Blog . 12/6-9: Samsara, Lolita, Wake in Fright & more!
"Baraka" director returns with globe-hopping, visually stunning SAMSARA
Ron Fricke, the cinematographer of KOYAANISQATSI and director of BARAKA, returns with SAMSARA, another visually stunning, non-verbal movie filmed in remote, exotic locations around the world. Shot on large-format 70mm film over a period of five years, and in 25 countries on five continents, SAMSARA (the title is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever-turning wheel of life”) captures sacred rituals, natural wonders, huge industrial complexes, and epic disaster areas in a series of eye-popping, mind-blowing images married to music. (Fricke calls it a “guided meditation.”) The end result is a spectacular snapshot of our planet, teeming with people situated somewhere between the everyday and the eternal. See it on Friday or Saturday projected (for the first time in Cleveland) from gorgeous 35mm film.
1971 Aussie thriller WAKE IN FRIGHT is one of the rediscoveries of the year!
The re-discovered and newly restored 1971 “Ozploitation” classic WAKE IN FRIGHT (a.k.a. OUTBACK) follows an Australian teacher who, on his way to Sydney for Christmas break, spends one night in a rough-and-tumble small town. Succumbing to local traditions, the teacher begins drinking and gambling with the hardened, uncouth townspeople. Pretty soon he is at their mercy—trapped in a remote, morally bankrupt desert town where macho rituals of womanizing, fighting, and hunting test one’s manhood. Eventually the educator’s civilized exterior falls away, exposing his “heart of darkness” and rendering complete his total degradation. Ted Kotcheff (FIRST BLOOD, THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ) directed this nightmarish classic that has an astounding overall metacritic.com score of 87! Nick Cave calls it "the best and most terrifying film about Australia in existence.” Rex Reed says "it may be the greatest Australian film ever made." No one under 18 will be admitted when we present its exclusive Cleveland revival premiere on Thursday and Sunday.
Czech stop-motion movie TOYS IN THE ATTIC shows tonight at the Capitol Theatre
Next to Jan Švankmajer, Jirí Barta is the foremost stop-motion animator working in the Czech Republic today. Tonight at 7 pm we return to the Capitol Theatre to present Barta's first feature film in two decades, TOYS IN THE ATTIC, a twisted TOY STORY in which a group of abandoned, old-fashioned playthings 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 attic. We will show the English-language version of the movie, which is the only one Barta sanctions for showing and which has voices by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, et al. The movie will play on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Regular Cinematheque prices apply, but no passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored. There is free parking available next to the theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District.
James Mason, Sue Lyon, and Peter Sellers star in Kubrick's film of Nabokov's LOLITA
LOLITA (1962) is the movie Stanley Kubrick made right before DR. STRANGELOVE. It's a funny, fascinating adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s famous novel about a respectable professor’s unnatural love for his landlady’s teenage daughter. James Mason plays the obsessed Humbert Humbert and Sue Lyon is Lolita. Shelley Winters and Peter Sellers also star, and the script is credited to Nabokov. Catch our 50th anniversary screening of it (in a 35mm print) on Saturday or Sunday. Here's the original trailer.
Is hit Swedish crime movie EASY MONEY the next "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"?
Daniel Espinosa's hit Swedish crime thriller EASY MONEY has spawned two Swedish sequels and a coming American remake. Joel Kinnaman (AMC’s "The Killing") plays s a poor but handsome Swedish business student who turns to organized crime and cocaine dealing to finance a second, double life within Stockholm’s wealthy jet set. Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly calls it “one of the best underworld films I’ve seen in years.” Andrew O'Hehir in Salon says "EASY MONEY may well be the crime film of the year, or the decade." And Martin Scorsese has agreed to "present" it in the U.S. Catch the exclusive Cleveland premiere of this movie that has an overall metacritic.com score of 77 on Friday or Saturday.
1986 masterpiece MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN concludes Aleksei Guerman series
The funny-sad-heroic life of a 1930s provincial police investigator is fondly remembered in Aleksei Guerman's 1986 Soviet film MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN, an acclaimed memory piece set in a young, optimistic Soviet Union shortly before Stalin’s Great Purge. It’s one of Aleksei Guerman’s greatest movies (and concludes our series devoted to his work) as well as one of the most revered Russian films of the past 25 years. Guerman adapted a novel by his writer father, Yuri. See it in a 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)
Tue., Dec. 4, at 7:00pm
Czech stop-motion feature
TOYS IN THE ATTIC
Shown at the Capitol Theatre, West 65th & Detroit Ave.
Thu., Dec. 6, at 6:45pm
Sun., Dec. 9, at 8:45pm
MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN
Thu., Dec. 6, at 8:45pm
Sun., Dec. 9, at 6:30pm
Nightmarish Aussie thriller
WAKE IN FRIGHT
Fri., Dec. 7, at 7:15pm
Sat., Dec. 8, at 5:00pm
Hit Swedish crime drama
Fri., Dec. 7, at 9:40pm
Sat., Dec. 8, at 7:25pm
From the makers of "Baraka"
Sat., Dec.8, at 9:30pm
Sun., Dec. 9, at 3:30pm
Thu., Dec. 13, at 6:45pm
Sat., Dec. 15, at 9:50pm
RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE
Thu., Dec. 13, at 8:30pm
Fri., Dec. 14, at 7:15pm
Fri., Dec. 14, at 9:05pm
Sat., Dec. 15, at 6:55pm
LITTLE WHITE LIES
Sat., Dec. 15, at 5:15pm