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.

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL at Film at Lincoln Center (through Oct. 13). That kid Francis Ford Coppola dominates the second week of rediscoveries at N.Y.F.F. with two films, both showing on Saturday. “The Cotton Club Encore” (screening at the festival before opening at the Quad on Oct. 11) restores parts of Coppola’s Harlem gangland musical fantasia that were cut from the 1984 release, while “The Godfather: Part II,” showing in this year’s sidebar on the American Society of Cinematographers, screens in an I.B. Technicolor print (which means that Gordon Willis’s famously dark images are barely faded). Coppola appears at a Q. and A. after “The Cotton Club Encore” with Maurice Hines (the brother of Gregory Hines, both in life and in the film) and James Remar (who played Dutch Schultz). This weekend also features Projections, the festival’s experimental-film program, which includes challenging work like the three and a half hour essay film “Heimat Is a Space in Time” (on Friday and Sunday), in which the filmmaker, Thomas Heise, refracts his family history through that of 20th-century Germany. Later in the coming week, on Thursday, Kenneth Lonergan introduces a restoration of William Wyler’s “Dodsworth” (1936), followed by a Q. and A. with two of Wyler’s daughters.
212-875-5601, filmlinc.org

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‘A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE’ at the Quad Cinema (Oct. 8, 7 p.m.). Why are we featuring a Freddy Krueger movie in these rarefied listings? Because the first of many sequels to Wes Craven’s hit from 1984 has been reclaimed as a great example subtext sneaking its way into a would-be blockbuster: Some fans see this 1985 movie as the story of a closeted teenager’s fear of his sexuality, with Freddy embodying the impulses within. Accordingly, the film is showing as part of the Quad’s recurring Coming Out Again series.
212-255-2243, quadcinema.com

NYC ’81 at the Metrograph (Oct. 4-20). In anticipation of an Oct. 25 revival of “Downtown 81” — an artifact of the New York music and art scene that stars Jean-Michel Basquiat — this series looks at just how wild 1981 was for New York movies. That year gave us a gritty Sidney Lumet cop drama (“Prince of the City,” on Friday), a landmark Louis Malle talkathon (“My Dinner With Andre,” on Sunday and Oct. 13), Frederick Wiseman’s look at the surreality of the fashion industry (“Model,” on Saturday and Oct. 13) and Dudley Moore as an alcoholic millionaire (“Arthur,” on Friday and Sunday).
212-660-0312, metrograph.com

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