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Mad Max: Fury Road Film Still - Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) – AFI Movie Club

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) 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, “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD explodes with apocalyptic anarchy – a journey of fire and blood through which the action genre is razed to the...

WATTSTAX – AFI Catalog Spotlight

This February, the AFI Catalog shines a spotlight on the landmark musical performance documentary WATTSTAX which was released 50 years ago this month. The film presents footage of what became known as the “Black Woodstock,” a seven-hour, August 1972 concert called Wattstax organized by Memphis’ Stax Records to commemorate the Watts Riots of 1965 and...

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...
One Night in Miami... Film Still - Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, and Kingsley Ben-Adir

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… (2020) – AFI Movie Club

Directed by Regina King and adapted by Kemp Powers from his stage play of the same name, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…(2020) stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr., with music by Terence Blanchard. The film also features the contributions of AFI Conservatory Alumni Naomi Sunrise Filoramo (Class of 2008), Luke Little...

Black History Month Movie Guide

In honor of Black History Month, AFI is highlighting a list of select films to celebrate Black storytelling, from timeless classics to unforgettable contemporary films that have influenced our culture. The incredible motion pictures below have been named to our AFI lists, honored with AFI AWARDS, screened at AFI Festivals and selected for AFI Movie...
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...
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