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"The Room" Sets Cleveland Debut

By admin Published: March 26, 2009

You may have read about the famously awful "The Room" in this Entertainment Weekly feature. EW dubbed its maker "the Orson Welles of crap," which helped make it an even bigger phenomenon, prompting an EW followup here. And now it's coming to the Cleveland Cinematheque on April 13. Full announcement about it, and an added showing of "The Empire of Passion," after the jump. And here's a trailer for "The Room":

The screening announcement:

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque has added two film screenings on Monday, April 13, 2009.

At 7:00 pm that night the Cinematheque will present the Cleveland theatrical premiere of THE ROOM, a 2003 American independent movie that has been called "the CITIZEN KANE of bad films" and has recently become an unlikely midnight-movie hit in Los Angeles, where comedians like Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill have embraced it.

At 9:00 pm the Cinematheque will present a second screening of a film also showing on Saturday, April 11 at 5:30 pm, Nagisa Oshima's 1978 Japanese ghost story THE EMPIRE OF PASSION.

Admission to either film is $8 ($6 Cinematheque members and CIA students/staff) or $14 ($12 members) for both movies. Both films will show in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. There is free parking available in the adjacent Institute of Art lot. For further information, call 216-421-7450 or go to

Monday, April 13, 7:00 pm
USA, 2003, Tommy Wiseau
The hottest (and most unlikely) cult movie of the past two years makes its Cleveland theatrical debut! The Room is a hilariously inept 2003 indie drama that flopped on its first release but has since become a midnight movie hit in L.A., where Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, David Cross, David Wain, Kristen Bell, and others have championed its inadvertent comic genius. It is produced, written, and directed by Tommy Wiseau, a strange-looking guy with an indeterminate accent who also stars in the movie and performs the copious sex scenes. (He plays a San Francisco banker whose fiancée is sleeping with his best friend.) This misbegotten vanity project was the subject of a six-page article in the 12/19/08 Entertainment Weekly. Be among the first in northeast Ohio to discover this terrible (but tasty) treat. And bring a spoon! Adults only! Cleveland theatrical premiere! 35mm. 99 min.

Saturday, April 11, at 5:30 pm &
Monday, April 13, at 9:00 pm
In the Realm of Oshima: Classics
Japan/France, 1978, Nagisa Oshima

Oshima’s follow-up to In the Realm of the Senses (see 4/9) also deals with possessed lovers—but is less sexually explicit. A ghost story set in 1895, the movie tells of a middle-aged wife and mother who conspires with her much-younger lover to murder her rickshaw-driver husband. Oshima won the Best Director prize at Cannes for this film. New 35mm color print! Subtitles. 106 min.

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