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Cinematheque Anniversary Films

By admin Published: July 19, 2010

The folks in Cleveland are marking their 25th anniversary as well as commemorarting the 24th anniversary of the Cleveland Institute of Art. From the announcement:

One part of the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque's current Silver Anniversary Celebration -- which runs from July 2010 (the 25th anniversary of the first Cinematheque film screening at CWRU) through August 2011 (the 25th anniversary of the first Cinematheque film screening at CIA) -- will be a year-long series entitled "The Silver (Anniversary) Screen." This series will consist of screenings of rare and special classic movies that the Cinematheque has never before shown.

The first movie in this series is the recently discovered silent version of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. It will show on Thursday, July 29, at 7:00 pm in the Cinematheque's theatre at 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Tickets (at the door only) are $10, Cinematheque members and Cleveland Institute of Art students & staff $7.

Continues, and adds details about the CIA anniversary movie weekend in August, after the jump.

Until recently ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT has been known only as an early-sound anti-war movie that won the 1930 Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director. This recently-discovered silent version was shot simultaneously using the same cast and was released to theatres in Europe that had not yet converted to the new technology of talking pictures. Preserved by the Library of Congress, this longer, more fluid version (which has a music soundtrack) is now seen by some as the better of the two movies. Lew Ayres stars as a German schoolboy whose heroic notions of war are soon dispelled by the horrible realities of WWI. Though based on a German novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the film was banned in Germany by Hitler and the Nazis. ALL QUIET will be preceded at 7:00 pm by the local premiere of BÉLA, a new 6-min. movie by Cleveland filmmaker (and Cleveland Institute of Art Gallery Director) Bruce Checefsky. BÉLA is a realization of a never-produced 1924 experimental film scenario by Hungarian Dada artist György Gerö.

The second movie in the series "The Silver (Anniversary) Screen" will be Steven Spielberg's rarely-revived INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984), the first sequel to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. It will show in a 35mm collector's print on Saturday, August 21, at 7:40 pm and on Sunday, August 22, at 8:40 pm. Tickets are $9, Cinematheque members/CIA students & staff $6. Subsequent movies in this intermittent 14-month series will be announced as they are confirmed.

A week after ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, the Cinematheque will mark its 24th anniversary at the Cleveland Institute of Art with a weekend of special films. On August 6, 7, and 8 the Cinematheque will present: the Cleveland premiere of ROAD, MOVIE, a 2009 movie that has been called India's answer to CINEMA PARADISO; the Cleveland revival premiere of THE LAW, a forgotten 1959 Italian/French co-production directed by Jules Dassin and starring Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni, Yves Montand, and Melina Mercouri, recently hailed by Time Out New York as "a damn good time"; DUCK SOUP, probably the Marx Brothers' greatest and funniest film; and a special advance screening of the two-part, all-star, blockbuster French crime sage, MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT and MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1, which stars Vincent Cassel, Gerard Depardieu, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric, and others.

Admission to any movie during this anniversary weekend is $9 (Cinematheque members/CIA students & staff $6) or $15 (Cinematheque members/CIA $12) for two films on the same day. Further details about the five films are below:



August 6-8, 2010

Friday, August 6, at 5:30 pm &

Saturday, August 7, at 9:25 pm


USA/India, 2009, Dev Benegal

Hailed by the Toronto International Film Festival as a “new Cinema Paradiso,” this visually-stunning road movie tells of a disenchanted young Indian man (Abhay Deol) who flees his family’s hair oil business and drives a rattletrap truck containing motion pictures and projectors—a mobile cinema—across India’s spectacular desert to the sea. His encounters with fellow travelers (and a few villains) teach him a lot about life—and the movies. Cleveland premiere. Hindi with subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 95 min.

Friday, August 6, at 7:25 pm &

Saturday, August 7, at 5:30 pm

The Best of the Marx Bros.


USA, 1933, Leo McCarey

The Marx Brothers’ most antic, irreverent, and hilarious romp is a satire about two pint-sized, neighboring states, Fredonia and Sylvania, who go to war for no good reason. The celebrated “mirror” scene is perhaps the most amazing sequence in Marx Brothers history. With Margaret Dumont. 35mm. 70 min. Kids 12 & under $6.

Friday, August 6, at 8:55 pm &

Saturday, August 7, at 7:00 pm

Jules Dassin: An American Abroad

New 35mm Print!




Italy/France, 1959, Jules Dassin

Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni, Melina Mercouri, and Yves Montand star in this forgotten film by blacklisted American filmmaker Jules Dassin, who moved to Europe after he was unable to work in McCarthy’s U.S. Lollobrigida plays a beautiful, wily housekeeper in a small Mediterranean coastal town who exploits the lustful desire of a local gangster (Montand) in order to build her dowry—and thus marry her impoverished true love (Mastroianni). “The Law is everything that this season’s lackluster blockbusters are not: a damn good time.” –Time Out New York (6/24/10). Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 121 min.

Sunday, August 8, at 6:30 pm

Special Advance Screening!



France/Canada/Italy, 2008, Jean-François Richet

Be among the first to see a new two-part crime epic that The Hollywood Reporter has called “a French Bonnie and Clyde.” It nabbed César Awards (France’s Oscars) for Best Actor and Best Director and was nominated for eight others. Vincent Cassel (heading an all-star cast that also includes Ludivine Sagnier, Gérard Depardieu, Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet, and Cécile De France) plays legendary gangster Jacques Mesrine (1936-1979), whose notorious exploits and escapes made him Public Enemy Number One in both France and Canada during the 1970s. In the first part of the saga, Mesrine is a handsome and charismatic Algerian War vet living in 1960s Paris. Under the tutelage of a veteran mobster (Depardieu), he quickly ascends the criminal ladder. See next blurb for part two. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 113 min. Screening courtesy of Music Box Films; special thanks to Ed Arentz.

Sunday, August 8, at 8:45 pm

Special Advance Screening!



France/Canada/Italy, 2008, Jean-François Richet

The thrilling conclusion to the Mesrine saga (see previous blurb) is an intricate cat and mouse game between the notorious French criminal and a dogged policeman (Olivier Gourmet) intent on capturing or killing him. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 133 min. Screening courtesy of Music Box Films; special thanks to Ed Arentz.

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