The Rose is a little jewel of a cinema with a world-class line-up of movies, plays, ballets and operas from around the globe. Our generous, culture-loving fans are the heart of this historic theatre, and part of what makes Port Townsend so rich and so unique.
Michael Apted’s landmark longitudinal documentary series, beginning in 1963, has followed the lives of a dozen or so British 7-year-olds, checking in with them every seven years. Apted subtly collages historical footage, allowing his subjects to fast-forward into the person they become, much as flowers bud, bloom and fade — allowing us to consider our own life cycle with startling and poignant clarity. "One of the most remarkable experiment in the history of cinema." - NY Times. NR, 144 min.
Members Only Screening! A cinematic version of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, "Western Stars" weaves archival footage and Springsteen’s personal narration with song to evoke a touching narrative of love and loss, loneliness and family and the inescapable passage of time. Set under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn, the documentary film gives fans their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on his album, backed up by a band and full orchestra. PG, 130 min.
Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. Rated R, 121 min.
Broadcast live in HD from New York's Metropolitan Opera. As the imperious title empress, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads the Met premiere of Handel’s tale of deception and deceit. Harry Bicket conducts Sir David McVicar’s wry new production, which gives this Baroque black comedy a politically charged, modern updating.
Tangoheart, the premier tango ensemble in the Northwest, returns to the Rose bringing the power, beauty, and passion of the Argentine tango to the Port Townsend community. Tangoheart is a classic, authentic orquesta typica which contains a piano, contrabajo, string section, and the bandoneon, the Argentine instrument with its emblematic tango sound. The group is led by Bertram Levy. Their last appearance at the Rose sold out!
You can't get more deliciously noir than this French 1970 classic! We promise trenchcoats, dark alleys and plenty of glowing Galoises. Four men, including a recently-released criminal (Alain Delon) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand), come together to execute a meticulously planned jewel heist. 140 min.
Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. PG, 124 min.
The story of the most important instrument you've never heard of. Port Townsend is known as the "Mecca of Bowmaking," where five world-renowned bowmakers live and work. They are among the handful of craftspeople who still practice this centuries old trade. Not rated, 104 min. Q&A with filmmakers at each show.
The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zeitlin, director of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. PG-13, 112 min.
Broadcast live in HD from New York's Metropolitan Opera. Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the Met for the first time since 2012, as the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation. Director François Girard, whose mesmerizing production of PARSIFAL recently wowed Met audiences, returns to stage Wagner’s eerie early masterwork.
Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight? Starring James McAvoy, and broadcast from London's West End. 180 min.
Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate. NR, 94 min.
Bolshoi Ballet. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see. 165 min.
Community Arts Film Series: Joel-Peter Witkin is a celebrated photographer, known for dark tableaux full of disturbing images. His identical twin brother Jerome is an equally acclaimed figurative painter, whose work explores sociohistorical themes. These two gifted artists rarely communicate with one another, maintaining separate lives despite their shared upbringing. When they reunite for their first-ever joint exhibition, will the brothers’ artistic collaboration change their perspectives on their own – or each other’s – work and lives?
