Monday, May 9, 2016

May/June 2016 Schedule at the Cleveland Cinematheque

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

Six film noir classics from Mexico, actor Willem Dafoe, and ten movies featuring famous Republicans are just a few of the attractions at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque in May and June. The 30-year-old specialty film exhibitor will also premiere 13 exclusive new films and revive other classic movies in showings at its new Peter B. Lewis Theater, 11610 Euclid Avenue in the Uptown district of University Circle.
 
“Mexico at Midnight: Film Noir from Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age,” running May 7 through 24, is a six-film series derived from a very highly acclaimed, seven-film retrospective of the same name presented last July at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  It consists of tough, stylish, sexy, cynical crime films made by the Mexican film industry during the 1940s and 1950s, starring such south-of-the-border luminaries as Dolores del Rio, María Félix, Pedro Armendáriz, and Arturo de Cordóva. All of the movies are coming from Mexico. According to The New York Times, “‘Mexico at Midnight’ overflows with fatalistic tales of passion, jealousy and betrayal.” The Village Voice concurred: “These are taut, fraught entertainments, every bit the equal of what Hollywood was crafting.”
 
SAT        5/7         6:00 PM                THE OTHER ONE
SUN       5/8         6:30 PM                IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
SAT        5/14       5:30 PM                NIGHT FALLS
SUN       5/15       6:30 PM                THE DEVIL’S MONEY
SAT        5/21       5:00 PM                THE KNEELING GODDESS
TUE        5/24       6:45 PM                ANOTHER DAWN
 
Actor Willem Dafoe returns to the Cinematheque on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 pm. The Oscar-nominated actor will answer audience questions after the first Ohio showing of Abel Ferrara’s 2014 film PASOLINI, in which Dafoe plays the late Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini, subject of a complete Cinematheque retrospective in 2014.
 
“The Republicans Are Coming, the Republicans Are Coming,” running May 27 through June 26, is a series of ten classic films that showcase prominent members of the GOP who have made major contributions to the movies, either behind or in front of the cameras—or both. A few of the films resonate with key issues in the 2016 campaign.
 
FRI          5/27       7:00 PM                CONAN THE BARBARIAN
SAT        5/28       6:45 PM                THE FOUNTAINHEAD
SAT        5/28       9:00 PM                CONAN THE BARBARIAN
SUN       5/29       4:00 PM                THE FOUNTAINHEAD
SAT        6/4         5:00 PM                THE LITTLE COLONEL
SAT        6/4         8:40 PM                KINGS ROW
SUN       6/5         3:45 PM                KINGS ROW
FRI          6/10       7:00 PM                SAFETY LAST!
SAT        6/11       5:00 PM                SAFETY LAST!
SAT        6/11       9:00 PM                THE GREEN BERETS
THU       6/16       8:40 PM                MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
SAT        6/18       5:00 PM                MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
SAT        6/18       7:30 PM                EL CID
FRI          6/24       9:35 PM                INVASION U.S.A.
SAT        6/25       7:00 PM                UNFORGIVEN
SUN       6/26       6:30 PM                INVASION U.S.A.
SUN       6/26       8:40 PM                UNFORGIVEN
 
Unless noted, admission to each film is $9; Cinematheque members, those with CIA or Cleveland State University I.D.’s, and those age 25 & under $7. Free parking for filmgoers is available in Lot 73 and the CIA Annex lot, both accessed from E. 117th Street. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450, send an email to cinema@cia.edu, or visit cia.edu/Cinematheque.
 
Cinematheque films are supported by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
 
The complete May-June Cinematheque schedule follows.

MAY 5-10
 
NO FILMS 5/5 & 6
 
Saturday, May 7, at 6:00 pm
Mexican Noir
THE OTHER ONE
LA OTRA
Mexico, 1946, Roberto Gavaldón
Dolores del Rio plays estranged twin sisters—one an impoverished manicurist, the other a conniving married woman whose wealthy husband was once her sibling’s sweetheart—in this gripping noir melodrama that The Village Voice called “a cruel and perfect film.” Subtitles. DCP. 98 min.
 
Saturday, May 7, at 8:00 pm &
Sunday, May 8, at 4:30 pm
REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM
USA, 2015, Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott
In this provocative and disturbing new film, longtime intellectual and activist Noam Chomsky reflects on the demise of the American middle class and the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Chomsky traces policies that, over the past 50 years, have brought us to this crisis that threatens democracy as we have long known it. “A very useful addition to public discourse at any time. But it’s particularly so during this election year.” –Variety. Cleveland theatrical premiere. DCP. 73 min.
 
Saturday, May 7, at 9:35 pm &
Sunday, May 8, at 8:45 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
DAZED AND CONFUSED
USA, 1993, Richard Linklater
1976 Texas high schoolers (Matthew McConaughey, Jason London, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams, et al.) engage in all types of disreputable activities on the last day of school in this coming-of-age classic by Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Everybody Wants Some!!). 35mm color print from the Universal Pictures studio archive. 102 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, May 8, at at 4:30 pm
REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM
See 5/7 at 8:00 for description
 
Sunday, May 8, at 6:30 pm
Mexican Noir
IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
EN LA PALMA DE TU MANO
Mexico, 1951, Roberto Gavaldón
A phony spiritualist and fake fortune teller (Arturo de Córdova) uses the secrets he learns to blackmail a recent widow. “The finest film in the [“Mexico at Midnight”] series…An entrancingly sensuous drama of deception, seduction, and murder…Pulp poetry.” –Imogen Sara Smith, The Life Sentence. Subtitles. DCP. 113 min.
 
Sunday, May 8, at 8:45 pm
DAZED AND CONFUSED
See 5/7 at 9:35 for description
 
Monday, May 9, at 6:45 pm
RABIN: THE LAST DAY
Israel/France, 2015, Amos Gitai
Amos Gitai’s gripping new political thriller re-creates the events leading up to the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Rabin was shot by a Jewish fundamentalist who opposed the Oslo Accords that he had helped engineer.) “Unsettling in its depiction of the dark underbelly of the country, where a culture of hate paved the way for violence and tragedy.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 153 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. www.kinolorber.com
 
Tuesday, May 10, at 6:30 pm
New Digital Restoration!
OUT 1: SPECTRE
France, 1974, Jacques Rivette
In this counterculture conspiracy thriller set in the early 1970s, a scam artist (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and a petty thief (Juliet Berto) uncover a possible secret society in Paris (“the Thirteen”) that includes members of two avant-garde theatre groups and some well-heeled professionals. This shortened version of Jacques Rivette’s long unreleased, eight-part, 13-hour Out 1: Noli Me Tangere (shown in January over four Thursday nights) is more a reimagining of the original work than a condensation of it. (It has a different structure and tone, and even contains footage that was not in the long version.) But it features the same all-star cast of French New Wave notables (Michael Lonsdale, Bernadette Lafont, Bulle Ogier, Françoise Fabian, Jean-François Stévenin, Barbet Schroeder, and Éric Rohmer) and the literary influences remain Balzac, Borges, and Lewis Carroll. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 264 min. Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. carlottafilms-us.com
 
MAY 12-15
 
Thursday, May 12, at 6:45 pm
THE WAVE
BØLGEN
Norway, 2015, Roar Uthaug
The U.S. is not the only country that makes disaster pictures, but ours usually aren’t submitted for Academy Awards (other than those for visual effects and sound). However, this new thriller—about a giant tsunami that threatens a scenic Norwegian tourist town—was Norway’s official submission for the 2016 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Despite some inevitable clichés, the movie is a nail-biter that doesn’t overlook the human dimension. “Adds credible writing and effective acting to gangbusters special effects, resulting in a white-knuckle experience a bit higher on the plausibility scale than what we're used to from Hollywood.” –The L.A. Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 104 min. www.magpictures.com
 
Thursday, May 12, at 8:50 pm &
Friday, May 13, at 7:30 pm
11 MINUTES
11 MINUT
Poland/Ireland, 2015, Jerzy Skolimowski
The tense new film from the master Polish director of Deep End and Moonlighting was Poland’s submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s an alternately kinetic and contemplative kaleidoscope of contemporary life that delineates the interlocking lives of several characters—a lecherous film producer, a drug courier, a hot dog vendor, et al.—from 5:00 pm to 5:11 pm on one particular day in Warsaw. “[An] unorthodox answer to Hollywood action movies…Extraordinary.” –cinema scope. Cleveland theatrical premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 81 min. www.ifcfilms.com
 
Friday, May 13, at 9:15 pm &
Sunday, May 15, at 4:00 pm
A WAR
KRIGEN
Denmark, 2015, Tobias Lindholm
One of the five nominees for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the new movie from the director of the superb A Hijacking focuses on a thoughtful, compassionate army commander (Pilou Asbæk of Game of Thrones) who makes a difficult battlefield decision in Afghanistan that ultimately affects his wife and three children back home. “Perhaps the best film yet set against the mess of the ongoing Middle Eastern wars.” –The Village Voice. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 115 min. www.magpictures.com
 
Saturday, May 14, at 5:30 pm
Mexican Noir
NIGHT FALLS
LA NOCHE AVANZA
Mexico, 1952, Roberto Gavaldón
In this hard-hitting Mexican noir, a brutish jai alai champion (Pedro Armendáriz) romances a series of women, discarding them like Kleenex, until he finally gets his comeuppance. “A richly sordid tale of double-double-crossing and multiple gambles.” –J. Hoberman, The NY Times. Subtitles. DCP. 85 min.
 
Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 pm
A Special Event!
Willem Dafoe in Person!
PASOLINI
France/Belgium/Italy, 2014, Abel Ferrara
Willem Dafoe returns to the Cinematheque! The Oscar-nominated actor will answer audience questions after a screening of a recent Abel Ferrara movie in which he plays the late, great Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), director of The Gospel According to Matthew, The Hawks and the Sparrows, The Canterbury Tales, and others. (He was the subject of a near-complete Cinematheque retrospective in 2014.) Ferrara paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of this controversial artist—a Christian Marxist poet, intellectual, and homosexual—on the last day of his life. In fragments intercut with imagined scenes from what would have been his next film, we watch Pasolini as he works on a new novel, does a press interview, and figures out how to avoid censorship on Sálo: 120 Days of Sodom. Ferrara clearly sees the boundary-pushing filmmaker as a kindred spirit, and Dafoe, in dark-framed glasses, does him full justice. With Maria de Medeiros, Giada Colagrande, and Ninetto Davoli. Cleveland premiere. Some subtitles. DCP. 84 min. Special admission $25; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $20; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Special thanks to Abel Ferrara and Funny Balloons (Peter Danner).
 
Saturday, May 14, at 10:00 pm &
Sunday, May 15, at 8:15 pm
David Bowie, 1947-2016
Film Classics in 35mm!
THE HUNGER
UK/USA, 1983, Tony Scott
This stylish and erotic vampire movie tells of a beautiful, chic, centuries-old bloodsucker (Catherine Deneuve) who cruises New York City nightclubs searching for fresh victims. But when her supposedly immortal paramour and cohort in crime (David Bowie) suddenly starts to age, they seek help from an unsuspecting doctor (Susan Sarandon). With Willem Dafoe. Adults only! Color & scope print! 97 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, May 15, at 4:00 pm
A WAR
See 5/13 at 9:15 for description
 
Sunday, May 15, at 6:30 pm
Mexican Noir
THE DEVIL’S MONEY
LOS DINEROS DEL DIABLO
Mexico, 1953, Alejandro Galinda
A textile factory worker smitten with the boss’s daughter suddenly needs money, so makes the mistake of turning to another woman, a rumba dancer, and her gangster cohorts for help. Subtitles. DCP. 85 min.
 
Sunday, May 15, at 8:15 pm
THE HUNGER
See 5/14 at 10:00 for description
 
MAY 19-24
 
Thursday, May 19, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, May 20, at 7:00 pm
A SPACE PROGRAM
USA, 2015, Van Neistat
Internationally acclaimed bricolage artist Tom Sachs built an entire space program from scratch and sent two female astronauts to the red planet in his ambitious and whimsical art installation “Space Program 2.0: MARS,” presented at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012. This new film documents Sachs’ historic performance piece while also taking us into his studio. “An alternately entrancing and amusing documentary-fiction hybrid that marries existential questions with absurdist humor.” –Variety. “Something like the best science-fair project ever.” –The Village Voice. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 72 min. www.zeitgeistfilms.com
 
Thursday, May 19, at 8:20 pm &
Sunday, May 22, at 8:05 pm
HIGH-RISE
UK, 2015, Ben Wheatley
Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and Sienna Miller star in this J.G. Ballard adaptation from the cult director of Kill List, Sightseers, and A Field in England. Set during the shagadelic seventies, the film focuses on a massive, brutalist London apartment complex where real brutality and class warfare break out among the tenants. “An apocalyptic romp…Rollicking, nastily funny.” –The NY Times. Adults only! Cleveland theatrical premiere. DCP. 119 min. www.magpictures.com
 
Friday, May 20, at 7:00 pm
A SPACE PROGRAM
See 5/19 at 6:45 for description
 
Friday, May 20, at 8:35 pm &
Saturday, May 21, at 7:10 pm
Filmmaker in Person!
DYING TO KNOW: RAM DASS & TIMOTHY LEARY
USA, 2014, Gay Dillingham
Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert became friends during the 1960s when they were both psychology professors at Harvard. They went on to shape a generation—Leary as the “turn on, tune in, drop out” advocate of LSD and other psychedelic drugs, Alpert as the Eastern-influenced spiritual leader Ram Dass. Robert Redford narrates this new film that takes an intimate look at the life and work of these two pioneers and radical thinkers who faced life head on, and inspired and changed others in the process. Filmmaker Gay Dillingham will answer audience questions after each show. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 95 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. http://dyingtoknowmovie.com/
 
Saturday, May 21, at 5:00 pm
Mexican Noir
THE KNEELING GODDESS
LA DIOSA ARRODILLADA
Mexico, 1947, Roberto Gavaldón
The sensuous María Félix plays a stormy, dark-haired artist’s model who lures a married man (Arturo de Córdova) away from his innocent wife and down a path to degradation. This vivid Mexican classic is surprisingly sexy and suggestive for a 1940s movie. “The most outré of melodramas…A movie of flagrant symbols, blatant coincidences and astounding scenes.” –J. Hoberman, The NY Times. Subtitles. DCP. 107 min.
 
Saturday, May 21, at 7:10 pm
Filmmaker in Person!
DYING TO KNOW: RAM DASS & TIMOTHY LEARY
See 5/20 at 8:35 for description
 
Saturday, May 21, at 9:35 pm &
Sunday, May 22, at 3:45 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
METROPOLIS (2002 restoration)
Germany, 1927, Fritz Lang
This is not the most complete extant version of Fritz Lang’s silent sci-fi masterpiece, but it is the longest cut distributed on 35mm film in the U.S. When first released in 2002, it was touted as the “definitive” Metropolis, having collated and cleaned up shots, scenes, and elements from all copies of the film known at that time. The soundtrack consisted of a new recording of Gottfried Huppertz’ original symphonic score. In any version, Metropolis is a visually staggering futuristic epic. Set in a city of gleaming skyscrapers, it delineates the disparity between the rich who lead lives of leisure above ground and the anonymous laborers who toil underground keeping the city’s monstrous machinery running smoothly—until a rebel robot leads a workers’ revolt! Subtitles. 124 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. www.kinolorber.com
 
Sunday, May 22, at 6:30 pm
New Digital Restoration!
RIVER OF GRASS
USA, 1994, Kelly Reichardt
Here’s a new digital restoration of the acclaimed first feature by one of America’s premier independent filmmakers, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, et al.). Shot on 16mm in her native Florida, the movie is a revisionist noir comedy about a bored suburban Miami housewife and an aimless handyman (indie filmmaker Larry Fessenden) who almost become outlaw lovers on the run after an accidental shooting. This funny, stylish film turns melodramatic crime-movie conventions upside down. Reichardt has called it "a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime." Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 76 min. http://riverofgrass.oscilloscope.net/
 
Sunday, May 22, at 8:05 pm
HIGH-RISE
See 5/19 at 8:20 for description
 
Tuesday, May 24, at 6:45 pm
Mexican Noir
ANOTHER DAWN
DISTINTO AMANECER
Mexico, 1942, Julio Bracho
Beautifully shot by the great Gabriel Figueroa, this south-of-the-border noir stars Mexican matinee idol Pedro Armendáriz as a union organizer on the run from a corrupt politician. (He’s carrying incriminating documents.). He seeks help from an old flame, a tough lefty turned unhappily married nightclub hostess. “Another triumph, thrilling in its tense storytelling.” –The Village Voice. Subtitles. DCP. 106 min.
 
MAY 27-29
 
Friday, May 27, at 7:00 pm &
Saturday, May 28, at 9:00 pm
The Republicans Are Coming,
The Republicans Are Coming
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
USA, 1982, John Milius
Ex-Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Robert E. Howard’s musclebound warrior in this bloody pulp fiction by legendary right-winger John Milius (co-writer of Apocalypse Now). Co-written by Oliver Stone, with production design by Ron Cobb, the film follows Conan as he seeks to avenge the deaths of his parents, murdered by the slimy leader of an evil snake cult (James Earl Jones). With Max von Sydow. 35mm color & scope print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! 129 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, May 27, at 9:30 pm &
Saturday, May 28, at 5:00 pm
New Digital Restoration!
THE MASK (in 3-D)
aka EYES OF HELL
Canada, 1961, Julian Roffman
Canada’s first 3-D feature tells of an ancient tribal burial mask that causes the wearer to see gruesome psychedelic visions and commit unspeakable crimes. This low-budget shocker with stereoscopic nightmares by montage master Slavko Vorkapich (The Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra) was also Canada’s first full-length horror film. “At the risk of overstating things, [the film’s] trip sequences—with their emphasis on ritual, incantation, and a central figure struggling to cope with a violent psychosexual awakening—work to elevate The Mask beyond its earned place in Canuxploitation history and into the realm of avant-garde-tinged psychodrama, playing the same game (if not at all in the same league) as Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger.” -cinema scope. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 83 min. Special admission (includes 3-D glasses) $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. www.kinolorber.com
 
Saturday, May 28, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, May 29, at 4:00 pm
The Republicans Are Coming,
The Republicans Are Coming
Film Classics in 35mm!
THE FOUNTAINHEAD
USA, 1949, King Vidor
Ayn Rand wrote the screenplay for this film version of her famous philosophical novel, about an individualistic, uncompromising modern architect (Gary Cooper) who butts heads with those who have mediocre, middlebrow taste. With Patricia Neal and Raymond Massey. 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress. 114 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, May 28, at 9:00 pm
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
See 5/27 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, May 29, at 4:00 pm
THE FOUNTAINHEAD
See 5/28 at 6:45 for description
 
Sunday, May 29, at 6:30 pm
New Digital Restoration!
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
USA, 1946, William Wyler
Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, and Teresa Wright star in William Wyler’s moving account of three returning U.S. servicemen who try to readjust to civilian life after WWII. One of the most honored American films, it won seven Oscars, including Best Film, Director, and Actor (March). Cinematography by Gregg Toland. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 172 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
JUNE 3-5
 
Friday, June 3, at 7:30 pm &
Sunday, June 5, at 8:45 pm
Lost Anime Masterpiece!
New 4K Digital Restoration!
BELLADONNA OF SADNESS
KANASHIMI NO BELLADONNA
Japan, 1973, Eiichi Yamamoto
This lost masterpiece of Japanese animation never received a proper theatrical release in the U.S. A swirling, psychedelic blend of tarot-card imagery and erotic Art Nouveau style, this transgressive head trip tells of an innocent young woman who makes a pact with the Devil (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai of Ran) after she is raped by a local lord on her wedding night. Director Eiichi Yamamoto previously directed TV versions of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 93 min. www.cineliciouspics.com/belladonna-of-sadness/
 
Friday, June 3, at 9:25 pm &
Saturday, June 4, at 6:45 pm
New Digital Restoration!
OTHELLO
USA/Italy/Morocco/France, 1952, Orson Welles
Shot in bits and pieces over four years with ever-changing actors and locations, Orson Welles’ baroque, visually stupendous version of Shakespeare’s classic had no right to be as good as it is. But it’s one of the most electrifying Shakespeare movies ever made, and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Welles himself plays the duped Moor whose suspicion of his wife’s infidelity leads to tragedy. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 93 min. http://carlottafilms-us.com/
 
Saturday, June 4, at 5:00 pm
The Republicans Are Coming,
The Republicans Are Coming
35mm Studio Archive Print!
THE LITTLE COLONEL
USA, 1935, David Butler
Shirley Temple and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson perform their famous staircase dance in this beloved family classic, one of the best films by the phenomenal child star who later entered politics. The film is a post-Civil War drama set in the Reconstruction-era South, about a family patriarch (Lionel Barrymore) who disowns his southern belle daughter when she marries a northerner. 35mm print from the Twentieth Century Fox studio archive! 81 min. Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Thanks to Barbara Crandall.
 
Saturday, June 4, at 6:45 pm
OTHELLO
See 6/3 at 9:25 for description
 
Saturday, June 4, at 8:40 pm &
Sunday, June 5, at 3:45 pm
The Republicans Are Coming,
The Republicans Are Coming
Film Classics in 35mm!
KINGS ROW
USA, 1942, Sam Wood
Here’s the best movie Ronald Reagan ever made—a juicy potboiler in the Peyton Place mold, about a small Midwestern town during the pre-WWI era that teems with sex, sadism, moral corruption, and bad doctors (one of whom likes to perform unnecessary amputations). With Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Betty Field, Charles Coburn, and Claude Rains. “One of the great melodramas…As compulsive and perverse as any election, a veritable Mount Rushmore of emotional and physical cripples.” –Time Out Film Guide. 35mm. 127 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, June 5, at 6:30 pm
World War I + 100
GALLIPOLI
Australia, 1981, Peter Weir
Mel Gibson stars in this handsome, lavish Australian New Wave classic that won eight Aussie Academy Awards, including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor (Gibson), and Cinematography. It follows two idealistic sprinters in 1915 Australia who enlist in the British army to fight during the First World War. They are sent to the Gallipoli peninsula in what is now Turkey. DCP. 111 min.
 
Sunday, June 5, at 8:45 pm
BELLADONNA OF SADNESS
See 6/3 at 7:30 for description
 
JUNE 9-12
 
Thursday, June 9, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, June 12, at 3:30 pm
New Digital Restoration!
CITY OF WOMEN
LA CITTÀ DELLE DONNE
Italy/France, 1980, Federico Fellini
Marcello Mastroianni stars in this phantasmagorical Fellini fantasy about a middle-aged man (and Fellini stand-in) who finds himself in a surrealistic world dominated by females. There he encounters his own fears and fantasies about the opposite sex. “[Fellini’s] familiar gaudy treadmill of Barnum and ballet, circus and comic strip…Only a pinchpenny soul could denigrate the generosity, the sheer fertility of the Maestro’s invention.” –Time Out Film Guide. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 139 min. www.cohenmedia.net/films/city-of-women
 
Friday, June 10, at 7:00 pm &
Saturday, June 11, at 5:00 pm
The Republicans Are Coming,
The Republicans Are Coming
Film Classics in 35mm!
SAFETY LAST!
USA, 1923, Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Lifelong Republican Harold Lloyd was one of the three great clowns of the American silent screen, along with Chaplin and Keaton. In this “thrill comedy” that is his most famous and iconic movie, Harold plays a lowly, enterprising department store clerk who finds himself literally upwardly mobile—scaling the façade of a 12-story building—when a publicity stunt goes horribly wrong. This restored print features a musical score by the great silent film composer Carl Davis. “To see [Safety Last] today with an audience alternately roaring with laughter and gasping is one of the greatest experiences of cinema.” –David Shipman. 73 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. www.janusfilms.com
 
Friday, June 10, at 8:35 pm &
Sunday, June 12, at 6:30 pm
New 4K Digital Restoration!
RAN
Japan, 1985, Akira Kurosawa
In Kurosawa’s magisterial take on Shakespeare’s King Lear, an elderly Japanese warlord (Tatsuya Nakadai) bequeaths his domain to his eldest son, prompting resentment in his two younger sons and sparking a devastating power struggle (and color-coded battle scenes). “Spectacular…Among the most thrilling movie experiences a viewer can have!” –The NY Times. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 4K DCP. 161 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. www.rialtopictures.com
 
Saturday, June 11, at 5:00 pm
SAFETY LAST!
See 6/10 at 7:00 for description
 
Saturday, June 11, at 6:35 pm
CHERRY BLOSSOMS
KIRSCHBLÜTEN – HANAMI
Germany/France, 2008, Doris Dörrie
One of the most beloved Roxanne T. Mueller Award winners in the history of the Cleveland Int’l Film Festival, this touching drama tells of a Bavarian husband and wife who decide to visit their grown children in Berlin and Tokyo—only to discover that their presence is a burden to them. Doris Dörrie takes the plot and theme of Ozu’s celebrated 1953 Japanese classic Tokyo Story into new and unexpected directions in this piercingly beautiful modern classic. Subtitles. 127 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. This special screening commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Cleveland Independent Movie Goers Meetup.com group, founded in 2006 by Jim Simler.
 
Saturday, June 11, at 9:00 pm
The Republicans Are Coming,
The Republicans Are Coming
THE GREEN BERETS
USA, 1970, John Wayne, Ray Kellogg
This hawk’s-eye view of the Vietnam War stars John Wayne as a U.S. Special Forces colonel who gallantly leads the fight against the Vietcong and, along the way, makes a true believer out of a cynical American war correspondent (David Janssen). Lambasted by liberal critics when first released at the height of the antiwar protests, this film that was intended to honor the sacrifices of American soldiers is now regarded by some as an exciting and effective action movie. With Jim Hutton, Raymond St. Jacques, George Takei, et al. 35mm color & scope print! 141 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, June 12, at 3:30 pm
CITY OF WOMEN
See 6/9 at 6:45 for description
 
Sunday, June 12, at 6:30 pm
RAN
See 6/10 at 8:35 for description
 
JUNE 16-19
 
Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 pm &
Sunday, June 19, at 8:15 pm
TOO LATE
USA, 2015, Dennis Hauck
Shot (and shown) in 35mm Techniscope and comprised of five uninterrupted long takes (each lasting up to 22 minutes), this clever neo-noir by former Clevelander Dennis Hauck stars John Hawkes as a hard-boiled private eye whose pursuit of a missing stripper takes him through an assortment of colorful L.A. locales and lowlifes. With Robert Forster and Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner). “A strangely involving, idiosyncratic masterwork.” –The L.A. Times. Adults only! 35mm 107 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. At the conclusion of Sunday’s show, we will screen Hauck’s 18-min. 2010 short Sunday Punch, which features one of the characters (and actresses) seen in Too Late. www.feltnerfilms.com/toolate/
 
Thursday, June 16, at 8:40 pm &
Saturday, June 18, at 5:00 pm
The Republicans Are Coming,
The Republicans Are Coming
New 4K Digital Restoration!
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
USA, 1939, Frank Capra
James Stewart plays a greenhorn U.S. senator whose youthful idealism runs up against the chamber’s ingrained corruption (sound familiar?) in this fast-talking, inspiring political comedy that was branded anti-American by some in Washington when first released. Stewart was a lifelong Republican. But so was, surprisingly, the film’s populist, presumably progressive director, Frank (It’s a Wonderful Life) Capra. With Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, et al. 4K DCP. 129 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, June 17, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, June 19, at 6:30 pm
New Digital Restoration!
THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD
LE ROI ET L’OISEAU
France, 1980, Paul Grimault
One of the great animated movies of all time is virtually unknown in America! Begun in 1947 but not completed until 1980 (after a long hiatus), this beloved French film was written by the great screenwriter Jacques Prévert (Children of Paradise) and proved a major influence on Hayao Miyazaki and other Studio Ghibli animators. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen, Grimault’s fairy tale is set in the highly vertical kingdom of Tachycardia, where tyrannical cross-eyed King Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI pursues two lovers—a shepherdess and a chimney sweep—as they try to flee the kingdom with the aid of a mockingbird. Their flight takes them through the sunless depths of Tachycardia’s Lower City (think Metropolis), where they encounter bat-police and other strange creatures of the dark. The English-language version will show on Friday, and the English-subtitled version on Sunday. DCP. 83 min. www.rialtopicturres.com
 
Friday, June 17, at 8:45 pm &
Sunday, June 19, at 3:30 pm
NOTFILM
USA/UK, 2015, Ross Lipman
Notfilm is a feature-length documentary on one of the strangest all-star projects in the annals of cinema. In 1964 New York City, director Alan Schneider shot an avant-garde short movie written by Waiting for Godot author Samuel Beckett (his only screenplay), starring Buster Keaton, produced by Barney Rosset of Grove Press, and photographed by Oscar winner Boris Kaufman (brother of Dziga Vertov). It was entitled Film. In his new “kino-essay” Notfilm, director Ross Lipman, a veteran restorationist at UCLA, takes a long look at this short movie, stuffing his work with rare outtakes, previously unheard audio recordings of production meetings, and new interviews . Notfilm will be followed by Film itself, now newly restored. “A charming, earnest, sometimes ungainly mixture of history, criticism and high-minded gossip.” –The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. DCP. Total 150 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. http://filmbysamuelbeckett.com/
 
Saturday, June 18, at 5:00 pm
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
See 6/16 at 8:40 for description
 
Saturday, June 18, at 7:30 pm
The Republicans Are Coming,
The Republicans Are Coming
Film Classics in 35mm!
Restored Archive Print!
EL CID
USA, 1961, Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston plays the 11th-century Castilian knight Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (known as El Cid), who helped stop Islamic world domination by driving the Moors out of feudal Spain. (They had to pry his sword from his cold, dead hands). Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, and Herbert Lom co-star in this lavish historical super-production—one of the best ever—from a director mostly known for his Westerns. Like Ben-Hur (released two years earlier), El Cid was shot in 70mm and boasted a great Miklós Rózsa score. We will show an archival 35mm color & scope print of the 1993 restoration of this celebrated epic that Martin Scorsese crusaded for; special thanks to Mark McElhatten. 184 min. Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, June 19, at 3:30 pm
NOTFILM
See 6/17 at 8:45 for description
 
Sunday, June 19, at 6:30 pm
THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD
See 6/17 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, June 19, at 8:15 pm
TOO LATE
See 6/16 at 6:30 for description
 
JUNE 23-26
 
Thursday, June 23, at 6:45 pm &
Saturday, June 25, at 5:00 pm
New Digital Restoration!
DESTINY
DER MÜDE TOD
Germany, 1921, Fritz Lang
Here’s a new digital restoration of the first great film by the director of Metropolis (see 5/21 & 22), M, and many others. A dazzling blend of German Romanticism, German Expressionism, and Orientalism, the film is an elaborate fantasy in which Death grants a young woman three chances to thwart fate and save the life of her fiancé. She finds herself in a trio of tales set, respectively, in storied Persia, 17th-century Venice, and mythic China. The special effects in this 95-year-old work still impress. “Fritz Langs film Destiny opened my eyes to the poetic expressiveness of the cinema.” –Luis Buñuel. Cleveland revival premiere. Silent with music track. DCP. 98 min. www.kinolorber.com
 
Thursday, June 23, at 8:45 pm &
Friday, June 24, at 7:30 pm
NEON BULL
BOI NEON
Brazil/Uruguay/Netherlands, 2015, Gabriel Mascaro
A handsome, itinerant cowhand who helps deliver bulls to rodeos in northeast Brazil dreams of becoming a fashion designer; in his spare time he creates exotic fantasy costumes for the “mother” in his makeshift work family. This sensuous, painterly drama—one of the most acclaimed films of the past year—is a rodeo movie that explores gender and body issues as much as animal wrangling. “Not since Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz rutted in Jamón Jamón have meat and sex made such provocative bedfellows.” –Variety.  “Lyrically involving and deeply sensual, Neon Bull showcases a full-bodied artist in command of his form.” –indieWIRE. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 101 min. www.kinolorber.com
 
Friday, June 24, at 9:35 pm &
Sunday, June 26, at 6:30 pm
The Republicans Are Coming,
The Republicans Are Coming
INVASION U.S.A.
USA, 1975, Joseph Zito
One of Chuck Norris’ most preposterous, paranoid, and xenophobic movies tells of an ass-kicking ex-CIA agent who is happily living in the Florida Everglades with his pet armadillo when he is forced out of retirement to deal with a band of Commie terrorists who have infiltrated Miami, wreaking havoc, fomenting panic, and threatening Christmas. With Richard Lynch; a Golan-Globus production for Cannon Films. 35mm. 107 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, June 25, at 5:00 pm
DESTINY
See 6/23 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, June 25, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, June 26, at 8:40 pm
The Republicans Are Coming,
The Republicans Are Coming
Film Classics in 35mm!
UNFORGIVEN
USA, 1992, Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris star in Eastwood’s somber, elegiac Western about a reformed killer who returns to his violent ways to collect a bounty he desperately needs. A meditation on both morality and mortality, Eastwood’s final Western takes a fresh, nuanced, sobering look at frontier heroism and justice. Winner of four Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actor (Hackman). “Magnificent.” –Time Out Film Guide. 35mm. 131 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, June 25, at 9:30 pm &
Sunday, June 26, at 4:00 pm
THE CLAN
EL CLAN
Argentina/Spain, 2015, Pablo Trapero
The new film from one of Argentina’s most prominent filmmakers was the country’s official entry for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The Puccios are a seemingly normal, respectable, upper-middle-class Buenos Aires family. But in reality they’re criminals who kidnap their wealthy neighbors, hold them for ransom, and then murder them. Based on a notorious true case. “A muscular, Hollywood-style account of the Puccio fiasco.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 108 min.
 
Sunday, June 26, at 6:30 pm
INVASION U.S.A.
See 6/24 at 9:35 for description
 
Sunday, June 26, at 8:40 pm
UNFORGIVEN
See 6/25 at 7:00 for description

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