[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]
The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque announces its “TBA” film on Friday, April 27, as well as two special events on April 28 and May 3.
The “To Be Announced”movie on Friday, April 27 at 9:20 pm will be Markus Schleinzer’s 2011 Austrian film MICHAEL, recently shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival.
On Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 pm, internationally known film scholar and performer Rick Altman will bring his “Living Nickelodeon” to the Cinematheque, re-creating a night at the movies circa 1910 with songs, slides, and short silent films.
And on Thursday, May 3 at 6:45 pm, Cinematheque Director John Ewing will introduce his all-time favorite film, SHANE. He will also lead a discussion after the screening.
All of these events will take place in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle, telephone (216) 421-7450, www.cia.edu/cinematheque. Free parking for filmgoers in available in the adjacent CIA lot, off of East Boulevard. Other details, and a description of each show, follow.
Acclaimed at the Cannes, Toronto, and Cleveland Int’l Film Festivals, Michael is a clinical account of a buttoned-down, thirtysomething single man who works in a nondescript insurance office, maintains a spotless suburban home, and secretly keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement. This dispassionate portrait of a pedophile has the rigor, reserve, and briskness of Bresson—and the chilly horror of Haneke. “Critics’ Pick…Coldly compelling.” –The NY Times. “(Illustrates) the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion.” –Variety. Adults only! Subtitles. 35mm. 96 min. Admission $9; Cinematheque members $7; ages 25 & under $5 (with proof of age). www.strandreleasing.com
Rick Altman is a professor of cinema and comparative literature at the University of Iowa and an expert on film sound. For many years he has also toured internationally with his “Living Nickelodeon,” a multimedia performance in which he recreates a night at the movies during the first decade of the 20th century. This was the era when cinema was brand new, and feature films had yet to take hold. From the mid-1890s until about 1913, silent short films were shown in makeshift, storefront movie theatres called nickelodeons (admission was five cents). Movies shared the screen with hand-colored slides, many of them humorous, many containing song lyrics, and a pianist accompanied the show, schmoozing and leading the audience in sing-alongs. A century later, this is what Altman still does, using song slides from the Marnan Collection in Minneapolis and short films from the Library of Congress. The result is both educational and good clean fun. Altman has performed his “Living Nickelodeon” all over the world—from Canada to Australia, and at such prestigious venues as the Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre. This is the first time he has presented it in Cleveland, and since he is retiring this spring and moving to France, it may also be his last. Total running time approx. 100 min. Special admission $12; Cinematheque members $9; ages 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
Shane comes back! The all-time favorite film of Cinematheque Director John Ewing—shown from a rare, vintage three-strip Technicolor print—will open a 10-film centenary salute to Paramount Pictures. Ewing will introduce the movie and also lead a post-film discussion. Shane is one of the greatest and most archetypal westerns ever made—a stirring (and beautifully filmed) account of settlers vs. cattlemen, and of a mysterious, dangerous stranger (Alan Ladd) who sides with a family of “sodbusters.” With Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, and Jack Palance. From the novel by Jack Schaefer, who was born in Cleveland in 1907 and graduated from Oberlin College. 35mm. 118 min. Admission $9; Cinematheque members $7; ages 25 & under $5 (with proof of age).