Cinematheque . SEPT 13-18: Vertigo, My Neighbor Totoro, Hara-kiri in 3D & more!
VERTIGO, recently voted the best film of all time, returns to the big screen!
Alfred Hitchcock’s moody, haunting masterpiece VERTIGO was voted the greatest movie ever made in this year’s Sight & Sound magazine poll of over 800 international film experts. (It deposed Orson Welles' CITIZEN KANE after its 50-year reign.) James Stewart plays a retired San Francisco police detective who develops a romantic obsession for a beautiful and mysterious married woman (Kim Novak) he has been hired to shadow. Bernard Herrmann's famous music makes the movie even more haunting. See VERTIGO in a 35mm color print of Friday or Saturday. On Friday at 9:20 pm the film will be introduced by Daniel Goldmark, Associate Professor of Music at CWRU and an expert on Bernard Herrmann and other movie music. On Saturday at 7:10 pm it will be introduced by Phil Skerry, longtime film professor at Lakeland Community College and a Hitchcock expert who wrote the recent book Psycho in the Shower.
Miyazaki series opens with enchanting animated classic MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
We open our Hayao Miyazaki series with one of the great animator’s most beloved films, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988), which originally debuted in Cleveland at the Cinematheque back in 1993! This gentle, poetic masterpiece tells of two young sisters who move with their father to the Japanese countryside. There they encounter spirits and other amazing creatures who can be seen only by children. One of them, the huge, furry, flying Totoro, takes the girls on a series of fantastic adventures. The Time Out Film Guide says "the film that first brought Miyazaki to international attention remains an animated achievement almost without parallel.” See MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO in a new, subtitled 35mm color print on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. On Friday night the film will be followed by a reception open to all attendees. Here's the film's original American trailer.
CORPO CELESTE is indelible portrait of a teenage girl growing up Catholic in Italy
Alice Rohrwacher's Italian film CORPO CELESTE , a 2011 New York Film Festival selection, was also one of the best films at last spring’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival. A 13-year-old girl, recently relocated (with her single mother) from Switzerland to distressed southern Italy, finds herself confronting a whole series of strange things (puberty, catechism class, her working mom’s frequent absence) in a strange land where the spiritual vies with the corporeal. Time Out New York called it "an uncommonly insightful portrait of nascent womanhood…Sublime.” It returns to Cleveland on Thursday and Sunday. Print this email and present it at the box office and see CORPO CELESTE for only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Here's the trailer.
Tarkovsky's first feature IVAN'S CHILDHOOD gets 50th anniversary screening
Andrei Tarkvosky’s first feature IVAN'S CHILDHOOD (also known as MY NAME IS IVAN) is one of the most beautiful and lyrical Soviet movies of the sixties, blending realism, expressionism, and surrealism. Set during WWII, this now 50-year-old masterpiece tells of a 12-year-old Russian boy who becomes a spy for the partisans after his family is wiped out by the Germans. See it Saturday or Sunday in a 35mm print.
Three 1960's EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS shown in memory of Charles Bergengren
Dr. Charles Bergengren, who died in July, taught in the liberal arts department of the Cleveland Institute of Art for 21 years. For just as long he was a faithful attendee of the Cinematheque. In fact, no one from CIA (outside of Cinematheque staff) attended more screenings than Charlie did. Charlie loved all kinds of movies, but had a special fondness for “underground” cinema—and even taught a popular avant-garde film class at CIA. On Thursday at 6:45 pm we remember Charlie Bergengren with a program of 1960s EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS by three filmmakers he loved. Anchoring the program will be a newly restored color print of Robert Nelson’s 42-min. "The Great Blondino" (1967), an exuberant opus that “follows an anachronistically attired young fellow as he navigates a beguiling, sometimes troubling world with a curiosity that opens us wide to the filmmakers' inspired, freeform vision” (Mark Toscano). Charlie often lobbied us to show this movie, maybe because he identified with the misfit main character, a tightrope walker. Preceding "Blondino" will be two works: Ken Jacobs' "The Whirled" (1961), four short movies starring underground icon Jack Smith (Charlie brought Jacobs to CIA two separate times), and Bruce Baillie's "Mass for the Dakota Sioux" (1964), whiche Baillie describes as “a film Mass, dedicated to nobility and excellence.” Special thanks to Ken and Flo Jacobs.
Takashi Miike's HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI to show in 3D at the Capitol
Takashi Miike's HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI is the acclaimed new film from the prolific Japanese director of AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER, 13 ASSASSINS, et al. A 3D remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s great 1962 samurai drama HARAKIRI starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Miike's movie will be shown in 3D when the Cinematheque returns to the Capitol Theatre on Tueday, September 18 at 7:00 pm! Set in 17th-century Japan, the film tells of a penniless samurai who goes to the house of a feudal lord to commit ritual suicide. But flashbacks reveal that the disgraced warrior may have more in mind than just a planned seppuku; he may be seeking revenge. HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI will be shown on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Regular Cinematheque prices apply, but there will be an added $1.50 surcharge per ticket for 3D glasses; no Cinematheque passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted. Nor will Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts be honored. $10.50 tickets are available in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Free parking can be found next to the theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District. Watch the film's trailer here.
Thu., Sept. 13, at 6:45 pm
1960's EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS
shown in memory of Charles Bergengren
Thu., Sept. 13, at 8:30 pm
Sun., Sept. 14, at 4:00 pm
Italian coming-of-age film
Fri., Sept. 14, at 7:30 pm
Sat., Sept. 15, at 9:40 pm
Sun., Sept. 16, at 6:30 pm
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
Post-film reception on Friday!
Fri., Sept. 14, at 9:20 pm
Sat., Sept. 15, at 7:10 pm
Introduced by Daniel Goldmark on Friday and by Phil Skerry on Saturday
Sat., Sept. 15, at 5:15 pm
Sun., Sept. 16, at 8:20 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
Tue., Sept. 18, at 7:00 pm
HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI (in 3D)
$1.50 surcharge for 3D glasses
Thu., Sept. 20, at 6:45 pm
Fri., Sept. 21, at 9:30 pm
DAMSELS IN DISTRESS
Thu., Sept. 20, at 8:45 pm
Sat., Sept. 22, at 7:15 pm
NOBODY ELSE BUT YOU
Fri., Sept. 21, at 7:30 pm
Sun., Sept. 23, at 4:00 pm
MAHLER ON THE COUCH
Sat., Sept. 22, at 5:00 pm
Sun., Sept. 23, at 8:50 pm
50th Anniversary Double Feature!
LA JETEE and MY LIFE TO LIVE (VIVRE SA VIE)
Sat., Sept. 22, at 9:20 pm
Sun., Sept 23, at 6:30 pm
NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND