The Screen’s Alive at Guild Hall

Three screened offerings in one weekend
“Tosca” Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

This weekend at Guild Hall, the screen will be alive with opera and classic and international films. Saturday’s offerings will be Puccini’s opera “Tosca” and “The Divine Order.” On Sunday, the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center will present “Casablanca,” with a talk by Isabella Rossellini.

The Met: Live in HD will simulcast “Tosca” on Saturday at 1 p.m. Eagerly anticipated after a controversial reinterpretation staged in 2009, this new production by David McVicar was called “scrupulously inoffensive” by The New York Times. Those experiencing the opera via the screen will have the added benefit of seeing up close its sumptuous sets, including re-creations of Roman frescoes and decoration that includes 77 rolls of gold leaf. 

Although the cast’s leads, including Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo, Zeljko Lucic, and Patrick Carfizzi, are replacements for others who canceled, they are receiving positive reviews. Andris Nelsons conducts. Tickets are $22, $20 for museum members, and $15 for students.

On Saturday evening at 6, Guild Hall and the Hamptons International Film Festival will continue Now Showing, a joint winter film series, with “The Divine Order,” a Swiss film with German subtitles. In it, the time is 1971, when women still could not vote in Switzerland. Described as an uplifting and crowd-pleasing film, it shows what happens when a woman is pushed past her limit and leads a villagewide strike for suffrage. Tickets are $15, $12 for Guild Hall and HIFF members.

On Sunday, fresh off its 75th anniversary in 2017, the American classic “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will be screened at 7 p.m. Part of the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center’s American Values series, the film will be introduced and discussed by Ms. Rossellini, Bergman’s daughter. The screening is free, but registration through the center’s website has been encouraged.

A scene from "Tosca" at the Metropolitan OperaKen Howard/Metropolitan Opera