Laura Swanbeck – American Film Institute

Spotlight on the AFI Filmmakers Behind WE WERE MEANT TO

This month, we spoke to the AFI Alumni behind the short film WE WERE MEANT TO, the first AFI Thesis film to be named an official selection at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in 12 years. A coming-of-age story set in a world where Black men have wings, the film serves as a searing allegory...
Strange Days Film Still - Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett

STRANGE DAYS (1995) – AFI Movie Club

A prescient, technological cautionary tale directed by AFI Honorary Degree recipient Kathryn Bigelow and edited by AFI Alum Howard Smith (Class of 1970), STRANGE DAYS (1995) stars Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis and AFI Honorary Degree recipient Angela Bassett. Visit the AFI Catalog to learn more about STRANGE DAYS. HOW TO WATCH Where to stream STRANGE...
The Man Who Knew Too Much Film Still - Doris Day and James Stewart

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956) – AFI Movie Club

Brought to the screen by the talents of two AFI Life Achievement Award honorees – director/producer Alfred Hitchcock and star James Stewart – THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956) also featured a song counted by AFI among the great music of the movies: Doris Day’s unforgettable rendition of “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que...
A Serious Man Film Still - Adam Arkin and Michael Stuhlbarg

A SERIOUS MAN (2009) – AFI Movie Club

A SERIOUS MAN (2009) was recognized in the year of its release with an AFI AWARD, naming it among the most outstanding motion pictures of year. According to the official rationale, “A SERIOUS MAN is a theological shaggy dog story that could only spring from the miraculous minds of Joel and Ethan Coen. The film...
Sweet Smell of Success Film Still - Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) – AFI Movie Club

A pitch-black noir featuring stunning cinematography by the legendary James Wong Howe, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) stars Burt Lancaster – named by the American Film Institute among the greatest screen legends of all time – as the unscrupulous J. J. Hunsecker, who was included on AFI’s list of the art form’s notable villains. Visit...
Brazil Film Still - Jonathan Pryce, Jim Broadbent, and Katherine Helmond

BRAZIL (1985) – AFI Movie Club

A surreal workplace dystopia co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, BRAZIL (1985) features AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Robert De Niro among its cast.  HOW TO WATCH Where to stream BRAZIL BRAZIL - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI Movie Club is a global, virtual gathering of film fans who love movies,...
Nashville Film Still - Karen Black

NASHVILLE (1975) – AFI Movie Club

A sprawling epic of Americana, Robert Altman’s NASHVILLE (1975) weaves together the stories of 24 characters – from country star to aspiring singer to reporter to waitress – and stars a huge ensemble cast, including Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, Ronee Blakley, Ned Beatty and AFI honorary degree recipient Lily Tomlin. The film is included on AFI’s list of greatest films of all time,...
Touch of Evil Film Still - Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, and Victor Millan

TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) – AFI Movie Club

Written and directed by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Orson Welles (who also starred), TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) features performances from Marlene Dietrich – named by AFI among cinema’s greatest stars – and Charlton Heston, who served as the third Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees. Visit the AFI Catalog to learn...

AFI Alumni Nominations at the 95th Academy Awards

AFI Alums and their projects are on the road to gold! Today, the Academy announced the nominations for the 95th Annual Academy Awards® and we are incredibly proud of the AFI Alums nominated for their amazing work this year. Congratulations to AFI Conservatory Alums Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992) for his Best Picture, Director...
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42ND STREET (1933) – AFI Movie Club

Starring Warner Baxter and Bebe Daniels and featuring iconic choreography by Busby Berkeley, 42ND STREET (1933) was honored by the American Film Institute as one of the art form’s greatest musicals and is also included on the lists of the most memorable movie quotes and greatest movie songs. Visit the AFI Catalog to learn more...
Funny Girl Film Still - Barbra Streisand

FUNNY GIRL (1968) – AFI Movie Club

Featuring the talents of two AFI Life Achievement Award honorees – writer/director William Wyler and breakout star Barbra Streisand in her acclaimed feature debut – FUNNY GIRL (1968) was included on the American Film Institute’s lists of the greatest movie musicals and cinema’s greatest romances. The film additionally counts a quote among the most memorable...
Doctor Zhivago Film Still - Julie Christie and Omar Sharif

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) – AFI Movie Club

A sweeping epic chronicling Russian life from Imperialism through the October Revolution, civil war and Joseph Stalin’s Great Purge, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) was directed by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree David Lean and was included among the American Film Institute’s accounting of the greatest movies of all time, as well as among cinema’s greatest romances....
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