Monday, October 28, 2013

Cinematheque announces Nov-Dec film schedule

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]
 
The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque has announced its November-December schedule of films. Highlights include a rare showing of Robert Frank’s unreleased 1972 Rolling Stones movie CS BLUES; personal appearances by artists and filmmakers James Nares and Miranda July; the first-ever Filmmaker magazine “25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM” TRAVELING ROADSHOW; a showing of the Pope’s favorite movie, LA STRADA, followed by a discussion with priest, author, and John Carroll University professor Donald Cozzens; and eight classic comedies by Ernst Lubitsch. The full schedule is below.
 
Unless noted, all films will show in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle, www.cia.edu/cinematheque. Also, unless noted, admission to each program is $9, Cinematheque members $7, age 25 & under $6. There is free parking for filmgoers in the adjacent CIA lot, located off of East Boulevard. For further information, preview screeners, or images, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450 or email cinema@cia.edu.
 
Cinematheque programs are supported by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
 

OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 5
 
Thursday, October 31, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, November 3, at 8:25 pm
OUR CHILDREN
À PERDRE LA RAISON
Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland, 2012, Joachim Lafosse
Winner of Magritte Awards (Belgian Oscars) for Best Film, Director, and Actress, this shattering psychological drama was also Belgium's official entry for this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Based on an actual case, the movie explores why a young wife and mother (Émilie Dequenne of Rosetta) committed an unspeakable crime—killing her five children. With Niels Arestrup. "Five stars (highest rating)...A near-perfect portrait of a domestic tragedy." -Time Out New York. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 111 min.
 
Thursday, October 31, at 8:45 pm &
Friday, November 1, at 7:30 pm
Hayao Miyazaki in English!
PONYO
GAKE NO UE NO PONYO
Japan, 2008, Hayao Miyazaki
Never before shown at the Cinematheque, the most recent Miayazaki feature to be released in the U.S. (his new film, The Wind Rises, is due here soon) tells of a five-year-old boy who finds and befriends a magical goldfish with the power to change into a human being. English voices by Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, et al. 35mm. 101 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
 
Friday, November 1, at 9:30 pm &
Saturday, November 2, at 7:30 pm
PASSION
Germany/France, 2012, Brian De Palma
Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace star in the stylish new thriller by Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Scarface)—a sleek, seductive tale about an icy, ambitious female advertising executive and her equally driven and duplicitous protégé. Call it Mad Women. A New York Film Festival selection. “Four stars! Brian De Palma’s delirious erotic thriller…is a welcome return to the carnal shockers that he does so well.” –Time Out New York. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 102 min. www.passionthemovie.com/
 
Saturday, November 2, at 5:15 pm
A Touch of Lubitsch
John Ewing introduces
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
USA, 1942, Ernst Lubitsch
A troupe of Polish actors led by a hammy husband-and-wife team (Jack Benny, Carole Lombard) outwit Hitler and the Nazis in this hilarious (and sometimes heartbreaking) comedy set in occupied Warsaw during WWII. Accused of bad taste in its day, this is now regarded as one of the all-time great screen comedies. The film will be introduced by Cinematheque Director John Ewing at 5:15. 35mm. 99 min.
 
Saturday, November 2, at 7:30 pm
PASSION
See 11/1 at 9:30 for description
 
Saturday, November 2, at 9:35 pm &
Sunday, November 3, at 4:00 pm
THE LOOK OF LOVE
UK/USA, 2013, Michael Winterbottom
The new film from the director of 24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy, and The Trip also stars Steve Coogan. Coogan plays Paul Raymond, a British porn tycoon who was once his nation’s wealthiest man. England’s answer to Hugh Hefner rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s, when he produced nudity-laden revues, published racy men’s magazines, and opened members-only clubs. But his wealth and influence came at a high personal cost, also dramatized here. “A vivid period whirlwind.” –Variety. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland theatrical premiere. Blu-ray. 101 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/thelookoflove
 
Sunday, November 3, at 6:30 pm &
Friday, November 8, at 9:55 pm
LOVELACE
USA, 2013, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, The Times of Harvey Milk ) dramatize the life of Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace in this new film that stars Amanda Seyfried as the naïve Florida teenager who became the era’s reigning porn star. The movie looks at both Lovelace’s public and private lives, which were dramatically different from each other. The great supporting cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, James Franco, Bobby Cannavale, and others. Adults only! 35mm. 93 min. www.thelovelacemovie.com
 
