Monday, October 19, 2015

Cleveland Cinematheque Halloween, November, and December 2015 schedule

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]


The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque announces the films it will show during the eight weekends between October 29 and December 19, 2015. Forty-four different feature films (and one program of short films) will be screened in the Cinematheque’s new Peter B. Lewis Theater inside the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Gund Building at 11610 Euclid Avenue in University Circle’s Uptown District.
 
Among the highlights:
 
(1)    Three nights of Halloween-appropriate films on Oct. 29, 30, 31, including four films by the late French cult auteur Jean Rollin, a new feature by Guy Maddin, Ingmar Bergman’s terrifying HOUR OF THE WOLF, and a Halloween surprise movie.
(2)    Two films, BIG HERO 6 and SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, on which Cleveland Institute of Art grad Zack Petroc served as “model supervisor.” Petroc will appear in person to introduce BIG HERO 6 on November 6.
(3)    “Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road,” a 15-film retrospective devoted to the work of the great German filmmaker. Included are new digital restorations of ALICE IN THE CITIES, KINGS OF THE ROAD, THE AMERICAN FRIEND, WINGS OF DESIRE, and PARIS, TEXAS, as well as the five-hour director’s cut of Wenders’ “ultimate road movie” UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD.
(4)    “The Suzuki Method,” a series of eight films by Japan’s subversive stylist Seijun Suzuki, who enlivened the many B-movies he directed for Nikkatsu studio during the 1950s and 1960s with outlandish visuals, irreverent gags, unorthodox continuity, and surrealistic flourishes. In 1967 he was fired from Nikkatsu for making “incomprehensible” movies. He is now a major cult figure who is revered by Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar-wai, and others. Most of the films will be shown in 35mm prints from Japan.
(5)    Three silent films accompanied by Jeff Rapsis, one of New England’s top silent film musicians, making his Cleveland debut. On December 11 Rapsis will accompany a holiday program featuring Laurel & Hardy’s “Big Business” and Harry Langdon’s THREE’S A CROWD. And on December 12, he will play for Yasujiro Ozu’s Japanese classic PASSING FANCY.
 
The eight weeks will also see the exclusive Cleveland premiere showings of individual new films by some of the world’s major film makers, as well as assorted revived classics in new digital restorations or original 35mm film prints. The complete line-up is below.
 
Unless noted, admission to Cinematheque films is $9, Cinematheque members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $7. Free parking for filmgoers is available in two Cleveland Institute of Art lots located off of E. 117th Street: Lot 73 behind the building and the Annex lot on the other side of E. 117th. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450, visit cia.edu/cinematheque, or send an email to cinema@cia.edu. Cinematheque programs are supported by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
 

Two series:
 
WIM WENDERS: PORTRAITS ALONG THE ROAD (November 7 – December 13)
 
SAT        11/7       5:00 PM                THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK
SAT        11/7       7:00 PM                ALICE IN THE CITIES
SUN       11/8       6:30 PM                ALICE IN THE CITIES
SUN       11/8       8:40 PM                THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK
THU       11/12     6:45 PM                SHORT FILMS BY WIM WENDERS
SAT        11/14     8:45 PM                KINGS OF THE ROAD
SUN       11/15     6:30 PM                KINGS OF THE ROAD
SAT        11/21     6:50 PM                UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD: DIRECTOR’S CUT (PART 1)
SAT        11/21     9:25 PM                UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD: DIRECTOR’S CUT (PART 2)
SUN       11/22     3:30 PM                UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD: DIRECTOR’S CUT (PART 1)
SUN       11/22     6:30 PM                UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD: DIRECTOR’S CUT (PART 2)
SAT        11/28     6:50 PM                THE AMERICAN FRIEND
SUN       11/29     8:40 PM                THE AMERICAN FRIEND
SAT        12/5       8:35 PM                PARIS, TEXAS
SUN       12/6       3:30 PM                PARIS, TEXAS
SUN       12/6       6:30 PM                THE STATE OF THINGS
SAT        12/12     5:00 PM                TOKYO-GA
SAT        12/12     9:15 PM                WINGS OF DESIRE
SUN       12/13     3:45 PM                WINGS OF DESIRE
 
THE SUZUKI METHOD (November 14 – December 19)
 
SAT        11/14     5:00 PM                YOUTH OF THE BEAST
SAT        11/21     5:00 PM                TATTOOED LIFE
SAT        11/28     5:00 PM                FIGHTING ELEGY
SAT        12/5       5:00 PM                CARMEN FROM KAWACHI
SAT        12/5       6:50 PM                TOKYO DRIFTER
SUN       12/6       8:50 PM                TOKYO DRIFTER
THU       12/10     6:45 PM                KANTO WANDERER
FRI          12/11     9:30 PM                BRANDED TO KILL
SUN       12/13     6:30 PM                BRANDED TO KILL
SAT        12/19     5:00 PM                GATE OF FLESH
 
Complete schedule:
 
OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 1
 
Thursday, October 29, at 6:45 pm
Cinéma Fantastique: Jean Rollin
THE SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES
aka SEX AND THE VAMPIRE
LE FRISSON DES VAMPIRES
France, 1971, Jean Rollin
In one of Jean Rollin’s most inventive and erotic movies, a honeymooning couple stops at a castle to visit the bride’s cousins, only to learn that they’ve recently died. But actually they’re not dead; they’re undead, and they’re not alone. The young marrieds soon become targets of the fortress’s zombies. “Some of the most indelible poetic images and surrealist sequences of the horror cinema.” –Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog. “Visually a feast…Quite sexy.” –Time Out Film Guide. Adults only! Subtitles. Blu-ray. 95 min. www.kinolorber.com
 
Thursday, October 29, at 8:40 pm
Cinéma Fantastique: Jean Rollin
THE IRON ROSE
LA ROSE DE FER
France, 1973, Jean Rollin
In “Jean Rollin’s first authentic masterpiece” (Tim Lucas), a ballet dancer and a poet spend an afternoon exploring an ancient French graveyard, where they make love. But when evening falls and they find themselves trapped in the cemetery, even stranger things start to happen. Adults only! Subtitles. Blu-ray. 80 min. www.kinolorber.com
 
Friday, October 30, at 8:30 pm
Cinéma Fantastique: Jean Rollin
FASCINATION
France, 1971, Jean Rollin
In Jean Rollin’s stylish tale of bloodlust and outré sexuality set in 1905, a thief on the run from his vengeful gang hides out in a strange chateau inhabited only by two nubile bisexual chambermaids. But soon they are joined by a Marchioness and her all-female retinue, which might sound like heaven for the one man in their midst—but isn’t. European porn star Brigitte Lahaie stars in this movie that “is often recommended as the Rollin to see if you are seeing only one” (Dave Kehr, The NY Times). Adults only! Subtitles. Blu-ray. 81 min. www.kinolorber.com
 
Friday, October 30, at 10:10 pm
Cinéma Fantastique: Jean Rollin
LIPS OF BLOOD
LÈVRES DE SANG
France, 1975, Jean Rollin
In “one of Rollin’s most perfectly realized films” (Tim Lucas), a photograph of a castle triggers a long dormant memory in a young man. Soon he is escorted to this place by a beautiful and mysterious woman who is both apparition and protector, and his long repressed childhood dream of the chateau turns out to be a real-life nightmare. The Rough Guide to Film calls this atmospheric chiller “quintessential Rollin.” Adults only! Subtitles. Blu-ray. 87 min. www.kinolorber.com
 
Saturday, October 31, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, November 1, at 8:10 pm
Halloween at the Art House
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
Canada, 2015, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
“I’ve never taken LSD and wandered around a film archive, but I imagine the experience might be similar to The Forbidden Room.” So writes Jordan Hoffman in The Guardian about the crazy new feature by Canuck cinephiliac Guy Maddin (The Heart of the World, My Winnipeg). Maddin’s latest assault on sense and the senses is a compendium of absurdist mini-melodramas inspired by movies of the late-silent, early-sound era, and rendered in distressed visuals using the primitive, archaic techniques of that bygone time. (Maddin’s movies seem more “exhumed” than “released.”) The Forbidden Room treats viewers to a feverish, stream-of-consciousness series of nested narratives: a trapped submarine crew is running out of oxygen; a woodsman tries to rescue a kidnapped young woman; a tropical volcano hungers for a human sacrifice; a man undergoes a lobotomy to curb his butt-pinching proclivities; and more! This droll, funny, scary, strange work also has a dream supporting cast: Mathieu Amalric, Geraldine Chaplin, Udo Kier, Maria de Medeiros, and Charlotte Rampling, among others. “For cinephiles and aficionados of the singular, The Forbidden Room represents a very particular kind of feast.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 120 min. www.kinolorber.com
 
Saturday, October 31, at 7:30 pm
Halloween at the Art House
HOUR OF THE WOLF
VARGTIMMEN
Sweden, 1968, Ingmar Bergman
This visually dazzling psychological horror film by Ingmar Bergman focuses on a painter (Max von Sydow) who lives on a remote island with his pregnant wife (Liv Ullmann), and who is plagued by demons and nightmares. According to the film’s original American poster, the Hour of the Wolf “is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. The Hour of the Wolf is also the hour when most children are born.” With Erland Josephson and Ingrid Thulin; cinematography by Sven Nykvist. “A must for fans of horror and of Bergman. So good it makes you wish he had dabbled in the genre a bit more often.” –Kim Newman, Empire. Subtitles. 35mm. 88 min.
 
Saturday, October 31, at 9:20 pm
Halloween at the Art House
HALLOWEEN SURPRISE MOVIE
Trick or treat? A treat for sure—a classic horror movie, made during the last 40 years, that we have never screened at the Cinematheque and which will be shown in a rare 35mm archive print. We can’t divulge the title, but there’s now a good reason (aside from Halloween) to present this film, which was popular enough in its day to be followed by a sequel and later remade. No one under 18 admitted! Approx. 90 min.
 
Sunday, November 1, at 3:30 pm
Masterpieces of Polish Cinema
New Digital Restoration!
THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM
aka THE SANDGLASS
SANATORIUM POD KLEPSYDRĄ
Poland, 1973, Wojciech Has
We’ve extended our series “Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” to include one more film. The add-on is the other phantasmagorical head trip from the director of the cult masterpiece The Saragossa Manuscript. Based (like the Quay brothers’ Street of Crocodiles) on the writings of Bruno Schulz (1892-1942), The Hourglass Sanatorium tells of a young Jewish man whose visit to his ailing father in a remote, crumbling sanatorium soon devolves into a surreal journey through his own past, fears, and fantasies. “A two-hour continuous fantasia on the theme of a young Jew’s memories, childhood recollections, and complexes…A dazzling work, Has’s masterpiece.” –Int’l Film Guide 1975. Adults only! Subtitles. DCP. 124 min.
 
Sunday, November 1, at 6:30 pm
PARADISE IS THERE: A MEMOIR BY NATALIE MERCHANT
USA, 2015, Natalie Merchant
In her new video self-portrait, singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant looks back over her career and influences as she re-records her first solo album Tigerlilly for its 20th anniversary. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 80 min.
 
Sunday, November 1, at 8:10 pm
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
See 10/31 at 5:00 for description
 
NOVEMBER 5-8
 
Thursday, November 5, at 6:45 pm &
Saturday, November 7, at 9:10 pm
QUEEN OF EARTH
USA, 2015, Alex Ross Perry
Rising writer-director Alex Ross Perry follows his acclaimed comedy-dramas The Color Wheel and Listen Up Philip with a caustic, funny/chilling portrait of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Elisabeth Moss plays that woman, a budding basket case whose father has committed suicide and whose lover has dumped her. She retreats to the lakeside house of her best friend (Katherine Waterston of Inherent Vice). But the bucolic setting does not provide the needed rest and recuperation. “An unnerving, acidly funny work that fosters an acute air of dread without ever fully announcing itself as a horror movie.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 90 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/queen-of-earth
 
Thursday, November 5, at 8:35 pm &
Friday, November 6, at 9:15 pm
SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
USA/UK/Italy, 2004, Kerry Conran
The film that radically changed the way movies were made in Hollywood was itself a box office flop. This art deco action-adventure, in which giant flying robots attack 1939 New York City, was created entirely on blue screen, with its big-name stars (Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie) inserted later. The result is a retro-futuristic marvel that, at the time, looked like no other movie. (First time director Kerry Conran called it “Raiders of the Lost Ark filtered through Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.”) It also digitally resurrected the late Laurence Olivier. Cleveland Institute of Art alum Zack Petroc, who appears in person with Big Hero 6 on 11/6, was model supervisor on this groundbreaking fantasy—his entrée into the film industry. 35mm. 106 min.
 
Friday, November 6, at 7:00 pm
Zack Petroc introduces
BIG HERO 6
USA, 2014, Don Hall, Chris Williams
Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Zack Petroc was the model supervisor on this Oscar-winning Disney animated gem, in which a young technology prodigy, aided by a large inflatable robot, turns his nerdy friends into do-gooding superheroes. Petroc will appear in person to introduce tonight’s screening of this delightful film that overflows with both humor and heart. 2D DCP. 102 min. Another film on which Zack Petroc served as model supervisor, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, shows on 11/5 & 6.
 
