Blog . 10/4-7: The Alloy Orchestra Live, Grand Illusion, Jules and Jim & More!
THE ALLOY ORCHESTRA returns to Cleveland and the Cinematheque, accompanying two Soviet silent classics Two years after their sold-out METROPOLIS show at the Capitol Theatre (a Cinematheque presentation), the Alloy Orchestra returns to the Cinematheque! This time the Boston band that Roger Ebert calls “the best in the world at accompanying silent films” will lend its distinctive mix of clarinet, accordion, electronics, and junk metal percussion to two movies they have never before performed in Cleveland, both Soviet silents in rare 35mm prints. First up, at 7:00 pm, is their newest project, Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg's THE OVERCOAT (1926), which the band will debut at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center tonight (Tuesday) before presenting it here! This fantastical film version of Gogol’s famous story focuses on a poor, unhappy clerk who becomes fixated on acquiring a new overcoat. Produced by USSR’s avant-garde FEKS (Factory of the Eccentric Actor) workshop, the visually stunning movie owes a major debt to German Expressionism. The print we will show is a new 35mm restoration from the British Film Institute! Special admission to this show is $15, Cinematheque members $12, age 25 & under $9 (with proof of age). But for only $5 more you can also see/hear Thursday's second Alloy Orchestra performance (see below). Advance tickets available until Wednesday night at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/268317.
For their second show on Thursday night, starting at 8:45 pm, Boston’s Alloy Orchestra will present the first Cleveland performance of what is often cited as their best score. It’s for Dziga Vertov's MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA, a 1929 Constructivist Soviet silent that, in this year’s Sight & Sound magazine poll, was voted the eighth best movie of all time! Vertov’s dizzying city symphony is a whirling, swooping work that breathlessly employs every camera and editing trick known at that time to capture the rhythm, movement, and vitality of “modern” 1920s Soviet life (as well as demonstrate the possibilities of pure cinema). Eschewing title cards and comprised of almost 1800 individual shots, MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA is one of the most radical and influential—and fun—avant-garde features ever made! Special admission for those who want to see only this movie is $15, Cinematheque members $12, ages 25 & under $9 (with proof of age). But for only $5 more, you can also see THE OVERCOAT at 7 pm. Since each of these two movies is short (around 70 minutes), that's definitely the way to go! Advance tickets available until Wednesday night at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/268317.
Miyazaki series continues with exciting, spectacular CASTLE IN THE SKY
In Hayao Miyazaki's thrilling 1986 animated adventure CASTLE IN THE SKY, a young girl battles sky pirates and government agents for possession of a magical levitation stone that unlocks the secrets of Laputa, a mysterious floating island in the sky. This funny, thrilling, dazzling work “may be Miyazaki’s most purely enjoyable movie” (Film Comment). See it in a 35mm subtitled print on Saturday or Sunday.
Jean Renoir's great anti-war movie GRAND ILLUSION restored for its 75th anniversary
Orson Welles once said, “If I had only one film in the world to save, it would be GRAND ILLUSION.“ Jean Gabin, Erich von Stroheim, and Pierre Fresnay star in Jean Renoir’s great anti-war movie—a humanistic masterpiece set in and around a German POW camp during WWI. This exciting and moving 1937 film astutely demonstrates that it is social class—not nationality or language—that separates and divides people. See GRAND ILLUSION (one of Cinematheque Director John Ewing's ten favorite movies) in a new, restored 35mm print (made for the film's 75th anniversary) on Saturday or Sunday. Unmissable!
Truffaut's JULES AND JIM charts three-way love story in early 20th-century Europe
François Truffaut's 1962 French film JULES AND JIM is one of the most beloved, romantic, and influential French New Wave classics. And it is now 50 years old! This intoxicating, lyrical love story, set in pre- and post-WWI Europe, tells of two artist friends—a German (Oskar Werner) and a Frenchman (Henri Serre)—who love the same enigmatic, free-spirited young woman (Jeanne Moreau). Don't miss it in a 35mm scope print on Friday or Saturday! (By the way, the movie is in b&w, not color; the info in our printed schedule is wrong. But the characters are very colorful!) Here's the original trailer.
Hugo Weaving gives stellar performance in Aussie father-son odyssey LAST RIDE
In Glendyn Ivin's new Australian film LAST RIDE, Hugo Weaving plays a violent criminal who flees across the bleak Australian outback with his oft-neglected 10-year-old son. The Village Voice calls this lyrically photographed drama “an Aussie variation on BADLANDS teeming with desolation, beauty, fear, and the discord between youthful fantasies and grim realities.” The Hollywood Reporter says it is "a spare and wrenching road movie delving into the complexities of a fraught father-son relationship.” See it Friday or Sunday in a 35mm color & scope print! Print this email and present it at the box office and see LAST RIDE for only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out)