Blog . Dec. 1-4: Gainsbourg, The Mill And The Cross & More!
Bohemian life of 1960s-70s French singer-songwriter is celebrated in GAINSBOURG The life of French singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg (1928-1991), a Jew who survived Nazi-occupied WWII Paris to become a pop sensation during the 1960s and 1970s, is re-created in GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE , a new French biopic. Gainsbourg (played by Eric Elmosnino, who won the César Award for his portrayal) was an iconic bohemian artist/poet and an incorrigible ladies' man. His two most famous lovers, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, are played in the movie by Laetitia Casta (above) and Lucy Gordon. (Gordon committed suicide in 2009 at age 28, before Gainsbourg was released.) First-time filmmaker Joann Sfar adapted his own graphic novel. Variety calls the movie "a feast of memorable chansons and an almost endless parade of drop-dead-gorgeous muses." See it Friday or Saturday when it premieres exclusively at the Cinematheque. Presentation of this film supported by a generous grant from Maison Française de Cleveland. Bruegel painting comes to life in unique, dazzling THE MILL AND THE CROSS Did you ever wonder what it would be like to step into a great painting? The unique and highly acclaimed new film THE MILL AND THE CROSS lets you find out. Rutger Hauer, Michael York, and Charlotte Rampling star in Lech Majewski's visually stunning movie, in which Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 1564 masterpiece "The Procession to Calvary" comes to life. The painting depicts Christ being led through a Flemish landscape dominated by a windmill atop a craggy stone tower. He is flanked by Spanish soldiers who occupied Flanders at the time. Bruegel's picture is populated by scores of people (peasants, Spanish redcoats, et al.), but Majewski's film zeroes in on only a handful of them-among them the Virgin Mary and even the artist himself. The New York Times says that "THE MILL AND THE CROSS has ambitions as sweeping as the vast canvas that Bruegel fills. In this lush and hypnotic examination of a painter's work and the times in which he lived, Mr. Majewski presents an extended contemplation of the creative process itself." Check it out on Friday, Saturday,or Sunday. Overlooked THUNDER SOUL returns to seduce more music-loving moviegoers Hardly seen by anyone despite getting rave reviews, the music-filled 2010 documentary THUNDER SOUL tells the story of Houston's Kashmere High School Stage Band, an inner-city, all-black, coed ensemble that transformed itself from a mediocre jazz band in the 1960s to a funk powerhouse in the 1970s. Three decades after the ensemble's 1968-1977 heyday, the group's members dust off their instruments and reunite for a tribute concert to their beloved teacher and director Conrad "Prof" Johnson, now 93. Time Out New York calls THUNDER SOUL "a rousing testament to the singular blessings of music education." The Hollywood Reporter says "a greater argument for music education in our secondary school curriculum can't be made." Groove to it on Thursday or Sunday. Print this post and present it at the box office and see it for only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Color & scope THE MAN FROM LARAMIE concludes Stewart/Mann Western series THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (1955) was Jimmy Stewart and Anthony Mann's final Western together. It was also one of the first oaters shot in Cinemascope. A mysterious stranger (Stewart) seeks to avenge the death of his younger brother. His quest leads him to a confrontation with anold cattle baron, the cattleman's psychopathic son, and his steely ranch foreman.Arthur Kennedy and Donald Crisp co-star. The Video Movie Guide calls THE MAN FROMLARAMIE "possibly the summit of director Anthony Mann's career; certainly Stewart's finest Western performance." See it in a new 35mm color print from the Sony Picturesstudio archive on Thursday or Saturday. Here's the original trailer.By the way, although the Stewart/Mann Westerns will be finished after this weekend,we will be screening another Anthony Mann horse opera, MAN OF THE WEST (1958), whichstars Gary Cooper and which many believe is Mann's greatest Western, on January 7 & 8. CIA Student Holiday Sale this weekend! If great movies aren't enough to get you to come to the Cinematheque thisweekend, then how about doing some seasonal shopping at the same time? The annualCleveland Institute of Art Student Holiday Sale takes place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is always a lot of interesting and unique (and inexpensive) handmadeitems to choose from. Hours are Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm; Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00 pm; and Sunday from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm (during Holiday Circle Fest). Location is the Gund Building student lounge (where the vending machines are). Films This Week |Thu., Dec. 1, at 6:45 pm Sat., Dec. 3, at 5:15 pm James Stewart & Anthony Mann in Color & Cinemascope! THE MAN FROM LARAMIE Thu., Dec. 1, at 8:50 pm Sun., Dec. 4, at 6:30 pm Crowd-pleasing music doc THUNDER SOUL Fri., Dec. 2, at 7:00 pm Sat., Dec. 3, at 9:10 pm Singer/songwriter/lover GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE Fri., Dec. 2, at 9:30 pm Sat., Dec. 3, at 7:20 pm Sun., Dec. 4, at 8:15 pm Bruegel painting comes to life THE MILL AND THE CROSS Films Next Week Thu., Dec. 8, at 6:45 pm Sun., Dec. 11, at 6:45 pm THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU Fri., Dec. 9, at 7:30 pm Sat., Dec. 10, at 9:30 pm THE MAN NOBODY KNEW: IN SEARCH OF MY FATHER, CIA SPYMASTER WILLIAM COLBY Fri., Dec. 9, at 9:35 pm Sat., Dec. 10, at 7:55 pm SILENT SOULS Sat., Dec. 10, at 5:00 pm Sun., Dec. 11, at 3:30 pm Italian Comedy Double Feature! MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE & THE TEMPTATION OF DR. ANTONIO The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque