Friday, December 14, 2012

Cinematheque announces Jan-Feb film schedule

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will present 42 different film programs during January and February 2013. Each program will fall into one of four series: “Premiere Showcase” (8 films), “A Second Look” (21 films), “Noir City” (8 films), and “More Than Miyazaki: Studio Ghibli’s Others Anime Masters” (5 films).
All but three of the films will show in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle, telephone (216) 421-7450, www.cia.edu/cinematheque. Two of the films will show at the Capitol Theatre and one, GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS,” will open the year on Thursday, January 3, at the new MOCA Cleveland.
Starting in January, admission to Cinematheque films will be $9; members $7; age 25 & under $6. A second film on the same day costs an additional $6.
Complete details are below. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450 or email cinema@cia.edu

JANUARY 3-6
Thursday, January 3, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at MOCA
GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
USA, 2012, Ben Shapiro
We begin 2013 with a special film program at the new Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland, located at the corner of Mayfield Rd. and Euclid Ave. in University Circle. The movie is a new documentary about celebrated photographer Gregory Crewdson, whose elaborately staged and lit pictures mimic film images and thus cry out for the big screen. Crewdson’s tableaux, which explore the surreal dark side of small-town American life, are realized with the help of a large crew (like movies) and are fraught with drama and unease. Many of his photos evoke Edward Hopper, Diane Arbus, and film classics like Blue Velvet, Vertigo, and Safe. Brief Encounters, which was ten years in the making, chronicles Crewdson’s painstaking efforts to complete his “Beneath the Roses” series, shot in rundown Lee, Massachusetts. “A must-see for art lovers.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 77 min. www.gregorycrewdsonmovie.com MOCA members $7; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. More information and advance tickets at www.mocacleveland.org; special thanks to Megan Lykins Reich.
Friday, January 4, at 7:30 pm &
Sunday, January 6, at 4:00 pm
Back by Popular Demand!
THE WELL-DIGGER’S DAUGHTER
LA FILLE DU PUISATIER
France, 2011, Daniel Autueil
Moviegoers loved this new French film when we premiered it in October, so we’re bringing it back. Actor Daniel Autueil first gained fame in America in the 1986 Marcel Pagnol adaptation Jean de Florette. Now he stars in and directs his own Pagnol adaptation—a color remake of a 1940 classic by the popular Provençal writer and filmmaker. Set in sun-dappled southern France early in the 20th century, the movie focuses on a working-man and widower with five beloved girls. But when the oldest becomes pregnant by a wealthy boy she loves, he kicks her out of the house—breaking his own heart in the process. Subtitles. 35mm. 107 min. www.welldiggersdaughter.com
Friday, January 4, at 9:40 pm &
Saturday, January 5, at 7:25 pm
THE BIG PICTURE
L'HOMME QUI VOULAIT VIVRE SA VIE
France, 2010, Eric Lartigau
This tense psychological thriller follows a successful Paris lawyer (Romain Duris) who takes the identity of a dead man and abandons his upper-class lifestyle in France to live the life he always wanted: as a photographer. But his fears of being exposed make him do some horrible things. Catherine Deneuve co-stars in this acclaimed film that evokes both The Talented Mr. Ripley and Antonioni’s The Passenger. “Spellbinding.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 114 min. www.mpimedia.com
Saturday, January 5, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, January 6, at 8:15 pm
Noir Town
GILDA
USA, 1946, Charles Vidor
Rita Hayworth stars in one of the sexiest film noirs ever made, a South America-set drama about a gambler (Glenn Ford) who gets involved with a rich casino owner’s alluring wife. The film’s hottest scene finds Hayworth performing a kind-of clothed strip-tease while purring “Put the Blame on Mame.” 35mm. 110 min.
Saturday, January 5, at 7:25 pm
THE BIG PICTURE
See 1/4 at 9:40 for description
Saturday, January 5, at 9:40 pm &
Sunday, January 6, at 6:30 pm
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
Sweden/UK, 2012, Malik Bendjelloul
This inspiring documentary tells the amazing story of Sixto Rodriguez, a talented Detroit folksinger and songwriter who released two failed albums in the early 1970s and then vanished from the music scene. But in apartheid-era South Africa, where his songs and anthems were hugely popular among young people, Rodriguez was a pop icon and legend—though he didn’t know it. 35mm. 86 min. www.sonyclassics.com/searchingforsugarman/
Sunday, January 6, at 4:00 pm
THE WELL-DIGGER’S DAUGHTER
See 1/4 at 7:30 for description
Sunday, January 6, at 6:30 pm
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
See 1/5 at 9:40 for description
Sunday, January 6, at 8:15 pm
GILDA
See 1/5 at 5:15 for description
JANUARY 10-13
Thursday, January 10, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, January 11, at 7:30 pm
Save The Plain Dealer!
HIS GIRL FRIDAY
USA, 1940, Howard Hawks
In one of the greatest newspaper movies ever made (and certainly the funniest), Cary Grant plays a conniving newspaper editor who will do anything to win back his star reporter (and ex-wife) before she marries a boring insurance salesman and moves away. He starts by convincing her to do one last story—on a convicted murderer scheduled for imminent execution—and soon all hell breaks loose! This breathless, hilarious screwball comedy has been called “perhaps the funniest, certainly the fastest, talkie comedy ever made” (Time Out Film Guide). With Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy. 35mm. 92 min. Before the film a member of Newspaper Guild Local One will speak briefly about the “Save The Plain Dealer“ campaign.
Thursday, January 10, at 8:45 pm &
Friday, January 11, at 9:30 pm
THE PAPERBOY
USA, 2012, Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels’ follow-up to Precious received the longest sustained standing ovation (16 min.) at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. It’s a lurid, tawdry, sexually-charged Southern melodrama, set in the torrid heat and alligator-infested swamps of 1969 Florida, about a Miami crime reporter (Matthew McConaughey) who returns to his backwater hometown to investigate a possible bum murder rap. John Cusack (startlingly scary) is the redneck death row inmate who may be wrongly imprisoned, Nicole Kidman (superb) is his skanky sexpot fiancée who lobbies for his release, and Zac Efron (sexy) is the reporter’s younger brother, a sultry slacker who lounges around in his jockey shorts and witnesses the whole sordid circus. With Macy Gray. A 2012 New York Film Festival selection. Adults only! 35mm color & scope print! 107 min. thepaperboy-movie.com
Friday, January 11, at 7:30 pm
HIS GIRL FRIDAY
See 1/10 at 6:45 for description
Friday, January 11, at 9:30 pm
THE PAPERBOY
See 1/10 at 8:45 for description
Saturday, January 12, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, January 13, at 8:15 pm
Noir Town
WHITE HEAT
USA, 1949, Raoul Walsh
James Cagney plays a brutal, psychopathic gangster with a bizarre mother fixation (he sits on her lap as they plan heists) in this operatic, explosive, unforgettable crime picture that is on the National Film Registry. With Virginia Mayo and Edmond O’Brien. “White Heat = Scarface + Psycho.–Time Out Film Guide. 35mm. 114 min. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
Saturday, January 12, at 7:30 pm &
Sunday, January 13, at 6:30 pm
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL
USA, 2011, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frédéric Tcheng
For over 50 years Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) was one of the fashion world’s foremost figures. She was fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, editor-in-chief of Vogue, advisor to Jackie Kennedy, and discoverer of Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick. This new film recounts her stylish and colorful life with pizzazz. “Scrumptious.” –The L.A. Times. 35mm. 86 min. www.dianavreeland-film.com
Saturday, January 12, at 9:15 pm &
Sunday, January 13, at 3:30 pm
50th Anniversary!
OTTO E MEZZO
Italy, 1963, Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical fantasy is one of the landmarks of world cinema. (It was voted the tenth best movie of all time in the 2012 Sight and Sound magazine poll.) Marcello Mastroianni plays a hugely successful Italian film director who finds himself at a creative impasse just as he is about to embark on his most elaborate project yet, which everyone expects to top all of his others. As fans, media vultures, and industry sycophants swarm around him like flies, the beleaguered filmmaker escapes into private fantasies and nostalgic reveries. Fellini regarded this film as movie number 8½ in his own career, having previously directed six features, two short segments, and one collaboration with another filmmaker. Subtitles. 35mm. 135 min.
Sunday, January 13, at 6:30 pm
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL
See 1/12 at 7:30 for description
Sunday, January 13, at 8:15 pm
WHITE HEAT
See 1/12 at 5:15 for description
JANUARY 17-22
Thursday, January 17, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, January 18, at 9:40 pm
THE LONELIEST PLANET
USA/Germany, 2011, Julia Loktev
Gael Garcia Bernal and fiery-haired Hani Furstenberg play a globe-trotting, engaged couple who go on a backpacking trip in the remote and beautiful Caucasus Mountains. Led by a seasoned Georgian guide, the carefree lovers enjoy their wilderness trek through exotic, scenic locales until one unfortunate misstep changes everything. This tense, mesmerizing, minimalist drama evokes Herzog, Rossellini, Kelly Reichardt, and others. A 2011 New York Film Festival selection. “Original and emotionally profound.” –Entertainment Weekly. 35mm. 113 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-loneliest-​planet
Thursday, January 17, at 9:00 pm &
Friday, January 18, at 7:30 pm
New 35mm Color Print!
THE BRIDE WORE BLACK
LA MARIÉE ÉTAIT EN NOIR
France/Italy, 1968, François Truffaut
Truffaut pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock (even hiring Bernard Herrmann to do the music) in this exciting, suspenseful thriller about a vengeful bride (Jeanne Moreau) who tracks down and dispatches the five men responsible for her husband’s accidental death on their wedding day. The all-star supporting cast includes Michel Bouquet, Michael Lonsdale, Charles Denner, and Jean-Claude Brialy. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 107 min. thefilmdesk.com
Friday, January 18, at 9:40 pm
THE LONELIEST PLANET
See 1/17 at 6:45 for description
Saturday, January 19, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, January 20, at 8:50 pm
Noir Town
SUDDEN FEAR
USA, 1952, David Miller
Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, and Gloria Grahame star in this suspenseful thriller about a wealthy playwright (Crawford) who discovers that her new husband (Palance), a mediocre actor, is plotting to kill her. 35mm. 110 min.
Saturday, January 19, at 7:25 pm &
Sunday, January 20, at 3:45 pm
TABU
Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France, 2012, Miguel Gomes
Named one of 2012’s “top ten” films by Cahiers du Cinéma magazine, the new movie by rising Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes (Our Beloved Month of August) is a b&w art film divided into two chapters. The chapter headings duplicate those in F.W, Murnau’s bipartite 1931 silent film Tabu—but appear in reverse order. “Paradise Lost,” which opens Gomes’ film, takes place in contemporary Lisbon, where a middle-aged woman checks in on the older, slightly batty woman living next door. Part two, “Paradise,” flashes back 50 years to the old woman’s life of privilege as a young bride in colonial Africa. But a passionate extramarital love affair with another man threatens both her personal happiness and the social order. This story of forbidden love also echoes the Murnau original, as does Gomes’ decision to film this chapter without dialogue. A 2012 New York Film Festival selection. “A gloriously cinephilic fever dream…One of the year’s most rapturous love letters to the cinema.” –Toronto Int’l Film Festival. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 118 min. www.adoptfilms.com
Saturday, January 19, at 9:45 pm &
Sunday, January 20, at 6:30 pm
Tony Scott, 1944-2012
TRUE ROMANCE
USA/France, 1993, Tony Scott
Just before he directed Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for this bloody, wacky, young-lovers-on-the-run movie. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette play newlyweds who flee to Hollywood with a stash of stolen cocaine—and with cops and criminals on their tail. The great supporting cast includes Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Val Kilmer (as Elvis!). Adults only! 35mm color & scope print! 118 min.
Sunday, January 20, at 3:45 pm
TABU
See 1/19 at 7:25 for description
Sunday, January 20, at 6:30 pm
TRUE ROMANCE
See 1/19 at 9:45 for description
Sunday, January 20, at 8:50 pm
SUDDEN FEAR
See 1/19 at 5:15 for description
Tuesday, January 22, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
The Original!
DJANGO
Italy/Spain, 1966, Sergio Corbucci
Here’s the classic spaghetti Western that spawned one official sequel and over 30 unofficial ones (including Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained). Franco Nero plays a mysterious drifter who drags a coffin around with him as he deals with bandidos and other sleazy outlaws on the U.S.-Mexico border. Originally banned in Britain, this movie from the director of The Great Silence and The Mercenary (see 2/7 & 8) “rates alongside Leone's Dollars trilogy as one of the daddies of the spaghetti/paella Western…There are enough mud-wrestling prostitutes, whippings, ear-loppings, explosions and scenes of wholesale slaughter to keep any muchacho happy” (Time Out Film Guide). Adults only! Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP.  87 min. www.rialtopictures.com Shown at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. $9 tickets available in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Free parking available next to theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman.
JANUARY 24-27
Thursday, January 24, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, January 25, at 9:35 pm
GENERATION P
Russia/USA, 2011, Victor Ginzburg
A poor Russian poet turns powerful advertising man in this hallucinatory, surreal fantasy that captures the chaotic rush to capitalism and consumerism that seized the former Soviet Union in the 1990s after the fall of Communism. From Victor Pelevin’s 1999 cult novel. “Generation P is long and incredibly dense, but it's never boring—it’s too wild and unhinged.” –Village Voice. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 112 min. www.facebook.com/GenerationP
Thursday, January 24, at 9:00 pm &
Friday, January 25, at 7:30 pm
SLEEP TIGHT
MIENTRAS DUERMES
Spain, 2011, Jaume Balagueró
In the chilling and icky new horror film from the co-director of the [REC] and [REC]², the creepy concierge at a splendid Art Nouveau apartment building in Barcelona spends much of his time spying on, harassing, and even drugging and abusing a beautiful female tenant—though she does not know it. “A nifty new Euro-horror film with several wicked-cold Hitchcockian twists.” –Salon.com Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 102 min. www.mpimedia.com
Friday, January 25, at 9:35 pm
GENERATION P
See 1/24 at 6:45 for description
Saturday, January 26, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, January 27, at 8:50 pm
Noir Town
D.O.A.
USA, 1950, Rudolph Maté
In this gripping and stylish noir classic, which was selected for the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” a man who has been poisoned (Edmond O’Brien) frantically tries to discover who wants to kill him, and why, before his time runs out. Director Maté, a former cinematographer, shot Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc and Vampyr. 16mm. 83 min.
Saturday, January 26, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, January 27, at 3:45 pm
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
Italy/France/Ireland, 2011, Paolo Sorrentino
Sean Penn, Francis McDormand, and Judd Hirsch star in the American-set new movie by the Italian director of Il Divo. It’s an outlandish, seriocomic drama about a retired, Dublin-based rock star (Penn) who travels across the U.S. to find—and avenge—the elderly ex-Nazi who, decades before, persecuted the rocker’s late father in Auschwitz. With David Byrne, who also did the music. “Quirky, hilarious and moving, Sorrentino’s first English-lingo production is a road trip of stunning scope yet deep intimacy…Sean Penn [is] at his transformative best.” –Variety. 35mm color & scope print! 118 min. weinsteinco.com/sites/this-must-be-the-place/
Saturday, January 26, at 9:20 pm &
Sunday, January 27, at 6:30 pm
Studio Ghibli’s Other Anime Masters
ONLY YESTERDAY
OMOHIDE PORO PORO
Japan, 1991, Isao Takahata
In this subtle and lyrical animated feature by the co-founder (with Hayao Miyazaki) of Studio Ghibli, Taeko, a 27-year-old Tokyo office worker poised for a change in her life, takes a trip to her sister’s farm. As she travels and experiences the unfamiliar countryside, Taeko reminisces about the joys and sorrows of her childhood, and wonders: has she been true to the dreams of her youth? Subtitles. 35mm. 119 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
Sunday, January 27, at 3:45 pm
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
See 1/26 at 7:00 for description
Sunday, January 27, at 6:30 pm
ONLY YESTERDAY
See 1/26 at 9:20 for description
Sunday, January 27, at 8:50 pm
D.O.A.
