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Blog . 10/23-27: 3 films by Vernon Zimmerman; Closed Curtain by Jafar Panahi, Wrinkles & more!


10/23-27: 3 films by Vernon Zimmerman; Closed Curtain by Jafar Panahi, Wrinkles & more!

10/21/14  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Cult thriller FADE TO BLACK is grand finale of our Vernon Zimmerman Weekend!
A lonely, anxiety-ridden film geek (Dennis Christopher) becomes a serial killer who dispatches his victims in the style and manner of his big-screen idols (Dracula, the Mummy, Norman Bates, et al.) in Vernon Zimmerman's movie-savvy 1980 slasher film FADE TO BLACK. Mickey Rourke co-stars in this comedy thriller that has become an international cult favorite. It's one of five offbeat comedies by Zimmerman that we show on Friday and Saturday. (See the next two blurbs for the other four.) Adults can see Fade to Black Saturday at 9:45 pm. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Vernon Zimmerman will not appear in person during our weekend tribute to him, as previously announced. (However, we may talk to him via Skype.) Here's the Fade to Black trailer.

Alan Arkin stars in Vernon Zimmerman's 1971 road comedy DEADHEAD MILES, written by Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick wrote the script for Vernon Zimmerman's feature-length directorial debut DEADHEAD MILES, a wacky road comedy (and quintessential seventies movie) in which a man (Alan Arkin) hijacks an 18-wheeler in the East, picks up a hitchhiker, and heads west across America. Along the way he has a series of funny, bizarre adventures. Filmed in 1971 but shelved by Paramount until 1982 (when it received a few festival bookings), Deadhead Miles has a great supporting cast (Hector Elizondo, Charles Durning, Loretta Swit, et al.) and features cameos by George Raft, Ida Lupino, and John Milius. Catch this movie's long overdue Cleveland theatrical premiere on Saturday at 7:00 pm. It will be preceded at showtime by Zimmerman's 26-min. Lemon Hearts (1962, 16mm), a comedy fantasy set amid some of San Francisco's now-demolished Victorian homes and starring Taylor Mead in 11 roles. Wheeler Winston has called it "an early classic of Beat-era filmmaking."

Legendary "Playmate" Claudia Jennings stars in V. Zimmerman's UNHOLY ROLLERS
Playboy's 1970 Playmate of the Year Claudia Jennings plays a tough broad who barges into the rough-and-tumble world of female roller derby in UNHOLY ROLLERS, a rude, raunchy, action-packed 1972 B movie produced by Roger Corman and written and directed by Vernon Zimmerman. It will show at 9:15 pm on Friday, and will be preceded (at 9:15) by Zimmerman's 16mm short To L.A….with Lust(1961, 27 min.), an offbeat comedy with Taylor Mead. Watch theUnholy Rollers trailer here.

Spanish animated comedy-drama WRINKLES is set in an old age home
The poignant Spanish animated film WRINKLES focuses on Emilio and Miguel, two elderly gentlemen living in an old age home. Since Emilio is in the early stages of Alzheimer's, the shrewd, mischievous Miguel does what he can to keep his friend from being moved to the facility's dreaded "assisted living" floor. The Hollywood Reporter callsWrinkles, which is based on an acclaimed graphic novel, “a genuine crowd pleaser deserving of the widest possible exposure.” Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Sunday or Monday. On Sunday we will show the English-language version with voices by Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine, and George Coe. On Monday we will show the original Spanish version with English subtitles. Here's the trailer.

CLOSED CURTAIN is latest act of defiance by banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi
CLOSED CURTAIN, the second feature film shot secretly by Iranian film master Jafar Panahi since the Iranian government banned him from making movies for 20 years, is more complex and subversive than the first (2011’s This Is Not a Film). Set and shot inside Panahi's beachfront villa on the Caspian Sea, the movie follows a paranoid screenwriter (co-director Partovi) whose cloistered life with his illicit dog is disturbed by various interlopers. This mischievous, Pirandellian entertainment has garnered rave reviews. The New York Timesdesignated it a “Critics’ Pick," calling it "an allegory, dark but not despairing, of the creative spirit under political pressure, and of the ways the imagination can be both a refuge and a place of confinement.” Time Out New York gave the film five stars (their highest rating), pronouncing it "masterful." Don't miss its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Sunday or Monday. Print this email and present it at the box office and see Closed Curtain for 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.

FANNY continues saga of waterfront friends and lovers Marius, Fanny, Cesar, Panisse
FANNY is the second part of Daniel Auteuil's reboot of Marcel Pagnol's beloved 1930s Marseille Trilogy (Marius, Fanny, Cesar). In the first part, shown last week, we watched as Marius, the handsome young son of waterfront saloon owner Cesar (Auteuil), talked the beautiful shellfish seller Fanny out of marrying the wealthy (but much older) merchant Panisse. This led to Marius and Fanny professing their love for each other, and then sealing the deal by spending various Wednesday nights together. When Fanny's mother happened upon the lovers one Thursday morning, she insisted to Cesar that their two children get married right away. Cesar agreed but, unbeknownst to him, Marius had just left Marseille for a months-long stint on a sailing ship. His son's love of the sea and its promise of adventure had trumped his affection for his fiancee. The funny, poignant, crowd-pleasing saga continues Saturday/Sunday.

Mizoguchi's TALES OF THE TAIRA CLAN is a color samurai spectacle
Kenji Mizoguchi’s sumptuous 1955 samurai saga TALES OF THE TAIRA CLAN (one of only two films he made in color) is set in feudal 12th-century Japan, where three factions (the samurai, the clerics, and the court) vie for control. The movie features lavish sets, elaborate costumes, lush cinematography (by Kazuo Miyagawa), and armies of extras. Critic Ian Cameron calls Tales of the Taira Clan “arguably Mizoguchi’s best and the best of all films.” See it in an imported 16mm print on Thursday at 7:00 pm. Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted. The film will be shown in CIA’s Ohio Bell Auditorium; ticket seller will direct you. Above photo © 1955 Kadokawa Pictures.

This Week:

Thu., Oct. 23, at 7:00pm
Kenji Mizoguchi's

Fri., Oct. 24, at 9:15pm
Claudia Jennings in
Vernon Zimmerman's

Sat., Oct. 25, at 5:00pm
Sun., Oct. 26, at 4:00pm
Daniel Auteuil's

Sat., Oct. 25, at 7:00pm
Alan Arkin in
Vernon Zimmerman's

Sat., Oct. 25, at 9:45pm
Dennis Christopher in
Vernon Zimmerman's

Sun., Oct. 26, at 6:30pm
Mon., Oct. 27, at 6:45pm
Spanish animated feature

Sun., Oct. 26, at 8:20pm
Mon., Oct. 27, at 8:35pm
Jafar Panahi's

Next Week:

Thu., Oct.30, at 6:45pm
Fri., Oct. 31, at 9:35pm
Rediscoveries and Restorations
New Digital Restoration!

Thu., Oct. 30, at 8:20pm
Fri., Oct. 31, at 7:30pm

Sat., Nov. 1, at 5:00pm

Sat., Nov. 1, at 6:45pm
Sun., Nov. 2, at 8:30pm
Fassbinder and His Friends

Sat., Nov. 1, at 8:45pm
Sun., Nov. 2, at 6:30pm

Sun., Nov. 2, at 4:00pm
Filmmaker in Person!

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