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Cinematheque . Aug 23-26: Silent Film with Live Music, Turn Me On Dammit!, Letter From an Unknown Woman & More!

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Aug 23-26: Silent Film with Live Music, Turn Me On Dammit!, Letter From an Unknown Woman & More!

08/21/12  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Horny girl comes of age in hit Norwegian comedy TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!
A teenage girl with raging hormones is at the center ofTURN ME ON, DAMMIT! , a funny, endearing Norwegian movie that the Toronto Globe and Mail calls “that rare thing: an honest coming-of-age story from the female perspective.” 15-year-old blonde Alma lives in a boring town in rural Norway that she hates. There she spends her time pleasuring herself, calling telephone sex lines, and lusting after the cute guitarist in the church choir. Jannicke Systad Jacobsen’s acclaimed movie was banned for two days in Tuscaloosa, AL, and just this past weekend won the Amanda award (Norway’s Oscar) for best picture of the year! See this “enormously entertaining” (Philadelphia Inquirer) movie on Friday or Saturday.

Chicago musician to accompany silent film about white slavery, TRAFFIC IN SOULS
On Saturday at 5:30 pm, David Drazin, silent film musician at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, will provide live piano accompaniment to TRAFFIC IN SOULS , a scandalous (and hugely popular in 1913) tale of white slavery in New York’s immigrant community. Universal Pictures’ first feature-length film follows a poor young Swedish woman who is asked out by a “nice” man who then spikes her drink and abducts her to a brothel. Can her older sister locate the kidnaper and thwart the crime before it is too late? We will show a 35mm archive print that has been preserved by the Library of Congress. Special admission is $10; members/CIA $8, ages 25 & under $6; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Max Ophüls’ sublime romance LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN shows in a stunning, restored archival print!
Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan star in LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, the best American film by the great Max Ophüls (MADAME DE…, LOLA MONTES). Set in 19th-century Vienna, the 1948 movie follows a young woman with a lifelong crush on her concert pianist neighbor. But he sees her as nothing but a potential conquest. Opulent settings, beautiful lighting, and elaborate and expressive camera movements elevate this romantic “weepie” to the level of sublime cinema. “Of all the cinema’s fables of doomed love, none is more piercing than this,” says the Time Out Film Guide. See it Sunday afternoon at 4:30 pm in a 35mm preservation print from the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Matt Levine recently wrote on the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) blog: “We all have euphoric memories of a projector’s lightbulb flickering through a physically-present strip of chemically-imbued film (my personal favorite: an astonishing 35mm restoration of Max Ophüls’ LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN).” That same restoration, funded by The Film Foundation, comes to Cleveland this week. Special admission is $10; members/CIA $8, ages 25 & under $6; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Margaret Atwood and others look at debt around the world in provocative PAYBACK
Margaret Atwood’s book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth is the inspiration for PAYBACK , a provocative new documentary from Jennifer Baichwal, maker of MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES. The film uses actual case studies—a blood feud in Albania, the BP oil spill, et al.—to illustrate and investigate the various types of debt in the world—not just economic but also societal, criminal, environmental, spiritual, and personal. Shown at this year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival, PAYBACK returns to Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday. (Here’s the trailer.)

Bressonian JEAN GENTIL, from Dominican Republic, is new classic of spiritual cinema
In the new spiritual drama JEAN GENTIL , a devout, out-of-work Haitian professional living in the Dominican Republic questions his self worth when he can’t find a new job. So he moves from the city to the jungle. This gorgeous, meditative work encapsulates the plight of immigrant workers everywhere, and the movie’s saintly main character seems to suffer for all of them. Time Out New York says that JEAN GENTIL “shares a certain searching quality that marked the best of Bresson’s films” and calls it “genuinely transcendent.” Watch the trailerthen see the whole movie on Thursday or Sunday.

Bickering brother and sister hit the road in indie comedy THE COLOR WHEEL
Voted “Best Undistributed Film of 2011” in both the Village Voice and IndieWire Critics Poll, Alex Ross Perry’s quirky Amerindie comedy THE COLOR WHEEL can now be seen! An insufferable college dropout (Carlen Altman) who has broken up with her professor-lover takes a caustic road trip with her obnoxious younger brother (director Perry) to pick up her stuff. The two siblings (“the most loathsomely lovable brother-sister duo in the history of cinema,” according to the L.A. Weekly) verbally abuse each other the whole way. (Their endless exchanges recall the fast-flying insults of Howard Hawks’ screwball comedy classics Twentieth Century and His Girl Friday.) But by the end of their journey they see their relationship in a new light. With Oberlin alum Ry Russo-Young. Ride along on Thursday or Friday.


Thu., Aug.23, at 6:45 pm
Sun., Aug. 26, at 8:30 pm
Bressonian drama

Thu., Aug. 23, at 8:30 pm
Fri., Aug. 24, at 7:30pm
Indie screwball tragedy

Fri., Aug. 24, at 9:15 pm
Sat., Aug. 25, at 7:20 pm
Hit coming-of-age comedy

Sat., Aug. 25, at 5:30 pm
Silent white slavery drama
Live piano accompaniment
by David Drazin!

Sat., Aug. 25, at 9:00 pm
Sun., Aug. 26, at 6:45 pm
Margaret Atwood’s

Sun., Aug. 26, at 4:30 pm
Max Ophuls’
Restored 35mm print from the UCLA Film Archive!


Thu., Aug.30, at 6:45 pm
Sun., Sept 2, at 8:35 pm

Thu., Aug. 30, at 8:25 pm
Fri., Aug. 31, at 7:30 pm

Fri., Aug. 31, at 9:30 pm
Sat., Sept. 1, at 6:50 pm

Sat., Sept. 1, at 5:15 pm
Sun., Sept. 2, at 7:00 pm

Sat., Sept. 1, at 8:45 pm
Sun., Sept. 2, at 3:30 pm

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