Friday, February 26, 2016

Cleveland Cinematheque March/April 2016 schedule

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

Four classic films with celebrated scores by Italian film composer Ennio Morricone will show between March 5 and 26 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. The series “Morricone the Master” will run over four weekends, in between a host of other screenings of major new international films and film classics in digital restorations or retro 35mm prints.
 
Morricone, who was born in 1928, is one of history’s most influential film composers. His scores for Sergio Leone are legendary, his soundtrack for The Mission has been called the greatest ever, and the beloved Cinema Paradiso would lose much of its sentimental appeal without his lyrical music. Often employing unusual instruments as well as the human voice, Morricone has worked for a multitude of major filmmakers: Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Bernardo Bertolucci, John Boorman, Brian De Palma, Terrence Malick, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roman Polanski, Gillo Pontecorvo, and Franco Zeffirelli, to name just a few. Incredibly, he has never won a real Oscar (though he did get an honorary Academy Award for career achievement in 2007). But he is nominated again this year (for his insinuating score for The Hateful Eight). Given his five previous Oscar nominations, six-decade career, and 500+ scores for movies and TV shows, he’s got to be the favorite to win the statuette.
 
SAT        3/5         8:10 PM                THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
THU       3/10       8:20 PM                THE UNTOUCHABLES
SUN       3/13       8:05 PM                THE UNTOUCHABLES
SAT        3/19       7:00 PM                THE MISSION
SAT        3/26       7:15 PM                CINEMA PARADISO
 
Admission to each of the Morricone films is $10; Cinematheque members, those with CIA or CSU I.D.’s, and those age 25 & under $8. However, regular admission to most Cinematheque films is still $9; members, CIA/CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $7. Exceptions are noted below.
 
All March-April films will show in the state-of-the-art Peter B. Lewis Theater inside the new Cleveland Institute of Art building at 11610 Euclid Avenue in the Uptown District of University Circle. Free parking for filmgoers is available in two Institute lots accessed from E. 117th Street: Lot 73 behind the building and the Annex Lot across E. 117th. For further information, visit cia.edu/Cinematheque, call Tim Harry or John Ewing at (216) 421-7450, or send an email to cinema@cia.edu.
 
Below is a complete listing of the Cinematheque’s March-April offerings. Cinematheque programs are supported by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

MARCH 3-7
 
NO FILMS, THU. 3/3
 
Friday, March 4, at 7:30 pm &
Sunday, March 6, at 4:15 pm
THE TREASURE
COMOARA
Romania/France, 2015, Corneliu Porumboiu
The acclaimed new film from the celebrated Romanian director of 12:08 East of Bucharest and Police, Adjective has been described as “a deadpan caper comedy” (Variety). In it, a young Bucharest family man agrees to help his destitute neighbor search for treasure that is reputedly buried on the grounds of his late grandfather’s country estate. “A subtle adventure of thwarted ambitions and hidden dreams.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 89 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-treasure
 
Friday, March 4, at 9:20 pm &
Sunday, March 6, at 7:50 pm
David Bowie, 1947-2016
New Digital Restoration!
Complete, Uncut Version!
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
Britain, 1976, Nicolas Roeg
The late David Bowie plays an alien searching for water for his drought-stricken planet in this cult sci-fi film that was initially released in the U.S. in a heavily-abridged version. (We will show the complete, original cut.) The film follows the E.T. as he lands in the American Southwest, conceals his identity, and proceeds to build a huge corporate empire. Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn co-star in this ambitious, visually-stunning work from the director of Performance and Don’t Look Now. No one under 18 admitted! DCP. 139 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. www.rialtopictures.com
 
Saturday, March 5, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, March 6, at 6:30 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
ZERO FOR CONDUCT
ZÉRO DE CONDUITE
France, 1933, Jean Vigo
Four boys organize an uprising at a repressive French boarding school in this lyrical, anarchic short feature that was banned in France from 1933 to 1945 and inspired Lindsay Anderson’s 1968 anti-establishment classic If…  Jean Vigo also directed L’Atalante before his death at 29. Preceded at showtime by François Truffaut’s 18-min. Les Mistons (The Mischief Makers, France, 1958), a formative French New Wave classic that Truffaut regarded as his first “real” film. Bernadette Lafont stars. Subtitles. Total approx. 65 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, March 5, at 6:25 pm
New Digital Restoration!
THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT
UK, 1951, Alexander Mackendrick
Alec Guinness stars in one of the great Ealing comedies—a sci-fi satire about a British chemist who invents a space age white fabric that repels dirt and never wears out. Despite this breakthrough, he soon runs afoul of both capitalists and labor unions. From the director of The Ladykillers and Sweet Smell of Success. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 85 min.
 
Saturday, March 5, at 8:10 pm
Morricone the Maestro
New Digital Restoration!
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO
Italy/Spain, 1966, Sergio Leone
The most famous of all spaghetti Westerns is set during the Civil War. Three desperadoes—a bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef), a bandito (Eli Wallach), and a mysterious Man with No Name (Clint Eastwood)—battle each other and the U.S. Army for a cache of buried Confederate gold. Ennio Morricone’s score is legendary. Restored, uncut version! In English. DCP. 180 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, March 6, at 4:15 pm
THE TREASURE
See 3/4 at 7:30 for description
 
Sunday, March 6, at 6:30 pm
ZERO FOR CONDUCT & LES MISTONS
See 3/5 at 5:00 for description
 
Sunday, March 6, at 7:50 pm
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
See 3/4 at 9:20 for description
 
Monday, March 7, at 6:45 pm
World War I + 100
New Digital Restoration!
J’ACCUSE (I ACCUSE)
France, 1919, Abel Gance
The great, pioneering French director Abel Gance (Napoleon) was no one-hit wonder! His first super-production was this galvanizing anti-war silent film that was partially shot during actual WWI battles. The movie follows the fates of two Frenchmen who love the same women and are both sent off to war. This powerful, haunting work, one of the most technologically advanced movies of its era, was also the first great pacifist film. With a new orchestral score and English intertitles. DCP. Approx. 150 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. www.flickeralley.com
 
MARCH 10-13
 
Thursday, March 10, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, March 13, at 6:30 pm
IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN
L'OMBRE DES FEMMES
France/Switzerland, 2015, Philippe Garrel
The new film from veteran French helmer Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers, A Burning Hot Summer) focuses on a pair of married documentary filmmakers whose relationship is threatened when he falls in love with a beautiful intern at a film archive. Named the third best film of 2015 by France’s Cahiers du cinéma magazine. “A tightly focused romantic drama that exudes the narrative terseness of a good short story and the lucid craftsmanship of a filmmaker in full command of the medium.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 73 min. www.distribfilmsus.com
 
Thursday, March 10, at 8:20 pm &
Sunday, March 13, at 8:05 pm
Morricone the Maestro
Film Classics in 35mm!
THE UNTOUCHABLES
USA, 1987, Brian De Palma
Federal agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) enlists some uncorrupted Chicago cops (Sean Connery, Andy Garcia) to help him bring down vicious gangster Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Brian De Palma’s thrilling, stylish, Oscar-winning Prohibition-era crime drama has a script by David Mamet and a Grammy-winning score by Ennio Morricone. Scope. 119 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, March 11, at 7:00 pm
Filmmaker in Person!
FIRE AND ICE: THE FILMS OF RIAN BROWN
USA, 1999-2016, Rian Brown
Rian Brown is a widely-exhibited filmmaker and video artist who is also Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and New Media at Oberlin College. Brown’s work spans a variety of film genres—experimental, autobiography, documentary, video installation—and explores such subjects as motherhood, identity, landscape, memory, and nostalgia. Tonight Brown screens her short films made over the past 17 years. Program includes: Presence of Water (1999), a combination collage/essay film shot in Italy when she was eight months pregnant; The Settler (2002), a film about the search for water on Mars, with voice over by Jean-Pierre Gorin; Death of the Moth (2003), an experimental film
with sound composed by Tom Lopez; BLUE DESERT ~ Towards Antarctica (2011), a video installation shot on location and co-directed by Geoff Pingree; Into the Scrum (2012), an insider’s view of women’s rugby; and various hand-painted animation studies (2014-2016). Brown will answer audience questions after the screening. 16mm/Blu-ray. Total running time 100 min. www.rianbrown.com
 
Friday, March 11, at 9:30 pm &
Saturday, March 12, at 7:20 pm
EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO
Netherlands/Mexico/Finland/Belgium/France, 2015, Peter Greenaway
The most acclaimed film in a number of years by the iconoclastic and provocative British director of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover details the sexual awakening of the great Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein, a homosexual and one of Greenaway’s idols. Greenaway imagines that this happened while the Battleship Potemkin director was in Mexico during the early 1930s, shooting miles of footage for his never-finished south-of-the-border epic ¡Que Viva México! Greenaway’s visually staggering film uses split screens, projections, sumptuous sets, A.D.D. editing, excessive verbiage, and his usual high quotient of sex and nudity to chronicle Eisenstein’s transformation. “An outrageously unconventional and deliriously profane biopic that could take decades to be duly appreciated.” -Variety. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. DCP. 106 min. www.strandreleasing.com This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund. See next blurb for a related program.
 
Saturday, March 12, at 5:00 pm
Eisenstein Double Feature
THUNDER OVER MEXICO
USA, 1933, Sol Lesser
TIME IN THE SUN
USA, 1940, Marie Seton
The great Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein (Battleship Potemkin) spent most of 1931 in North America shooting an epic, six-part portrait of the history and culture of Mexico. The film’s title was going to be ¡Que Viva México! (See previous blurb.) But with 50 hours of footage in the can, the film’s backer, American socialist and novelist Upton Sinclair, pulled the plug on the project for being over budget and behind schedule. Eisenstein returned to Russia, leaving his unedited rushes behind. Sinclair then hired Sol Lesser to craft a feature film from the spectacular raw footage, and the result was Thunder over Mexico. Lesser’s movie was assembled from only one of Eisenstein’s six sections, and told the story of a peon who turns revolutionary when his fiancée is raped. A few years after Thunder over Mexico, Eisenstein’s biographer Marie Seton was given access to the footage unused by Lesser. She assembled a film that was closer to the director’s original conception called Time in the Sun. We will show both of these rarely seen salvage jobs tonight. 16mm. Approx. 120 min. This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.
 
Saturday, March 12, at 7:20 pm
EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO
See 3/11 at 9:30 for description
 
Saturday, March 12, at 9:30 pm &
Sunday, March 13, at 4:00 pm
New Digital Restoration!
I KNEW HER WELL
IO LA CONOSCEVO BENE
Italy/West Germany/France, 1965, Antonio Pietrangeli
This major Italian film that is virtually unknown in America is being reissued here by Janus Films and the Criterion Collection. It follows a gorgeous small town hairdresser (Stefania Sandrelli of Divorce Italian Style, The Conformist, et al.) who moves to Rome to become a model or movie star. She soon finds herself a party girl passed from man to man, blind to how she’s being exploited. With Jean-Claude Brialy, Nino Manfredi, and Ugo Tognazzi. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 99 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Sunday, March 13, at 6:30 pm
IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN
See 3/10 at 6:45 for description
 
Sunday, March 13, at 8:05 pm
THE UNTOUCHABLES
See 3/10 at 8:20 for description
 
MARCH 17-21
 
Thursday, March 17, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, March 20, at 8:40 pm
BLEAK STREET
LA CALLE DE LA AMARGURA
Mexico/Spain, 2015, Arturo Ripstein
A tragic confrontation between two mask-wearing, midget Mexican wrestlers and two aging Mexico City prostitutes is delineated in the new film by master filmmaker Arturo Ripstein (Deep Crimson). Inspired by a 2009 case, this gritty, lurid, but compassionate drama (shot in gorgeous b&w) proves worthy of Ripstein’s mentor, the great Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel. It’s also a bit Felliniesque. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 99 min. www.leisurefeat.com
 
Thursday, March 17, at 8:45 pm &
Saturday, March 19, at 5:00 pm
New 4K Digital Restoration!
JAMAICA INN
UK, 1939, Alfred Hitchcock
Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara star in the last film Hitchcock made in England before relocating to the U.S., and the first of his three Daphne Du Maurier adaptations. (The others were Rebecca and The Birds.) The action centers around a pub in early 19th century Cornwall, where pirates and murderers hang out when they’re not causing ships to run aground and then plundering the cargo. With Robert Newton. 4K DCP. 99 min. http://cohenfilmcollection.net/films/jamaica-inn
 
NO FILMS FRI., 3/18
 
Saturday, March 19, at 5:00 pm
JAMAICA INN
See 3/17 at 8:45 for description
 
Saturday, March 19, at 7:00 pm
Morricone the Maestro
THE MISSION
UK/France, 1986, Roland Joffé
Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons star in the Palme d’Or winner at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. (Chris Menges’ color and scope cinematography also won an Oscar.) Set in the South American jungle during the late 18th century, the film tells of a Spanish Jesuit priest who tries to convert the natives to Christianity while also protecting them from Spanish and Portuguese slave traders. With Aidan Quinn and Liam Neeson. Robert Bolt (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago) wrote the screenplay; Ennio Morricone’s music is regarded as one of the great movie scores of all time. 35mm. 125 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, March 19, at 9:25 pm &
Sunday, March 20, at 6:30 pm
AFERIM!
Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic/France, 2015, Radu Jude
This extravagantly praised black comedy/historical drama explores the little explored subject of Gypsy slavery, which flourished from the 14th to the 19th centuries in two principalities (Wallachia and Moldavia) that would later become part of present-day Romania. Set in 1835 Wallachia, the film, which is in gorgeous b&w, follows a constable who has been hired by a boyar (land-owning aristocrat) to find and retrieve a runaway Roma slave who had an affair with his wife. The title is an Ottoman Turkish expression meaning “Bravo!” Aferim! was Romania’s official 2015 Oscar submission. “Do not be fooled by the playful, irreverent tone. Behind its attractive surface sheen of lusty humor and ravishing visuals, this Trojan Horse drama makes some spiky topical points about the lingering scars of slavery, feudalism, misogyny and racism.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 108 min. www.bigworldpicures.org
 
Sunday, March 20, at 3:30 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
John Ewing Birthday Celebration!
SHANE
USA, 1953, George Stevens
Join Cinematheque Director John Ewing as he celebrates his 65th birthday by watching a 35mm color print of his all-time favorite movie! (There will be free cake for filmgoers before the screening.) Shane is one of the greatest and most archetypal westerns ever made—a stirring (and beautifully filmed) account of settlers vs. cattlemen, and of a mysterious, dangerous stranger (Alan Ladd) who sides with a family of “sodbusters.” With Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, and Jack Palance. From the novel by Jack Schaefer, who was born in Cleveland in 1907 and graduated from Oberlin College. 35mm. 118 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, March 20, at 6:30 pm
AFERIM!
See 3/19 at 9:25 for description
 
Sunday, March 20, at 8:40 pm
BLEAK STREET
See 3/17 at 6:45 for description
 
Monday, March 21, at 6:30 pm
New 4K Digital Restoration!
A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY
GULING JIE SHAONIAN SHA REN
Taiwan, 1991, Edward Yang
This magnum opus by the late, great Taiwanese master Edward Yang (Yi Yi) is perhaps his masterpiece. Long out of release (we showed it only once in 1997, ten years before Yang’s untimely death at age 59), it’s a four-hour coming-of-age saga that focuses on a Taiwanese boy’s experience of gang violence and young love during the 1960s. It’s also a portrait of a society in transition, one searching for its own identity independent of the hand-me-down cultures of China, Japan, and America. “Devastating…A masterpiece.” –Time Out. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 4K DCP. 237 min. Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. www.janusfilms.com
 
MARCH 24-27
 
Thursday, March 24, at 6:45 pm &
Saturday, March 26, at 9:40 pm
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
SHAN HE GU REN
China/France/Japan, 2015, Jia Zhangke
Master Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin, Still Life) is the foremost chronicler of his country’s recent shift from communism to capitalism. His acclaimed new film, which is in three distinct parts, focuses on a young woman (Jia’s regular muse and real-life wife Zhao Tao) and her suitors, husband, and child as they negotiate the fast-changing Chinese cultural and economic landscape during the years 1999, 2014, and 2025. “Essential viewing.” –The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 131 min. www.kinolorber.com
 
Thursday, March 24, at 9:15 pm &
Friday, March 25, at 7:00 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
AUTUMN SONATA
HÖSTSONATEN
France/West Germany/Sweden/UK, 1978, Ingmar Bergman
Ingrid Bergman, in her final theatrical film (and only collaboration with Ingmar Bergman), plays a renowned concert pianist who locks horns with her resentful daughter (Liv Ullmann), whom she neglected to pursue her career. Color cinematography by Sven Nykvist. Subtitles. 99 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, March 25, at 9:00 pm &
Saturday, March 26, at 5:00 pm
INGRID BERGMAN IN HER OWN WORDS
JAG ÄR INGRID
Sweden, 2015, Stig Björkman
The radiant Swedish girl who became a Hollywood icon, middling mother, and then an international cause célèbre when she abandoned her husband and child to live with married Italian director Roberto Rossellini is seen through her letters and diaries (read by Alicia Vikander), rare home movies, and archival photographs and film clips. This effervescent new documentary has music by Michael Nyman. “Cinephile catnip.” –The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 114 min. www.rialtopictures.com
 
Saturday, March 26, at 7:15 pm
Morricone the Maestro
New Digital Restoration!
CINEMA PARADISO
NUOVA CINEMA PARADISO
Italy/France, 1988, Giuseppe Tornatore
This beloved, nostalgic film that is infused with a love of movies recounts the almost father-son relationship between a young Italian boy growing up in post-WWII Italy and the veteran film projectionist (Philippe Noiret) at his small town’s movie theater. Ennio Morricone’s lyrical score amplifies the film’s emotions. Subtitles. DCP. 124 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, March 26, at 9:40 pm
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
See 3/24 at 6:45 for description
 
