Cinematheque . 9/3-6: Kurt Cobain, Bill Murray, Les Blank, Xavier Dolan & more!
KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK is a moving portrait of the late music legend
Brett Morgen's KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK is an authorized, comprehensive biography of the Nirvana front man and late grunge superstar. It's also one of the most acclaimed films of 2015. Catch its exclusive Cleveland theatrical premiere on Saturday at 8:35pm.
A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON: never-released Les Blank film on Leon Russell
Shot between 1972 and 1974 but never released due to creative differences between filmmaker Les Blank and the movie’s subject Leon Russell, the long forgotten documentary A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON is finally seeing the light of day. Regarded by Blank as his greatest feature, the movie captures Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Russell at work and at play in his Oklahoma recording compound, a kind of commune often visited by other artists and musicians. George Jones and the still-living Willie Nelson also appear in the film, which The Hollywood Reporter has described as “a time capsule capturing the flavor of early-'70s bohemian life.” Catch it in a new digital restoration on Saturday or Sunday. Watch the trailer here.
Acclaimed Mexican comedy GÜEROS evokes classics of the French New Wave
Andrew O'Hehir of Salon calls Alonso Ruiz Palacios' GÜEROS “the foreign-language discovery of 2015 so far, and pretty close to the best film I’ve seen all year.” This new Mexican movie is a comedy that pays tribute to the early films of the French New Wave and other 1960s b&w classics. A mischievous Mexican teen is sent to stay with his equally feckless college student brother in 1999 Mexico City during a student strike. These two güeros (light-skinned Mexicans), and the dynamic (and sexy) strike leader Ana, go in search of a legendary sixties folk singer who allegedly made Bob Dylan cry. Critic Godfrey Cheshire says that Güeros is the “best debut feature I've seen in the last year, best Mexican film in recent memory.” It receives its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Thursday and Sunday. Here's the trailer.
ROAR: Lions and tigers and barely escaping alive -- Oh my God!
Where’s Minnesota dentist/hunter Walter Palmer when you really need him? Lions and tigers and other wild animals terrorize the family of a wildlife preservationist in ROAR, an all-too-real 1981 thriller made by Tippi Hedren and her then husband Noel Marshall. Filmed at the Shambala animal sanctuary in California and touted as “the most dangerous movie ever made,” the film (which also stars Marshall and Hedren and their children, including Melanie Griffith) caused injuries to 70 cast and crew members (including all three leads), resulting in broken bones, scores of stitches, and even gangrene! Many of the attacks and accidents can be seen on screen. The Playlist writes that “there almost certainly will never be anything like Roar again, and that's reason enough to check it out.” See this unbelievable movie on Thursday or Friday. Print out this email and present it at the box office and see ROAR for 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 for the movie here.
French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan stars in his thriller TOM AT THE FARM
TOM AT THE FARM, the fourth feature by Canadian enfant terrible Xavier Dolan, was made between Laurence Anyways and Mommy. It's a tense, stylish psychological thriller about a young gay man (Dolan) who travels to Canada’s homophobic heartland for his partner’s funeral. Once there he realizes that his lover’s grieving mother is unaware of her late son’s sexual orientation, though her knowing other son threatens and brutalizes the young visitor. Time Out London called this acclaimed film “taut, creepy, compelling, and sexy.” Catch its exclusive East Side premiere on Friday at 7:30pm. Here's the Hitchcockian trailer.
Bill Murray co-stars in 1984 sci-fi comedy oddity NOTHING LASTS FOREVER
So strange and unclassifiable that it was never released theatrically, the 1984 sci-fi comedy NOTHING LASTS FOREVER was written and directed by longtime Saturday Night Live writer and filmmaker Tom Schiller (and produced by Lorne Michaels). Zach Galligan, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Mort Sahl star in the film, which is set in a surreal future where the iron-fisted Port Authority controls NYC. (They regulate travel into Manhattan, administer a test for would-be artists, etc.) The movie follows an art student who goes to work in the Holland Tunnel but eventually finds himself on a bus to the moon! Old newsreels, classic film clips, and assorted celebrity cameos add to the comic craziness of this sweetly funny oddity that charmed our audience when we first showed it in June. See it in 35mm on Saturday or Sunday.
Thu., Sept. 3, at 6:45pm
Fri., Sept. 4, at 9:35pm
Tippi Hedren in the most dangerous movie ever made!
Thu., Sept. 3, at 8:40pm
Sun., Sept. 6, at 4:00pm
Acclaimed Mexican comedy
Fri., Sept. 4, at 7:30pm
Xavier Dolan's thriller
TOM AT THE FARM
Sat., Sept. 5, at 5:00pm
Sun., Sept. 6, at 6:30pm
Sweet sci-fi space oddity
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER (1984)
Sat., Sept. 5, at 6:45pm
Sun., Sept. 6, at 8:15pm
Les Blank & Leon Russell
A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON (1974/2015)
Sat., Sept. 5, at 8:35pm
Epic music doc
KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK
Thu., Sept. 10, at 6:45pm
Thu., Sept. 10, at 8:45pm
Sat., Sept. 12, at 5:00pm
NO FILMS FRI., SEPT. 11
Sat., Sept. 12, at 6:50pm
Sat., Sept. 12, at 9:30pm
Sun., Sept 13, at 6:30pm
Sun., Sept. 13, at 4:00pm
Sun., Sept. 13, at 8:35pm
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