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Cinematheque Discounts For Younger Moviegoers

By admin Published: June 10, 2011

The official word: Starting June 30, moviegoers age 25 & under will pay only $5 to attend movies at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. $5 tickets will be sold at the door only, as seats are available. Those claiming the discount should have an I.D. with their birthday on them.

“This new price will allow young people to more easily afford to attend the wealth of truly interesting and exceptional films that the Cinematheque presents,” says Cinematheque Director John Ewing. “And not just in July and August of this our 25th Anniversary year, but always.”

During July and August the Cinematheque will present:
(1) A wide array of first- and second-run films and film classics that won’t be seen anyplace else in northeast Ohio. Highlights include Takashi Miike’s samurai epic 13 ASSASSINS; Jim Jarmusch’s first feature PERMANENT VACATION; the East Side premiere of BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK; two shot-in-Cleveland Hollywood rarities, THE KID FROM CLEVELAND (1949) and THOSE LIPS, THOSE EYES (1980); and this year’s winner of the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Award for Best Film at the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival, VINCENT WANTS TO SEA.
(2) Retrospectives devoted to three important international filmmakers: Poland’s Jerzy Skolimowski; Japan’s Kaneto Shindo; and Turkey’s Yilmaz Güney.
(3) A Keir Dullea Weekend featuring four films starring the Cleveland-born actor. Dullea will appear in person on July 16 with two of them, DAVID AND LISA and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
(4) Two special offsite events: one at the Norwalk Theatre in Norwalk, Ohio on July 31, and one at the Palace Theatre in PlayhouseSquare on August 4.
(5) A special movie and reception on Monday, August 8 marking the 25th anniversary of the Cinematheque’s first film screening at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

All films (except for the two offsite events) will show in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle, telephone (216) 421-7450, www.cia.edu/cinematheque. Admission to most films is $9; Cinematheque members and those with a CIA I.D. $7 (a price increase; was $6); those 25 & under $5 (new price). Moviegoers can see a second film on the same day for an additional $5 (a price reduction; was $6). Free parking for filmgoers is available in the adjacent CIA lot, located off of East Blvd. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450.

The complete list of July-August films at the Cinematheque is after the jump.

JUNE 30 – JULY 2

Thursday, June 30, at 5:30 pm &

Saturday, July 2, at 5:30 pm

The Silver Anniversary Screen

PERMANENT VACATION

USA, 1980, Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch’s rarely-shown first feature, made before Stranger Than Paradise, has the same episodic structure and shaggy-dog appeal as that partially-shot-in-Cleveland classic. An aimless young man obsessed with Charlie Parker bops around lower Manhattan, bumping into a series of colorful characters—among them a car thief, a war vet, and a saxophone player (John Lurie). 35mm. 75 min.

Thursday, June 30, at 7:00 pm &

Friday, July 1, at 9:55 pm

Jerzy Skolimowski: Polish Films

ESSENTIAL KILLING

Poland/Norway/Ireland/Hungary, 2010, Jerzy Skolimowski

Vincent Gallo stars in Jerzy Skolimowski’s latest film, an existential action movie which nabbed the Best Actor prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival. (The movie itself got the Grand Special Jury Prize.) Gallo plays a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan who is captured and interrogated after killing three Americans. He is flown to a detention center in East Europe, but manages to escape into the cold, snowy wilderness that surrounds the base. This beautifully-shot, largely wordless thriller is an elemental drama that poetically ponders the human condition. With Emmanuelle Seigner (Roman Polanski’s wife). Imported 35mm color print! Cleveland premiere. On Thursday the film will be introduced by Joanna Trzeciak, Assistant Professor in the department of Modern and Classical Language Studies at Kent State University, and followed by a reception organized by the Polish American Cultural Center. Subtitles. 83 min. www.essentialkilling.com

Friday, July 1, at 5:30 pm &

Saturday, July 2, at 7:05 pm

QUEEN TO PLAY

JOUEUSE

France/Germany, 2009, Caroline Bottaro

Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire star in this “tangy comic bonbon” (The NY Times) about a hotel maid who becomes obsessed with chess. She sees the game as an aphrodisiacal arena to wage the battle of the sexes. This unusual tale of female empowerment is set on scenic Corsica. “Intelligent, heartfelt and deeply satisfying.” -The L.A. Times. Subtitles. 35mm. 97 min. www.zeitgeistfilms.com/queentoplay/

Friday, July 1, at 7:30 pm &

Saturday, July 2, at 9:05 pm

13 ASSASSINS

JÛSAN-NIN NO SHIKAKU

Japan, 2010, Takashi Miike

The new film from the crazily prolific Takashi Miike (Audition, The Happiness of the Katakuris) is one of his very best. It’s also one of the most acclaimed movies of 2011, with a metacritic.com rating of 86 out of 100! A samurai warrior recruits an elite team of killers (“a dirty baker’s dozen,” according to critic Nick Pinkerton) in order to eradicate the Shogun’s evil brother. This funny, violent action epic concludes with an amazing 45-minute battle sequence. “A classic samurai movie…among the finest in the genre” -The L.A. Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 126 min. www.magpictures.com

Friday, July 1, at 9:55 pm

ESSENTIAL KILLING

See 6/30 at 7:00 for description

Saturday, July 2, at 5:30 pm

PERMANENT VACATION

See 6/30 at 5:30 for description

Saturday, July 2, at 7:05 pm

QUEEN TO PLAY

See 7/1 at 5:30 for description

Saturday, July 2, at 9:05 pm

13 ASSASSINS

See 7/1 at 7:30 for description

JULY 7-10

Thursday, July 7, at 5:30 pm &

Saturday, July 9, at 9:00 pm

AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE

USA, 2007, Michael Paxton

This Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the life of controversial novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand. Though she was born in Russia in 1905, Rand (who emigrated to the U.S. in 1929) was a vehement anti-communist who championed freedom, individualism, self-interest, and atheism in her best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. This film explores not only Rand’s ideas and books (and some of the movies made from them) but also her lesser-known careers as Hollywood screenwriter and extra, Broadway playwright, and friendly witness to the House Un-American Activities Committee. 35mm. 145 min.

Thursday, July 7, at 8:15 pm

Jerzy Skolimowski: Polish Films

IDENTIFICATION MARKS: NONE

RYSOPIS

Poland, 1965, Jerzy Skolimowski

Jerzy Skolimwoski and his then-wife Elżbieta Czyżewska star in the director’s visually-stunning first feature, an episodic account of a young Polish man who visits his estranged wife and other friends and acquaintances before starting his compulsory military service. Imported 35mm archive print! Subtitles. 73 min.

Friday, July 8, at 5:40 pm &

Sunday, July 10, at 1:10 pm

A SCREAMING MAN

UN HOMME QUI CRIE

France/Belgium/Chad, 2010, Mahamet-Salah Haroun

Classical foreign-language art cinema lives! This potent, elegantly-shot variation on F. W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh tells of Adam, a sixtyish former swimming champion who has worked as pool attendant at a luxury hotel in Chad’s capital city for 30 years. When Adam suddenly loses his job to his 20-year-old son and former assistant, he is humiliated and jealous—and takes drastic steps to reclaim his “rightful” position. “Critics’ Pick…Quiet, tender, finally wrenching…It’s a modest film, if only in scale and apparent budget, about some of the greatest questions in life, like the existence of God, our capacity to see beyond our own vanity and the legacies of fathers.” –The NY Times. French and Arabic with subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 91 min. www.filmmovement.com

Friday, July 8, at 7:30 pm &

Sunday, July 10, at 3:00 pm

BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK

USA/France, 2010, Richard Press

Bill Cunningham is a modest, self-effacing, 82-year-old New York Times fashion photographer who, for over 30 years now, has pedaled around Manhattan on a bicycle and snapped candid photos of people with a sense of style—both celebrities at high-society soireés and regular people spotted on the street. This freewheeling portrait of this charming workaholic is one of the most joyous movies of the year! With Anna Wintour. East Side Cleveland premiere! 35mm. 84 min. www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork/

Friday, July 8, at 9:15 pm &

Saturday, July 9, at 7:10 pm

Jerzy Skolimowski: Polish Films

FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA

CZTERY NOCE Z ANNA

Poland/France, 2008, Jerzy Skolimowski

Jerzy Skolimowski’s first film in 17 years is a strange and creepy black comedy about infatuation, voyeurism, and obsession. Set in a small Polish village, it tells of a desperately lonely crematorium worker so smitten with his attractive neighbor that he sneaks into her apartment while she sleeps and bestows anonymous gifts and favors. A New York Film Festival selection. Imported 35mm color print! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 87 min.

Saturday, July 9, at 5:30 pm

Jerzy Skolimwoski: Polish Films

WALKOVER

WALKOWER

Poland, 1965, Jerzy Skolimowski

Jerzy Skolimowski’s second feature is, like his first (Identification Marks: None, see 7/7), another portrait of a societal outsider. Here a college drop-out who’s also an amateur fighter approaching middle age enters a factory boxing tournament after running into an old female acquaintance. Skolimowski, himself an ex-boxer, stars. Imported 35mm archive print! Subtitles. 77 min.

Saturday, July 9, at 7:10 pm

FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA

See 7/8 at 9:15 for description

Saturday, July 9, at 9:00 pm

AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE

See 7/7 at 5:30 for description

Sunday, July 10, at 1:10 pm

A SCREAMING MAN

See 7/8 at 5:40 for description

Sunday, July 10, at 3:00 pm

BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK

See 7/8 at 7:30 for description

JULY 14-17

Thursday, July 14, at 6:00 pm &

Friday, July 15, at 9:10 pm

Keir Dullea Weekend!

BLACK CHRISTMAS

aka SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT

Canada, 1974, Bob Clark

Christmas in July! Keir Dullea, Olivia Hussey, and Margot Kidder star in this clever, chilling thriller from the director of A Christmas Story. But this is a different kind of holiday classic—about a college sorority house plagued by a serial killer shortly before winter break. Adults only! 35mm. 98 min. Keir Dullea will appear in person on 7/16.

Thursday, July 14, at 8:00 pm

Jerzy Skolimowski: Polish Films

BARRIER

BARIERA

Poland, 1966, Jerzy Skolimowski

Fantasy and reality commingle in Jerzy Skolimowski’s visually stunning third feature, one of his very best. A social critique leavened by dark humor, the film follows a disillusioned young medical student who aspires to live a meaningful life in a society suffused with materialism and bureaucracy. With Jan Nowicki. “Barrier is that rare bird, a genuinely surrealist film.” –Time Out Film Guide. Imported 35mm print! Subtitles. 77 min.

Friday, July 15, at 7:00 pm &

Sunday, July 17, at 4:35 pm

Keir Dullea Weekend!

BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING

Britain, 1965, Otto Preminger

Laurence Olivier, Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, and Noel Coward star in this shot-in-London Otto Preminger thriller. In it, an American single mother who has moved to England with her four-year-old daughter reports that her child has gone missing during her first day at pre-school. Olivier plays the police superintendent who leads the investigation; Dullea is the distraught mother’s journalist brother. New 35mm scope restoration! 107 min. Keir Dullea will appear in person on 7/16.

Friday, July 15, at 9:10 pm

BLACK CHRISTMAS

See 7/14 at 6:00 for description

Saturday, July 16, at 5:30 pm

Keir Dullea in Person!

DAVID AND LISA

USA, 1962, Frank Perry

Until 2001: A Space Odyssey (see next blurb), actor Keir Dullea was best known for his acclaimed performance in this small, celebrated low-budget independent film set within a psychiatric institution. He’s David, a lonely and emotionally-stunted teenager, who befriends Lisa (Janet Margolin), an equally lonely schizophrenic girl with two distinct personalities. Time magazine called David and Lisa “the best American film of 1962.” Dullea, who was born in Cleveland, will answer audience questions after the screening. 35mm. 93 min. Special admission $10; members and CIA I.D. holders $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Saturday, July 16, at 8:15 pm &

Sunday, July 17, at 7:00 pm

Keir Dullea in Person on Saturday!

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Britain, 1968, Stanley Kubrick

Keir Dullea’s most famous movie role is that of astronaut David Bowman in Stanley Kubrick’s visionary sci-fi epic. As a crew member of American spaceship Discovery One, Bowman battles loneliness and the supercomputer HAL on his way to Jupiter and beyond. This visually dazzling meditation on human evolution, which was shot in 65mm and must be seen on the big screen, is one of the most iconic and influential films ever made. “The ultimate science fiction movie.” –George Lucas. Dullea will answer audience questions after the Saturday screening. 35mm color & scope print! 139 min. On 7/16 special admission prices/policies will be in effect: $10; members and CIA I.D. holders $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. On 7/17 regular prices/policies will apply.

Sunday, July 17, at 3:00 pm

Jerzy Skolimowsi: Polish Films

HANDS UP!

RECE DO GÓRY

Poland, 1967/81, Jerzy Skolimowski

Filmed in 1967 but banned by Polish censors until 1981 (at which time Skolimowski added some newly shot footage to it), Hands Up! is a surreal, savage critique of Stalinism (as seen in 1960s Poland) as well as a meditation on the artist’s place in such a society. The 1981 “prologue” to this fascinating meta-movie contains London-shot footage of Jane Asher (who starred in Skolimowski’s Deep End ) and Alan Bates (who starred in his The Shout) as well as shots of bombed-out Beirut (where Skolimowski acted in Volker Schlöndorff’s 1981 feature Circle of Deceit). Imported 35mm archive print! Subtitles. 76 min.

Sunday, July 17, at 4:35 pm

BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING

See 7/15 at 7:00 for description

Sunday, July 17, at 7:00 pm

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

See 7/16 at 8:15 for description

JULY 21-23

Thursday, July 21, at 7:00 pm

The Silver Anniversary Screen

THE KID FROM CLEVELAND

USA, 1949, Herbert Kline

Members of the World Champion 1948 Cleveland Indians (Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Tris Speaker, Hank Greenberg, Satchel Paige, Gene Bearden, Bill Veeck, et al.) come together to help a troubled teenage fan (“Rusty” Tamblyn) in this shot-in-Cleveland Republic Pictures rarity that features footage of League Park, Municipal Stadium, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among other local landmarks. Preceded at 7:00 by “The World Series 1948,” a vintage 40-minute newsreel featuring the Indians and the Boston Braves. 16mm. Total 139 min.

Friday, July 22, at 5:15 pm &

Saturday, July 23, at 7:05 pm

IN A BETTER WORLD

HÆVNEN

Denmark/Sweden, 2010, Susanne Bier

Winner of both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 2010, this suspenseful, multi-faceted drama is a meditation on power, abuse, revenge, and forgiveness. The central story concerns two troubled schoolmates from very different backgrounds who get into even more trouble when they join forces and take on various local bullies. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 119 min. www.sonyclassics.com/inabetterworld/

Friday, July 22, at 7:35 pm &

Saturday, July 23, at 9:25 pm

THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING

LA PRIMA COSA BELLA

Italy, 2010, Paolo Virzi

Italy’s official entry for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film is a funny-sad melodrama about a beautiful, larger-than-life Italian mother. Spanning four decades, this flashback-laden film recounts the eventful life of this exuberant woman (who is played at two ages by two different actresses, including Stefania Sandrelli) and the deleterious effect her behavior has on her impressionable son, now an issue-plagued grownup. “A highly polished crowd-pleaser.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 122 min. www.thefirstbeautifulthing.com

Friday, July 22, at 9:55 pm &

Saturday, July 23, at 5:00 pm

Four by Kaneto Shindo

New 35mm Scope Print!

ONIBABA

aka THE HOLE

Japan, 1964, Kaneto Shindo

This erotically-charged, visually-stunning horror film is set in medieval Japan, where two impoverished women—a young widow and her mother-in-law—live in a marsh next to a river. There they run a nefarious enterprise—killing wandering samurai and selling their armor for rice. Their murderous scheme works like clockwork—until the daughter-in-law falls in love with one of the potential victims. From the director of Kuroneko (Black Cat). Subtitles. Cleveland revival premiere. 103 min. www.janusfilms.com

Saturday, July 23, at 7:05 pm

IN A BETTER WORLD

See 7/22 at 5:15 for description

Saturday, July 23, at 9:25 pm

THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING

See 7/22 at 7:35 for description

JULY 28-31

Thursday, July 28, at 6:00 pm &

Saturday, July 30, at 9:40 pm

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

SOMOS LO QUE HAY

Mexico, 2010, Jorge Michel Grau

An impoverished family of Mexico City cannibals is left to fend for itself after their patriarch (and provider) dies. This stylish, gory, ghoulishly funny, social-realist horror film was selected for last year’s prestigious New York Film Festival. “An unexpectedly rich exploration of family bonds, blood rituals and the oftentimes zombie-like desire to assume the roles proscribed to each of us.” –The L.A. Times. No one under 17 admitted! 35mm color & scope print! 90 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/we-are-what-we-are

Thursday, July 28, at 7:50 pm &

Friday, July 29, at 5:30 pm

THE ROBBER

DER RÄUBER

Germany/Austria, 2010, Benjamin Heisenberg

Run, Johann, run! A marathon runner who also robs banks (racing from the scene of the crime carrying bags of money) is the subject of this fast and furious thriller inspired by real-life 1980s Austrian runner/robber Johann Kastenberger. Movement—not motivation—is the thing in this lean, laconic perpetual-motion machine that doubles as an existential treatise. The Village Voice says that “the film has chase sequences to outdo Hollywood’s finest.” Not surprisingly, an American remake is in the works… A 2010 New York Film Festival selection. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 90 min. www.kinolorber.com

Friday, July 29, at 7:20 pm &

Saturday, July 30, at 5:00 pm

Four by Kaneto Shindo

New 35mm Scope Print!

THE NAKED ISLAND

aka THE ISLAND

HADAKA NO SHIMA

Japan, 1960, Kaneto Shindo

Kaneto Shindo’s most honored film, which has no spoken dialogue, relates the extremely hard life of a farm family of four who are the only residents of a small, barren Japanese island. The parents row daily to the mainland to collect water for their plants and personal use. Upon arriving home, they must haul it up a steep, rocky hill—a Sisyphean task repeated over and over. This classic, originally released as The Island, was a major festival prizewinner and huge box office success. “Five stars (highest rating)...Perhaps the ultimate poetic-ruralism masterpiece not made by someone named Malick.” –Time Out New York. Cleveland revival premiere. 94 min. www.janusfilms.com

Friday, July 29, at 9:15 pm &

Saturday, July 30, at 7:00 pm

New 35mm Color Print!

Complete, Uncut Version!

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

Britain, 1976, Nicolas Roeg

Ziggy Stardust – er, 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-cut version—and has been unavailable theatrically here, in any version, for well over a decade. But now it’s back, complete and uncut and looking better than ever! The film follows the E.T. (named Newton) as he lands in the American Southwest, conceals his identity, and proceeds to build a huge corporate empire that proves most seductive to him. 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. Cleveland revival premiere. 139 min. www.rialtopictures.com/manwhofell.html

Saturday, July 30, at 5:00 pm

NAKED ISLAND

See 7/29 at 7:20 for description

Saturday, July 30, at 7:00 pm

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

See 7/29 at 9:15 for description

Saturday, July 30, at 9:40 pm

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

See 7/28 at 6:00 for description

Sunday, July 31, at 7:00 pm

Special Offsite Event!

Nostalgia Night at the Norwalk Theatre

BARBARELLA

France/Italy, 1968, Roger Vadim

Step into the wayback machine and travel with us tonight to the Norwalk Theatre in Norwalk, Ohio, for an evening of classic cinema the way it used to be seen! And we’re not just taking vintage movies; we’re talking vintage movies, vintage prints, and vintage projection! The Norwalk Theatre (57 East Main Street in downtown Norwalk) is a single-screen theatre with over 900 seats and a balcony. It still shows movies reel to reel on two projectors (like the Cinematheque does) but, most remarkably, is one of the few U.S. theatres still using carbon-arc lamp houses! For six decades slow-burning carbon rods illuminated the screen in almost every movie theatre. But when xenon lamps were introduced in America in the 1960s, carbon went the way of the dinosaurs. Xenon bulbs were cleaner and longer-lasting than carbon, but what was lost in transition, according to old timers, was the pure white light of carbon-arc lamps; xenon, by comparison, had a bluish tinge. (These fanatics were not carbon-neutral!) And what really looked nice projected on carbon-arc machines were dye-transfer Technicolor prints—the kind Hollywood made for years, until Technicolor’s dye plant was shuttered and dismantled in 1974. After this happened it was discovered that the colors in old dye-transfer Technicolor prints never fade, unlike colors in more recent films made on newer film stocks and churned out on high-speed printers. Because of their beauty and stability, dye-transfer Technicolor prints are highly coveted by collectors and archivists. And tonight you can see one, illuminated by carbon-arc lamps and projected (in scope!) on the Norwalk’s big, wide screen. The film is Barbarella, the 1968 Jane Fonda sci-fi classic in which the sexy spacewoman must rescue genius scientist Duran Duran. It will be preceded by classic trailers (many in Technicolor) and vintage shorts. Believe us: when this show is all over you won’t want to return to 2011! Total approx. 120 min. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $8; no passes or twofers.

AUGUST 4-8

25th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

We present a weekend of rare and special films leading up to the actual date of our 25th anniversary at the Cleveland Institute of Art, August 8.

Thursday, August 4, at 7:30 pm at

The Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare!

KING KONG

USA, 1933, Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

To kick off our 25th Anniversary Weekend, the Cinematheque co-presents the opening night film in PlayhouseSquare’s Cinema at the Square festival, now in its 14th year! Every August Cinema at the Square shows 35mm prints of classic Hollywood movies on the largest non-IMAX screen in the state. Films are preceded by organ recitals on the theatre’s fully-restored 1928 Kimball organ and by vintage short subjects and cartoons. Admission per program is only $5 (seniors 65 & over, students, and children $4). King Kong, this year’s opener, is the granddaddy of all giant-ape movies and one of the greatest adventure films ever made. Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, and Faye Wray star in this classic tale of “beauty and the beast” which has been remade two times, but never bettered. 103 min. Cinema at the Square continues through August 21 with 16 movies spanning 1933 to 2002, among them 42nd Street, Jailhouse Rock, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. For a complete schedule, go to www.PlayhouseSquare.org. Special thanks to Nathan Scott and Tom Sarago, PlayhouseSquare.

Friday, August 5, at 5:30 pm &

Saturday, August 6, at 9:10 pm

CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF

Britain, 2010, Craig McCall

In 2001 Britain’s Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first cinematographer to win an honorary Academy Award. This honor came 53 years after he won his first Oscar (for Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Black Narcissus). A Technicolor specialist, Cardiff shot other Powell-Pressburger films (The Red Shoes, Stairway to Heaven) during a remarkable career than spanned eight decades and such classics as John Huston’s The African Queen, Alfred Hitchcock’s Under Capricorn, and Richard Fleischer’s The Vikings, among many others. With Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, et al. “Four stars…Filled with Cardiff’s achingly beautiful work.” –Time Out Film Guide. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 86 min. www.jackcardiff.com

Friday, August 5, at 7:15 pm &

Saturday, August 6, at 5:00 pm

Four by Kaneto Shindo

New 35mm Print!

CHILDREN OF HIROSHIMA

GENBAKU NO KO

Japan, 1952, Kaneto Shindo

66 years ago this weekend the U.S. dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the hometown of Japanese filmmaker Kaneto Shindo. Shindo’s heartfelt, humanist 1952 drama Children of Hiroshima was shot on location as soon as the U.S. occupation of Japan ended, and wasn’t released theatrically in America until this year. The movie tells of a schoolteacher (played by Shindo’s wife and frequent star Nobuko Otowa) who returns to Hiroshima a few years after the bomb to visit her parents’ grave and check on friends and former students who survived the blast. Oddly enough, amid widespread pain, regret, and devastation, she finds some hope. “The first important work of a distinctive and protean visual storyteller, whose films—ghost stories, violent allegories, quiet neo-realist fables—balance ethical seriousness with an almost voluptuous appetite for natural beauty and pictorial elegance... Mr. Shindo combines austerity and sensuality to stirring, sometimes mesmerizing effect.” –The NY Times (4/21/11). Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 97 min.

Friday, August 5, at 9:15 pm

The Great Whatsit #4

SURPRISE MOVIE

Here’s our fourth-ever surprise movie, the first in three years. We can’t reveal the title, but we can give you three clues: (1) it’s a classic Hollywood comedy suitable for all ages; (2) we’ve never shown it before (nor, to our knowledge, has it ever been shown theatrically in Cleveland for at least 35 years); (3) It has never been released legally on video or DVD in the U.S. If you’re a film buff or like to laugh, you won’t want to miss this! 16mm. Approx. 90 min.

Saturday, August 6, at 5:00 pm

CHILDREN OF HIROSHIMA

See 8/5 at 7:15 for description

Saturday, August 6, at 7:00 pm

The Silver Anniversary Screen

Shot in Cain Park!

THOSE LIPS, THOSE EYES

USA, 1980, Michael Pressman

Filmed in 1979 in Cleveland Heights’ Cain Park, this affectionate remembrance of 1950s summer stock theatre was written by David Shaber, an ex-Clevelander who worked at Cain Park when he was a young student. Frank Langella plays an aging, frustrated actor stuck starring in operettas in the sticks while awaiting his big break. A pre-Amadeus Tom Hulce plays a medical student turned star-struck stage manager who falls for the company’s sweetheart (Glynnis O’Connor). Rarely revived theatrically, this shot-in-Cleveland gem has never been released on DVD. 35mm. 107 min.

Saturday, August 6, at 9:10 pm

CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF

See 8/5 at 5:30 for description

NO FILMS SUN., AUG. 7

Monday, August 8, at 8:00 pm &

Friday, August 12, at 5:30 pm

Special 25th Anniversary Presentation!

Pre-film reception on Monday!

A USEFUL LIFE

LA VIDA ÚTIL

Uruguay/Spain, 2010, Federico Veiroj

25 years ago today the Cinematheque showed its first films at its new, permanent home, the Russell B. Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Fittingly, we will celebrate our anniversary with the first Cleveland showing of a deadpan new film about—what else?—a struggling cinematheque and its beleaguered administrator who has worked there for 25 years! A Useful Life takes place at the Uruguayan Cinematheque, which (in the movie) is a cash-strapped institution that makes the Cleveland Cinematheque look like The Getty. Attendance is dwindling, funding is drying up, the seats and projectors need repair. What’s a shlubby, middle-aged program director—who has largely lived his life vicariously through the movies—to do? The answer is both wry and satisfying. This small film, Uruguay’s official entry for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, was made by a young filmmaker who once worked at the Cinemateca Uruguaya. It is infused with a love of movies and of repertory theatres, and stars real-life Uruguayan film critic Jorge Jellinek and former Cinemateca director Manuel Martínez Carril. “Delectable…A droll romantic comedy.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 67 min. A Useful Life is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2011 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.

In keeping with the celebration of our 25th Anniversary, for $25 moviegoers on Monday can see the 8:00 pm screening of A Useful Life and attend a 6:45 pm champagne and dessert reception prior to the film. To make a reservation, call (216) 421-7415 before Thursday, August 4. Walk-up tickets to the film only can be purchased, for regular prices, starting at 7:30 pm on 8/8.

AUGUST 12-13

Friday, August 12, at 5:30 pm

A USEFUL LIFE

See 8/8 at 8:00 for description

Friday, August 12, at 7:00 pm &

Saturday, August 13, at 9:25 pm

TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS

MARTI, DUPA CRACIUN

Romania, 2010, Radu Muntean

A middle-aged married man carrying on a clandestine affair with his pre-teen daughter’s orthodontist must choose between his wife and his mistress before Christmas. The new feature by Radu Muntean (The Paper Will Be Blue, Boogie) is another naturalistic and all-too-human Romanian gem. “Critics’ Pick...The strength of Tuesday, After Christmas lies in its rigorous, artful and humane fidelity to quotidian circumstance…It may take a second viewing to appreciate the flawlessness of this film.” –The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 99 min. www.lorberfilms.com

Friday, August 12, at 9:00 pm &

Saturday, August 13, at 5:00 pm

New 35mm Color Print!

SUMMER (LE RAYON VERT)

aka THE GREEN RAY

France, 1986, Eric Rohmer

Here, for its 25th anniversary, is a new print of one of Eric Rohmer’s best and most moving films! A young, single Parisian secretary (Marie Rivière) despairs when a girlfriend backs out of a planned trip to Greece at the last minute, thus scotching her August vacation plans. Lonely and lovelorn, she travels alone. Can this holiday be saved? “There’s a whiff of fairytale to this particular slice of realism…Flawlessly constructed, shot and performed…A masterpiece.” –Time Out Film Guide. Subtitles. 96 min. thefilmdesk.com This film supported by a generous grant from Maison Française de Cleveland.

Saturday, August 13, at 7:00 pm

Four by Kaneto Shindo

THE LIFE OF CHIKUZAN

CHIKUZAN HITORI TABI

Japan, 1977, Kaneto Shindo

Chikuzan Takahashi was a blind, elderly, itinerant singer and Shamisen player whom filmmaker Kaneto Shindo discovered in Tokyo one day playing to a group of admiring students. Shindo decided to tell this master musician’s remarkable life story, and the result is a unique blend of documentary and dramatization, and one of Shindo’s most acclaimed films. The real Chikuzan (in his late sixties when the film was made) is seen performing in the movie. But actors portray him as a poor child apprenticed to a blind beggar, and as a young minstrel roaming the roads of northern Japan. Imported 35mm color print! “Visually and aurally sublime.” –The Holt Foreign Film Guide. Subtitles. 122 min.

Saturday, August 13, at 9:25 pm

TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS

See 8/12 at 7:00 for description

AUGUST 19-20

Friday, August 19, at 5:30 pm &

Saturday, August 20, at 6:45 pm

CERTIFIED COPY

COPIE CONFORME

France/Italy/Belgium, 2010, Abbas Kiarostami

Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the new film by Iran’s master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry). Binoche plays a French antiques dealer who lives in Italy with her 11-year-old son. When a British writer comes to deliver a talk on reproductions and authenticity, she offers to show him the Tuscan countryside. Their twisty road trip becomes a morphing, emotional odyssey through male-female, husband-wife relationships—a singular “voyage in Italy” that echoes Roberto Rossellini’s revered 1954 film of that name. “A shimmering romantic fable of second chances and eternal returns. A sensual and intellectual delight.” –The New Yorker. Subtitles. 35mm. 106 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/certified-copy

Friday, August 19, at 7:35 pm &

Saturday, August 20, at 5:00 pm

OCTUBRE (OCTOBER)

Peru, 2010, Daniel and Diego Vidal

In this deadpan comedy-drama that evokes the droll work of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki, as well as the wonderful 1994 Uruguayan comedy Whisky, a lonely, hard-hearted, middle-aged moneylender in Lima, Peru takes in a baby he finds on his doorstep one day. He hires the super-religious spinster next door to care for it while he tries to find the child’s mother among the neighborhood prostitutes. And, lo and behold, a miracle happens! “An assured first feature by two thirtysomething Peruvian brothers...This slow-burning not-quite heart-warmer never succumbs to cuteness.” –J. Hoberman, The Village Voice. “Critics’ Pick…(An) unassuming, low-key charmer.” –The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 83 min. www.newyorkerfilms.info/octubre

Friday, August 19, at 9:20 pm

Young Turk: Yilmaz Güney

HOPE

UMUT

Turkey, 1970, Yilmaz Güney

With this pivotal work, Yilmaz Güney, Turkey’s most popular actor during the 1960s, embarked on the road to become Turkey’s most celebrated filmmaker. Hope saw Güney forsaking the mindless action melodramas that made him famous to take his work in a semi-autobiographical, socially-conscious new direction. In doing so, he struck a major chord with the long-suffering Turkish public. Hope stars Güney as a put-upon everyman named Cabbar, a debt-ridden cart driver struggling to feed his large family. When one of his two horses is struck by a Mercedes and dies, the desperate Cabbar has to work even harder to make ends meet, while seeking justice for the injury. Initially banned in Turkey, Hope evokes great postwar Italian neorealist works like The Bicycle Thief. “A magnificent achievement…Defines for the first time Güney’s universe with startling clarity.” –Derek Elley. New, imported 35mm print! Subtitles. 100 min.

Saturday, August 20, at 5:00 pm

OCTUBRE

See 8/19 at 7:35 for description

Saturday, August 20, at 6:45 pm

CERTIFIED COPY

See 8/19 at 5:30 for description

Saturday, August 20, at 8:50 pm

Young Turk: Yilmaz Güney

THE HERD

SÜRÜ

Turkey, 1978. Zeki Ökten

Scripted by Yilmaz Güney while he was in prison for murder, and directed by proxy, this powerful social drama chronicles the disintegration of a family of naïve, nomadic shepherds as they transport their sheep from rural Anatolia to urban Ankara. “Abrasive, violent and lyrical.” –The Holt Foreign Film Guide. New, imported 35mm color print! Subtitles. 129 min.

AUGUST 25-28

Thursday, August 25, at 7:00 pm

The Silver Anniversary Screen

LA RÉGION CENTRALE

Canada, 1971, Michael Snow

To our knowledge Michael Snow’s epic avant-garde masterpiece, a milestone in experimental cinema, has never been shown theatrically in Cleveland. The film, which takes place on a remote mountain top in wintry northern Quebec and contains no human beings, is a compendium of spectacular camera movements (no two alike) derived from a 16mm camera attached to a mechanical arm able to move robotically in any direction. And it does, for three dazzling, dizzying hours. The result, according to Snow, looks like footage shot by an alien probe on an unknown planet. “Arguably the most spectacular experimental film made anywhere in the world.” –Peter Rist. 16mm. 180 min. Special admission $10, members and CIA I.D. holders $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Friday, August 26, at 7:30 pm &

Saturday, August 27, at 9:35 pm &

Sunday, August 28, at 4:00 pm

VINCENT WANTS TO SEA

VINCENT WILL MEER

Germany, 2010, Ralf Huettner

Voted “Best Film” at this year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival, and seemingly loved by everyone who saw it, this German road movie follows a young man suffering from Tourette’s Syndrome, his obsessive-compulsive roommate, and an anorexic female friend who all bust out of a rehabilitation center, steal a car, and head through gorgeous landscapes to the Italian coast. Subtitles. 35mm. 96 min. www.corinthfilms.com

Friday, August 26, at 9:30 pm &

Saturday, August 27, at 7:00 pm

CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH

NANJING! NANJING!

China/Hong Kong, 2009, Chuan Lu

This epic dramatization of the 1937 battle of Nanking (now Nanjing) during the Second Sino-Japanese War and the subsequent massacre of 300,000 Chinese citizens known as “the Rape of Nanking” is one of the most gripping and graphic war movies you will ever see. Shot in b&w, the movie was held up for months of scrutiny by Chinese censors and, when it was finally released, prompted online death threats against the director because of his sympathetic depiction of one Japanese soldier. Nevertheless, it became a huge hit in China and is now one of the most acclaimed movies released in the U.S. this year. “Critics’ Pick…City of Life and Death isn’t cathartic: it offers no uplifting moments, just the immodest balm of art.” –The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. 132 min. www.kino.com

Saturday, August 27, at 9:35 pm &

Sunday, August 28, at 4:00 pm

VINCENT WANTS TO SEA

See 8/26 at 7:30 for description

Sunday, August 28, at 6:30 pm

Young Turk: Yilmaz Güney

THE POOR ONES

ZAVALLILAR

Turkey, 1974, Yilmaz Güney, Atif Yilmaz

Three impoverished convicts are released from prison to a bleak future, while flashbacks reveal their past transgressions. Co-star and director Yilmaz Güney was arrested and imprisoned in mid-production, so he asked his mentor, Atif Yilmaz, to finish this powerful portrait of societal outcasts. New, imported 35mm color print! Subtitles. 72 min.

Sunday, August 28, at 8:05 pm

Young Turk: Yilmaz Güney

YOL

Turkey, 1982, Şerif Gören, Yilmaz Güney

Yilmaz Güney’s best-known film (it won the top prize at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival) was actually directed by his long-time assistant Serif Gören—though Güney wrote it (in prison) and edited it (in Switzerland). The film follows five paroled Turkish prisoners who return to their homes only to discover that the backward, brutal outside world is another kind of prison for them. The title translates as “the road” or “the way.” “An exceptionally powerful condemnation of an oppressive society.” –The Holt Foreign Film Guide. New, imported 35mm color print! Subtitles. 111 min.

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