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Cinematheque . 10/3-6: Melville's final film, Porco Rosso, Flaming Creatures & more!

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10/3-6: Melville's final film, Porco Rosso, Flaming Creatures & more!

10/01/13  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Catherine Deneuve and Alain Delon star in Melville's final film UN FLIC (A COP)
Catherine Deneuve, Alain Delon, and Richard Crenna star in UN FLIC (A COP), the final film by crime-movie master Jean-Pierre Melville (LE SAMOURAI, ARMY OF SHADOWS). It’s a typically Melvillian account of friendship and betrayal among a cop, a shady nightclub owner, and the beautiful woman involved with both of them. Critic J. Hoberman has written: “High priest of tough-guy mysticism and master of the attitudinous gangster thriller, Melville not only anticipated the French new wave but served as a model for the neo new wave of Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino and Wong Kar-wai.” See this 1972 French film (also known as DIRTY MONEY) in a new 35mm color print on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Move over, Red Baron. Make way for Miyazaki's PORCO ROSSO (THE RED PIG)
Hayao Miyazaki's 1992 Japanese animated film PORCO ROSSO (THE RED PIG) is the director's rarest major feature. It follows a decorated WWI flying ace-turned-pig (the result of a mysterious spell) who battles sky pirates over the Adriatic Sea in the years preceding WWII. This high-flying adventure was Japan’s highest grossing film of 1993. The Time Out Film Guide calls it "as stirring as CASABLANCA and sophisticated as ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS…A sublime chivalric fable.” See it in its English language version (voices by Michael Keaton, Brad Garrett, et al.) in 35mm on Thursday or Friday.

Chantal Akerman's landmark JEANNE DIELMAN receives rare screening
On Sunday night, as a warm-up for filmmaker Chantal Akerman’s personal appearance on Oct. 19, we present her seminal 1975 film JEANNE DIELMAN, which “changed the face of contemporary European cinema” (J. Hoberman). Rarely screened theatrically due to its extreme length, this groundbreaking masterpiece focuses on a middle-aged Belgian woman (Delphine Seyrig), living in a modest, tidy apartment, who matter-of-factly tackles her daily chores: cooking, cleaning, shopping—and receiving one anonymous man a day who pays for sex. Jeanne’s quotidian existence progresses like clockwork, and she remains placid, unruffled, and efficient—until a break in routine triggers a descent into disorder, and worse. Special admission to this 200-min. movie is $10; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $8; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Ozu's RECORD OF A TENEMENT GENTLEMAN continues Japanese series
Never before shown at the Cinematheque, Yasujiro Ozu's postwar comedy-drama RECORD OF A TENEMENT GENTLEMAN (1947) tells of a widow who takes in a young boy found on the streets. Ozu regular Chishu Ryu sings in this one! Garrett L. Morgan, visiting assistant professor of history at Oberlin College, will introduce the film on Thursday and lead a post-film discussion. This is the second film in our series "Rarely Seen Gems of Japanese Cinema." Those with CWRU I.D.s will be admitted for $7. Others can print this email and present it at the box office and also pay only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week.(Limit two discount admissions per print-out)

HUMANITY AND PAPER BALLOONS follows down-and-out samurai
Sadao Yamanaka's 1937 period drama HUMANITY AND PAPER BALLOONS is the greatest work by a promising young Japanese filmmaker of the 1930s who died in Manchuria (at age 29) 13 months after his masterpiece was released. Set in 18th-century Edo (Tokyo), the film is a compassionate portrait of an unemployed samurai, his wife, and their impoverished neighbors—all leading hardscrabble lives in a shabby slum plagued by crime, where notions of heroism and honor have lost their meaning. Kimberly Kono, assistant professor of Japanese at Smith College and visiting associate professor at CWRU, will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion. Don't miss it (in a 35mm subtitled print from Japan) on Saturday. Those with CWRU I.D.'s will be admitted for $7.

Now 50, FLAMING CREATURES has not lost its sexual mojo
Critic J. Hoberman calls Jack Smith’s scandalous 1963 firebomb FLAMING CREATURES “the most liberating Underground movie of the sixties…also the most notorious.” (It was banned repeatedly.) Inspired by such trashy and exotic 1940s Technicolor fantasies as COBRA WOMAN and ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, the movie depicts a makeshift harem where an odd assortment of transvestites and women play “dress up” and thrash around, half naked, in a nonstop orgiastic frenzy. David Ehrenstein calls FLAMING CREATURES "the most important avant-garde film ever made in America.” Adults can see it Saturday night, when it will be preceded by Barbara’s Rubin’s controversial, confrontational, double-screen projection of sex and genitalia, "Christmas on Earth," another underground classic marking its 50th anniversary this year. No one under 18 will be admitted to this program which is supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.

This Week:

Thu., Oct. 3, at 6:30pm
Rarely Seen Gems of
Japanese Cinema
Yasujiro Ozu's RECORD OF
Introduced by Oberlin
professor Garrett L. Morgan
CWRU I.D. holders $7

Thu., Oct. 3, at 8:45pm
Fri., Oct. 4, at 7:30pm
Hayao Miyazaki's PORCO ROSSO
English Language Version

Fri., Oct. 4, at 9:25pm
Sat., Oct. 5, at 7:30pm
Sun., Oct. 6, at 4:00pm
Catherine Deneuve &
Alain Delon in
Jean-Pierre Melville's

Sat., Oct. 5, at 5:00pm
Rarely Seen Gems of
Japanese Cinema
1937 masterpiece
Introduced by CWRU
professor Kimberly Kono
CWRU I.D. holders $7

Sat., Oct. 5, at 9:30pm
Jack Smith's
Shown with Barbara Rubin's
"Christmas on Earth"
No one under 18 admitted!

Sun., Oct. 6, at 6:30pm
Chantal Akerman's
Tickets $10/$8/$7

Next Week:

Thu., Oct. 10, at 6:45pm
Fri., Oct. 11, at 9:35pm

Thu., Oct. 10, at 8:35pm
Fri., Oct. 11, at 7:00pm
Sun., Oct. 13, at 8:25pm

Rarely Seen Gems of
Japanese Cinema
Sat., Oct. 12, at 5:00pm

Sat., Oct. 12, at 7:35pm
Sun., Oct. 13, at 4:15pm

Sat., Oct. 12, at 9:25pm
Sun., Oct. 13, at 6:30pm

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