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"Red Riding Trilogy" at Cinematheque in May

By admin Published: April 22, 2010

The much-buzzed-about movie (or movies, although they're all of a piece) is coming to the region. The details are after the jump.

THE RED RIDING TRILOGY is a series of three new British crime films inspired by the "Yorkshire Ripper" serial killings of the 1970s and 1980s. One of the major film events of the year, the trilogy receives its exclusive Cleveland engagement between May 8 and 22 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle.

Made for British TV and inspired by true events, THE RED RIDING TRILOGY is a three-part adaptation of David Peace’s acclaimed crime-novel tetralogy Red Riding Quartet. Three different directors, working in three different media (16mm film, 35mm film, and digital video) but with the same cast, expose the deep-seated corruption that seems to underlie a series of horrific abductions and murders attributed to the "Yorkshire Ripper." The crimes spanned a decade, and the three films are set during three different years: 1974, 1980, 1983. Though each part of the trilogy can be comprehended by itself, the movies gains resonance and power when seen all together.

Roger Ebert has called THE RED RIDING TRILOGY "an immersive experience like THE BEST OF YOUTH, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, or NICHOLAS NICKLEBY." The Los Angeles Times says, "The powerfully disturbing RED RIDING TRILOGY will haunt you waking and sleeping, night and day. If you survive the watching of it, that is, which is no easy thing." Critic David Thomson has called the trilogy “a tragic achievement that surpasses that of THE GODFATHER."

Complete details about each of the three movies is below. Admission to each part is $8, Cinematheque members $6. There is free parking for filmgoers in the Cleveland Institute of Art lot, located north of the building off of East Boulevard. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450.

Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 pm &
Sunday, May 9, at 8:45 pm
The Red Riding Trilogy, Part 1
RED RIDING: 1974
Britain, 2009, Julian Jarrold
One of the film events of the year! The Red Riding Trilogy is a three-part film about the “Yorkshire Ripper,” a serial killer who terrorized England during the 1970s and 1980s. Made for British television and adapted from four acclaimed crime novels by David Peace, the three movies (showing over the next three weekends) can be seen and fully understood individually, but gain richness and power when seen all together. (Critic David Thomson has called the trilogy “a tragic achievement that surpasses that of The Godfather.”) In the first part, a young reporter researching a series of child abductions and murders discovers that the crimes lead to the local corridors of power. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 105 min. www.ifcfilms.com/all-genres/red-riding-1974

Friday, May 14, at 9:35 pm &
Saturday, May 15, at 7:30 pm
The Red Riding Trilogy, Part 2
RED RIDING: 1980
Britain, 2009, James Marsh
In the second part of the acclaimed crime saga The Red Riding Trilogy, the director of the Oscar-winning Man on Wire picks up the story of the “Yorkshire Ripper” six years later. An outsider (Paddy Considine) has been brought to Yorkshire to conduct an internal review of the police investigations of the serial killings. But it soon becomes clear that he is not wanted, and finds himself in danger. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 96 min. www.ifcfilms.com/all-genres/red-riding-1980

Friday, May 21, at 9:15 pm &
Saturday, May 22, at 7:00 pm
The Red Riding Trilogy, Part 3
RED RIDING: 1983
Britain, 2009, Anand Tucker
The conclusion to the acclaimed crime saga The Red Riding Trilogy revisits incidents and foregrounds background characters from the previous two films, as a cop and a lawyer attempt to close the book on the “Yorkshire Ripper” mass killings. But then another child goes missing… Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 104 min. www.ifcfilms.com/all-genres/red-riding-1983
Now let's hope they do a marathon of all three films back-to-back.

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