Friday, November 6, at 9:15 pm
SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
See 11/5 at 8:35 for description
 
Saturday, November 7, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, November 8, at 8:40 pm
New 4K Digital Restoration!
Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road
THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK
DIE ANGST DES TORMANNS BEIM ELFMETER
West Germany/Austria, 1972, Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders’ first non-student feature, based on a novel by Peter Handke (who co-wrote the screenplay), tells of an aging, angst-ridden, veteran goalkeeper who freezes while a penalty shot is scored. His alienation from soccer soon spreads to other aspects of his existence, and desperation gives way to much worse. This spare, hypnotic, strikingly beautiful movie was shot in color by the great Robby Müller. “Of all the films I’ve seen by Germans of this generation, [this is] the film I like best.” –Stanley Kauffmann. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 101 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Saturday, November 7, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, November 8, at 6:30 pm
New Digital Restoration!
Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road
ALICE IN THE CITIES
ALICE IN DEN STÄDTEN
West Germany, 1974, Wim Wenders
A blocked German photojournalist (Rüdiger Vogler), visiting America for a story, becomes saddled with an inquisitive nine-year-old German girl, Alice, on his way back to Europe. On the continent they search for Alice’s grandmother, with only a photograph of her front door to guide them. Wenders’ early road movie is one of his most charming and poetic works. Cinematography by Robby Müller. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 110 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Saturday, November 7, at 9:10 pm
QUEEN OF EARTH
See 11/5 at 6:45 for description
 
Sunday, November 8, at 4:15 pm
BLIND
Norway/Netherlands, 2014, Eskil Vogt
A newly blind woman in her 30s, holed up in the familiar high rise apartment she shares with her architect husband, finds her erotic fantasy life taking over her perceptions. This acclaimed movie is the first film written and directed by the co-writer of Joachim Trier’s Reprise and Oslo, August 31. It’s a playful, mischievous, puzzling work that shuffles the objective and the subjective. “Critics’ pick...A dreamy, dour fusion of Charlie Kaufman and Ingmar Bergman. Its few flashes of wry humor are outweighed by mystically beautiful images.” –The NY Times. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 96 min. www.kimstim.com
 
Sunday, November 8, at 6:30 pm
ALICE IN THE CITIES
See 11/7 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, November 8, at 8:40 pm
THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK
See 11/7 at 5:00 for description
 
NOVEMBER 12-15
 
Thursday, November 12, at 6:45 pm
New Digital Restorations!
Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road
SHORT FILMS BY WIM WENDERS
West Germany, 1968-82, Wim Wenders
Five early shorts that Wim Wenders made during film school or for television, plus one made during his problem-plagued production of Hammett for Francis Coppola. Program includes: Same Player Shoots Again (1968); Silver City Revisited (1969); Police Film (1969); Alabama – 2000 Light Years (1970); 3 American LPs (1969); and Reverse Angle (1982). DCP. Total 99 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Thursday, November 12, at 8:45 pm &
Saturday, November 14, at 6:55 pm
EXPERIMENTER
USA, 2015, Michael Almereyda
Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder star in this acclaimed drama inspired by a notorious experiment conducted by Yale social psychologist Stanley Milgram in 1961. Milgram demonstrated that ordinary people would administer electric shocks to distressed strangers if ordered to do so by an authority figure. With Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Jim Gaffigan, et al. “A kind of cinematic Rorschach test, prodding viewers to consider what they would do if sitting in the same seat as Milgram's subjects.” –Screen Int’l. Cleveland theatrical premiere. DCP. 90 min. www.magpictures.com
 
NO FILMS FRI., 11/13
 
Saturday, November 14, at 5:00 pm
The Suzuki Method
YOUTH OF THE BEAST
YAJÛ NO SEISHUN
Japan, 1963, Seijun Suzuki
Seijun Suzuki’s breakthrough film was this hyperbolic yakuza thriller about a man who infiltrates two rival Tokyo gangs and pits them against each other. “You’ll need to sit well back from the startling visuals, the outré designs and the florid action.” –Tony Rayns. 35mm color & scope print! Subtitles. 91 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, November 14, at 6:55 pm
EXPERIMENTER
See 11/12 at 8:45 for description
 
Saturday, November 14, at 8:45 pm &
Sunday, November 15, at 6:30 pm
New 4K Digital Restoration!
Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road
KINGS OF THE ROAD
IM LAUF DER ZEIT
West Germany, 1976, Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders’ masterful road movie stars Rüdiger Vogler as a traveling motion picture projector repairman who meets up one day with a bereft child psychologist (Hans Zischler) who has wrecked his car. Together they traverse rural West Germany along the East German border, trying to find themselves amid the cultural desolation. Cinematography by Robby Müller. “A film of great depth and beauty, and its black and white photography is worthy of comparison with John Ford's.” –Roger Ebert. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 175 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. www.janusfilms.com
 
Sunday, November 15, at 3:30 pm
THE CUT
Germany/France/Italy/Russia/Poland/Canada/Turkey/Jordan, 2014, Fatih Akin
Prominent Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin (In July, Head-On) commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide with this expansive historical epic. An Armenian man from a small town in the Ottoman Empire is separated from his wife and twin daughters when the Ottomans enter WWI, but he survives the mass killings of 1915. After the war he hears that his daughters are still alive, so he embarks on an epic quest to Cuba and America to find them. “Has great intensity, beauty and sweeping grandeur.” –Martin Scorsese. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 138 min. www.strandreleasing.com
 
Sunday, November 15, at 6:30 pm
KINGS OF THE ROAD
See 11/14 at 8:45 for description
 
NOVEMBER 19-22
 
Thursday, November 19, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, November 20, at 9:15 pm
IRRATIONAL MAN
USA, 2014, Woody Allen
Despite generally mixed reviews and disappointing box office results, this fleet, philosophical new film by Woody Allen is one of his best recent movies. Joaquin Phoenix plays a tormented college professor—and campus heartthrob—who becomes involved with both a student (Emma Stone) and an older colleague (Parker Posey) but finds real clarity and purpose when he decides to commit a morally reprehensible “meaningful act” that he feels will bring some justice and happiness into the world. 4K DCP. 95 min. www.sonyclassics.com/irrationalman/
 
Thursday, November 19, at 8:40 pm &
Friday, November 20, at 7:30 pm
WELCOME TO LEITH
USA, 2015, Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker
In 2012, a notorious white supremacist tried to take over a distressed North Dakota small town, buying up property to establish an ultra-right-wing settlement there. His push, and the community’s push back, are captured in this chilling documentary that The Hollywood Reporter called “a nail-biter from start to finish.” Cleveland premiere. DCP. 85 min. www.welcometoleithfilm.com
 
Friday, November 20, at 9:15 pm
IRRATIONAL MAN
See 11/19 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, November 21, at 5:00 pm
The Suzuki Method
TATTOOED LIFE
IREZUMI ICHIDAI
Japan, 1965, Seijun Suzuki
A yakuza hit man and his peace-loving younger brother, an artist, flee to the Japanese countryside after a betrayal and a murder. They take construction jobs, but the art student becomes dangerously obsessed with doing nude studies of their boss’s wife. This 1920s-set thriller boasts an over-the-top finale that sees the screen go entirely red at one point. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 87 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, November 21, at 6:50 pm &
Sunday, November 22, at 3:30 pm
New 4K Digital Restoration!
Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road
UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD: DIRECTOR’S CUT (PART 1)
BIS ANS ENDE DER WELT
Germany/France/Australia/USA, 1991, Wim Wenders
Shot in 15 cities on four continents and intended as his Ultimate Road Movie, Wim Wenders’ all-star sci-fi epic proved a critical and commercial flop in the 158-min. version released in 1991. But here’s his intended 295-min. cut, which we’ve wanted to show for 24 years! Set in 1999, the film stars William Hurt as a man with a revolutionary camera that can help the blind see. On the run from the CIA, he meets another fugitive (Solveig Dommartin of Wings of Desire) with whom he crisscrosses the globe on his way to his father’s research facility in Australia. The all-star supporting cast includes David Byrne, Allen Garfield, David Gulpilil, Jeanne Moreau, Sam Neill, Max von Sydow, Rüdiger Vogler, Tom Waits, and Chishu Ryu. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 132 min. www.janusfilms.com Special admission to the whole five-hour film $14; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $10; tickets to both parts must be purchased at the same time. Regular admission fees apply to tickets for individual parts. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, November 21, at 9:25 pm &
Sunday, November 22, at 6:30 pm
UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD: DIRECTOR’S CUT (PART 2)
See 11/21 at 6:50 for description. 155 min.
 
Sunday, November 22, at 3:30 pm
UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD: DIRECTOR’S CUT (PART 1)
See 11/21 at 6:50 for description
 
Sunday, November 22, at 6:30 pm
UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD: DIRECTOR’S CUT (PART 2)
See 11/21 at 9:25 for description
 
NOVEMBER 26-29
 
NO FILMS 11/26 & 27;
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
 
Saturday, November 28, at 5:00 pm
The Suzuki Method
FIGHTING ELEGY
KENKA EREJÎ
Japan, 1966, Seijun Suzuki
A high school student in 1935 Japan turns to fighting when he is unable to express his feelings for a virginal young girl. An antimilitarist masterpiece! 35mm scope print! Subtitles. 86 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, November 28, at 6:50 pm &
Sunday, November 29, at 8:40 pm
New 4K Digital Restoration!
Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road
THE AMERICAN FRIEND
DER AMERIKANISCHE FREUND
West Germany/France, 1977, Wim Wenders
In Wim Wenders’ terrific neo-noir thriller based on Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game, an enigmatic American living in Hamburg (Dennis Hopper) tries to coerce a terminally ill German picture framer (Bruno Ganz) into becoming a hired assassin. Cinematography by Robby Müller. “The best acted, the most beautifully photographed, the most exciting and entertaining work of the New German Cinema yet to be shown in this country.” –David Denby. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 127 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Saturday, November 28, at 9:20 pm &
Sunday, November 29, at 3:45 pm
New Digital Restoration!
RIFIFI
DU RIFIFI CHEZ LES HOMMES
France, 1954, Jules Dassin
Here’s a new digital restoration of the granddaddy of all caper/heist movies, made in France by American Jules Dassin when he was blacklisted in the U.S. A motley bunch of Paris jewel thieves band together for one big job, then experience a falling out over the loot. This classic is most famous for its wordless, 30-min. robbery sequence. “The best film noir I have ever seen.” –François Truffaut. Cleveland revival premiere. 115 min. www.rialtopictures.com
 
Sunday, November 29, at 6:30 pm
COUNTING
USA, 2015, Jem Cohen
Jem Cohen’s first feature since his sublime Museum Hours is a poetic collection of shots and scenes captured in cities from New York to Moscow to Istanbul and arranged in 15 chapters. This combination city symphony, film diary, essay film, and polemic finds the inveterate, itinerant independent NYC filmmaker doing what he does best: capturing the world through his unique lens. “This is the kind of contemplative cinematheque piece that washes pleasurably over you, inviting the viewer to tune in or out, to free-associate or locate the subtle connections and recurring themes as Cohen trains his restless, inquisitive gaze on faces and features that represent a wide spectrum of life.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 111 min. www.cinemaguild.com
 
Sunday, November 29, at 8:40 pm
THE AMERICAN FRIEND
See 11/28 at 6:50 for description
 
DECEMBER 3-6
 
Thursday, December 3, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, December 4, at 9:20 pm
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND
UNE NOUVELLE AMIE
France, 2014, François Ozon
The subversive new film by François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House) begins with the untimely death of a beautiful young wife and mother. At the funeral, her best friend vows to watch over the deceased’s infant daughter and widowed husband (Romain Duris). But she soon discovers that the husband leads a shocking secret life. From a Ruth Rendell story. “An air of Hitchcockian menace and free-floating sexual perversity is by now nothing new for François Ozon, but rarely has this French master analyzed the cracks in his characters’ bourgeois facades to such smooth and pleasurable effect.” -Variety. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. DCP. 109 min. cohenmedia.net/films/the-new-girlfriend
 
Thursday, December 3, at 8:55 pm &
Friday, December 4, at 7:30 pm
BREATHE
RESPIRE
France, 2014, Mélanie Laurent
The second film directed by French actress Mélanie Laurent (best known for her role in Inglorious Basterds) charts the relationship between a 17-year-old French schoolgirl and a rebellious and charismatic new transfer student. Their platonic friendship soon grows toxic, and tenderness gives way to terror. “A compelling, superbly acted portrait of an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 91 min. www.filmmovement.com
 
Friday, December 4, at 9:20 pm
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND
See 12/3 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, December 5, at 5:00 pm
The Suzuki Method
CARMEN FROM KAWACHI
KAWACHI KARUMEN
Japan, 1966, Seijun Suzuki
Loosely inspired by the French opera, this sardonic sex comedy tells of a seductive young Japanese woman who moves from her sordid small town to Osaka, where she takes a string of demeaning, exploitative jobs: bar hostess, fashion model, kept woman, porn actress. Suzuki’s eye and methods are as unorthodox and outrageous as ever. Subtitles. 35mm. 89 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, December 5, at 6:50 pm &
Sunday, December 6, at 8:50 pm
The Suzuki Method
New Digital Restoration!
TOKYO DRIFTER
TOKYO NAGAREMONO
Japan, 1966, Seijun Suzuki
Seijun Suzuki’s wildest color film is a breathtaking action masterpiece about a lone yakuza caught up in gang warfare. But the plot is just a pretext for Suzuki’s true purpose—the shattering of genre conventions with flashy camerawork, dark comedy, and expressionistic flourishes. In this movie, wind and lightning erupt out of nowhere to enhance dramatic effect. Seasons are scrambled. A nightclub is rendered all white in order to offset the inevitable pools of blood that will appear there. Topping it all off is a heavy dose of retro-cool, 1960s pop culture artifacts (sun glasses, Sans-A-Belt slacks, etc.). “One of the most brilliant genre movies ever made.” -Tony Rayns. Subtitles. DCP. 83 min. www.janusfilms.com Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, December 5, at 8:35 pm &
Sunday, December 6, at 3:30 pm
Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road
New Digital Restoration!
PARIS, TEXAS
West Germany/France/UK/USA, 1984, Wim Wenders
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, Wim Wenders’ drama stars Harry Dean Stanton as an amnesiac, missing and wandering for four years, who seeks reconciliation with his young son and estranged wife (Nastassja Kinski). Written by L. M. Kit Carson and Sam Shepard; music by Ry Cooder; cinematography by Robby Müller. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 148 min. www.janusfilms.com Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, December 6, at 6:30 pm
Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road
New 4K Digital Restoration!
THE STATE OF THINGS
DER STANDE DER DINGE
West Germany/Portugal/USA/France/Spain/Netherlands/UK, 1982, Wim Wenders
A respected European filmmaker (Patrick Bauchau) shooting an American remake of a low-budget science fiction film finds himself, his cast, and his crew stranded on a remote Portuguese location while the movie’s nutty producer (Allen Garfield) drives around L.A. in a motor home looking for money to finish the picture. Wim Wenders’ bleak and funny view of the movie industry—made while the production of his own American film Hammett was stalled—won the top prize at the 1982 Venice Film Festival. With Sam Fuller and Viva. Cleveland revival premiere. In English. DCP. 121 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Sunday, December 6, at 8:50 pm
TOKYO DRIFTER
See 12/5 at 6:50 for description
 
