Blog . 10/22-28: Import Export, Waterlife, Woody Allen & More!
East Is West and West Is East in Ulrich Seidl's sardonic, stylish IMPORT/EXPORT In Ulrich Seidl's IMPORT EXPORT, a Ukrainian nurse and single mother migrates to Vienna to find work, while an unemployed Austrian security guard finds a new job opportunity for himself in Eastern Europe. The second fiction feature by longtime Austrian documentarian Seidl ("Dog Days") is a penetrating x-ray of the new Europe, stylishly shot and framed in his striking Diane Arbusesque style. It's not exactly an ingratiating, feel-good movie, but if you watch this adults-only trailer and then read the New York Times review (or at least the last paragraph) here, we think you'll be intrigued enough to come see it. We're proud to be presenting it. No one under 18 will be admitted. Doc WATERLIFE celebrates the Great Lakes Shown as part of Michael Moore's most recent film festival in Flint, Michigan, WATERLIFE is a new Canadian documentary about the Great Lakes. It not only celebrates their beauty and majesty, but details the many threats to the last great supply of fresh water on Earth -- and Cleveland's most important natural resource. Watch the trailer here. British Film Institute program contains restored prints of eight great short films Eight of the best short movies produced by Britain's legendary General Post Office Film Unit during the 1930s comprise the new program LOVE LETTERS AND LIVE WIRES: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GPO FILM UNIT. This new touring program from the British Film Institute, which is traveling to only a handful of cities while it's temporarily in the U.S., contains newly restored 35mm copies of great animated shorts by Len Lye, Norman McLaren, and Lotte "The Adventures of Prince Achmed") Reiniger, as well as the documentary masterpiece "Night Mail," which boasts verse by W.H. Auden and music by Benjamin Britten. Read the Sight & Sound reviewand then catch the program on Thursday or Saturday night. Note that it's a "Cinematheque Elite" presentation, so tickets cost $10, Cinematheque members and CIA students & staff $7. But it's well worth the higher price! Woody Allen plays old-time Broadway talent agent in BROADWAY DANNY ROSE Woodly Allen pays affectionate tribute to Borscht Belt comics and low-rent entertainers in his delightful 1984 comedy BROADWAY DANNY ROSE. Allen portrays the title character, a small-time New York talent agent whose heartfelt efforts to resurrect the career of a fat, aging, alcoholic, adulterous Italian crooner land him in hot water with the Mob. Mia Farrow co-stars. Watch the original trailer here and then catch the movie in a 35mm print this Friday or Sunday. CWRU "Cultures of Green" film festival showcases three pro-environment movies Next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night, we present three environmentally-conscious movies in a special "Cultures of Green" Film Festival co-sponsored by CWRU's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and shown as part of Humanities Week. All three will be introduced by CWRU professors. Monday's movie is the acclaimed 2006 Canadian documentary MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES, a provocative portrait of photographer Edward Burtynsky, who captures China's ravaged countryside and industrial wastelands in formally-composed, aesthetically-pleasing, large-scale landscape photographs. The 1971 sci-fi film SILENT RUNNING shows on Tuesday. This was the first movie directed by special effects wiz Douglas Trumbull ("2001," "Blade Runner"). It stars Bruce Dern as an obsessed astronaut orbiting a ravaged earth in a space greenhouse that contains the only surviving plant specimens that could refoliate the planet some day. Here's the original trailer of this moving, melancholy, poetic film. The festival concludes with Kevin Reynolds' much-maligned (but actually quite gripping) WATERWORLD, in which a heroic fish-man (Kevin Costner) battles oil-burning pirates (led by Dennis Hopper) in the waters that have engulfed post-polar-icecap Earth. He also tries to help a young woman and her daughter find a fabled patch of dry land. Don't miss this 1995 action epic, one of the most expensive movies ever made, in a 35mm color print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! Tommy Wiseau's THE ROOM returns; prepare to be pleasantly appalled Tommy Wiseau's so-bad-it's-funny indie favortie THE ROOM returns for one more screening this Saturday night. Set in San Francisco (where, apparently, there's a bridge), it's the tale of a tragic love triangle. If you haven't seen this hilarious movie yet, then print this post and present it at the box office on Saturday night and see it for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out)