Cinematheque . 11/8-13: To Kill a Mockingbird, Pina, The Tin Drum & more!
Actress Mary Badham, who played Scout in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, appears in person to talk about the beloved 1962 film classic.
Mary Badham, who played “Scout” Finch in the beloved 1962 film version of Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, will appear in person on Friday at 7 pm to answer audience questions after a 50th anniversary screening of Robert Mulligan's landmark movie. Gregory Peck, who stars in the film, won an Oscar for his iconic performance as widowed Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch, whose two young children witness prejudice and racial hatred firsthand when he defends an innocent black man in an inflammatory rape case. For her indelible performance, 10-year-old Badham was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress—the youngest nominee in that category up to that time. (Ironically, she lost to another child performer, 16-year-old Patty Duke in THE MIRACLE WORKER.) The movie will be shown in a 35mm print from the Universal Pictures studio archive. Special admission is $20, members and CIA I.D. holders $15. Advance tickets are selling fast but are still available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/284785. $10 tickets for those age 25 & under (if available) will go on sale at the Cinematheque box office starting at 6 pm on Friday. Cash/check only; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
1971 Russian war movie TRIAL ON THE ROAD opens Aleksei Guerman series
Banned for 15 years by Soviet authorities for injecting ambiguity, nuance, and anti-heroism into a genre (the WWII drama) that was always solidly heroic (if not downright mythic), Aleksei Guerman’s first solo work TRIAL ON THE ROAD is a masterpiece. The 1971 movie tells of a Red Army officer turned Nazi collaborator who is recaptured by Russian partisans and must prove his loyalty to their cause by going on a series of dangerous missions. The Time Out Film Guide calls TRIAL ON THE ROAD "the most interesting debut film in Soviet cinema since Tarkovsky’s IVAN'S CHILDHOOD.” It's not available on DVD so don't miss it Thursday or Saturday when it opens our four-film Aleksei Guerman series.
Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson star in high school reunion comedy romance 10 YEARS
Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Chris Pratt, Max Minghella, and Aubrey Plaza head an attractive all-star young cast in 10 YEARS, a BIG CHILL-style romantic comedy about high school classmates who reconnect at their ten-year reunion. Though these young adults now understand that real life is different from high school, some of them can’t help falling again for old flames. Catch its first and only Cleveland theatrical engagement on Thursday or Sunday.
Wim Wenders' modern dance masterpiece PINA returns for third engagement
In the new dance classic PINA, 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). This Oscar-nominated movie captures Bausch and members of her company performing some of her most celebrated works both on stage and around the German city of Wuppertal, home of Bausch’s dance theatre since 1972. Don't miss it in 2D on Saturday or Sunday. In fact, print this email and present it at the box office and pay only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out)
Catherine Deneuve & Ludivine Sagnier star in French romance (with music) BELOVED
Catherine Deneuve, Milos Forman, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, and Chiara Mastroianni star in the new French romance BELOVED that closed the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The movie tells of a young Paris shop girl (Sagnier) who falls for a Czech doctor, moves to Prague, and has a daughter with him. Four decades (and a divorce) later, these same lovers are played by Deneuve and Forman, and their now grown-up daughter (Mastroianni, Deneuve's real-life daughter) is caught up in romantic entanglements that echo those of her parents many years before. Cross-cutting between time periods and relationships, and having characters burst into song or confront their earlier selves, director Christophe Honoré (LOVE SONGS, DANS PARIS) has constructed a funny, sad, whimsical, and lyrical epic as expansive and emotional as life itself. Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Saturday or Sunday. Here's the trailer.
Cinematheque presents extended director's cut of THE TIN DRUM at the Capitol Theatre
Next Tuesday the Cinematheque returns to the Capitol Theatre to present a newly restored, extended version of THE TIN DRUM, the film that won both the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Volker Schlöndorff has restored 20 minutes of original footage that he was forced to remove 33 years ago to shorten the running time. His director’s cut expands the story of Oskar, a precocious German child living in 1920s Germany who decides to stop growing at age three when he witnesses the hypocrisy and stupidity of adult society. Not even Oskar’s piercing screams of alarm or frantic beating of a toy drum can halt his countrymen’s relentless march toward World War II. This surreal, satirical black comedy (based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass) was initially banned in Ontario and Oklahoma. Now it’s a widely admired modern classic. Adults can see it on Tues., Nov. 13 at 7 pm on the Capitol's big screen at 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Special admission is $10, members & CIA I.D. holders $8, age 25 & under $6 (with proof of age); no Cinematheque passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored. $10 tickets can be purchased in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Free parking is available next to the theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District.
Japan's Ichiro Kataoka to demonstrate lost art of the "benshi" on Nov. 16
Ichiro Kataoka, one of Japan’s foremost benshi (or silent film narrators), will perform in person on Friday, November 16, at 7:30 pm. Kataoka will narrate the 1935 Japanese silent film AN INN AT TOKYO directed by Yasujiro Ozu (TOKYO STORY). In Japan silent films were accompanied not only by music, but also by a benshi. Standing next to the screen, the benshi provided a running commentary on the movie while relaying the film’s story in a theatrical manner (playing multiple roles with a variety of voices). Some benshi were so popular that they were more of a draw than the movie itself! Though benshi disappeared with the coming of sound, certain individuals kept the tradition alive. Ichiro Kataoka is one of Japan’s foremost practitioners of this vanished art. He was the star pupil of master benshi Midori Sawato (who performed at The Cleveland Museum of Art in 1989) and is also a film and television performer, a voice actor for video games, and a historian. AN INN AT TOKYO, the movie he will narrate, is a moving drama about the relationship between an unemployed father and an equally destitute single mother. Although Kataoka’s narration will be in Japanese, Ozu’s film has English subtitles, so will be entirely understandable to a non-Japanese-speaking audience. The movie, which also has a music track, will be presented in 35mm and lasts 80 minutes. Kataoka will answer audience questions after the screening. He leaves the next day for a series of performances at Harvard University. Admission to this special event is $11; members & CIA I.D. holders $9; age 25 & under $7 (with proof of age). No passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted. $11 and $9 tickets can be purchased in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/285725.