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Cinematheque . 6/5-7: Willem Dafoe in person, John Hubley animation & more!

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6/5-7: Willem Dafoe in person, John Hubley animation & more!

06/03/14  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Willem Dafoe to appear in person after screening of SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE
On Saturday night we welcome actor Willem Dafoe, who will appear in person to answer questions after a screening of E. Elias Merhige's 2000 film SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, which contains one of Dafoe's most celebrated performances (and earned him his second Oscar nomination). The movie is a fictionalized account of the filming of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 German silent horror classic Nosferatu. Dafoe plays Max Schreck, the star of Murnau’s film, who, in this reimagining, takes method acting to new heights—staying in character (and in his ghoulish makeup) throughout the shoot at a spooky Czech castle; terrorizing his co-stars by claiming he’s a real vampire; even eating bats! It’s an unforgettable performance by one of our finest actors, who will talk about his many memorable roles and performances in a wide-ranging Q&A session after the screening. Advance tickets to this event can be purchased until midnight Friday here. Tickets cost $20; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $15. Any remaining tickets -- including $12 tickets for those age 25 & under -- will be sold at the Cinematheque box office starting at 4:30 pm on Saturday, cash/check only. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no second film discount on Saturday. Here's the trailer for Shadow of the Vampire.

Oliver Stone's PLATOON earned Willem Dafoe his first Oscar nomination
Willem Dafoe earned his first Academy Award nomination for his performance in Oliver Stone's semiautobiographical 1986 classic PLATOON, about an inexperienced young soldier's shattering experiences during the Vietnam War. Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, and Johnny Depp co-star in this film that won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Director. See it in 35mm on Friday night at 7:00 pm.

Willem Dafoe stars in Abel Ferrara's 2007 account of a topless bar, GO GO TALES
Willem Dafoe, Bob Hoskins, Matthew Modine, and Asia Argento star in GO GO TALES, an unreleased-in-America 2007 Abel Ferrara comedy that was inspired by John Cassavetes' The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. The movie is set in a struggling topless club in downtown Manhattan, where the financially-strapped owner fights with his brother, while the dancers threaten a "strip strike." The New York Times called the film "a sincere and inspired meditation on art and creation, but in a loose, funny key." Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere -- in a 35mm archive print -- Friday at 9:20 pm.

Theo Angelopoulos' THE DUST OF TIME opens our Willem Dafoe Weekend Thursday night at the Capitol Theatre Willem Dafoe, Bruno Ganz, Michel Piccoli, and Irène Jacob star in THE DUST OF TIME, the last completed film by the late, great Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos. The second part of a planned trilogy that Angelopoulos was working on when he died in 2012 (2004’s virtuosic The Weeping Meadow was the first part), The Dust of Timefollows a Greek-American movie director (Dafoe) as he attempts to tell his mother’s life story on screen—specifically, her love for two men during an epic odyssey through Greece, the USSR, Germany, and America during the second half of the 20th century. As in other Angelopoulos historical dramas, the past parallels the present and time is a river of dreams, memories, and flashbacks. This major work has never been distributed in the U.S., so don’t miss a rare chance to see it on Thursday at 7:00 pm at the Capitol Theatre,1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Special admission is $12; Cinematheque members & CIA I.D. holders $9; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored. Advance $12 tickets can be purchased at Watch the Greek trailer for this mostly English-language movie here.

JOHN HUBLEY: A CENTENNIAL SALUTE pays tribute to the late, great animator
John Hubley (1914-1977) was an important American animator who worked at Disney during the 1930s and 1940s but later joined United Productions of America, where he created Mr. Magoo and helped pioneer UPA’s more contemporary and design-y style of “limited animation.” After running afoul of the House Committee for Un-American Activities in the early 1950s, he left UPA and founded his own independent animation company with his wife and fellow artist, Faith. There he won three Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Subject. On Friday and Saturday we will present JOHN HUBLEY: A CENTENNIAL SALUTE, a compilation consisting of eight films that final period of his career. All will be shown in restored 35mm color prints and most have memorable jazz scores (by Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, et al.). Program includes Adventures of an * (1957); The Tender Game (1958); the Oscar-winning Moonbird (1959); The Hat (1964); Urbanissimo (1967);Windy Day (1968); Of Men and Demons (1969); and Eggs (1971).Print this email and present it at the box office and see this show for only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print out)

New dark comedy CHEAP THRILLS fills the "To Be Announced" slot on June 13
E.L. Katz's CHEAP THRILLS will fill the TBA slot on Friday, June 13, at 9:25 pm. Winner of both the Audience Award and the prize for Best First Feature at SXSW 2013, this appallingly hilarious black comedy examines how low people will go for money. An auto mechanic and new father (Pat Healy) is laid off the same day he finds an eviction notice on his front door. He finds salvation at a local bar in the form of a bored, wealthy couple who are willing to pay a lot of cash if he will make good on a series of outrageous, escalating dares. David Koechner (Anchorman) co-stars. Here's the trailer.

This Week:

Willem Dafoe Weekend
(and one jazz program)

Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
Willem Dafoe Weekend!
Thu., June 8, at 7:00pm
Willem Dafoe in
Theo Angelopoulos'
Shown at the Capitol Theatre,
1390 W. 65th St. & Detroit

Fri., June 8, at 5:15pm
Sat., Mune 7, at 5:00pm
Classic animation, restored

Willem Dafoe Weekend!
Fri., June 6, at 7:00pm
Willem Dafoe in
Oliver Stone's

Willem Dafoe Weekend!
Fri., June 6, at 9:20pm
Willem Dafoe in
Abel Ferrara's

A Special Event!
An Evening with Willem Dafoe
Sat., June 7, at 7:00pm
Willem Dafoe is
Max Shreck (Nosferatu) in
Post-film Q&A with Willem Dafoe!

Next Week:

Thu., June 12, at 6:30pm

Thu., June 12, at 8:10pm

Fri., June 13, at 5:15pm
Sat., June 14, at 7:00pm

Fri., June 13, at 7:15pm
Sat., June 14, at 9:00pm

Fri., June 13, at 9:25pm

Imported 35mm Print!
Sat., June 14, at 5:00pm

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