Sunday, November 3, at 8:25 pm
OUR CHILDREN
See 10/31 at 6:45 for description
 
Tuesday, November 5, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
50th Anniversary!
New Digital Restoration!
THE SERVANT
UK, 1963, Joseph Losey
This twisted class-relations classic (written by Harold Pinter) stars Dirk Bogarde as a scheming manservant who proceeds to turn the tables on his effete, moneyed, man-about-town “master” (James Fox). This sardonic, subversive, deliciously decadent upstairs/downstairs psychodrama "literally takes us through the looking glass into a charged, claustrophobic fever dream of privilege, power, and perversion" (Time Out London). “Glaciers might be melting, the polar caps might be crumbling, but not even the passage of half a century has taken the frozen edge off this brilliantly icy film.” -The L.A. Times. Cleveland revival premiere. 115 min. www.rialtopictures.com  Shown on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members $8; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. Advance tickets available at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman.
 
NOVEMBER 8-11
 
Friday, November 8, at 7:45 pm
Special Free Screening!
Filmmaker in Person!
ROME '78
USA, 1978, James Nares
As part of tonight’s public opening of the new exhibition in CIA’s Reinberger Galleries (adjacent to Aitken Auditorium), we present a classic feature film by one of the four artists spotlighted in the show, James Nares. He will also attend our screening. Nares is a British-born, New York-based painter and video artist who was also a major figure in the underground "No Wave" movement that sprouted in New York’s Lower East Side during the 1970s and 1980s. A  Del-Byzanteens bandmate of Jim Jarmusch and Contortions cohort of James Chance, Nares made numerous short videos and Super 8 movies during the seventies, as well as the zero-budget narrative feature that we show tonight. Rome '78 finds an all-star No Wave cast (Lydia Lunch, Eric Mitchell, James Chance, John Lurie, Lance Loud, Patti Astor, et al.) enacting an Ancient Roman drama in an American city and civilization experiencing their own decline and fall. The film centers around Emperor Caligula, played by artist David McDermott of McDermott & McGough. Nares will answer audience questions after the screening. Beta SP. 82 min. Admission free. Special thanks to Bruce Checefsky and James Nares. Nares’ hour-long 2011 video Street is on view in the Reinberger Galleries through Dec. 14.
 
Friday, November 8, at 9:55 pm
LOVELACE
See 11/3 at 6:30 for description
 
Saturday, November 9, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, November 10, at 4:00 pm
A Touch of Lubitsch
New 35mm Print!
NINOTCHKA
USA, 1939, Ernst Lubitsch
“Garbo laughs” (or so proclaimed the original ads) in this celebrated Lubitsch comedy starring Greta Garbo and co-written by Billy Wilder. Prior to cracking up, Garbo is a severe, no-nonsense Soviet agent who has been sent to Paris to supervise the sale of some valuable jewels for her government. While there she falls for a debonair Western playboy (Melvyn Douglas) who represents everything she hates. With Bela Lugosi. 110 min.
 
Saturday, November 9, at 7:25 pm &
Sunday, November 10, at 8:25 pm
THE CANYONS
USA, 2013, Paul Schrader
The most notorious film of the year stars Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. It was directed by Paul Schrader and written by Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho). The Canyons tells of a spoiled, sociopathic Hollywood rich kid who goes ballistic when the male star of a slasher movie he is bankrolling turns out to be an ex-lover of his live-in, plaything girlfriend. “B+…A stylishly scandalous tale of sex, lies, manipulation, moviemaking, murder, and other dark-side-of-L.A. pursuits…Lohan taps a vulnerability beneath her dissolution to remind you why she's still a movie star.” –Entertainment Weekly. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland theatrical premiere. Blu-ray. 99 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/thecanyons
 
Saturday, November 9, at 9:25 pm &
Sunday, November 10, at 6:30 pm
PRINCE AVALANCHE
USA, 2013, David Gordon Green
Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star in the new film from the director of George Washington, All the Real Girls, and Pineapple Express. Hailed as a return to form for David Gordon Green, it’s a minimalist, poetic comedy, set during the late 1980s, about a pair of mismatched working men—a self-important, finicky loner (Rudd) and a more relaxed, much younger party animal (Hirsch). The two of them paint lines and install markers on an isolated stretch of highway in a remote, burned-out corner of Texas. The gorgeous color cinematography is by Green’s usual collaborator, Tim Orr. “A work of eccentric but often profound beauty…Weird and wonderful, a refreshing movie that looks and sounds only like itself. That old Green magic, it seems, is back.” -Washington Post. Cleveland theatrical premiere. Blu-ray. 94 min. www.magpictures.com
 
Sunday, November 10, at 4:00 pm
NINOTCHKA
See 11/9 at 5:15 for description
 
Sunday, November 10, at 6:30 pm
PRINCE AVALANCHE
See 11/9 at 9:25 for description
 
Sunday, November 10, at 8:25 pm
THE CANYONS
See 11/9 at 7:25 for description
 
Monday, November 11, at 7:00 pm
A Salute to Tom Peterson
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO
UK, 2012, Peter Strickland
Tonight we pay tribute to Thomas F. Peterson, Jr., who owned and operated Motion Picture Sound, Inc., a sound studio in downtown Cleveland from 1966 until 1987. (He also purchased the HD video projector that allows us to show tonight’s program!) Tom will have a conversation with Cinematheque Director John Ewing after a showing of Berberian Sound Studio, an acclaimed new British thriller that is itself set within the confines of a motion picture sound studio, in Italy during the 1970s. The movie, which Sight & Sound magazine named the fifth best film of 2012, tells of a mousy British foley artist (sound effects specialist) played by Toby Jones who is summoned  to Italy to work on a giallo (erotic horror) film that evokes the work of Dario Argento (Suspiria). But the experience proves so truly foreign, disturbing, and nightmarish that the meek, anxious engineer goes crazy. A New York Film Festival selection. “Seriously weird and seriously good.” –The Guardian. Adults only! Blu-ray. 92 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/berberian-sound-studio
 
NOVEMBER 14-17
 
Thursday, November 14, at 7:00 pm
A Special Event!
Donald Cozzens discusses
LA STRADA
Italy, 1954, Federico Fellini
Pope Francis’s all-time favorite movie (mentioned in a September interview) is this moving Fellini fable that charts the tragicomic relationship between a brutish, itinerant circus strongman (Anthony Quinn) and the simple, innocent waif (Giulietta Masina, Fellini’s wife) whom he buys, employs as a clown, and exploits as a slave. Donald Cozzens, a prominent priest, author, and professor at John Carroll University, will lead a discussion after the movie, perhaps illuminating why the first Jesuit pope likes it so much. Subtitles. 35mm. 115 min. Special admission $10; members and CIA I.D. holders $8; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, November 15, at 7:00 pm &
Saturday, November 16, at 9:15 pm
THE GRANDMASTER
YI DAI ZONG SHI
Hong Kong/China, 2013, Wong Kar Wai
Wong Kar Wai's breathtakingly beautiful, gloriously stylized new film recounts the life, love, and career of Chinese martial arts master Ip Man (1893-1972), who, among other achievements, taught Bruce Lee. With Tony Leung (In the Mood for Love) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). First time in Cleveland in 35mm! Subtitles. 108 min. thegrandmasterfilm.com
 
Friday, November 15, at 9:15 pm
A Special Event!
C**KSUCKER BLUES
aka CS BLUES
USA, 1972, Robert Frank
Here’s an ultra-rare screening of a legendary, never released, nigh-impossible-to-see Rolling Stones movie made by fabled photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank (The Americans). In 1972 Frank followed the Stones as they toured North America promoting their album Exile on Main St.; it was their first cross-country U.S. tour since Altamont. Though the band commissioned the film—expecting a frank (so to speak), unvarnished portrait of rock ‘n’ roll life on the road—what they got proved so objectionable (sex and drugs and loneliness and boredom) that they ordered the movie shelved. CS Blues remains unreleased to this day, though special archival screenings (like ours) are occasionally allowed. With Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Terry Southern, Stevie Wonder, et al. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. DigiBeta. 93 min. Special admission $15; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $12; age 25 & under $10. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no second film discount. Advance tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com. C**ksucker Blues is © Robert Frank, 1972, distributed by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Above photo © Promotour BV, Directed by Robert Frank.
 
Saturday, November 16, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, November 17, at 4:00 pm
A Touch of Lubitsch
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
USA, 1932, Ernst Lubitsch
In Lubitsch’s celebrated pre-Code romantic comedy, a master thief (Herbert Marshall) and a beautiful pickpocket (Miriam Hopkins), both masquerading as European nobility, join forces to rob a wealthy perfume manufacturer (Kay Francis). This amoral hit was withdrawn from circulation when the Motion Picture Production Code went into effect in 1934, and remained shelved until 1968. “As close to perfection as anything I have ever seen in the movies.” –Dwight Macdonald. 35mm print from the Universal Pictures Studio Archive! 83 min. Dr. Philip Skerry, Emeritus Professor at Lakeland Community College, will introduce Sunday’s showing starting at 4 pm.
 
Saturday, November 16, at 7:00 pm
HANNAH ARENDT
Germany/Luxembourg/France, 2012, Margarethe von Trotta
The new film from the director of the 2009 Hildegard von Bingen drama Vision is another biopic--this time about the German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist who coined the term "the banality of evil" and made lots of enemies with her nuanced coverage of the notorious 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Barbara Sukowa stars. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 113 min. zeitgeistfilms.com/hannaharendt/index.html
 
Saturday, November 16, at 9:15 pm
THE GRANDMASTER
See 11/15 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, November 17, at 4:00 pm
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
See 11/16 at 5:15 for description
 
Sunday, November 17, at 6:15 pm
50th Anniversary!
Free Pizza!
EXPERIMENTAL FILMS FROM 1963
USA, 1963, various directors
1963 saw the debut of some great American underground movies (including Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures and Barbara Rubin's Christmas on Earth, both shown in October). This program contains five of them, all by major American avant-gardists, all on 16mm: Kenneth Anger's motorcycle masterpiece Scorpio Rising, an account of "Thanatos in chrome and black leather"; Bruce Baillie's lyrical To Parsifal; Stan Brakhage's camera-less Mothlight; Will Hindle's ecstatic Non Catholicam; and Marie Menken's years-in-the-making Notebook. Free pizza and beverages will be provided to attendees. 69 min. This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.
 
Sunday, November 17, at 8:00 pm
A Special Event!
Filmmakers in Person!
Post-Screening Discussion!
Filmmaker Magazine presents
“25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM” TRAVELING ROADSHOW
USA, 2011-13, Scott Blake, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Mo Gorjestani
Since 1998 the quarterly publication Filmmaker has printed an annual list of “25 New Faces of Indie Film” to spotlight notable industry up-and-comers. (Past honorees have included actors Ryan Gosling and Hilary Swank and directors Miranda July and Lena Dunham, among many others.) This year, for the first time, the announcement of the list is being supplemented by a national tour featuring three of the “new faces” (all directors) and Filmmaker editor Nick Dawson. The Cinematheque is proud to be one of the art houses selected to host this cross-country “roadshow,” which consists of a screening of three short films by the trio of rising directors and a post-screening discussion of indie cinema with all four guests. The movies to be shown are Needle by Iran’s Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, a tale of ear piercing that won the prize for Best Student Film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; The Surveyor, a nightmarish anti-Western by Washington state resident Scott Blake; and Refuge, a futuristic Iran-America political thriller by Tehran-born Californian Mo Gorjestani. More details about these films and guests—and the 22 other “new faces”—can be found at filmmakermagazine.com/series/25-new-faces-of-2013/. Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. Total approx.. 120 min.
 
NOVEMBER 20-24
 
Wednesday, November 20, at 7:30 pm
A Special Event!
Miranda July in Person!
THE FUTURE
Germany/USA, 2011, Miranda July
Tonight we welcome filmmaker, artist, actress, and writer Miranda July, who will answer audience questions after a screening of her latest feature film. July’s videos, performances, and web-based projects have been seen at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, and in two Whitney Biennials. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker, and her first feature film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The Future stars July and Hamish Linklater as a passive, thirtysomething L.A. couple, stuck in a funk of dispassion and disappointment, who decide to adopt an injured cat. During the anxious month before the animal’s arrival (when their lives will change forever), they each decide to quit their jobs and do some things they always wanted to do, but never got around to. 35mm. 91 min. www.thefuturethefuture.com Miranda July’s appearance is sponsored by NEOMFA (Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing). Admission $7 with Univ. of Akron, CSU, KSU, or Youngstown State Univ. I.D.; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Special thanks to Mike Geither and Dan Riordan.
Thursday, November 21, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, November 24, at 6:30 pm
CUTIE AND THE BOXER
USA, 2013, Zachary Heinzerling
Here is one of the most acclaimed movies of 2013—an intricate, intimate portrait of 80-year-old Brooklyn-based Japanese artist Ushio Shinohara, who punches canvases with paint-covered boxing gloves, and his illustrator wife Noriko, who has neglected her own artistic career for his. With surprising access to their private life, filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling captures the couple’s combative, tempestuous 40-year marriage—as well as their stubborn love for each other. "More than a great documentary. It's a great film." -Wall Street Journal. Cleveland theatrical premiere. Blu-ray. 82 min. www.cutieandtheboxer.com
 
Thursday, November 21, at 8:30 pm &
Friday, November 22, at 7:30 pm
50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination
WE WERE STRANGERS
USA, 1949, John Huston
Lee Harvey Oswald reputedly watched this little-known John Huston film two separate times on TV in the weeks before he shot JFK on 11/22/63. (It "greatly excited" him, according to one historian.) Set in 1933, the movie tells of a group of Cuban revolutionaries who plot to overthrow their country's corrupt dictator. Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, and Pedro Armendáriz star. 35mm. 106 min.
 
Friday, November 22, at 9:40 pm &
Saturday, November 23, at 7:05 pm
2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILMS
various countries, 2012-13, various directors
This exciting program includes eight short films—fiction, animation, documentary—that were shown and acclaimed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Five festival award winners are included, including Michael Almereyda’s Skinningrove (USA) and Tony Donoghue’s Irish Folk Furniture (Ireland), the Short Film Jury Award Winner in Animation. The complete list of titles can be found at www.sundance.org/shortfilmtour. Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. Total running time 93 min. The Saturday showing of this program is “Cleveland Independent Movie Goers Night” at the Cinematheque. Members of this meet-up group will be admitted for only $7. Visit www.meetup.com/clevelandfilm/ for more information.
 
Saturday, November 23, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, November 24, at 8:15 pm
A Touch of Lubitsch
DESIGN FOR LIVING
USA, 1933, Ernst Lubitsch
Fredric March, Gary Cooper, and Miriam Hopkins star in this Lubitsch comedy based on a Noel Coward play, with a screenplay by Ben Hecht. It tells of two American roommates in Paris, a painter and a playwright, who love the same woman. To help her choose between them, she proposes that she move in with them—but no hanky panky! 35mm print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! 35mm. 91 min.
 
Saturday, November 23, at 7:05 pm
2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILMS
See 11/22 at 9:40 for description
 
Saturday, November 23, at 9:00 pm &
Sunday, November 24, at 4:00 pm
MUSEUM HOURS
Austria/USA, 2012, Jem Cohen
A male security guard at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum (Bobby Sommer) befriends a lonely and eccentric Canadian woman (Mary Margaret O’Hara, Catherine’s sister) who has come to Austria to visit a hospitalized distant relative. This quiet, delicate movie—one of the best and most original films in recent memory—is a muted, moving meditation on art and life, love and loss, looking and seeing, death and the passage of time. Critic Jonathan Curiel has called it “the best drama ever made about museums and the connection between visual art and everyday life.” It also has a 92% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com. “Difficult to describe but not to enjoy.” -The L.A. Times. Some subtitles. Blu-ray. 107 min. www.museumhoursfilm.com
 
Sunday, November 24, at 6:30 pm
CUTIE AND THE BOXER
See 11/21 at 6:45 for description
 
Sunday, November 24, at 8:15 pm
DESIGN FOR LIVING
See 11/23 at 5:15 for description
 
NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 3
 
NO FILMS NOV. 28 & 29;
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
 
Saturday, November 30, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, December 1, at 8:25 pm
A Touch of Lubitsch
ANGEL
USA, 1937, Ernst Lubitsch
Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, and Melvyn Douglas star in this comedy about the neglected wife of a British diplomat who has a brief, anonymous affair with another man while on vacation in Paris. “Now seems to be one of [Lubitsch’s] best films.” -Andrew Sarris. 35mm print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! 91 min.
 
Saturday, November 30, at 7:10 pm &
Sunday, December 1, at 4:00 pm
YOU WILL BE MY SON
TU SERAS MON FILS
France, 2011, Gilles Legrand
In this acclaimed French drama set in the Bordeaux region, a prominent winegrower who is also a demanding patriarch (Niels Arestrup) sparks resentment when he picks his steward's son instead of his own bookish progeny to help him run the vineyard. "A classy, full-bodied family drama." -Variety. Cleveland premiere. 35mm color & scope print. Subtitles. 102 min. cohenmendia.net
 
Saturday, November 30, at 9:15 pm &
Sunday, December 1, at 6:30 pm
AFTERNOON DELIGHT
USA, 2013, Jill Soloway
Ex-Clevelander Kathryn Hahn stars in this new comedy-drama that won the Directing Award in the U.S. Drama competition at Sundance. Hahn plays a frustrated housewife and young mother who decides to spice up her home and sex life by hiring a stripper (Juno Temple) as a live-in nanny. With Jane Lynch. "A crisp and often hilarious female-centric social satire." -Salon.com. Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 95 min. afternoondelight.thefilmarcade.com/
 
Sunday, December 1, at 4:00 pm
YOU WILL BE MY SON
See 11/30 at 7:10 for description
 
Sunday, December 1, at 6:30 pm
AFTERNOON DELIGHT
See 11/30 at 9:15 for description
 
Sunday, December 1, at 8:25 pm
ANGEL
See 11/30 at 5:15 for description
 
Tuesday, December 3, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
THE WICKER MAN: FINAL CUT
Britain, 1973, Robin Hardy
For its 40th anniversary, the much-mutilated cult classic that Cinefantastique once called "the Citizen Kane of horror films" has been digitally restored to a version authorized by its director. Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, and Ingrid Pitt star in the movie—a sexy, suspenseful tale of a devoutly Christian British policeman who searches for a missing girl on a remote Scottish island where paganism is practiced. Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth, Hitchcock's Frenzy).  "An absolute must for all serious movie buffs." -Salon.com. Adults only! Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 94 min. Shown on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members $8; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. Advance tickets available at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman.
 
DECEMBER 5-8
 
Thursday, December 5, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, December 6, at 7:30 pm
AT BERKELEY
USA, 2013, Frederick Wiseman
For his 40th feature, America’s foremost chronicler of U.S. institutions, Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, High School, et al.), captures the inner workings and struggles of the University of California at Berkeley, a public university that is also one of the nation’s great centers of higher learning. Culling 250 hours of footage (shot over 12 weeks) to a mere 244 minutes, Wiseman shows how U.C. Berkeley is facing numerous challenges—from finite financial aid and massive cuts in state funding to campus protests and preserving the humanities in a high-tech world. A 2013 New York Film Festival selection. “One of Wiseman’s best.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 244 min. Special admission $10; members and CIA I.D.holders $8; age 25 & under $7; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, December 7, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, December 8, at 8:35 pm
BLUEBEARD'S EIGHTH WIFE
USA, 1938, Ernst Lubitsch
Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, and David Niven star in this Lubitsch comedy written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder (who kept a sign in his office that said "How would Lubitsch do it?"). Colbert plays the eighth wife of an oft-divorced millionaire (Cooper) who is determined not to end up like her predecessors. 35mm print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! 85 min.
 
Saturday, December 7, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, December 8, at 4:00 pm
A TOUCH OF SIN
TIAN ZHU DING
China, 2013, Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke’s new film marks a radical change of pace for the acclaimed Chinese director of Still Life and The World. It’s an angry contemporary drama that re-creates four under-reported but actual incidents from recent Chinese history—two killing sprees, one murder, and one suicide—all involving dissatisfied or exploited workers. “An explosive indictment of the Chinese economic miracle and its brutalizing effect on ordinary Chinese life.” –Film Comment. Best Screenplay, Cannes 2013. A 2013 New York Film Festival selection. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 125 min. www.kinolorber.com  Sunday moviegoers should allow extra time to park; Holiday CircleFest takes place in University Circle from 1 to 7 pm on 12/8.
 
