Blog . 2/19-24: Dr. No, From Russia with Love, The Big Combo & more!
Léa Seydoux stars in Swiss Oscar submission SISTER, one of 2012's best
Ursula Meier's SISTER was Switzerland’s official entry for this year’s foreign film Oscar. Though it didn't get a nomination, it was a finalist and remains one of the most acclaimed movies of 2012, with unanimous favorable reviews on metacritic.com and an overall rating of 81 (out of 100). The movie is a haunting “up-mountain, down-mountain” drama about a 12-year-old boy who steals from wealthy guests at an Alpine ski resort in order to support his desperate, down-and-out older sister (Léa Seydoux of FAREWELL, MY QUEEN) who lives in a decrepit apartment in the valley below. Gillian Anderson co-stars. See it in beautiful 35mm on Saturday or Sunday.
The first two James Bond films, DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, receive 50th anniversary screenings
Terence Young 's DR. NO (1962) was the first James Bond film, and it created the template for all those that followed. Sean Connery plays 007, who is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of another British agent. There he uncovers an evil mastermind who has nefarious designs on the U.S. space program, while Ursula Andress uncovers herself by wearing only a white bikini.
In FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Terence Young's 1963 follow-up to DR. NO, the international criminal organization SPECTRE seeks to get even with 007 (Sean Connery again). So they sic two ruthless assassins (Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya) on him while he tries to locate a Russian decoding device. The second Bond film is often cited as the best of them all. See both DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE in 35mm color prints on Thursday and Friday. A separate admission is required for each movie (though there's a discount if you see both on the same night).
Film noir series wraps up with strikingly photographed THE BIG COMBO
1955's THE BIG COMBO is the other great film noir by GUN CRAZY director Joseph H. Lewis. And it's one of the most brutal, perverse, and sexually charged of classic crime films. The movie tells of a cop (Cornel Wilde) who’s absolutely obsessed with bringing down a sadistic mob boss (Richard Conte) and stealing his classy girlfriend. John Alton’s b&w cinematography should sparkle in the restored 35mm print from the UCLA Film Archive that we will show on Saturday. Don't miss it!
THE CAT RETURNS concludes Studio Ghibli series
Hiroyuki Morita's 2002 Japanese animated feature THE CAT RETURNS is a spin-off of WHISPER OF THE HEART, which we showed on Feb. 9 & 10. It tells of a young schoolgirl who rescues a cat in danger and soon finds herself transported to a fantastic feline world, where the grateful King of Cats wants her to marry the animal she saved, his son. This delightful movie concludes our series "More Than Miyazaki: Studio Ghibli's Other Anime Masters" on Saturday or Sunday. 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)
Academy Awards watch party and benefit EAT DRINK WATCH OSCARS this Sunday
The Academy Awards watch party and Cinematheque benefit "EAT DRINK WATCH OSCARS" takes place on Sunday! This unique event begins at 4:30 pm with attendees WATCHing the new film SISTER (see above) at the Cinematheque. (A last-minute added attraction, Chuck Workman's Oscar-winning 1987 short film "Precious Images," will follow the feature.) After the screening of the two films, the party will move to Nighttown Restaurant in Cleveland Heights for the EAT and DRINK portions of the evening. A welcoming cocktail and hors d'oeuvres will be followed by a sit-down three-course meal (ordered from a menu) and desserts from Zoss the Swiss Baker. Before, during, and after dinner, partygoers will WATCH the Red Carpet and Academy Awards presentations on large-screen televisions. The telecast begins at 7 p.m. and continues until the last award is handed out (usually around midnight). Serious cinephiles who want to escape the restaurant hubbub can retreat to a special quiet room.
Tickets to this event are still available and cost $100 ($50 of which is a tax-deductible donation to the Cinematheque). Each ticket covers admission to the two films at the Cinematheque and the subsequent celebration of film at Nighttown. Tickets may be purchased by calling Liz Huff at the Cleveland Institute of Art (216.421.7957) by Wed., Feb. 27. They can also be purchased online here. Walk-ups (cash/check only) will be accepted at the Cinematheque box office on Sunday if space is available. Note that Sunday's screening of SISTER is also open to those not attending EDWO.
New series "Apocalypse Now -- and Then" opens next Thursday
We may have escaped the 2012 Mayan apocalypse, but will humanity survive global warming, water shortages, the next plague, extraterrestrial events, or a Third World War? These questions have weighed on the minds of moviemakers for decades, but end-of-the-world narratives now seem more prevalent than ever.
A new Cinematheque film series, “Apocalypse Now—and Then” (running February 28 through April 26), surveys eight great international movies from the past and the present that deal with our precarious future. Great directors like Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke, Bela Tarr, and Andrei Tarkovsky are represented, and less highbrow cult classics like MIRACLE MILE and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (which may have inspired NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) will also be shown. For film details and the schedule, click here.
Tue., Feb. 19, at 7:00pm
Jean Gabin in
1938 French classic
PORT OF SHADOWS
Shown at the Capitol Theatre,
W. 65th St. & Detroit Ave.
Thu., Feb. 21, at 6:45pm
Fri., Feb. 22, at 9:45pm
Sean Connery, Ursula Andress
in James Bond film #1
Thu., Feb. 21, at 8:55pm
Fri., Feb. 22, at 7:30pm
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Sat., Feb. 23, at 5:15pm
35mm archive print of
brutal film noir classic
THE BIG COMBO
Sat., Feb. 23, at 7:05pm
Sun., Feb. 24, at 4:30pm
Swiss Oscar entry
Sat., Feb. 23, at 9:05pm
Sun., Feb. 24, at 3:00pm
Japanese animated feature
THE CAT RETURNS
Sun., Feb. 24, 4:30pm to midnight
Academy Awards watch party & benefit
See SISTER at 4:30 at the Cinematheque,
drive to Nighttown for dinner and awards.
$100 per person (includes film admission and dinner)
Thu., Feb. 28, at 6:45pm
16MM FILMS FROM THE 50TH ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL
Thu., Feb. 28, at 8:25pm
Sat., March 2, at 9:10pm
Fri., March 1, at 7:15pm
Sun., March 3, at 8:20pm
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
Fri., March 1, at 9:30pm
Sat., March 2, at 7:05pm
Sun., March 3, at 4:00pm
Sat., March 2, at 5:15pm
Sun., March 3, at 6:30pm
EYES WITHOUT A FACE