Blog . Jan. 19-22: Fritz Lang, Tarkovsky, Von Stroheim & More!
PIANOMANIA introduces us to fanatical Viennese piano tuner There have been many movies about virtuoso pianists. Robert Cibis and Lilian Franck's 2009 German/French film PIANOMANIA is a movie about a piano technician who helps keyboard musicians sound so good. Stefan Knüpfer is a master piano tuner for Steinway & Sons in Vienna. He has tuned instruments for such great pianists as Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard (all seen in the movie), and in this documentary we watch him fanatically pursue sonic perfection. Take a listen on Saturday or Sunday. France's THE CONQUEST dramatizes President Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power Nicolas Sarkozy's five-year ascendancy to the presidency of France, and the simultaneous breakup of his marriage to wife Cécilia, are dramatized in Xavier Durringer's new French film THE CONQUEST , a near-Shakespearean drama of ambition, hubris, treachery, jealousy, and human comedy. Denis Podalydès is superb as Sarkozy, whom predecessor Jacques Chirac called "the midget." Take a vacation from backbiting American politics and see THE CONQUEST when we show it in a 35mm color & scope print on Friday and Saturday. Print this email and present it at the box office and pay only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Good guys battle international criminal organization in Fritz Lang's THE SPIDERS If Fritz Lang had directed RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, the result might have been something like his 1919-20 film THE SPIDERS . Envisioned as a four-part serial (though only the first two feature-length episodes were shot), this adventure epic from the German director of METROPOLIS and M recounts the daring exploits of Kay Hoog, a San Francisco adventurer (and a man, by the way). In part one, THE GOLDEN LAKE, Hoog travels to Peru in search of buried Incan treasure. But the nefarious secret criminal organization "The Spiders" tries to get there first. Scott Tobias of The Onion A.V. Club calls THE GOLDEN LAKE "a breathlessly paced treasure hunt with one action setpiece barreling into another." Part two, THE DIAMOND SHIP, finds Hoog wrestling with the Spiders for possession of a powerful diamond that gives the bearer control of Asia. THE SPIDERS was long considered a lost film, but a color-tinted 35mm nitrate print was discovered in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and then preserved and restored with a new music score. That is the version we will show on Thursday night. Andrei Tarkovsky looks at his childhood in exquisite THE MIRROR Voted one of the top 100 movies of all time in a 1995 poll of film professionals conducted by Time Out London, Andrei Tarkovsky's exquisite 1974 remembrance THE MIRROR blends history and autobiography. A fragmented work containing shards of dreams, memories, and newsreel footage, this moody reverie evokes the great Russian director's WWII childhood and his relationship with his mother and poet father, whose verse is heard on the soundtrack. Step into THE MIRROR on Friday or Sunday. Here's the original trailer. Gloria Swanson stars in von Stroheim's extravagant, outrageous QUEEN KELLY Gloria Swanson plays a European convent girl who falls for a prince and ultimately becomes proprietress of an African brothel (!) in QUEEN KELLY , an extravagant, decadent 1928 silent drama that was both Erich von Stroheim's final directorial effort and, arguably, the pinnacle of his art. Stroheim was fired from the project (for cost overruns and indecent subject matter) before shooting was completed, so the movie was never finished nor released theatrically in the U.S. (A bastardized version with an ending tacked-on by producers Swanson and Joseph Kennedy played internationally). In 1985 QUEEN KELLY was restored, as much as it could be, to Stroheim's original vision using still photographs and title cards. Music was added. This is the version we will show on Saturday and Sunday. Joseph Rubin to accompany F. W. Murnau's FAUST on Saturday, February 18 Mark your calendars! Joseph Rubin, the young NYC-based pianist who played so rousingly during D.W. Griffith's INTOLERANCE on January 7, is coming back to the Cinematheque to accompany F.W. Murnau's FAUST on Saturday, February 18 at 5:15 pm. Regular ticket prices apply. (Note that FAUST will show a second time on Sunday, February 19 at 8:35 pm, but Rubin will not play the piano during that screening.) FILMS THIS WEEK Fritz Lang's silent two-part adventure epic THE SPIDERS Thu., Jan. 19, at 7:00 pm Sarkozy's rise to power THE CONQUEST Fri., Jan. 20, at 7:30 pm Sat., Jan. 21, at 9:05 pm Andrei Tarkovsky's THE MIRROR Fri., Jan. 20, at 9:35 pm Sun., Jan. 22, at 6:30 pm Gloria Swanson in Erich von Stroheim's QUEEN KELLY Sat., Jan. 21, at 5:15 pm Sun., Jan. 22, at 8:35 pm Classical music from a piano tuner's perspective PIANOMANIA Sat., Jan. 21, at 7:10 pm Sun., Jan. 22, at 4:15 pm FILMS NEXT WEEK THE MILL AND THE CROSS Thu., Jan. 26, at 6:45 pm Fri., Jan. 27, at 9:30 pm ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN Thu., Jan. 26, at 8:35 pm Fri., Jan. 27, at 7:15 pm THE BIG PARADE Sat., Jan. 28, at 5:00pm YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE Sat., Jan. 28, at 7:30 pm Sun., Jan. 29, at 4:15 pm MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Sat., Jan. 28, at 9:30 pm Sun., Jan. 29, at 8:20 pm THE WIND Sun., Jan. 29, at 6:30 pm The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque