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Cinematheque Sets Silent-Film Series

By admin Published: December 14, 2011

The official word: “Artists of the Silent Screen,” a film series showcasing some of the greatest talents of the silent era, will run from Jan. 7 through February 26 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Among the 14 short and feature-length films to be shown are works directed by D.W. Griffith, Georges Méliès, Erich von Stroheim, Sergei Eisenstein, and Fritz Lang, and starring such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson, John Gilbert, and Lillian Gish.

“Silent films are some of the greatest glories of world cinema,” says Cinematheque Director John Ewing. “With the new silent film THE ARTIST winning universal acclaim, the time seemed right to revive some of the authentic silent masterpieces from the first three decades of the last century.”

All of the movies will be shown in film prints with live or recorded music. Joseph Rubin, silent film musician and founder of the Lillian and Dorothy Gish Film Festival, will provide live piano accompaniment to Griffith’s INTOLERANCE on Saturday, January 7 – the series’ opening night presentation.

ARTISTS OF THE SILENT SCREEN
SAT 1/7 7:15 PM INTOLERANCE with live accompaniment by Joseph Rubin
SAT 1/14 5:15 PM SEVEN CHANCES with two Méliès shorts
SUN 1/15 6:30 PM SEVEN CHANCES with two Méliès shorts
THU 1/19 7:00 PM THE SPIDERS
SAT 1/21 5:15 PM QUEEN KELLY
SUN 1/22 8:35 PM QUEEN KELLY
SAT 1/28 5:00 PM THE BIG PARADE
SUN 1/29 6:30 PM THE WIND
SAT 2/4 5:00 PM THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER & THE THREE-SIDED MIRROR
SUN 2/5 6:30 PM THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER & THE THREE-SIDED MIRROR
SAT 2/11 5:15 PM OCTOBER
SUN 2/12 8:35 PM OCTOBER
THU 2/16 6:45 PM MOTHER
SAT 2/18 5:15 PM FAUST
SUN 2/19 8:35 PM FAUST
SAT 2/25 5:15 PM THE GOLD RUSH (1925 version)
SUN 2/26 2:50 PM THE GOLD RUSH (1925 version)

Continues after the jump.

In addition to silent movies, in January and February the Cinematheque will present the exclusive Cleveland showings of a wide variety of new, first-run films from around the world (among them LE HAVRE, THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975, PIANOMANIA, and YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE), as well as non-silent classics (THE MIRROR, WILD STYLE, WOMEN IN LOVE, et al.) and assorted second-run films (PASSIONE, THE MILL AND THE CROSS, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, et al.). Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt will appear in person on Friday, February 24. The complete two-month schedule follows.

All films will show in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Unless noted, admission to each program is $9, members $7, ages 25 & under $5 (with proof of age). A second program on the same day costs an additional $5. There is free parking for filmgoers in the adjacent CIA lot, located north of the building off of East Boulevard. For further information, call (216) 421-7450 or visit www.cia.edu/cinematheque

JANUARY 6-8

Friday, January 6, at 7:00 pm &

Saturday, January 7, at 9:40 pm

BLACKTHORN

Spain/USA/Bolivia/France, 2011, Mateo Gil

Sam Shepard plays Butch Cassidy in this new Western that posits that Cassidy did not die with the Sundance Kid in Bolivia in 1908. Living out his years as James Blackthorn, a horse dealer in a small Bolivian village, he decides to journey to the U.S. to see his family before he dies. But along the way he falls in with a young outlaw (Eduardo Noriega) for one last criminal escapade. This handsome, elegiac Western was directed by the Spanish screenwriter of Open Your Eyes, The Sea Inside, and Agora. “A different kind of Western—somber, reflective and set in the elevated plains and salt flats of Bolivia.” –San Francisco Chronicle. With Stephen Rea. Cleveland theatrical premiere. 35mm color & scope print! 98 min. www.magpictures.com/blackthorn/

Friday, January 6, at 9:00 pm &

Sunday, January 8, at 4:00 pm

Back by Popular Demand!

PASSIONE

USA/Italy, 2010, John Turturro

Naples, Italy has been a musical melting pot for centuries, and this romantic, rapturous new movie by actor-director John Turturro celebrates the city’s many songs and singers. Turturro guides us through 23 beautifully filmed musical numbers in this crowd-pleasing film that The Wall St. Journal calls “a must see…the Buena Vista Social Club of Naples.” “Fabulous…beautiful…Grade: A.” –Clint O’Connor, The Plain Dealer. Subtitles. 35mm. 90 min. www.passionefilm.com

Saturday, January 7, at 5:00 pm &

Sunday, January 8, at 2:00 pm

The Return of “Mann of the West”

MAN OF THE WEST

USA, 1958, Anthony Mann

Anthony Mann, the director of the five James Stewart Westerns we showed in November and December, made six other classic oaters during his illustrious career. It was the genre in which he excelled. Man of the West, his next-to-last Western (regarded by many as his greatest), stars Gary Cooper as a reformed outlaw pressured to rejoin his old gang for one last bank robbery. Lee J. Cobb and Julie London co-star in this unsparing allegory of lawlessness and civilization. “One of the cinema’s harshest portraits of the West…Contains psychotic killers, a morally ambiguous hero, and a very liberal dose of sex.” –Danny Peary, Cult Movies. "I have seen nothing so completely new since—why not?—Griffith…Anthony Mann is redefining the Western.” –Jean-Luc Godard. 35mm color & scope print! 100 min.

Saturday, January 7, at 7:15 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

Special Opening Night Event!

Joseph Rubin accompanies

INTOLERANCE

USA, 1916, D. W. Griffith

Griffith’s great silent epic—an impassioned plea for universal peace, justice, love, and understanding—was made partly in response to the accusations of racism sparked by his previous spectacle Birth of a Nation. Intolerance tells four parallel stories set in four distinct historical periods. The most famous recounts the fall of ancient Babylon and features colossal sets. Another focuses on Jesus and the Pharisees. The third exposes the persecution of French Huguenots during the 16th century. The last details the conflict between capital and labor in 20th-century America. Griffith intercuts among the storylines in virtuosic fashion and builds to a thrilling climax. The all-star cast includes Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Erich von Stroheim, Constance Talmadge, and Tod Browning. We will show a color-tinted 35mm print with live piano accompaniment by Joseph Rubin, silent film musician and founder of the Lillian and Dorothy Gish Film Festival. “Perhaps the greatest movie ever made.” –Pauline Kael. 124 min. (24 fps) www.josephnrubin.com

Saturday, January 7, at 9:40 pm

BLACKTHORN

See 1/6 at 7:00 for description

Sunday, January 8, at 2:00 pm

MAN OF THE WEST

See 1/7 at 5:00 for description

Sunday, January 8, at 4:00 pm

PASSIONE

See 1/6 at 9:00 for description

JANUARY 12-15

Thursday, January 12, at 6:45 pm &

Saturday, January 14, at 8:30 pm

IN THE FAMILY

USA, 2011, Patrick Wang

A gay man is devastated when his partner dies suddenly and the dead man’s biological six-year-old child, whom both men were raising, goes to live with the dead man’s sister, as specified in the will. The forlorn lover struggles to make peace with the family and the situation. This first-time film by writer/director/star Patrick Wang was rejected by 30 film festivals before finally opening in NYC, where The NY Times called it “one of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year.” (It is also one of five movies nominated for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.) Set and shot in Tennessee, In the Family is far from a stereotypical Southern melodrama; Mr. Wang is Asian-American, and his propensity for long, meditative takes and fascination with family dynamics echo the work of Japan’s great Yasujiro Ozu. “A beautifully written and performed plea for understanding... Will move many viewers with its dignity and restraint." –Variety. “The most surprising and astounding DIY American narrative of the year.” –Filmmaker Magazine. Midwest premiere. 35mm. 169 min. www.inthefamilythemovie.com

Friday, January 13, at 7:30 pm &

Sunday, January 15, at 4:30 pm

MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE

LA TÊTE EN FRICHE

France, 2010, Jean Becker

Gérard Depardieu plays a kind-hearted but illiterate laborer who learns about life and books from a small, well-read elderly woman, Margueritte, whom he meets on a park bench one day. Margueritte is played by celebrated 97-year-old Comédie Française star Gisèle Casadesus, cousin of pianist Robert Casadesus. “French feel-good filmmaking to the max.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 82 min. cohenmedia.net

Friday, January 13, at 9:15 pm &

Saturday, January 14, at 6:35 pm &

Sunday, January 15, at 7:50 pm

LE HAVRE

Finland/France/Germany, 2011, Aki Kaurismäki

For his first feature in five years, Finland’s droll master of working-class comedy Aki Kaurismäki forsakes his familiar turf for the titular port city in northern France. There a poor, aging, but happy bohemian working as a shoeshine man decides to hide a young African boy, an illegal immigrant hoping to get to London, from the French authorities. Working with a superb French-Finnish cast, Kaurismäki crafts a warm, funny, humanistic parable of contemporary Europe, as well as a loving tribute to classic French cinema (Melville, Renoir, Carné, Guédiguian). "A perfect, deadpan, impishly optimistic fairy tale…Grade: A." –Entertainment Weekly. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 93 min. janusfilms.com/lehavre/

Saturday, January 14, at 5:15 pm &

Sunday, January 15, at 6:30 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

SEVEN CHANCES

USA, 1925, Buster Keaton

Unlucky-in-love Buster Keaton has until 7 pm that day to get married and inherit a fortune. He frantically dodges brides—and boulders—in this breathless silent comedy that contains some of Keaton’s best gags and most amazing stunts. 35mm print with color prologue and music track. Preceded at showtime by two fantastical French shorts by Georges Méliès, subject of Scorsese’s Hugo: The Vanishing Lady (1896) and The Dream of an Opium Fiend (1908). Total 63 min.

Saturday, January 14, at 6:35 pm

LE HAVRE

See 1/13 at 9:15 for description

Saturday, January 14, at 8:30 pm

IN THE FAMILY

See 1/12 at 6:45 for description

Sunday, January 15, at 4:30 pm

MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE

See 1/13 at 7:30 for description

Sunday, January 15, at 6:30 pm

SEVEN CHANCES

See 1/14 at 5:15 for description

Sunday, January 15, at 7:50 pm

LE HAVRE

See 1/13 at 9:15 for description

JANUARY 19-22

Thursday, January 19, at 7:00 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

THE SPIDERS

DIE SPINNEN

Germany, 1919-20, Fritz Lang

If Fritz Lang had directed Raiders of the Lost Ark, the result might have been something like The Spiders. Envisioned as a four-part serial (though only the first two feature-length episodes were shot), this adventure epic from the director of Metropolis and M recounts the daring exploits of Kay Hoog, a San Francisco adventurer (and a man, by the way). In part one, The Golden Lake (Der Goldene See), Hoog travels to Peru in search of buried Incan treasure. But the nefarious secret criminal organization “The Spiders” tries to get there first. Scott Tobias of The Onion A.V. Club calls The Golden Lake “a breathlessly paced treasure hunt with one action setpiece barreling into another.” Part two, The Diamond Ships (Das Brillantenschiff), finds Hoog wrestling with the Spiders for possession of a powerful diamond that gives the bearer control of Asia. The Spiders was long considered a lost film, but a color-tinted 35mm nitrate print was discovered in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and then preserved and restored with a new music score. That is the version we will show. 16mm. Total 137 min.

Friday, January 20, at 7:30 pm &

Saturday, January 21, at 9:05 pm

THE CONQUEST

LA CONQUÊTE

France, 2011, Xavier Durringer

Nicolas Sarkozy’s five-year ascendancy to the presidency of France, and the simultaneous breakup of his marriage to wife Cécilia, are dramatized in this near-Shakespearean drama of ambition, hubris, treachery, jealousy, and human comedy. Denis Podalydès is superb as Sarkozy, disparaged by his predecessor Jacques Chirac as “the midget.” “A smart, involving and strikingly adult drama.” –The L.A. Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 105 min. www.theconquestmovie.com

Friday, January 20, at 9:35 pm &

Sunday, January 22, at 6:30 pm

THE MIRROR

ZERKALO

USSR, 1974, Andrei Tarkovsky

Voted one of the top 100 movies of all time in a 1995 poll of film professionals conducted by Time Out London, Andrei Tarkovsky’s exquisite remembrance blends history and autobiography. A fragmented work containing shards of dreams, memories, and newsreel footage, this moody reverie (which must be seen in 35mm) evokes the director’s WWII childhood and his relationship with his mother and poet father, whose verse is heard on the soundtrack. Subtitles. 35mm. 106 min.

Saturday, January 21, at 5:15 pm &

Sunday, January 22, at 8:35 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

QUEEN KELLY

USA, 1928/1985, Erich von Stroheim

Gloria Swanson plays a European convent girl who falls for a prince and ultimately becomes proprietress of an African brothel (!) in this extravagant, decadent silent drama that was both Erich von Stroheim’s final directorial outing and, arguably, the pinnacle of his art. Stroheim was fired from the project (for cost overruns and indecent subject matter) before shooting was completed, so the movie was never finished nor released theatrically in the U.S. (A bastardized version with an ending tacked-on by producers Gloria Swanson and Joseph Kennedy played internationally). In 1985 Queen Kelly was restored, as much as it could be, to Stroheim’s original vision using still photographs and title cards. This is the version we will show. 35mm. Music track. 95 min.

Saturday, January 21, at 7:10 pm &

Sunday, January 22, at 4:15 pm

PIANOMANIA

Germany/Austria, 2009, Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck

There have been many movies about virtuoso pianists. Here’s a movie about a technician who helps some of those musicians sound so good. Stefan Knüpfer is a master piano tuner for Steinway & Sons in Vienna. He has tuned instruments for Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, and others, and in this documentary we watch him work with famous performers and fanatically pursue sonic perfection. “Four stars…Surprisingly compelling! Too intriguing and entertaining to be left to the specialists... A captivating film not just for pianomaniacs." –Time Out London. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 93 min. www.firstrunfeatures.com/pianomania/

Saturday, January 21, at 9:05 pm

THE CONQUEST

See 1/20 at 7:30 for description

Sunday, January 22, at 4:15 pm

PIANOMANIA

See 1/21 at 7:10 for description

Sunday, January 22, at 6:30 pm

THE MIRROR

See 1/20 at 9:35 for description

Sunday, January 22, at 8:35 pm

QUEEN KELLY

See 1/21 at 5:15 for description

JANUARY 26-29

Thursday, January 26, at 6:45 pm &

Friday, January 27, at 9:30 pm

Back by Popular Demand!

THE MILL AND THE CROSS

Sweden/Poland, 2011, Lech Majewski

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to step into a great painting? This amazing, one-of-a-kind film lets you find out. Rutger Hauer, Michael York, and Charlotte Rampling star in Lech Majewski’s visually ravishing new movie, in which Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s 1564 masterpiece “The Procession to Calvary” comes colorfully to life. In the painting, Christ is being led through a Flemish landscape dominated by a windmill atop a craggy stone tower. He is flanked by cruel, red-coated Spanish soldiers who occupied Flanders at the time, and accompanied by scores of peasants. Majewski tells the back stories of some of these figures in Bruegel’s landscape, and the result is a hypnotic film certain to become a classic. In English. 35mm. 91 min. www.themillandthecross.com

Thursday, January 26, at 8:35 pm &

Friday, January 27, at 7:15 pm

ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN

TROPA DE ELITE 2 – O INIMIGO AGORA É OUTRO

Brazil, 2010, José Padilha

Brazil’s highest-grossing film of all time (topping Avatar) is also the country’s official entry for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. A sequel to the hit 2007 movie Elite Squad, The Enemy Within focuses once again on the supercop who leads a special ops police unit in Rio de Janeiro. The movie opens with the SWAT team quelling a prison riot with a bloody massacre. This intervention ignites a string of equally explosive events involving outraged human rights advocates, gang-weary civilians, bottom-feeding reporters, corrupt cops, and shady politicians. “Wildly entertaining.” –Village Voice. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 115 min. www.variancefilms.com/films.html

Friday, January 27, at 9:30 pm

THE MILL AND THE CROSS

See 1/26 at 6:45 for description

Saturday, January 28, at 5:00 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

THE BIG PARADE

USA, 1925, King Vidor

King Vidor’s WWI epic was one of the biggest hits of the silent era. John Gilbert, one of the silent screen’s most popular leading men (and reputedly the primary inspiration for Jean Dujardin’s character in The Artist), plays an American soldier who goes to France to fight. There he finds romance and adventure—as well as horror and tragedy. Amazing battle scenes! Restored color-tinted 35mm print with a music track. 130 min.

Saturday, January 28, at 7:30 pm &

Sunday, January 29, at 4:15 pm

YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE

GOETHE!

Germany, 2010, Philipp Stölzl

Germany’s most celebrated writer gets the Shakespeare in Love treatment in this new romance and period piece. 23-year-old aspiring lawyer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is sent to a small rural village when he flunks the bar exam. There, while working as a law clerk for a wealthy prosecutor (Mortiz Bleibtreu), he meets and falls in love with a drama- and poetry-loving woman. But she is also being wooed by another—prompting Goethe to pen his landmark paean to unrequited love The Sorrows of Young Werther. “Well plotted and impressively mounted.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 100 min. www.younggoetheinlove.com

Saturday, January 28, at 9:30 pm &

Sunday, January 29, at 8:20 pm

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

USA, 2011, Sean Durkin

A Michael Haneke-like chill pervades this singular psychological thriller, one of the best and most acclaimed movies of 2011. (It lasted less than two weeks at the Cedar Lee.) A damaged young woman with multiple monikers (Elizabeth Olsen) escapes an abusive cult in rural New York and goes to live with her older sister and her new husband at their lakefront summer house. Haunted by past traumas (which she keeps secret from her baffled hosts), she struggles to re-enter their normal, “polite” society but soon wears out her welcome. John Hawkes is seductively scary as the charismatic cult/commune leader. 35mm. 101 min. www.foxsearchlight.com/marthamarcymaymarlene/

Sunday, January 29, at 4:15 pm

YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE

See 1/28 at 7:30 for description

Sunday, January 29, at 6:30 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

THE WIND

USA, 1928, Victor Seastrom

Lillian Gish gives perhaps her greatest performance in this stunning, unforgettable silent classic by the great Swedish director also known as Victor Sjöström. (Ingmar Bergman paid tribute to him by casting him as the old man in Wild Strawberries.) The Wind tells of an innocent Virginia woman who moves to desolate dustbowl Texas, where an unhappy marriage and the relentless wind erode her mental health. 35mm. 88 min. Preserved print courtesy of the Library of Congress; special thanks to Rob Stone.

Sunday, January 29, at 8:20 pm

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

See 1/28 at 9:30 for description

FEBRUARY 2-5

Thursday, February 2, at 6:45 pm &

Friday, February 3, at 7:30 pm

OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES

OSS 117: LE CAIRE, NID D’ESPIONS

France, 2006, Michel Hazanavicius

Before delighting America and the world with The Artist, director Michel Hazanavicius and star Jean Dujardin collaborated on two very funny James Bond spoofs. We show both tonight. Dujardin’s first appearance as French secret agent OSS (Office of Strategic Services) 117 finds him bedding beautiful women and battling Arabs, Brits, Soviets, and even Nazis in volatile 1955 Cairo. The film won the audience award at the Seattle Int’l Film Festival and the prize for best film at the Tokyo Int’l Film Festival. Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) co-stars. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 99 min.

Thursday, February 2, at 8:45 pm &

Friday, February 3, at 9:30 pm

OSS 117 – LOST IN RIO

OSS 117: RIO NE RÉPOND PLUS

France, 2009, Michel Hazanavicius

This “uproariously funny” (Boxoffice) follow-up to OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (see previous blurb) finds Jean Dujardin’s clueless secret agent in Brazil in 1967, looking for a microfilm that contains the names of France’s Nazi collaborators during WWII. This knowing spoof of sixties spy movies (and French suavity and sophistication) overflows with a love of classic cinema—just like Hazanavicius and Dujardin’s next film, The Artist. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 101 min.

Friday, February 3, at 7:30 pm

OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES

See 2/2 at 6:45 for description

Friday, February 3, at 9:30 pm

OSS 117 – LOST IN RIO

See 2/2 at 8:45 for description

Saturday, February 4, at 5:00 pm &

Sunday, February 5, at 6:30 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

LA CHUTE DE LA MAISON USHER

France, 1928, Jean Epstein

The painting of a portrait seems to sap the life out of the picture’s subject in Jean Epstein’s visually stunning adaptation of Poe’s famous story. This moody silent is perhaps the greatest poetic horror film ever made, with stark landscapes, dreamy slow motion, and ghostly superimpositions. Luis Buñuel was Epstein’s assistant. “One of the most imaginative and entrancing horror films of the silent era.” –Time Out Film Guide. Preceded at showtime by The Three-Sided Mirror (La glace à trios faces, France, 1927), another Epstein silent classic in which past, present, and future merge in a story of a wealthy young businessman and his three lovers. Both 35mm with English narration and music track. Total 88 min.

Saturday, February 4, at 6:50 pm &

Sunday, February 5, at 8:20 pm

YOU ARE ALL CAPTAINS

TODOS VÓS SODES CAPITÁNS
Spain, 2010, Oliver Laxe

In this meta-movie that bridges the worlds of documentary and fiction (and has been likened to the work of Abbas Kiarostami and François Truffaut), Spanish filmmaker Oliver Laxe plays “Oliver,” a European film director who leads a filmmaking workshop for a group of disadvantaged local children in Tangier, Morocco. Though the plan is to have the kids tell their own stories on film, the reality finds them “enslaved” by Oliver’s own vision of the project, and they rebel. Winner of the Int’l Critics Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, You Are All Captains is a unique and original movie that addresses colonialism, cross-cultural insensitivity, and the tension between empowerment and exploitation. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 78 min.

Saturday, February 4, at 8:30 pm &

Sunday, February 5, at 3:00 pm

Raúl Ruiz, 1941-2011

TIME REGAINED

LE TEMPS RETROUVÉ

France/Italy/Portugal, 1999, Raúl Ruiz

Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, and John Malkovich head an all-star cast in this lavish film version of the final volume of Marcel Proust’s literary epic Remembrance of Things Past. Often mentioned as the finest work by Chilean-born filmmaker and surrealist Raúl Ruiz (who died last August), Time Regained turns Proust’s elegy to the past into a baroque kaleidoscope of characters and incidents inhabiting the mind and imagination of a dying writer. “An extraordinary conflation of avant garde art film and deluxe literary period drama.” –Time Out Film Guide. Subtitles. 35mm. 165 min. This film supported by a generous grant from Maison Française de Cleveland.

Sunday, February 5, at 6:30 pm

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

See 2/4 at 5:00 for description

Sunday, February 5, at 8:20 pm

YOU ARE ALL CAPTAINS

See 2/4 at 6:50 for description

FEBRUARY 9-12

Thursday, February 9, at 6:45 pm &

Friday, February 10, at 9:15 pm

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975

Sweden, 2011, Göran Hugo Olsson

This recently unearthed treasure trove of 16mm documentary footage shot by Swedish journalists during the 1960s and 1970s gives a fascinating overview of the Black Power movement. Found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television, the footage has been assembled into a mosaic of images, music, and narration, and includes candid historical interviews with such activists as Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis, and Eldridge Cleaver. “Essential viewing for anyone concerned with our nation’s history—and its present.” –David Fear, Time Out New York. Cleveland theatrical premiere. 35mm. 100 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-black-power-mixtape

Thursday, February 9, at 8:45 pm &

Saturday, February 11, at 7:20 pm

CHAROLOTTE RAMPLING: THE LOOK

Germany/France, 2011, Angelina Maccarone

The aloof, enigmatic, now 65-year-old star of The Night Porter, The Swimming Pool, and many other movies talks with friends and artistic collaborators about topics ranging from age and beauty to demons, desire, and death. Breaking up the conversations are clips from Rampling’s notable films: Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories, Laurent Cantet’s Heading South, François Ozon’s Under the Sand, Sidney Lumet’s The Verdict, and others. “She's the perfect confluence of brains and beauty, and it's a pleasure to be in her company.” –Time Out New York. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 94 min. www.kino.com

Friday, February 10, at 7:30 pm

New 35mm Print!

WILD STYLE

USA, 1983, Charlie Ahearn

The first and greatest hip-hop movie captures the South Bronx beginnings of the cultural explosion heard ‘round the world, with its DJ’s, MC’s, graffiti artists, breakdancers, and rappers. Celebrated subway scribbler Lee Quiñones stars as a fictional version of himself, but the movie’s main draw is its music, which features performances by Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Flash, Lady Pink, the Cold Crush Brothers, and others. Cleveland revival premiere. 82 min. www.wildstylethemovie.com Above photo by Marty Cooper.

Friday, February 10, at 9:15 pm

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975

See 2/9 at 6:45 for description

Saturday, February 11, at 5:15 pm &

Sunday, February 12, at 8:35 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

OCTOBER

aka TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD

OKTYABR

USSR, 1927, Sergei Eisenstein

Statues are razed, palaces stormed, and governments toppled in Eisenstein’s tenth-anniversary tribute to the 1917 Russian Revolution. This dazzling, innovative silent film (Eisenstein’s follow-up to his landmark Battleship Potemkin) ran into censorship problems in the USSR (references to Trotsky had to be removed) and elicited the first charges of elitist “formalism” against the filmmaking titan. 35mm print from England with Dimitri Shostakovich score. 103 min.

Saturday, February 11, at 7:20 pm

CHAROLOTTE RAMPLING: THE LOOK

See 2/9 at 8:45 for description

Saturday, February 11, at 9:15 pm &

Sunday, February 12, at 6:30 pm

LONDON BOULEVARD

USA/Britain, 2010, William Monahan

Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley star in the first film directed by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. It’s a Brit noir about an ex-con (Farrell), determined to go straight, who takes a job as bodyguard to a reclusive movie star (Knightley). Unfortunately, his new position attracts the unwanted attention of a local crime boss (Ray Winstone) who threatens his rehabilitation. With David Thewlis. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 103 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/london-boulevard

Sunday, February 12, at 3:30 pm

FILM TO BE ANNOUNCED

Go to www.cia.edu/cinematheque for updates

Sunday, February 12, at 6:30 pm

LONDON BOULEVARD

See 2/11 at 9:15 for description

Sunday, February 12, at 8:35 pm

OCTOBER

See 2/11 at 5:15 for description

FEBRUARY 16-19

Thursday, February 16, at 6:45 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

MOTHER

MAT

USSR, 1926, V.I. Pudovkin

Next to Eisenstein (see 2/11 & 12), Vsevolod Pudovkin was probably the greatest director of the Soviet silent era. But while Eisenstein focused on collective heroes in his revolutionary works, Pudovkin’s heroes were individuals of great courage. This is well seen in his electrifying first feature (based on a Gorky novel), which chronicles a peasant woman’s radicalization during the Russian Revolution of 1905. At the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair it was voted one of the 12 best movies ever made. Essential viewing! Music track. 16mm. 90 min.

Thursday, February 16, at 8:35 pm &

Sunday, February 19, at 6:30 pm

Original, Uncut Version!

THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY

QUELLA VILLA ACCANTO AL CIMITERO

Italy, 1981, Lucio Fulci

Here’s a 35mm color & scope print (from Europe) of the original, uncut version of Lucio (Zombie, The Beyond) Fulci’s notorious splatter film that has been seen over the years in various shorter cuts. The movie tells of a deranged, flesh-eating zombie who lives in the basement of a New England mansion (unknown to the people who live there) but comes out from time to time to commit grisly murders. In English with Danish subtitles. No one under 18 admitted! Preceded at showtime by a selection of rare scope trailers for other genre classics. Total approx. 105 min. Special thanks to James Bialkowski and Blue Underground, which has released the uncut House by the Cemetery on Blu-ray.

NO EARLY FILM FRI., DEC. 17

Friday, February 17, at 9:15 pm &

Saturday, February 18, at 7:05 pm

HOUSE OF PLEASURES

aka HOUSE OF TOLERANCE

L'APOLLONIDE (SOUVENIRS DE LA MAISON CLOSE)

France, 2011, Bertrand Bonello

This sensuous, beautifully shot, lavishly appointed film transports us back in time to the hermetic, cloistered world of a high class brothel in Belle Epoque Paris. There poor young women hoping for a better life entertain wealthy gentlemen—businessmen, politicians, artists, aristocrats. Though filmmaker Bertrand Bonello definitely conveys nostalgia for the lost elegance of this era, and for the camaraderie among the women, he does not turn a blind eye to the dangers of their profession (drugs, diseases, violence), and his languid, hypnotic movie is punctuated by shocking moments of real horror. Also startling is the film’s anachronistic use of modern pop music, which many will swoon over. “Visually ravishing, troublingly seductive…The ultimate guilty pleasure.” –L.A. Weekly. No one under 18 admitted! Subtitles. 35mm. Cleveland premiere. 125 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/house-of-pleasures

Saturday, February 18, at 5:15 pm &

Sunday, February 19, at 8:35 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

FAUST

Germany, 1926, F.W. Murnau

Murnau’s last German silent film, made before he moved to Hollywood, tells the famous story of an elderly man who sells his soul to the Devil in order to be young again. As one would expect from the director of Nosferatu and the peerless Sunrise (his next film), the production design and interplay of light and shadow are fabulous, evoking German romantic painters. Mephistopheles is played by the great Emil Jannings (The Blue Angel, Murnau’s The Last Laugh). Recorded music. Subtitles. 35mm. 90 min. (24 fps)

Saturday, February 18, at 7:05 pm

HOUSE OF PLEASURES

See 2/17 at 9:15 for description

Saturday, February 18, at 9:30 pm &

Sunday, February 19, at 3:45 pm

Ken Russell, 1927-2011

WOMEN IN LOVE

Britain, 1969, Ken Russell

The film that made the late Ken Russell famous is also one of his most restrained and artful works (though its depiction of male genitalia did spark a scandal). Glenda Jackson (Oscar winner for Best Actress), Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, and Jennie Linden star in this visually lush adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s sensuous novel, about the romantic (and sexual) entanglements of two sisters and two men who are best friends in 1920s England. 35mm. 130 min.

Sunday, February 19, at 6:30 pm

THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY

See 2/16 at 8:35 for description

Sunday, February 19, at 8:35 pm

FAUST

See 2/18 at 5:15 for description

FEBRAURY 23-26

Thursday, February 23, at 6:45 pm &

Sunday, February 26, at 1:00 pm

OEDIPUS REX

Canada, 1956, Tyrone Guthrie

Douglas Rain (voice of HAL in 2001) and William Shatner are two of the performers in this film version of a famous 1950s stage production of Sophocles’ tragedy directed by Tyrone Guthrie for the Stratford Ontario Shakespearean Festival. Using the W.B. Yeats’ translation of the play, Guthrie places his actors behind painted masks, as the ancient Greeks did, giving the performance an almost ritualistic quality. The play itself tells of a king who unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother. But we trust you already knew that. 35mm. 90 min.

Thursday, February 23, at 8:35 pm &

Saturday, February 25, at 9:00 pm

OUTRAGE

AUTOREIJI

Japan, 2010, Takeshi Kitano

After a series of bizarre and unsatisfying comedies, Takeshi Kitano (Sonatine, Fireworks/Hana-bi) has returned to his gangster-film roots and found renewed box office and critical success. (Outrage 2 is already in the works.) Kitano (aka Beta Takeshi) also stars in this tale of an all-out Yakuza war, which is told with his distinctive blend of bloodletting, filmic poetry, and droll comedy. “Visually stunning…A beautifully staged marvel that confidently reasserts Kitano’s considerable cinematic gifts.” –Variety. Cleveland theatrical premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 109 min. www.outragefilm.com

Friday, February 24, at 7:30 pm

A Special Event!

AN EVENING WITH DON HERTZFELDT

USA, 2006-2012, Don Hertzfeldt

Tonight the Oscar-nominated animator who created some of the most popular short films ever shown at the Cinematheque (among them Billy’s Balloon, Rejected, and Ah, L’Amour) appears in person with a selection of his funny, twisted, stick-figure-filled cartoons, followed by a Q&A. The film portion of the program includes the Cleveland premiere of Hertzfeldt’s latest work, the 23-min. It’s such a beautiful day, the third and final part of his “Bill” trilogy. (A character named Bill stars in all three movies.) The other two parts of the trilogy, Everything will be OK (2006) and I am so proud of you (2008), another Cleveland premiere, also will be shown, along with some surprises. New 35mm prints! Total approx. 100 min. Special admission $12; members and CIA I.D. holders $9; ages 25 & under $7 (with proof of age). No passes, twofers, or radio winners. $12 & $9 tickets available in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/216679. Image above ©2012 Don Hertzfeldt. bitterfilms.com

Saturday, February 25, at 5:15 pm &

Sunday, February 26, at 2:50 pm

Artists of the Silent Screen

New 35mm Restoration!

Original 1925 Version!

THE GOLD RUSH

USA, 1925, Charles Chaplin

It’s hard to believe, but Charlie Chaplin failed to renew the copyright on his greatest silent-era comedy feature—the film he said he wanted to be remembered by. So The Gold Rush entered the public domain, and it has long been available in dupe prints of variable quality. To retain some control of his masterpiece, Chaplin in 1942 copyrighted and reissued a shorter and slightly different version of the film. This cut, derived from his own excellent print materials and thus cleaner and sharper than p.d. copies, had voiceover narration by Chaplin in place of the silent title cards, and also music and sound effects. For decades this was the only version that theatres could license for exhibition from the Chaplin estate, even though the earlier version was superior. Well, now the original is officially available again, in a new 35mm restoration with a newly recorded orchestral score of Chaplin’s own music. This is the way to see this great comedy classic, which features Chaplin’s Little Tramp as a gold prospector in the frozen Yukon, battling bears, the elements, and hunger, and falling in love with a dance hall girl. Unmissable! Cleveland revival premiere. 88 min. www.janusfilms.com

Saturday, February 25, at 7:05 pm &

Sunday, February 26, at 4:40 pm

FORCE OF NATURE: THE DAVID SUZUKI MOVIE

Canada, 2010, Sturla Gunnarsson

David Suzuki (b. 1936) is Canada’s pre-eminent environmentalist. An award-winning scientist, educator, activist, and broadcaster (he’s the host of the long-running CBC-TV series The Nature of Things, now in its 51st season), Suzuki in this film is captured delivering a '”last lecture…a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die." Filmed before a live audience, Suzuki articulates an urgent message: we have exhausted the limits of the biosphere and must re-think our relationship with the natural world. He delineates the strains on the interconnected web of life and offers up a blueprint for sustainability and survival. Suzuki’s talk, which the Toronto Globe and Mail has called “easily on par with the greatest orations of the last 50 years,” is punctuated by scenes of Suzuki visiting places that shaped his development—from a Japanese-Canadian WWII internment camp and Hiroshima to a favorite fishing spot in Leamington, Ontario. Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Documentary at the 2010 Toronto Int’l Film Festival. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 93 min. www.shadowdistribution.com/force-of-nature-the-david-suzuki-movie/

Saturday, February 25, at 9:00 pm

OUTRAGE

See 2/23 at 8:35 for description

Sunday, February 26, at 1:00 pm

OEDIPUS REX

See 2/23 at 6:45 for description

Sunday, February 26, at 2:50 pm

THE GOLD RUSH

See 2/25 at 5:15 for description

Sunday, February 26, at 4:40 pm

FORCE OF NATURE: THE DAVID SUZUKI MOVIE

See 2/25 at 7:05 for description

NO FILMS SUN. NIGHT FEB. 26

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