Blog . 1/17-22: DJANGO, TRUE ROMANCE, TABU & more!
Cinematheque brings 1966 spaghetti western classic DJANGO to the Capitol Theatre
Sergio Corbucci's 1966 spaghetti Western DJANGO has spawned one official sequel and over 30 unofficial ones (including Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED). Franco Nero plays a mysterious drifter who drags a coffin around with him as he deals with bandidos and other sleazy outlaws on the U.S.-Mexico border. Originally banned in Britain, this movie from the director of THE GREAT SILENCE and THE MERCENARY (which we show on Feb. 7 & 8) “rates alongside Leone's DOLLARS trilogy as one of the daddies of the spaghetti/paella Western…There are enough mud-wrestling prostitutes, whippings, ear-loppings, explosions and scenes of wholesale slaughter to keep any muchacho happy” (Time Out Film Guide). Adults can see DJANGO next Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 pm when the Cinematheque returns to the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be accepted. $9 tickets can be purchased in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com.
Portugal's TABU is one of 2012's very best
TABU, the new movie by rising Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes (OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST), was named one of 2012’s “top ten” films by Cahiers du Cinéma magazine. It also finished #10 in the 2012 Village Voice film poll, #11 in the 2012 Film Comment film poll, and has an overall metacritic.com rating of 82 (out of 100). TABU is a b&w art film divided into two chapters, with chapter headings that duplicate those in F.W. Murnau’s bipartite 1931 silent film of the same title—though they appear in reverse order. “Paradise Lost,” which opens Gomes’ film, takes place in contemporary Lisbon, where a middle-aged woman checks in on the older, slightly batty woman living next door. Part two, “Paradise,” flashes back 50 years to the old woman’s life of privilege as a young bride in colonial Africa. A passionate extramarital love affair with another man threatens both her personal happiness and the social order. This story of forbidden love also echoes Murnau 's TABU, as does Gomes’ decision to film this chapter without dialogue. Catch the exclusive Cleveland premiere of "one of the year’s most rapturous love letters to the cinema” (Toronto Int’l Film Festival) in 35mm on Saturday or Sunday.
Gael Garcia Bernal stars in subtle, haunting THE LONELIEST PLANET
In Julia Loktev's beautifully shot new film THE LONELIEST PLANET, Gael Garcia Bernal and fiery-haired Hani Furstenberg play a globe-trotting, engaged couple who go on a backpacking trip in the remote and beautiful Caucasus Mountains. Led by a seasoned Georgian guide, the carefree lovers enjoy their wilderness trek through exotic, scenic locales until one unfortunate misstep changes everything. This tense, mesmerizing, minimalist drama evokes Herzog, Rossellini, Kelly Reichardt, and others. See it in 35mm on Thursday or Friday.
Tarantino script propels TRUE ROMANCE
Just before he directed PULP FICTION, Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for Tony Scott's bloody, wacky, young-lovers-on-the-run movie TRUE ROMANCE (1993). Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette play newlyweds who flee to Hollywood with a stash of stolen cocaine—and with cops and criminals on their tail. The great supporting cast includes Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Val Kilmer (as Elvis!). Adults can see it in a 35mm color & scope print on Saturday or Sunday.
Joan Crawford and Jack Palance star in SUDDEN FEAR, a drama of love and murder
Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, and Gloria Grahame star in SUDDEN FEAR, a suspenseful 1952 noir thriller about a wealthy playwright (Crawford) who discovers that her new husband (Palance) is plotting to kill her. See it in 35mm on Saturday or Sunday.
THE BRIDE WORE BLACK introduced an avenging bride 35 years before "Kill Bill"
François Truffaut pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock (he even hired Bernard Herrmann to do the music) in THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, an exciting, suspenseful 1968 thriller about a vengeful bride (Jeanne Moreau) who tracks down and dispatches the five men responsible for her husband’s accidental death on their wedding day. Her targets includes some of the most famous French actors of the 1960s: Michel Bouquet, Michael Lonsdale, Charles Denner, and Jean-Claude Brialy. See it in a new 35mm color print on Thursday or Friday. Print this email and present it at the box office and pay only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out)
Studio Ghibli series opens next week
Last fall we showed eight animated features directed by Japan’s Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is the co-founder and foremost ambassador of Studio Ghibli, a revered Japanese animation (or “anime”) company founded in 1985. However, Studio Ghibli also produces films not made by Miyazaki, and in the series “More than Miyazaki: Studio Ghibli’s Other Anime Masters” (January 26 – February 24), the Cinematheque will show five such works over five successive Saturday and Sunday nights. Three of the five features to be screened (including the opening film, ONLY YESTERDAY) are directed by the studio’s other co-founder, Isao Takahata, and two are by other talents. Although Miyazaki’s work is echoed in a few of the movies (e.g., the young heroine of WHISPER OF THE HEART, which Miyazaki co-wrote, and the ecology theme of POM POKO), these five films are generally more rooted in the real world than in Miyazaki’s fantasy realms. They also boast some striking stylistic departures. All will be shown in new, English-subtitled 35mm prints.
Thu., Jan. 17, at 6:45pm
Fri., Jan. 18, at 9:40pm
Gael Garcia Bernal in
THE LONELIEST PLANET
Thu., Jan. 17, at 9:00pm
Fri., Jan. 18, at 7:30pm
THE BRIDE WORE BLACK
Sat., Jan. 19, at 5:15pm
Sun., Jan. 20, at 8:50pm
Joan Crawford in noir thriller
Sat., Jan. 19, at 7:25pm
Sun., Jan. 20, at 3:45pm
One of 2012's Best!
Sat., Jan. 19, at 9:45pm
Sun., Jan. 20, at 6:30pm
All-star cast brings Quentin Tarantino script to life in
Tue., Jan 22, at 7:00pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
Spaghetti western classic
Thu., Jan. 24, at 6:45pm
Fri., Jan. 25, at 9:35pm
Thu., Jan. 24, at 9:00pm
Fri., Jan. 25, at 7:30pm
Sat., Jan. 26, at 5:15pm
Sun., Jan. 27 at 8:50pm
Sat., Jan. 26, at 7:00pm
Sun., Jan. 27, at 3:45pm
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
Sat., Jan. 26, at 9:20pm
Sun., Jan. 27, at 6:30pm