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Cinematheque . 1/22-25: Frederick Wiseman in person, 3 great new docs, two Pre-Code classics & more!

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1/22-25: Frederick Wiseman in person, 3 great new docs, two Pre-Code classics & more!

01/20/15  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman appears in person Sunday at 1:00 pm!
Frederick Wiseman, who has directed over 40 documentary features since the late 1960s, is not only one of America’s greatest nonfiction filmmakers; he is one of America’s greatest filmmakers, period. On Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm the director of High School, Hospital, Law and Order, La Danse, National Gallery, and many others will appear in person during AN AFTERNOON WITH FREDERICK WISEMAN. In between clips from some of his film, Wiseman will talk and answer audience questions about his illustrious career, which has been spent, for the most part, documenting the inner workings of American institutions. Admission to this special event is $25; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $20; age 25 & under $12. No passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted or honored. $25 and $20 tickets can be purchased in advance here. $12 tickets will be sold only at the door, cash/check only. See next blurb for Wiseman's first film,Titicut Follies, which we show the evening before his appearance.

Frederick Wiseman's TITICUT FOLLIES is a grimly beautiful and poetic document
Ace documentarian Frederick Wiseman (see previous listing) established his reputation with his very first film, TITICUT FOLLIES, a nightmarish look at Massachusetts’ Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane. This 1967 movie was banned for 20 years because it allegedly violated the patients/inmates’ privacy and dignity. But what it really did was show how the state abused and tortured people in its care. Catch Wiseman's own 35mm print of this landmark film on Saturday at 8:35 pm. Special admission is $12; members and those age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners and no second film discount for this movie. Wiseman himself appears at the Cinematheque on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Jazz great Clark Terry helps blind piano prodigy in moving KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON
KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON is an acclaimed and moving nonfiction film that was one of 15 movies shortlisted for this year's Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. In it, nonagenarian jazz trumpet great Clark Terry, who once mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, now tries to help a blind piano prodigy 66 years his junior overcome his crippling stage fright. With a 97% "fresh" rating on, this is a touching, music-filled movie not to be missed! See it Thursday or Sunday. Watch the trailer here.

THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME is one of two Pre-Code movies showing this weekend
A year before they produced King Kong, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack collaborated on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, another exciting and famous thriller starring Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray (though Joel McCrea was the lead). This 1932 movie tells of a big game hunter who lives on a remote island and hunts humans for sport. It’s the best film version of a 1924 Richard Connell story that has been adapted countless times over many decades. Bag it in 35mm on Friday or Sunday. Special admission is $10; members and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Greta Garbo plays legendary, seductive Word War I spy MATA HARI
George Fitzmaurice's MATA HARI was Greta Garbo’s most commercially successful movie, as well as MGM’s biggest hit of 1932. The mysterious, Swedish-born actress plays the Parisian exotic dancer who was also an alluring WWI spy known for leading men to their doom. In this movie she falls for an enemy Russian officer (Ramon Novarro). Lionel Barrymore co-stars in the Pre-Code classic and the gorgeous cinematography is by Cleveland-born William H. Daniels, Garbo’s favorite cameraman. See it in 35mm on Saturday or Sunday. Special admission is $10; members and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Food movie THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO looks at Chinese cuisine in America
Who is General Tso and why are we eating his chicken? The lighthearted new documentary THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO uses one of America's most popular takeout dishes, General Tso’s chicken, as a springboard for an exploration of the history and evolution of Chinese food in the U.S. Variety calls it “finger-lickin’ good.” Catch its Cleveland theatrical premiere on Friday or Saturday, and if you're still hungry after seeing it, stick around for another movie. Here's the trailer.By the way, everybody who attends this movie will receive a 10% off coupon good at the new Ninja City Kitchen & Bar at 11301 Euclid Avenue.

New doc THE GREAT INVISIBLE looks at lingering aftereffects of worst oil spill in U.S. history
The lingering aftereffects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history are explored in Margaret Brown's THE GREAT INVISIBLE, showing Thursday and Friday. This acclaimed and unsettling new documentary features interviews with rig survivors, BP executives, and Gulf Coast residents, and “gives voice to many of the previously nameless and faceless victims of the disaster” (L.A. Times). Print this email and present it at the box office and see The Great Invisible for only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Here's the film's trailer.

This Weekend
Thu., Jan. 22, at 6:45pm
Fri., Jan. 23, at 9:55pm
Gulf oil spill doc

Thu., Jan. 22, at 8:40pm
Sun., Jan. 25, at 4:15pm
Jazz great Clark Terry in

Fri., Jan. 23, at 7:00pm
Sun., Jan. 25, at 8:20pm
From the makers of King Kong!

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

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

Sat., Jan. 24, at 8:35pm
Frederick Wiseman's

Sun., Jan. 25, at 1:00pm
Frederick Wiseman in person!

Next Week

Thu., Jan. 29, at 6:45pm

Thu., Jan. 29, at 8:30pm
Sun., Feb. 1, at 8:05pm


Sat., Jan. 31, at 5:15pm
Sun., Feb. 1, at 6:30pm

Sat., Jan. 31, at 6:50pm
Sun., Feb. 1, at 4:00pm

Sat., Jan. 31, at 9:05pm

Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
75th Anniversary Restoration!
Tue., Feb. 3, at 7:00pm

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