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Blog . 9/4-7: The German Doctor, Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu & more!


9/4-7: The German Doctor, Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu & more!

09/02/14  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Kenji Mizoguchi retrospective opens with the director's favorite of all his movies, 1952's THE LIFE OF OHARU We begin our Kenji Mizoguchi retrospective with the 1952 film that the Japanese director himself regarded as his masterpiece. THE LIFE OF OHARU is a beautifully photographed period piece that charts the step-by-step downfall of a 17th-century woman (Kinuyo Tanaka, Mizoguchi’s favorite actress) from court woman to common prostitute. Toshiro Mifune appears in it. Film scholar Joan Mellen has called The Life of Oharu "perhaps the finest film made in any country about the oppression of women.” See it Saturday at 5:00 pm in a 35mm print. Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Notorious ex-Nazi hides out in 1960 Argentina in thriller THE GERMAN DOCTOR Lucia Puenzo's THE GERMAN DOCTOR was Argentina’s submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie is a historical thriller set in 1960 Patagonia, where notorious Nazi death camp doctor Josef Mengele hides out in a hotel run by a German couple and befriends their 12-year-old daughter. Bob Mondello at NPR called the film "a true-life horror story about the helpful, soft-spoken monster in our midst.” Catch this movie that was supposed to open at the Cedar Lee, but never did, on Saturday or Sunday, when it finally makes its exclusive Cleveland theatrical debut. Watch the trailer here.

Halloween comes early with funny, scary WITCHING AND BITCHING Winner of eight Goya Awards (Spain’s Oscars), WITCHING AND BITCHING is the new horror-comedy from Álex de la Iglesia, director of Day of the Beast and El Crimen Perfecto. In the movie, a gang of fleeing jewel thieves runs right into a coven of cannibalistic witches. The Village Voice hails it as "a major achievement in sunny wretchedness," remarking that this "splatter-comedy projectile pukes its outrages at you with a gusto recalling the early days of those (sadly) reformed upchuckers Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson.” Adults can see it on Thursday or Sunday. Here's the outrageous trailer.

MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN is courageous look at censorship in contempo Iran Despite being banned from filmmaking for 20 years (along with his countryman Jafar Panahi), Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has secretly shot a new feature, MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN. This angry thriller, based on real events, shows the lengths to which the Islamic state will go to silence dissidents. (Extreme measures include kidnapping, torture, and murder.) hails Manuscripts Don't Burn as "easily the most daring and politically provocative film yet to emerge from Iran.” Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Thursday or Sunday. In fact, 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 film's trailer.

NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY is epic Filipino update of "Crime and Punishment" Rhapsodically received at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Lav Diaz's Filipino epic NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY was inspired by Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. The film is a four-hour drama in which an embittered Luzon law student commits a double murder that has many repercussions -- the first being that an innocent family man is arrested for the crime. Time Out New York awarded the film five stars (their highest rating), commenting that "you'd have to go back to Edward Yang's Yi Yi to find another movie that approaches a marathon-length running time yet still makes you wish it were twice as long.” On Friday night at 7 pm don't miss this film that has a 92% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes (91% audience score) and an overall score of 81. Special admission is $12; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $10; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Watch the trailer here.

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in Nigerian Civil War drama HALF OF A YELLOW SUN Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Thandie Newton star in HALF OF A YELLOW SUN, an epic film version of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about two UK-educated sisters who return to Nigeria in the mid-1960s and get caught up in the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War (aka the Biafran War). The New York Times hails it as "a well-acted, finely wrought epic.” It receives its Cleveland theatrical premiere Saturday at 7:40 pm. Here's the trailer.

This Week:

Thu., Sept. 4, at 6:45pm
Sun., Sept. 7, at 8:45pm
Underground Iranian thriller

Thu., Sept. 4, at 9:10pm
Sun., Sept. 7, at 6:30pm
Álex de la Iglesia's
Adults only!

Fri., Sept. 5, at 7:00pm
Epic Filipino adaptation of
"Crime and Punishment"

Sat., Sept. 6, at 5:00pm
Kenji Mizoguchi's

Sat., Sept. 6, at 7:40pm
Chiwetel Ejiofor in
Nigerian Civil War drama

Sat., Sept. 6, at 9:45pm
Sun., Sept. 7, at 4:15pm
Josef Mengele in post-war Argentina

Next Week:

Thu., Sept. 11, at 6:45pm
Fri., Sept. 12, at 9:20pm

Thu., Sept. 11, at 8:30pm
Fri., Sept. 12, at 7:30pm

Sat., Sept. 13, at 5:00pm

Sat., Sept. 13, at 7:00pm
Sun., Sept. 14, at 8:35pm

Sat., Sept. 13, at 8:55pm
Sun., Sept. 14, at 6:30pm

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