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Cinematheque . 1/15-18: Sundance shorts, Wm. S. Burroughs, Jason Schwartzman, Penn State scandal & more!

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1/15-18: Sundance shorts, Wm. S. Burroughs, Jason Schwartzman, Penn State scandal & more!

01/15/15  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

College caper THE WILD PARTY proves that even 1929 girls just wanted to have fun
The silent era's sensationally popular “It” girl Clara Bow made her talkie debut in THE WILD PARTY, a 1929 Pre-Code movie by pioneering female filmmaker Dorothy Arzner. Bow plays a student at an all-girl college where passion and partying take precedence over schoolwork, especially with professors as hot as Fredric March. See this film that film critic Leonard Maltin calls “great fun” in a 35mm print from the Universal Pictures studio archive on Saturday or Sunday. Special admission is $10; members and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILMS includes eight miniature gems
In last year’s program of SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILMS, we showed the original Whiplash short that was expanded into this year’s acclaimed WHIPLASH feature. This year's compilation of superb Sundance live-action minis includes eight movies from the 2014 festival, among them: Afronauts, about Zambian exiles who try to beat America to the moon in 1969; Dawn, an account of a sheltered teenager from director Rose McGowan; and Verbatim, an uproarious, unbelievable (but 100% true) comedy in which a lawyer tries to establish whether a government employee has ever used a photocopier. (The dialogue is lifted word for word from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio!) For complete program info, visit Catch this program on Saturday or Sunday.

Jason Schwartzman stars in literate new indie comedy-drama LISTEN UP PHILIP
In Alex Ross Perry's new comedy-drama LISTEN UP PHILIP, an arrogant, self-centered, disagreeable young writer (Jason Schwartzman) abandons New York City and his live-in photographer girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss) for a rural sojourn at the upstate summer home of a celebrated, Philip Rothian novelist (Jonathan Pryce), one of his idols. This literate, well-acted movie from fast-rising writer-director Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel) “formally announces Perry as one of the most promising young talents on the indie scene" (Variety). Has an 84% “fresh rating” on! Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Thursday or Friday. Here's the trailer.

Paterno/Sandusky/Penn State football scandal revisited in HAPPY VALLEY
Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, and State College, PA, are all put on trial in HAPPY VALLEY, a multifaceted examination of the recent Penn State child sex abuse scandal from Amir Bar-Lev, director of The Tillman Story. The New Yorker hails it as "a devastating portrait of a community—and, by extension, a nation—put under a spell, even reduced to grateful infantilism, by the game of football.” Catch it 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) Watch the trailer here.

BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE is definitive screen portrait of "Naked Lunch" author
Long feared lost but recently rediscovered and digitally restored, BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE is the definitive screen biography of William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch). Howard Brookner's film began life as an NYU thesis film (Jim Jarmusch did the sound) but became a critical and art house hit around the world. Burroughs, who died in 1997, participated fully in the project, and the movie features interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Terry Southern, and others. We revive it on Saturday and Sunday. Here's the trailer.

Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman coming next week!
Frederick Wiseman, the dean of America’s documentary filmmakers, is coming to the Cinematheque on Sunday, January 25, at 1:00 pm for a program entitled AN AFTERNOON WITH FREDERICK WISEMAN. The legendary moviemaker, who has directed 40 feature-length documentaries in a career spanning almost 50 years, and whose latest film NATIONAL GALLERY is turning up on many Ten Best lists for 2014, will answer audience questions after a series of clips from some of his films. Tickets to the event cost $25; Cinematheque members and CIA students and staff $20; ages 25 & under $12. $25 and $20 tickets can be purchased in advance at

“There can be little doubt that Frederick Wiseman is the greatest American filmmaker alive,” says Cinema Scope magazine. “He is for modern U.S. cinema what John Ford was for the classical era.” Wiseman’s lifelong work has been to chronicle the inner workings of American institutions—schools, hospitals, police departments, prisons, army outposts, and art institutions, to name just a few. He does this by visiting a place for a period of weeks, recording what he sees there, and then editing his hours and hours of raw footage down to a “movie” (in his words) that can last anywhere between 90 minutes and six hours. Wiseman’s “fly-on-the-wall” aesthetic shuns voiceover narration, interviews, explanatory titles, and graphics. He says he seeks only to assemble individual dramatic episodes into a condensed work that has “rhythm and structure” and is “fair” to the subjects portrayed. Wiseman, now 85, has won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship and a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.

Trained as a lawyer, Wiseman burst upon the film scene with his very first film, TITICUT FOLLIES (1967), an unflinching and inflammatory behind-the-bars looks at Massachusetts’ Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane. The movie was banned by state courts for 20 years, allegedly because it violated the patients/inmates’ privacy and dignity. But what it really did was show how Massachusetts was bullying and abusing people in its care. TITICUT FOLLIES remains the only American movie ever banned from general distribution for reasons other than obscenity, immorality, or national security. We will show it (in Wiseman’s own 35mm print) the night before the director’s appearance, on Saturday, January 24, at 8:35 pm. Tickets to that film (at the door only) cost $12; members and those age 25 & under $9.

This Weekend

Thu., Jan. 15, at 6:45pm
Fri., Jan. 16, at 9:25pm
Exposé of Penn State football

Thu., Jan. 15, at 8:45pm
Fri., Jan. 16, at 7:15pm
Jason Schwartzman in

Sat., Jan. 17, at 5:15pm
Sun., Jan. 18, at 6:30pm
Clara Bow, Fredric March
in Pre-Code classic

Sat., Jany 17, at 6:55pm
Sun., Jan. 18, at 4:15pm
Eight new mini-movies

Sat., Jan. 17, at 8:50pm
Sun., Jan. 18, at 8:10pm
Unseen for 30 years!

Next Week

Thu., Jan. 22, at 6:45pm
Fri., Jan. 23, at 9:55pm

Thu., Jan. 22, at 8:40pm
Sun., Jan. 25, at 4:15pm

Fri., Jan. 23, at 7:00pm
Sun., Jan. 25, at 8:20pm

Fri., Jan. 23, at 8:25pm
Sat., Jan. 24, at 7:05pm

Sat., Jan. 24, at 5:15pm
Sun., Jan. 25, at 6:30pm

Sat., Jan. 24, at 8:35pm

Sun., Jan. 25, at 1:00pm

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