3 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Our guide to film series and special screenings happening this weekend and in the week ahead. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

GRIT AND GLITTER: BEFORE AND AFTER STONEWALL at the Museum of the Moving Image (June 21-July 6). In their documentary “The Gospel of Eureka” (screening on Saturday), the filmmakers Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri locate a tenuous common ground between evangelical Christians and drag queens in an Arkansas town. Mosher and Palmieri programmed this retrospective, timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The lineup runs the gamut from pre-Stonewall films that were controversial for their portrayals of sexuality (Jack Smith’s “Flaming Creatures,” a pansexual cornucopia that opens the series on Friday alongside two shorts by George Kuchar, was the subject of a censorship clash) to more recent work like Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Tropical Malady” (on June 29 and 30), in which a flirtation gives way, after a mid-film rupture, to something mythic.
718-784-0077, movingimage.us

PRISON IMAGES: INCARCERATION AND THE CINEMA at Anthology Film Archives (through July 8). Even a majority of the dramatized films in this series take their cues from real-life prison experiences. Critics have ascribed the authenticity of Robert Bresson’s “A Man Escaped” (on Friday and July 2) to the director’s memory of being a prisoner of war. Don Siegel is represented with “Escape From Alcatraz” (on Saturday, Wednesday and June 28) and “Riot in Cell Block 11” (on Friday and Wednesday), which he shot at Folsom State Prison in California; far from being menaces to society, the rioting prisoners, who demand more humane treatment, fit right in with the eventual “Dirty Harry” director’s gallery of authority-flouting heroes. In some ways, “Cell Block,” inspired by real riots, anticipates Cinda Firestone’s “Attica” (on June 30 and July 8), a documentary account of the uprising at Attica Correctional Facility in 1971 and its fallout.
212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org

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QUEER KINO at the Quad Cinema (June 21-27). A collaboration with Goethe-Institut, this Pride Month series focuses on the emergence of gay-themed German cinema in the 1970s and ’80s, an era and a milieu over which the director Rainer Werner Fassbinder remains a towering figure. “Fox and His Friends” (on Saturday) stars Fassbinder himself as an openhearted carnival worker who, after winning the lottery, is progressively fleeced by members of a mendacious upper crust. Fassbinder’s last feature, “Querelle” (on Saturday and Tuesday), an abrasive and distancing adaptation of Jean Genet’s novel, is one of his boldest films visually, shot against studio backdrops and in the wide-screen dimensions of CinemaScope — a rarity for the director, who favored claustrophobic framings. Beyond Fassbinder, the program features “Coming Out” (on Monday), billed as the first movie from East Germany on the subject of homosexuality — and, given its reported premiere in November 1989, when Communist leaders announced the opening of the Berlin Wall, presumably the last.
212-255-2243, quadcinema.com

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