Cinematheque . 6/12-13: Wenders' Pina, Hou's Three Times & more!
PINA is a loving, lyrical tribute to dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch
In PINA, Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire, The Buena Vista Social Club) celebrates the groundbreaking work of his friend and fellow German Pina Bausch (1940-2009), a modern dancer and choreographer. This magnificent, Oscar-nominated movie captures Bausch and members of her company as they perform some of their most celebrated works on stage and around the German city of Wuppertal, home of Bausch’s dance theatre since 1972. Don't miss Pina in 35mm 2D on Saturday at 6:45pm. This screening is courtesy of IFC Films; proceeds from the show will help pay for the costs of installing digital cinema in our new theater.
Hou's THREE TIMES: a triple crown of love stories set during three different eras
In his 2005 film THREE TIMES, Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien tells three love stories set in three different eras of Taiwanese/Chinese history. (Chang Chen and Shu Qi play the lovers in all three episodes.) The first, “A Time for Love,” is set in pop-music-filled 1966 and tells of a young army recruit smitten with a young woman working in a billiard parlor. “A Time for Freedom” is an artistically daring period romance set in 1911 at an upscale brothel reminiscent of the one in Hou’s Flowers of Shanghai. The third story, “A Time for Youth,” is set in present-day Taipei, where a singer abandons her female lover for a young male photographer. Jim Jarmusch calls Three Times "[a] masterpiece," noting that "the first section is one of the most perfect pieces of cinema I’ve ever seen." A.O. Scott in The New York Times agrees: "a masterpiece…this is why cinema exists." See it in 35mm Friday at 8:35pm. 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.
Finnish WHITE REINDEER is a vampire movie set in Lapland, of all places
Erik Blomberg's hauntingly photographed 1952 Finnish fantasy THE WHITE REINDEER is a vampire movie like no other. (It won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film over 50 years ago.) Set in Finnish Lapland and based on an ancient legend, the movie follows a herdsman’s lonely wife who is transformed by a shaman into a shape-shifting, vampiric white reindeer. This cursed creature wanders the snowfields of the Midnight Sun, luring hunters to their deaths. See it in 35mm on Saturday at 8:50pm. 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)
Czech New Wave comedy INTIMATE LIGHTING marks its 50th anniversary
INTIMATE LIGHTING is a 1965 Czech New Wave masterpiece that was the only Czech feature of Ivan Passer, who co-wrote Milos Forman’s Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen’s Ball before emigrating with him to the U.S. and becoming a Hollywood director. The movie is a funny, rueful account of a professional cellist from Prague who agrees to be the soloist in a provincial orchestra conducted by an old Conservatory friend he hasn’t seen for years. Their reunion finds big city ambitions clashing with small town ways. The Time Out Film Guidecalls Intimate Lighting "a moving, sympathetically directed study of belonging, place, and the pleasures of friendship…wistful, gently comic, and affecting." It receives a 50th anniversary screening (in 35mm) on Friday at 7:00pm.
Repressed young woman becomes nanny to reckless children in THE FALL
In Leopoldo Torre Nilsson's 1959 Argentine psychodrama THE FALL, a repressed, virginal, Catholic university student from the provinces (Elsa Daniel) takes a room at a creepy Buenos Aires boarding house and helps a bed-ridden mother there care for her four independent, amoral children. The experience proves mind-expanding, but not in a good way. See this claustrophobic classic "with strongly Cocteauesque overtones" (Peter Cowie) in 35mm on Saturday at 5:00pm.
Fri., June 12, at 7:00pm
Classic Czech comedy
Fri., June 12, at 8:35pm
Three love stories by
Sat., June 13, at 5:00pm
Sat., June 13, at 6:45pm
Proceeds go toward cost of installing digital projection
Sat., June 13, at 8:50pm
Finnish/Lap vampire classic
THE WHITE REINDEER
Fri., June 19, at 7:00pm
FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON
Fri., June 19, at 9:15pm
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER
Sat., June 20, at 5:00pm
THE HAND IN THE TRAP
Sat., June 20, at 6:50pm
at the Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106