Monday, July 31, 2017

Cinematheque celebrates 31st anniversary with special movies by Tarantino, Lynch, Lang, et al.

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque celebrates its 31st anniversary between August 3 and 6 with a weekend of special movies for film buffs. All have been programmed by the Cinematheque’s co-founder and 31-year Director, John Ewing.
Showing during the four days will be:
(1)    FLOORSHOW, a shot-in-NE Ohio, 1978 16mm feature by the region’s pre-eminent independent filmmaker, Richard Myers.
(2)    DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME, the latest found-footage assemblage by early cinema archaeologist Bill (DECASIA) Morrison. Cleveland premiere.
(3)    Quentin Tarantino’s RESERVOIR DOGS, shown in a new 35mm color & scope print struck for the film’s 25th anniversary.
(4)    INDUSTRIAL SYMPHONY #1 & RABBITS, two rarities by David Lynch that were never released to movie theaters.
(5)    Archival 35mm prints of GO WEST with the Marx Brothers and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s SANTA SANGRE.
(6)    A new digital restoration of Fritz Lang’s two-part, 1922 German silent crime epic DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER.
Detailed descriptions are below.
All will show in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Avenue in the Uptown district of University Circle. Unless noted below, admission to each film is $10; Cinematheque members and those age 25 & under $7. Free parking for filmgoers is available in Lot 73 and in the Institute Annex Lot, both located off E. 117th Street from Euclid Avenue. For further information, visit, email, or call (216) 421-7450.
Cinematheque programs are supported by a grant Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Thursday, August 3, at 6:45 pm
Film Classics in 16mm!
USA, 1978, Richard Myers
This key shot-in-northeast Ohio feature by the dean of Ohio filmmakers, Richard Myers, won first prize at the 18th Ann Arbor Film Festival. It’s a kaleidoscopic consideration of films, filmmaking, and life that prompted the L.A. Times to declare: “There’s probably no filmmaker more successful in transmitting his imagination to the screen than Ohio experimentalist Richard Myers.” 16mm. 90 min.
Thursday, August 3, at 8:30 pm &
Sunday, August 6, at 3:30 pm
USA, 2016, Bill Morrison
The latest found-footage assemblage from the maker of Decasia continues Bill Morrison’s fascination with the archaeology of early cinema.  Dawson City, in the Yukon Territory just south of the Arctic Circle, was the destination of thousands of prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century. It was also the final resting place for hundreds of nitrate prints of silent movies that were shipped there (the last stop on a film distribution circuit) and never returned. Buried in—and protected by—the permafrost, this cache of movies was accidentally uncovered by a bulldozer in 1978. It proved a gold mine to film historians, with many previously lost rarities. Morrison pairs clips from these rediscovered films with other archival footage, interviews, period photographs, and a score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers to relate the unique history of this Canadian Gold Rush town and the life cycle of a singular film collection. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 120 min.
Friday, August 4, at 7:30 pm &
Saturday, August 5, at 9:15 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
25th Anniversary!
USA, 1992, Quentin Tarantino
In 1993 (a year before Pulp Fiction) we wrote the following: “Mark our words: first-time writer/director Quentin Tarantino made one for future film history books with this savage, stylish, tightly-plotted thriller about the bloody aftermath of a bungled jewel heist. Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and Michael Madsen will live for years as Mr. White, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, and Mr. Blonde.” If you didn’t believe us then, then don’t miss seeing Reservoir Dogs this time around, in a 35mm color & scope print that has been newly struck for the film’s 25th anniversary. Adults only! 99 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
Friday, August 4, at 9:30 pm
David Lynch Double Feature!
USA, 1990, David Lynch
USA, 2002, David Lynch
Two little-known works by David Lynch, neither made for theatrical release. Industrial Symphony No. 1 is a film version of an avant-garde musical play by Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti; it constitutes something of a bridge between Wild at Heart and Twin Peaks. When a guy (Nicolas Cage) dumps his gal (Laura Dern), her shattered “dreamself” (Julee Cruise) sings a series of aching lovesongs. Sometimes she’s floating above a stage littered with junk; sometimes she’s backed up by dancers. Rabbits is a four-episode adaptation of Lynch’s eight-episode web series. Scott Coffey, Laura Elena Harring, Rebekah Del Rio, and Naomi Watts play humanoid rabbits in an ominous living room setting. As it pours rain outside, they deliver non-sequitur dialogue and occasionally sing, while an eerie laugh track and applause from an unseen audience heighten the atmosphere of anxiety and menace. DVD. Total 93 min. Screening courtesy of ABSURDA/Asymmetrical Productions.
Saturday, August 5, at 5:00 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
Late Marx Brothers
USA, 1939, Edward Buzzell
The Marx Bros try to save a bankrupt circus from conniving creditors in this three-ring comedy that co-stars Margaret Dumont. Groucho sings “Lydia the Tattooed Lady.” Archive print! 87 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
Saturday, August 5, at 6:50 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky
Italy/Mexico, 1989, Alejandro Jodorowsky
Set in a world of circus freaks and religious fanatics, Alejandro (El Topo) Jodorowsky’s surreal, sensational south-of-the-border tale concerns an insane young man who becomes the arms—and does the nefarious bidding—of his mutilated, armless mother. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. No one under 18 admitted! Subtitles. 123 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
Sunday, August 6, at 6:00 pm
Cinematheque 31st Anniversary Weekend!
New Digital Restoration!
Germany, 1922, Fritz Lang
Prior to directing Metropolis and M, the great Fritz Lang exploited the fear, social unrest, and decadence of post-WWI Germany (and foreshadowed Hitler) with this famous, visually stunning silent epic about a criminal genius, hypnotist, and master of disguise (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) who wreaks economic havoc and plots to take over the world. Comprised of two parts (The Great Gambler and The Inferno) that were released one month apart, this seminal crime drama was recently restored by three German film archives. The resulting “authorized” version is not only the longest available cut of the film, but also the one that most closely represents Lang's original vision. English intertitles. Music track. Blu-ray. 270 min. Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

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