DECEMBER 10-13
 
Thursday, December 10, at 6:45 pm
The Suzuki Method
KANTO WANDERER
KANTÔ MUSHUKU
Japan, 1963, Seijun Suzuki
In this visually dazzling yakuza thriller, two lovesick killers, torn between lust and loyalty, rebel against their own gangs. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 92 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Thursday, December 10, at 8:40 pm &
Sunday, December 13, at 8:20 pm
IN THE BASEMENT
IM KELLER
Austria, 2014, Ulrich Seidl
What do people do in the privacy of their own basements? You may not want to know! The latest ethnographic exposé and shocker from inveterate button pusher Ulrich Seidl (Animal Love, Import/Export, the Paradise trilogy) shows that certain subterranean dens are furnished with more than workbenches, washing machines, and wet bars—at least in Austria. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 81 min. www.strandreleasing.com
 
Friday, December 11, at 7:30 pm
A Special Event!
Silent Film with Live Music!
Jeff Rapsis accompanies
THREE’S A CROWD
USA, 1927, Harry Langdon
New Hampshire-based pianist Jeff Rapsis is one of the busiest silent film musicians in New England (and beyond)! Tonight he makes his Cleveland debut by scoring and accompanying two silent comedy classics in a special holiday program. Three’s a Crowd was the directorial debut of Harry Langdon, the baby-faced comedian who is considered the fourth great clown (after Chaplin, Keaton, and Harold Lloyd) of the American silent screen. Langdon also stars in the picture, a little-known, under-rated, Chaplinesque mix of comedy and pathos. It tells of a lovelorn man who, one cold and snowy night, takes in a pregnant woman who has walked out on her hard-drinking husband. He cares for this outcast and her child as if they were his own family. “Worthy of Beckett, rivals the best of Chaplin…THE unjustly maligned, hopelessly misunderstood, dark horse masterpiece of silent cinema. –Alfred Eaker. 35mm. 63 min. Preceded at 7:30 by Laurel and Hardy’s celebrated 19-min. short “Big Business” (USA, 1929, dir. J. Wesley Horne, Leo McCarey), in which Stan and Ollie play door-to-door Christmas tree salesmen who deal badly with an unsatisfied customer (James Finlayson). jeffrapsis.com Special admission $12; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Jeff Rapsis accompanies another silent film tomorrow night at 6:55 pm.
 
Friday, December 11, at 9:30 pm &
Sunday, December 13, at 6:30 pm
The Suzuki Method
New Digital Restoration!
BRANDED TO KILL
KOROSHI NO RAKUIN
Japan, 1967, Seijun Suzuki
The film that got director Seijun Suzuki fired from Nikkatsu studio (for making “incomprehensible” movies) is frequently cited as his greatest achievement. Its ardent fans include Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar-wai, and John Woo, and it has been variously hailed as an absurdist masterpiece, an avant-garde classic, and a stylistic precursor to the Japanese New Wave. The movie is an extreme and flamboyant yakuza thriller in which the hitman regarded as Tokyo’s Number Three Killer gives his all to become Number One. Subtitles. DCP. 91 min. www.janusfilms.com Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, December 12, at 5:00 pm
Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road
New Digital Restoration!
TOKYO-GA
USA/West Germany, 1985, Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders pays tribute to one of his idols—master Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963)—in this self-described “diary on film.” Wenders journeys to Japan to interview Ozu’s  perennial star Chishu Ryu and his longtime cameraman Yuharu Atsuda, while also musing on aspects of modern Japanese life. Wonderful! Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 92 min. www.janusfilms.com See next blurb for a film directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
 
Saturday, December 12, at 6:55 pm
A Special Event!
Silent Film with Live Music!
Jeff Rapsis accompanies
PASSING FANCY
DEKIGOKORU
Japan, 1933, Yasujiro Ozu
Composer and pianist Jeff Rapsis (see 12/11 at 7:30) accompanies one of Yasujiro Ozu’s last—and best—silent films. Winner of Japan’s Kinema Junpo Award for best film of 1933, Passing Fancy is a touching tale of a poor, widowed, illiterate, middle-aged (but warm-hearted) brewery worker, his feisty 8-year-old son whom he is raising alone, and a young woman who comes between them. With Chishu Ryu. Subtitles. 35mm. 103 min. jeffrapsis.com Special admission $12; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, December 12, at 9:15 pm &
Sunday, December 13, at 3:30 pm
Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road
New Digital Restoration!
WINGS OF DESIRE
DER HIMMEL ÜBER BERLIN
West Germany/France, 1987, Wim Wenders
“A sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times” is what Variety called Wim Wenders’ exhilarating, magical tale of an angel (Bruno Ganz) whose love for a beautiful trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin) allows him to become human. One of the most beloved modern movies, Wenders’ haunting love story, filmed in a richly expressive mix of black and white and color, is a serene hymn to humanity. With Peter Falk; co-written by Peter Handke. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 130 min. www.janusfilms.com Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, December 13, at 6:30 pm
BRANDED TO KILL
See 12/11 at 9:30 for description
 
Sunday, December 13, at 8:20 pm
IN THE BASEMENT
See 12/10 at 8:40 for description
 
DECEMBER 18-19
 
Friday, December 18, at 7:00 pm
World War I + 100
A LITTLE PRINCESS
USA, 1995, Alfonso Cuarón
Before he made Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, and Gravity, the great Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón made this lovely, little-seen adaptation of a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden). It tells of a privileged 10-year-old girl, raised in India by her British father, who is sent to live in a lavish New York City boarding school when her father goes off to World War I. But this popular student soon butts heads with the school’s stern headmistress (Eleanor Bron), and a sudden reversal of fortune makes her life even more miserable. A rare chance to see one of the most overlooked treasures of the past two decades on the big screen! Rated G. 35mm. 97 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, December 18, at 9:00 pm
TANGERINE
USA, 2015, Sean Baker
In this delightful, energetic comedy set in Tinseltown on Christmas Eve, a trans woman sex worker (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez), back on the streets after 28 days in prison, goes ballistic when she learns that her pimp boyfriend cheated on her while she was locked up (and with a heterosexual female no less). She storms off looking for this “bitch,” and in the process others (her trans BFF, an Armenian cab driver, an Asian donut shop owner, et al.) are unwittingly sucked into the vortex of her fury. This is one of the best reviewed—and best—movies of 2015, and it was shot completely on an iPhone 5s!  “Jumps off the screen and wows you like nobody’s business…A groundbreaking film that leaves you in stitches while quietly breaking your heart…A visually innovative knockout that grabs you from the first frame.” –Rolling Stone. Adults only! East Side Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 88 min. www.magpictures.com
 
Saturday, December 19, at 5:00 pm
The Suzuki Method
GATE OF FLESH
NIKUTAI NO MON
Japan, 1964, Seijun Suzuki
Seijun Suzuki’s soft-porn masterpiece is a lurid, anti-American tale of prostitutes and black marketeers in the bombed-out slums of postwar Tokyo. In another’s hands, this subject might have called for black and white cinematography and a gritty newsreel aesthetic (à la Italian neorealism). But Suzuki employs garish colors and cinemascope to heighten the harshness of his vision—“like the blush and lipstick in a funeral home that somehow make the dead look even deader” (David Chute). Subtitles. 35mm. 90 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, December 19, at 6:50 pm
FANNY AND ALEXANDER
FANNY OCH ALEXANDER
Sweden, 1982, Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman’s sumptuous family epic is a magnificent summation of the themes (love and loneliness; dreams and nightmares; pain and ecstasy; God and emptiness; reality and illusion; theatre and cinema) that preoccupied the great filmmaker throughout his long career. Set in early 20th-century Sweden, the film focuses on a young brother and sister who must leave the bosom of their warm and loving theatrical family for a severe, Spartan existence with a stern minister, their mother’s new husband. Winner of four Oscars, Fanny and Alexander is alternately a dazzling Christmas pageant, a harrowing horror film, a magical-realist mystery, and a generous celebration of family and friends. The stunningly beautiful color cinematography is by the late, great Sven Nykvist. “Bergman’s most optimistic film…Pure enchantment…Comedy, tragedy, romance, realism and fantasy blend into a perfect evocation of childhood, place and period…A superlative culmination of (Bergman’s) 37 years as one of the cinema’s greatest artists.” –Holt Foreign Film Guide. Subtitles. 35mm. 188 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
NO FILMS DEC. 20 – JAN. 6;
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
 

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