Cinematheque . June 7-9: Pina, American Hot Wax & More!
Spectacular PINA celebrates life and dance of German choreographer Pina Bausch Think you don't like modern dance? The amazing, Oscar-nominated movie PINA might prove you wrong! Wim Wenders (WINGS OF DESIRE, THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB) celebrates the groundbreaking work of his friend and fellow German, legendary dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), in a movie he wanted to make for years. Wenders' well-positioned cameras capture Bausch and her dancers as they perform some of her most celebrated works ("The Rite of Sping," "Café Müller," et al.) both on stage and around the German city of Wuppertal, home of Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal since 1972. Shot in digital 3D, PINA will be shown at the Cinematheque in 35mm 2D (brighter than 3D). In any dimension it's a great movie! Watch the trailer then catch the film's East Side Cleveland premiere on Friday or Saturday. AMERICAN HOT WAX re-creates early days of rock 'n' roll with Alan Freed; musician Kenny Vance to appear in person on Friday Tim McIntyre, Fran Drescher, Jay Leno, and Laraine Newman star in Floyd Mutrux's AMERICAN HOT WAX , a 1978 rock 'n' roll drama inspired by the life of legendary Cleveland/NYC deejay Alan Freed. In the film, Freed organizes a rock show at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in 1959, only to watch the long-simmering hostility of police, politicians, and parents to his "devil's music" finally come to a boil. The movie features performances by Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, et al. AMERICAN HOT WAX has never been released on DVD, but you can see it on film on Friday or Saturday. On Friday night, Kenny Vance, founding member of Jay and the Americans, will appear in person to answer audience questions after the screening. Vance was the music supervisor on the film, and also performs in it with his band The Planotones, which was created for the movie. But Kenny Vance and the Planotones became a real group after AHW was released, and they perform live this Thursday night at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum . ATTENBERG is the latest weird Greek movie in the vein of "Dogtooth" Athina Rachel Tsangari's ATTENBERG , Greece's official entry for the 2012 foreign-film Oscar, is another work from the country's ultra-strange "New Wave," which surfaced in 2009 with Yorgos Lanthimos' DOGTOOTH. (Lanthimos has an acting role in ATTENBERG.) The movie tells of an antisocial, sexually inexperienced 23-year-old Greek woman, living in a depressing seaside factory town with her terminally-ill father, who learns about the natural world from Sir David Attenborough's wildlife documentaries and about the birds and the bees from her GGG friend Bella. According to the Time Out Film Guide, "ATTENBERG shares with the Oscar-nominated DOGTOOTH a weakness for overgrown innocence and deadpan perversity." No one under 17 will be admitted to this movie that premieres on Thursday and Friday. Here's the film's intriguing trailer. Chow Yun-Fat stars in Chinese action-comedy-western LET THE BULLETS FLY Chow Yun-Fat, Ge You, and Jiang Wen (RED SORGHUM) star in Jiang's spectacular new Chinese action film LET THE BULLETS FLY , the highest grossing domestic film in Chinese film history at the time of its release. Set in warring 1920s China, the movie is a rollicking action-comedy-western that pays loving tribute to such classics as ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and YOJIMBO. It tells of a bandit who poses as mayor of a provincial town and of the corrupt, wealthy businessman who challenges him for local control. See this "marvelously funny and visually sumptuous" (The Wall St. Journal) film on Thursday or Saturday. THIS WEEKEND Thu., June 7, at 5:30 pm Fri., June 8, at 7:35 pm Weird new Greek film ATTENBERG Thu., June 7, at 7:25 pm Sat., June 9, at 9:00 pm Chow Yun-Fat in Chinese action comedy LET THE BULLETS FLY Fri., June 8, at 5:30p m Sat., June 9, at 6:55 pm Wim Wenders' amazing dance movie PINA Fri., June 8, at 9:35 pm Sat., June 9, at 5:00 pm Alan Freed/rock 'n' roll classic AMERICAN HOT WAX Kenny Vance in person on Fri night! NEXT WEEK Thu., June 14, at 5:45 pm Fri., June 15, at 7:30 pm MY NAME IS SABINA SPIELREIN Thu., June 14, at 7:35 pm Sat., June 16, at 9:10 pm SOUND OF NOISE Fri., June 15, at 5:30 pm Sat., June 16, at 7:10 pm DETACHMENT Fri., June 15, at 9:20 pm Sat., June 16, at 5:00 pm TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM