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Sunday, October 01, 2017

4pm

Cleveland premiere!

COLUMBUS

United States | 2017 | Kogonada

Columbus, Indiana, is known for its concentration of modernist buildings by Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Robert Venturi, César Pelli, and others. This architectural mecca is the setting for this tender, low-key indie drama, the first feature by celebrated video essayist Kogonada and one of the most acclaimed movies of the year. The film follows two people—a disenchanted Korean-American man (John Cho) who has come to Columbus to attend to his comatose father, and a young...

6:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE WOUND

South Africa | 2017 | John Trengove

This acclaimed, inflammatory film, which some have hailed as the African Moonlight, breaks two taboos. First, it shows the traditional, heretofore secret, South African initiation rite of “ulwaluko,” during which Xhosa teen boys undergo circumcision as part of a journey to manhood. Secondly, it interjects homosexuality into this much revered rite of passage with a story about a reluctant gay initiate and two older, already circumcized closeted gays who accompany the boys as “caregivers” on...

8:20pm

50th Anniversary! New Digital Restoration!

LA CHINOISE

France | 1967 | Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard anticipated the political upheaval of May ‘68 with this polemical comedy about a group of disenchanted French young people (Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Godard’s then-wife Anne Wiazemsky, et al.) who set up a Maoist cell in their apartment and try to put their revolutionary ideals into practice. A dazzling Pop Art collage of posters, slogans, and words, the film captures the era’s young radicals in all their earnestness and naiveté. “It may be...

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

6:30pm

WRUW 50th Anniversary! Post-film Panel Discussion!

SEX AND BROADCASTING

United States | 2014 | Tim K. Smith

Case Western Reserve University’s college radio station, WRUW 91.1 FM, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. This independent, free-thinking broadcaster is to commercial radio stations what the Cinematheque is to multiplex movie theaters. So tonight we salute our fellow alternative programmers with a recent documentary about another of America’s longtime non-commercial, indie radio stations, WFMU in NJ. Listener-supported WFMU is the longest running freeform radio station in the U.S., but raising money remains a...

8:50pm

Film Classics in 35mm! John Carpenter: Dark Star

THE THING

United States | 1982 | John Carpenter

A shape-shifting, extraterrestrial life form threatens the inhabitants of an Antarctic research station in John Carpenter’s elaborate, special effects-laden remake of the 1951 Howard Hawks/Christian Nyby classic The Thing from Another World. Largely panned when first released, this gripping sci-fi thriller is now regarded as one of the great modern horror movies. With Kurt Russell; music by Ennio Morricone. Adults only! Scope. 109 min.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

7pm

A Special Event! Silent Film with Live Music! The Invincible Czars accompany

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

United States | 1920 | John S. Robertson

A decade or so ago, one of Austin’s quirkiest and most popular bands, The Invincible Czars, branched out and started to accompany silent films. Playing for their first movie at the legendary Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the four-person group soon had a regular silent movie series at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. They also began touring the U.S. with their film scores, which incorporate guitar, bass, violin, keyboard, winds, percussion, and vocals. Tonight The Invincible Czars make...

9:30pm

A Special Event! Silent Film with Live Music! The Invincible Czars accompany

NOSFERATU

Germany | 1922 | F.W. Murnau

Austin’s ace silent film accompanists The Invincible Czars (see 10/6 at 7:00 pm) accompany F.W. Murnau’s spectral classic—one of the earliest and creepiest of all vampire movies—in their second of tonight’s two shows. An unauthorized version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu stars Max Schreck as the ghoulish Count Orlok, who trains his fangs, talons, and beady eyes on an unsuspecting real estate agent and his beautiful young wife. The Invincible Czars’ popular, oft-performed score will...

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

6:30pm

New Digital Restoration!

LE GAI SAVOIR (JOY OF LEARNING)

France | 1970 | Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Pierre Léaud and Juliet Berto star in this pivotal Godard film in which JLG sought to reinvent political cinema. Begun before (and completed after) the events of May, 1968, the movie—nominally an adaptation of Rosseau’s 1762 treatise on education, Émile—focuses on two militants who converse about language, learning, and revolution between barrages of photos and newsreels, comic strips, advertising, voiceovers, and music. “Playful…Seductive…Shamelessly beautiful.” –J. Hoberman, NY Times. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 95 min.

8:25pm

Film Classics in 35mm! John Carpenter: Dark Star

THE THING

United States | 1982 | John Carpenter

A shape-shifting, extraterrestrial life form threatens the inhabitants of an Antarctic research station in John Carpenter’s elaborate, special effects-laden remake of the 1951 Howard Hawks/Christian Nyby classic The Thing from Another World. Largely panned when first released, this gripping sci-fi thriller is now regarded as one of the great modern horror movies. With Kurt Russell; music by Ennio Morricone. Adults only! Scope. 109 min.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

7pm

Special Offsite Event! The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre. New Digital Restoration!

KILL, BABY…KILL!

Italy | 1966 | Mario Bava

The murderous ghost of a child terrifies a Transylvanian village in one of the best of the stylish, atmospheric thrillers by Italian horror/fantasy maestro Mario Bava (Black Sunday, Black Sabbath). Presented here in a new restoration of its original Italian version, this creepy color classic directly inspired Fellini, Scorsese, and Lynch. “Four stars (highest rating)…Arguably Bava’s greatest achievement.” –Slant Magazine. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 83 min.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

6:30pm

Film Classics in 16mm!rnrnKeeping Up with William E. Jones

MASSILLON

United States | 1991 | William E. Jones

The first movie by artist and filmmaker William E. Jones is an unconventional autobiography centered on Jones’ Ohio hometown. Beautiful, evocative images and Jones’ own eloquent narration—and no human actors—tell a story about growing up gay in a small, conservative Midwestern city. “A homo road movie in which gay icons are nowhere to be seen. Massillon uses the quiet landscapes of the American Midwest to look at a history disfigured by myths of the family,...

8pm

Keeping Up with William E. Jones. William E. Jones in Person!

FALL INTO RUIN & OTHER SHORT WORKS BY WILLIAM E. JONES

United States | 1998-2017 | William E. Jones

Internationally known artist and filmmaker William E. Jones presents and discusses a program of his wide-ranging short videos, including his latest work, Fall into Ruin. This new movie details Jones’ relationship with a longtime Greek art dealer whose collection of ancient and modern art disappeared after his death in 1987. Also showing: A Great Way of Life (2015), a mash-up of TV images from the Vietnam War era; Shoot Don’t Shoot (2012), an adaptation of...

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Friday, October 13, 2017

7:30pm

John Carpenter: Dark Star. New Digital Restoration!

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

United States | 1981 | John Carpenter

1997. The island of Manhattan has become America’s only maximum security prison. When Air Force One crash lands there and the President is taken hostage by a ruthless crime lord, one-eyed former bank robber Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 24 hours to rescue him. Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, and Isaac Hayes co-star in John Carpenter’s “futuristic” cult classic, one of the director’s best movies. DCP. 99 min.

9:30pm

Keeping Up with William E. Jones

TEAROOM

United States | 1962/2007 | William E. Jones

One of the most famous and explosive works by William E. Jones (see 10/12) is a compilation of silent Mansfield (OH) Police Department surveillance footage that was shot clandestinely through a two-way mirror in a public men’s room during the summer of 1962. As part of this crackdown on public sex, 30 defendants captured on film were found guilty of sodomy and each was sentenced to at least one year in the state pen. Tearoom...

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

5pm

New Digital Restoration!

TIME TO DIE

Mexico | 1966 | Arturo Ripstein

Latin American literary giants Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes co-wrote the first feature directed by Mexico’s master filmmaker Arturo Ripstein. Selected as a 2016 “Cannes classic” and only now being released in the U.S., this “chili Western” tells of an ex-con who served 18 years in prison for murder and now wants to lead a quiet life. But the sons of the man he killed have been waiting to take their own revenge. Cleveland...

6:50pm

Cleveland premiere!

EX LIBRIS: THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

United States | 2017 | Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman’s 42nd documentary continues the honorary Oscar winner’s lifelong interest in American institutions. This time his subject is the New York Public Library, one of the world’s great institutions of learning, with 92 branches, an engaged staff, and passionate patrons. The director’s unobtrusive, observant camera takes us behind the scenes. “Frederick Wiseman's next instant classic.” –Indiewire. DCP. 197 min.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

3pm

Cleveland premiere!

EX LIBRIS: THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

United States | 2017 | Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman’s 42nd documentary continues the honorary Oscar winner’s lifelong interest in American institutions. This time his subject is the New York Public Library, one of the world’s great institutions of learning, with 92 branches, an engaged staff, and passionate patrons. The director’s unobtrusive, observant camera takes us behind the scenes. “Frederick Wiseman's next instant classic.” –Indiewire. DCP. 197 min.

7pm

New Digital Restoration!

TIME TO DIE

Mexico | 1966 | Arturo Ripstein

Latin American literary giants Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes co-wrote the first feature directed by Mexico’s master filmmaker Arturo Ripstein. Selected as a 2016 “Cannes classic” and only now being released in the U.S., this “chili Western” tells of an ex-con who served 18 years in prison for murder and now wants to lead a quiet life. But the sons of the man he killed have been waiting to take their own revenge. Cleveland...

8:50pm

John Carpenter: Dark Star. New Digital Restoration!

