Dark City in 35mm

Alex Proyas · 1998
100min · 35mm
  • Friday, Aug 18, 2023, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 19, 2023, 4:30pm
  • Sunday, Aug 20, 2023, 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, Aug 22, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Aug 24, 2023, 7:30pm


Roger Ebert's favorite film of 1998 and one of six movies to be blessed with a DVD commentary by the legendary critic. DARK CITY famously shares similar themes and ideas with THE MATRIX, yet predates the latter's release by just over a year. THE MATRIX even reused some of DARK CITY's sets. But whereas THE MATRIX was influenced by anime and martial arts movies, DARK CITY is pure noir. Well, sci-fi noir. It tells the story of a man who struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun, run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.

Part of our Summer Blast! film series.

“[Director] Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.” Andrea C. Basora, Newsweek

“…a reminder of how sensuous a visual trip movie watching can be.” Richard Corliss, TIME

“If you don’t fall in love with it, you’ve probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.” Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post