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Cinematheque . 8/27-30: Samsara, Tales of Hoffmann, Apu Trilogy & more!

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8/27-30: Samsara, Tales of Hoffmann, Apu Trilogy & more!

08/25/15  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Powell & Pressburger's THE TALES OF HOFFMANN is a peerless spectacle
To say that Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 film adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s operetta THE TALES OF HOFFMANN is their most colorful, lavish, and over-the-top film is saying a lot; this was the team that previously made Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, and A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven)! Moira Shearer of The Red Shoesstars in this bold, sensuous, and sometimes bonkers fusion of music, dance, and cinema that tells three fantastical stories of lost love, bookended by a prologue and an epilogue. This new restoration, aside from looking good, is also the most complete version of the movie you’ll ever see. Sir Thomas Beecham conducts the score. George Romero has called The Tales of Hoffmann “the movie that made me want to make movies! My favorite film of all time!” The Wall Street Journal proclaims it “the pinnacle of cinematic art.” Time Out New York recently gave it five stars (their highest rating), calling it “a dream for lovers of pure spectacle.” And The L.A. Times says “you have to see it to believe it.” You can do just that when we present The Tales of Hoffmann in a new 4K digital restoration on Friday at 9:15pm and Saturday at 7:05pm. Watch the trailer here.

Isabelle Adjani and Daniel Auteuil star in wild historical drama QUEEN MARGOT
Tired of genteel, middlebrow historical dramas? Then check out Patrice Chéreau’s rip-roaring 1994 French period piece QUEEN MARGOT, which renders history as Grand Guignol. Sexual power plays, poisoning, beheadings, and the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre are all depicted with gleeful gusto in this deluxe drama, set during the 16th century, about Catholics and Protestant Huguenots wrestling for control of France. Based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, this film with a spectacular all-star cast (Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Virna Lisi, et al.) was nominated for 12 César Awards and won five. Tampered with by the original U.S. distributor, Miramax Films, who cut 16 minutes and added a scene, the film is now being released in America for the first time in its original, uncut version. The L.A. Times calls it “a model of heaving, combustible history, in which period lavishness and performance energy aren't mutually exclusive.” Adults can see it in a new 4K digital restoration on Thursday at 6:45pm. Here's the trailer.

Last chance to see Satyajit Ray's fully restored Apu Trilogy is this weekend
The late, great Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) is one of the undisputed masters of world cinema; he won a special lifetime achievement Oscar in 1992 shortly before his death. Ray began his career with his signature achievement, the “Apu Trilogy,” a three-part chronicle of the early life of a Bengali village boy, Apu, from a poor family. (We watch him grow from childhood to young adulthood.) The three films always rank high on lists of the best movies of all time, and you can see all three of them in new 4K digital restorations this weekend. The first film, PATHER PANCHALI (1955, pictured above), introduces us to Apu and his struggling family (father, mother, older sister, and elderly, mischievous “auntie”) who savor simple pleasures when they’re not yearning for an easier life elsewhere. It shows Sunday at 1:30pm. In 1956's APARAJITO (part two), Apu goes to school in Calcutta and grows apart from his mother. See it Sunday at 4:00pm. And the saga concludes with APUR SANSAR (THE WORLD OF APU, 1959), which shows Saturday at 5:00pm and again on Sunday at 6:45pm. Ravi Shankar did the music for all three films. Print this email and present it at the box office and see PATHER PANCHALI on Sunday at 1:30 pm for only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out)

SAMSARA: the exotic sights and sounds of our planet in 102 dazzling minutes
Ron Fricke, the cinematographer of Koyaanisqatsi and director of Baraka, returns with SAMSARA, another visually stunning, non-verbal movie filmed in remote, exotic locations around the world. Shot on large-format 70mm film in 25 countries and five continents over a period of five years, Samsara(the title is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever-turning wheel of life”) captures sacred rituals, natural wonders, huge industrial complexes, and epic disaster areas in a series of eye-popping, mind-blowing images married to music. The result is a spectacular snapshot of our planet and its inhabitants, perpetually positioned between the everyday and the eternal. See it in 4K on our big screen with big sound on Saturday or Sunday. 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) Here's the trailer.

Eight classic cartoons from United Productions of America show Friday
This Friday night from 6 to 9pm, as part of Prism, the public celebration of the opening of the Cleveland Institute of Art's new unified campus, eight classic cartoons produced by United Productions of Ameria (UPA) will show, free of charge, in the Peter B. Lewis Theater. The complete program, lasting just under an hour, will be looped and projected three times during the event. A CIA Prism badge, available at the door, is your admission ticket. UPA was a pioneer in "limited" animation, a look that was more "designy" than Disney's detailed "full" animation. In a UPA cartoon, objects could be rendered or suggested in just a few lines, and backgrounds were often mostly blank. This was a conscious approach to animation, not a cost-cutting measure. The groundbreaking studio, which existed from 1943 through the 1970s, earned much acclaim. The cartoons showing Friday night are eight of the studio's very best, and include an Oscar winner (Gerald McBoing Boing) and three Oscar nominees (The Jaywalker, The Tell-Tale Heart, Rooty Toot Toot).

This Weekend

Thu., Aug. 27, at 6:45pm
This is 4K!
New 4K Digital Restoration!
Original, Uncut Version!

Isabelle Adjani &
Daniel Auteuil in

Fri., Aug. 28, 6:00-9:00pm
Continuous free showings of eight classic cartoons from United Productions of America

Fri., Aug. 28, at 9:15pm
Sat., Aug. 19, at 7:05pm
This is 4KI!
New 4K Digital Restoration!

Michael Powell &
Emeric Pressburger's

Sat., Aug. 29, at 5:00pm &
Sun., Aug. 30, at 6:45pm
This is 4K!
New 4K Digital Restoration!
The Apu Trilogy, Part 3
Satyajit Ray's

Sat., Aug. 29, at 9:40pm
Sun., Aug. 30, at 8:50pm
This is 4K!
Ron Fricke's

Sun., Aug. 30, at 1:30pm
This is 4K!
The Apu Trilogy, Part 1
Satyajit Ray's

Sun., Aug. 30, at 4:00pm
This is 4K!
The Apu Trilogy, Part 2
Satyajit Ray's

Next Week

Thu., Sept. 3, at 6:45pm
Fri., Sept. 4, at 9:35pm

Thu., Sept. 3, at 8:40pm
Sun., Sept. 6, at 4:00pm

Fri., Sept. 4, at 7:30pm

Sat., Sept. 5, at 5:00pm
Sun., Sept. 6, at 6:30pm

Sat., Sept. 5, at 6:45pm
Sun., Sept. 6, at 8:15pm

Sat., Sept. 5, at 8:35pm

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