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Cinematheque . 2/5-8: Polka! The Movie, Pre-Code Double Feature & more!

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2/5-8: Polka! The Movie, Pre-Code Double Feature & more!

02/03/15  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

In DIPLOMACY Swedish statesman pleads with Nazi general that he not destroy Paris at end of WW2
DIPLOMACY, the new film from Volker Schlöndorff, director of The Tin Drum, is a gripping historical drama inspired by fact. Set during the Liberation of Paris at the end of WWII, it tells of the extraordinary efforts of Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) to convince German general Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) to disobey Hitler’s orders and not level Paris and its landmarks when the Nazis pull out of the city. Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Saturday or Sunday. Here's the trailer.

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT is first Iranian feminist vampire Western
Hailed as the first Iranian feminist vampire Western (though shot in California), Ana Lily Amirpour's acclaimed, Farsi-language debut A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT is set in fictional Bad City, Iran (a desolate ghost town that's kind of a parallel-universe Tehran). There a lonely, chador-wearing Nosferata roams the dark streets preying on misogynistic male scumbags. Time Out New York hails Girl as “an intoxicating blend of eerie horror and ’80s pop, made by an artist to keep an eye on.” proclaims it "the biggest honest-to-God discovery of 2014." It receives its Cleveland premiere on Thursday and Sunday. Watch the trailer here.

Women demonstrate for the right to go topless in new comedy FREE THE NIPPLE
In the new indie comedy FREE THE NIPPLE, an army of fearless, determined women takes to the streets of New York to fight for their right to go topless and breastfeed in public, decriminalizing the female breast in the U.S. Inspired by true events, this movie is a project of an equality movement with the same name. Catch its Cleveland premiere on Thursday or Friday. Print this email and present it at the box office and see Free the Nipple 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 trailer.

Three strangers hope to meet John Lennon in Spanish road movie LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED
Winner of six Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars) including Best Film, Director, Actor, and Original Screenplay, David Trueba's touching road comedy LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED is set in 1966 Spain. The movie tells of a Spanish teacher of English and Latin who picks up two misfit hitchhikers on his way to Almeria, where he hopes to meet his idol, John Lennon, who is filming How I Won the War there. Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed, which shows Friday and Saturday, has a100% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes! Watch the trailer here.

Exuberant, informative POLKA! THE MOVIE celebrates Slovenian music
Cleveland’s century-old love affair with Slovenian music is celebrated in POLKA! THE MOVIE, a fun, fascinating, locally shot documentary. Filled with interviews, performances, and vintage film clips and photos, the film traces how Cleveland-style polka music (spearheaded by Grammy-winning Polka King Frank Yankovic) became a national sensation. Joe Valencic, President of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, who co-wrote the film and serves as on-screen narrator, will answer questions after the movie, which shows Sunday at 4pm. An accordion jam session presented by the Polka Hall of Fame will start at 3:30 pm. According to The Plain Dealer, Polka! The Movie "will have you craving smoked sausage and stomping in the aisles." Special admission is $10; members and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted.

Pre-Code double feature on Saturday: sexy SAFE IN HELL and dizzy DIPLOMANIACS
On Saturday at 5:00 pm you can watch two Pre-Code rarities in 35mm prints from the Library of Congress. The first, William Wellman's 1931 SAFE IN HELL, is one of the most jaw-dropping of Pre-Code movies. A New Orleans prostitute who thinks she has killed a man flees to a steamy Caribbean island to reform. But the place is swarming with men—criminals, other fugitives, bullies, and lecherous low-lifes—and they won’t leave her alone. Film #2, DIPLOMANIACS, is an anarchic, absurdist political comedy in the mold of Million Dollar Legs and Duck Soup. The movie stars the once hugely popular, now mostly forgotten comedy duo of (Bert) Wheeler and (Robert) Woolsey, whose many 1930s films probably saved RKO Pictures from bankruptcy. Here they play struggling barbers on an Indian reservation who are sent to be the Oopadoop nation's emissaries at an international peace conference in Geneva. Despite rampant political incorrectness, Diplomaniacs is probably Wheeler and Woolsey’s funniest film. See both of these Pre-Code classics for one price: $10; members and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted.

This Weekend

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

* * *

Thu., Feb. 5, at 6:45pm
Sun., Feb. 8, at 8:15pm
Iranian-American feminist vampire thriller

Thu., Feb. 5, at 8:45pm
Fri., Feb. 6, at 9:25pm
Women of the world unrobe!

Fri., Feb. 6, at 7:15pm
Sat., Feb. 7, at 9:20pm
Spanish teacher tries to meet the Beatle

Pre-Code Double Feature!
Sat., Feb. 7, at 5:00 pm
William Wellman's
Wheeler and Woolsey in

Sat., Feb. 7, at 7:35pm
Sun., Feb. 8, at 6:30pm
Volker Schlondorff's

Sun., Feb. 8, at 4:00pm
Shot in Cleveland!
Screenwriter Joe Valencic in Person!
Accordion jam session at 3:30!

Next Week

Thu., Feb. 12, at 6:45pm
Fri., Feb. 13, at 9:15pm

Thu., Feb. 12, at 8:35pm
Sun., Feb. 15, at 4:30pm

Sat., Feb. 14, at 5:15pm

Sat., Feb. 14, at 6:45pm
Sun., Feb. 15, at 9:00pm

Sat., Feb. 14, at 8:35pm
Sun., Feb. 15, at 6:30pm

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