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

United States | 1981 | John Carpenter

1997. The island of Manhattan has become America’s only maximum security prison. When Air Force One crash lands there and the President is taken hostage by a ruthless crime lord, one-eyed former bank robber Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 24 hours to rescue him. Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, and Isaac Hayes co-star in John Carpenter’s “futuristic” cult classic, one of the director’s best movies. DCP. 99 min.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

7pm

Special Offsite Event! The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre

THE UNTAMED

Mexico | 2016 | Amat Escalante

A Mexican wife and mother and her brutish husband live near a newly created meteor crater. They soon find themselves getting jiggy with a tentacled alien that probably arrived with the rock. (Talk about close encounters!) Amat Escalante’s first feature since he won best director at Cannes 2013 for his harrowing narco-thriller Heli is a wild horror/sci-fi fantasy that may be a parable about machismo, chauvinism, and homophobia. Andrzej Zuławski (Possession) would be proud....

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Friday, October 20, 2017

7:30pm

John Carpenter: Dark Star

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

United States | 1986 | John Carpenter

Kurt Russell plays a tough (but mostly toothless) truck driver who tangles with Chinese gangsters, warriors, sorcerers, and spirits while trying to rescue and retrieve a kidnapped young woman from the bowels of San Francisco’s Chinatown. John Carpenter’s rowdy, entertaining “kung fu Western buddy Chinese ghost love story” (Entertainment Weekly) has become a major cult favorite. With Kim Cattrall. DCP. 99 min.

9:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

NOCTURAMA

France | 2016 | Bertrand Bonello

A diverse group of young Parisian radicals plots a series of bomb attacks around the city before meeting up at their hideout, a luxury department store that, after hours, turns into a consumerist playground for them. This sensuously shot new film from the director of Saint Laurent and House of Pleasures shuns sociology and character motivation to focus on the abiding sense of angst and unease that has recently pervaded city life in the West....

21

Saturday, October 21, 2017

5pm

Film Classics in 16mm! 50th Anniversary!

WAVELENGTH

Canada, United States | 1967 | Michael Snow

Michael Snow’s rigorous study of space and time is one of the most famous, revered, and influential experimental films ever made—a slow, 45-minute zoom through a room. Yet this single shot encompasses four human events (including a death) and is augmented by dialogue, music, and sound effects. With Hollis Frampton. Preceded at 5:00 by the rare sound version of Stan Brakhage’s Scenes from Under Childhood Part 1 (USA, 1967), which Brakhage called “a visualization of...

6:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

NOCTURAMA

France | 2016 | Bertrand Bonello

A diverse group of young Parisian radicals plots a series of bomb attacks around the city before meeting up at their hideout, a luxury department store that, after hours, turns into a consumerist playground for them. This sensuously shot new film from the director of Saint Laurent and House of Pleasures shuns sociology and character motivation to focus on the abiding sense of angst and unease that has recently pervaded city life in the West....

9pm

John Carpenter: Dark Star

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

United States | 1986 | John Carpenter

Kurt Russell plays a tough (but mostly toothless) truck driver who tangles with Chinese gangsters, warriors, sorcerers, and spirits while trying to rescue and retrieve a kidnapped young woman from the bowels of San Francisco’s Chinatown. John Carpenter’s rowdy, entertaining “kung fu Western buddy Chinese ghost love story” (Entertainment Weekly) has become a major cult favorite. With Kim Cattrall. DCP. 99 min.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

4:30pm

70 Years of Polish Animation!

MASTERPIECES OF POLISH ANIMATION

Poland | 1957-82 | various directors

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of animated movies in Poland. To commemorate the occasion, we and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York co-present a program of ten mid-20th century prize winners and other classics by some of the country’s master animators. Program includes: Jan Lenica and Walerian Borowczyk’s Once There Was (1957); Mirosław Kijowicz’s Banner (1965); Witold Giersz’s Red and Black (1964); Kazimierz Urbański’s Sweet Rhythms (1965); Ryszard Czekala’s The Son (1970); Daniel Szczechura’s...

6:30pm

Ohio premiere!

SIERANEVADA

Romania | 2016 | Cristi Puiu

The new film from the director of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu is an intimate family epic in which a large Romanian clan gathers at an apartment for a ritual dinner and memorial service 40 days after the death of the patriarch. As siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins arrive and overflow into various rooms, the stage is set for a multiplicity of mini-dramas and arguments (about everything from 9/11 conspiracy theories to Romania’s Communist past)—especially...

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Friday, October 27, 2017

7:30pm

Film Classics in 35mm! John Carpenter: Dark Star

THEY LIVE

United States | 1988 | John Carpenter

A special pair of sunglasses allows a construction worker to see American society as it really is: run by powerful aliens who control the general population with subliminal messages to buy, breed, submit, and conform. John Carpenter’s subversive sci-fi/horror movie has become a major cult classic. “One of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left.” –Slavoj Žižek. Scope. 94 min.

9:25pm

New 4K Digital Restoration!

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

United States | 1968 | George A. Romero

George Romero’s made-in-Pittsburgh masterpiece that launched the modern zombie movie craze has been seen for decades in prints and videos of diminished, degraded, or adulterated (via colorization and 3D) visual quality. This is because the un-copyrighted film went early into the public domain. But now The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation, working with Romero and the movie’s producers, have returned to the original camera negative (and original audio) to assemble a pristine...

28

Saturday, October 28, 2017

5pm

Jeanne Moreau, 1928-2017. New Digital Restoration!

THE IMMORTAL STORY

France | 1968 | Orson Welles

The late Jeanne Moreau co-stars with Orson Welles in this haunting, rarely shown late Welles film (his first feature in color) made for French television. Based (like Babette’s Feast and Out of Africa) on an Isak Dinesen story, this sumptuous production is set in 19th-century Macao, where a wealthy merchant (Welles) uses his money and influence to make a legendary tale come true: one about an old man who hires a lucky sailor to impregnate...

6:20pm

New 4K Digital Restoration!

THE OLD DARK HOUSE

United States | 1932 | James Whale

Strangers stranded by a storm converge at a gloomy, sinister mansion inhabited by maniacs and murderers in this delightful mixture of gallows humor and gripping suspense. James (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein) Whale’s eerie Pre-Code masterpiece stars Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart, and Ernest Thesiger. “The greatest of all horror films…Nothing better in this vein has ever been done, before or since.” –William K. Everson. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 72 min.

7:55pm

New 4K Digital Restoration!

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

United States | 1968 | George A. Romero

George Romero’s made-in-Pittsburgh masterpiece that launched the modern zombie movie craze has been seen for decades in prints and videos of diminished, degraded, or adulterated (via colorization and 3D) visual quality. This is because the un-copyrighted film went early into the public domain. But now The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation, working with Romero and the movie’s producers, have returned to the original camera negative (and original audio) to assemble a pristine...

9:50pm

New 4K Digital Restoration! Original, Uncut, English-language Version!

SUSPIRIA

Italy | 1977 | Dario Argento

Here, at long last, is a 4K digital restoration of the original, uncut, English-language version of Dario Argento’s stylish horror masterpiece, six minutes longer than the version initially released in the U.S. Jessica Harper plays an American student who arrives at a European ballet academy only to discover that it is run by a coven of witches! Argento’s bold colors, baroque production design, and striking camerawork are enhanced by an influential rock score by Goblin....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

3:30pm

Jeanne Moreau, 1928-2017. New Digital Restoration!

THE IMMORTAL STORY

France | 1968 | Orson Welles

The late Jeanne Moreau co-stars with Orson Welles in this haunting, rarely shown late Welles film (his first feature in color) made for French television. Based (like Babette’s Feast and Out of Africa) on an Isak Dinesen story, this sumptuous production is set in 19th-century Macao, where a wealthy merchant (Welles) uses his money and influence to make a legendary tale come true: one about an old man who hires a lucky sailor to impregnate...

4:50pm

New 4K Digital Restoration!

THE OLD DARK HOUSE

United States | 1932 | James Whale

Strangers stranded by a storm converge at a gloomy, sinister mansion inhabited by maniacs and murderers in this delightful mixture of gallows humor and gripping suspense. James (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein) Whale’s eerie Pre-Code masterpiece stars Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart, and Ernest Thesiger. “The greatest of all horror films…Nothing better in this vein has ever been done, before or since.” –William K. Everson. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 72 min.

6:45pm

New Digital Restoration!

VAMPIR-CUADECUC

Spain | 1971 | Pere Portabella

This experimental feature by the Catalan director of The Silence Before Bach (2007) blends footage from the set of Jess Franco’s 1970 Christopher Lee film Count Dracula with asynchronous sound and an electronic soundtrack. It’s a playful but serious work in which the “undead” refers to both General Franco, the bloodthirsty avatar of a fascism that won’t die, and the cinema itself, which reanimates the dead. “Cuadecuc” is a Catalan word meaning “worm’s tail” that...

8:35pm

Film Classics in 35mm! John Carpenter: Dark Star

THEY LIVE

United States | 1988 | John Carpenter

A special pair of sunglasses allows a construction worker to see American society as it really is: run by powerful aliens who control the general population with subliminal messages to buy, breed, submit, and conform. John Carpenter’s subversive sci-fi/horror movie has become a major cult classic. “One of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left.” –Slavoj Žižek. Scope. 94 min.

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