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Cinematheque . 2/14-19: Holy Motors, When Harry Met Sally..., Force of Evil & more!

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2/14-19: Holy Motors, When Harry Met Sally..., Force of Evil & more!

02/13/13  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY is for lovers -- and for anybody else who likes to laugh!
For Valentine’s Day we present a rare theatrical screening of Rob Reiner's beloved 1989 romantic comedy WHEN HARRY MET SALLY..., written by the late Nora Ephron. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal play college acquaintances who become friends, confidants, and eventually lovers over a period of years. The film features music by Harry Connick, Jr., Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and others. See it in a 35mm color print on Thursday or Friday.

French crime film MAX AND THE JUNKMEN premieres in America after 40+ years
Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider star in MAX AND THE JUNKMEN (MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS), a 1971 French crime film by Claude Sautet (A SIMPLE STORY, UN COEUR EN HIVER/A HEART IN WINTER) that was never released in America until just last year. Piccoli plays Max, a determined police detective who poses as a wealthy banker in order to lure a gang of thieves into committing a heist. During the robbery he plans to catch them red-handed. Unfortunately, a high-class prostitute played by Schneider, who's involved with both Max and the gang’s ringleader, gums up the works. When MAX premiered in New York a few months ago, Time Out magazine awarded it four stars, calling it "a gleefully seedy study of lowlifes on both sides of the law.” Catch its first Cleveland showings -- in a 35mm color print -- on Saturday or Sunday. Here's the original trailer.

Denis Lavant stars in Leos Carax's HOLY MOTORS, one of 2012's must-sees!
Leos Carax’s fifth feature HOLY MOTORS is one of 2012’s must-see movies, with an overall rating of 84 (out of 100)! The always amazing Denis Lavant plays a mysterious French businessman in a stretch limo who spends a day donning different disguises for a surreal series of theatrical “appointments" -- playing different roles in scenes around Paris that evoke various film genres and famous movies. Called "the coolest and strangest movie of the year” by Salon and hailed by some as the best film at last year's Cannes Film Festival, HOLY MOTORS is a feast for film fanatics. See in in 35mm on Thursday or Sunday. Watch the great trailer here.

Comedy MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS is a Studio Ghibli film unlike any other
In his charming 1999 Japanese animated feature MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata breaks from his company’s tradition of mythic, larger-than-life stories to recount the everyday activities of an ordinary Japanese family—husband, wife, son, daughter, mother-in-law, and dog. He also departs from the studio’s detailed, saturated cel animation for a faster, more fluid, minimalist style inspired by comic strip sketches and pastel-colored watercolors. (It was the first Studio Ghibli feature created entirely on computers.) The Time Out Film Guide says,“If there’s an American analogy [to this film], it’s The Simpsons.” Catch the movie's exclusive Cleveland theatrical premiere in a 35mm subtitled print on Saturday or Sunday.

John Garfield stars in 1948 noir FORCE OF EVIL, shown in restored print from UCLA
John Garfield stars in Abraham Polonsky's 1948 drama FORCE OF EVIL, a beautifully shot film noir that was one of the first 150 films selected for the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. Garfield plays Joe Morse, a lawyer working for a powerful gangster intent on consolidating and controlling the New York numbers racket. But one of the small operations targeted for takeover is run by Morse’s older brother, and he prizes his independence. This Cain and Abel story was the first film directed by Polonsky, a celebrated screenwriter who was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. (He didn’t direct his second movie until 1969!) Called "one of the great films noirs” by The Rough Guide to Film, FORCE OF EVIL will be shown in a 35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive on Saturday only. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Archive Council.

Digital restoration of 1938 French classic PORT OF SHADOWS shows at the Capitol
Seven years before they collaborated on CHILDREN OF PARADISE, filmmaker Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert made PORT OF SHADOWS (LE QUAI DES BRUMES), the quintessential work of pre-war poetic fatalsim and one of the most iconic French films of the 1930s. Set in the foggy port city of Le Havre, this moody 1938 masterpiece stars Jean Gabin (GRAND ILLUSION) as a broke, hungry, world-weary army deserter who hopes to hop a freighter out of France. At a lonely bar on the edge of town, he befriends a mysterious teenager (Michèle Morgan) who is also trying to get away—in her case from a “guardian” and assorted other men. Can these two fugitives escape together and begin life anew? Michel Simon and Pierre Brasseur co-star in this iconic classic that Time Out New York in 2012 called "pre-war perfection," awarding it five stars, their highest rating. On Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm, the Cinematheque will present a 75th anniversary digital restoration of PORT OF SHADOWS (with newly translated subtitles) on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored. $9 tickets can be purchased in advance at

This Weekend

Thu., Feb. 14, at 6:45pm
Fri., Feb. 15, at 9:15pm
For Valentine's Day!

Thu., Feb. 14, at 8:45pm
Sun. Feb. 17, at 8:35pm
Denis Lavant in
Leos Carax's

Sat., Feb. 16, at 5:15pm
John Garfield in
film noir classic
Restored 35mm print from UCLA Film Archive!

Sat., Feb. 16, at 6:55pm
Sun., Feb. 17, at 4:00pm
Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider
in 1971 French crime film

Sat., Feb. 16, at 9:10pm
Sun., Feb. 17, at 6:30pm
From Studio Ghibli

Tue., Feb. 19, at 7:00pm
Special Offsite Event!
Jean Gabin in
Marcel Carne's
Shown at the Capitol Theatre,
W. 65th & Detroit Ave.

Next Week

Thu., Feb. 21, at 6:45pm
Fri., Feb. 22, at 9:45pm

Thu., Feb. 21, at 8:55pm
Fri., Feb. 22, at 7:30pm

Sat., Feb. 23, at 5:15pm

Sat., Feb. 23, at 7:05pm
Sun., Feb. 24, at 4:30pm

Sat., Feb. 23, at 9:05pm
Sun., Feb. 24, at 3:00pm

Sun., Feb. 24,
4:30pm to midnight
Oscar watch party and benefit at the Cinematheque and Nighttown Restaurant (includes 4:30pm screening of film "Sister")

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