Monday, June 23, 2014

July/August 2014 schedule at the Cleveland Cinematheque

Sixty classic Warner Bros cartoons from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s will show in the upcoming Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque series “Still Looney After All These Years.” This five-program retrospective will run from July 5 through August 2 in the Cinematheque’s regular theatre, Aitken Auditorium at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle, www.cia.edu/cinematheque. Every movie will be projected from 35mm film.
 
“This is the first Looney Tunes series we’ve ever presented in our 28-year-history,” said Cinematheque Director John Ewing. “And summer seems the ideal time to reconnect with old friends like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Roadrunner, Wile E. Coyote, and director Chuck Jones.”
 
The Cinematheque’s Looney Tunes series will be supplemented in July and August with new international films, second-run movies, and feature-length film classics, including four rarities by neglected French master Jean Grémillon. The complete two-month film schedule follows.
 
Starting July 1, admission to most Cinematheque screenings will be $9; Cinematheque members and those age 25 & under $7. A second film on the same day costs an additional $7. Any exceptions to these prices are noted below. Free parking for most Cinematheque films is available in the adjacent CIA lot, located off of East Boulevard. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450 or send an email to cinema@cia.edu.
 

STILL LOONEY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
 
SAT        7/5         5:00 PM                LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 1: BUGS
THU       7/10       6:00 PM                LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 2: DAFFY
SAT        7/12       5:00 PM                LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 2: DAFFY
FRI          7/18       9:30 PM                LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 3: CHUCK JONES
SAT        7/19       5:00 PM                LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 3: CHUCK JONES
FRI          7/25       5:30 PM                LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 4: TWEETY
SAT        7/26       5:00 PM                LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 4: TWEETY
THU       7/31       6:15 PM                LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 5: ROADRUNNER
SAT        8/2         5:00 PM                LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 5: ROADRUNNER
 
COMPLETE JULY-AUGUST FILM SCHEDULE
 
JULY 3-7
 
Thursday, July 3, at 5:30 pm &
Saturday, July 5, at 6:45 pm
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. I
Denmark/Germany/France/Belgium/UK, 2013, Lars von Trier
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LeBoeuf, Christian Slater, and Uma Thurman star in the first half of Lars von Trier’s latest provocation—a self-proclaimed “porno” epic in two parts. In this installment, a bookish man rescues a bloodied woman he finds on the street one day. She proceeds to regale him with eyebrow-raising tales of her sexually active life. This sensuous Scheherazade continues her smutty stories in Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (showing 7/5 at 9:00 & 7/7 at 7:30). No one under 18 admitted! In English. Blu-ray. 118 min. www.magpcitures.com  Buy tickets to both parts of Nymphomaniac at the same time and pay only $5 for Vol. II.
 
Thursday, July 3, at 7:45 pm &
Monday, July 7, at 5:30 pm
CUBAN FURY
UK, 2013, James Griffiths
Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, and Ian McShane star in this delightful romantic comedy about an overweight shlub and office drone (Frost) who was once a champion salsa dancer. In order to impress his attractive new boss (Jones), he tries to regain his old form. “A great big bear-hug of a Britcom, with rhinestones on its shirt, salsa in its heart and dick jokes up its sleeve.” –Total Film. Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 98 min. cubanfury-movie.com/
 
NO FILMS JULY 4
 
Saturday, July 5, at 5:00 pm
Still Looney After All These Years
LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 1: BUGS
USA, 1949-60, various directors
12 classic WB cartoons, most with Bugs Bunny. Program includes Chuck Jones’ Rabbit Hood (1949), Rabbit of Seville (1950), Operation: Rabbit (1952), Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953), Bully for Bugs (1953), and Ready, Woolen and Able (1960); Robert McKimson’s Hippety Hopper (1949), Daffy Duck Hunt (1949), Devil May Hare (1954), and Bedevilled Rabbit (1957); Robert Clampett & Friz Freleng’s Dough for the Do-Do (1949); and Freleng’s Roman Legion-Hare (1957). 35mm. 85 min.
 
Saturday, July 5, at 6:45 pm
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. I
See 7/3 at 5:30 for description
 
Saturday, July 5, at 9:00 pm &
Monday, July 7, at 7:30 pm
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II
Denmark/Belgium/France/Germany/UK, 2013, Lars von Trier
In the second half of Lars von Trier’s sexually explicit saga (see 7/3 at 5:30), the self-described “nymphomaniac” (Charlotte Gainsbourg) continues to recount her sordid, sensationalist life story to a total stranger (Stellan Skarsgård). Jamie Bell and Willem Dafoe join the all-star supporting cast in this installment. No one under 18 admitted! In English. Blu-ray. 123 min. www.magpictures.com
 
NO FILMS JULY 6
 
Monday, July 7, at 5:30 pm
CUBAN FURY
See 7/3 at 7:45 for description
 
Monday, July 7, at 7:30 pm
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. II
See 7/5 at 9:00 for description
 
JULY 10-12
 
Thursday, July 10, at 6:00 pm &
Saturday, July 12, at 5:00 pm
Still Looney After All These Years
LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 2: DAFFY
USA, 1948-59, various directors
12 classic WB cartoons, most with Daffy Duck. Program includes Chuck Jones’ You Were Never Duckier (1948), My Bunny Lies Over the Sea (1948), The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950), Drip-along Daffy (1951), Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953), and Forward March Hare (1953); Arthur Davis’ The Stupor Salesman (1948); Robert McKimson’s Boobs in the Woods (1950); Friz Freleng’s Cracked Quack (1952), Hare Lift (1952), and Bugsy and Mugsy (1957); and Abe Levitow’s Really Scent (1959). 35mm. 85 min.
 
Thursday, July 10, at 7:45 pm &
Friday, July 11, at 9:15 pm
UNDER THE SKIN
UK, 2013, Jonathan Glazer
Scarlett Johansson plays a sultry alien seductress who picks up and preys upon male earthlings in this haunting, cryptic, visually stunning sci-fi fantasy that will be watched, discussed, and debated for years to come. Some have even dubbed director Glazer the new Kubrick! Adults only! Blu-ray. 108 min. undertheskinmovie.com
 
Friday, July 11, at 5:30 pm &
Saturday, July 12, at 6:45 pm
WATERMARK
Canada, 2013, Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
The new film from filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky, who made the extraordinary 2006 documentary Manufactured Landscapes, should be of particular interest to those living near the Great Lakes. Watermark finds Baichwal and Burtynsky traversing the globe to document humanity’s relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it, and the consequences of that use. “Filled with images both beautiful and wrenching.” –Village Voice. Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 92 min. burtynsky-water.com/
 
Friday, July 11, at 7:25 pm &
Saturday, July 12, at 8:40 pm
50th Anniversary Restoration!
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
UK, 1964, Richard Lester
This whimsical look at a few days in the life of John, Paul, George, and Ringo (the Beatles, in case you didn’t know) is a madcap, inventive delight and one of the most influential music films ever made. Features great songs as well! Blu-ray. 87 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Friday, July 11, at 9:15 pm
UNDER THE SKIN
See 7/10 at 7:45 for description
 
Saturday, July 12, at 5:00 pm
LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 2: DAFFY
See 7/10 at 6:00 for description
 
Saturday, July 12, at 6:45 pm
WATERMARK
See 7/11 at 5:30 for description
 
Saturday, July 12, at 8:40 pm
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
See 7/11 at 7:25 for description
 
JULY 17-19
 
Thursday, July 17, at 6:00 pm &
Friday, July 18, at 5:15 pm
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE
USA/France, 2013, Frank Pavich
After directing the midnight/cult movie classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Chilean-French auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky turned his attention to a grand, multi-million-dollar film version of Frank Herbert's epic sci-fi novel Dune. With a cast consisting of Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, David Carradine, and others, art work by H.R. Giger and French comic book artist Moebius, special effects by Dan O'Bannon, and music by Pink Floyd, this was going to be a movie to remember. Unfortunately, for lack of financing, it was never made. But hundreds of drawings and sketches from the project still survive, and they are animated for this inspiring new documentary. Equally animated is the ebullient Jodorowsky, now 85, who walks us through his visionary masterpiece that might have been (which nevertheless influenced Star Wars, Alien, and other sci-fi films that followed). Unmissable! Blu-ray. 90 min. jodorowskysdune.com  Jodorowsky’s latest film, The Dance of Reality, shows 7/18 & 19, and another documentary about an unfinished motion picture magnum opus, Persistence of Vision, shows 7/19 at 6:45.
 
