[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]
The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures over nine weekends in May and June. Ten classic movies that were produced or distributed by Paramount—one from each of the studio’s first ten decades—will show between May 3 and June 30 in the series “Peak Performance: 100 Years of Paramount Pictures.” The Cinematheque has opted to screen exceptional movies that are lesser known and rarely shown theatrically rather than studio “greatest hits” like BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and THE GODFATHER.
The series opens on Thursday, May 3 at 6:45 pm with a showing of the 1953 western SHANE in an archival Technicolor print. SHANE is the all-time favorite film of Cinematheque Director John Ewing, and he will introduce the 5/3 screening and lead a post-film discussion.
On the following night, Friday, May 4 at 7:00 pm, the earliest film in the series, Cecil B. DeMille’s scandalous 1915 silent melodrama THE CHEAT, will be shown with live musical accompaniment by composer and pianist Sebastian Birch. The Cinematheque will screen a second Paramount silent, WINGS (1927), the first movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, in a new digital restoration on May 31 at the Capitol Theatre.
Other films in the series include Jerry Lewis’ THE LADIES MAN, Floyd Mutrux’s AMERICAN HOT WAX (about legendary deejay Alan Freed), WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE? (starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio), and the alt-comedy classic POOTIE TANG.
Paramount dates its beginnings to 1912, when Hungarian émigré Adolph Zukor created the Famous Players Film Company to distribute the French film QUEEN ELIZABETH starring Sarah Bernhardt. Two years later, Famous Players merged with the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company to became Paramount Pictures Corporation.
PEAK PERFORMANCE: 100 YEARS OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES
May 3 – June 30 (10 films)
THU 5/3 6:45 PM SHANE introduced and discussed by John Ewing
FRI 5/4 7:00 PM THE CHEAT with live piano accompaniment
SAT 5/12 5:15 PM RUGGLES OF RED GAP
SUN 5/13 4:15 PM RUGGLES OF RED GAP
THU 5/17 6:45 PM THE UNINVITED
FRI 5/18 5:30 PM THE UNINVITED
FRI 5/25 9:45 PM THE LADIES MAN
SAT 5/26 5:15 PM THE LADIES MAN
THU 5/31 7:00 PM WINGS shown at the Capitol Theatre
FRI 6/8 9:35 PM AMERICAN HOT WAX
SAT 6/9 5:00 PM AMERICAN HOT WAX
FRI 6/15 9:20 PM TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM
SAT 6/16 5:00 PM TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM
FRI 6/22 9:35 PM WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE?
SAT 6/23 5:00 PM WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE?
THU 6/28 6:00 PM POOTIE TANG
SAT 6/30 9:15 PM POOTIE TANG
In addition to its salute to Paramount Pictures, the Cinematheque will present three other series in May and June.
“An Introduction: Discovering Asghar Farhadi” (May 3 – June 2) is a retrospective of feature films by the Iranian director of the Oscar-winning A SEPARATION.
“Premiere Showcase” (May 4 – June 30) presents the first Cleveland showing of 19 new international films, including Madonna’s W.E., Frederick Wiseman’s CRAZY HORSE, Abel Ferrara’s 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH, and the Oscar-nominated BULLHEAD.
“A Second Look” (May 5 – June 30) brings back to Cleveland seven films that moviegoers may have missed at the Cleveland International Film Festival (TOMBOY), the multiplex (CASA DE MI PADRE with Will Ferrell, PINA), or the Cinematheque (LE HAVRE).
All films will show in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Admission to each movie (unless noted) is $9, Cinematheque members $7, ages 25 & under $5 (with proof of age). A second film on the same day costs an additional $5. Free parking for filmgoers is available in the CIA lot (enter from East Blvd.).
The Cinematheque’s complete May-June schedule is below. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.