Blog . Oct. 27-30: Take Shelter, Last House On The Left, A.i. & More!
Shot-in-Ohio TAKE SHELTER premieres in Cleveland Thursday night! Producer and stars to attend! On Thursday night at 8:00 pm you can be among the first to see TAKE SHELTER , the new Michael Shannon-Jessica Chastain movie that was shot in northeast Ohio last year and is now winning rave reviews around the world! The film's producer, Tyler Davidson, will attend our special advance screening, as will many of the Ohio actors who appear in the movie. Jeff Nichols' film tells of an Ohio working man so plagued by apocalyptic visions that he builds a storm shelter to protect his wife and deaf six-year-old daughter. But will the enclosure protect them from him? Seating for this special showing is limited (the film's distributor will not allow us to sell all 616 of our seats), so don't be shut out. Purchase advance tickets now at BrownPaperTickets.com. You have until Wednesday to buy advance tickets; any remaining seats (including all $5 tickets) will go on sale at the Cinematheque box office on Thursday night starting at 7:00 pm. This is an unmissable event! Spain's wild LAST CIRCUS: Cirque du Olé! THE LAST CIRCUS is the outrageous new movie from the twisted mind of Spain's Álex de la Iglesia (THE DAY OF THE BEAST). A "Sad Clown" battles the sadistic "Happy Clown" for the love of a beautiful acrobat who is also the Happy Clown's abused wife. This darkly funny, violent, phantasmagorical film, which won the prizes for Best Director and Best Screenplay at last year's Venice Film Festival, finds de la Iglesia back in top form (or should we say over-the-top form?). No one under 17 will be admitted when the circus rolls into town on Friday and Sunday. Bob West's forgotten 1973 indie horror film THE WEDNESDAY CHILDREN, shot in northeast Ohio, is resurrected THE WEDNESDAY CHILDREN is a mostly forgotten, low-budget independent horror film that was shot in Wadsworth, Ohio in 1973. It was directed by Robert D. West, a one-time Cleveland radio executive who taught film courses at John Carroll University and Kent State University for many years. (He is currently professor emeritus in KSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.) On Saturday night Bob West will appear in person with his newly rediscovered movie, in which a group of neglected children fall under the spell of a charismatic but creepy church janitor who tells them how they can rid their lives of grownups through a process know as "transference." West will answer audience questions after a screening of the only extant film print, and he will be joined by surviving cast members and others who worked on the movie. Here's the trailer for this film that The Plain Dealer in 1973 called "a sunlit horror story of considerable attainments." 2001's A.I. was a Stanley Kubrick project realized by Steven Spielberg Developed by Stanley Kubrick but brought to the screen by Steven Spielberg after Kubrick's death, the futuristic 2001 fantasy A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE blends Kubrick's chilly braininess with Spielberg's warmth and heart. It tells of a sophisticated robot child (Haley Joel Osment) with the ability to feel love and other emotions. He becomes the stand-in for a married couple's absent, seriously ill natural son. But when the real child is cured and returns home, the mechanical surrogate (who yearns to be human, like Pinocchio) is cast out into a cruel world where he struggles to survive. Jude Law co-stars in this movie that has music by John Williams. It's one of critic Jonathan Rosenbaum's 100 favorite movies of all time, and you can see it on the big screen on Friday night. Here's a trailer. Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING is shattering tale of murder and revenge In Ingmar Bergman's gripping medieval fable THE VIRGIN SPRING , Max von Sydow plays a deeply religious father who wreaks terrible revenge on infidels who rape and murder his innocent young daughter. This 1960 Swedish movie, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, will be shown in a 35mm print on Saturday and Sunday. You can see it for only $7 ($5 for Cinematheque members) by printing out this post and presenting it at the box office. It's our Deal of the Week. (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) See next blurb for Wes Craven's slasher-film remake. LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT: yes, it's only a movie but it's still pretty damn disturbing The notorious 1972 horror film LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT was the first feature by Cleveland-born Wes Craven, who went on to direct A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, SCREAM, and many other chillers. It's a splatter-film update of Ingmar Bergman's Oscar-winning 1960 arthouse classic THE VIRGIN SPRING (see above blurb). Transposing Bergman's 14th-century story to 1970s America, Craven graphically depicts how two teenage girls headed to a rock concert are abducted, brutalized, and murdered by psychopaths. But the killers get their own nasty comeuppance. This movie, which shows on Saturday and Sunday in a 35mm print, is not for the squeamish; no one under 17 will be admitted. Here's the original MGM trailer. Expert on Chinese cinema speaks on Thursday; Nov-Dec calendars available; five Stewart/Mann Westerns to be shown Jerome Silbergeld, Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University and a noted expert on Chinese cinema, will deliver a free lecture on Thursday, October 27 at 4:45 pm in Aitken Auditorium. Professor Silbergeld's talk is entitled "What Is 'Chinese Motion' in Chinese Motion Pictures?" The event, sponsored by CIA and Margaret Wong & Associates, is scheduled to end at 6:00 pm. The Cinematheque's November-December calendars are now available for pickup, and listings are also online at www.cia.edu/cinematheque http://www.cia.edu/cinematheque. Among the highlights during the next two months are the five Anthony Mann Westerns starring James Stewart, 17 new feature films including John Turturro's PASSIONE and John Sayles' AMIGO, and recent favorites like ANOTHER EARTH and THE FUTURE. The series "Five of a Kind: the James Stewart / Anthony Mann Westerns" (November 3 ? December 3) showcases a revered series of horse operas made in the early 1950s. WINCHESTER '73, BEND OF THE RIVER, THE NAKED SPUR, THE FAR COUNTRY, and THE MAN FROM LARAMIE all star Jimmy Stewart and are directed by Anthony Mann, a Western specialist with a keen visual sense and a sensitivity to landscape. These five tense, beautiful, exciting movies introduced nuance and psychological complexity to a genre that heretofore had been pretty black and white (despite pretty color scenery). Stewart's character in each of the films is a flawed, morally ambiguous, and obsessive man-more protagonist than "hero." He is driven to right wrongs that have been done to him, and if he has to resort to horrific violence to mete out justice, well, that just comes with the territory. So do majestic landscapes-mountains and rivers and steep rock walls that prove inhospitable, even hostile, to those who have to negotiate them during their pursuits or flights. Man is not welcome in Mann's forbidding frontier, and those who enter often find themselves reduced to their basest instincts and most primal natures. Some have called Mann's oaters "Western noir"-the horse opera equivalent of the dark, cynical urban crime dramas that also flourished in the 1950s. All five will be shown in gorgeous 35mm film prints starting next weekend. Films This Week Thu., Oct. 27, at 8:00 pm Special Advance Screening! Producer Tyler Davidson in Person! Michael Shannon & JessicaChastain in TAKE SHELTER Shot in N.E. Ohio! Fri., Oct. 28, at 7:15 pm Sun., Oct. 30, at 8:25 pm Alex de la Iglesia's THE LAST CIRCUS Fri., Oct. 28, at 9:25 pm Spielberg completes Kubrick A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Sat., Oct. 29, at 5:10 pm Sun., Oct. 30, at 4:30 pm Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING Sat., Oct. 29, at 7:00 pm Filmmaker Bob West in Person! Forgotten, shot-in-Ohio 1973 indie horror film THE WEDNESDAY CHILDREN Sat., Oct. 29, at 9:45 pm Sun., Oct. 30, at 6:45 pm Wes Craven's LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT Films Next Week Thu., Nov. 3, at 6:45 pm Sat., Nov. 5, at 5:15 pm WINCHESTER '73 Thu., Nov. 3, at 8:40 pm Sun., Nov. 6, at 6:30 pm THE DEBT Fri., Nov. 4, at 8:00 pm Sat., Nov. 5, at 7:10 pm PASSIONE Fri., Nov. 4, at 9:45 pm Sun., Nov. 6, at 8:30 pm BELLFLOWER Sat., Nov. 5, at 9:00 pm Sun., Nov. 6, at 4:15 pm THE CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque