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Salem Cinema has been a cultural hub of our thriving city since 1982, dedicated to enriching our community by providing year-round films, educational programs, and a venue for engaging activities. We present the richness of American and world cinema, including live-filmed performances such as theatre, dance, opera and other musical events and see film as a source of cultural literacy, learning and vision for the future as well as a place for discovery, community and delight.
In addition to broadening horizons and cultural awareness and understanding through the art of film, we are proud to offer a fundraising asset to our many local non-profit organizations by way of hosting movie benefit nights in partnership with their own missions.
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Happening France. 2022. Directed by Audrey Diwan. Not Rated. (100 mins.) in French with English subtitles
A triumph of immersive and emotion-filled storytelling, HAPPENING is a thoughtful and searing portrait of how women suffered – and continue to suffer – for the ability to make their own precious choices. In 1963 France, Anne, a promising young university student, is devastated when an unplanned pregnancy threatens to derail her future. She immediately insists on termination, but her physician warns of the unsparing laws against either seeking or aiding abortions, and her tentative attempts to reach out to her closest friends are nervously rebuffed. As weeks pass, without support or clear access, an increasingly desperate Anne unwaveringly persists in seeking any possible means of ending the pregnancy. Adapting Annie Ernaux’s memoir, director Audrey Diwan creates an expressively evocative period piece of undeniable current resonance. HAPPENING details not only the dangers and indignities of Anne’s harrowing quest but also how the surrounding indifference escalates her plight. This intimate, gripping drama is a resonant chronicle of the fight for personal freedom that should have been a lesson about a dark time in history, but instead threatens to be a chilling harbinger of our future.
The Duke UK. 2020. Directed by Roger Michell. (96 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English
A combination of understated and clever situational humor, political commentary and character study, THE DUKE is a gentle, affable dramedy starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery's history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on the condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legends. Not until fifty years later did the full story, and Kempton's web of lies, emerge. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage – how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale. This warm and quietly subversive movie is a sweet-natured, lively and engaging surprise package!
Petite Maman France. 2022. Directed by Celine Sciamma. (72 mins.) Not Rated. in French with English subtitles
Celine Sciamma (PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE) has made another fascinating, sentimental masterpiece – a very memorable drama with an insightful and endearing look at parent-child relationships and how personalities are formed in childhood. After her grandmother dies, Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) is taken to her mother's childhood home. While her parents go about cleaning out the house, Nelly explores the surrounding woods. She encounters Marion (Gabrielle Sanz), a girl exactly Nelly's age and to whom she bears a striking resemblance. The pair become fast friends, constructing a hut together, sharing lunches, and talking over life transitions. Incrementally, the girls' eerie similarities yield revelations that merge events of the past with those of the present. PETITE MAMAN is a seemingly small film that resonates with immense beauty and power.
The Northman United States. 2022. Directed by Robert Eggers. Rated R. (140 mins.) [CC,AD] in English with some Old Norse
One of the most highly-anticipated movies of the year, THE NORTHMAN, from writer-director Robert Eggers (THE WITCH, THE LIGHTHOUSE), tells a Viking revenge story based on the same Scandinavian folk tale that inspired Shakespeare’s Hamlet. After young Amleth witnesses his father being murdered by his uncle Fjölnir, the Viking prince escapes his homeland and vows to seek revenge and justice for his deceased father. Brutal, audacious and staggeringly beautiful, this ferocious and cinematic work of art is the perfect merger of otherworldly Norse mythology and bloodthirsty, powerful Viking history. It is an immersive, epic masterpiece meant for the big screen! The star-studded cast includes Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, Claes Bang, Björk and Alexander Skarsgard – who is an absolute beast as the grown Amleth.
Everything Everywhere All At Once United States. 2022. Directed by Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinart. Rated R. (140 mins.) [CC,AD] in English with some Mandarin and Cantonese
More audaciously expansive, adventurous and bizarre than even its title suggests, EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is the cinematic experience audiences have been craving. Michelle Yeoh gives the performance of a lifetime as an exhausted Chinese American woman who just can't seem to finish her taxes. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels (SWISS ARMY MAN), the film is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action-adventure with a dizzying energy and a bonkers imagination. Completely over-the-top zany, EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is begging to be revisited again and again, delivering an unusually moving, heartwarming and profound message at its core. It's simply astonishing in every way.
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