Blog . 11/29-12/4: Possession, Liberty Valance, Manchurian Candidate & more!
Uncut, uncensored version of Zulawski's bloody thriller POSSESSION premieres.
Short of over 40 minutes when first released in the U.S. (and banned outright for a number of years in Britain), Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 thriller POSSESSION is a bloody, over-the-top exercise in Grand Guignol. Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani star as a married couple going through a traumatic break-up. Arguments and furniture-smashing soon give way to self-mutilation, killings, and sex with doppelgangers (and with a tentacled monster created by Oscar-winning F/X master Carlo Rambaldi of E.T. and ALIEN fame.) Adjani won the César Award and the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her hysterical performance. The NY Times says that POSSESSION "begins at a head-banging pitch and builds to a state of genuine derangement.” Time Out New York gives the film five stars (their highest rating), calling it "a head-spinning masterpiece." See a new 35mm color print of the movie's original, uncut version on Thursday or Saturday. No one under 18 will be admitted! The film is in English.
Shy Danish bodybuilder seeks Thai wife in touching Danish drama TEDDY BEAR
In Mads Matthiesen's 2012 Danish film TEDDY BEAR, an imposing but painfully shy 38-year-old Danish bodybuilder (Kim Kold) who still lives at home with his mom and has never experienced love travels to Thailand to find a bride. This sweet, disarming film is one of the year’s most pleasant (and acclaimed) surprises. As the man of steel with a heart of cotton candy, Kold “gives what may be the performance of the year” (Time Out Film Guide). Catch this movie's exclusive Cleveland-area premiere on Friday or Saturday. Here's the trailer.
Wayne, Stewart & Marvin star in John Ford's THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
John Wayne, James Stewart, and Lee Marvin star in John Ford's great 1962 western THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, a poignant, melancholy account of the taming of the Old West. The movie revolves around three men: a tenderfoot Eastern lawyer (Stewart), an outlaw who terrorizes him (Marvin), and a grizzled, gun-toting rancher who befriends him (Wayne). Vera Miles, John Carradine, Woody Strode, and Lee Van Cleef also star. See it in a 35mm print on Friday or Saturday. On Friday at 7 pm the film will be introduced by Cleveland Institute of Art President Grafton Nunes, a film scholar and John Ford expert who regards this as his favorite Ford film. Here's the trailer.
1962 political thriller THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE now doesn't seem so far out
John Frankenheimer's 1962 Cold War thriller THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE tells a paranoid story of political extremists in Washington (what a concept!) and a decorated Korean War hero who’s been brainwashed into becoming an assassin. Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and a villainous Angela Lansbury star in this exciting suspense classic. According to legendary film critic Pauline Kael, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE is "daring, funny, and far-out…May be the most sophisticated political thriller ever made in Hollywood.” See it in a 35mm print on Sunday night. Here's the trailer.
New Czech stop-motion animated feature TOYS IN THE ATTIC is a twisted toy story
Next to Jan Švankmajer, Jirí Barta is the foremost stop-motion animator working in the Czech Republic today. And that’s saying a lot, because the Czechs have excelled at grown-up puppet films and grotesque object animation for decades. Having shown a number of Barta’s movies over the years, the Cinematheque returns to the Capitol Theatre next Tuesday night to present his first feature film in two decades, TOYS IN THE ATTIC, a twisted TOY STORY that should appeal to all Grinches sick of THE NUTCRACKER and BABES IN TOYLAND. The film (which may be too dark, sinister, and creepy for young children) tells of a group of abandoned, old-fashioned, slightly ratty toys who spring into action when one of their own, a dainty blond doll named Buttercup, is kidnapped by the autocratic ruler of the evil kingdom across the room. The English-language version of this movie, which we will present on Tuesday, is the only cut of the film that Barta sanctions; it has voices by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, et al. The NY Times calls TOYS IN THE ATTIC "manna for anyone who likes animated fantasias without wisecracks, commercials, and overwrought warbling about self-actualization, meaning that it's suitable for those who will grow up either to be the next Tim Burton or simply to enjoy his movies.” It will show on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. on Tues., Dec. 4 at 7 pm. Regular Cinematheque prices apply, but no passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored. $9 tickets can be purchased in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com. There is free parking available next to the theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District. Watch the trailer here.
Soldier reconnects with civilian realities in Russian TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR
Aleksei Guerman's 1977 Soviet film TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR is set in 1942 during WWII. A Soviet Army officer and writer gets a 20-day leave from the front and travels to his hometown of Tashkent. As he travels, he witnesses the effects of war on the general populace. In Tashkent he meets up with his ex-wife and strikes up a new romance with another woman. He also observes the production of a film version of his wartime memoirs, taking special note of the discrepancies between his lived reality and the moviemakers’ filmed “truth.” See this Guerman rarity, which was initially banned by authorities and is not available on DVD, 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)
Thu., Nov. 29, at 6:45pm
Sun., Dec. 2, at 8:55pm
TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR
Thu., Nov. 29, at 8:45pm
Sat., Dec. 1, at 9:20pm
Complete, uncensored version!
Fri., Nov. 30, at 7:00pm
Sat., Dec. 1, at 5:00pm
John Wayne & James Stewart
in John Ford's
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
Introduced by CIA President Grafton Nunes on Friday!
Fri., Nov. 30, at 9:40pm
Sat., Dec. 1, at 7:25pm
Danish love story
Sun., Dec. 2, at 6:30pm
THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
Tue., Dec. 4, at 7:00pm
Czech animated feature
TOYS IN THE ATTIC
Thu., Dec. 6, at 6:45pm
Sun., Dec. 9, a 8:45pm
MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN
Thu., Dec. 6, at 8:45pm
Sun., Dec. 9, at 6:30pm
WAKE IN FRIGHT
Fri., Dec. 7, at 7:15pm
Sat., Dec. 8, at 5:00pm
Fri., Dec. 7, at 9:40pm
Sat., Dec. 8, at 7:25pm
Sat., Dec. 8, at 9:30pm
Sun., Dec. 9, at 3:30pm