Blog . 7/7-10: Ayn Rand, Bill Cunningham, Jerzy Skolimowski & More!
Film festival favorite BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK will lift your spirits! Bill Cunningham is a modest, self-effacing, 82-year-old New York Times fashion photographer who, for over 30 years now, has pedaled around Manhattan on a bicycle and snapped candid photos of people with a sense of style-both celebrities at high-society soireés and regular people spotted on the street. Richard Press's BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK is a freewheeling portrait of this charming workaholic -- and one of the most joyous movies of the year! Don't miss its Cleveland East Side (and 35mm) premiere on Friday night or Sunday afternoon. Jerzy Skolimowski series continues with three more films by this major director This weekend we show three more films by Poland's Jerzy Skolimowski. On Thursday night it's your only chance to see his visually stunning first feature IDENTIFICATION MARKS: NONE (1965), an episodic account of a young Polish man (played by the director) who visits his estranged wife and other friends and acquaintances before starting his compulsory military service. It will be shown in 35mm archive print from Poland. FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA (2008), Skolimowski's next-to-most-recent movie, marked his return to filmmaking after a 17-year (!) hiatus. It's a strange and creepy black comedy about infatuation, voyeurism, and obsession. Set in a small Polish village, it tells of a desperately lonely crematorium worker so smitten with his attractive neighbor that he sneaks into her apartment while she sleeps and bestows anonymous gifts and favors. This 2009 New York Film Festival selection is undistributed theatrically in the U.S., so don't miss the rare chance to see it in a 35mm color print imported from Poland. It plays Friday and Saturday. Watch Skolimowski talk about the film here. Saturday is also your only chance to see Skolimowski's WALKOVER (1965), his second feature. Skolimowski again stars -- this time as a college drop-out who's an amateur fighter. Before he hits middle age, he decides to enter a factory boxing tournament. Once again, the movie will show in a 35mm print imported from Poland! A SCREAMING MAN is haunting family drama set in modern-day Africa Classically-directed foreign-language art cinema lives! Mahamet-Saleh Haroun's 2010 drama A SCREAMING MAN is a potent, elegantly-shot variation on F. W. Murnau's THE LAST LAUGH. The movie focuses on Adam, a sixtyish former swimming champion who has worked as pool attendant at a luxury hotel in Chad's capital city for 30 years. When Adam suddenly loses his job to his 20-year-old son and former assistant, he is humiliated and jealous-and takes drastic steps to reclaim his "rightful" position. This is flat-out one of the best movies of the year. And you can see it in a 35mm color & scope print on Friday or Sunday. Print this post and present it at the box office and pay only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member) for A SCREAMING MAN; it's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE looks at controversial author and Tea Party favorite Michael Paxton's AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE is an Oscar-nominated 2007 documentary that looks at the life of the controversial novelist and philosopher. Born in Russia in 1905, Rand emigrated to the U.S. in 1929 and became a vehement anti-communist who championed freedom, individualism, self-interest, and atheism in her best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. This two-hour-and-25-minute film explores not only Rand's ideas and books (and some of the movies made from them) but also her lesser-known careers as Hollywood screenwriter and extra, Broadway playwright, and friendly witness to the House Un-American Activities Committee. It plays Thursday and Saturday. Actor Keir Dullea comes next weekend! Keir Dullea, the Cleveland-born actor best known for playing astronaut David Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, is coming to the Cinematheque on Saturday, July 16 to answer audience questions after an 8:15 pm screening of that 1968 sci-fi classic. He will also answer questions after a 5:30 pm screening of another of his most memorable films, Frank Perry's DAVID AND LISA, from 1962. Two other films starring Dullea, Bob Clark's BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) and Otto Preminger's BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING (1965), will surround the 7/16 screenings, comprising a "Keir Dullea Weekend" (July 14-17). Born in Cleveland in 1936, Dullea, with his boyish good looks and piercing blue eyes, became one of the most sought-after actors of the 1960s. He started acting on TV and the stage and made his screen debut as a juvenile delinquent in THE HOODLUM PRIEST (1961). He continued playing emotionally troubled young people – and often characters younger than himself – in films throughout the decade (DAVID AND LISA, THE THIN RED LINE, BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING), culminating in his best-known movie role in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. During the sixties he also made his Broadway debut, and starred as a young blind man in the hit comedy-drama BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE, which co-starred Blythe Danner. Dullea has been primarily a stage actor since the late 1960s, but he continues to turn up occasionally in movies and on TV. Click here to purchase advance tickets to the 7/16 screening of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Films This Week Thu., July 7, at 5:30 pm Sat., July 9, at 9:00 pm Oscar-nominated doc AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE Thu., July 7, at 8:15 pm Jerzy Skolimowski's IDENTIFICATION MARKS: NONE Fri., July 8, at 5:40 pm Sun., July 10, at 1:10 pm Powerful African drama A SCREAMING MAN Fri., July 8, at 7:30 pm Sun., July 10, at 3:00 pm Crowd-pleasing portrait BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK Fri., July 8, at 9:15 pm Sat., July 9, at 7:10 pm Jerzy Skolimowski's FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA Sat., July 9, at 5:30 pm Jerzy Skolimowski's WALKOVER Films Next Week Thu., July 14, at 6:00 pm Fri., July 15, at 9:10 pm BLACK CHRISTMAS Thu., July 14, at 8:00 pm BARRIER Fri., July 15, at 7:00 pm Sun., July 17, at 4:35 pm BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING Sat., July 16, at 5:30 pm DAVID AND LISA Keir Dullea in person! Sat., July 16, at 8:15 pm Sun., July 17, at 7:00 pm 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Keir Dullea in person on 7/16! Sun., July 17, at 3:00 pm HANDS UP! 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