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Support the Cinematheque from home!

Theatrical screenings in our auditorium have resumed, but these films can be viewed online from the comfort of home. Watching them through the links below supports the Cinematheque! New titles will be added every week. 

Previous virtual offerings may still be available to stream. See Film Schedule pages for titles, descriptions, and links.

Alma's Rainbow

USA | 1994 | Ayoka Chenzira 

Rainbow, a teenage Black girl and part-time dancer living in 1990s Brooklyn with her mother Alma, is conflicted about her future. Should she follow the practical, prosaic path personified by her strait-laced mom, a beauty salon owner? Or is Alma’s free-spirited sister Ruby, an artist newly arrived from Paris after 10 years of living there, a more appealing role model—especially given Rainbow’s artistic leanings? Three decades after its debut, this neglected gem by an African-American indie filmmaker who never made another theatrical feature is finally getting the attention it deserves. “A gorgeous clarion call for our young Black girls.” –Ava DuVernay. 85 min. 

Alma’s Rainbow, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/16 thru at least 10/6 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12 and you have 7 days to watch it. 

https://kinomarquee.com/film/alma-s-rainbow/62c5c51935e21a0001c034a9?venue_id=124

American Madness

USA | 1932 | Frank Capra

Frank Capra’s Pre-Code classic (never before shown at the Cinematheque) stars Walter Huston as an upstanding bank president during the Great Depression who becomes embroiled in a scandal that leads to a run on his institution. Capra’s longtime collaborator Robert Riskin (It Happened One NightMr. Deeds Goes to TownMeet John Doe, et al.) wrote the original screenplay. “[A] breathtaking film from Capra’s golden period.” –Time Out Film Guide. 79 min. 

American Madness, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/9 thru at least 9/29 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $10 and you have 24 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.eventive.org/americanmadness/play/631112bb80401b0091fab0ff

Bloom Up

Italy | 2021 | Mauro Russo Rouge 

This new documentary presents an honest, sensual, sex-positive look at the swinger lifestyle—profiling a happily-married, middle-aged Italian couple who run a pet store by day and organize elaborate sex parties at night. “More emotionally than sexually voyeuristic.” –Screen Daily. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 88 min. NOTE: This film also shows theatrically on Sun., 9/11 at 6:30 pm.

Bloom Up, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 8/19 thru at least 9/29 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12 and you have 5 days to watch it. 

http://kinomarquee.com/film/bloom-up/62cc5eab87df3600011d1cc1/cleveland-cinematheque

The Celluloid Bordello

USA, 2021, Juliana Piccillo 

Sex workers have served as muses to moviemakers since the dawn of cinema. From white slavery pictures (1900’s The Girl Who Went Astray) to iconic rom-coms (Pretty Woman) and indie hits (Tangerine), hookers, hustlers, call girls, streetwalkers and strippers have been staples of the silver screen. Cinematic sex workers are punchlines, moral lessons, or fantasy figures who are often brutalized or killed off, though sometimes rescued. Aligned with trauma, violence, and pathos, they are rarely depicted with the resilience and success that some real-life sex workers experience. This clip-filled new film—which is equal parts historical overview, critique, and homage—brings sex workers to the theater. It lets actual dommes, escorts, porn stars, and hustlers reveal which films they love and which they hate, which movies get it right and which miss the mark, and most importantly, how perpetuating stereotypes affects real peoples' lives. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. 86 min. 

The Celluloid Bordello, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 8/12 thru at least 10/13 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $10 and you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.firstrunfeatures.com/products/the-celluloid-bordello-at-cleveland-cinematheque

Free Puppies!

USA | 2022 | Christina Thomas, Samantha Wishman

Tens of thousands of unwanted dogs from the rural South have been transported to new homes in other parts of the country thanks to the tireless efforts of a grassroots network of volunteer dog rescuers, mostly women, some of whom are profiled in this uplifting film. Will get your tail wagging! 70 min.

Free Puppies!, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 8/26 thru at least 10/6 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $10 and you have 72 hours to watch it. 

http://watch.firstrunfeatures.com/products/free-puppies-at-the-cleveland-cinematheque

Private Desert

Brazil/Portugal | 2021 | Aly Muritiba 

Brazil’s official entry for the 2022 Oscar for Best Int’l Feature Film focuses on a disgraced policeman who drives 2000 miles across Brazil to find his online “lover” Sara, whom he has never met in person but who has suddenly gone missing. Shown at the 46th Cleveland Int’l Film Festival. “A welcome and assured intervention into [Brazil’s] calcified ideals about desire and masculinity…Achingly beautiful—and incredibly erotic.” –Variety. Adults only! Subtitles. 121 min. 

Private Desert, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/23 thru at least 10/13 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12 and you have 7 days to watch it. 

http://kinomarquee.com/film/private-desert/62d840ebc926fc00012a7fe1/cleveland-cinematheque


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