NO FILMS SUN., 3/27
 
APRIL 1-3
 
NO FILMS FRI., 4/1
 
Saturday, April 2, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, April 3, at 6:30 pm
Cleveland Cult Film Festival 7
WHERE’S POPPA?
USA, 1970, Carl Reiner
George Segal and Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude) star in Carl Reiner’s brazen, politically incorrect black comedy about a single New York City attorney living with his overbearing, widowed, 87-year-old mom. Despite a deathbed promise to his late father that he would never put his mother into a nursing home, the lawyer is discovering that his dementia-stricken mom is ruining his love life. So when an attractive new caretaker (Trish Van Devere) shows up, he decides to take drastic measures before his batty mother drives her away. Has a 100% “fresh” rating from critics on RottenTomatoes! 35mm. 82 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, April 2, at 8:45 pm &
Sunday, April 3, at 8:15 pm
Cleveland Cult Film Festival 7
Film Classics in 35mm!
ERASERHEAD
USA, 1977, David Lynch
David Lynch’s unsettling and indelible first feature is a surreal nightmare set in a crummy apartment in a throbbing industrial city. There a nondescript nebbish struggles to adapt to married life and care for the mewling, puking creature that is his newborn child. Not for the squeamish! 35mm. 85 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, April 3, at 6:30 pm
WHERE’S POPPA?
See 4/2 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, April 3, at 8:15 pm
ERASERHEAD
See 4/2 at 8:45 for description
 
APRIL 8-9
 
Friday, April 8, at 7:30 pm &
Saturday, April 9, at 7:00 pm
Cleveland Cult Film Festival 7
Film Classics in 35mm!
THE BANK DICK
USA, 1940, Edward F. Cline
W.C. Fields, in perhaps his funniest film, plays Egbert Sousé, a henpecked, hard-drinking husband and father who becomes a security guard after accidentally stopping a bank robbery one day. In a 1963 poll, Stanley Kubrick ranked this comedy #8 on his Top Ten movies of all time. With Franklin Pangborn and Shemp Howard. 35mm print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! 72 min. Preceded at showtime by Fields’ surrealistic 21-min. short The Dentist (USA, 1932, 16mm, dir. Leslie Pearce). Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, April 8, at 9:25 pm &
Saturday, April 9, at 8:55 pm
Original X-Rated Version!
THE DEVILS
UK, 1971, Ken Russell
Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave star in Ken Russell’s most extreme and outrageous film—an overwrought tale of sexual repression, demonic possession, and mass hysteria among a group of 17th-century nuns in Loudon, France. We will show the original X-rated American release version of this film, which has never been issued on DVD here. Sets by Derek Jarman. No one under 18 admitted! 35mm color & scope print! Approx. 110 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, April 9, at 7:00 pm
THE BANK DICK & THE DENTIST
See 4/8 at 7:30 for description
 
Saturday, April 9, at 8:55 pm
THE DEVILS
See 4/8 at 9:25 for description
 
APRIL 14-17
 
Thursday, April 14, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, April 15, at 9:30 pm
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR
RAK TI KHON KAEN
Thailand/UK/France/Germany/Malaysia/South Korea/Mexico/USA/Norway, 2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The extravagantly praised new film from the director of Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is another gentle, lyrical, spiritual reverie that bridges the past and the present, the personal and the political, the material and the magical, the living and the dead. The film is set in a makeshift hospital built on ancient royal burial grounds. There a volunteer nurse cares for comatose soldiers suffering from a mysterious sleeping sickness. A psychic helps her communicate with some of the men. “Few filmmakers this side of David Lynch are as adept or intuitive as Apichatpong Weerasethakul when it comes to appropriating the language of dreams.” –Variety. “The work of a master artist.” –Time Out New York. “Sublime.” –The Guardian. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 122 min. www.strandreleasing.com
 
Thursday, April 14, at 9:10 pm &
Friday, April 15, at 7:30 pm
THE CLUB
EL CLUB
Chile, 2015, Pablo Larraín
Communal life in a secluded Chilean seaside house where four scandal-plagued priests and a similarly disgraced nun have been quietly “retired” by the Church is suddenly disrupted by two uninvited guests. Variety calls the darkly funny fifth feature by the supremely talented director of Tony Manero, Post Mortem, and the Oscar-nominated No (all shown at the Cinematheque) “an original and brilliantly acted chamber drama” set in “what just might be the most haunted lodging this side of the Overlook Hotel.” Golden Globe nominee, Best Foreign Language Film. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 98 min. www.musicboxfilms.com
 
Friday, April 15, at 9:30 pm
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR
See 4/14 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, April 16, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, April 17, at 8:25 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
KES
UK, 1969, Ken Loach
Voted the fourth best British film of all time in a 2011 poll conducted by Time Out magazine (following a 1999 British Film Institute survey in which it finished #7), Ken Loach's debut feature tells of a troubled and troublesome 15-year-old working-class boy who is abused at home and at school. He finds solace and sustenance in raising and training a pet kestrel (falcon). Unmissable! 110 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, April 16, at 7:10 pm
UCLA Festival of Preservation
Grafton Nunes introduces
THE LONG VOYAGE HOME
USA, 1940, John Ford
We open our presentation of the UCLA Festival of Preservation with a beautiful and moving John Ford adaptation of four one-acts by Eugene O’Neill that the playwright regarded it as the finest film version of his work. Cleveland Institute of Art President + CEO Grafton Nunes, a Ford expert, will introduce it. John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ward Bond, and Barry Fitzgerald star in the movie, a tale of courage and camaraderie among a group of boisterous, brawling, and boozy seamen on a British freighter carrying explosives at the start of WWII. The spectacular cinematography is by Gregg Toland, who introduced deep-focus techniques he would refine a year later on Citizen Kane. "One of the finest of all the movies that deal with life at sea." -Pauline Kael. Newly restored 35mm print! 103 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. The first 75 people buying a ticket in person to this film will receive a complimentary 80-page Festival of Preservation catalogue.
 
Saturday, April 16, at 9:30 pm &
Sunday, April 17, at 6:30 pm
New Digital Restoration!
A MARRIED WOMAN
UNE FEMME MARIÉE
France, 1964, Jean-Luc Godard
This long neglected, little-known Godard film, made during his greatest decade, is a study of a chic, bourgeois French woman who vacillates between her pilot husband and actor lover while following the dictates of fashion magazines and consumer culture. Initially banned by French censors for its sex scenes and its implication that adultery was common in France, the film ultimately won release after Godard made a few minor changes. “The best Godard I have ever seen…A nearly perfect study of what it is to be young and in love.” –Brendan Gill, The New Yorker. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 95 min. www.cohenfilmcollection.net/films/a-married-woman
 
Sunday, April 17, at 3:30 pm
UCLA Festival of Preservation
Star and Co-Producer in Person!
SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT
USA, 1967, J. L. Anderson
Shot on 35mm in southeast Ohio, this 1967 independent film is the only feature directed by J. L. (Joseph L.) Anderson, best known as the co-author (with Donald Richie) of the classic film book The Japanese Film: Art and Industry. Made when Anderson was a film professor at Ohio University, this singular work of American neorealism takes place in impoverished rural Appalachia, where a half-brother and half-sister begin a taboo love affair that leads to an unwanted pregnancy. Bumped from the 1968 New York Film Festival by John Cassavetes’ late entry Faces, this remarkable movie was forgotten for 40 years (though it was briefly released as an exploitation film entitled Miss Jessica Is Pregnant after some gratuitous nude scenes were added to spice it up). Recently rediscovered and acclaimed at the Rural Route Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art, Spring Night, Summer Night can now be seen in Anderson’s original cut, and in a newly restored 35mm print. Three of the film’s principals (Larue Hall, lead actress; Franklin Miller, co-producer, co-writer, and co-editor; and Judy Miller, continuity) will discuss the movie after the screening.  “The missing link between Shadows and The Last Picture Show.” –Village Voice. Cleveland revival premiere. 82 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, April 17, at 6:30 pm
A MARRIED WOMAN
See 4/16 at 9:30 for description
 
Sunday, April 17, at 8:25 pm
KES
See 4/16 at 5:00 for description
 
APRIL 21-24
 
Thursday, April 21, at 6:45 pm
UCLA Festival of Preservation
MEN IN WAR
USA, 1957, Anthony Mann
This Korean War drama from an acclaimed director best known for his psychological
Westerns and crime films tells of an American platoon commander (Robert Ryan) whose weary soldiers are cut off behind enemy lines. Ordered to rejoin the main division to take Hill 465, the lieutenant tries to commandeer a truck to transport his men’s weapons, but meets resistance from a sergeant (Aldo Ray) who is using the vehicle to drive his revered, shell-shocked CO to a field hospital. After a tense stand-off, they slowly make their way together through hostile territory peppered with enemy snipers and land mines. “What All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) were to the great world wars, Men in War is to the Korean War…Men in War presaged the disillusionment over the Vietnam conflict in the 1960s, making it unsurprising that the United States Army deemed the film offensive to ‘the dignity of commissioned and non-commissioned officers.’” –Scott MacQueen, UCLA Film & Television Archive. Newly restored 35mm print! 102 min. Admission $10; Cinematheque members, CIA/CSU/CWRU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes, twofers or radio winners. Shown as part of the 2016 Cleveland Humanities Festival coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University. This year’s theme is “Remembering War.” Visit CHF.case.edu for a complete list of events.
 
Thursday, April 21, at 8:50 pm &
Friday, April 22, at 8:25 pm
RAMS
HRÚTAR
Iceland/Denmark/Norway/Poland, 2015, Grímur Hákonarson
This highly praised new drama that blends absurdist humor with tragedy focuses on two feuding, bearded, unmarried Icelandic brothers, both sheep herders living on adjoining farms, who haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years. But the two eccentrics come together to save their prized ancestral animals from a deadly new virus that is decimating flocks across the country. “This low-key charmer of a movie packs an unexpected emotional punch.” -Time Out London. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 93 min.
 
Friday, April 22, at 7:00 pm
UCLA Festival of Preservation
BACHELOR’S AFFAIRS
USA, 1932, Alfred L. Werker
The surprise hit of the 2014 Cinefest (a weekend classic-movie convention held annually since 1978 in Syracuse, NY), this virtually unknown Fox Pre-Code comedy stars Adolph Menjou as a wealthy, middle-aged, long-single playboy who marries a bubblegum-brained blonde bombshell in her 20s. But the young bride’s insatiable appetite for fun proves too much even for him, so he looks for another sap to take her off his hands. Newly restored 35mm print! 64 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, April 22, at 8:25 pm
RAMS
See 4/21 at 8:50 for description
 
Saturday, April 23, at 5:00 pm
UCLA Festival of Preservation
THE BIG BROADCAST
USA, 1932, Frank Tuttle
Bing Crosby croons, Cab Calloway performs “Kickin’ the Gong Around,” and Burns and Allen crack wise in this Pre-Code revue movie about an all-star show intended to save a floundering radio station. This was Crosby’s first starring movie role, and the film proved so popular that three more Big Broadcast films (of 1936, 1937, 1938) followed. With Kate Smith, the Mills Brothers, et al. Newly restored 35mm print! 80 min. Preceded at 5:00 by Victor Saville’s 7-min. Me and the Boys (UK, 1929, 35mm), a “soundie” in which you can spot a 20-year-old Benny Goodman playing the clarinet. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, April 23, at 6:50 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
THE KING OF COMEDY
USA, 1983, Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro plays Rupert Pupkin, a world-class loser who hatches a hilariously bizarre scheme to become famous as a stand-up comic on a late-night talk show. This edgy black comedy by Martin Scorsese co-stars Jerry Lewis, Tony Randall, and Sandra Bernhard. 35mm. 109 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, April 23, at 9:00 pm &
Sunday, April 24, at 6:45 pm
New 4K Digital Restoration!
A STAR IS BORN
USA, 1954, George Cukor
Judy Garland and James Mason star in one of Hollywood’s grandest romantic epics—a color and Cinemascope musical melodrama about the rise of a young singing star and the simultaneous descent into alcoholism of the actor she loves. Shorn of nearly 30 minutes when first released, the film will be seen here in Ron Haver’s painstaking 1980s restoration. Garland’s celebrated musical numbers include “The Man That Got Away.” 4K DCP. 181 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, April 24, at 2:00 pm
UCLA Festival of Preservation
David Drazin accompanies
MY BEST GIRL
USA, 1927, Sam Taylor
Chicago silent film musician David Drazin (he’s the regular film accompanist at the Gene Siskel Film Center) returns to the Cinematheque—and to his hometown—to play for one of Mary Pickford’s best romantic comedies, and the only one in which she co-starred with her future husband Buddy Rogers. It’s a 1920s version of Undercover Boss in which a spunky department store stock girl falls for a stockroom co-worker, unaware that he is the owner’s son. Pickford (nicknamed “America’s Sweetheart”) was the most popular female star of the silent screen and My Best Girl was her last non-talkie. The stunning camerawork is by Charles Rosher, who shared the first Academy Award for cinematography for Sunrise (also 1927). Newly restored 35mm print! My Best Girl will be preceded at 2:00 by two silent shorts featuring Pickford, both restored: D. W. Griffith’s The Son’s Return (USA, 1909, DCP) and Thomas H. Ince’s A Manly Man (aka His Gratitude) (USA, 1911, 35mm). Total running time approx. 110 min. Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, April 24, at 4:15 pm
Filmmaker in Person!
A THIRD WAY—SETTLERS AND PALESTINIANS AS NEIGHBORS
Israel, 2015, Harvey Stein
The humanistic teachings of the late Israeli peacemaker Rabbi Menachem Froman are the focus of this new documentary by an American-born writer and filmmaker who has lived in Israel since 2006. The film follows a tiny West Bank movement of settlers and Palestinians who have decided that, whatever the future brings, they want to get to know the strangers who are their neighbors. Despite resistance from their own communities (and possible danger), these pioneers decide to cross the chasms of fear and hatred and meet in nearby Palestinian villages or Israeli settlements for the first time. Can these new alliances weather the storms, and possibly have a larger effect? Is it possible to imagine a win-win solution for settlers and Palestinians? A Third Way looks for it in these growing Arab-Israeli friendships. Stein will discuss his film after the screening. DVD. 89 min. Co-presented by the Cleveland Jewish Dialogue Group; special thanks to Alan Federman
 
Sunday, April 24, at 6:45 pm
A STAR IS BORN
See 4/23 at 9:00 for description
 
APRIL 28 – MAY 1
 
Thursday, April 28, at 6:45 pm
UCLA Festival of Preservation
THE FIRST LEGION
USA, 1951, Douglas Sirk
Made a few years before the flamboyant color “women’s pictures” that would cement his reputation and inspire Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk’s b&w drama focuses on a Jesuit priest (Charles Boyer) who doubts that a “miracle” that has happened to one of his fellow brothers. With William Demarest and Barbara Rush. “Keeps skepticism and faith in a delicate balance, equal parts Ace in the Hole and Ordet.” –Martin Rubin, Gene Siskel Film Center. Newly restored 35mm print! 86 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Thursday, April 28, at 8:30 pm
UCLA Festival of Preservation
HER SISTER’S SECRET
USA, 1946, Edgar G. Ulmer
The “Poverty Row” director of the cult classics The Black Cat and Detour had a relatively big budget for this little-known drama. A young woman is impregnated by a soldier before he leaves for WWII. But when she doesn’t hear from him again, she gives the child to her married sister to raise. “[A] feverishly romantic, visually resplendent war-at-home melodrama.” –The New Yorker. Newly restored 35mm print! 86 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, April 29, at 7:30 pm &
Sunday, May 1, at 8:25 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
THE BLUE ANGEL
DER BLAUE ENGEL
Germany, 1929, Josef von Sternberg
Marlene Dietrich made her screen debut in this classic film that was also her first collaboration with director Josef von Sternberg (The Scarlet Empress). She plays a sexy cabaret singer who corrupts an upstanding university professor (Emil Jannings), leading him down a path to shame and degradation. This restored version also includes Dietrich’s original Blue Angel screen test. Subtitles. 107 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, April 29, at 9:40 pm &
Saturday, April 30, at 6:55 pm
FRANCOFONIA
France/Germany/Netherlands, 2015, Aleksandr Sokurov
Fourteen years after Russian Ark, his single-shot exploration of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, Russian master Aleksandr Sokurov turns his attention to Paris’ Louvre. Francofonia, which won the top prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival, is a visually stunning meditation on this great institution that Sokurov sees as the repository of European art and culture. Ghosts (like Napoleon) walk the halls, and ample screen time is devoted to dramatizing the unlikely WWII-era alliance between then Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and German officer and overseer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich, a Hitler appointee. (The two men collaborated to safeguard the art works during the war and to keep them in France.) “A freewheeling poetic essay, highly personal yet captivating.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 87 min. www.musicboxfilms.com
 
Saturday, April 30, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, May 1, at 6:30 pm
New 4K Digital Restoration!
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE
France, 1946, Jean Cocteau
Cocteau’s enchanting film version of the classic fairy tale is one of the most magical movies ever made! It is now also the recipient of a lustrous 4K digital restoration. With Jean Marais and Josette Day. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 4K DCP. 93 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Saturday, April 30, at 6:55 pm
FRANCOFONIA
See 4/29 at 9:40 for description
 
Saturday, April 30, at 8:45 pm
UCLA Festival of Preservation
Horror Double Feature!
WHITE ZOMBIE
USA, 1932, Victor Halperin
THE CRIME OF DOCTOR CRESPI
USA, 1935, John H. Auer
Two neglected 1930s horror films, both in newly restored 35mm prints! The first is a trancelike independent production often called the screen’s first zombie movie. (It’s something of a bridge between Universal’s classic horror films of the 1930s and Val Lewton’s suggestive, poetic productions of the 1940s, and inspired musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie.) Bela Lugosi plays a Haitian voodoo master who turns a young American bride into one of the walking dead. The Crime of Doctor Crespi stars Erich von Stroheim as a doctor who extracts terrible revenge on the man who marries his girlfriend. It was inspired by Poe’s The Premature Burial. Total running time: 130 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, May 1, at 4:15 pm
FIDELIO: ALICE’S ODYSSEY
FIDELIO, L’ODYSSÉE D’ALICE
France, 2014, Lucie Borleteau
Can a young woman who forsakes her landlubber boyfriend for months on end to work as a mechanic on an ocean freighter remain faithful to him—especially when she’s the only female on a boat full of men and the ship’s captain is an old flame? The Hollywood Reporter summarizes this gorgeous, widescreen adventure as “high passions on the high seas,” commenting that the film’s title “hints at wide-ranging cultural depths, combining as it does Beethoven, Homer and Lewis Carroll.”  “Easily the most fascinating film to come along and challenge traditional gender roles in the past year…Truly unique." –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 95 min. www.firstrunfeatures.com
 
Sunday, May 1, at 6:30 pm
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
See 4/30 at 5:00 for description
 
Sunday, May 1, at 8:25 pm
THE BLUE ANGEL
See 4/29 at 7:30 for description
 
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