Blog . 9/23-26: The Alloy Orchestra Accompanies Metropolis Live & More!
Boston's Alloy Orchestra to accompany Fritz Lang's THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday night Roger Ebert has called Boston's Alloy Orchestra "the best in the world at accompanying silent films." On Thursday this internationally-known trio comes to the large auditorium of the newly-restored Capitol Theatre at W. 65th and Detroit to lend their distinctive mix of acoustic instruments, electronics, and junk metal percussion to THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS , a newly restored version of Fritz Lang's thrilling 1927 sci-fi spectacle about a gleaming futuristic city threatened by a robot-led workers' revolt . (The Alloy accompanied the U.S. premiere of this film at the TMC Classic Film Festival in L.A. in April.) This new restoration of Lang's futuristic epic is 25 minutes (and 25%) longer than the longest previous restoration; it's almost certainly the most complete METROPOLIS we will ever see! (The extra footage, which fleshes out characters and subplots, comes from a 16mm copy of an original release print recently unearthed in Argentina.) You've never seen METROPOLIS like this, and you'll swoon to the Alloy's pulsating, electrifying score! Watch the band members preparing their score here. Buy your tickets before Thursday and save $3! (You'll also avoid a possible sellout.) Special non-member admission is $19 in advance/$22 day of show. Full-price tickets can be purchased online at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Tickets for Cinematheque members and CIA students and staff cost $15 in advance/$18 day of show. Member & CIA tickets can be purchased in advance before Thursday by calling (216) 421-7450. Seats not reserved. No passes, twofers, or radio winners; no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored. Free parking next to theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District. Oliver Stone interviews Latin American presidents SOUTH OF THE BORDER SOUTH OF THE BORDER, the controversial new documentary by Oliver Stone, finds the rabble-rousing contrarian traveling to Latin America to interview Venezuela's Hugo Chávez, Cuba's Raúl Castro, and five other South American presidents about the social and political progress happening in their countries. Stone's goal is to give a different view of a fast-changing, left-leaning region that, in his opinion, is often misrepresented by mainstream U.S. media. Catch it Friday or Saturday. MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON is touching, tentative French love story A married bricklayer (Vincent Lindon) and his young son's teacher (Sandrine Kiberlain) find themselves attracted to each other, but struggle to avoid a full-blown love affair in Stéphane Brizé's MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON, a delicately gripping 2009 French drama that evokes the poignancy and muffled emotions of David Lean's BRIEF ENCOUNTER. This is one of the highest praised foreign films of the year, with an overall metacritic.com score of 83 out of 100 . It's also a surprise box office hit. The two stars, Lindon and Kiberlain, are not only two of France's finest actors; they are also a real life married couple, currently separated. Don't miss it Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Kurosawa's rarely-shown first color film DODES'KA-DEN screens in new 35mm print DODES'KA-DEN (1970) was the first color film by Akira Kurosawa, the director of SEVEN SAMURAI and YOJIMBO. Made after a five year hiatus from filmmaking, the movie flopped at the box office and its failure prompted Kurosawa to attempt suicide-unsuccessfully. DODES'KA-DEN (the title is the sound a tram makes) is an episodic saga of impoverished scrimpers, scavengers and dreamers living in a late 20th-century Tokyo shantytown. It blends reality and fantasy, melodrama and poetry. Watch the trailer and then catch the whole movie in a new 35mm print on Saturday or Sunday. Print this email and present it at the box office and see this Japanese classic for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) DODES'KA-DEN is being shown in honor of Kurosawa's centennial year. Also for his centenary, the Criterion Collection has created a gorgeous collector's set "AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa." For a limited time, you can purchase this DVD box set for a substantial discount and support the Cinematheque in the process. Just buy "AK 100" at www.criterion.com http://www.criterion.com/, enter the code CINE at the prompt, and you'll not only save 25% off the retail price of $399.95, you'll be making a $25 contribution to the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque! This deluxe, linen-bound set includes timeless masterpieces from one of cinema's greatest directors -- RASHOMON, IKIRU, HIGH AND LOW, the aforementioned SEVEN SAMURAI and YOJIMBO, et al. Featuring 25 of the films Kurosawa made over the course of his 50 years in movies-from samurai epics to postwar noirs to Shakespeare adaptations-"AK 100" is the most complete set of his works ever released in this country, and includes four rare films that have never been available on DVD. Once again, to take advantage of this special offer, shop at criterion.com, enter the code CINE at checkout, and pay only $299.95 for the "AK" box set. Criterion will send $25 to the Cinematheque. Thanks! Joao Cesar Monteiro returns with singular, love-it-or-hate-it SNOW WHITE Sometimes we hear about a movie that is so bizarre, edgy, adventurous, or just plain different that we have to play it-not only to set us apart from multiplex theatres, but to prove that the Cinematheque is even gutsier (or more foolhardy) than other local art-film presenters. Such is the case with João César Monteiro's 2000 Portuguese film SNOW WHITE, which consists mostly (though not entirely) of a blank screen throughout its short running time. (The visual void is countered by a dense soundtrack and English subtitles.) Inspired by an anti-Grimm fairy tale by Swiss modernist writer Robert Walser, the movie re-imagines the story as a meditation on love and relationships. (For example, Snow White questions the Prince's motives for waking her from her deep sleep. Is it only to possess her, against her will?) Though this image-challenged SNOW WHITE may seem the antithesis of a movie, some film experts have sung its praises. Haden Guest, Director of the Harvard Film Archive, calls it "one of the most radical literary adaptations imaginable," "stunningly beautiful," and "deeply memorable." User comments about the film on the Internet Movie Data Base range from a "work of genius" and "a unique experience that I will remember for all my life" to "downright trash." Whatever the ultimate verdict, it's certain to be a one-of-a-kind, dark-theatre/big-screen collective experience for those who choose to attend. The adventurous can see it Sunday night. Special admission $12; members and CIA students & staff $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. This Week's Films Special Off-site Event! The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre The Alloy Orchestra Live! Thu., Sept. 23, at 7:00 pm THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS $19/$15 in advance $22/$18 day of show Fri., Sept. 24, at 7:30 pm Sat., Sept. 25, at 9:40 pm Oliver Stone's SOUTH OF THE BORDER Fri., Sept. 24, at 9:10 pm Sat., Sept. 25, at 7:40 pm Sun., Sept. 26, at 4:15 pm Acclaimed French romance MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON Sat., Sept. 25, at 5:00 pm Sun., Sept. 26, at 8:35 pm Akira Kurosawa's DODES'KA-DEN Sun., Sept. 25, at 6:30 pm Joao Cesar Monteiro's SNOW WHITE $12; members/CIA $8 Next Week's Films Matthew Barney Weekend! Thu., Sept. 30, at 6:45 pm Fri., Oct. 1, at 7:30 pm DE LAMA LAMINA Thu., Sept. 30, at 8:00 pm Fri., Oct. 1, at 8:45 pm DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 Sat., Oct. 2, at 3:45 pm CREMASTER 1 CREMASTER 2 Sat., Oct. 2, at 6:30 pm CREMASTER 3 Sat., Oct. 2, at 10:00 pm CREMASTER 4 CREMASTER 5 Sun., Oct. 3, at 2:00 pm CREMASTER 4 CREMASTER 1 Sun., Oct. 3, at 3:45 pm CREMASTER 5 CREMASTER 2 Sun., Oct. 3, at 7:00 pm CREMASTER 3 Humanities Week Film Festival Mon., Oct. 4, at 7:00 pm THE HOST Tue., Oct. 5, at 7:00 pm DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE Wed., Oct. 6, at 7:00 pm BAMAKO The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque