Blog . 10/25-28: Princess Mononoke, Lost Highway, Tokyo Story & more!
Madcap, colorful Czech comedy DAISIES is "a dada movie that will leave you gaga."
On Saturday and Sunday we show a new 35mm color print of DAISIES (1966), one of the most inventive and anarchic works of the Czech New Wave. (It's been called "a dada movie that will leave you gaga.") Banned for a year by Czech officials, Vera Chytilová's madcap satire follows two bored young women as they prank and otherwise stick it to modern consumer society—thumbing their noses at food, fashion, men, and politics. When it was recently revived in New York, Time Out New York awarded it five stars (their highest rating), commenting that "this Molotov cocktail of fizzy champagne and feminist theory has not lost any of its combustible carbonation." These two screenings are dedicated to the memory of Amos Vogel (1921-2012), who founded the legendary NYC film club Cinema 16 in 1947 and co-founded the New York Film Festival in 1963. In his classic 1974 book Film as a Subversive Art, Vogel called DAISIES “perhaps the most sensational film of the Czech film renaissance…An orgy of spectacular visual delights, sensuous décor, and magnificent colour experiments…No work from the East has ever been further removed from the drab sterility of so-called ‘socialist realism.’”
David Lynch's LOST HIGHWAY is as twisty-turny as Mulholland Dr.
LOST HIGHWAY, David Lynch's strange, surrealistic 1997 nightmare, is a neo-noir mystery about an L.A. jazz saxophonist (Bill Pullman) who goes to jail for murdering his wife (Patricia Arquette). He doesn't remember doing this but a mysterious videotape seems to implicate him. But once behind bars he’s a different person—literally—a mechanic (Balthazar Getty) with connections to a gangster (Robert Loggia) whose mistress (Arquette again) is the spitting image of the murdered wife! Gary Busey, Robert Blake, Richard Pryor, and Jack Nance co-star in this sinister warm-up for the character doubles and doppelgangers in MULHOLLAND DR. and INLAND EMPIRE. Trent Reznor did some of the music. See it in a 35mm color & scope print on Thursday or Friday. Here's the original trailer.
TOKYO STORY, recently voted best movie of all time in int'l filmmakers poll, returns in new print; post-film discussion on Saturday
Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 Japanese masterpiece TOKYO STORY was recently voted the greatest film of all time by scores of filmmakers who participated in this year's Sight & Sound magazine poll to determine the best movies ever made. (It finished #3 in the magazine's critics’ poll, right behind VERTIGO and CITIZEN KANE.), Ozu’s most famous film follows an elderly couple as they travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. But it soon becomes apparent to them that their presence is a burden to their busy offspring. Two of Ozu’s greatest and most iconic actors, Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, star in this sublime portrait of intergenerational relationships. See it in a new 35mm print on Saturday or Sunday. On Saturday night Linda Ehrlich, a CWRU professor and film scholar, will lead a post-film discussion in the student lounge. All are invited.
Seven-film Miyazaki series concludes with eco-epic PRINCESS MONONOKE
Mortals who have learned how to fashion weapons out of metal battle nature spirits, pagan gods, and forest creatures in Hayao Miyazaki’s sumptuous, ecologically-themed, mythological epic PRINCESS MONONOKE. 16 years in the making, this is one of the most impressive animated features ever! This 1997 masterpiece concludes our seven-week Miyazaki series (in a new 35mm subtitled print) on Saturday and Sunday. But note that a subtitled print of Miyazaki's HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE will show on Nov. 17 & 18.
Moving WE WERE HERE recalls early days of AIDS epidemic in San Francisco
David Weissman and Bill Weber's deeply moving documentary WE WERE HERE was the best-reviewed film of 2011 after A SEPARATION, according to metacritic.com. The movie chronicles how, two decades ago, the AIDS epidemic devastated and transformed San Francisco’s gay community, killing over 15,000 people. Eloquent eyewitness testimony and choice archival materials paint an indelible portrait of a community in crisis—and what they did about it. See it Thursday or Friday.
November-December schedule announced
Thirty-five films from around the world make up the Cinematheque's November-December film schedule. Included are:
-11 new international films from around the world, all making their exclusive Cleveland debuts. Titles include Chantal Akerman’s ALMAYER’S FOLLY (showing 11/4), which has the highest metacritic.com score of 2012; 10 YEARS, a high school reunion comedy starring Channing Tatum; and the new, extended director’s cut of Volker Schlondorff’s Oscar-winning THE TIN DRUM, showing at the Capitol Theatre.
-12 film classics (including Sergio Corbucci’s 1968 spaghetti western THE GREAT SILENCE starring Klaus Kinski and Jean-Louis Trintignant on 11/3) and eight recent second-run movies (including AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY on 11/1 & 2, PINA, SAMSARA, and COMPLIANCE, which was co-produced by Cleveland film producer Tyler Davidson).
-4 historical dramas by Russia’s Aleksei Guerman, who survived government censorship, loss of funding, and the fall of the Soviet Union to establish himself as one of Russia’s most important filmmakers.
There will also be two special guests. Mary Badham, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as “Scout” Finch in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, will answer audience questions after a Nov. 9 showing of that 1962 film. And Ichiro Kataoka, a Japanese actor who keeps alive the vanished Japanese art of the “benshi” (or silent-film narrator), will perform live during a Japanese silent feature on Nov. 16.
Complete details will be found in the Cinematheque's Nov-Dec film calendar and, soon, online.