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Support the Cinematheque from home!

Theatrical screenings in our auditorium are suspended indefinitely, but these films can be viewed online now. 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.

Action USA

USA | 1989 | John Stewart

Not every classic movie accorded a 4K restoration is a La Strada or a Beau Travail. A case in point is this forgotten, Texas-shot indie action flick and drive-in programmer that marked the directorial debut of a veteran Hollywood stuntman. The flimsy plot—the FBI protects a woman from gangsters pursuing stolen diamonds—is just a frame on which to hang a series of ridiculously mind-blowing stunts. So if you like car chases, car flips, car jumps, car crashes, and car explosions, to say nothing of men on fire, men falling from buildings, helicopter pursuits, and Casio soundtracks, then this is the movie for you. Call it Fast & Furious & Flabbergasting & Fatuous. And fun! “A must see for any action fan, and an even muster see for any fan of B-action movies that make you laugh.” –IMDb user christophaskell. With Cameron Mitchell and William Smith. Cleveland revival premiere. 97 min.  

Action USA, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/13 thru at least 12/3 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after renting the film, you have five days to watch it. 

https://kinomarquee.com/film/action-usa/5f8dbd02efa43b00014b8ae5/cleveland-cinematheque

Aggie

USA | 2019 | Catherine Gund

Cleveland-born art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund, who has bridged the visual arts world with social justice concerns (most visibly by establishing the Art for Justice Fund with the proceeds from the sale of a Roy Lichtenstein painting in 2017), is profiled in this new documentary by her Emmy-nominated filmmaker daughter. President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, Gund also has deep roots and ongoing professional connections with arts institutions in her hometown, including the Cleveland Institute of Art. (Her late brother George co-founded the Cleveland Cinematheque.) 91 min.    

Aggie, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 10/9 thru at least 11/26 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/aggie/play/5f6e68a42ded91010cb73cda 

The Black Book of Father Dinis

Portugal/France | 2018 | Valeria Sarmiento

An orphan and his nurse have a series of romantic adventures in late 18th-century Europe in this lush, opulent costume melodrama that director Valeria Sarmiento conceived as an appendix to 2010’s expansive Mysteries of Lisbon by her late husband Raúl Ruiz. (Both movies are based on novels by 19th-century Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco, who is depicted in Manoel de Oliveira’s Francisca.) Sarmiento’s yarn strides the continent from Rome and Venice to Paris and London, pondering the intertwined nature of fate, desire, and duty while exposing conspiracies involving the clergy, the military, and the gentry. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 103 min.

The Black Book of Father Dinis, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/20 thru at least 12/10 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.   

https://watch.eventive.org/black-book/play/5fb2d31abdc2e613eaa6d253 

Born to Be

USA | 2019 | Tania Cypriano

This acclaimed new documentary focuses on New York City’s life-changing Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, America’s first major hospital for transition-related healthcare. There we meet Dr. Jess Ting and some of his very diverse patients. “Deeply moving and humane.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. 92 min.

Born To Be, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/18 thru at least 12/10 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and you have five days to watch the film. 

http://kinomarquee.com/film/born-to-be/5f9832abd03d600001853aaf/cleveland-cinematheque

British Arrows Advertising Awards Greatest Hits

Britain | 1976–2000 | various directors

For numerous years, we have presented an annual program of witty, inventive commercials that won British Arrows, the UK’s advertising awards. This year we offer a special show consisting mostly of standout selections from previous programs—the best of the best— including ads directed by Wes Anderson, Jonathan Glazer, Michel Gondry, and the late Alan Parker. There are also seven new commercials made during the global pandemic lockdown. “You’ll find loads of self-deprecating humor, social satire and political provocation, singing and dancing, celebrities, and naughty innuendo, all influenced by developing technologies and changing attitudes.” –Walker Art Center. Cleveland premiere. 76 min. Special thanks to Deb Girdwood, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.  

British Arrows Advertising Awards Greatest Hits, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/20 thru at least 12/31 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $10 (you must enter the code CLE), and you have 72 hours to watch the program.  

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/arrowscleveland

Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man

USA | 2020 | Allen Farst

One of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll pianists and keyboardists of the last 40 years is profiled in this new documentary. But Chuck Leavell, long associated with the Allman Brothers and The Rolling Stones, is more than a musicians’ musician; he is also a major figure in environmental forestry and was once selected the U.S.’s Tree Farmer of the Year. Features Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Dickey Betts, and President Jimmy Carter, among many others. Cleveland premiere. 103 min.  

Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/6 thru at least 11/26 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after renting the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/thetreeman/play/5fa022deced42e00788342ba 

Citizens of the World

Italy | 2019 | Gianni Di Gregorio

In the genial new comedy from the director of 2008’s Mid-August Lunch, a former classics professor living in Rome (writer-director Di Gregorio) and his two retired seventy-something pals decide to move to another country where their meager pensions will go further. But where? Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Low-key but also undeniably heartwarming…A gentle celebration of good company, good wine and good intentions.” –Time Out. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 92 min.     

Citizens of the World, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 10/23 thru at least 11/12 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10 and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://distribfilmsusvirtual.vhx.tv/products/citizens-of-the-world-cleveland-cinematheque 

City Hall

USA | 2020 | Frederick Wiseman

You can’t fight city hall, so Frederick Wiseman decided to film it. For his 45th movie, America’s foremost chronicler of American institutions decided to document the inner workings of the municipal government in his native Boston, led by progressive mayor Martin Walsh. After a bruising presidential election, it’s perhaps restorative to be reminded that local government has more of an impact on our lives than does the federal one. Wiseman captures dedicated civil servants wrestling with such challenges as racial justice, affordable housing, and homelessness. Meanwhile, others work to maintain parks, city services, recordkeeping, etc. Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “A civics lesson that’s subtly delivered within some thoroughly exciting documentary filmmaking.” –The Wrap. Cleveland premiere. 275 min.   

City Hall, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/6 thru at least 11/26 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after renting the film, you have 7 days to watch it.   

https://watch.eventive.org/cityhall/play/5f832f289c163b00fcb45881 

Collective

Romania/Luxembourg | 2019 | Alexander Nanau

Romania’s official entry for Best Int’l Feature Film at the 2021 Academy Awards is a gripping nonfiction thriller that serves as a potent paean to investigative journalism. In the movie, whistleblowers, newspaper reporters, government officials, and burn victims help to uncover deadly corruption within Romania’s healthcare industry in the wake of 2015’s Colectiv nightclub fire. (The Bucharest catastrophe killed or injured over 200 people.) “A full on masterpiece.” –Rolling Stone. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 109 min.

Collective, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/20 thru at least 12/10 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/collective/play/5fa9a7d0718be40095f9967c 

Divine Love

Brazil/Uraguay/Denark/Norway/Chile/Sweden | 2019 | Gabriel Mascaro

In a slightly futuristic Brazil of dance parties and Christian fundamentalism, a deeply religious civil servant in the divorce registration office does her best to reconcile estranged spouses. This includes inviting them to join Divine Love, an evangelical, cult-like couples group that augments its prayers and services with partner swapping and group sex. This sci-fi film from the director of Neon Bull critiques his country’s right-wing regime. "Shocking, wonderfully acted and surprisingly erotic." —RogerEbert.com. Adults only. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 101 min.  

Divine Love, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/13 thru at least 12/3 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://row8.com/movie-details/97382258_cct 

Fantastic Fungi

United States | 2019 | Louie Schwartzberg

One of the most unexpected art house hits of 2019—and our most popular movie of all time—is a mind-blowing, beautifully photographed look at the world of mushrooms and how they can help save the planet. With Paul Stamets, Michael Pollan, and Andrew Weil; narrated by Brie Larson. 81 min.

Fantastic Fungi, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online thru 11/26 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $4.99 to rent or $14.99 to buy, and after renting the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.

http://vimeo.com/ondemand/clevelandcinematheque 

Fire Will Come

Spain/France/Luxembourg | 2019 | Oliver Laxe

In this beautiful and brooding rural fable with a mesmeric power, an inscrutable arsonist newly released from prison returns to live with his elderly mother in her Galician mountain village. Time goes by and tensions mount until there is another wildfire. In the March 2020 Sight & Sound magazine, guest editor Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) named director Oliver Laxe one of his 20 emerging filmmakers to watch during the 2020s. Bong called Fire Will Come, Laxe’s third feature, “arguably his most fully achieved work,” adding that “Laxe’s films invite us to dwell on faith and mysticism through a constant blurring of the lines—between fiction and documentary, filmmaker and subject, landscape and figure, interior and exterior, and spiritual and material worlds.” Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 85 min.  

Fire Will Come, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/6 thru at least 11/26 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/fire-will-come-cleveland-cinematheque 

Francisca

Portugal | 1981 | Manoel de Oliveira

It only took four decades for one of the greatest works by Portugal’s prodigious master Manoel de Oliveira to get a U.S. release! Francisca chronicles a perverse, mutually destructive love affair in which a 19th-century novelist and one of his closest friends pursue the same woman. This lush, color movie teems with stylistic and formal innovations. “A masterpiece.” –J. Hoberman. “A masterpiece of modern cinema.” —Dave Kehr. “Oliveira’s masterpiece.” –Int’l Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. New 4K restoration! Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 166 min.     

Francisca, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/13 thru at least 12/3 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://grasshopperfilm.vhx.tv/buy/cleveland-cinematheque-presents-francisca 

Free Time

USA | 2019 | Manfred Kirchheimer

The NY Times calls Manny Kirchheimer “an indispensable New York filmmaker, a noticer and listener without peer.” The latest “city symphony” by this 88-year-old documentarian is a snapshot (actually a series of snapshots) of a vanished NYC, set to music by Ravel, Bach, Eisler, and Count Basie. Culled from candid, B&W footage of kids, grown-ups, and neighborhoods shot on 16mm film by Kirchheimer and Walter Hess between 1958 and 1960, this evocative work captures urban life lived at a pace vastly different from today’s. “An uncommonly gentle portrait of New York life…Greatly alluring.” –Filmmaker Magazine. Cleveland premiere. 61 min.  

Free Time, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/11 thru at least 12/3 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://grasshopperfilm.vhx.tv/buy/cleveland-cinematheque-presents-free-time 

Ham on Rye

USA | 2019 | Tyler Taormina

Spoofing and ultimately subverting John Hughes-style teen comedies and end-of-high-school movies, this off-kilter indie imagines a bizarre rite-of-passage at a local deli on the last day of spring semester. Graduating seniors gather to dance, flirt, eat, and also learn their individual fates and futures. It’s the most important night of these kids’ lives, determining who will leave their suburban town and who will remain behind. (And you thought the prom was traumatic!) The expansive ensemble cast of over 100 includes non-actors, musicians, and 90's Nickelodeon child stars. “Has the uncanny echo of a disturbing real-life dream.” –The New Yorker. Cleveland premiere. 85 min.  

Ham on Rye, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 10/23 thru at least 12/3 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  Filmmaker Tyler Taormina will do a free, live Q&A with Cinematheque attendees on 12/1 at 7pm. Check event listing on our Film Schedule page for details. 

https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/cleveland-cinematheque-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase

Koko-Di Koko-Da

Sweden/Denmark | 2019 | Johannes Nyholm

This surreal, psychological horror film focuses on a grieving married couple on a camping trip intended to be therapeutic for them. But in the woods they find themselves caught up in an endless loop of torture and humiliation administered by macabre, menacing nursery rhyme characters who are pictured on their late daughter’s music box and who have strangely come to life. “Works as a parable for what happens to grief when it is left unexorcised and unexpressed.” –The Guardian. “Plays like the bastard offspring of Groundhog Day and The Babadook.” –Hollywood Reporter. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 86 min.  

Koko-di Koko-da, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/6 thru at least 11/26 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 24 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/kokodikokoda/play/5f977dea2da04300ccbfe6ea 

Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams

Japan/USA | 2019 | Ema Ryan Yamazaki

There is crying in baseball for some of the players on the nearly 4,000 Japanese teams who fail to contend for the country’s annual national high school baseball tournament. Known as “Koshien” because it takes place in the Hanshin Koshien Stadium. The hugely popular contest boasts alumni that include U.S. baseball stars Shohei Ohtani and former Yankee Hideki Matsui. This fascinating new documentary about the 100th annual Koshien is an emotional ride that also reveals Japan’s national character through a unique lens. “Compelling and illuminating…Eminently worth watching.” –Japan Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 94 min.  

Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/20 thru at least 12/10 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

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

Meeting the Beatles in India

Canada | 2020 | Paul Satlzman

In 1968, future Emmy-winning filmmaker Paul Saltzman was a distraught young man who traveled to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in order to heal his broken heart. By chance, his stay at the ashram overlapped with the time the Beatles were there, so he spent several days hanging out with the Fab Four and their extended party (which included Mia Farrow, Donovan, and Mike Love) at the height of their worldwide fame. Saltzman looks back on that magical time on the banks of the Ganges in this film that includes 40 of his personal photos never-before-seen in any other Beatles movie. Produced by David Lynch, who also appears; narrated by Morgan Freeman. Cleveland premiere. 82 min.  

Meeting the Beatles in India, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/11 thru at least 11/26 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 24 hours to watch it.  

https://www.gathr.pro/QL3F2/2CTPL/ 

Monsoon

UK | 2019 | Hong Khaou

Henry Golding of Crazy Rich Asians plays a British Vietnamese man who returns to his native country three decades after fleeing it as one of the post-war “boat people” when he was a child. Traveling from Saigon to Hanoi with his parents’ ashes, he eventually meets and falls for an American man whose father had fought in the conflict. “An intimate drama of surprising depth.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 86 min.    

Monsoon, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/13 thru at least 12/3 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after renting the film, you have seven days to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/monsoon/play/5fa0861860d393008fbeadda 

NYICFF Kid Flicks One

Canada/Czech Republic/France/Germany/Japan/Mexico/South Korea/USA | 2018–20 | various directors

Seven inspiring short films (for ages 5+) from the 2020 New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival include six animated works (with subjects ranging from cats to chameleons) and one documentary (on chess). For the complete line-up, visit the NYICFF website. All films are in English, have no dialogue, or have brief English subtitles. Presented in partnership with New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival. Cleveland premiere. 58 min. 

NYICFF Kid Flicks Onea Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 10/15 thru 12/31 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the program, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.nyicff.org/events/cleveland-institute-of-art-cinematheque-presents-kid-flicks-one/ 

NYICFF Kid Flicks Two

Canada/Chile/China/Colombia/France/Iran/Qatar/USA | 2018–19 | various directors

Nine inspiring short films for ages 8+ from the 2020 New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival include six animated works (two set on unknown planets) and three live-action works (about kites, soccer, and a first date). For the complete line-up, visit the NYICFF website. All films are in English or have English subtitles. Presented in partnership with New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival. Cleveland premiere. 66 min.  

NYICFF Kid Flicks Twoa Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 10/29 thru 12/31 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the program, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.nyicff.org/events/cleveland-institute-of-art-presents-kid-flicks-two/ 

NYICFF ¡Viva Kid Flicks!

This program’s seven brilliant Spanish-language shorts for ages 8+ include animated, live action, and non-fiction works. Boasting a range of kids’ perspectives, they speak volumes in any tongue. For the complete line-up, visit the NYICFF site. Presented in partnership with New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 65 min.  

NYICFF ¡Viva Kid Flicks!, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/12 thru at least 12/31 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the program, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.nyicff.org/events/cleveland-institute-of-art-presents-viva-kid-flicks/ 

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

USA | 2019 | Ric Burns

This new documentary explores the life and work of the legendary British neurologist who wrote and published popular case studies like Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Though an internationally beloved figure by the end of his life (he died in 2015), Sacks battled drug addiction, homophobia, and a resistant medical establishment earlier in his storied career. “Deeply affecting.” –Hollywood Reporter. 114 min.  

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/23 thru at least 12/3 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have five days to watch it.  

https://kinomarquee.com/film/oliver-sacks-his-own-life/5f331d779759290001908a00/cleveland-cinematheque 

Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack

USA | 2019 | Deborah Shaffer, Rachel Reichman

Artist Audrey Flack is a celebrated American painter and a sculptor known for her pioneering work in photorealism. Now 89, she has also been a mother, feminist, teacher, and rebel. In this new portrait, she discusses (among other things) her long-term struggles as the mother of a child with autism. “The artist finally gets her due in this documentary about her life.” —Forbes. Cleveland premiere. 75 min.  

Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/13 thru at least 12/3 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://www.filmmovementplus.com/products/cleveland-cinematheque-queen-of-hearts-audreyflack 

Radium Girls

USA | 2018 | Lydia Dean Pilcher, Ginny Mohler

Two teen sisters in 1920s New Jersey who paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at the American Radium factory begin to experience mysterious health problems. They soon discover they are not alone so set out to learn more. With Joey King and Abby Quinn; produced by Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner. Cleveland premiere. 80 min.    

Radium Girls, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 10/30 thru at least 12/3 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 24 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/radiumgirls/play/5f845429b69f410037bb6e34 

Raining in the Mountain

Taiwan/Hong Kong | 1979 | King Hu

Martial arts, mysticism, and magnificent scenery merge in this newly restored historical spectacle by King Hu (Dragon InnA Touch of Zen). Set at a secluded Buddhist monastery during the Ming Dynasty, the film focuses on an aging abbot who asks an aristocrat and a general to help him pick his successor. But both of these advisors prove corrupt and self-serving—most interested in stealing the temple’s handwritten sacred scroll. “Has all the magic of a fairy story, with its villains, good guys, and secret treasure.” –Time Out. Cleveland revival premiere. Mandarin with subtitles. 120 min.  

Raining in the Mountain, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/6 thru at least 11/26 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://www.filmmovementplus.com/products/cleveland-cinematheque-raining-in-the-mountain 

Smooth Talk

USA | 1985 | Joyce Chopra

Laura Dern and Treat Williams star in this coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl, eager for her sexual awakening, who enters into an ambiguous relationship with a mysterious, macho, menacing stranger she meets one summer day. Based on the Joyce Carol Oates short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?  “The film’s power is enormous…A drama that seems to have been filmed holding its breath.” —The New Yorker (2020). With Mary Kay Place and Levon Helm. New 4K restoration! Cleveland revival premiere. 92 min.     

Smooth Talk, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/13 thru at least 12/3 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.eventive.org/smoothtalk/play/5fa597eb476d660071551361 

Team Marco

USA | 2019 | Julio Vincent Gambuto

In this delightful family comedy, Marco, a 12-year-old boy who’s obsessed with video games and hardly ever leaves the house, is introduced to bocce ball by his Italian grandfather. Pretty soon Marco and his young friends are challenging local seniors at their own sport. Cleveland premiere. 92 min.  

Team Marco, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/6 thru at least 11/26 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://samuelgoldwynfilms.vhx.tv/products/team-marco-cleveland-cinematheque 

Double Feature

Toby Dammit & La Jetée

Italy/France | 1968 | Federico Fellini     France | 1962 | Chris Marker

These two European fantasies from the 1960s are two of the best short films ever made! Toby Dammit is Federico Fellini’s episode from the 1968 omnibus film Spirits of the Dead, which consisted of three adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe short stories. Terence Stamp plays an alcoholic British movie star in Rome who is plagued by diabolical visions. This color chiller is one of the maestro’s most stylish movies, and has music by Nino Rota. La Jetée (The Jetty or The Pier, which shows first) is a unique, haunting, post-apocalyptic fantasy about memory, time travel, and destiny. It was the only fiction film by the great ciné-essayist Chris Marker and inspired Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys. Pauline Kael called it “the greatest science-fiction movie I’ve ever seen.” Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. Approx. 70 min.  

Toby Dammit & La Jetée, Cinematheque streaming exclusives, can be viewed online from 11/20 thru at least 12/10 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the program, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/tobyjetee/play/5fb694c0c06888009b2ea8ba 

The Twentieth Century

Canada | 2019 | Matthew Rankin

Guy Maddin, John Waters, and German Expressionism meet 1940s melodramas and wartime propaganda movies in this fictionalized, phantasmagoric account of the rise to power of former Canadian politician William Lyon Mackenzie King, who served three non-consecutive terms as Prime Minister between 1921 and 1948. With color-blind casting and cross-gender acting, this bizarre, funny, irreverent spectacle creates a stylized, artificial universe light years away from staid biopics of yesteryear. “Clever animation, wacky puppets, painted backdrops and masks create a twisted, cult atmosphere as well as pay tribute to film classics. –Variety. Cleveland premiere. 90 min. 

The Twentieth Century, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/20 thru at least 12/10 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/thetwentiethcentury/play/5faaf4545e20bf003e76af68 


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Yes, we’ve relaxed our stringent presentation standards during our current coronavirus quarantine and closure. Though we still believe that movies are properly seen only in theaters (especially true in the case of the great, unusual, and special ones that the Cinematheque shows), we also believe that moviegoers should not have to jeopardize their health to view them that way.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with a number of our longtime film suppliers to allow temporary streaming of their movies on a unique revenue-sharing basis. When you rent one of the films listed on this page (accessing it through the Cleveland Cinematheque link), the fee you pay will be split between us and the film company. (The money is much needed on both ends). This arrangement allows distributors to keep releasing new films and restored classics to art houses like the Cinematheque while the nation’s theatrical exhibition network is offline.

We know that watching films at home is not the same as watching them on the big screen, with big sound, in our Peter B. Lewis Theater. But don’t feel guilty about compromising your own standards. You’re supporting us by streaming these movies, so we forgive you for aligning yourself right now with “the competition,” at-home viewing. (To be honest, we’re paying to watch these same films—and dealing with the same intermittent technical issues—from our own homes during this time.) We can all resume being cinema purists when this crisis is over.

Just don’t become too enamored of watching art films from your couch. We want you to return to the Cinematheque after the COVID-19 cloud passes. So go ahead and frequent our online multiplex and enjoy “virtual cinema” as often as you can. But always remember that “virtual” is the operative word. With your help, we will resume showing real movies in a real theater (where they will look, sound, and play the way they should) when this crisis subsides.

—John Ewing, Cinematheque Director