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Cinematheque . 3/6-9: Jon Jost in person, Bettie Page Reveals All, The Pawnbroker & more!

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3/6-9: Jon Jost in person, Bettie Page Reveals All, The Pawnbroker & more!

03/05/14  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL is a frank, fascinating peek behind the pin-ups
1940s-50s pinup queen Bettie Page tells her own story on tape recordings made in the late '90s (a decade before her death) in BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL, a fascinating new account of a life and career that helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s-70s. Even when unclothed, Bettie almost always wore a smile. But her non-modeling life was not always happy, and in Mark Mori's movie she speaks frankly about it without regrets. The film includes vintage photos and film clips and interviews with Dita Von Teese, Hugh Hefner, and others. Adults can see it Saturday or Sunday. Here's the trailer.

Filmmaker Jon Jost appears in person with his latest feature COMING TO TERMS Jon Jost is one of the most independent and resourceful of American indie filmmakers, having directed 60+ low-budget films (half of them features) in a career spanning 50 years -- and the globe. Best known in the U.S. for his 1990 work All the Vermeers in New York, Jost was shown regularly at the Cinematheque in the early nineties. But when he moved overseas late in the decade, we lost track of his work. On Thursday night at 6:45 pm Jost will appear in person to present his latest feature, COMING TO TERMS. It's the tale of a dying man (played by experimental filmmaker James Benning) who summons his broken family (two sons he hasn’t spoken to in years, and their two mothers) to his side. Jost will answer audience questions after the screening. Special admission is $10; members & CIA I.D. holders $8; age 25 & under $7; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be honored. Jost will also appear on Friday night, showing one of his older films. See next listing.

Jon Jost to present his 1977 indie road movie LAST CHANTS FOR A SLOW DANCE LAST CHANTS FOR A SLOW DANCE (1977) is Jon Jost’s first narrative feature and one of his most important works. (See previous paragraph.) Allegedly inspired by the life of Gary Gilmore, it's a minimalist road movie that dissects macho behavior. The film follows an unemployed cowboy drifter (Tom Blair) who is estranged from his wife and kids as he drives across Montana in his pickup in a half-hearted attempt to find a job. Jost not only wrote, shot, and edited the film; he also penned the country songs heard in it. Jost will appear in person to answer questions after the 7:30 pm screening on Friday night. Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum calls Last Chants for a Slow Dance "my own favorite among Jon Jost's experimental narratives…Powerful and provocative.” Special admission is $10; members & CIA I.D. holders $8; age 25 & under $7; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be honored.

Rod Steiger is unforgettable as Sidney Lumet's THE PAWNBROKER
In Sidney Lumet's 1964 drama THE PAWNBROKER, Rod Steiger plays a benumbed, emotionally withdrawn concentration camp survivor who runs a pawnshop in a rough section of Harlem. This powerful film, which made Steiger an A-list movie star, contains flashes of nudity that pushed the limits of 1964’s Motion Picture Production Code; in 2008 it was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, and Raymond St. Jacques co-star; Quincy Jones did the music. See The Pawnbroker in a 35mm print on Saturday or Sunday. Watch the original trailer here.

Ingrid Bergman stars in Roberto Rossellini's rarely shown EUROPA '51
EUROPA '51, Ingrid Bergman’s second film with Roberto Rossellini, was reputedly the director’s favorite of all his movies. Bergman plays an American society woman in Rome who decides to dedicate her life to the poor and the sick after she suffers a shattering family tragedy. But because Rossellini wanted to demonstrate the difficulty of being a modern saint, she pays a hefty price for her newfound altruism. Giulietta Masina (La Strada, Juliet of the Spirits) co-stars. See this classic in a new digital restoration on Saturday or Sunday. (We will show the 109-min. English version on Saturday, and the 118-min. Italian version on Sunday.) 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)

Tim Harry, John Ewing reveal 38th Cleveland Int'l Film Festival picks
Here are the films showing in the upcoming 38th Cleveland International Film Festival (March 19-30 at Tower City Cinemas, downtown) that Cinematheque director John Ewing and assistant director Tim Harry are most excited about seeing. John Ewing's Top Ten: Borgman, Club Sandwich, The Congress, The Dog, Ernest & Celestine, GriGris, Ilo Ilo, The Missing Picture, Stranger by the Lake, We Are the Best! Tim Harry's: An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, Ernest & Celestine, Levitated Mass, Marmato, Mood Indigo, R100, Stranger by the Lake, Walesa Man of Hope, We Are the Best!, Wetlands.


Thu., March 6, at 6:45pm
James Benning in
Jon Jost's
Filmmaker Jon Jost in Person!

Fri., March 7, at 7:30pm
Jon Jost's
Filmmaker Jon Jost in Person!

Sat., March 8, at 5:00pm
Sun., March 9, at 4:00pm
Ingrid Bergman in
Roberto Rossellini's

Sat., March 8, at 7:10pm
Sun., March 9, at 8:30pm
Rod Steiger in
Sidney Lumet's

Sat., March 8, at 9:30pm
Sun., March 9, at 6:30pm
New doc on pin-up queen


Thu., March 13, at 6:45pm
Sat., March 15, at 9:45pm

Thu., March 13, at 9:00pm
Fri., March 14, at 7:30pm

Fri., March 14, at 9:20pm
Sun., March 16, at 4:30pm

Sat., March 15, at 5:15pm
Sun., March 14, at 6:30pm

Sat., March 15, at 7:00pm

Sun., March 16, at 8:15pm

A Special Event!
Eric Grayson presents
Mon., March 17, at 7:30pm

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