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Cinematheque . 11/14- 17: Rolling Stones film CS BLUES, LA STRADA, short films & more!

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11/14- 17: Rolling Stones film CS BLUES, LA STRADA, short films & more!

11/12/13  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Unreleased Rolling Stones film CS BLUES receives rare screening
On Friday at 9:15 pm we present an ultra-rare screening of a legendary, never released, nigh-impossible-to-see Rolling Stones movie made by fabled photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank (The Americans) in 1972. Often called CS BLUES, the movie's real name might not get past your spam filter -- so we are using the PG version. In the film Frank follows the Stones as they tour North America promoting their album Exile on Main St. -- their first cross-country U.S. tour since Altamont. Though the band commissioned the movie—expecting a frank (so to speak), unvarnished portrait of rock ‘n’ roll life on the road—what they got proved so objectionable (sex and drugs and loneliness and boredom) that they ordered the movie shelved. CS BLUES remains unreleased to this day, though special archival screenings (like ours) are occasionally allowed. Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Terry Southern, Stevie Wonder, and others appear in it. It's for adults only. Special admission is $15; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $12; age 25 & under $10. No passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted and there will be no second film discount on Friday night. Advance tickets are available through Thursday at (Search under "CS BLUES.") CS BLUES is © Robert Frank, 1972, distributed by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Above photo © Promotour BV, Directed by Robert Frank.

Pope Francis's all-time favorte movie, Federico Fellini's LA STRADA, is shown
In a September interview, Pope Francis mentioned that his all-time favorite movie is LA STRADA. This moving 1954 Fellini fable charts the tragicomic relationship between a brutish, itinerant circus strongman (Anthony Quinn) and a simple, innocent waif (Giulietta Masina, Fellini’s wife) whom he buys, employs as a clown, and exploits as a slave. Donald Cozzens, a prominent priest, author, and John Carroll University professor, will lead a discussion after Thursday night's screening. Special admission is $10; members and CIA I.D. holders $8; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted.

Tony Leung is THE GRANDMASTER in Wong Kar Wai's dazzling new film
Wong Kar Wai's breathtakingly beautiful, gloriously stylized new film THE GRANDMASTER recounts the life, love, and career of Chinese martial arts master Ip Man (1893-1972), who, among other achievements, taught Bruce Lee. Tony Leung (In the Mood for Love) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) star in the movie, which makes its Cleveland debut in 35mm on Friday and Saturday. Print this email and present it at the box office and see THE GRANDMASTER for only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out)

HANNAH ARENDT recounts life of controversial German-Jewish writer
HANNAH ARENDT is the new film from Margarethe von Trotta, director of the 2009 Hildegard von Bingen drama Vision. It's another biopic -- this time about the German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist who coined the term "the banality of evil" and made lots of enemies with her nuanced coverage of the notorious 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Barbara Sukowa stars. See it Saturday night.

Lubitsch's TROUBLE IN PARADISE is a deliciously amoral pre-Code comedy
In Ernst Lubitsch’s celebrated 1932 pre-Code romantic comedy TROUBLE IN PARADISE, a master thief (Herbert Marshall) and a beautiful pickpocket (Miriam Hopkins), both masquerading as European nobility, join forces to rob a wealthy perfume manufacturer (Kay Francis). This amoral hit was withdrawn from circulation when the Motion Picture Production Code went into effect in 1934, and remained shelved until 1968. Don't miss this comic masterpiece (in a 35mm print from the Universal Pictures Studio Archive) when we show it on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday Dr. Philip Skerry, Emeritus Professor at Lakeland Community College, will introduce the film starting at 4pm.

Five avant-garde classics show in program EXPERIMENTAL FILMS FROM 1963
1963 saw the debut of some great American underground movies (including Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures and Barbara Rubin's Christmas on Earth, both shown in October). On Sunday we present five of them in the program EXPERIMENTAL FILMS FROM 1963. All five are by major American avant-gardists, and all are on 16mm film: Kenneth Anger's motorcycle masterpiece Scorpio Rising, an account of "Thanatos in chrome and black leather"; Bruce Baillie's lyrical To Parsifal; Stan Brakhage's camera-less Mothlight; Will Hindle's ecstatic Non Catholicam; and Marie Menken's years-in-the-making Notebook. Free pizza and beverages will be provided to attendees. This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.

Three rising directors and Filmmaker magazine editor appear in person as part of 25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM
Since 1998 the quarterly publication Filmmaker has printed an annual list of “25 New Faces of Indie Film” to spotlight notable industry up-and-comers. (Past honorees have included actors Ryan Gosling and Hilary Swank and directors Miranda July and Lena Dunham, among many others.) This year, for the first time, the list is being supplemented by a national tour featuring three of the “new faces” (all directors) and Filmmaker editor Nick Dawson. The Cinematheque is proud to be one of the art houses selected to host the "25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM” TRAVELING ROADSHOW, which passes through Cleveland on Sunday and consists of a screening of three short films by the trio of rising directors and a post-screening discussion of indie cinema with all four guests. The movies to be shown are Needle by Iran’s Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, a tale of ear piercing that won the prize for Best Student Film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; The Surveyor, a nightmarish anti-Western by Washington state resident Scott Blake; and Refuge, a futuristic Iran-America political thriller by Tehran-born Californian Mo Gorjestani. More details about these films and guests—and the 22 other “new faces”—can be found at Program sponsored by Sony Creative Software and ARRI.

This Week:

Thu., Nov. 14, at 7pm
A Special Event!
Donald Cozzens discusses
Federico Fellini's
Tix $10/$8/$7

Fri., Nov. 15, at 7pm
Sat., Nov. 16, at 9:15pm
Wong Kar Wai's

A Special Event!
Fri., Nov. 15, at 9:15pm
The Rolling Stones in
Robert Frank's
Tix $15/$12/$10

Sat., Nov. 16, at 5:15pm
Sun., Nov. 17, at 4pm
Ernst Lubitsch's

Sat., Nov. 16, at 7pm
Margarethe von Trotta's

Sun., Nov. 17, at 6:15pm
Free pizza and beverages!

Sun., Nov. 17, at 8pm
A Special Event!
Filmmakers in Person!
Post-Screening Discussion!
Filmmaker Magazine presents

Next Week:

A Special Event!
Miranda July in Person!
Wed., Nov. 20, at 7:30pm

Thu., Nov. 21, at 6:45pm
Sun., Nov. 24, at 6:30pm

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

Fri., Nov. 22, at 9:40pm
Sat., Nov. 23, at 7:05pm

Sat., Nov. 23, at 5:15pm
Sun., Nov. 24, at 8:15pm

Sat., Nov. 23, at 9pm
Sun., Nov. 24, at 4pm

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