Blog . 3/10-14: Shoah, Dogtooth, Blue Collar & More!
Epic Holocaust documentary SHOAH returns for 25th anniversary in new 35mm print!Cinematheque 3/10-14: Shoah, Dogtooth, Blue Collar & more! Filmmaker Marcel Ophüls (THE SORROW AND THE PITY) has called Claude Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half-hour 1985 non-fiction masterpiece SHOAH "the greatest documentary on contemporary history ever released?and by far the greatest film I've ever seen about the Holocaust." Shot in 14 countries over 11 years, and showing Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in two parts of 273 minutes and 290 minutes, this monumental work (the title is the Hebrew word for "Holocaust") details how six million European Jews were systematically exterminated by the Nazis during WWII. Employing no historical newsreel footage, Lanzmann focuses his cameras on living witnesses to the genocide-perpetrators, bystanders, and camp survivors-and doggedly grills them about the details of mass destruction. He also revisits some of the now-peaceful, pastoral locations where, decades before, the horrors unfolded. Here's the 25th Anniversary trailer for this epic work that Time Out New York recently called the "#1 documentary of all time! A towering masterpiece?An ennobling theatrical experience." Special admission to both parts (when purchased on Saturday) is $20, members and CIA students & staff $15. Admission to either part is $12, Cinematheque members and CIA students & staff $9. No passes, twofers, or radio winners. No second film discount on 3/12. Cash/check only; no credit cards. Iranian girls dress as boys to sneak into soccer game in delighful, pointed OFFSIDE Jafar Panahi, the brilliant Iranian director of THE WHITE BALLOON, THE CIRCLE, and CRIMSON GOLD, is currently serving a six-year prison sentence in Iran on vague anti-government charges. (The sentence, pronounced in January, also forbids him from making movies or writing scripts for the next 20 years!) Though Panahi has always been a subversive, with three of his features banned in Iran, his current detention and punishment is a travesty of justice and has rightly ignited an international outcry. The silencing of Panahi represents a major loss to world cinema, and one only has to watch his most recent feature, 2006's OFFSIDE , to see the proof. This film about young female soccer fans who disguise themselves as boys in order to sneak into a stadium where women are forbidden is one of the best films made anywhere during the last decade. Filmed during an actual World Cup qualifying match, the funny/sad/celebratory movie deftly blends documentary and fiction to make humanistic and political points without sacrificing entertainment value-or art. Watch the trailer and then see the whole movie Thursday or Friday. Print this post and present it at the box office and see OFFSIDE for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Revered WOMAN OF PARIS is rare non-comedy directed by Charlie Chaplin Charlie Chaplin has only a cameo in his 1923 silent film A WOMAN OF PARIS , his first foray into serious filmmaking. Edna Purviance plays a young French woman who leaves her village and her true love to move to Paris, where she becomes the mistress of a cynical rich man (Adolphe Menjou). This stylish, sophisticated, and psychologically complex movie impressed critics of its day and also influenced Ernst Lubitsch. But it proved a commercial flop, so Chaplin took it out of release for 50 years. When he reissued it in the mid-1970s with a new music score that he himself composed, it was a triumph; Andrew Sarris proclaimed it the best film of 1976! This straight-faced drama (which will be seen in a new 35mm print) will be preceded by a 1919 short comedy by Chaplin, "Sunnyside," in which the comedian plays the daydreaming handyman at a rural hotel. Catch both movies Saturday or Sunday. How did Giorgos Lanthimos' 2009 Greek movie DOGTOOTH become one of the five nominees for this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film? Though the nomination was well deserved, this edgy, transgressive black comedy is a far cry from your typical middlebrow Academy Award contender. In fact, it was reported in February that some Academy members were booing, hissing, and walking out of screenings. DOGTOOTH is that kind of love-it-or-hate-it movie. It tells of three grown siblings-a young man and two young women-who have spent their whole lives in a walled estate, cut off from the outside world. Still living with their control-freak parents who have brainwashed them with a skewed understanding of reality, these hermetic homeschoolers have their own bizarre games, rituals, and vocabulary. But growing sexual urges and the pervasiveness of American pop culture threaten to puncture their bubble. No one under 18 will be admitted to this movie that screens in a 35mm color & scope print on Thursday and Friday. Greek Oscar nominee DOGTOOTH is funny, chilling, unforgettable Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, and Yaphet Kotto play Detroit auto workers in BLUE COLLAR , the 1978 directorial debut of screenwriter Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL). Disrespected by both management and labor bosses, the three men decide to rob their union's headquarters-a bigger mistake than they know. See this rarely-revived classic in a new 35mm color print from the Universal Pictures studio archive next Monday night. Here's the original theatrical trailer. Paul Schrader appears in person at the Cinematheque on Friday, March 18. Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel star in Paul Schrader's directorial debut BLUE COLLAR These are the Top Ten "must-see" films in this year's Cleveland International Film Festival (March 24 - April 3), according to Cinematheque Director John Ewing. As usual he favors new foreign films by major filmmakers and acclaimed movies from "A-list" festivals. Must-see movies that are likely to return to Cleveland (like AARDVARK, CLEVELAND VS. WALL STREET, KAWASAKI'S ROSE, and MEEK'S CUTOFF) are not included. THE ARBOR CATERPILLAR THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE NENETTE ROUTE IRISH RUBBER A SCREAMING MAN THESE AMAZING SHADOWS UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES John Ewing lists his personal "top ten" from this year's Cleveland Int'l Film Festival Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night! Thu., March 10, at 6:45 pm Fri., March 11, at 9:25 pm Oscar-nominated foreign film DOGTOOTH No one under 18 admitted! Thu., March 10, at 8:40 pm Fri., March 11, at 7:30 pm Superb Iranian comedy-drama OFFSIDE Sat., March 12, at 4:45 pm Sun., March 13, at 6:30 pm Charlie Chaplin's A WOMAN OF PARIS Sat., March 12, at 7:00 pm 25th Anniversary! New 35mm Print! SHOAH (Part 1) Sun., March 13, at 1:00 pm SHOAH (Part 2) See both parts of "Shoah" for $20, members $15. See either part of "Shoah" for $12, members $9. Films Next Week Thu., March 17, at 6:45 pm Paul Schrader's AFFLICTION Fri., March 18, at 7:30 pm Paul Schrader in Person! LIGHT OF DAY Sat., March 19, at 5:15 pm Sun., March 20, at 6:30 pm THE GOLD RUSH Sat., March 19, at 7:10 pm Sun., March 20, at 4:00 pm WINSTON CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY Sat., March 19, at 9:15 pm Sun., March 20, at 8:20 pm POISON The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque