[Press release from the Cleveland Museum of Art.]
The Cleveland Museum of Art presents a series of movies from the pivotal film year of 1967 (50 years ago). It begins on Tuesday, July 11.
There are also two changes to museum’s film program. As of July, Wednesday night films will be shifted to Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 pm. And there will now be only two categories of admission prices: museum members and non-members.
1967: The Summer of (Movie) Love
1967 was the year of the “Summer of Love.” It was also a pivotal year in the history of movies. Arthur Penn’s freewheeling Bonnie and Clyde ushered in a new era of motion picture bloodletting and violence. Mike Nichols’s satiric and sexually frank The Graduate tapped a huge, previously unrecognized audience of aimless, antiestablishment young people. Stanley Kramer’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? broached the sensitive subject of interracial marriage. In 2017 each of these three groundbreaking works will receive (or already have received) special 50th anniversary screenings in multiplexes across the US.
But 1967 featured more than this trio of famous American taboo breakers. Milestone movies emerged around the globe during this seminal year in film. Master filmmakers like Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, and Jacques Tati released major works that helped change the face of modern movies. Foreign filmmakers working in the US, like Britain’s John Boorman and Canada’s Norman Jewison, mounted their own assaults on the Hollywood establishment during the year’s cinematic revolution. The movies of 1967 reflected the upheavals that were shaking and shaping culture and society at large. These exciting works inspired a new generation of international filmgoers and filmmakers, film scholars and film programmers, cementing cinema as an art form worthy of serious attention in both the media and academia. In short, after 1967, movies were never the same.
This July and August we present seven groundbreaking works that mark their 50th anniversary in 2017. All will be shown from 35mm film in Morley Lecture Hall. Admission to each is $11; CMA members $8.
In the Heat of the Night Tue/Jul 11, 1:30. Fri/Jul 14, 7:00. Directed by Norman Jewison. With Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, and Warren Oates. In this winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Steiger), a bigoted Southern sheriff must work with an African American homicide detective from Philadelphia to solve a murder in a small, backwards Mississippi town. (USA, 1967, color, 35mm, 109 min.) Tuesday’s screening will be introduced by William Patrick Day, professor of English and cinema studies at Oberlin College.
Playtime Sun/Jul 16, 1:30. Tue/Jul 18, 1:30. Directed by Jacques Tati. With Tati. In this brilliant comic critique of modernity and technology, Jacques Tati’s beloved, bumbling, bumbershoot-carrying alter ego, Monsieur Hulot, adds a much-needed dose of humanity to a sterile, soulless glass and steel cityscape on the edge of Paris that he tries to navigate. (France, 1967, color, 35mm, 124 min.)
The Jungle Book Fri/Jul 21, 7:00. Sun/Jul 23, 1:30 Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. With the voices of Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, and George Sanders. The last Disney-animated film personally produced by Walt (who died during production) is a funny, genial, tuneful take on the Kipling classic about a young Indian boy raised by wolves and befriended by other critters. Songs by the Sherman Brothers. (USA, 1967, color, 35mm, 78 min.)
Point Blank Sun/Jul 30, 1:30. Tue/Aug 1, 1:30. Directed by John Boorman. With Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, and Keenan Wynn. Two years after he is shot and left for dead, a gangster seeks revenge on those who betrayed him. This dreamy crime film with a fractured narrative and Pop Art colors, a flop when first released, is now seen as one of the stylistic landmarks of the 1960s. (USA, 1967, color, 35mm, 92 min.)
Belle de Jour Tue/Aug 8, 1:30. Fri/Aug 11, 7:00. Directed by Luis Buñuel. With Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, and Michel Piccoli. In this elegantly perverse provocation by one of cinema’s great Surrealists, a young, frigid, bourgeois French housewife spends weekday afternoons moonlighting (daylighting?) as a high-class prostitute. Adults only! (France/Italy, 1967, subtitles, color, 35mm, 100 min.) Tuesday’s screening will be introduced by Grace An, associate professor of French and cinema studies at Oberlin College.
Weekend Fri/Aug 18, 7:00. Sun/Aug 20, 1:30. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. A couple’s weekend excursion to the country becomes a descent into horror and barbarism in this scabrous, savagely funny attack on bourgeois values and Western civilization. “(Godard’s) vision of hell . . . ranks with the greatest.” —Pauline Kael. (France/Italy, 1967, subtitles, color, 35mm, 105 min.)
Samurai Rebellion Sun/Aug 27, 1:30. Tue/Aug 29, 1:30. Directed by Masaki Kobayashi. With Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai. In 18th-century Japan, a longtime loyal retainer to a feudal lord revolts when the ruler demands the return of an old mistress, now the loving wife of the samurai’s son. Music by Toru Takemitsu. “The final duel is as exciting as any ever put on film.” —David Shipman. (Japan, 1967, subtitles, b&w, 121 min.)