See 1/26 at 5:15 for description
JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 3
Thursday, January 31, at 7:00 pm &
Friday, February 1, at 9:00 pm
SOLARIS
USSR, 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky’s philosophical sci-fi epic has long been regarded as the Soviet 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Tarkovsky, a Christian, reputedly made it as a response to the “atheism” of the Kubrick film.) The movie follows a psychologist who is sent to a distant space station to learn what is killing some of the cosmonauts there and causing others to see visions. The key seems to be the nearby, “sentient” planet of Solaris. 35mm color & scope print! Subtitles. 165 min.
Friday, February 1, at 7:30 pm
ZORN’S LEMMA
USA, 1970, Hollis Frampton
This poetic experimental film, one of the seminal masterworks of structural cinema, is the most famous movie by the late Hollis Frampton, who attended Western Reserve University for three-and-a-half years during the 1950s but never graduated. Named for a mathematical axiom relating to set theory, Zorn’s Lemma is a three-part film that moves beyond the alphabet and words to create a highly structured lexicon of patterned images. Preceded at showtime by Frampton’s Prince Ruperts Drops (USA, 1969). Both 16mm. Total 67 min. This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.
Friday, February 1, at 9:00 pm
SOLARIS
See 1/31 at 7:00 for description
Saturday, February 2, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, February 3, at 8:50 pm
Noir Town
ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW
USA, 1959, Robert Wise
Harry Belafonte stars in the first noir drama with a black protagonist. He also produced the movie, hiring blacklisted screenwriter Abraham Polonsky (see Force of Evil on 2/16) to co-write the script. Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, and Gloria Grahame co-star in the taut thriller, which follows two men, a debt-ridden gambler (Belafonte) and a racist ex-con (Ryan), as they team up for a bank heist. 35mm. 96 min.
Saturday, February 2, at 7:15 pm &
Sunday, February 3, at 3:45 pm
SIMON & THE OAKS
SIMON OCH EKAMA
Sweden/Denmark/Germany/Norway, 2011, Lisa Ohlin
The L.A. Times says that Simon & the Oaks is “a two-hour theatrical feature that has the kind of emotional and storytelling reach regularly found these days only in cable TV miniseries.” Based on a Swedish bestseller, the film follows two teenage boys as they come of age in Gothenburg between 1939 and 1952. Simon (Bill Skarsgård, son of Stellan) is a teen misfit from a working class family who is seduced by the world of books, art, and music in which his Jewish friend Isak grows up. Isak, on the other hand, discovers the joy of working with his hands that Simon’s father can teach him. “Critics’ Pick… Exhilarating…Has an exquisite, and epic, ache.” –The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 122 min. simonandtheoaks.thefilmarcade.com/
Saturday, February 2, at 9:40 pm &
Sunday, February 3, at 6:30 pm
Studio Ghibli’s Other Anime Masters
POM POKO
HEISEI TANUKI GASSEN PONPOKO
Japan, 1994, Isao Takahata
This animated feature by Studio Ghibli’s co-founder focuses on a group of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of changing their shapes. When a new development threatens their forest, the tanuki transform into humans and start playing tricks on the workers—in order to make them think the construction site is haunted! Subtitles. 35mm. 119 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
Sunday, February 3, at 3:45 pm
SIMON & THE OAKS
See 2/2 at 7:15 for description
Sunday, February 3, at 6:30 pm
POM POKO
See 2/2 at 9:40 for description
Sunday, February 3, at 8:50 pm
ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW
See 2/2 at 5:15 for description
FEBRUARY 7-10
Thursday, February 7, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, February 10, at 4:15 pm
CHICKEN WITH PLUMS
POULET AUX PRUNES
France/Germany/Belgium, 2011, Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud follow up their 2007 animated hit Persepolis with a visually stunning and imaginative live-action adaptation of another Satrapi graphic novel. Chicken with Plums is set in late-1950s Iran, where an accomplished musician (Mathieu Amalric) loses the will to live when his wife breaks his beloved violin. Waiting to die, he flashes back to his young love for a woman who married another, and to other funny, sad, surreal episodes in his alternately passionate and pathetic life. “Unfolds like a rich Persian carpet woven of memories and nostalgia.” -The Hollywood Reporter. With Maria de Medeiros, Chiara Mastroianni, and Isabella Rossellini. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 93 min. www.sonyclassics.com/chickenwith plums/
Thursday, February 7, at 8:40 pm &
Friday, February 8, at 7:30 pm
New 35mm Color Print!
Spaghetti Western Classic!
THE MERCENARY
IL MERCENARIO
aka A PROFESSIONAL GUN
Italy/Spain, 1968, Sergio Corbucci
This spaghetti Western from the director of The Great Silence and Django (see 1/22) tells of a Polish hired gun (Franco Nero) who escorts a silver shipment to Texas. There a Mexican peasant and freedom fighter (Tony Musante) convinces him to fight against the evil mine owner and his ruthless henchmen (led by sadistic dandy Jack Palance). Music by Ennio Morricone. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 110 min.
Friday, February 8, at 9:40 pm &
Saturday, February 9, at 7:20 pm
New 35mm Restoration!
NOTHING BUT A MAN
USA, 1964, Michael Roemer
Ivan Dixon (Hogan’s Heroes) and Abbey Lincoln star in this landmark racial drama which was shot during the summer (1963) that also witnessed the March on Washingrton and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Set in Alabama, the movie focuses on a black laborer who marries the educated daughter of a preacher, then struggles (against racism and other realities) to build a dignified life for her. “One of the great American independent films and one of the great films about how racism defines African American masculinity.” –Amy Taubin, Artforum. “No other American film has yet treated a black male/female relationship with as much sensitivity. Watching Dixon and Lincoln come to terms with one another and their own lives, we realize, more than ever, how much of the black experience has been ignored or evaded by the American commercial film.” –Donald Bogle. Cleveland revival premiere! 92 min. cinemaconservancy.org/
Saturday, February 9, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, February 10, at 8:40 pm
Noir Town
LADY IN THE LAKE
USA, 1947, Robert Montgomery
Robert Montgomery plays private eye Philip Marlowe in this unique Raymond Chandler adaptation in which all of the action is seen from Marlowe’s first-person point of view. (The star is seen only in mirror reflections.) In the film, Marlowe is hired to locate the estranged wife of the publisher of a crime magazine, but soon becomes embroiled in a complicated murder case. With Audrey Totter. 35mm. 105 min. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
Saturday, February 9, at 7:20 pm
NOTHING BUT A MAN
See 2/8 at 9:40 for description
Saturday, February 9, at 9:15 pm &
Sunday, February 10, at 6:30 pm
Studio Ghibli’s Other Anime Masters
WHISPER OF THE HEART
MIMI WO SUMASEBA
Japan, 1995, Yoshifumi Kondô
Co-written by Hayao Miyazaki (who also directed some of the fantasy scenes), the only feature by a promising Studio Ghibli animator who died at age 47 tells of a well-read teenage girl who discovers that all the books she checks out from the library have previously been borrowed by another individual. She sets out to find this person, thus setting off on a singular journey that will determine her future life and career. “An ineffably lovely animated ode to young love, creativity and the struggles of self-determination.” –Time Out Film Guide. Subtitles. 35mm. 111 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
Sunday, February 10, at 4:15 pm
CHICKEN WITH PLUMS
See 2/7 at 6:45 for description
Sunday, February 10, at 6:30 pm
WHISPER OF THE HEART
See 2/9 at 9:15 for description
Sunday, February 10, at 8:40 pm
LADY IN THE LAKE
See 2/9 at 5:15 for description
FEBRUARY 14-19
Thursday, February 14, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, February 15, at 9:15 pm
Nora Ephron, 1941-2012
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…
USA, 1989, Rob Reiner
We’ve all seen Meg Ryan’s fake-orgasm-at-the-deli. But how many of us have seen the movie that surrounds this hilarious scene? For Valentine’s Day we present a rare theatrical screening of this beloved romantic comedy, written by the late Nora Ephron, in which Ryan and Billy Crystal play college acquaintances who become friends, confidants, and eventually lovers over a period of years. Music by Harry Connick, Jr., Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, et al. 35mm. 96 min.
Thursday, February 14, at 8:45 pm &
Sunday, February 17, at 8:35 pm
HOLY MOTORS
France/Germany, 2012, Leos Carax
Leos Carax’s fifth feature is one of 2012’s must-see movies! A mysterious French businessman in a stretch limo dons different disguises for a surreal series of theatrical “appointments,” playing different roles in scenes around Paris that evoke various film genres and famous movies. “An electrifying, confounding, what-the-hell-just-happened exercise in unbounded imagination, unapologetic theatricality, bravura acting and head-over-heels movie-love.” –Washington Post. “The coolest and strangest movie of the year.” -Salon.com Subtitles. 35mm. 115 min. holymotorsfilm.com/
NO EARLY FILM FRI., FEB. 15
Friday, February 15, at 9:15 pm
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…
See 2/14 at 6:45 for description
Saturday, February 16, at 5:15 pm
Noir Town
Restored 35mm Archival Print!
FORCE OF EVIL
USA, 1948, Abraham Polonsky
John Garfield stars in this beautifully shot film noir that was one of the first 150 films selected for the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. He plays Joe Morse, a lawyer working for a powerful gangster who wants to consolidate and control the New York numbers racket. But one of the small operations targeted for takeover is run by Morse’s older brother, and he prizes his independence. This Cain and Abel story was the first film directed by celebrated screenwriter Abraham Polonsky, who was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. He didn’t direct another movie until 1969. “One of the great films noirs.–The Rough Guide to Film. 35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. 78 min. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
Saturday, February 16, at 6:55 pm &
Sunday, February 17, at 4:00 pm
MAX AND THE JUNKMEN
MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS
France/Italy, 1971, Claude Sautet
Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider star in this 40-year-old French crime film by Claude Sautet (A Simple Story, Un Coeur en Hiver/A Heart in Winter) that was released in America only last year. Piccoli plays Max, a determined police detective who poses as a wealthy banker in order to lure a gang of thieves into committing a heist. Then during the robbery he will catch them red-handed. Unfortunately, a high-class prostitute (Schneider) involved with both Max and the gang’s ringleader gums up the works. “Four stars…A gleefully seedy study of lowlifes on both sides of the law.” –Time Out New York. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 112 min. www.rialtopictures.com/max.html
Saturday, February 16, at 9:10 pm &
Sunday, February 17, at 6:30 pm
Studio Ghibli’s Other Anime Masters
MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS
HÔHOKEKYO TONARI NO YAMADA-KUN
Japan, 1999, Isao Takahata
In this charming animated feature, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata breaks from his company’s tradition of mythic, larger-than-life stories to recount the everyday activities of an ordinary Japanese family—husband, wife, son, daughter, mother-in-law, and dog. He also departs from the studio’s detailed, saturated cel animation for a faster, more fluid, minimalist style inspired by comic strip sketches and pastel-colored watercolors. (It was the first Studio Ghibli feature created entirely on computers.) “If there’s an American analogy [to this film], it’s The Simpsons.–Time Out Film Guide. Cleveland theatrical premiere. 35mm. Subtitles. 104 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
Sunday, February 17, at 4:00 pm
MAX AND THE JUNKMEN (MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS)
See 2/16 at 6:55 for description
Sunday, February 17, at 6:30 pm
MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS
See 2/16 at 9:10 for description
Sunday, February 17, at 8:35 pm
HOLY MOTORS
See 2/14 at 8:45 for description
Tuesday, February 19, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
75th Anniversary Digital Restoration!
PORT OF SHADOWS
LE QUAI DES BRUMES
France, 1938, Marcel Carné
Seven years before they collaborated on Children of Paradise, filmmaker Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert made the quintessential work of pre-war poetic fatalsim and one of the most iconic French films of the 1930s. Set in the foggy port city of Le Havre, this moody masterpiece stars Jean Gabin (Grand Illusion) as a broke, hungry, world-weary army deserter who hopes to hop a freighter out of France. At a lonely bar on the edge of town, he befriends a mysterious teenager (Michèle Morgan) who is also trying to get away—in her case from a “guardian” and assorted other men. Can these two fugitives escape together and begin life anew? With Michel Simon and Pierre Brasseur. “Five stars (highest rating)…Pre-war perfection.” –Time Out New York (2012). Cleveland revival premiere! Newly translated subtitles. DCP. 91 min. www.rialtopictures.com/portofshadows.html Shown at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. $9 tickets available in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Free parking available next to theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman.
FEBRUARY 21-24
Thursday, February 21, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, February 22, at 9:45 pm
51st Anniversary!
DR. NO
UK, 1962, Terence Young
This was the first James Bond film, and we wanted to present it last year for its 50th anniversary. But there was a moratorium on theatrical bookings of all Bond movies around the release of Skyfall, so we had to wait until now to show it. In the film, which created the template for those that followed, 007 (Sean Connery) is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of another British agent. There he uncovers an evil mastermind who has nefarious designs on the U.S. space program. With Ursula Andress and that white bikini. 35mm. 110 min. See next blurb for James Bond film #2.
Thursday, February 21, at 8:55 pm &
Friday, February 22, at 7:30 pm
50th Anniversary!
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
UK, 1963, Terence Young
After the events of Dr. No (see previous blurb), international criminal organization SPECTRE seeks to get even with 007 (Sean Connery). So they sic two ruthless assassins (Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya) on him while he tries to locate a Russian decoding device. The second James Bond film is often cited as the best of them all. 35mm. 118 min.
Friday, February 22, at 9:45 pm
DR. NO
See 2/21 at 6:45 for description
Saturday, February 23, at 5:15 pm
Noir Town
Restored 35mm Archive Print!
THE BIG COMBO
USA, 1955, Joseph H. Lewis
The other great noir by Gun Crazy director Joseph H. Lewis is one of the most brutal, perverse, and sexually charged of classic crime films. It tells of a cop (Cornel Wilde) who’s absolutely obsessed with bringing down a sadistic mob boss (Richard Conte) and stealing his classy girlfriend. John Alton’s b&w cinematography, which demonstrates his mastery of chiaroscuro, should sparkle in the preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive that we will show. 89 min. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
Saturday, February 23, at 7:05 pm &
Sunday, February 24, at 4:30 pm
SISTER
L’ENFANT D’EN HAUT
France/Switzerland, 2012, Ursula Meier
Switzerland’s official entry for this year’s foreign film Oscar is one of the most acclaimed movies of 2012, with an overall metacritic.com rating of 81 (out of 100). It’s a haunting “up-mountain, down-mountain” drama about a 12-year-old boy who steals from wealthy guests at an Alpine ski resort in order to support his desperate, down-and-out older sister (Léa Seydoux of Farewell, My Queen ) who lives in a decrepit apartment in the valley below. With Gillian Anderson. From the director of Home; beautifully lensed by Claire Denis’ regular cinematographer Agnès Godard. Cleveland premiere. French with subtitles. 35mm. 97 min. www.adoptfilms.com
Saturday, February 23, at 9:05 pm &
Sunday, February 24, at 3:00 pm
Studio Ghibli’s Other Anime Masters
THE CAT RETURNS
NEKO NO ONGAESHI
Japan/USA, 2002, Hiroyuki Morita
In this spin-off from Whisper of the Heart (see 2/9-10), a young schoolgirl who rescues a cat in danger soon finds herself transported to a fantastic feline world, where the grateful King of Cats wants her to marry the animal she saved, his son. “Good-hearted, energetic, and full of Ghibli's characteristically beautiful hand-rendered animation.” –The Onion A.V. Club. Cleveland theatrical premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 75 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
Sunday, February 24, at 4:30 pm
SISTER
See 2/23 at 7:05 for description
NO EVENING FILMS SUN., FEB. 24

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