Two young women and former soldiers are working as nurses in a Leningrad hospital following the end of WWII. BEANPOLE is a film about relationships between broken people living in a ravaged nation after a catastrophic war. A film about overcoming loss and inventing new ways to go through each day. Russia's official submission to the Academy Awards. "Ferocious and extraordinary." - Variety.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: A unique collaboration between three cultural brands: Queen, Versace, and the visionary choreographer Maurice Béjart. At its heart is the loss of two legendary performers, Freddie Mercury and dancer Jorge Donn, both of whom died of AIDS in the early 1990s.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Aurélie Dupont from France and Diana Vishneva from Russia, allow a rare glimpse as they embrace the challenge of having one week to rehearse choreographer Ohad Naharin's B/olero in the Tel Aviv studio of Batsheva Dance Company. The camera closely observes their process, capturing their strengths and vulnerabilities while absorbing the essence of the work. 45 min. Preceded by MEMORIES OF BODIES IN MOTION. Directed by Thomas Lallier, France, 2018, 10 min.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: A riveting, tender-hearted exploration of loss, isolation, and survival in the aftermath of a life-altering tragedy. The result is a genre-defying work of dance theatre that has stunned critics and audiences worldwide.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: To open the evening James Thierrée takes over the public areas of the Palais Garnier and introduces us to his dream-like world. Israel's Hofesh Schecter (Hofesh Schecter's Clowns), often lauded for his trance-evoking dances, offers a new version of The Art of Not Looking Back. Spain's Ivan Pérez occupies the stage of the Opera for the first time with a creation for ten male dancers. And Crystal Pite (Betroffenheit) returns with The Seasons' Cannon, a dazzling creation from 2016.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: A collection of 11 stirring and at times breathtaking short films about dance and dancers of all kinds, from Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia and more. Let yourself be surprised! 59 min.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Returning home to south Memphis, where he first learned to dance, Lil Buck recounts his personal journey and offers his hometown youth a chance at a better future. 85 min.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Raku pottery prizes spontaneity in the interaction of fire and falling ashes, and this stunning documentary captures the beauty of both traditional Japanese pottery and the novel The Golden Temple by Japanese author Mishima. 64 mink.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Three eclectic dance films that as a trio evoke the endless power of the art form including the world renowned HOFESH SCHECHTER'S CLOWNS, a macabre comedy of murder and desire, asking how far will we go in the name of entertainment. Exhilarating choreography combined with a percussive score. 60 min.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Choreographer Nacho Duato composed the one-act ballet White Darkness as a requiem for his sister. The result is a masterpiece which, according to critics, has reached heights deemed hitherto impossible on the landscape of modern arts. 76 min.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Our second line-up of wonderful short dance films includes THE KING OF TWIRL, about the 11-year old Janero. He can't sit still, he's alway dancing. He wants to prove himself and be the best in twirl, a sport that's traditionally just for girls. Janero is the only boy of his age in Northern Netherlands who competes in this sport.
Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: This beautiful documentary traces Merce Cunningham's artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery, from his early years as a struggling dancer in New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The film weaves Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material. PG, 93 min.
Features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from iconic street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham. Told in Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed 1994 interview, the photographer chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. NR, 74 min.
Broadcast Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko appears in her 16th Live in HD transmission, taking on the soaring title diva of Puccini’s grand melodrama. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s evocative production, with tenor Brian Jagde as Tosca’s impassioned lover, Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle as the sinister Scarpia.
Bolshoi Ballet. Despite each of their families being merciless enemies, Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love. The rivalry between the two families will cost Mercutio’s life, causing Romeo a desire of vengeance for the loss of his friend. The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev’s remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights. 185 min.
JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City. NR, 79 min.
Director Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early 19th century way of life. A taciturn loner cook (John Magaro) has joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee). Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America. PG-13, 122 min.
Free! A unique film experience, Meet Me at the Movies is designed for people with memory loss and their care partners, which can be enjoyed by all adults. Theme-based clips from classic and contemporary films are shown, followed by facilitated audience discussion; part of the Frye Art Museum's Creative Aging initiative, an offering of programs for adults to experience the rich potential of aging through engagement with the arts and connection with others. February's theme: Travel. 90 min. First come, first seated.
Broadcast Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. A pseudo-historical opera about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her bitter rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I, Donizetti’s drama thrills with intense stand-offs and impressive vocal displays. Soprano Diana Damrau and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton square off as two of history’s most formidable monarchs, with Maurizio Benini conducting.
Bolshoi Ballet. This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond. Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone. 165 min.
Charismatic art critic James Figueras (Claes Bang) and his American lover (Elizabeth Debicki) travel to the lavish Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger, in a star turn). Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland), the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist's studio, whatever the cost.
A bold and gripping new thriller from playwright Lucy Kirkwood. One life in the hands of 12 women. Rural England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, 21-year-old Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for murder. When Sally claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth. With only a midwife prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst. Approx. 180 min.