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Cinematheque . 1/29-2/3: Stanwick, Rohmer, Jaques Tati shorts & more!

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1/29-2/3: Stanwick, Rohmer, Jaques Tati shorts & more!

01/27/15  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

1992 French romance A TALE OF WINTER shows Éric Rohmer at his very best
In A TALE OF WINTER (1992), the second of Éric Rohmer’s “Tales of the Four Seasons” (#3, A Summer’s Tale, showed last August), a young woman on summer holiday falls in love with a cook and returns home bearing his child. But an incorrect address causes her to lose touch with him, so she raises their child by herself. For four years she is wooed by two other suitors, a hairdresser and a librarian, but she can’t help thinking about her long-lost true love. The Time Out Film Guide says that A Tale of Winter showcases “Rohmer at his very best, effortlessly and unsentimentally charting the absurd complexities of human psychology, while creating a compelling contemporary fairytale.” On Saturday and Sunday you can see this newly re-released classic in an imported 35mm print from the Institut Français. Special thanks to Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York (Amélie Garin-Davet) and Consulat Général de France, Chicago (Laurence Geannopulos). Here's the trailer.

Clip-filled THAT'S SEXPLOITATION! surveys four decades of adults-only cinema
Cult horror filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage, Frankenhooker) turns from blood to skin in THAT’S SEXPLOITATION!, his new survey of “adults only” cinema from 1930 to 1970. Abetted by longtime exploitation king David F. Friedman, Henenlotter takes us on a guided tour through this disreputable (but perennially popular) genre—from coin-drop arcade peepshow loops and sex-ed shorts to burlesque-capades, nudie cuties, and stag films. John Waters calls the movie "a wall-to-wall lazy Susan of tits, ass, and hilarity.” –John Waters. Those 18 & over can see it Saturday at 9:05pm.

Barbara Stanwyck gleans child murder plot in essential Pre-Code classic NIGHT NURSE
Barbara Stanwyck stars in William Wellman's NIGHT NURSE, a tough, taut, shocking 1931 melodrama about a city hospital nurse providing in-home care for two seriously ill little girls who are slowly being murdered. Joan Blondell and Clark Gable also appear in this essential classic that film historian William K. Everson called “Pre-Code with a vengeance.” 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.

A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS is a gorgeous meditation on transcendence and utopia
A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS is a collaboration between Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, two major contemporary experimental filmmakers. The movie is a triptych exploring the possibility of utopia and transcendence in the postmodern era. Musician Robert A. A. Lowe (Lichens) plays an unnamed character who is first seen at an Estonian island commune, then living alone in the majestic Finnish wilderness, then as a black metal singer at an orgiastic Norwegian rock club. The Hollywood Reporter calls A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness "an art film that’s as uncompromising as it is uncommercial…Will prove fascinating for those willing to be carried away by its gorgeous sights and sounds of nature, of merrymaking and music and its free-association approach to narrative and meaning.” Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Thursday or Sunday. Print this email and present it at the box office and see this movie for only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Watch a trailer here.

JACQUES TATI SHORT FILMS contains four early comedies with the future master
France’s great filmmaker and comic actor Jacques Tati is a perennial favorite at the Cinematheque. But before he made his hilarious features starring his bumbling alter ego Monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, Mon Oncle, PlayTime, et al.), he acted in (and sometimes directed) short comedies. We show four of them in the program JACQUES TATI SHORT FILMS: Charles Barrois’ 23-min. On demande une brute(Wanted: A Brawny Wrestler, 1934), about wrestling; Jacques Berr and Tati’s 33-min. Gai dimanche (Lively Sunday, 1935), in which two bums spend a day in the country; René Clément’s 13-min. Soigne ton gauche (Watch Your Left, 1936), about boxing; and Tati’s 16-min. The School for Postmen (L'école des facteurs, 1947), a dry run for his manic first feature Jour de Fête (1949). See all four on Thursday at 6:45pm.

Cinematheque presents 1939 Marcel Carné classic LE JOUR SE LÈVE (DAYBREAK) next Tuesday at the Capitol Theatre
A year after their fatalistic Port of Shadows and six years before their landmark Children of Paradise, director Marcel Carné and scenarist Pierre Prévert created another romantic screen masterpiece, one that critic Andrew Sarris called “the quintessence of French ‘poetic realism." LE JOUR SE LÈVE (DAYBREAK) (1939) stars Jean Gabin as a hunted, haunted laborer who barricades himself in his apartment after killing a man. As the cops try to blast their way into his refuge, he thinks back on the events (seen in flashback) that have landed him in this predicament. Arletty (Garance in Children of Paradise) plays a woman involved with Gabin, and a nude shot of her emerging from the shower was one of many cuts made by France’s Vichy government after it came to power during the Nazi occupation. (Also deleted were the names of Jewish crew members in the credits; eventually the whole movie was banned as “too demoralizing.”) All edits have been restored to the new 4K digital restoration (which also has newly translated subtitles) that we will show on Tuesday, February 3, at 7pm on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Don't miss the Cleveland revival premiere of this 1939 classic that the Time Out Film Guide calls "possibly the best of the Carné–Prévert films." Special admission is $10; Cinematheque members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. Advance $10 tickets available at Here's the trailer.

This Weekend

Thu., Jan. 29, at 6:45pm
Classic French comedies!

Thu., Jan. 29, at 8:30pm
Sun., Feb. 1, at 8:05pm
Experimentalists Ben
Rivers and Ben Russell --
together at last!


Sat., Jan. 31, at 5:15pm
Sun., Feb. 1, at 6:30pm
Barbara Staywyck in
essential Pre-Code classic

Sat., Jan. 31, at 6:50pm
Sun., Feb. 1, at 4:00pm
Éric Rohmer's

Sat., Jan. 31, at 9:05pm
Four decades of erotic cinema
No one under 18 admitted!

Special Offsite Event!
75th Anniversary Restoration!
Tue., Feb. 3, at 7:00pm
Jean Gabin in
Marcel Carné's
Shown at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St.

Next Week

Thu., Feb. 5, at 6:45pm
Sun., Feb. 8, at 8:15pm

Thu., Feb. 5, at 8:45pm
Fri., Feb. 6, at 9:25pm

Fri., Feb. 6, at 7:15pm
Sat., Feb. 7, at 9:20pm

Double Feature!
Sat., Feb. 7, at 5:00pm

Sat., Feb. 7, at 7:35pm
Sun., Feb. 8, at 6:30pm

Sun., Feb. 8, at 4:00pm

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