Summer is waning, and because the blockbusters this season have proven rather disappointing, it’s time to get back into the classic film groove and check out some of the many options available this month across the Magic City.
Here’s what August has in store for classic film screenings in Miami.
Coral Gables Art Cinema
Gables Cinema’s After Hours program offers a variety of flicks Saturdays around midnight: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on 4k for its 50th anniversary August 6, City of God on 35mm on the 13th, Do the Right Thing on 35mm on the 20th, and Adaptation on 35mm on the 27th. The art house's new series, F for Friday, kicks off this month and presents four films on 35mm Fridays at the same late-night hour: Midnight Cowboy on August 5, The Last Detail on the 12th, Taking Off on the 19th, and American Graffiti on the 26th.
As for the rest of the month, there’s a one-time screening of Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-Up on 35mm on the 9th, a weeklong showing of Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows from the 12th to the 18th, and two of Jonás Trueba’s older features — Every Song in About Me and The Wishful Thinkers on the 26th and 27th, respectively — with the director in attendance. There's also a special screening of Alexander Payne’s Sideways on 35mm, which includes a winetasting, on the 18th.
Miami Beach Cinematheque
Whether you think he’s the best or the worst, incredibly divisive filmmaker Harmony Korine will head to MBCinema August 25 for a Speaking in Cinema event with Miami Jewish Film Festival and Popcorn Frights director Igor Shteyrenberg. To celebrate, the cinema is playing some of his old films, including Julien Donkey Boy on the 11th and Mister Lonely on the 18th. There will also be a special silent gallery screening of his feature Trash Humpers.
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As Secret Celluloid Society continues its residence at O Cinema Miami Beach, the midnight classics continue Saturday nights, with every film on 35mm. Rolling over the sci-fi themes from last month, the month kicks off with Altered States on the 6th. Then it’s The Wizard of Oz on the 13th and The Goonies on the 20th. The month closes with A Clockwork Orange on the 27th. In its daytime family film series, OCMB will also show Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the 20th and 21st.
Miami Design District
The Reel Creative Cinema film festival, presented by the Miami Design District, will offer a selection of features and shorts chosen by locals who have been vital to the growth of the arts district. This August at Palm Court, the films in this series are all free with reservations online. The classics include Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s Un Chien Andalou, paired with Richard Lester’s Petulia on the 5th, Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle and Juzo Itami’s Tampopo on the 6th, and Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo and Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood on the 7th.
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) occasionally treats visitors to a feature film to accompany its exhibitions, and this month it's one of the cool ones. In honor of PAMM's exhibition "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks," the museum will screen Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat August 25 for free with museum admission. The film, like the exhibition, focuses on graffiti artist-turned-painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.