Blog . 1/28-31: Funny Face, Mao's Last Dancer, Four Lions & More!
Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn dazzle in colorful, Paris-set musical FUNNY FACE FUNNY FACE is a chic, colorful 1957 musical from the peerless Stanley Donen (ON THE TOWN, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN ), in which a Richard Avedonish photographer (Fred Astaire) turns a pretty Greenwich Village bookworm (Audrey Hepburn) into a top Parisian fashion model. The Gershwin score is "s'wonderful." Called "the most ravishingly photographed musical since AN AMERICAN IN PARIS by Clive Hirschhorn in The Hollywood Musical, FUNNY FACE should look great in the classic three-strip Technicolor print from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive that we'll show on Saturday night. MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1 concludes acclaimed two-part French crime epic In MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1 , Jean-François Richet brings his two-part saga about notorious 1970s French gangster Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) to a thrilling conclusion. (The first part was shown last weekend.) Part 2 is an intricate cat and mouse game between the criminal and a dogged policeman (Olivier Gourmet) intent on capturing or killing him. Mathieu Amalric and Ludivine Sagnier fill out the all-star cast. Catch MESRINE yourself in a 35mm color & scope print this Friday or Saturday. Print this post and present it at the box office and see the movie for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) FOUR LIONS: Comedy of (t)errors Four British jihadists who aspire to be suicide bombers prove to be hilariously inept at the task in the eyebrow-raising new comedy FOUR LIONS , the first feature by noted British satirist Chris Morris. Terrorism may not be the first subject that comes to mind when you think of comedy, but critics on both sides of the Atlantic have been effusive in their praise of this satirical farce. "Critics' Pick?A shockingly hilarious, stiletto-sharp satire," says The NY Times. "A ballsy romp through one of the least lighthearted subjects imaginable," quoth The Onion A.V. Club. "A hilarious farce and a brilliant takedown of the imbecility of fanaticism," raves The Hollywood Reporter. Laugh your head off (a pleasant alternative to beheading) this Saturday or Sunday. Listen here to an All Things Considered story about FOUR LIONS. Chinese ballet star leaves China for the U.S. in soaring MAO'S LAST DANCER MAO'S LAST DANCER , the moving new film from Bruce Beresford (director of TENDER MERCIES and DRIVING MISS DAISY), tells of a Chinese performer, plucked from the provinces as a young boy and trained in Beijing to be a ballet dancer, who ponders defecting to the U.S. while studying with the Houston Ballet during 1979-80. In a 1/16/11 Plain Dealer article, Verb Ballets director Margaret Carlson called this movie, which is based on a memoir by Li Cunxin, her favorite dance film. "Of all the dance movies I've seen, it's very accurate," she said. "It has beautiful, first-rate dancing." It shows Sunday afternoon only. Art-film enthusiasts, take note. THE ANCHORAGE is for you. If plot and characters are what draw you to the movies, then you should probably stay away from Anders Edström and C.W. Winter's 2009 American/Swedish co-production THE ANCHORAGE . But if you like movies that are immersive, that open windows on exotic corners of the earth, that blend documentary and narrative, and that employ light and sounds and textures to sensual effect, then don't miss this film that many have found breathtaking. (It appeared on some critics' Ten Best Lists for 2010.) THE ANCHORAGE focuses on the daily routine of a middle-aged woman living by herself on a Swedish island. But more important-and ominous-are the disruptions of her daily routine, seen over a three-day period. Dennis Lim in Artforum calls it "a film that forces and rewards close attention." Showing Friday and Sunday, it's a Cinematheque Elite presentation so ticket prices are higher than normal -- in this case $11, Cinematheque members and CIA students & staff $8. John B. Alexander to appear in person with comedy THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey star in Grant Heslov's THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS , a 2009 Strangelovian military farce about a reporter who stumbles upon a cadre of renegade U.S. soldiers in Iraq. These military men employ New Age-inspired, paranormal techniques developed during the Vietnam era to wage psychic war on the enemy. (They also try to kill goats by staring at them). Based on Jon Ronson's nonfiction book of the same name, the film will be introduced by John B. Alexander, Ph.D., a retired U.S. Army colonel and intelligence expert who is a leading proponent for the development of non-lethal weapons. Alexander was featured prominently in Ronson's book and is one of the real-life soldiers who inspired Clooney's character in the movie. (He has also appeared on George Noory's radio show Coast to Coast AM.) The Cleveland Council on World Affairs is bringing Alexander to Cleveland, and next Monday night he will answer questions after the screening. Special admission is $12; Cinematheque and CCWA members and CIA students & staff $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. You can register and buy tickets in advance at www.ccwa.org. Clarification about February 3 festivities Last week most of you received an e-mailed (or mailed) invitation to a "Night for a Knight" on Thursday, February 3 at the Cleveland Institute of Art. This invitation was for a private 6 pm reception that will precede the 7:30 pm award ceremony at which Cinematheque Director John Ewing will be officially named a "Chevalier" (knight) in the Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France. A screening of the 1944 French film LE CIEL EST A VOUS (THE SKY IS YOURS/THE WOMAN WHO DARED) will immediately follow the award ceremony. Tickets to the reception/award ceremony/film package cost $40 per person. However, you do not have to attend the reception in order to attend the award ceremony and movie. Tickets for just the award ceremony and movie cost $10 ($7 for Cinematheque members and CIA students & staff). But those tickets can be purchased only on February 3 -- at the Cinematheque ticket table after 6:45 pm. There are no advance sales and no credit card sales; cash and check only. WASTE LAND garners Oscar nomination WASTE LAND has been announced as one of the five nominees for this year's Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. This acclaimed movie receives its exclusive Cleveland-area first run showing on Friday, February 4 at 9:40 pm and Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 pm at the Cinematheque. Don't miss it! Films This Week NO FILMS THU., JAN. 27 Fri., Jan. 28, at 7:30 pm Sun., Jan. 30, at 8:30 pm Cinematheque Elite THE ANCHORAGE $11; members/CIA $8 Fri., Jan. 28, at 9:20 pm Sat., Jan. 29, at 7:20 pm French gangster saga MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1 Sat., Jan. 29, at 5:15 pm Audrey Hepburn in FUNNY FACE Sat., Jan. 29, at 9:55 pm Sun., Jan. 30, at 6:30 pm Funny or die FOUR LIONS Sun., Jan 30, at 4:00 pm Crowd-pleasing ballet movie MAO'S LAST DANCER Mon., Jan. 31,at 7:00 pm George Clooney & Jeff Bridges in THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS John B. Alexander in person! $12; members/CIA $8 Films Next Week Thu., Feb. 3, at 7:30 pm A Special Event! Rare Archival Print! Pre-film Award Ceremony! THE SKY IS YOURS Fri., Feb. 4, at 7:30 pm Sun., Feb. 6, at 8:30 pm VENGEANCE Fri., Feb. 4, at 9:40 pm Sat., Feb. 5, at 7:30 pm Oscar nominee WASTE LAND Sat., Feb. 5, at 5:15 pm Sun., Feb. 6, at 4:00 pm CHARADE Sat., Feb. 5, at 9:30 pm Sun., Feb. 6, at 6:30 pm NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING) The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque