Blog . 4/9-12: Sagrada, Immoral Tales, Hou Hsiao-hsien beeginning & more!
SAGRADA: THE MYSTERY OF CREATION looks at Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona basilica
Stefan Haupt's new documentary SAGRADA: THE MYSTERY OF CREATION celebrates Barcelona’s iconic La Sagrada Familia basilica, designed by visionary architect Antoni Gaudí in the late 19th century and still unfinished after 125 years. The Village Voice says that this movie “persuades viewers to surrender to a place, to a vision, and to a scale of thinking beyond our own lives.” See it Thursday or Saturday. Here's the trailer.
Walerian Borowczyk's IMMORAL TALES is a classy, classic erotic fantasy
Walerian Borowczyk (1923-2006) was an award-winning Polish-born graphic artist, animator, and Surrealist who is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Mid-career he turned to making sensuous, stylish, live-action erotic films. 1976's IMMORAL TALES is perhaps the most taboo-breaking and successful of these. It tells four different stories (of masturbation, incest, bloodlust, etc.) set in four different historical periods. Paloma Picasso and Fabrice Luchini star. When first released, Time Out remarked that Immoral Tales “displays the most sustained erotic content yet seen publicly in this country.” No one under 18 will be admitted when we present the Cleveland revival premiere of this film, in a new digital restoration, on Friday and Sunday. Watch the trailer here.
SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY traces early history of women's movement
The lively, eye-opening new documentary SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY traces the early history of the modern women’s movement (1966-71)—from the founding of NOW by ladies in hats and gloves to the emergence of more radical (and outrageous and contentious) factions of feminism. Cleveland native (and WRU alum) Alix Kates Shulman appears in it, along with many others. The L.A. Times calls it “exceptional…Its mix of archival material and new interviews [bristles] with the energy and insight of one of the most important social movements of the 20th century." The movie returns to Cleveland on Friday and Saturday. Here's the trailer.
AMOUR FOU is a black comedy about a great love that transcends death -- hopefully
The wry new Austrian film AMOUR FOU, from Jessica Hausner (Lourdes), is set in early 1800s Berlin, where a moony, melancholy Romantic writer tries to convince his beloved cousin that they should immortalize their undying affection via a suicide pact. Their love will transcend death, he assures her. When she rejects the idea, he turns to a local businessman’s wife. She is enamored with his poetry and, conveniently, has been diagnosed with a terminal disease. This deadpan black comedy, shot in a Vermeer-like visual style, was inspired by the real-life 1811 suicide of author Heinrich von Kleist (The Marquise of O) and Henrietta Vogel. Toronto film programmer and critic James Quandt listed Amour Fou as #2 on his Top Ten list for 2014, calling it "one of the great films about the nature of love." Catch its Cleveland premiere on Thursday or Saturday. Watch the trailer here.
Hou Hsiao-hsien's first film CUTE GIRL (1980) is #1 of 17 Hou features coming to the Cinematheque thru June
CUTE GIRL, the first feature by future Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien, is a lightweight, music-filled 1980 romantic comedy featuring two Chinese pop stars (Hong Kong’s Kenny Bee and Taiwan’s Feng Fei-fei). It tells of factory owner’s daughter, betrothed to an exchange student she's never met, who visits a rural village and falls in love with a surveyor there. Hou’s love of the Taiwanese countryside is easily seen in this commercial confection in color and scope. This rarity kicks off our new series "Beeginnings: Hou Hsiao-hsien & the New Taiwanese Cinema" on Saturday at 5:15pm. (Sixteen other features by Hou, all in film prints, most of them imported from Asia, will show through June 19.) Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
1983 Taiwanese classic GROWING UP has script by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Hou Hsiao-hsien co-wrote GROWING UP, a nostalgic and socially observant 1983 New Taiwanese Cinema classic that won Taiwan’s “Oscars” for best film and best director. Set in the 1950s, at a time of tension between native Taiwanese and newcomers from Mainland China, the movie chronicles a young boy’s experiences with first love, youthful rebellion, and his mother’s remarriage. Shot and directed by Hou’s mentor and frequent cinematographer Kun Hao Chen, the film marked Hou’s first collaboration with writer Chu Tien-wen, who adapted her own novel and went on to co-write most of Hou’s own films. See it in an imported 35mm print on Sunday at 6:30pm. Special admission is $10 (members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8), butprint this email and present it at the box office and see Growing Up for only $8 ($7 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
Thu., April 9, at 6:45pm
Sat., April 11, at 8:55pm
period black comedy
Thu., April 9, at 8:45pm
Sat., April 11, at 7:05pm
Antoni Gaudí's magnum opus
SAGRADA: THE MYSTERY OF CREATION
Fri., April 10, at 7:30pm
Sun., April 12, at 4:15pm
Modern Feminism's early years
SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY
Fri., April 10, at 9:25pm
Sun., April 12, at 8:30pm
No one under 18 admitted!
Sat., April 11, at 5:15pm
Hou Hsiao-hsien's first feature
Sun., April 12, at 6:30pm
New Taiwanese Cinema classic
Thu., April 16, at 6:45pm
Sun., April 19, at 7:00pm
HARD TO BE A GOD
Fri., April 17, at 7:00pm
MY WAY HOME
Fri., April 17, at 9:10pm
Sat., April 18, at 5:00pm
THE GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME
Sat., April 18, at 6:50pm
Sun., April 19, at 3:30pm