Saturday, December 7, at 9:25 pm &
Sunday, December 8, at 6:30 pm
New 35mm Restoration!
PORTRAIT OF JASON
USA, 1967, Shirley Clarke
This unique work that Ingmar Bergman called "the most extraordinary film I've seen in my life" was shot by indie giant Shirley Clarke in her Chelsea Hotel apartment during one marathon, 12-hour session that started at 9 pm on 12/2/66. Jason Holliday, a flamboyant, gay, 33-year-old African-American hustler and aspiring cabaret singer, recounts his tortured, troubled life for Clarke's camera. He is drinking. Clarke continually goads Jason for more stories, more songs, more truth (was he making this stuff up?). Eventually his grandly theatrical façade shatters. This new restoration of Clarke’s cinéma vérité classic has a 100% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com. "Says more about race, class, and sexuality than just about any movie before or since." -Village Voice. Cleveland revival premiere. 105 min. projectshirley.com/portraitofjason.html
 
Sunday, December 8, at 4:00 pm
A TOUCH OF SIN
See 12/7 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, December 8, at 6:30 pm
PORTRAIT OF JASON
See 12/7 at 9:25 for description
 
Sunday, December 8, at 8:35 pm
BLUEBEARD'S EIGHTH WIFE
See 12/7 at 5:15 for description
 
DECEMBER 12-14
 
Thursday, December 12, at 6:45 pm &
Saturday, December 14, at 9:30 pm
WHITE REINDEER
USA, 2013, Zach Clark
A hit at SXSW and numerous underground film festivals, this hilariously dark and twisted new Christmas comedy tells of a female real estate agent in suburban Virginia who finds herself consorting with strippers and swingers after an unexpected tragedy spoils her holiday season. But this is no cynical Bad Santa; it also has a heart worthy of the season. "A solemn twist on the holiday movie formula that simultaneously inhabits the genre and turns it inside out...Imagine Home Alone as directed by Todd Solondz." -Indiewire. "The best film of the [BAMcinemaFest]…Among the most striking and original American films to emerge in some time." -Village Voice. With Joe Swanberg. Adults only! Cleveland theatrical premiere. Blu-ray. 82 min. www.ifcfilms.com
 
Thursday, December 12, at 8:30 pm &
Friday, December 13, at 7:30 pm
THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO
A ÚLTIMA VEZ QUE VI MACAU
France/Portugal/Macao, 2012, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
The new film from the adventurous Portuguese creators of To Die Like a Man is an intoxicating blend of film noir, documentary, and personal travelogue. Set in the former Portuguese colony of Macao (now controlled by China), the movie follows an unseen protagonist who journeys there from Portugal to find Candy, an old friend in need of help, Candy, who may have been kidnaped by a local crime syndicate. A New York Film Festival selection. “A meditation of movies, myths, and memories.” –The NY Times. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 85 min. www.cinemaguild.com/macao/
 
Friday, December 13, at 9:15 pm &
Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 pm
A Touch of Lubitsch
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER
USA, 1940, Ernst Lubitsch
James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan star in one of Lubitsch’s most beloved masterpieces, about two co-workers in a Budapest shop who don’t realize that they are secret lonely hearts pen pals. If this plotline sounds familiar, it’s because it was reworked in 1998’s You’ve Got Mail. With Frank Morgan. “I think I was never as good as in Shop Around the Corner. Never did I make a picture in which the atmosphere and the characters were truer than in this picture.” –Ernst Lubitsch. 35mm. 97 min.
 
Saturday, December 14, at 5:15 pm
A Touch of Lubitsch
HEAVEN CAN WAIT
USA, 1943, Ernst Lubitsch
Lubitsch’s delightful late comedy (and the only Technicolor film in our series) stars Don Ameche as a recently deceased dandy and roué who shows up at the gates of Hell and tries to convince the Devil that his sinful life during the Gay Nineties (seen in flashback) qualifies him for eternal damnation. “Five stars (highest rating)…The most joyful fantasy-love story ever filmed.” –Video Movie Guide 1998. With Gene Tierney. 35mm color print from the Twentieth Century Fox studio archive! 112 min. Special thanks to Caitlin Robertson and Joe Reid. FYI, Warren Beatty’s 1978 Heaven Can Wait is not a remake of this film but of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).
 
Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 pm
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER
See 12/13 at 9:15 for description
 
Saturday, December 14, at 9:30 pm
WHITE REINDEER
See 12/12 at 6:45 for description
 
NO FILMS DEC. 15 – JAN. 2;
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
 

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