Cinematheque . Dec. 15-17: Babes In Toyland, Bunny And The Bull & More!
Wacky Brit comedy BUNNY AND THE BULL is a road movie that's all in the mind, y'know? The whimsical work of Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman is evoked in Paul King's BUNNY AND THE BULL , a crazy, surreal comedy from creators of the cult British TV show "The Mighty Boosh."It's a road movie set entirely within an apartment. Stephen, a forlorn, agoraphobicyoung man with a highly regimented indoor existence, discovers that his flat has mice. So he decides he must take a vacation. Using snapshots, souvenirs, and other mementoes from a disastrous trek around Europe made a year ago with his womanizing friend Bunny, Stephen "hits the road" again. Though his troubled mind wanders back in time to the places he visited and the people he met, his physical body never leaves the house. The UK's Sunday Mirror called BUNNY AND THE BULL "a wonderfully surreal road trip?bizarre and quite brilliant." Empire describes it as "charmingly crafted and willfully daft." Here's the trailer. See it in a 35mm color & scope print on Thursday or Friday. HAPPY, HAPPY is Norwegian comedy about optimism and infidelity Anne Sewitsky's HAPPY, HAPPY was Norway's official entry for last year's foreign-language-film Oscar. It's a dark comedy about an eternally optimistic rural housewife whose nondescript life with her disinterested husband is turned upside down when a "perfect" couple from the city moves in across the street. See it Thursday or Saturday. Print this post and present it at the box office and see HAPPY, HAPPY for only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Laurel and Hardy battle Bogeyman in musical BABES IN TOYLAND BABES IN TOYLAND (also known as MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS) is an elaborate 1934 movie adaptation of Victor Herbert's famous operetta. Laurel and Hardy play Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee, two bumbling residents of Toyland, a realm populated by characters from fairy tales. Living in a shoe that also houses Little Bo Peep, the fabled "old woman," and others, Stannie and Ollie attempt to resolve a mortgage dispute with their villainous landlord, Silas Barnaby, while also protecting Bo Peep from his lecherous designs. The climactic attack of the Bogeymen is impressive. See it Saturday in a rare print of the original, uncut version (slightly longer than the advertised 73 minutes). Russian MY JOY is a road movie from hell -- or maybe a road movie to hell Don't be fooled by the title. MY JOY is not a holiday bonbon but a nightmarish road movie-and one of the most acclaimed Russian-language movies of recent years. A young truck driver on the way to deliver his cargo takes a surreal detour into the dark "undercarriage" of his country-a brutal, inscrutable realm of violence, corruption, and decay. He finds himself in a series of off-road situations of escalating strangeness, where he meets (and is victimized by) mercenaries, whores, pirates, and other lowlifes. Impeccably shot in stunning 35mm, Sergei Loznitska's dark fairy tale was a 2010 New York Film Festival selection. The New York Times designated MY JOY as a "Critics' Pick," calling it "suspenseful, mysterious, at times bitterly funny, consistently moving and filled with images of a Russia haunted both by ghosts and the living dead." The Village Voice found it "a maddening vision and one of the year's must-see provocations." Adults can see it Friday or Saturday. Here's the trailer. Give to the Cinematheque! Please consider making a year-end gift to the Cinematheque to support our film programming and guarantee our ongoing existence. Times are tough for specialty film theatres right now -- as evidenced by the recent closing of San Francisco's legendary Red Vic Movie House after 30 years. They are especially challenging for specialty film theatres like the Cinematheque that (1) have only one screen and no concession stand, (2) show movies most people have never heard of, much less want to see, and (3) project (and ship) expensive but cherished 35mm film. To make a donation, just click here . Thank you for supporting us in all the ways you do! Films This Week Thu., Dec. 15, at 6:45 pm Fri., Dec. 16, at 9:30 pm Whimsical Brit "road" movie BUNNY AND THE BULL Thu., Dec. 15, at 8:45 pm Sat., Dec. 17, at 7:05 pm Norwegian comedy HAPPY, HAPPY Fri., Dec. 16, at 7:00 pm Sat., Dec. 17, at 8:50 pm Nightmarish odyssey MY JOY Sat., Dec. 17, at 5:30 pm Laurel & Hardy in BABES IN TOYLAND HAPPY HOLIDAYS! SEE YOU IN 2012! JANUARY 6-8 BLACKTHORN Fri., Jan. 6, at 7:00 pm Sat., Jan. 7, at 9:40 pm PASSIONE Fri., Jan. 6, at 9:00 pm Sun., Jan. 8, at 4:00 pm MAN OF THE WEST Sat., Jan. 7, at 5:00 pm Sun., Jan. 8, at 2:00 pm Artists of the Silent Screen Special Opening Night Event! Joseph Rubin accompanies INTOLERANCE Sat., Jan. 7, at 7:15 pm The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque