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Support the Cinematheque from home!

Though our theatrical screenings are suspended indefinitely, these films can be viewed online now. Watching them through the links below supports the Cinematheque! New titles will be added every week.

Special online one-time event!

Three Ages
with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model!

USA | 1923 | Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline

To celebrate the 34th anniversary of the first Cinematheque screening at the Cleveland Institute of Art (on 8/8/86), Ben Model, one of the world’s foremost silent film accompanists, will make his belated Cinematheque debut—remotely—by providing live piano accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s first feature. Ben won’t be playing in our Peter B. Lewis Theater, which remains closed; he will be playing live from his own home, where the movie also will be projected. Those with a computer, phone, smart TV, or other internet-connected device will be able to watch and listen the film full screen, as it happens, via Ben’s YouTube channel. (Ticket buyers will be emailed a link on 8/8 that will allow access.) Model, a student of the late, legendary silent film organist Lee Erwin, has provided music for hundreds of silent films over the past 35+ years and is the resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theatre in Culpeper, Virginia. Three Ages, which we have not screened for almost 30 years, is a three-episode comedy in which a meek young man (Keaton) vies with a brutish rival (Wallace Beery) for the love of a woman during three different epochs—the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, and “modern times” (Roaring Twenties America). The film’s multi-part structure, cross-cutting between stories, and flowerily worded intertitles spoof D.W. Griffith’s grand 1916 historical epic Intolerance. Cinematheque Director John Ewing will introduce this private, one-time, live-streaming event (which will not be archived for later viewing) starting at 7:30pm. Total approx. 90 min. Special online event pricing $12; Cinematheque members, CIA & CSU ID holders, and those age 25 & under $9. Purchase tickets here.

All tickets must be purchased online by 6pm on 8/8, and all ticket buyers must supply an email address to which we can send the private screening link for the show.

https://www.cia.edu/cinematheque/film-schedule/2020/08/three-ages

The 11th Green

USA | 2020 | Christopher Munch

Campbell Scott stars in the unclassifiable new film by the maverick American auteur behind the 1991 John Lennon/Brian Epstein drama The Hours and Times. The 11th Green is also a work of speculative fiction in which an investigative journalist and a Barack Obama-like U.S. President come up against the “E.T. industrial complex” while trying to discover what Dwight Eisenhower knew about UFOs during the 1950s.  "A thoughtful and compelling what-if, starring a never-better Campbell Scott." —Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. 109 min.

The 11th Green, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 6/26 thru 8/27 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $8, and after renting the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.

https://theatricalathome.com/products/the-11th-green?variant=34656891633820

2020 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour

Canada, France, Malaysia, Morroco, USA | 2020 | various directors

The Sundance Film Festival is widely considered the premier American showcase for new short films. For over 30 years, it has been the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers (Taika Waititi, Dee Rees, Debra Granik, Damien Chazelle, et al.). The Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour 2020 gives moviegoers a taste of the festival through six acclaimed mini-movies from around the world encompassing fiction, documentary, and animation. One of them is Sofia Alaoui's So What If the Goats Die, winner of the 2020 Short Film Grand Jury Prize. For the complete program, visit their website. Cleveland premiere. 80 min.

2020 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/24 thru 8/13 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have seven days to watch it.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sundanceshortscleveland

Aria

UK | 1987 | various directors

Ten of the hottest directors of the 1980s—including Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, and Julien Temple—unleash their unbridled imaginations on ten visualizations of famous opera arias by Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, and others (including “Nessun Dorma”). Often irreverent and over the top, with little spoken dialogue, this anthology film also boasts a cast of notables—from Tilda Swinton and Theresa Russell to John Hurt, Beverly D’Angelo, and Buck Henry. New digital restoration! Adults only! Cleveland revival premiere. 91 min.

Aria, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/24 thru 8/13 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $4.99, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.

http://lghtyr.video/Aria-CIA

Around the Sun

UK | 2019 | Oliver Krimpas

Well received at the 2019 Cleveland Int’l Film Festival, this Rohmeresque romantic drama with a sci-fi subtext revolves around a film location scout (Gethin Anthony of Game of Thrones) and the young real estate agent (Cara Theobold of Downton Abbey) who shows him around a neglected 17th-century chateau in Normandy. As they tour the place, she informs him that it was where 18th-century French man of letters Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle set a famous book that attempted to make sophisticated philosophical and scientific concepts understandable to the layman. This was accomplished through a series of conversations between a man and a woman as they perambulated around the property. Is history repeating itself? Written by Jonathan Kiefer. “Exquisite.” –Austin Chronicle. 78 min.  

Around the Sun, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/31 thru 8/20 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 48 hours to watch it. 

vimeo.com/ondemand/aroundthesuncleveland 

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

USA | 2020 | Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

The final night at a Las Vegas dive bar facing its own "last call" is the subject of the fifth film by Ohio-born sibling cineastes Bill and Turner Ross (45365). An affecting mix of the staged and the unscripted, this evocative, empathetic look at the hard-drinking denizens of a local watering hole should serve as some sort of balm for barflies missing their own hangouts during the current COVID crisis. “Genuinely great, a singular and moving glimpse of loneliness, community and finding the strength to face another day.” –L.A. Times. Cleveland premiere. 98 min.

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/24 thru 8/13 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.

https://www.altavod.com/content/bloody-nose-empty-pockets-cia

Chicago (silent version)

USA | 1927 | Frank Urson

Long thought lost, the first, silent film version of the 1926 Broadway hit that later became the 1942 comedy classic Roxie Hart and then the Oscar-winning 2002 musical Chicago has recently been rediscovered and restored! Produced (and maybe directed) by Cecil B. DeMille, the film stars Phyllis Haver as the Jazz Age wife and gold-digger who kills her lover, only to turn her scandalous murder trial into a p.r. circus, using her notoriety to advance her show business career. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra provides the excellent new music score. “Silent filmmaking at its peak!” –DVD Beaver. Cleveland revival premiere. Approx. 105 min.   

Chicago, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 8/7 thru 8/27 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://fmplus.video/clevelandcinematheque-chicago

Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy

USA | 2018 | Rauzar Alexander

What do Viola Davis, Adam Driver, Jessica Chastain, and Patti LuPone have in common? They are but a few of the extraordinary performers who have studied under the renowned acting teacher Moni Yakim at Juilliard, America's greatest performing arts school, where Yakim is the last remaining founder of the legendary Drama Division. The movie takes us inside drama classes where Moni and his wife Mina pour their love and passion into preparing the next generation of actors for the spotlight. Features interviews with Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Kline, and others. "A love letter to a teacher who shaped the futures of so many wonderful actors, and who is an incredible performer in his own right."  —Film Threat. Cleveland premiere. 78 min. 

Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 6/19 thru 8/27 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after renting the film, you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.firstrunfeatures.com/products/creating-a-character-at-the-cleveland-cinematheque

CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine

aka Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM magazine

USA | 2019 | Scott Crawford

Founded in post-riot 1969 Detroit, CREEM magazine soon rose from upstart underground rag to rock music powerhouse. More down and dirty than the mossy Rolling Stone, the impudent CREEM covered 1970s sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll with a roadie or groupie's relish, giving early ink to punk, metal, and new wave bands and a megaphone to legendary music critic Lester Bangs. With Alice Cooper, Cameron Crowe, Michael Stipe, et al. "A brief, careening survey through the publication's two-decade life and times, filled with colorful personalities and commentary. Vintage rock fans will be in (cough) high heaven." –Variety. Cleveland premiere. 73 min.  

CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 8/7 thru 8/27 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $9.99, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/creem/play/5f20641c76ef69004594f974

Dear Diary (Caro Diario)

Italy/France | 1993 | Nanni Moretti

Nanni Moretti’s breakthrough film won him the Best Director Prize at Cannes (beating Quentin Tarantino for Pulp Fiction). It’s a funny, rueful, semi-autobiographical triptych in which the wry Italian writer-director—an ardent film buff—tools around summertime Rome on his Vespa, then travels to the Aeolian Islands near Sicily in search of peace and quiet, then asks doctors about a persistent rash that's bothering him. With Jennifer Beals. “For all his apparent casualness, Mr. Moretti is a perfectionist who shapes his material with subtle care. With a seductive rhythm, the film alternates between wry encounters and lovely restful interludes, the latter presented so soothingly that they create a contemplative mood...Beautiful Italian scenery is also among this film's many pleasures.” –The New York Times. “A masterwork by a modern movie man, for whom images have effaced the boundary between life and art.” –The New Yorker. New digital restoration. Cleveland revival premiere. 100 min.  

Dear Diary (Caro Diario), a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/31 thru 8/20 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://fmplus.video/clevelandcinematheque-carodiario

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 8/31 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

The Fight

USA | 2020 | Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

ACLU lawyers battle the Trump administration over voting rights, abortion, parent-child separation, and the loss of a soldier's military career in this moving and inspiring new documentary. The Fight offers a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at unsung heroes who protect our freedoms and civil rights. Cleveland premiere. 96 min. 

The Fight, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/31 thru 8/20 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/thefight/play/5f1f189329f14a00623cb53c 

Immediately following the film there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Kerry Washington and the four ACLU lawyers featured in the film (Brigitte Amiri, Lee Gelernt, Dale Ho, and Chase Strangio). This conversation is exclusive to virtual cinema and in-theater engagements. Additionally, patrons will have free access to a live Q&A on Sun. 8/2 with the filmmakers and lawyers, moderated by Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post. This will be also be archived and available beyond 8/2.

Flannery

USA | 2019 | Elizabeth Coffman, Mark Bosco, S.J.

The life, work, and legacy of Southern Gothic literary icon Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), author of Wise Blood, is explored in this new documentary narrated by Mary Steenburgen and featuring interviews with Hilton Als, Alice Walker, Tommy Lee Jones, Conan O'Brien, and others. The film looks at this shy, funny, devout, disabled author from Georgia through her own writings and cartoons, archival footage, and conversations with those who knew her best. "An extraordinary documentary that allows us to follow the creative process of one of our country’s greatest writers." –Ken Burns. Cleveland premiere. 97 min.

Flannery, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/17 thru 8/13 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after renting the film, you have 24 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.eventive.org/flannery/play/5f05fde52a209f005af51aae

A four-part live virtual discussion series will be available: The Modern Consciousness: A 'Flannery' Discussion Series will feature guest moderators and panelists alongside the filmmakers for conversations 'On Race' (Monday, July 20); 'On Faith' (Monday, July 27); 'On Disability' (Monday, August 3) and 'On Craft' (Monday, August 10) in relation to O'Connor's work and writings. More information on these virtual events, which audiences can participate in can be found on the film's Facebook page.

A Girl Missing

Japan/France | 2019 | Kôji Fukada 

A beloved home healthcare worker who is almost a member of the family finds her life upended when she becomes unwittingly involved in a kidnap drama. This fractured, psychological mystery-thriller is the latest feature from the celebrated director of 2016's Harmonium. "Deft and absorbing...A satisfying slow-burn drama expertly told." –Screen Daily. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 112 min.   

A Girl Missing, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/31 thru 8/20 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://www.filmmovementplus.com/products/cleveland-cinematheque-presents-a-girl-missing

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Canada | 2019 | Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni

The Canadian singer-songwriter, now 80, looks back over his influential life and career in this film that teems with archival footage, songs, interviews, and the artist's own recollections and reflections. With Sarah McLachlan. 91 min.  

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 8/7 thru 8/27 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $9.99, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.eventive.org/gordonlightfoot/play/5f1b151d718f5b0062c6ad70

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

Germany | 2020 | Gero von Boehm

Did Helmut Newton immortalize or objectify women in his bold, provocative, controversial pictures? This and other questions are addressed in this new portrait of the late German-born photographer who was obsessed with the female form and whose visual imagination was often beholden to Weimar Germany. Includes interviews with some of Newton's notable subjects (Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Anna Wintour, et al.) as well as home movies, archival footage, and (natch) photographs. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. 89 min.

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/24 thru 8/13 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/helmut-newton-the-bad-and-the-beautiful/5f0dfb6448c228000181d370/cleveland-cinematheque

John Lewis: Good Trouble

USA | 2020 | Dawn Porter

This new documentary celebrates the longtime civil rights leader and 17-term Georgia Congressman who has fought for voting rights, gun control, health care, and immigration reform during six decades of social activism and legislative action. Includes new interviews and archival film clips. “Absolutely inspiring.” –Entertainment Weekly. Cleveland premiere. 96 min.

John Lewis: Good Trouble, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/3 thru 8/27 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after renting the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.

https://watch.eventive.org/johnlewis/play/5eebc3b57921fe002955d7e3

Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary, and could not be more relevant.

My Dog Stupid

France/Belgium | 2019 | Yvan Attal

Charlotte Gainsbourg and her husband Yvan Attal star in Attal's comic film version of a story by American cult novelist John Fante (1909-1983), about a struggling writer whose also-floundering family life is transformed when a big, smelly, ill-mannered dog turns up one day. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 99 min.   

My Dog Stupid, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/31 thru 8/20 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.  

Song Without a Name

Peru/Spain/USA/Chile | 2019 | Melina León

When an indigenous Andean woman’s newborn daughter is kidnapped from a medical clinic in Lima, the desperate mother turns to a newspaper reporter for help. This heartbreaking debut film, inspired by a rash of child kidnappings from faux healthcare facilities in 1980s Peru, has notable music by avant-garde composer Pauchi Sasaki. “A Kafkaesque thriller of crime and corruption…Gorgeous monochrome visuals and rich musical layers…An exquisite audiovisual experience.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 97 min.  

Song Without a Name, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 8/7 thru 8/27 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://fmplus.video/clevelandcinematheque-song 

A Thousand Cuts

USA/Phillipines | 2020 | Ramona S. Diaz

Filipino strongman Rodrigo Duterte's shocking disinformation campaign against truth and his country’s press is seen through the eyes of crusading reporter Maria Ressa in this "pacy, engrossing, galvanizing film" (Variety), one of the standout documentaries at this year's Sundance Film Festival. "Feel(ing) more like a political thriller than an off-the-cuff investigation into embattled journalism in the Philippines" (Variety), the movie champions the courage of Ressa, who was ominously convicted in June of "cyber libel." "A warning letter to nations who embrace thuggish leaders." –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. 110 min.  

A Thousand Cuts, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 8/7 thru 8/27 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/athousandcuts/play/5f24630b6157401c75edbdcd 

Yes, God, Yes

USA | 2020 | Karen Maine

Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things) plays a Midwestern Catholic school girl during the late 1990s or early 2000s whose guilt-ridden discovery of masturbation sends her on a church retreat looking for redemption. Karen Maine's debut feature, an expansion of her 2017 short, was a hit at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. “An upbeat comedy about a Catholic school girl’s struggle to make sense of her sexuality... Fun and entertaining.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. 78 min.

Yes, God, Yes, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 7/24 thru 8/13 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $9.99, and after opening the film, you have 48 hours to watch it. Or you can buy it for $14.99. 

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ciayesgodyes

You Never Had It: An Evening with Charles Bukowski

USA/Italy/Mexico | 2016 | Matteo Borgardt

In January of 1981, journalist Silvia Bizio spent an evening with cult author and poet Charles Bukowski (and his soon to be wife, Linda Lee Beighle) at their house in San Pedro, California. Bizio conducted a video interview with Bukowski during this long night of smoking, drinking, and talking about sex, love, literature, and humanity, then misplaced his tapes for over 30 years! But now, in time for Bukowski’s centenary, they have been found—and restored—providing the basis for this new nonfiction film that resurrects the writer 26 years after his death. Cleveland premiere. 55 min.  

You Never Had It: An Evening with Charles Bukowski, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 8/7 thru 8/27 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/you-never-had-it-an-evening-with-charles-bukowski/5f1f703602a0620001fb4b2c/cleveland-cinematheque 

 

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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