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Blog . Cinematheque 8/4-8: 25th Anniversary Weekend!
A USEFUL LIFE marks Cinematheque's 25th anniversary at Cleveland Institute of Art! 25 years ago next Monday, the Cinematheque showed its first films at its current home, the Russell B. Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art. So on August 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm we will celebrate our Silver Anniversary with the first Cleveland showing of a deadpan new film about-what else?-a struggling cinematheque and its beleaguered administrator who has worked there for 25 years! The movie is Federico Veiroj's 2010 Uruguayan comedy/drama A USEFUL LIFE, which takes place at the Uruguayan Cinematheque, which (in the movie) is a cash-strapped institution that makes the Cleveland Cinematheque look like The Getty. Attendance is dwindling, funding is drying up, the seats and projectors need repair. What's a shlubby, middle-aged program director-who has largely lived his life vicariously through the movies-to do? The answer is both wry and satisfying. This small film, Uruguay's official entry for this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, was made by a young filmmaker who once worked at the Cinemateca Uruguaya. It is infused with a love of movies and of repertory theatres, and stars real-life Uruguayan film critic Jorge Jellinek and former Cinemateca director Manuel Martínez Carril. A USEFUL LIFE is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2011 film series. Watch the trailer. A USEFUL LIFE will be preceded at 7:45 pm by a slide show tracing the history of the Cleveland Cinematheque. Monday's 25th anniversary screening is open to everybody, and regular ticket prices apply. But those willing to pay a little extra ($25, which includes admission to A USEFUL LIFE) can enjoy a champagne and dessert reception starting at 6:45 pm. However, to attend the reception, you must make a reservation by Thursday, August 4! Call (216) 421-7415 or reserve and pay online here. Walk-up tickets to just the film can be purchased only on Monday, starting at 7:30 pm. Cinematheque co-presents original KING KONG at PlayhouseSquare -- opening night film for this year's Cinema at the Square On Thursday night we kick off our 25th Anniversary Weekend by co-presenting the original KING KONG at the Palace Theatre in downtown Cleveland. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's 1933 classic is the opening night film in PlayhouseSquare's 14th annual Cinema at the Square festival. Every August Cinema at the Square showcases 35mm prints of classic Hollywood movies on the largest non-IMAX screen in the state. Films are preceded by organ recitals on a fully-restored 1928 Kimball organ and by vintage short subjects and cartoons. Admission per program is only $5 (seniors 65 & over, students, and children $4). KING KONG, of course, is the granddaddy of all giant-ape movies and one of the greatest adventure films ever made. Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, and Faye Wray star in this classic tale of "beauty and the beast" which has been remade two times, but never bettered. Cinema at the Square continues through August 21 with 16 movies spanning 1933 to 2002, among them 42ND STREET, JAILHOUSE ROCK, and THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY. For a complete schedule, click here. CAMERAMAN looks at long career of legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff In 2001 Britain's Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first cinematographer to win an honorary Academy Award. This honor came 53 years after he won his first Oscar (for Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's BLACK NARCISSUS). A Technicolor specialist, Cardiff shot other Powell-Pressburger films (THE RED SHOES, STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN) during a remarkable career than spanned eight decades and such classics as John Huston's THE AFRICAN QUEEN, Alfred Hitchcock's UNDER CAPRICORN, and Richard Fleischer's THE VIKINGS, among many others. Craig McCall's new documentary CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF takes a look at this legend, with ample clips of Cardiff's work and commentary by Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, and others. See it in a 35mm print on Friday or Saturday. Here's the trailer. Japanese drama CHILDREN OF HIROSHIMA (1952), released in America only this year, marks 66th anniversary of atomic bomb 66 years ago this coming weekend the U.S. dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the hometown of Japanese filmmaker Kaneto Shindo. Shindo's heartfelt, humanistic 1952 drama CHILDREN OF HIROSHIMA was shot on location as soon as the U.S. occupation of Japan ended, and wasn't released theatrically in America until this year. The movie tells of a schoolteacher (played by Shindo's wife and frequent star Nobuko Otowa) who returns to Hiroshima a few years after the bomb to visit her parents' grave and check on friends and former students who survived the blast. Amid widespread pain, regret, and devastation, she finds some hope. See this negelcted classic in a new, imported-from-Japan 35mm print this Friday or Saturday. It is co-presented by The Japan Foundation. Read A.O. Scott's favorable review of the film from the 4/21/11 New York Times here. SURPRISE MOVIE screens Friday Our fourth-ever SURPRISE MOVIE, and first in three years, shows on Friday night. We can't reveal the title, but we can give you three clues: (1) it's a classic Hollywood comedy suitable for all ages; (2) we've never shown it before (nor, to our knowledge, has it ever been shown theatrically in Cleveland for at least 35 years); (3) it has never been released legally on video or DVD in the U.S. If you're a film buff or like to laugh, you won't want to miss this! Print this post and present it at the box office and see this movie for only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Shot-in-Cain Park musical THOSE LIPS, THOSE EYES (1980) returns to Cleveland Filmed in 1979 in Cleveland Heights' Cain Park, Michael Pressman's 1980 movie THOSE LIPS, THOSE EYES is an affectionate remembrance of 1950s summer stock theatre written by David Shaber, an ex-Clevelander who worked at Cain Park when he was a young student. Frank Langella plays an aging, frustrated actor stuck starring in operettas in the sticks while awaiting his big break. A pre-AMADEUS Tom Hulce plays a medical student turned star-struck stage manager who falls for the company's sweetheart (Glynnis O'Connor). See it in a 35mm collector's print on Saturday night only. Films This Week 25th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND! Thu., Aug 4, at 7:30 pm The original KING KONG Shown at the Palace Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. Tickets $5. Fri., Aug. 5, at 5:30 pm Sat., Aug. 6, at 9:10 pm New doc for film lovers! CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF Fri., Aug. 5, at 7:15 pm Sat., Aug. 6, at 5:00 pm 1952 Japanese classic never released in the U.S. CHILDREN OF HIROSHIMA Fri., Aug. 5, at 9:15 pm Another Great Whatsit SURPRISE MOVIE Sat., Aug. 6, at 7:00 pm Shot in Cain Park in 1979! THOSE LIPS, THOSE EYES Mon., Aug. 8, at 8:00 pm Silver Anniversary Screening! A USEFUL LIFE Pre-film slide show & trailers Films Next Week Fri., Aug. 12, at 5:30 pm A USEFUL LIFE Fri., Aug. 12, at 7:00 pm Sat., Aug. 13, at 9:25 pm TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS Fri., Aug. 12, at 9:00 pm Sat., Aug. 13, at 5:00 pm SUMMER (LE RAYON VERT) Sat., Aug. 13, at 7:00 pm THE LIFE OF CHIKUZAN The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque