Blog . 9/19-24: L'Aventura, Filmmaker Richard Myers in Person, My Neighbor Totoro & more!
Miyazaki's MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO returns to delight more moviegoers of all ages
Hayao Miyazaki's gentle, poetic 1988 Japanese animated feature MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO tells of two young Japanese sisters who move with their father to the countryside. There they encounter spirits and other amazing creatures who can be seen only by children. One of these critters, the huge, furry, flying Totoro, takes the girls on a series of fantastic adventures. According to The Time Out Film Guide, “the film that first brought Miyazaki to international attention remains an animated achievement almost without parallel.” See this masterpiece on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in an English-language version with voices by Dakota and Elle Fanning. Here's the trailer.
Antonioni's influential L'AVVENTURA returns in restored film print!
Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960 breakthrough film L’AVVENTURA remains the Italian maestro's most celebrated and influential work, redefining cinematic concepts of time and space. (It regularly places high on lists of the best movies of all time.) Monica Vitti stars in this tale of a group of wealthy young socialites who yacht to a barren Sicilian island, where a woman from their party disappears. The missing woman’s fiancé and best friend look for her—but become lovers in the process. The Village Voices calls L'AVVENTURA "one of the defining works of modernist cinema," commenting that "Antonioni created a new language of cinema.” See it in a new, restored 35mm print on Friday or Saturday.
NE Ohio filmmaker Richard Myers to present excerpts from six of his films in special program followed by reception
Before the Russo brothers, before Jim Jarmusch, before Robert Banks, there was Richard Myers (b. 1937 in Massillon), an internationally celebrated Ohio filmmaker creating 16mm shorts and features from his home base in Kent. Myers' films (eight features and 14 shorts in over 40 years) have been acclaimed by such critics as Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael. They have won top prizes at the Ann Arbor and Chicago Film Festivals, and have been exhibited at MoMA, the Whitney, the National Film Theater in London, and the Venice Film Festival, among others. Myers has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships, an American Film Institute Grant, and an NEA Independent Artist's Grant for filmmaking, to say nothing of numerous grants (and a two-year Major Fellowship) from the Ohio Arts Council. He taught film production at Kent State University from 1964 to 1991 and is now Emeritus Professor, School of Art. The Archive of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in L.A. is currently restoring his work for their permanent collection. On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm Myers will introduce moviegoers to his surreal, visually stunning, dream-based work with a unique program of hand-picked excerpts from several of his shorts and features (including AKRAN and 37-73). During THE FILMS OF RICHARD MYERS: AN INTRO, he will also talk about his work, take questions from the audience, and exhibit large-scale frame blow-ups. After the screening, Myers will sell and sign copies of a handsome new hardcover book, The Films of Richard Myers, which presents an overview of his remarkable career in words and over 200 pictures—mostly film stills. (The book costs $40.) A reception open to all ticket holders caps a very special afternoon! Unmissable!
ASHES OF TIME REDUX: another dizzying martial arts stylefest from Wong Kar-wai, director of "The Grandmaster"
THE GRANDMASTER is not the first martial arts movie by Hong Kong’s master of cinematic style, Wong Kar-wai. In 1994 he released ASHES OF TIME, a trippy, ethereal, somewhat mystifying work with an all-star cast (Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, THE GRANDMASTER’s Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, et al.), about a swordsman who arranges hits for paying customers. 14 years later—after comparing release prints of various lengths, re-cutting and rearranging action, and digitally tweaking cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s sensuous colors—Wong assembled his “definitive” version of this dreamy period piece, ASHES OF TIMES REDUX. This 2008 cut does not clarify all of the original movie’s narrative ambiguities, but it expertly showcases Wong’s peerless poetry: flashy, abstract visuals; the familiar mood of regret and romantic longing; his obsession with time. See it in 35mm on Thursday or Saturday.
Mole infiltrates band of eco-terrorists in new indie thriller THE EAST
Brit Marling, Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgård star in the new counterculture thriller THE EAST from Zal Batmanglij, director of SOUND OF MY VOICE. Marling, who also co-wrote the movie, plays an operative for a private security firm who infiltrates an underground eco-terrorist organization that covertly attacks corporations that abuse the environment. Watch the trailer and then see the whole movie in a 35mm color & scope print on Thursday 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.)
Cinematheque returns to Capitol Theatre to present A PIG ACROSS PARIS, 1956 French comedy set during WWII
In Claude Autant-Lara's rediscovered 1956 French comedy-thriller A PIG ACROSS PARIS, a bold, garrulous, resourceful artist (Jean Gabin) and a nervous cab driver (Bourvil) try to transport four suitcases of black market pork across Paris during the German Occupation. They must dodge German patrols, French police, hungry dogs, roadblocks, collaborators, and air raids during a blackout. Called "explosively funny" by legendary film critic Pauline Kael, and voted the best film of 1956 by France's film critics, this hilarious movie will show next Tuesday night at 7 pm on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Special admission is $10; Cinematheque members $8; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. Advance tickets available at www.clevelandcinemas.com.
The Alloy Orchestra returns next week!
Boston's Alloy Orchestra, whom the late Roger Ebert called "the best in the world at accompanying silent films," returns to the Cinematheque on September 28 and 29 to accompany three different silent classics: Firtz Lang's METROPOLIS on 9/28, and two movies starring Lon Chaney, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and HE WHO GETS SLAPPED, on 9/29. Buy advance tickets for METROPOLIS here, and advance tickets for the Chaney films here.
Thu., Sept. 19, at 6:45pm
Sat., Sept. 21, at 9:45pm
ASHES OF TIME REDUX
Thu., Sept. 19, at 8:40pm
Sun., Sept. 22, at 8:15pm
Brit Marling, Ellen Page
in new eco-thriller
Fri., Sept. 20, at 7:30pm
Sat., Sept. 21, at 5:15pm
Sun., Sept. 22, at 6:30pm
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
Fri., Sept. 20, at 9:15pm
Sat., Sept. 21, at 7:00pm
New 35mm restoration!
Richard Myers in Person!
Sun., Sept. 22, at 3:00pm
Film screening, book signing, art exhibition, Q&A and reception
THE FILMS OF RICHARD MYERS: AN INTRO
Thu., Sept. 26, at 6:45pm
Fri., Sept. 27, at 9:35pm
Thu., Sept. 26, at 8:35pm
Fri., Sept. 27, at 7:30pm
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE
Thu., Sept. 28, at 5:00pm
Rarely Seen Gems of Japanese Cinema
Sat., Sept. 28, at 8:00pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
Sun., Sept. 29, at 4:00pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Sun., Sept. 29, at 7:00pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
HE WHO GETS SLAPPED
Mon., Sept. 30, at 7:00pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at John Carroll University