Thursday, July 17, at 7:50 pm
ANITA: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
USA, 2013, Freida Lee Mock
Anita Hill, the outspoken law professor who brought sexual harassment charges against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings, is the subject of this acclaimed new film by Oscar-winning documentarian Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision). “Four stars…A sharp, stirring account of the 1991 Supreme Court Justice confirmation hearings that gripped and divided the nation.” –Time Out New York. Blu-ray. 95 min. anitahill-film.com
 
Friday, July 18, at 5:15 pm
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE
See 7/17 at 6:00 for description
 
Friday, July 18, at 7:00 pm &
Saturday, July 19, at 8:30 pm
THE DANCE OF REALITY
LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD
Chile/France, 2013, Alejandro Jodorowsky
The first feature in 23 years from the director of the cult classics El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre (see 7/17 at 6:00) is a triumph! The NY Times calls it "something very close to a masterpiece," and The Village Voice says it “may be Alejandro Jodorowsky's best film." The movie finds the octogenarian director, a self-proclaimed "psychomagician," returning to the coastal Chile of his childhood to tell a singularly strange tale of growing up. The result is a Spanish-language Amarcord that blends autobiography with metaphor, myth, and poetry, and teems with grotesque and colorful characters, surreal incidents, and indelible images. Essential viewing! "The work of a highly disciplined anarchist, whose principal weapon against authority is his own imagination." -The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 130 min. danceofrealitymovie.com
 
Friday, July 18, at 9:30 pm &
Saturday, July 19, at 5:00 pm
Still Looney After All These Years
LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 3: CHUCK JONES
USA, 1949-61, Chuck Jones, et al.
12 classic WB cartoons, most directed by the great Chuck Jones. Program includes Jones’ A Bear for Punishment (1951), Cheese Chasers (1951), Little Beau Pepé (1952), Rabbit Seasoning (1952), No Barking (1954), Stop! Look! And Hasten! (1954), What’s Opera, Doc? (1957), One Froggy Evening (1957), There They Go-Go-Go! (1956), and The Abominable Snow Rabbit (1961, co-directed by Maurice Noble); Arthur Davis’ Porky Chops (1949); and Friz Freleng’s Canned Food (1951). 35mm. 84 min.
 
Saturday, July 19, at 6:45 pm
PERSISTENCE OF VISION
Canada/UK/USA, 2012, Kevin Schreck
This account of what has been called “the greatest animated film never made” focuses on the three-decade effort of Richard Williams (Oscar-winning animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) to realize his dream project, The Thief and the Cobbler. This epic inspired by the Arabian Nights was ultimately taken out of Williams’ hands while still unfinished, and released in various bastardized versions around the world. Filmmaker Kevin Schreck tells the story behind this aborted magnum opus by weaving together mind-blowing animation, rare archival footage, and interviews with key artists who worked on the project. “Grade ‘A’…[A] Herculean accomplishment…A heartbreaking account of a thwarted animated masterpiece.” –Indiewire. “An amazing film about an amazing artist…If it plays near you, rush out and see Persistence of Vision.” –Bill Plympton. Ohio premiere. Blu-ray. 83 min. www.facebook.com/PersistenceOfVisionOfficialDocumentaryPage
 
Saturday, July 19, at 8:30 pm
THE DANCE OF REALITY
See 7/18 at 7:00 for description
 
JULY 24-26
 
Thursday, July 24, at 6:15 pm &
Friday, July 25, at 9:10 pm
MANAKAMANA
Nepal/USA, 2013, Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez
Nepalese pilgrims (and a few animals) travel by cable car to a mountaintop Hindu temple in this mesmerizing new observational film from Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab (Sweetgrass, Leviathan). The movie is constructed from a series of static 10-minute takes (the duration of both the mile-and-a-half journey skyward and the roll of 16mm film used to record each trip) which capture an assortment of male and female passengers as they float past a changing landscape, ascend through the clouds, and arrive at their destination. "Five stars (highest rating)...Manakamana is often funny, but it also possesses a serious and sublime spirituality... You could hardly ask for a more beautiful vision of souls in transit." -Time Out New York. "A haunting experience that requires patience but that offers spiritual, philosophical, and aesthetic rewards beyond the immediate power of words to describe." -Boston Globe. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 118 min. manakamanafilm.com
 
Thursday, July 24, at 8:30 pm
TWO BY RICHARD MYERS
USA, 1964-65, Richard Myers
In June longtime local independent filmmaker Richard Myers received the 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award. Tonight we present two of Myers’ earliest shot-in-NE-Ohio movies, each lasting a little over 20 minutes. First Time Here (1964) is a cautionary apocalyptic fantasy centered around an atomic bomb display at a carnival. When the film came out 50 years ago, legendary film critic Pauline Kael called it the “major discovery of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.” Coronation (1965) is an impressively elaborate low-budget surrealist spectacle in which the “crown” is passed from one generation to the next. George Manupelli of the Ann Arbor Film Festival called it “a film without a dull moment.” 16mm. Total 47 min. plus intermission. www.richardmysersfilms.com
 
Friday, July 25, at 5:30 pm &
Saturday, July 26, at 5:00 pm
Still Looney After All These Years
LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 4: TWEETY
USA, 1948-57, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones
12 classic WB cartoons, most with Tweety Bird. Program includes Friz Freleng’s Bugs Bunny Rides Again (1948), Kit for Cat (1948), Knights Must Fall (1949), Home, Tweet Home (1950), Tweety’s S.O.S. (1951), A Street Cat Named Sylvester (1953), Dog Pounded (1954), Dr. Jerkyl’s Hide (1954), Tugboat Granny (1956), and Tweety and the Beanstalk (1957); and Chuck Jones’ Beanstalk Bunny (1955) and The Bee-Deviled Bruin (1949). 35mm. 83 min.
 
Friday, July 25, at 7:15 pm &
Saturday, July 26, at 8:50 pm
YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL
JEUNE & JOLIE
France, 2013, François Ozon
The provocative new film from the director of Swimming Pool and In the House tells of an enigmatic and affectless French teenager (Marine Vacth in a star-making turn) who loses her virginity during a summer beach vacation, then secretly becomes a part-time call-girl after returning to Paris. With Charlotte Rampling. "Young & Beautiful continues the winning streak of a director with an especially acute understanding of desire." -The NY Times. Adults only! Cleveland theatrical premiere. Subtitles. 95 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/young-and-beautiful
 
Friday, July 25, at 9:10 pm
MANAKAMANA
See 7/24 at 6:15 for description
 
Saturday, July 26, at 5:00 pm
LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 4: TWEETY
See 7/25 at 5:30 for description
 
Saturday, July 26, at 6:45 pm
THE LUNCHBOX
DABBA
India/France/Germany/USA, 2013, Ritesh Batra
This major international crowd pleaser delineates an epistolary relationship between a lonely and reserved Mumbai accountant (Irrfan Khan) and the unknown woman who makes the delicious lunches (intended for her inattentive husband) that are delivered to him by mistake every day. Subtitles. 35mm. 104 min. www.thelunchboxmovie.com
 
Saturday, July 26, at 8:50 pm
YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL
See 7/25 at 7:15 for description
 
JULY 31 – AUGUST 2
 
Thursday, July 31, at 6:15 pm &
Saturday, August 2, at 5:00 pm
Still Looney After All These Years
LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 5: ROADRUNNER
USA, 1950-57, various directors
12 classic WB cartoons, four with Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. Program includes Chuck Jones’ The Wearing of the Grin (1951), Ready..Set..Zoom! (1955), Heaven Scent (1956), Zoom and Bored (1957), Whoa, Be-Gone! (1958), and Fastest with the Mostest (1960); Robert McKimson’s A Fractured Leghorn (1950), Rabbit’s Kin (1952), and Little Boy Boo (1954); and Friz Freleng’s Big House Bunny (1950), Bunker Hill Bunny (1950), and Greedy for Tweety (1957). 35mm. 81 min.
 
Thursday, July 31, at 7:55 pm &
Friday, August 1, at 9:15 pm
THE DOUBLE
Britain, 2013, Richard Ayoade
Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska star in the acclaimed new film by British comic actor and director Richard Ayoade, whose previous (and first) theatrical feature, Submarine, was one of the highlights of 2010. Based on a Dostoyevsky novella, The Double tells of a mousy office clerk, Simon James, who is startled to discover that his new co-worker, James Simon, looks exactly like him, but is as confident, charismatic, and popular as Simon is shy, timid, and lonely. "Richard Ayoade's breathtakingly realized oddity will appeal to fans of David Lynch and the comic surrealism of Terry Gilliam's Brazil.” -New York Post. Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 93 min. www.magpictures.com
 
Friday, August 1, at 5:30 pm &
Saturday, August 2, at 6:45 pm
A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ROMA
Canada, 2011, Aaron Yeger
The Roma people (Gypsies) comprise Europe's largest minority. The Nazis targeted them for extermination (along with the Jews) during Hitler's "Final Solution." Yet, 70 years after the end of WWII, this diasporic ethnic group still faces prejudice, institutionalized discrimination, and ethnic hatred from nationalists and resurgent white supremacists. This acclaimed new documentary profiles the Roma’s current—and historic—plight. "Profoundly unsettling and deeply moving." -Village Voice. Cleveland theatrical premiere. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 99 min. www.apeopleuncounted.com
 
Friday, August 1, at 7:30 pm &
Saturday, August 2, at 8:45 pm
BRASSLANDS
USA/Serbia and Montenegro, 2013, Meerkat Media Collective
This raucous music documentary focuses on the small Serbian village of Guča, home of the world's largest trumpet festival and competition. Among the 50,000 musicians and music fans descending upon the town for the 50th annual event are a Serbian brass band defending its title, a talented group of Roma Gypsies, and, for the first time ever, an upstart American band from NYC. How will Americans be received in a country that was bombed by the U.S. not that long ago? Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 82 min. brasslands.com
 
Friday, August 1, at 9:15 pm
THE DOUBLE
See 7/31 at 7:55 for description
 
Saturday, August 2, at 5:00 pm
LOONEY TUNES, PROGRAM 5: ROADRUNNER
See 7/31 at 6:15 for description
 
Saturday, August 2, at 6:45 pm
A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ROMA
See 8/1 at 5:30 for description
 
Saturday, August 2, at 8:45 pm
BRASSLANDS
See 8/1 at 7:30 for description
 
AUGUST 8-9
 
28TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
August 8 is the 28th anniversary of the Cinematheque’s first film screening at the Cleveland Institute of Art. To commemorate the occasion, we present two days’ worth of new and classic movies that should appeal to all hardcore film buffs.
 
Friday, August 8, at 5:15 pm &
Saturday, August 9, at 9:15 pm
WHAT IS CINEMA?
USA/France/Canada, 2013, Chuck Workman
In his new feature, Academy Award winner Chuck Workman (long known for his clip reels for the annual Oscars telecast) tackles a question asked by the late, legendary French film critic André Bazin: what is cinema? For answers, Workman conducted interviews with great living filmmakers like David Lynch and Mike Leigh and intercut their responses with archival interviews with deceased directors (Hitchcock, Bresson, et al.) as well as with 100+ film clips. What Is Cinema? will be preceded at showtime by Workman’s Oscar-winning 1986 masterpiece Precious Images, made for the 75th anniversary of the Director’s Guild of America. Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. Total 88 min. www.cohenmedia.net
 
Friday, August 8, at 7:00 pm
New Digital Restoration!
DIE NIBELUNGEN: SIEGFRIED
Germany, 1924, Fritz Lang
Germany has Bayreuth, but Cleveland has a new digital restoration of Fritz Lang's epic film version of the medieval Nordic legend that inspired Wagner's "Ring Cycle."  This two-part silent fantasy, the most elaborate and expensive German movie of its day, was co-written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou, with music by Gottfried Huppertz. (The three would also collaborate on Lang's next film, Metropolis.) Siegfried, the saga's magical first part, follows the pure, fearless titular hero as he slays a dragon and asks for the hand of Princess Kriemhild. The nightmarish second part, Kriemhild's Revenge (shown tomorrow night), chronicles the cataclysmic destruction wrought by the now blood-thirsty Kriemhild after she is grievously wronged by a rival tribe. With color tints and a new recording of the Huppertz score. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 149 min. (Part 1); 131 min. (Part 2). www.kinolorber.com Buy your ticket for both parts of Die Nibelungen at the same time and pay only $6 for Kriemhild’s Revenge.
 
Friday, August 8, at 9:45 pm
GOING ATTRACTIONS: THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF THE AMERICAN DRIVE-IN MOVIE
USA, 2014, April Wright
Five thousand drive-in theatres dotted the U.S. during the 1950s. Today only 400 survive. (Fortunately, northeast Ohio still has more than its share.) This new documentary traces the evolution of this venerable American institution from their postwar heyday, through the challenges posed by multiplexes and home video, to today’s tempting offers from predatory real estate developers. Includes shots of “ozoners” in North Ridgeville, Wadsworth, Warren, and Barberton, among others. With Roger Corman. Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 85 min. www.goingattractions.com
 
Saturday, August 9, at 5:00 pm
Grémillon in the Thirties
LITTLE LISE
LA PETITE LISE
France, 1930, Jean Grémillon
In the first sound film by the mostly unknown-and-unappreciated-in-America French master Jean Grémillon, a convict returns home from prison to discover that his daughter has turned to prostitution. Can he save her—and himself? This painterly movie with sparse dialogue “has the most impressive use of sound I know of,” according to film critic Fred Patton. Imported 35mm print from the Institut Français!. Subtitles. 84 min. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members, CIA I.D. holders, and age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, August 9, at 6:45 pm
New Digital Restoration!
DIE NIBELUNGEN: KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE
Germany, 1924, Fritz Lang
See 8/8 at 7:00 for description
 
Saturday, August 9, at 9:15 pm
WHAT IS CINEMA?
See 8/8 at 5:15 for description
 
AUGUST 15-16
 
Friday, August 15, at 5:15 pm &
Saturday, August 16, at 7:00 pm
A SUMMER’S TALE
CONTE D’ÉTÉ
France, 1996, Eric Rohmer
In this Eric Rohmer comedy that wasn’t released theatrically in America until just this year, a recent university graduate (Melvil Poupaud) vacationing on the Brittany coast becomes involved with two young local women while waiting for his sort-of girlfriend to join him. Part 3 of Rohmer’s “Tales of the Four Seasons” has a 93% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com. “The sunniest and funniest of Rohmer’s seasonal tales...Wonderfully witty...As suspenseful and manipulative as a classical farce.” –Time Out London. Imported 35mm color print from the Institut Français! Subtitles. 113 min. www.bigworldpictures.org
 
Friday, August 15, at 7:30 pm
World War I + 100
WOODEN CROSSES
LES CROIX DES BOIS
France, 1932, Raymond Bernard
We commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a little-known-in-America French masterpiece that is often called that country’s All Quiet on the Western Front. The film follows a patriotic student as he idealistically joins the French army, then experiences the harrowing, unheroic realities of trench warfare. Battle scenes from this WWI classic were repurposed in John Ford's The World Moves On (1934) and Howard Hawks' The Road to Glory (1936). With Pierre Blanchar, Charles Vanel. Antonin Artaud, et al. Subtitles. Format to be determined. 110 min.
 
Friday, August 15, at 9:40 pm &
Saturday, August 16, at 9:15 pm
MISS LOVELY
India, 2012, Ashim Ahluwalia
Here's a new kind of Indian movie, neither Bollywood nor Bengali art film. Set in the netherworld of Mumbai/Bombay's exploitation-movie industry during the 1980s, the film focuses on two brothers who secretly produce and peddle sleazy sex-horror flicks. Enter Pinky—an alluring and mysterious young ingenue who just may be their ticket out of the grindhouse ghetto. Part noir melodrama, part authentic period piece, this visually stunning work from a director steeped in American avant-garde cinema evokes Fassbinder, Scorsese, Oshima, Dario Argento, and others. "A shock to the system—An Indian film like I’ve never seen...Mesmerizing." -Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound. Cleveland theatrical premiere. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 113 min. www.miss-lovely.com
 
Saturday, August 16, at 5:30 pm
Grémillon in the Thirties
DAÏNAH LA MÉTISSE
France, 1932, Jean Grémillon
Jean Gremillon's second sound film offers an unflinching take on race and class. (Gaumont cut the film by a whopping 39 minutes when first released, and the footage has never been restored.) On an ocean liner where there's always music or a masked ball to occupy the wealthy passengers, the desirable Daïnah, mixed-race wife (métisse) of the ship's black magician, has a fateful encounter with a white engine mechanic (Charles Vanel). “One of the most mysterious, sultry and sombre tales ever made in France.” -Time Out Film Guide.  Imported 35mm print from the Institut Français! Subtitles. Preceded at 5:30 by Georges MélièsA Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la lune, France, 1902), the famous silent film in which the moon gets a rocket ship in the eye! We will show a 35mm print of the new color-tinted restoration that opened the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Total running time approx. 70 min. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members, CIA I.D. holders, and age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, August 16, at 7:00 pm
A SUMMER’S TALE
See 8/15 at 5:15 for description
 
Saturday, August 16, at 9:15 pm
MISS LOVELY
See 8/15 at 9:40 for description
 
AUGUST 21-24
 
Thursday, August 21, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, August 24, at 4:30 pm
New Digital Restoration!
THE FRESHMAN
USA, 1925, Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Harold Lloyd's most popular comedy of the 1920s finds the clueless, bespectacled boy-next-door doing whatever it takes to become popular on campus—even joining the college football team! Lloyd was one of the three great "clowns" of the American silent screen (along with Chaplin and Keaton), and The Freshman remains one of his funniest films! New music score by Carl Davis. Cleveland revival premiere. Blu-ray. 76 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Thursday, August 21, at 8:40 pm &
Sunday, August 24, at 8:25 pm
GO DOWN DEATH
USA, 2013, Aaron Schimberg
Step aside, David Lynch and Guy Maddin. Make room for Aaron Schimberg and his mysterious, malignant new amalgam of American Gothic, surrealism, frontier tall tale, and outsider art. Shot in black-and-white16mm, Go Down Death (which is based on folk tales by the fictional Jonathan Mallory Sinus) is an apocalyptic fable set in a crumbling village haunted by disease, superstition, and the supernatural, where prostitutes and johns inhabit a dingy brothel and soldiers and shape-shifting doctors wander about. "An astonishing, out-of-nowhere film…Amidst all the cookie-cutter indies, Aaron Schimberg’s Go Down Death casts a mysterious spell…Highly recommended." -Filmmaker Magazine.  Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 88 min. www.godowndeath.com
 
Friday, August 22, at 7:00 pm &
Saturday, August 23, at 7:00 pm
Special Uptown Screening!
DORMANT BEAUTY
BELLA ADDORMENTATA
Italy, 2012, Marco Bellocchio
Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty, Il Divo) and Isabelle Huppert star in the new film by master Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio (Good Morning, Night; My Mother's Smile). Inspired by the controversial Englaro case that polarized Italy in 2009 (the father of a young woman who had been in a coma for 17 years tried to get her legally taken off of life support), the movie tells four separate stories that revolve around euthanasia or reflect the Englaro affair: two young lovers take opposite sides on the issue, a famous actress attends to her coma-stricken daughter, a doctor falls in love with a sedated, suicidal drug addict, a legislator in Berlusconi's party anguishes over a vote outlawing mercy killing. “Marco Bellocchio is one of the great filmmakers of Italian cinema, and, still working at 74, he may be the greatest of those living. But his movies, when they're released in the States at all, come and go like zephyrs…Don't let this one slip through your fingers.” –Village Voice. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 114 min. www.emergingpictures.com/series/made-in-italy/ Shown in the Mandel Screening Room on the third floor of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Joseph McCullough Center, 11610 Euclid Ave.  Park free in the CIA lot on the east side of the building (off E. 117th St.), and enter the building through the east door. Security will direct you. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, August 22, at 9:15 pm &
Saturday, August 23, at 9:15 pm
Special Uptown Screening!
FILTH
UK, 2013, Jon S. Baird
James McAvoy, playing against type, is unforgettable as an amoral, sociopathic Scottish cop who will do anything (sex, drugs, back-stabbing, etc.) to win a departmental promotion. This lurid new adaptation of a novel by Irvine West (Trainspotting) co-stars Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent. "There’s in-yer-face cinema, and then there’s in-yer-face, down-yer-throat and throw-it-back-up-all-over-the-pavement cinema...You’ll be scraping this film out from under your fingernails for weeks." -Time Out London. "A hugely entertaining breath of foul air fueled by McAvoy's impressively ugly star performance." -The Hollywood Reporter. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland theatrical premiere. Blu-ray. 97 min. magnetreleasing.com/filth/  Shown in the Mandel Screening Room on the third floor of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Joseph McCullough Center, 11610 Euclid Ave.  Park free in the CIA lot on the east side of the building (off E. 117th St.), and enter the building through the east door. Security will direct you. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, August 23, at 7:00 pm
Special Uptown Screening!
DORMANT BEAUTY
See 8/22 at 7:00 for description & location
 
Saturday, August 23, at 9:15 pm
Special Uptown Screening!
FILTH
See 8/22 at 9:15 for description & location
 
Sunday, August 24, at 4:30 pm
THE FRESHMAN
See 8/21 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, August 24, at 6:30 pm
Grémillon in the Thirties
GUEULE D’AMOUR (LADY KILLER)
France, 1937, Jean Grémillon
The great Jean Gabin plays a dashing French Legionnaire who falls for a toxic femme fatale in this superb but neglected Grémillon melodrama that Village Voice film critic Elliott Stein called "the revelation" of a 17-film Gabin retrospective in NYC in 2002. Imported print from the Institut Français! Subtitles. 16mm. 94 min. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members, CIA I.D. holders, and age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, August 24, at 8:25 pm
GO DOWN DEATH
See 8/21 at 8:40 for description
 
AUGUST 28-31
 
Thursday, August 28, at 7:30 pm &
Sunday, August 31, at 8:35 pm
STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS
USA, 2013, Sam Fleischner
A 13-year-old Mexican-American boy with Asperger's syndrome wanders into the NYC subway system, losing himself for days in the cacophony, strangeness, and menace of the underground. Back home in Rockaway Beach, his undocumented mother frantically tries to locate him—as Hurricane Sandy approaches the city. This acclaimed, impressionistic, suspenseful indie drama may one day be remembered as one of the great New York movies. "Critic's Pick…A small miracle of a film." -The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. Some subtitles. Blu-ray. 102 min. www.oscilloscope.net/
 
Thursday, August 28, at 9:30 pm &
Friday, August 29, at 7:30 pm
ELENA
Brazil/USA, 2012, Petra Costa
In this lavishly praised new film, a Brazilian actress goes to NYC to discover what happened to her older sister Elena, who left Brazil for New York two decades earlier to become a dancer and movie star. Incorporating interviews, letters, diary entries, and rare video clips, this dreamy film is a delicate inquiry into one family's most intimate memories, secrets, and sorrows. "An elegiac cinematic essay that is both haunting and unforgettable." -The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 80 min. www.elenafilme.com/EN/
 
Friday, August 29, at 9:10 pm &
Saturday, August 30, at 7:05 pm
HORSES OF GOD
LES CHEVAUX DE DIEU
Morocco/Tunisia/Belgium/France, 2012, Nabil Ayouch
This powerful, affecting, and cinematic drama (which has a 100% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com as of 6/5) imagines how four young friends living in the slums of Morocco morphed into suicide bombers who participated in the notorious Casablanca bombings of 2003, during which 45 died. A multiple prizewinner at various international film festivals, this was also Morocco's official entry for this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. "One of the most forceful entries in a growing body of cinema that interrogates the causes and effects of terrorism, nationalism, and fundamentalism in the Arab world." -Salon.com. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 115 min. www.kinolorber.com
 
Saturday, August 30, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, August 31, at 6:30 pm
Jean Grémillon in the Thirties
THE STRANGE MONSIEUR VICTOR
L'ETRANGE MONSIEUR VICTOR
France, 1938, Jean Grémillon
In this noirish psychological suspense drama, a mild-mannered French businessman (Raimu) decides to cut his ties to local mobsters and clean up his act when his wife (Madeleine Renaud) gives birth to their first child. But his good intentions go awry when he inadvertently kills a man, and an innocent person (Pierre Blanchar) is convicted of the crime, rendering the shopkeeper confused and guilt-ridden. One of Grémillon’s greatest movies! Imported 35mm print from the Institut Français. Subtitles. 103 min. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members, CIA I.D. holders, and age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, August 30, at 7:05 pm
HORSES OF GOD
See 8/29 at 9:10 for description
 
Saturday, August 30, at 9:20 pm &
Sunday, August 31, at 4:30 pm
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER
USA, 2013, John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Vivian Maier (1926-2009), the mysterious Chicago woman who turned out to be one of America's great street photographers (100,000 unpublished photos and negatives, shot over five decades, were discovered after her death), is the subject of this new documentary that probes her secret life and prodigious output. "More connect-the-dots detective thriller than traditional doc...Unmasks a brilliant photographer who hid in plain sight for decades working as an eccentric French nanny." -Entertainment Weekly. Blu-ray. 83 min. www.findingvivianmaier.com
 
Sunday, August 31, at 6:30 pm
THE STRANGE MONSIEUR VICTOR
See 8/30 at 5:00 for descripton
 
Sunday, August 31, at 8:35 pm
STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS
See 8/28 at 7:30 for description

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