Blog . July 28-31: The Man Who Fell To Earth!, Barbarella, & More
David Bowie stars in Roeg's newly-restored, uncut THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH! Ziggy Stardust ? er, David Bowie ? plays an alien searching for water for his drought-stricken planet in Nicolas Roeg's THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976), a cult sci-fi film that was initially released in the U.S. in a heavily-cut version-and has been unavailable theatrically here, in any version, for well over a decade. But now it's back, complete and uncut and looking better than ever! The film follows an E.T. named Newton as he lands in the American Southwest, conceals his identity, and proceeds to build a huge corporate empire that proves painfully seductive to him. Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn co-star in this ambitious, visually-stunning work from the director of PERFORMANCE and DON'T LOOK NOW. It lands in Cleveland on Friday and Saturday only. Back to the future: 1968 sci-fi classic BARBARELLA anchors "Nostalgia Night at the Norwalk Theatre" in Norwalk, OH Step into the wayback machine and travel with us on Sunday night to the Norwalk Theatre in Norwalk, Ohio, for an evening of classic cinema the way it used to be seen! (We're calling it Nostalgia Night at the Norwalk Theatre.) And we're not just taking vintage movies; we're talking vintage movies, vintage prints, and vintage projection! The Norwalk Theatre (57 East Main Street in downtown Norwalk) is a single-screen theatre with over 900 seats and a balcony. It still shows movies reel to reel on two projectors (like the Cinematheque does) but, most remarkably, is one of the few U.S. theatres still using carbon-arc lamp houses! For six decades slow-burning carbon rods illuminated the screen in almost every movie theatre. But when xenon lamps were introduced in America in the 1960s, carbon went the way of the dinosaurs. Xenon bulbs were cleaner and longer-lasting than carbon, but what was lost in transition, according to old timers, was the pure white light of carbon-arc lamps; xenon, by comparison, had a bluish tinge. (These fanatics were not carbon-neutral!) And what really looked nice projected on carbon-arc machines were dye-transfer Technicolor prints-the kind Hollywood made for years, until Technicolor's dye plant was shuttered and dismantled in 1974. After this happened it was discovered that the colors in old dye-transfer Technicolor prints never fade, unlike colors in more recent films made on newer film stocks and churned out on high-speed printers. Because of their beauty and stability, dye-transfer Technicolor prints are highly coveted by collectors and archivists. And on Sunday you can see one, illuminated by carbon-arc lamps and projected (in scope!) on the Norwalk's big, wide screen. The film is BARBARELLA, Roger Vadim's 1968 Jane Fonda sci-fi classic in which a sexy spacewoman must rescue genius scientist Durand Durand. It will be preceded by 40 minutes of classic trailers (many in Technicolor) and vintage shorts. Believe us: when this show is all over you won't want to return to 2011! Special admission is $10, Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $8, anyone ages 25 & under $5; no passes or twofers. Mexican thriller WE ARE WHAT WE ARE will be a cannibal classic; you'll eat it up! In Jorge Michel Grau's 2010 Mexican horror movie WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, an impoverished family of Mexico City cannibals is left to fend for itself after their patriarch (and provider) dies. This stylish, gory, ghoulishly funny, social-realist horror film was selected for last year's prestigious New York Film Festival. No one under 17 admitted will be admitted to this movie that "does for cannibals what LET THE RIGHT ONE IN did for vampires" (The London Times). It shows in a 35mm color & scope print on Thursday and Saturday. Here's the trailer. Print this email and present it at the box office and see WE ARE WHAT WE ARE for only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Run, Marathon runner also robs banks in fast-moving German thriller THE ROBBER Johann, run! A marathon runner who also robs banks (racing from the scene of the crime carrying bags of money) is the subject of Benjamin Heisenberg's fast and furious 2010 thriller THE ROBBER. Movement-not motivation-is the thing in this lean, laconic perpetual-motion machine that was inspired by real-life 1980s Austrian runner/robber Johann Kastenberger. The Village Voice says that "the film has chase sequences to outdo Hollywood's finest." Not surprisingly, an American remake is in the works? Try to catch it Thursday or Friday. NAKED ISLAND continues Shindo series Kaneto Shindo's most honored film THE NAKED ISLAND was formerly known simply as THE ISLAND. With no spoken dialogue, the movie relates the extremely hard life of a farm family of four who are the only residents of a small, barren Japanese island. The parents row daily to the mainland to collect water for their plants and personal use, and then, upon arriving home, haul it up a steep, rocky hill-a Sisyphean task repeated over and over. Earlier this year Time Out New York gave this 1960 classic its highest rating (five stars), calling it "perhaps the ultimate poetic-ruralism masterpiece not made by someone named Malick." See it in a new 35mm print on Friday or Saturday. Watch Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro discuss THE NAKED ISLAND with Shindo (who's still alive, and one of del Toro's favorite filmmakers) here, Ignizio, editor of the Cleveland Movie Blog, has just unveiled his list of the top films released so far in 2011. We're proud to report that the Cinematheque premiered three of the top ten narrative films on his list (ESSENTIAL KILLING, THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA, EVEN THE RAIN - #1) and showed two others (THE WHITE MATERIAL, A SCREAMING MAN). We also premiered the top two movies on Bob's list of five documentaries (THE SKY TURNS - #2 and NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT - #1), and also screened #3 (ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE). The complete lists are here. Cinematheque exclusives dominate two Cleveland Movie Blog lists of "The Best of 2011 so far" Thu., July 28, at 6:00 pm Sat., July 30, at 9:40 pm Mexican horror film WE ARE WHAT WE ARE Thu., July 28, at 7:50 pm Fri., July 29, at 5:30 pm Fast-moving crime movie THE ROBBER Fri., July 29, at 7:20 pm Sat., July 30, at 5:00 pm Japanese masterpiece THE NAKED ISLAND Fri., July 29, at 9:15 pm Sat., July 30, at 7:00 pm David Bowie is THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH Sun., July 31, at 7:00 pm Special Offsite Event! Nostalgia Night at the Norwalk Theatre, Norwalk, Ohio Jane Fonda is BARBARELLA Tix $10/$8/$5 25th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND! Thu., Aug 4, at 7:30 pm Shown at the Palace Theatre, PlayhouseSquare! KING KONG (1933) Fri., Aug. 5, at 5:30 pm Sat., Aug.6, at 9:10 pm CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF Fri., Aug. 5, at 7:15 pm Sat., Aug. 6, at 5:00 pm CHILDREN OF HIROSHIMA Fri., Aug. 5, at 9:15 pm SURPRISE MOVIE Sat., Aug. 6, at 7:00 pm THOSE LIPS, THOSE EYES Mon., Aug. 8, at 8:00 pm Fri., Aug. 12, at 5:30 pm Silver Anniversary Screening! Pre-Film Reception on 8/8! A USEFUL LIFE The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque http://www.cia.edu/cinematheque © 2011 The Cleveland Institute of Art. All rights reserved.