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Blog . 4/3-6: Dr. Strangelove & Fail-Safe, Bertolucci's 1900 & more!


4/3-6: Dr. Strangelove & Fail-Safe, Bertolucci's 1900 & more!

04/02/14  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Award-winning CHILD'S POSE looks at corruption in contemporary Romania Calin Peter Netzer's CHILD'S POSE is the latest triumph for the Romanian New Wave. The movie won the top prize at last year’s Berlin Film Festival, and was also Romania’s official submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is a potent social drama about a prosperous Bucharest architect (Luminita Gheorghiu of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu) who will stop at nothing to keep her deadbeat thritysomething son out of jail after a deadly car crash. Variety calls it "a razor-sharp jibe at Romania's nouveau riche.” Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Friday or Saturday. Print this email and present it at the box office and see Child's Pose for only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Watch the trailer for the film here.

Bertolucci's uncut 1900 shows in 35mm Last shown at the Cinematheque in 1991, the complete, uncut, 514 -hour version of Bernardo Bertolucci’s sweeping and sensuous 1976 historical saga 1900 chronicles 45 years of Italian political history and class struggle. Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu star as childhood best friends both born in 1901. One is a wealthy landowner’s grandson and the other a peasant. Their lives move in dramatically different directions during the five decades culminating in the end of WWII. 1900 was Bertolucci’s follow up to Last Tango in Paris, and it’s an ambitious, gorgeous epic teeming with lyricism, sex, violence, and nostalgia. The all-star supporting cast includes Burt Lancaster, Sterling Hayden, Donald Sutherland, Dominique Sanda, and Stefania Sandrelli. Vittorio Storaro did the shimmering cinematography and Ennio Morricone composed the lilting music. Shot in English, the movie is rated NC-17, so no one under 18 will be admitted! This will probably be your last chance to see 1900 in a 35mm color print, so don't miss it. The film will be shown in two parts; part one will start at 3 pm on Sunday and part two at 6:45 pm (after a one-hour dinner break). Special admission to the whole film is $12; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $9; age 25 & under $7; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted.

THE FILMS OF BRUCE CHECEFSKY: a chance to see some Cleveland-made short films acclaimed around the world Bruce Checefsky is a photographer and Director of the Reinberger Galleries at the Cleveland Institute of Art. For the past 13 years he has also moonlighted as a maker of short, independent films that have shown widely around the world—from the Museum of Modern Art and the Anthology Film Archives to the Tate Modern and the Rotterdam Film Festival. Checefsky has carved out a unique niche for himself by reimagining and making abstract and avant-garde Eastern European shorts from the 1920s to the 1940s that were either lost, destroyed, or conceived/scripted but never filmed. Checefsky’s completion of a new movie, Witch’s Cradle (2014), affords us an opportunity to show all eight of his visually dazzling short films in one comprehensive program, THE FILMS OF BRUCE CHECEFSKY, showing Thursday at 6:45 pm. Witch’s Cradle reimagines an unfinished, now lost 1943 short by pioneering experimental filmmaker Maya Deren (Meshes of the Afternoon). Deren shot her film with Marcel Duchamp in Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery in New York; it was intended to be an exploration of the magical qualities of objects in the space. Checefsky’s Cleveland-made remake stars CIA alum Margaret Stamm. Also showing: Pharmacy (2001), A Woman and Circles (2003), IN NI (Others) (2005), Moment Musical (2006), Béla (2010), et al. Bruce Checefsky will answer audience questions after the screening. Read John Petkovic's preview of the show here.

Kubrick's Cold War comedy classic DR. STRANGELOVE marks 50th anniversary When mad U.S. Army General Jack D. Ripper single-handedly launches a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union (he’s convinced that Communists are contaminating our “precious bodily fluids” via fluoridation), all hell breaks loose in Washington and Moscow. Stanley Kubrick’s seminal Cold War comedy DR. STRANGELOVE is not only one of the funniest movies ever made, it’s also one of the most suspenseful. There’s no let-up in great lines and memorable characters, three of whom are played by Peter Sellers! Celebrate the film's 50th anniversary with a new 35mm print on Friday or Saturday. See the next listing for a deadly serious treatment of this same subject in another movie released in 1964.

FAIL-SAFE is Strangelove's sober flip side The sober flip side of Dr. Strangelove (see previous paragraph) is depicted in Sidney Lumet's tense and gripping Cold War thriller FAIL-SAFE, also marking its 50th anniversary this year. Henry Fonda plays the U.S. President who must deal with the fallout when an American bomber is accidentally ordered to nuke Moscow. This straight-faced suspense boasts a surprising number of similarities to Kubrick's satire, which was released earlier in the same year by the same studio (Columbia) and trounced Fail-Safe at the box office. Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy, and Larry Hagman co-star. See it Saturday at 5:15 pm in a 35mm print from the Sony Pictures studio archive.

This Week:

Thu., April 3, at 6:45pm
A Special Event!
Filmmaker in Person!

Fri., April 4, at 7:30pm
Sat., April 5, at 9:25pm
Romania's Oscar submission

Fri., April 4, at 9:45pm
Sat. April 5, at 7:30pm
Peter Sellers in
Stanley Kubrick's
New 35mm print!

Sat., April 5, at 5:15pm
Henry Fonda is
Sidney Lumet's
35mm studio archive print!

Sun., April 6, at 3:00pm
A Special Event!
Robert De Niro,
Gerard Depardieu,
Burt Lancaster in
Bernardo Bertolucci's
1900 (uncut)

Next Week:

Thu., April 10, at 6:45pm
Sun., April 13, at 8:10pm

Thu., April 10, at 8:45pm
Sat., April 12, at 5:15pm

Fri., April 11, at 7:00pm
A Special Event!
Filmmakers in Person!

Fri., April 11, at 9:15pm
Sat., April 12, at 7:20pm
Sun., April 13, at 6:30pm

Sat., April 12, at 9:00pm
Sun., April 13, at 3:45pm

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