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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.

Algren

USA | 2021 | Michael Caplan

This new documentary takes the viewer on a journey through the gritty world, brilliant mind, and noble heart of American writer Nelson Algren, whom Hemingway declared second only to Faulkner and whose 1949 novel The Man with the Golden Arm won the first-ever National Book Award. Algren (1909-1981) was an astute and compassionate artist whose thirst for justice pushed him to champion America’s most marginalized citizens, giving a voice to the voiceless. The film includes archival footage and photos, newly uncovered audio recordings, and interviews with fans like William Friedkin, Russell Banks, Philip Kaufman, and John Sayles. “A riveting, comprehensive depiction.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. 85 min. 

Algren, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 1/7 thru at least 1/27 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/algren-at-the-cleveland-cinematheque

Ascension

USA/China | 2021 | Jessica Kingdon

Winner of the award for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, this visually stunning look at the “Chinese Dream” surveys class consciousness, capitalism, and conspicuous consumption in the PRC. (This film will show in our PBL Theater on 11/27 at 6:55 pm.) Filmed at 51 different locations throughout China, this observational work that forgoes voiceover and commentary proves a pure, perpetual eye-opener. Individual sequences—with subjects ranging from a factory that manufactures sex dolls, to schools for bodyguards and butlers—never fail to transfix, surprise, and/or sting. 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of 10/6). Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 

Ascension, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/5 thru at least 1/27 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/ascension/play/6179d875dfe3b40063a660eb

Buck and the Preacher

United States | 1972 | Sidney Poitier

The late, great Sidney Poitier co-stars with Harry Belafonte in this woke, post-Civil War western that also marked Poitier’s directorial debut. In it, a veteran scout teams up with a (con) man of God to lead a wagon train of ex-slaves/would-be settlers West to Kansas, despite interference from a band of racist raiders. With Ruby Dee and Cameron Mitchell; music by Benny Carter. 102 min.

Buck and the Preacher, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 1/11 thru at least 2/3 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $10 and you have 24 hours to watch it.

http://watch.eventive.org/buckandthepreacher/play/61d894ab8759fa003663bed0

Hive

Kosovo/Switzerland/Armenia/Macedonia | 2020 | Bierta Basholli

Shown theatrically earlier in December, the first movie to win all three of the top prizes at Sundance (Grand Jury Award, Audience Award, and Directing Award in the World Cinema Dramatic competition) is a quietly compelling tale of an uneducated Kosovan single mother whose husband remains missing years after the war with Serbia and Montenegro. Uniting with other local war widows, this determined survivor turns to entrepreneurship to provide for herself and her family—but meets heavy resistance from the hidebound village patriarchy. 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of 10/6). Subtitles. 84 min. 

Hive, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 12/17 thru at least 1/27 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12 and you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://kinomarquee.com/film/hive/615b49ff3d02cf000113840f?venue_id=124

How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock & Roll

USA | 2018 | Robert Clem

This new movie tells the story of how Black gospel quartet music became a primary source of what would eventually be known as rock & roll, helping to break down racial walls in mid-twentieth century America. The film features classic performance footage of the Soul Stirrers, Dixie Hummingbirds, Blind Boys of Alabama, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and many others. Quartet members give vivid accounts of how they “got over” in their performances: shouting, bending backwards, dancing, jumping off the stage—what came to be known as “gospel drama.” Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of 11/17). “Revealing and inspiring...An invaluable documentary which combines historical scholarship with thrilling glimpses of gospel singers.” –L.A. Times. Cleveland premiere. 87 min. 

How They Got Over, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/24 thru at least 1/27 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/how-they-got-over-at-the-cleveland-cinematheque

Joy Womack: The White Swan

Russia/UK/USA | 2021 | Dina Burlis, Segey Gavrilov, Danila Kuznetsov

This new documentary captures how Texas girl Joy Womack, propelled by her dreams, overcame physical deficiencies and injuries to become the first American to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and sign a contract with the Bolshoi Ballet. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 91 min. 

Joy Womack: The White Swan, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 12/10 thru at least 1/20 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $6.99 and you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.eventive.org/joywomack/play/61b23d35b571cb00459a955d

The Last Picture Show

USA | 1971 | Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich’s celebrated and evocative coming-of-age story is set in a small, dying north Texas town during 1951 and 1952. However, there’s more sex and drama within this sad, close-knit community than you might imagine. The star-studded cast includes Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Randy Quaid, and Oscar winners Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson (both won the award for this movie). 118 min.

The Last Picture Show, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 1/7 thru at least 1/27 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/thelastpictureshow/play/61d7921387941f004cc90bf9

Love It Was Not

Israel/Austria | 2020 | Maya Sarfaty

This remarkable and harrowing documentary charts the risky WWII-era relationship between a beautiful teenage Auschwitz prisoner and one of her captors, a high-ranking Nazi SS officer. Helena Citron and Franz Wunsch carried on their affair for two and a half years, until the camp was liberated. Three decades later, a letter from Wunsch’s wife begs Helena to testify on her husband’s behalf at his war crimes trial. 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of 11/16). “Uniquely compelling, exhaustively researched…Never settles for pat answers.” –L.A. Times. Subtitles. 86 min. 

Love It Was Not, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/24 thru at least 1/27 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $9.99 and you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.eventive.org/loveitwasnot/play/61944ade496396007821d9ed

They Say Nothing Stays the Same

Japan | 2019 | Joe Odagiri

In this exquisite new work of classical cinema that was shot by frequent Wong Kar-wai collaborator Christopher Doyle, an elderly, rural ferryman in Meiji-era Japan who transports people, livestock, and goods across a river finds his life transformed—not only by a soon-to-be-built bridge, but also by a mysterious woman he saves from drowning. Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of 11/24). “[A] Zen-like, meditative and gleaming feature film debut…Luminous cinematography.” –Boston Herald. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 137 min.

They Say Nothing Stays the Same, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 12/3 thru at least 2/3 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $6.99 and you have 72 hours to watch it.

https://watch.eventive.org/tsnsts/play/61a7fe3700d4b00069ab9a4e

Uppercase Print

Romania | 2021 | Radu Jude

A real-life 17-year-old Romanian high school student whose anti-Ceausescu graffiti in the early 1980s brought the repressive regime down on him is the subject of this scathing film from the director of Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (which we play theatrically on 12/16 & 17)Based on an experimental play that incorporates actual secret police transcripts, and full of fascinating clips from state-sponsored TV during the Communist era, Jude’s Brechtian movie demonstrates how propaganda and perverted language help to suppress freedom and individuality. “Expands the practice of nonfiction filmmaking into ingeniously imaginative dimensions.” –The New Yorker. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 128 min. NOTE: We will present one theatrical screening of Uppercase Print on 1/27 at 6:45pm.

Uppercase Print, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 12/17 thru at least 1/27 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12 and you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://bigworldpictures.vhx.tv/products/uppercase-print-at-the-cinematheque

The Whaler Boy

Belgium, Poland, Russia | 2020 | Philipp Yuryev

A 15-year-old Siberian boy living on the Bering Strait sets out in a small fishing boat to find a beautiful American webcam model he saw on the internet. She seems so close--just across the water. "There’s an almost fable-like simplicity to this atmospheric coming of age story." --Screen Daily. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 93 min.

The Whaler Boy, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 1/14 thru at least 2/3 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $6.99 and you have 72 hours to watch it.

http://watch.eventive.org/thewhalerboy/play/61de0be83127d1008a2bc898

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Japan | 2020 | Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Shown theatrically in October (but deserving of a bigger audience than saw it then), the new film from the director of Happy Hour and Asako I & II and the upcoming Drive My Car tells three contemporary female-centric love stories exploring the complex workings of the human heart. The first tale chronicles an awkward love triangle; the second charts the path of an attempted seduction of an academic; and the third merges past feelings with present ones. “Full of understated, melancholy poetry…Emotionally authentic and consistently absorbing…Rueful ruminations on love, loss and longing.” –Hollywood Reporter. “Critic’s pick…A perfect entry point into Hamaguchi’s work.” –NY Times. Subtitles. 121 min. 

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 11/19 thru at least 1/20 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $10 and you have 72 hours to watch it.

https://watch.eventive.org/wofaf/play/61956ef74cc476005af04ba2

White on White

Spain/Chile/France/Germany | 2019 | Théo Court

A photographer is summoned by a powerful landowner in 19th-century Tierra del Fuego to take pictures of his child bride. He stays on to document the workings of the man’s vast estate and, in doing so, inadvertently becomes complicit in the horrors of colonialism. This haunting Chilean Oscar submission stars Alfredo Castro, memorable in many Pablo Larraín films. 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of 12/6). “Critic’s Pick…Distressingly beautiful and subtly provocative…Considers the casual violence of image-making against a 19th-century backdrop of flesh-and-bones barbarism.” –NY Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 100 min. 

White on White, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 12/10 thru at least 1/20 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12 and you have 72 hours to watch it. 

http://watch.eventive.org/whiteonwhite/play/61ae4dcce85fcc00605ca2df

 


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