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Cinematheque . 5/14-17: Deli Man, The Night Porter, two by Oliveira & more!

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5/14-17: Deli Man, The Night Porter, two by Oliveira & more!

05/12/15  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

DELI MAN is mouthwatering new food film
DELI MAN is a mouthwatering history of Jewish delicatessens in America. It is also a chronicle of Eastern European Jews who emigrated to North America and assimilated into U.S. society, bringing food traditions with them. Larry King, Jerry Stiller, and deli owner Ziggy Gruber star. “Good food and good cheer are the order of the day” says the San Francisco Chronicle. The film premieres locally on Saturday and Sunday. Here's the trailer.

Great architecture proves healing force in acclaimed new art film LA SAPIENZA
In Eugène Green's French/Italian film LA SAPIENZA, a prominent French architect undergoing a personal and professional crisis travels with his equally disenchanted wife to Italy, where they find solace and spiritual renewal thanks to two siblings and a rejuvenating dose of great Italian architecture. This stylish drama from the American-born French director of The Portuguese Nun is “easily the most astonishing and important movie to emerge from France in quite some time,” according to critic Godfrey Cheshire of “While its style deserves to be called stunningly original and rapturously beautiful, the film is boldest in its artistic and philosophical implications…Like Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty of two years ago and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida last year, La Sapienza evokes masterpieces of decades past while confidently charting new territory of its own.” Catch its Cleveland premiere on Friday or Sunday. Watch the trailer here.

Oliveira's BELLE TOUJOURS is a "sequel" to Buñuel's 1967 "Belle de Jour"
On Thursday we pay tribute to the singular Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira, who died in April (at the age of 106!) after a stellar directorial career that began in earnest when he was in his mid-sixties. We will show two of his best movies: one made when he was 97, the other when he was 101. The first, 2006's BELLE TOUJOURS, is a follow-up to Luis Buñuel’s 1967 classic Belle de Jour that takes place 38 years after the events of that movie. Séverine, the daytime prostitute originally played by Catherine Deneuve and embodied here by Bulle Ogier, and Husson (Michel Piccoli), the sadistic libertine who knew of her secret life, meet by chance in Paris and go to dinner. The repentant Séverine tries to learn whether the cruel Husson ever told her paralytic husband about her scandalous day job. This elegant, autumnal work is at once a wry tribute to Buñuel, a moving evocation of the passage of time, and a knowing acknowledgement of the eternal mysteries of the human psyche. See it in 35mm at 6:45pm Thursday.

Deceased young woman proves to be alive for lonely photographer in Oliveira's THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA
THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA constitutes the second part of our Thursday tribute to Portugal's late, great, centenarian master Manoel de Oliveira (1908-2015). Called the best film of 2010 by J. Hoberman in The Village Voice, this delightful movie tells of a loner photographer who is summoned one rainy night to take a picture of the recently-deceased daughter of a wealthy couple. But when he looks at this beautiful young woman, laid out in her wedding dress, through his viewfinder, she comes alive and smiles for him. Immediately smitten, he retreats from the land of the living to try to join her in the netherworld beyond. See this fantasy in 35mm on Thursday at 8:15pm. Here's the trailer.

Displaced Chinese family tries to adapt to life in Taiwan in Hou Hsiao-hsien's 1985 masterpiece A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME
Hou Hsiao-hsien's sixth feature A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE (1985) was his U.S. breakthrough. It's an exquisite, semiautobiographical coming-of-age saga depicting the daily life of a displaced Chinese family living in Taiwan during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. This family, cut off from their cultural heritage after emigrating from the Chinese mainland in the late forties, struggles to find new footing in a new land while also dealing with a widening generation gap within the household. Critic Phillip Lopate has called A Time To Live and a Time To Die “Hou’s first genuine masterpiece.” Don't miss it in a 35mm color print on Saturday at 5 pm. Special admission is $12; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $9. No passes, twofers, or radio winners will be honored or accepted.

Milestone German gay drama TAXI ZUM KLO marks its 35th anniversary
Hailed by The Village Voice as “the first masterpiece of modern gay life” when released 35 years ago, the landmark 1980 gay drama TAXI ZUM KLO is now largely forgotten. Writer-director Frank Ripploh also stars in this semi-autobiographical film, playing a Berlin man leading a double life. By day he’s an ordinary elementary school teacher; at night he cruises for anonymous sex in public toilets. (The title translates as “Taxi to the John.”) No one under 18 will be admitted when we show it on Friday at 9:35pm. Print this email and present it at the box office and see Taxi Zum Klo for only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out).

Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling star in controversial drama THE NIGHT PORTER
Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling star in Liliana Cavani's THE NIGHT PORTER, one of the most controversial films of the 1970s. Set 13 years after the end of WWII, this 1974 movie tells of an ex-Nazi SS officer and a beautiful former concentration camp prisoner who meet again by chance at the posh Vienna hotel where he now works. The two of them resume an ambiguous and disturbing sadomasochistic relationship that began in the camp. No one under 18 will be admitted to this movie that shows Friday at 9:30pm in a new digital restoration.

Germany's oft-banned MAEDCHEN IN UNIFORM is lesbian classic
Banned in Germany when first released (and censored in many countries since then), the 1931 all-female German lesbian classic MAEDCHEN IN UNIFORM (GIRLS IN UNIFORM) tells of a sensitive orphan girl sent to a harsh Prussian boarding school where discipline and blind obedience, exemplified by the school’s authoritarian principal, are the norm. She finds relief in a relationship with a loving, tender teacher whose affections aren’t merely maternal. See it in 16mm Sunday at 6:30pm.

This Weekend

Thu., May 14, at 6:45pm
Michel Piccoli in
Manoel de Oliveira's

Thu., May 14, at 8:15pm
Manoel de Oliveira's

Fri., May 15, at 7:30pm
Sun., May 17, at 8:20pm
Eugene Green's

Fri., May 15, at 9:35pm
1980 gay classic

Sat., May 16, at 5:00pm
Hou Hsiao-hsien's

Sat., May 16, at 7:40pm
Sun., May 17, at 4:30pm
New food film

Sat., May 16, at 9:30pm
Dirk Bogarde and
Charlotte Rampling in
Liliana Cavani's

Sun., May 17, at 6:30pm
German lesbian classic

Next Week


Fri., May 22, at 7:00pm

Fri., May 22, at 9:10pm

Sat., May 23, at 5:00pm

Special Free Screening!
Richared Suchenski discusses
Sat., May 23, at 7:30pm


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