The Best Classic Films Showing in Miami in November

After what can only be described as a totally jam-packed month of classic cinema in October, culminating in a night of way too many movies for anyone's good, November slows it all down. Here are the goods, which this month will be conveniently split up by location due to the low amount of screenings.

Tower Theater
At the Tower, only one classic film is playing and it's a damn fine one, very much in tune with the old school crime films they so love to show there. The feature is Jules Dassin's Rififi, a heist film in which four ex-con's hatch one last robbery in Paris. It earned Dassin the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival when it premiered and is definitely worth checking out when it hits the Tower on November 13 through 19.

Miami Beach Cinematheque
Also on board with one flick — this one a special one-night-only screening — the Miami Beach Cinematheque presents a restoration of Robert J. Flaherty and Frances Hubbard Flaherty's Moana. It's a 1926 feature that captures the exotic lifestyles of the Samoan people, which later had sound added by the Flaherty's daughter Monica and was re-released as Moana with Sound.

This edition of the film, restored by Bruce Posner and great-grandson of the Flaherty's Sami van Ingen, is what will be playing on Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m. The film will also be preceded by a short film on the making of the restoration, featuring Bruce Posner, who will be visiting the Cinematheque in December during Art Basel.

O Cinema
This month, O Cinema is featuring two classics, both conveniently on the same week and at their Wynwood location. First up, in collaboration with Reading Queer, is a screening of Jennie Livingston's Paris Is Burning — a chronicle of New York's drag scene in the '80s. Tickets are $12 for the 25th-anniversary showing of the film, which takes place on Wednesday, November 11, at 9 p.m.

The second film of the week takes place on Friday the 13. And, you guessed it, the movie is none other than Sean S. Cunningham's Friday the 13th. Popcorn Frights presents the 35th-anniversary screening of the film that kicked off a long series of slasher flicks at 11 p.m. with tickets set at $12. You can also play the Nintendo 8-bit Friday the 13th video game before the movie.

Rocky Horror Picture Show will also be returning this month, but the dates aren't sealed in yet, so stay tuned.

Coral Gables Art Cinema
Gables Cinema takes the cake when it comes to offering classic films for audiences to dive right into, with the night shows taking over the daytime and all. The Great Adaptations series between the theater and Books & Books continues with All Quiet on the Western Front on November 11. The screening will take place at 1 p.m. and is free to the public.

When it comes to After Hours, Secret Celluloid Society offers up four films on 35mm sure to draw the big crowds. The first is Terry Gilliam's Brazil on November 7, followed by David Cronenberg's masterpiece Videodrome on November 14. Later this month are two crime films of very different types: Brian De Palma's Scarface on November 21 and Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. All screenings are $7, include free popcorn, and take place at 11:30 p.m.

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