with an all-Black cast, CARMEN JONES (1954) stars Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge – who earned an Academy Award® nomination for her performance as the title character, making her the first person of color to be nominated for a leading role. The film also marked the first movie title sequence...
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