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Cinematheque . 1/8-11: Chaplin shorts with live music, Pre-Code opener, Studio Ghibli doc & more!

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1/8-11: Chaplin shorts with live music, Pre-Code opener, Studio Ghibli doc & more!

01/06/15  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

LIFE OF RILEY is final film by France's late modernist master Alain Resnais
LIFE OF RILEY is the final film by France's great postmodernist Alain Resnais. (We show his first feature Hiroshima Mon Amour on Feb. 14 and 15.) Life of Riley, whichis adapted from a play by Alan Ayckbourn and features an all-star French cast (Sabine Azéma, Hippolyte Girardot, Sandrine Kiberlain, André Dussollier, et al.), tells of three couples in an amateur theatrical group who learn that a mutual friend, George, has terminal cancer. This news forces them to re-examine their own lives and relationships. Like many of Resnais' films, this comedy-drama takes place on artificial sets in a theatrical netherworld somewhere between reality and the imagination. Slant calls it “[an] overpoweringly beautiful final film.” Life of Riley receives its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Friday and Saturday. Here's the trailer.

Mae West kicks off Pre-Code series with suggestive SHE DONE HIM WRONG
Mae West and Cary Grant star in the double entendre-laden 1933 comedy SHE DONE HIM WRONG. Set during the Gay Nineties and based on West’s hit Broadway show Diamond Lil, the film stars West as a bawdy saloon singer who is visited one day by the straight-laced, uniformed director of the city mission next door (Grant). The film opens our two-month series "Provocatively Pre-Code," consisting of 11 racy, risque American movies from the early 1930s. You can see She Done Him Wrong on Saturday or Sunday, but on Saturday at 5 pm Dr. William Patrick “Pat” Day, Professor of English and Cinema Studies at Oberlin College and an expert on 1930s Hollywood, will talk briefly before the film about the Pre-Code era. The movie will be shown in a 35mm print from the Universal Pictures studio archive and special admission is $10; members and those age 25 & under $8. No passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted.

Shailene Woodley stars in Gregg Araki's psychodrama WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD
Shailene Woodley and Eva Green star in WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, a new psychodrama by Gregg Araki (The Living End, Mysterious Skin). The film is a stylized coming-of-age tale set in 1988, about a 17-year-old girl who must deal with the sudden mysterious disappearance of her erratic mother. Variety found the movie “naughty, campy, commenting that Eva Green [is] deliciously unhinged.” Catch its exclusive Cleveland theatrical premiere on Thursday or Saturday. Watch the trailer here.

Not So Silent Cinema featuring the New River Ensemble presents three Chaplin short comedies
Not So Silent Cinema is a project of New York composer Brendan Cooney, dedicated to live performances of Cooney's new scores to classic silent films.Not So Silent Cinema makes its Cleveland debut on Sunday at 4 pm when the New River Ensemble accompanies three celebrated short comedies made by Charlie Chaplin for the Mutual Film Company: The Pawnshop (1916), The Cure (1917), and The Adventurer (1917). These three movies show the rapid evolution of Chaplin’s style from no-holds-barred slapstick to a more nuanced storytelling. The New River Ensemble consists of Brendan Cooney on piano, Martha Hyde on clarinet, and Lisa Liske-Doorandish on cello. Special admission to this program is $15; Cinematheque members and those age 25 & under $12; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted. Advance tickets available here. Or watch a preview of the show here.

Go behind the scenes at Studi Ghibli via new doc THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS
Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli, home of the great animator Hayao Miyazaki (now retired), is seen from the inside in the fascinating, revealing new documentary THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS. The movie was Shot during the production of Miyazaki’s final feature, The Wind Rises, the movie, according to one critic, "[builds] to an emotional wallop that’s almost on par with anything found in one of Miyazaki’s films," Catch its Cleveland theatrical premiere on Sunday at 8 pm. Watch the trailer.

Touching, elegant LILTING explores clash of two cultures that are united by grief
In the new British film LILTING, an elderly Chinese-Cambodian woman (Cheng Pei-Pei) living in a London assisted-living facility and grieving for her recently deceased son is visited by another young man (Ben Whishaw) who shares her grief. This “friend” of her son wants to connect with his late lover’s mother, but since she doesn’t speak English and didn’t know that her child was gay, there are major language and cultural barriers to surmount. See this film that evokes Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love on 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.

This Weekend

Thu., Jan. 8, at 6:45pm
Sat., Jan. 10, at 8:55pm
Shailene Woodley in
Gregg Araki's

Thu., Jan. 8, at 8:40pm
Fri., Jan. 9, at 7:30pm
Ben Whishaw in

Fri., Jan. 9, at 9:20pm
Sat., Jan. 10, at 6:45pm
Alain Resnais' final film

Sat., Jan. 10, at 5:00pm
Sun., Jan. 11, at 6:30pm
Mae West & Cary Grant in Pre-Code comedy classic
Introduced on Sat by Pat Day
$10; $8

Sun., Jan. 11, at 4:00pm
Silent films with live music!
$15; $12

Sun., Jan 11, at 8:00pm
Behind the scenes at Studio Ghibli

Next Week

Thu., Jan. 15, at 6:45pm
Fri., Jan. 16, at 9:25pm

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

Sat., Jan. 17, at 5:15pm
Sun., Jan. 18, at 6:30pm

Sat., Jany 17, at 6:55pm
Sun., Jan. 18, at 4:15pm

Sat., Jan. 17, at 8:50pm
Sun., Jan. 18, at 8:10pm

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