Blog . Feb 23-26: Don Hertzfeldt In Person, Chaplin's Gold Rush, Oedipus Rex & More!
Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt appears in person on Friday night! On Friday night at 7:30 pm the Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt, who created some of the most popular short films ever shown at the Cinematheque (among them "Billy's Balloon," "Rejected," and "Ah, L'Amour"), appears in person with a selection of his funny, twisted, stick-figure-filled cartoons. A Q&A will follow the screening. The film portion of AN EVENING WITH DON HERTZFELDT includes the Cleveland premiere of Hertzfeldt's latest work, the 23-min. "It's such a beautiful day," the third and final part of his "Bill" trilogy. (A character named Bill stars in all three movies.) The other two parts of the trilogy, "Everything will be OK" (2006) and "I am so proud of you" (2008; another Cleveland premiere), also will be shown, along with some earlier movies and a few surprises. All films will show in new 35mm prints! Special admission to this show is $12; members and CIA I.D. holders $9; ages 25 & under $7 (with proof of age). No passes, twofers, or radio winners will be honored. $12 & $9 tickets are available in advance here. $7 tickets will go on sale Friday night starting at 6:30 pm to those who present an I.D. with date of birth. (Image above ©2012 Don Hertzfeldt) Actor-director Takeshi Kitano returns with bang-up Yakuza thriller OUTRAGE After a series of bizarre and unsatisfying comedies, Japan's Takeshi Kitano (SONATINE, FIREWORKS/HANA-BI) has returned to his gangster-film roots. OUTRAGE, his new movie, has been both a box office and critical success. (OUTRAGE 2 is in the works.) Kitano (a.k.a. Beta Takeshi) also stars in this tale of an all-out Yakuza war, which is told with his distinctive blend of bloodletting, filmic poetry, and droll comedy. See it in a 35mm color & scope print on Thursday or 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) Chaplin's great GOLD RUSH concludes series "Artists of the Silent Screen" It's hard to believe, but Charlie Chaplin failed to renew the copyright on his 1925 film THE GOLD RUSH , which was not only his greatest silent-era comedy feature but also the movie he said he wanted to be remembered by. So the film entered the public domain, where it has long been available in dupe prints of poor quality. To rectify his oversight and retain some control of his masterpiece, Chaplin in 1942 copyrighted and reissued a shorter and slightly different version of THE GOLD RUSH. This version, derived from his own excellent print materials and cleaner and sharper than p.d. copies, had voice over narration by Chaplin in place of the silent title cards, and also music and sound effects. For decades this "sound" version was the only version that theatres could license for exhibition from the Chaplin estate, even though the silent version was known to be superior. Well, now the mute original is officially available again -- in a new 35mm restoration with a newly recorded score of Chaplin's own music! We show it Saturday and Sunday. You should not miss this chance to see Chaplin's Little Tramp as a gold prospector in the frozen Yukon, where he battles bears, the elements, and hunger, and falls in love with a dance hall girl. Bring the kids, too! Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki is a FORCE OF NATURE in new doc David Suzuki (b. 1936) is Canada's pre-eminent environmentalist. An award-winning scientist, educator, activist, and broadcaster, Suzuki is the host of the long-running CBC-TV series "The Nature of Things," now in its 51st season. In Sturla Gunnarsson's 2010 film FORCE OF NATURE: THE DAVID SUZUKI MOVIE, this remarkable man is captured delivering (in his words) "a last lecture…a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die." Filmed before a live audience, Suzuki articulates an urgent message: we have exhausted the limits of the biosphere and must re-think our relationship with the natural world. He delineates the strains on the interconnected web of life and offers up a blueprint for sustainability and survival. Suzuki's talk, which the Toronto Globe and Mail called "easily on par with the greatest orations of the last 50 years," is punctuated by scenes of Suzuki visiting places that shaped his development-from a Japanese-Canadian WWII internment camp and Hiroshima to a favorite fishing spot in Leamington, Ontario. On Saturday and Sunday you can see this winner of the People's Choice Award for Documentary at the 2010 Toronto Int'l Film Festival when it makes its exclusive Cleveland premiere. Here's the trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMKQBjgE0Tw Who are those masked men in Tyrone Guthrie's film version of OEDIPUS REX? Douglas Rain (voice of HAL in "2001") and William Shatner are two of the performers in OEDIPUS REX, a 1956 film version of a famous stage production of Sophocles' tragedy that was directed by Tyrone Guthrie for the Stratford Ontario Shakespearean Festival. Using the W.B. Yeats' translation of the play, Guthrie places his actors behind painted masks, as the ancient Greeks did, giving the performance an almost ritualistic quality. The play itself tells of a king who unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother. But we trust you already knew that. Catch this rarity in a 35mm color print on Thursday or Sunday. Cleveland Orchestra to accompany Chaplin silent CITY LIGHTS at Severance Hall On Saturday, March 31 at 8 pm Charlie Chaplin's beloved 1931 silent comedy CITY LIGHTS will show at Severance Hall. The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by William Eddins, will perform Chaplin's musical score live. CITY LIGHTS is one of Chaplin's funniest and most touching films; the "little tramp" falls in love with a blind flower girl and tries to help her regain her sight. Cinematheque members can save 50% off tickets for this special screening by presenting their membership card at the Severance Hall box office (paying only $20.50 to $41 instead of the regular ticket price of $41 to $82). Furthermore, your ticket stub from the concert will entitle you to save $2 off any $7 or $9 ticket to a Cinematheque film showing in April! Severance Hall box office hours are 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, three hours prior to concerts on Saturday and Sunday. Phone is (216) 231-1111. This Weekend Tyrone Guthrie's OEDIPUS REX Thu., Feb. 23, at 6:45 pm Sun., Feb. 26, at 1:00 pm Japanese Yakuza thriller OUTRAGE Thu., Feb. 23, at 8:35 pm Sat., Feb. 25, at 9:00 pm Meet the Oscar-nominated animator! AN EVENING WITH DON HERTZFELDT Fri., Feb. 24, at 7:30 pm Charlie Chaplin's THE GOLD RUSH Sat., Feb. 25, at 5:15 pm Sun., Feb. 26, at 2:50 pm Pro-environment doc FORCE OF NATURE: THE DAVID SUZUKI MOVIE Sat., Feb. 25, at 7:05 pm Sun., Feb. 26, at 4:40 pm NO FILMS SUN. NIGHT 2/26 Next Week Special Free Showing! TEREZIN DIARY Thu., March 1, at 6:45 pm THE SKIN I LIVE IN Thu., March 1, at 8:35 pm Fri., March 2, at 9:35 pm SLEEPING BEAUTY Fri., March 2, at 7:30 pm Sat., March 3, at 9:00 pm THE DEVIL, PROBABLY Sat., March 3, at 5:15 pm Sun., March 4, at 6:30 pm LONDON RIVER Sat., March 3, at 7:10 pm Sun., March 4, at 8:25 pm THE MILL AND THE CROSS Sun., March 4, at 4:15 pm