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Cinematheque . 9/26-30: The Alloy Orchestra in person, rare Mizoguchi & much, much more!

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9/26-30: The Alloy Orchestra in person, rare Mizoguchi & much, much more!

09/24/13  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

The Alloy Orchestra accompanies Fritz Lang's complete METROPOLIS
The late Roger Ebert called Boston’s Alloy Orchestra “the best in the world at accompanying silent films.” This weekend this internationally known trio—Terry Donahue, Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Ken Winokur—performs three different shows, starting with their signature score for Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi spectacle METROPOLIS on Saturday night at 8pm. Though the Alloy has accompanied this movie at the Cinematheque before, this time (for the first time on Cleveland’s East Side) they will lend their distinctive mix of clarinet, accordion, electronics, and junk metal percussion to the 2010 restoration of Lang’s futuristic epic, which is 25 minutes (and 25%) longer than all previous restored versions. Finally this exciting and visually stunning tale—set in a gleaming futuristic city where the wealthy lead lives of luxury above ground while worker drones toil on machinery underground, and where a robot-led revolt threatens both classes—makes total sense! Truly unmissable! Special admission is $20; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $15; age 25 & under $12; no passes, twofers, or radio winners and no second-film discount tonight. Advance $20 & $15 tickets are available here. Door sales are cash/check only. See the next two blurbs for the two additional Alloy Orchestra performances.

The Alloy Orchestra accompanies THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
On Sunday at 4 pm Boston’s Alloy Orchestra (see previous blurb) presents the Cleveland premiere of its original score for the Lon Chaney 1925 silent horror classic THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. This is the movie that spawned numerous remakes and the hit Broadway musical. It tells of a mysterious masked man (Chaney) who lives in the bowels of the Paris Opera House. The movie will be shown in a gorgeous new color-tinted 35mm print that also restores the original two-strip Technicolor of the masquerade ball sequence. Special admission is $15; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $12; age 25 & under $10; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Advance $15 & $12 tickets are available here. Door sales are cash/check only. See next blurb for another Lon Chaney silent film accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra.

The Alloy Orchestra accompanies Lon Chaney silent HE WHO GETS SLAPPED
The latest score by the Alloy Orchestra (see METROPOLIS above) premiered at this year's Telluride Film Festival. It's for HE WHO GETS SLAPPED, a little-known but sensational 1924 silent melodrama made in Hollywood by the great Swedish director Victor Sjöstrom (THE WIND, THE PHANTOM CHARIOT). Lon Chaney (see previous blurb), the "Man of a Thousand Faces," plays a brilliant scientist who loses both his groundbreaking research and his wife to a dishonest man. Wounded, he joins the circus and becomes a sad clown who wears his heart on his sleeve and suffers repeated humiliation and abuse—to the delight of hundreds of spectators. This piercing, Pagliacci-style fable may have inspired Sternberg's THE BLUE ANGEL and Bergman's THE NAKED NIGHT/SAWDUST AND TINSEL. Norma Shearer and John Gilbert co-star. See it Sunday at 7pm in a newly restored version from the George Eastman House. Special admission is $15; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $12; age 25 & under (and those who paid to see PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at 4 pm) $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Mizoguchi's MISS OYU opens series of rarely seen Japanese gems
A young Japanese man falls in love with his fiancée’s widowed sister (Kinuyo Tanaka) in MISS OYU, an exquisite 1951 romance by the great Kenji Mizoguchi. Never before shown at the Cinematheque, this little known classic from Mizoguchi’s greatest decade (his next five films included THE LIFE OF OHARU, UGETSU, and SANSHO THE BAILIFF) shows off his stunning pictorial sense and his sympathy for women. On Saturday at 5pm you can see it in a 35mm print imported from Japan when it kicks off our four-film series "Rarely Seen Gems of Japanese Cinema." Linda Ehrlich, associate professor of Japanese and cinema at CWRU (and the co-curator of the series), will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion. CWRU I.D. holders will be admitted for $7.

Greta Gerwig shines in Noah Baumbach's funny and moving indie hit FRANCES HA
Indie movie fixture Greta Gerwig may finally have found stardom thanks to her performance in FRANCES HA, a delightful, touching, and acclaimed new comedy-drama from Noah Baumbach, the director of THE SQUID AND THE WHALE. Gerwig plays a ditzy but endearing 27-year-old New Yorker whose dance career is not going especially well and who loses her roommate and apartment early in the film. The movie chronicles her funny, gauche, and fumbling attempts to find her place in the city—and in the world. Watch the trailer for this French New Wave-influenced film here and then see all of FRANCES HA in 35mm on Thursday or Friday. Print this email and present it at the box office and pay only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out)

Apprentice witch transports baked goods in Miyazaki's KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE
Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 Japanese animated feature KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE is a coming-of-age comedy focusing on a broomstick-riding, 13-year-old witch-in-training. But she's a good witch who leaves home with her loquacious black cat to spend a year doing good deeds in a far-off seaside city. Kiki sets up a delivery service with a local baker, but discovers that self-doubt and insecurity threaten her aerial abilities. Kirsten Dunst, Debbie Reynolds, and others did the voices for the English language version we will show from 35mm on Thursday and Friday. Moviegoers who are 25 & under pay only $6.

Cinematheque presents Danish thriller A HIJACKING at John Carroll University
On Monday night the Cinematheque travels to John Carroll University to present the East Side Cleveland premiere of one of the most acclaimed and exciting movies of 2013, the Danish drama A HIJACKING. (It has a 96% “fresh” rating on The film chronicles what happens when a Danish cargo ship is hijacked in the Indian Ocean by Somali pirates and the crew held hostage. The movie delineates the tense, delicate negotiations by crosscutting between the besieged vessel and the shipping company’s corporate offices in Denmark. Tobias Lindholm, who wrote and directed this nail-biter, also co-wrote the terrific Danish drama THE HUNT. The Wall St. Journal observed: “If A HIJACKING was in English, or if U.S. audiences weren't finicky about reading subtitles, or if life was fair, this brilliant thriller…would be playing on multiplex screens throughout the country.” Don't miss it Monday at 7 pm in JCU's Dolan Science Center Auditorium, 20700 North Park Blvd. in University Heights. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Science Center. Regular admission prices apply, but JCU I.D. holders will be admitted free. Watch the trailer here

This Week:

Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
Tue., Sept. 24, at 7:00pm
Jean Gabin in
1956 French comedy
Shown at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave.
Tickets $10/$8/$7

Thu., Sept. 26, at 6:45pm
Fri., Sept. 27, at 9:35pm
Greta Gerwig in
Noah Baumbach's

Thu., Sept. 24, at 8:35pm
Fri., Sept. 27, at 7:30pm
Hayao Miyazaki's

Sat., Sept. 28, at 5:00pm
Kenji Mizoguchi's
Introduced by Linda Ehrlich

Sat., Sept. 28, at 8:00pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
Fritz Lang's
Tickets $20/$15/$12

Sun., Sept. 29, at 4:00pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
Lon Chaney in
Tickets $15/$12/$10

Sun., Sept. 29, at 7:00pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
Lon Chaney in
Victor Sjostrom's
Tickets $15/$12/$8

Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at John Carroll University
Mon., Sept. 30, at 7:00pm
Danish nail-biter
Shown in JCU's Dolan Science Center Auditorium
Regular admission prices apply; JCU I.D. holders admitted free.

Next Week:

Thu., Oct. 3, at 6:30pm
Rarely Seen Gems of Japanese Cinema
Oberlin professor Garrett L. Morgan introduces

Thu., Oct. 3, at 8:45pm
Fri., Oct. 4, at 7:30 pm

Fri., Oct. 4, at 9:25pm
Sat., Oct. 5, at 7:30pm
Sun., Oct. 6, at 4:00pm

Sat., Oct. 5, at 5:00pm
Rarely Seen Gems of Japanese Cinema
CWRU professor Kimberly Kono introduces

Sat., Oct. 5, at 9:30pm

Sun., Oct. 6, at 6:30pm

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