Blog . 8/8-9: 28th Anniversary Weekend!
Great filmmakers past and present answer the question WHAT IS CINEMA? In his new feature WHAT IS CINEMA?, Academy Award winner Chuck Workman (long known for his clip reels for the annual Oscars telecast) tackles the question asked by the late, legendary French film critic André Bazin. For answers, Workman conducts interviews with great living filmmakers like David Lynch and Mike Leigh and intercuts their responses with archival interviews with deceased directors (Hitchcock, Bresson, et al.) as well as with 100+ film clips. What Is Cinema? will be preceded at showtime by Workman’s Oscar-winning 1986 short masterpiece Precious Images, made for the 75th anniversary of the Director’s Guild of America. Catch both films on Friday or Saturday as part of our special 28th Anniversary Weekend! Here's the trailer for What Is Cinema?
California filmmaker April Wright appears in person with her new doc on drive-in movie theatres GOING ATTRACTIONS Five thousand drive-in theatres dotted the U.S. during the 1950s. Today only 400 survive. (Fortunately, northeast Ohio still has more than its share.) April Wright's new documentary GOING ATTRACTIONS: THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF THE AMERICAN DRIVE-IN MOVIE traces the evolution of this venerable American institution from drive-ins' postwar heyday, through the challenges posed by multiplexes and home video, to today’s tempting offers from predatory real estate developers. The film includes shots of “ozoners” in North Ridgeville, Wadsworth, Warren, and Barberton, among others. Filmmaker April Wright will appear in person to answer audience questions after our Friday 9:45 pm screening. (You can also hear April Wednesday at 2 pm on WCPN's "The Sound of Applause.") Get in your pajamas and come on down! Watch the trailer here.
LITTLE LISE opens series of 1930s French films by great Jean Grémillonllon LITTLE LISE was the first sound film by the mostly unknown-and-unappreciated-in-America French master Jean Grémillon, four of whose films we will show this month. In Little Lise, a convict returns home from prison to discover that his daughter has turned to prostitution. He tries to save her, and also himself. This painterly 1930 movie with sparse dialogue “has the most impressive use of sound I know of,” according to film critic Fred Patton. Don't miss it Saturday at 5:00 pm in an imported 35mm print from France. Special admission is $10; Cinematheque members, CIA I.D. holders, and age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be honored.
SIEGFRIED opens Fritz Lang's mythic two-part silent epic DIE NIBELUNGEN Germany has Bayreuth, but Cleveland has a new digital restoration of Fritz Lang's DIE NIBELUNGEN, an epic film version of the medieval Nordic legend that inspired Wagner's "Ring Cycle." This two-part silent fantasy, the most elaborate and expensive German movie of its day, was co-written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou, with music by Gottfried Huppertz. (The three would also collaborate on Lang's next film, Metropolis.) SIEGFRIED, the saga's magical first part, follows the pure, fearless eponymous hero as he slays a dragon and asks for the hand of Princess Kriemhild. See this thrilling classic with color tints and a new recording of the Huppertz score on Friday at 7:00 pm. Part Two, Kriemhild's Revenge, will show on Saturday (see next blurb). Buy your tickets for both parts of Die Nibelungen at the same time and pay only $6 for Kriemhild’s Revenge -- $5 if you print out this email and present it at the box office. It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit of two discount admissions per print-out).
Apocalyptic KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE concludes Fritz Lang's NIBELUNGEN saga KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE is the nightmarish conclusion of Fritz Lang's epic German silent film DIE NIBELUNGEN (see previous blurb). This installment chronicles the cataclysmic destruction wrought by the now blood-thirsty Kriemhild after she is grievously wronged by a rival tribe. See it in a new digital restoration (with color tints and a new recording of the original music score) on Saturday at 6:45 pm.
TRAFFIC ALERT: New MLK/E. 105/East Blvd traffic pattern starts this weekend
Beginning Friday, August 8, closures on MLK Jr. Dr., Jeptha Dr., and East Blvd. will impact traffic patterns east of the E. 105th St. and MLK Jr. Dr. intersection.
- MLK Jr. Dr. will be limited to southbound traffic only from E. 105th St. to Chester Ave.
- Jeptha Dr. will be limited to eastbound traffic only from MLK Jr. Dr. to the driveway of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
- East Blvd. will be closed in both directions at the MLK Jr. Dr./East Blvd. intersection. Local access to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the VA Hospital will be maintained.
This disruption will be in effect for approximately 90 days.
28TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND!
Fri., Aug. 8, at 5:15pm
Sat., Aug. 9, at 9:15pm
WHAT IS CINEMA?
preceded by Workman's
Fri., Aug. 8, at 7:00pm
DIE NIBELUNGEN: SIEGFRIED
New digital restoration!
Fri., Aug. 8, at 9:45pm
Filmmaker April Wright in Person!
GOING ATTRACTIONS: THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF THE AMERICAN DRIVE-IN MOVIE
Sat., Aug. 9, at 5:00pm
Imported 35mm Print!
Sat., Aug. 9, at 6:45pm
DIE NIBELUNGEN: KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE
New digital restoration!
Fri., August 15, at 5:15pm
Sat., Aug. 16, at 7:00pm
A SUMMER'S TALE
Fri., Aug. 15, at 7:30pm
Fri., Aug. 15, at 9:40pm
Sat., Aug. 16, at 9:15pm
Sat., Aug. 16, at 5:30pm
DAINAH LA METISSE