Blog . 3/11-14: The Third Man, Daniel Ellsberg Doc, New Herzog/lynch Movie & More!
Oscar-nominated doc on Daniel Ellsberg / Pentagon Papers premieres locally Though it didn't win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature this past Sunday, THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS was one of only five movies even nominated. (It would have won the award for Longest Title, if that had been a category.) Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's film recounts how Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, leaked 7000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times in 1971 after concluding that the war was based on decades of lies and was wrong. See it Saturday or Sunday.
Weird enough for you? David Lynch produces new film by Werner Herzog Willem Dafoe, Chloë Sevigny, Brad Dourif, Michael Shannon, and Udo Kier star in the new film directed by Werner Herzog and produced by David Lynch. MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE? (the strangeness starts with the title) tells of an unstable actor (Shannon) who so identifies with the role of Orestes in Sophocles' Electra that he actually kills his own mother with a sword! Two detectives try to find out why he did it. (It's based on a true case.) Read this rave review from Time Out New York http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/film/81295/my-son-my-son-what-have-ye-done-film-review, and then see the movie Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Original, uncut RED CLIFF concludes with action-packed second half We showed the first part of John Woo's original, two-part, five-hour historical epic RED CLIFF (released in America as one two-and-a-half-hour movie) last weekend. This Thursday and Friday you can see the conclusion. Tony Leung stars in what is the most expensive and highest-grossing Chinese film ever made. It chronicles a 208 A.D. military campaign in which the powerful Han Dynasty takes on two insurgent warlords and their rebel armies in the south. From all reports, most of the action is in this half of Woo's spectacle. But if you missed Part 1, you may not want to attend a movie that's half over. Well, we think it's better to see some of this dazzling film than none of it. And to make that option more attractive, print this email and present it at the box office and see "Red Cliff, Part 2" for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) "Best British film of 20th century" returns Named the "Best British Film of the 20th Century" by the British Film Institute in 1999, Carol Reed's celebrated, suspenseful 1949 film noir THE THIRD MAN is set in rubble-strewn, polyglot, post-WWII Vienna, where a naïve American writer of pulp fiction (Joseph Cotten) searches for his old friend Harry Lime, who may be dead-or worse. Orson Welles, Alida Valli, and Trevor Howard co-star in this classic that also features Oscar-winning camerawork by Robert Krasker and an immortal zither score by Anton Karas. Graham Greene wrote it and you can see it in a new print this Saturday or Sunday. Sergei Paradjanov and Ron Holloway : a joint requiem In his 1994 documentary PARADJANOV: A REQUIEM , Berlin-based film writer Ron Holloway paid tribute to the great Armenian-Georgian filmmaker and folklorist Sergei Paradjanov ("Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors," "The Color of Pomegranates") who died in 1990. But we're showing this movie more as a tribute to Holloway, co-founder of the Cleveland Cinematheque, who died in December. Because it's only an hour long, tickets will cost only $6, Cinematheque members $5. Catch it Thursday only. Oscar wrap-up, Tim & John's Cleveland Film Festival picks, etc. We were gratified this past Sunday night to see Kathryn Bigelow become the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director. Bigelow is another on the long list of major filmmakers whose work was first shown in Cleveland at the Cinematheque. (We premiered her debut feature "The Loveless" in September of 1986.) We also are proud to have been the only local theatre to have shown this year's Oscar-winning documentary feature, "The Cove," which we played three times in November. (Now are you sorry you didn't review it, PD?) Dave Polak of South Euclid is the winner of the grand prize package of movie-related goodies that we promised the person who picked the most correct Academy Award winners at our February 2 event, "Oscars 2010: Cleveland Reacts." Dave got seven of the eight categories right, missing only "Best Foreign Language Film." Five other people also picked seven of the eight winners correctly, missing Foreign Language Film, so Dave's ballot was picked at random from the six that tied. By the way, in an Oscar poll conducted by CWRU's student newspaper The Observer and printed in the current 3/5 issue, Cinematheque Director John Ewing was the only one of the eight people surveyed whose picks were 100% right! Ewing is also one of 14 nationwide participants in a Critical Symposium on Repertory Film Programming in the Spring 2010 issue of Cineaste magazine. He's even pictured in a color photo, and a second picture shows an unusually crowded Aitken Auditorium. You can buy Cineaste at select newstands. Below are Tim Harry and John Ewing's top 10 film picks for the upcoming 34th Cleveland International Film Festival, taking place March 18-28 at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland. The choices (listed alphabetically) were made independently, with no consulation. Harry: Accident; Applause; Cow; For the Love of Movies; The Girl; The Girl on the Train; I Am Love; Lourdes; A Room and a Half; The Two Horses of Genghis Khan. Ewing: Eyes Wide Open; For the Love of Movies; The Happiest Girl in the World; Jan Hrebejk retrospective; The Last Days of Emma Blank; Lourdes; My Year Without Sex; Please, Please Me!; The Two Horses of Genghis Khan; Ward 6. (He believes that other essential titles like The Girl on the Train, I Am Love, Looking for Eric, Mid-August Lunch, A Town Called Panic, and Vincere will probably open commercially.) This Weeks Films Thu., March 11, at 6:45 pm PARADJANOV: A REQUIEM A Tribute to Ron Holloway Thu., March 11, at 8:00 pm Fri., March 12, at 9:30 pm RED CLIFF (Part 2) Conclusion of original, uncut Chinese version! Fri., March 12, at 7:30 pm Sat., March 13, at 9:15 pm Sun., March 14, at 8:40 pm MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE? Werner Herzog Directs; David Lynch Produces! Sat., March 13, at 5:15 pm Sun., March 14, at 4:00 pm THE THIRD MAN 60th Anniversary! New 35mm Print! Sat., March 13, at 7:20 pm Sun., March 14, at 6:45 pm THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS 2010 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Feature! Next Weeks Films No films 3/18! Cleveland Cult Film Festival Fri., March 19, at 7:00 pm Sat., March 20, at 8:40 pm WILD WOMEN OF WONGO Fri., March 19, at 8:30 pm Sat., March 20, at 10:10 pm A BOY AND HIS DOG Fri., March 19, at 10:15 pm Sat., March 20, at 6:45 pm BRONSON The Cinematheque at the 34th Cleveland International Film Festival Sun., March 21, at 7:20 pm Mon., March 22, at 2:15 pm LOURDES Shown at Tower City Cinemas; Special ticket prices apply The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque