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Blog . 11/4-8: H.g. Clouzot's Inferno, Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Leaves Of Grass, Gasland And More!
HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO is only 2010 release with 100% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes "A dazzling evocation of what may be one of the greatest films never made" (Sight & Sound ), HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO chronicles the ill-fated attempt by celebrated French filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot (THE WAGES OF FEAR, DIABOLIQUE) to shoot a long-planned movie entitled INFERNO during the 1960s. The movie, generously bankrolled by Columbia Pictures, was to have starred Romy Schneider and Serge Reggiani. It was a tale of pathological jealousy that was going to incorporate some radical visual and sonic experiments worthy of the op-art era. Today only 15 hours of footage survive from this unrealized project, but among them are the shimmering, psychedelic color test reels featuring the 26-year-old (and sometimes nude) Schneider. Unseen for decades, this footage was excavated by archivist Serge Bromberg after a chance encounter with Clouzot's widow in 2005. In this new film, Bromberg supplements this tantalizing old footage with interviews with surviving crew members (like Costa-Gavras) and reenactments of INFERNO's key scenes. A 2009 New York Film Festival selection, HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO won the Cesar Award (French Oscar) for Best Documentary. It is also the only 2010 release with a 100% "fresh" rating (unanimous favorable reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lenfer-dhenrigeorges-clouzot/. According to John Powers on NPR's Fresh Air, "INFERNO offers more cinematically thrilling moments than anything currently on our screens. Trust me. You'll remember this failure's images long after you've forgotten countless other movies, even those that have been hailed as a triumph." Don't miss it Saturday or Sunday. Special admission is $10, Cinematheque members and CIA students & staff $7. Edward Norton & Edward Norton star in funny marijuana farce LEAVES OF GRASS Edward Norton plays twin brothers-one an Ivy League professor, the other an Okie pot dealer-in Tim Blake Nelson's new comedy-drama LEAVES OF GRASS , which Roger Ebert calls "some kind of sweet, wacky masterpiece." Academic bro goes home to Oklahoma after learning that his pothead bro has been killed (but it turns out he hasn't). Soon this East Coast academic becomes enmeshed in the Sooner State's marijuana underworld, which is run by a Jewish kingpin (Richard Dreyfuss). Keri Russell, Susan Sarandon, and writer-director Nelson co-star in this movie that shows on Friday and Saturday. New restoration of MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY kicks off two-month Jacques Tati series Here's a new 35mm restoration of one of the funniest comedies ever made! MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY is the 1953 movie in which Jacques Tati introduced his lovable alter ego, Monsieur Hulot, who would be featured in three subsequent films (all coming to the Cinematheque in November & December). The gangly, pipe-smoking Hulot is an affable, sociable, but bumbling bachelor who suffers one hilarious mishap after another. Here he spends his summer vacation at a quaint seaside resort on the Breton coast. Misfortune, however, does not take a holiday. Take a short vacation yourself and see this beloved classic Thursday or Saturday. Kids 12 & under are only $6. Gemma Arterton ("Tamara Drewe") stars in THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED is an acclaimed 2009 British thriller, full of dizzying plot twists, that begins when two ex-cons kidnap a young woman and hold her for ransom. Gemma Arterton, who plays the title character in the upcoming Stephen Frears' movie TAMARA DREWE, stars. Boxoffice Magazine calls J Blakeson's feature-film debut "the type of calling card that most first-time directors can only dream about," adding that dazzling performances, unrelenting suspense, and a wealth of black humor "will appeal to an arthouse crowd." Adults can see it in a 35mm color & scope print on Friday or Sunday. Print this post and present it at the box office and see the film for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Alain Resnais soars above the mundane with enchanting WILD GRASS An all-star French cast (André Dussollier, Sabine Azéma, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric, and Anne Consigny) is featured in WILD GRASS, the latest film by New Wave icon Alain Resnais (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR). Boasting a playfulness and vigor that would seem to belie the director's 88 years, the movie begins with a lost wallet and soon morphs into a mind-bending romance involving a middle-aged man, his wife and children, two female dentists, and two policemen. This ode to fiction, imagination, artifice, and the cinema is one of the essential art films of the year. It was a 2009 New York Film Festival selection and The New York Times loved it . (So did many others.) Kick off your shoes and gambol barefoot through the WILD GRASS on Thursday or Sunday. Anti-fracking doc GASLAND gives new meaningt to the term "fire water" A sensation at Sundance, Josh Fox's GASLAND is a disturbing new documentary that investigates Haliburton's plan to extract natural gas via a process called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking." Many landowners across the country are currently being offered large sums of money for the rights to drill on their property. But the film argues that the environmental effects of fracking are catastrophic, resulting in contaminated groundwater (including inflammable tap water!) and toxic chemicals in the atmosphere. See this explosive exposé on Monday night. Films This Week Thu., Nov. 4, at 7:00 pm Sat., Nov. 6, at 5:15 pm Jacques Tati's hilarious MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY Thu., Nov. 4, at 8:45 pm Sun., Nov. 7, at 6:30 pm Alain Resnais' WILD GRASS Fri., Nov. 5, at 7:30 pm Sat., Nov. 6, at 8:55 pm Edward Norton x 2 in LEAVES OF GRASS Fri., Nov. 5, at 9:35 pm Sun., Nov. 7, at 8:35 pm Tricky Brit thriller THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED Sat., Nov. 6, at 7:00 pm Sun., Nov. 7, at 4:00 pm Fascinating, eye-popping HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO Mon., Nov. 8, at 7:30 pm Anti-fracking doc GASLAND Films Next Week The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre Thu., Nov. 11, at 7:00 pm STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS Fri., Nov. 12, at 7:30 pm Sun., Nov. 14, at 4:30 pm JOUR DE FETE Fri., Nov. 12, at 9:15 pm 16MM SHORTS FROM THE 48thANNARBOR FILM FESTIVAL Sat., Nov. 13, at 5:15 pm Sun., Nov. 14, at 6:30 pm ORLANDO Sat., Nov. 13, at 7:10 pm Sun., Nov. 14, at 8:25 pm RESTREPO Sat., Nov. 13, at 9:05 pm Mon., Nov. 15, at 7:30 pm OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque