Blog . 7/13-19: The Complete Metropolis, George Romero's Survival Of The Dead & More!
Fritz Lang's COMPLETE METROPOLIS is the film event of 2010! The latest restoration of Fritz Lang's visionary 1927 silent masterpiece is probably the closest thing to the original that we will ever see. THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS , showing Friday and Saturday, contains 25 minutes of revelatory "new" footage recently discovered in a long-forgotten 16mm print in Argentina. (This footage was excised from the film shortly after its lackluster German premiere.) This new material fleshes out subplots and enriches the narrative; finally the movie makes total sense! But METROPOLIS in any version is a thrilling, visually stunning spectacle. Set in a gleaming futuristic city where the ruling elite lead lives of luxury above ground while worker drones toil underground on the machinery that powers the metropolis, the film tells how a robot created by a mad scientist leads a workers' revolt that threatens to destroy everything! Will be shown with the original orchestral score. Special admission for members and CIA students & staff: $7. HOME explores an "unrest area" at side of European super highway The 2008 Swiss fable HOME is one of the most unusual and unforgettable movies of the past few years. Isabelle Huppert and Olivier Gourmet (THE SON) play a European husband and wife who lead an insular but idyllic existence with their three children in an isolated house next to a stretch of unused four-lane highway. But their psychic peace and domestic tranquility crumble when the road opens to traffic. This provocative, Haneke-like parable of modern life has a 94% "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes ! Catch it Thursday or Sunday. STILL BILL offers moving, surprising look at reluctant pop star Bill Withers Singer/songwriter Bill Withers, who recorded such seminal seventies hits as "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me," has not released an album for 25 years. Where has this R&B legend been all this time? In the uncommonly moving new documentary STILL BILL , easily one of the best films of the year, the septuagenarian ex-superstar resurfaces as an articulate family man who says he just lost the urge to "show off" and thus retired from "the fame game." Warm and laid back, Withers comes off as a font of folksy philosophical pronouncements that sound even wiser in his luscious baritone. Watch the trailer and then see STILL BILL on Friday or Sunday. Print this post and present it at the box office and pay only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Marx Brothers series continues with madcap ANIMAL CRACKERS 1930's ANIMAL CRACKERS , the Marx Brothers' second film, is one of their zaniest and funniest. Groucho plays African explorer Captain Spaulding (hooray!) while Harpo and Chico play bridge. Based on their Broadway hit, the movie's nonsense revolves around a high society soiree and a stolen painting. Any person wearing a pair of Groucho glasses when buying a ticket to ANIMAL CRACKERS -- or to any of our upcoming Marx Bros films -- will save $1. (And if you don't own Groucho glasses, we're selling them at the box office for $2.) Admission to kids 12 & under is $6 ($5 with Groucho glasses). ANIMAL CRACKERS shows Thursday and Saturday in a 35mm film print. BLUEBEARD is French fairy tale with a bite BLUEBEARD, the latest movie by French provacatrix Catherine Breillat (ROMANCE, FAT GIRL, THE LAST MISTRESS), is one of the major foreign films of the past year. It's a sly retelling of the classic Charles Perrault fairy tale about an ogre-like nobleman who murders a series of wives. Breillat's film, which has an overall metacritic.com rating of 73 (out of 100), cuts back and forth between two sets of sisters: one pair in the 20th century reads the story aloud, another pair from centuries ago lives it. Watch the trailer . SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD is sixth film in George A. Romero's "Dead" series A late addition to our July schedule, SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD , George A. Romero's sixth "Dead" movie, is another unholy blend of carnage, comedy, and social commentary. This time a bunch of rogue soldiers get mixed up in a longstanding feud between two Irish families on a small Delaware island where flesh-eating zombies threaten them all. Adults can see it Monday night at 7:30 pm in a 35mm color & scope print! It'll be the film's only Cleveland theatrical showing! 25th anniversary movie TWO IN THE WAVE shows tonight (7/13) at CWRU! Don't forget that the Cinematheque will present the Cleveland premiere of the new documentary TWO IN THE WAVE http://www.cia.edu/academicResources/cinematheque/filmSchedule.php?action=upcoming#1160, about French New Wave co-founders Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, tonight (Tuesday, July 13, at 7:00 pm) in Strosacker Auditorium on the Case Western Reserve University quad. The showing marks the 25th anniversary of the first-ever Cinematheque film screening, which took place in Strosacker on 7/14/85. Tickets are only $3.50, students $2.00 (1985 Cinematheque prices)! Click on the link above for more information and directions. Films This Week Tues, July 13, at 7:00 pm at CWRU's Strosacker Aud. 25th Anniversary Show! Truffaut & Godard in TWO IN THE WAVE Admission $3.50, students $2 Thu., July 15, at 5:45 pm Sun., July 18, at 8:10 pm Isabelle Huppert in HOME Thu., July 15, at 7:45 pm Sat., July 17, at 5:30 pm The Marx Brothers in ANIMAL CRACKERS Fri., July 16, at 7:00 pm Sat., July 17, at 9:10 pm Fritz Lang's THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS The film event of the year! Members/CIA $7 Fri., July 16, at 9:45 pm Sun., July 18, at 6:30 pm Bill Withers is STILL BILL Sat., July 17, at 7:30 pm Catherine Breillat's BLUEBEARD Mon., July 19, at 7:30 pm Added Film! George A. Romero's SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD Films Next Week Thu., July 22, at 6:30 pm THE SECRET OF KELLS Thu., July 22, at 8:05 pm Sat., July 24, at 5:30 pm MONKEY BUSINESS Fri., July 23, at 7:00 pm Sat., July 24, at 9:15 pm STRAY DOG Fri., July 23, at 9:25 pm Sun., July 25, at 5:45 pm THE SQUARE Sat., July 24, at 7:10 pm Sun., July 25, at 8:00 pm NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque