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Blog . 11/13-19: Godard's 3D GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, Henri Langlois, Fassbinder's EFFI BRIEST & more!


11/13-19: Godard's 3D GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, Henri Langlois, Fassbinder's EFFI BRIEST & more!

11/12/14  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS evokes classic Italian horror films
The sexy, stylish, lurid Italian crime thrillers (gialli) made by Dario Argento, Mario Bava, and others during the 1960s and 1970s are paid lush, lavish tribute in THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS, a violent, virtuosic new Belgian film from the makers of Amer. Favoring baroque high style over plot and narrative, this account of a missing wife explores that mystery via a series of gorgeous, sinister set pieces full of leather gloves, black lace, soft flesh, and sharp objects. The film features music by Ennio Morricone and others. No one under 18 will be admitted to this movie that shows on Saturday and Sunday.Print this email and present it at the box office and see The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears 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 here.

Cinematheque presents Godard's new 3D movie GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE at both the Cedar Lee and the Capitol
There are 3D movies made by Hollywood and then there is GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, the new 3D movie made by cinema’s foremost radical and provocateur, France's Jean-Luc Godard. You’ve never seen film 3D like this before! Like most recent Godard movies, Goodbye to Language is a collage of images, music, sound effects, and voiceover narration incorporating the filmmaker’s standard tropes and stylistic devices: men, women, and guns; a barrage of allusions to history, literature, and movies; bursts of classical music; cryptic cultural aphorisms; on-screen puns and wordplay; a murder (maybe); and, unique to this film, a dog who is the most sympathetic character. A sensation at Cannes, this is one of the film events of the year! Varietycalls Goodbye to Language "a characteristically vigorous, playful, mordant commentary on everything from the state of movies to the state of the world from French cinema’s oldest living enfant terrible…69 densely packed minutes that feel like an adrenaline shot to the brain." Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere, in 3D, on Tuesday, November 18 at the Cedar Lee Theatre, 2163 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, or on Wednesday, November 18 at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. The film starts at 7 pm each night. Special admission is $10; Cinematheque members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. Prices include 3D glasses. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored or accepted. Advance $10 tickets available at Here's the 2D trailer.

LINES OF WELLINGTON is 19th-century historical epic with an all-star cast
Conceived by the late Raül Ruiz but realized by his widow and fellow filmmaker Valeria Sarmiento, the epic historical pageant LINES OF WELLINGTON is set in Portugal during 1810, as British forces commanded by Wellington help the Portuguese defend themselves against Napoleon's invading army. The movie shows how Wellington’s scorched-earth strategy uprooted and impacted people from all walks of life, and the picture has many subplots populated by an all-star cast of art-film veterans: John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Michel Piccoli, Mathieu Amalric, and Chiara Mastroianni, among others. See this 2013 New York Film Festival selection on Sunday at 3:30 pm. Watch the trailer here.

Fassbinder directs Hanna Schygulla in exquisite literary adaptation EFFI BRIEST
Hanna Schygulla stars in Fassbinder's EFFI BRIEST, a fastidiously faithful adaptation of Theodor Fontane's classic novel. Set in late 19th-century Germany, the 1974 movie tells of a 17-year-old girl who marries a much older aristocrat, has a fling with a local womanizer, but is ultimately stifled by society's rigid moral codes. This exquisite period piece, a departure for the young director (who worked long and hard on it), boasts memorable monochrome cinematography. “Fassbinder's masterpiece.” -Penelope Gilliatt, The New Yorker. See it in 35mm on Saturday at 6:40 pm.

1944 British comedy ON APPROVAL is a truly delightful rediscovery
A huge audience hit at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, Clive Brook's largely forgotten 1944 British comedy ON APPROVAL is based on a popular 1920s stage play. It tells of a penniless duke (Brook) and his equally impoverished friend (Roland Culver) who enter into a chaste, month-long “trial marriage” with two women on a Scottish island. One of the women (Beatrice Lillie) is a wealthy British widow; the other (Googie Withers) is an American pickle heiress. Because the movie was made in England, it’s more risqué and suggestive than 1940s American movies, which were straightjacketed by the moralistic Hays Code. British filmmaker Lindsay Anderson once called On Approval “the funniest British comedy ever made.” See it in a new 35mm print on Saturday or Sunday.

Documentary HENRI LANGLOIS: THE PHANTOM OF THE CINÉMATHÈQUE marks 100th anniversary of cinephile's birth
Henri Langlois, the legendary co-founder and director of the Cinémathèque Française, was born on November 13, 1914. On Thursday, November 13, 2014, we celebrate the centenary of this pioneering, idiosyncratic, and controversial cinephile and film preservationist by showing an epic documentary about him, HENRI LANGLOIS: THE PHANTOM OF THE CINÉMATHÈQUE. This 2004 movie features archival footage and interviews with an all-star cast of Langlois disciples and admirers, including Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Luc Godard, and Agnès Varda. We will show the original, uncut version of this movie, lasting 210 min. (A 128-min. version was shown at the 2006 Cleveland International Film Festival.) Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted. This film is supported by a generous grant from Maison Française de Cleveland.

This Weekend

Thu., Nov. 13, at 6:45pm
Henri Langlois centenary!
$10, $8


Sat., Nov. 15, at 5:00pm
Sun., Nov. 16, at 6:45pm
Hilarious British comedy

Sat., Nov. 15, at 6:40pm
Hanna Schygulla in
R. W. Fassbinder's

Sat., Nov. 15, at 9:20pm
Sun., Nov. 16 at 8:25pm
Contempo giallo
No one under 18 admitted!

Sun., Nov. 16, at 3:30pm
John Malkovich,
Catherine Denueve &
all-star supporting cast in

Special offsite event!
Tue., Nov. 18, at 7:00pm
at the Cedar Lee Theatre
Jean-Luc Godard's 3D
$10, $8

Special offsite event!
Wed., Nov. 19, at 7:00pm
at the Capitol Theatre
Jean-Luc Godard's 3D
$10, $8

Next Week

Thu., Nov. 20, at 6:45pm
CWRU professor Linda Ehrlich introduces

Thu., Nov. 20, at 8:50pm
Fri., Nov. 21, at 7:00pm

Fri., Nov. 21, at 8:35pm
Sun., Nov. 23, at 6:30pm

Fri., Nov. 21, at 10:10pm
Sat., Nov. 22, at 7:25pm

Sat., Nov. 22, at 5:00pm
Sun., Nov. 23, at 8:10pm

Sat., Nov. 22, at 9:50pm
Sun., Nov. 23, at 4:00pm

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