by | Aug 19, 2021 | Films, Virtual Cinema


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S E A R C H I N G   F O R   M R .   R U G O F F

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

IN-THEATRE … Tuesday, September 7, 7:00
with discussion led by John Alberti & Steve Rosen
proof of vaccination required

STREAMING ONLINE … Opening Aug 28, 2021

Dramatic and enlightening — more than a simple biography, Searching for Mr. Rugoff  provides an inside look at film culture and cinema history during the exciting and tumultuous times in the 1960s and 70s when foreign-language and documentary films became an important part of the American cinematic scene.

Reach out to your circle of friends, film and history buffs – you can share the graphics in the Media section below – let them know that in-theatre tix (vax required) are $10 including discussion, and virtual cinema tix are $15.

Through the eyes of those who worked with or for him, we come to know Donald Rugoff, the marketing and programming genius behind Cinema 5, the New York theater chain and film distribution company. With an eye for engaging cinema, he revolutionized theatrical film distribution and propelled art films into the mainstream. His impact on US cinema culture and his influence on the art film business was legendary and immense.

The young employees of Cinema 5 fanned out across the industry in the ’80s and ’90s, becoming leaders in the indie movement, Hollywood studio classics divisions and exhibitors like Landmark Theaters. Rugoff’s influence has been passed down to a third generation of film distributors, marketers and exhibitors — like Alamo Drafthouse and A24 — committed to finding and building cinema audiences.

Many of the newer industry leaders have never heard of Rugoff and he seemingly disappeared.  Former employee Ira Deutchman (film producer, distributor and educator), spent years researching and interviewing, giving us a rich portrait of a complicated, shrewd, often erratic and abrasive genius.

“Rugoff manifested the idea of film as art in a way that nobody else had ever done before and he wound up changing film culture in an enormously influential way,” says Deutchman, adding, “My original intention was to highlight the majesty of the theatrical experience in an entertaining way, but given where we are right now, the story has become all the more poignant. Independent art houses need our support to survive.”

Special Thanks:

When you purchase an In-Theatre or Virtual Cinema ticket, 100% of the proceeds come to Cincinnati World Cinema. We very much appreciate Ira Deutchman’s generosity and long-standing commitment to art house cinema!


The Garfield Theatre reopened on April 9, with significant attention to personal safety. Please review our guidelines in CWC Covid Safety Protocols  and the terms of purchase, below, before ordering in-theatre tickets. Admission requires proof of full vaccination and masks are required in the venue.

“SEARCHING FOR MR. RUGOFF” director Ira Deutchman, USA, 2019, 97 minutes, in English.

☀ THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. Google Map     Garfield Parking Options … and the CWC VIRTUAL CINEMA.

☀ (1) In THE GARFIELD THEATRE, Tuesday September 7, 7:00 pm, with discussion immediately following.

☀ (2) In the CWC VIRTUAL CINEMA, online streaming, 24×7, Starting at noon, August 28.
Watch Window:
30 days to start, 7 days to complete, can start, stop, restart.  Access codes are encrypted and device-specific – you need to start watching on the actual device you’ll use to view the films, ex: your laptop connected to your TV.

In-theatre tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (if not sold out in advance).  Virtual Cinema tickets are $15.
All tickets are available online via the Tix Button, and by phone at (859) 957-3456.

The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 safety information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.

Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.
Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.


Cinema Five Releases – Films & Filmmakers

Heaven’s Above! John & Roy Boulting UK
The Cool World Shirley Clarke US
The Hours of Love Luciano Salce Italy
The Model Murder Case Michael Truman UK
Nobody Waved Good-bye Don Owen Canada
Nothing But a Man Michael Roemer US
One Potato, Two Potato Larry Peerce US
The Soft Skin François Truffaut France
Paris Secret Edouard Logereau France
Rotten to the Core John Boulting UK
Morgan! Karel Reisz UK
The Endless Summer Bruce Brown US
Elvira Madigan Bo Widerberg Sweden
The Fireman’s Ball Milos Forman Czechoslovakia
The Two of Us Claude Berri France
The Arch Shu Shuen Tong Hong Kong
Very Happy Alexander Yves Robert France
Clerambard Yves Robert France
More Barbet Schroeder West Germany
Putney Swope Robert Downey US
The Sorrow and the Pity Marcel Ophüls France
Z Costa-Gavras France
Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther William Klein Algeria/France
Gimme Shelter Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin US
Ramparts of Clay Jean-Louis Bertuccelli Algeria
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Vittorio De Sica Italy
Trash Paul Morrissey US
Family Life Ken Loach UK
Long Ago, Tomorrow Bryan Forbes UK
On Any Sunday Bruce Brown US
The Hellstrom Chronicle Walon Green, Ed Spiegel US
The Policeman Ephraim Kishon Israel
WR: Mysteries of the Organism Dusan Makavejev Yugoslavia
Cesar and Rosalie Claude Sautet France
Greaser’s Palace Robert Downey US
Marjoe Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith US
State of Siege Costa-Gavras France
The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe Yves Robert France
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine Gordon Davidson US
A Sense of Loss Marcel Ophüls Switzerland
Distant Thunder Satyajit Ray India
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler Fielder Cook US
Happy Mother’s Day, Love George Darren McGavin US
I Could Never Have Sex With Any Man Who Has So Little Regard For My Husband Robert McCarty US
Scenes From A Marriage Ingmar Bergman Sweden
Visions of Eight Milos Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Yuriy Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, Mai Zetterling West Germany
Going Places Bertrand Blier France
Swept Away Lina Wertmüller Italy
The Return of the Tall Blonde Man Yves Robert France
We All Loved Each Other So Much Ettore Scola Italy
Autobiography of a Princess James Ivory UK
Every Man For Himself and God Against All Werner Herzog West Germany
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones UK
Seven Beauties Lina Wertmüller Italy
A Slave of Love Nikita Mikhalkov Soviet Union
America at the Movies George Stevens Jr. US
Coup de Grace Volker Schlöndorff France
Harlan County USA Barbara Kopple US
Man on the Roof Bo Widerberg Sweden
Near and Far Away Marianne Ahrne Sweden
The Man Who Fell to Earth Nicolas Roeg UK
Volcano Donald Brittain, John Kramer Canada
A Special Day Ettore Scola Italy
Dear Inspector Philippe de Broca France
Iphigenia Michael Cacoyannis Greece
Jabberwocky Terry Gilliam UK
One Sings, The Other Doesn’t Agnès Varda France
Outrageous! Richard Benner Canada
Padre Padrone Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani Italy
Paradise Gunnel Lindblom Sweden
Providence Alain Resnais France
Pumping Iron George Butler, Robert Fiore US
The Man Who Loved Women François Truffaut France
Viva Italia! Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, Ettore Scola Italy
Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness Margarethe von Trotta West Germany



