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Blog . 11/13-18: Silent film with live narration, The Trial, Miyazaki & more!


11/13-18: Silent film with live narration, The Trial, Miyazaki & more!

11/13/12  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Final days of Marie Antoinette are recounted in sumptuous FAREWELL, MY QUEEN
The last days of Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) are seen through the eyes of a sympathetic and loyal servant, her reader (Léa Seydoux), in the new French historical drama FAREWELL, MY QUEEN. Set and shot at Versailles and beginning on the first Bastille Day (July 14, 1789), Benoît Jacquot's lavish movie co-stars Virginie Ledoyen as a countess with whom the queen is secretly in love. Catch its East Side Cleveland premiere on Saturday or Sunday.

Japanese benshi (silent film narrator) performs during Ozu's AN INN AT TOKYO
In Japan silent films were accompanied not only by live music, but also by a benshi, or silent film narrator. Standing next to the screen, the benshi provided a running commentary on the movie while relaying the film’s story in a theatrical manner (playing multiple roles with a variety of voices). Some benshi were so popular that they were more of a draw than the movie itself! Though benshi disappeared with the coming of sound, some individuals kept the tradition alive. On Friday night at 7:30 one of Japan’s foremost practitioners of this vanished art, Ichiro Kataoka, who will perform during a silent 1935 feature by the great Yasujiro (TOKYO STORY) Ozu. Kataoka was the star pupil of master benshi Midori Sawato (who appeared at The Cleveland Museum of Art in 1989). He is also a film and television performer, a voice actor for video games, and a historian. Although Kataoka’s narration will be in Japanese, Ozu’s film, AN INN AT TOKYO—a moving drama about the relationship between an unemployed father and an equally destitute single mother—has English subtitles, as well as a music track. Kataoka will also answer audience questions after the screening. Admission to this special event is $11, members & CIA I.D. holders $9, age 25 & under $7 (with proof of age); no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Advance tickets available at

Orson Welles adapts Kafka in THE TRIAL
“The best film I have ever made” is what Orson Welles called his virtuosic, visually-stunning 1962 adaptation of Kafka’s nightmarish classic THE TRIAL. Tony Perkins plays the young bank clerk Joseph K., who is arrested one day on unspecified charges and becomes entrapped in a labyrinthine justice system while trying to learn what he did wrong. Welles and Jeanne Moreau co-star in this chilling, expressionistic classic. You have a court date Thursday or Saturday to see it. Here's the original (long) trailer.

Hayao Miyazaki returns with 2004 animated fantasy HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
A 35mm English-subtitled print of Hayao Miyazaki's Japanese animated feature HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE became available after we booked our seven-film Sept/Oct salute to him. So we're showing it this Saturday and Sunday. The 2004 film follows a teenage girl who is transformed by a witch into a wrinkled old woman. She seeks out the wizard Howl to lift the spell, taking refuge in his magical, shape-shifting, ambulatory castle that serves as a doorway to a variety of fantastical alternate realities.

Tsarist officer must adjust to post-revolutionary Soviet life in Russian classic THE SEVENTH COMPANION
Set during the “Red Terror” campaign that swept across Russia in the wake of the 1917 Revolution, Aleksei Guerman’s 1968 first feature THE SEVENTH COMPANION (co-directed with Grigori Aronov) tells of a former Tsarist army officer in St. Petersburg who is arrested as a counterrevolutionary. This moral man, innocent of all charges, must not only clear his name but also adapt to life in an immoral new world. See this Soviet classic that's not available on DVD in a new 35mm print on Thursday or Sunday. 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)

Restored director's cut of THE TIN DRUM premieres tonight at the Capitol Theatre
Tonight at 7 the Cinematheque returns to the Capitol Theatre to present a newly restored, extended version of THE TIN DRUM, the 1979 German film that won both the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Volker Schlöndorff has restored 20 minutes of original footage that he was forced to remove 33 years ago to shorten the running time. His director’s cut expands the story of Oskar, a precocious German child living in pre-WWII Germany who decides to stop growing at age three when he witnesses the hypocrisy and stupidity of adult society. Not even Oskar’s piercing screams of alarm or frantic beating of a toy drum can halt his countrymen’s relentless march toward self-destruction. This surreal, satirical black comedy (based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass) was initially banned in Ontario and Oklahoma. Now it’s a widely admired modern classic. It will show on the Capitol's big screen at 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Special admission is $10, members & CIA I.D. holders $8, age 25 & under $6 (with proof of age); no Cinematheque passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored. Free parking is available next to the theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District.

This Weekend

Tue., Nov. 13, at 7:00pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
German Oscar winner
Tickets $10/$8/$6

Thu., Nov. 15, at 6:45pm
Sun., Nov. 18, at 8:50pm
Aleksei Guerman's

Thu., Nov. 15, at 8:35pm
Sat., Nov. 17, at 5:15pm
Anthony Perkins in
Orson Welles'

Fri., Nov. 16, at 7:30pm
Silent Film with Live Narration!
Benshi Ichiro Kataoka in Person!
Yasujiro Ozu's
Tickets $11/$9/$7

Sat., Nov. 17, at 7:35pm
Sun., Nov. 18, at 4:00pm
First East Side Showing!

Sat., Nov. 17, at 9:35pm
Sun., Nov. 18, at 6:30pm
Hayao Miyazaki's

Next Week

No films Nov. 22 & 23;
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sat., Nov. 24, at 5:15pm
Sun., Nov. 25, at 8:30pm

Sat., Nov. 24, at 7:25pm
Sun., Nov. 25, at 3:45pm

Sat., Nov. 24, at 9:45pm
Sun., Nov. 25, at 6:30pm

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