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Blog . 9/18-21: Polyester, Ivory Tower, Policeman & more!


9/18-21: Polyester, Ivory Tower, Policeman & more!

09/17/14  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

John Waters' POLYESTER shows in original "Odorama" with new scratch 'n' sniff cards
John Waters' 1981 POLYESTER was the first movie shot in “Odorama.” (Free scratch and sniff cards were handed out to ticket buyers, who scratched numbered, scented circles on the card when the corresponding digits appeared on screen.) And that will be what happens on Saturday and Sunday when we bring back this “scentsational” bad-taste comedy with new "Odorama" cards!Polyester stars Divine as Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw. Francine—who has a philandering pornographer husband, a pregnant daughter, and a fetishist son who may be the “Baltimore foot stomper”—is understandably at the end of her rope. But hope arrives in the form of a handsome, Corvette-driving hunk (Tab Hunter). Edith Massey, Mink Stole, and Stiv Bators also star. Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Here's the trailer. John Waters’ 1988 film Hairspray shows at 7:30 pm on Monday, 9/22 at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $6, and Cinematheque members who show their card at the concession stand receive a free 32-oz. popcorn. Then on 9/27 John Waters appears in person at the Cinematheque; buy your advance tickets here (if there are any left).

POLICEMAN is electrifying Israeli thriller about Jewish terrorists
Nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards (including Best Film, Director, Actor, and Screenplay) and a major prizewinner at film festivals worldwide, Nadav Lapid's POLICEMAN is a galvanizing Israeli thriller. The movie follows a cop who is a member of a close-knit, elite, anti-terrorist unit who suddenly must wrap his head around the reality of Jewish (not Arab) terrorists fomenting chaos and class warfare. The New York Times designated Policeman a “critics’ pick," calling it "an electrifying feature directing debut.” See it Saturday or Sunday. Watch the trailer here.

Paul Mazursky remembers his show business beginnings in nostalgic NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE
A Jewish kid from Brooklyn (Lenny Baker) moves to 1953 Greenwich Village to try to break into acting in 1976's NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE. Paul Mazursky’s semi-autobiographical dramedy teems with Beat Era NYC detail (coffee bars, Actors Studio classes, etc.). Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene, Lois Smith, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Murray co-star. Don't miss it in a 35mm color print from the Twentieth Century Fox studio archive on Sunday at 4:00 pm. Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Girl learns how to "entertain" men in Mizoguchi's Japanese classic A GEISHA
A GEISHA is Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1953 reworking of his 1936 masterpiece Sisters of the Gion. In it, an elderly geisha trains a self-centered young girl in the art of entertaining -- while also trying to steer her clear of the profession’s more sordid realities. Kazuo Miyagawa did the beautiful cinematography, which should be well seen in the imported 35mm print that we show Saturday at 5:00 pm. Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Above photo © 1953 Kadokawa Pictures.

HELI, which won Best Director prize at Cannes 2013, makes its Cleveland debut
Amat Escalante's HELI is one of the most honored Latin American films of 2013. (It won the Best Director prize at Cannes and was also Mexico’s submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.) The movie focuses on a poor, hardworking Mexican family that runs afoul of both a vicious drug cartel and the corrupt local police. Director Escalante is a disciple of Carlos Reygadas. The L.A. Times calls it "a stunning piece of filmmaking.” No one under 18 will be admitted when we show it on Thursday and 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) Here's the trailer.

Richard Linklater and James Benning talk about movies, baseball in DOUBLE PLAY
Longtime friends and fellow filmmakers Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Sunrise, Slacker) and experimentalist James Benning (Landscape Suicide, One Way Boogie Woogie) talk about their craft, their careers, and their shared love of baseball in Gabe Klinger's easy-going, disarming new documentary DOUBLE PLAY: JAMES BENNING AND RICHARD LINKLATER . See it Thursday at 6:45 pm. Watch the trailer here.

New documentary IVORY TOWER asks: Is college still worth the expense?
The Ohio Arts Council is conducting a statewide assessment on the status of arts and culture for Ohio residents and their constituents. The purpose is to better understand the ways in which the Ohio Arts Council can invest human and financial resources to best meet Ohio’s arts and cultural needs. To participate (and possibly win a $100 gift certificate), take the brief survey here.

This Week:

Thu., Sept. 18, at 6:45pm
Two major filmmakers discuss movies and baseball in

Thu., Sept. 18, at 8:15pm
Fri., Sept. 19, at 9:20pm
Cannes 2013 Best Director

Fri., Sept. 19, at 7:30pm
Is college worth the cost?

Sat., Sept. 20, at 5:00pm
Kenji Mizoguchi's
$10, $8

Sat., Sept 20, at 6:45pm
Sat., Sept. 21, at 8:20pm
Top-notch Israeli thriller

Sat., Sept. 20, at 8:50pm
Sun., Sept. 21, at 6:30pm
John Waters'
Shown in "Odorama"
$10, $8

Sun., Sept 21, at 4:00pm
Paul Mazursky's

Next Week:

Thu., Sept. 25, at 6:45pm
Sun., Sept. 28, at 8:45pm

Thu., Sept. 25, at 8:50pm
Fri., Sept. 26, at 7:30pm

Fri., Sept. 26, at 9:30pm
Sun., Sept. 28, at 6:30pm

Sat., Sept 27, at 7:30pm
A Special Event!
John Waters in Person!

Sun., Sept. 28, at 3:45pm

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