Ira Deutchman has been making, marketing and distributing films since 1975, having worked on over 150 films including some of the most successful independent films of all time. He was one of the founders of Cinecom and later created Fine Line Features – two companies that were created from scratch and in their respective times, helped define the independent film business.

Deutchman is a consultant in marketing and distribution of independent films. Among his clients is Istituto Luce Cinecitta, for which he promotes Italian cinema in the U.S. He is also a Professor of Professional Practice in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he was the Chair of the Film Program from 2011-2015.

Among the over 60 films he acquired and released at Fine Line were Jane Campion’s “An Angel at My Table,” Gus van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Night on Earth,” Robert Altman’s “The Player” and “Short Cuts,” Roman Polanski’s “Bitter Moon” and “Death and the Maiden,” Alan Rudolph’s “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, ” Mike Leigh’s “Naked,” and the award-winning “Hoop Dreams,” which in its time was the highest grossing non-music documentary in history.

Other films Deutchman has worked on were “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “To Sleep with Anger,” “Metropolitan,” “A Room with a View,” “Stop Making Sense,” “El Norte,” and “The Brother from Another Planet.”

His screen credits include Associate Producer of John Sayles’ “Matewan;” Executive Producer of Jonathan Demme’s “Swimming to Cambodia,” Gary Sinise’s “Miles From Home,” Paul Bartel’s “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills,” Matty Rich’s “Straight Out of Brooklyn,” Stephen Gyllenhaal’s “Waterland,” Maggie Greenwald’s “The Ballad of Little Jo,” Alan Rudolph’s “Mrs. Parker & the Vicious Circle,” Paul Auster’s “Lulu On the Bridge,” Wayne Wang’s “Center of the World,” Daniel Noah’s “Twelve,” Anthony Jaswinski’s “Killing Time,” Loren-Paul Caplin’s “The Lucky Ones,” Amy Wadell’s “Brothel” and Georgia Lee’s “Red Doors;” and Co-Producer of David Anspaugh’s “The Game of Their Lives.” Deutchman was the Producer of Tony Vitale’s “Kiss Me, Guido,” Sarah Kernochan’s “All I Wanna Do,” Mark Christopher’s “54,” Adam Davidson’s “Way Past Cool,” Bob Gale’s “Interstate 60,” Tanya Wexler’s “Relative Evil,” Ann Hu’s “Beauty Remains” and Ed Radtke’s “Speed of Life.” He was also Consulting Producer on the CBS sitcom “Some of My Best Friends.”

In 2017, Deutchman was awarded the Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sundance Art House Convergence for his service to independent film marketing and distribution.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a major in film.


John AlbertiJohn Alberti

Dr. John Alberti has taught at Northern Kentucky University for roughly three decades, with focus on the relationship between American literature and popular culture as evidenced in cinema, television and music.

At Northern Kentucky University, he is currently Chair of the English Department and Director of the Cinema Studies Program, and has been instrumental in bringing the Festival of New French Films to campus in recent years.

John is a graduate of the University of Southern California (BA, English, 1981) and UCLA (MA, English 1984 and Ph.D., English, 1989). He recently authored Screen Ages: A Survey of American Cinema, and his current projects include work on gender in American cinema and television; writing in the digital age; and the movie adaptations of the Harry Potter series.


Steve RosenSteven Rosen

Steve is a freelance Cincinnati writer. He was Arts Editor for Cincinnati CityBeat for several years before retiring in 2018, and also has been film and visual art critic at Denver Post, and a news and features reporter and writer at Cincinnati Enquirer.  

His freelance arts and culture stories have appeared in Cincinnati Magazine, The New York Times, Variety, Really Good Movies, IndieWire, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, American Songwriter and San Francisco Chronicle. He was also a board member of a University of Michigan film society that eagerly booked Rugoff’s Trash (the Andy Warhol movie by that name, not a euphemism for bad films) and later served on Cincinnati Film Society’s board. 



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For CWC patrons, general manager Michaele Kadivnik offers a 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially if you are dining between a CWC double feature. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.

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