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Quentin Tarantino makes a memorable cameo in Takashi Miike's SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO, his first-ever English language film, a spaghetti western tossed lightly with samurai sauce.  Don't miss this "loving and lurid pastiche," according to the NY Times.  LOU REED'S Berlin directed by artist/director Julian Schnabel, Reed's live performance from his 1973 Berlin album recorded in 2007 in Brooklyn will play Saturday and Sunday.  Thursday night we continue our Another Soviet Cinema series with HAPPINESS from 1934 and THE NEW MOSCOW from 1938.  KENNY, the hilarious comedy from Australia is back by overwhelming demand.  See what everyone is talking about with original, uncut, unrated movie!  Jamie Bell of BILLY ELLIOT fame plays a voyeur in this funny coming-of-age comedy.  Don't miss the Cleveland premiere of MISTER FOE.  

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Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 pm
Another Soviet Cinema

USSR, 1934, Aleksandr Medvedkin
“Today I saw how a Bolshevik laughs,” said Sergei Eisenstein after viewing this amazing oddity, a late Soviet silent comedy about a dispossessed couple who find fulfillment on a collective farm. Full of surrealism, slapstick, burlesque, and folklore, this hilarious, long-banned movie (rediscovered and championed by Chris Marker) marked a startling departure from straight-faced, Stalinist socialist-realism. Subtitles. 35mm. 66 min. www.seagullfilms.com See next blurb for another comedy by Medvedkin.  http://thephoenix.com/Boston/Movies/66941-Kino-pravda

Thursday, November 13, at 8:30 pm
Another Soviet Cinema

USSR, 1938, Aleksandr Medvedkin
Little known even inside Russia, where it was never properly released, this curiosity from the director of Happiness (see previous blurb) is an eye-popping blend of country comedy, musical romance, and sci-fi. It focuses on a young designer who travels from Siberia to Moscow to present his “living” model of the Soviet capital of the future (which he conjures up via dials and electricity) at the Great Hall of the People. Subtitles. 35mm. 80 min. www.seagullfilms.com  http://www.thelmagazine.com/6/3/Film/feature1.cfm  

Friday, November 14, at 7:30 pm and
Sunday, November 16, at 8:45 pm

Japan, 2007, Takashi Miike
Quentin Tarantino has a memorable cameo in this tasty concoction by still-crazy Takashi Miike—a cinematic stir-fry in which the ingredients are clichés from countless samurai movies and spaghetti Westerns. Set in a Western town populated by Japanese who speak phonetic English, the movie tells of two warring, color-coated clans whose centuries-old blood feud enters a new phase when a mysterious gunslinger rides into town and both factions woo him in Yojimbo/Fistful-of-Dollars fashion. “A loving and lurid pastiche.” –The NY Times. Cleveland theatrical premiere. In English. 35mm. 99 min. www.sukiyakimovie.com  http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3032613145/  http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-08-27/film/sukiyaki-western-django/  http://www.avclub.com/content/node/85537  

Friday, November 14, at 9:30 pm &
Saturday, November 15, at 7:25 pm
Back by Popular Demand!

Australia, 2006, Clayton Jacobson
This uproarious comedy, a major prizewinner Down Under, takes potty humor to new, populist heights. Kenny is a lovable Aussie lug who makes his living installing port-a-potties at public events; he also can’t contain his enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge of toilets and sanitation with those he meets. Flush with big laughs, Kenny also overflows with heart. Our audience loved it when we first showed it in August. We will again present the original, uncut, unrated Australian version of the movie, which is in English with English subtitles. 35mm. 103 min. www.xenonpictures.com/kenny/  http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1011810585/  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/08/01/DDNB123CNG.DTL

Saturday, November 15, at 5:30 pm and
Sunday, November 16, at 4:15 pm

Britain, 2007, David Mackenzie
Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) plays a voyeur who is both creepy and sweet in this funny, twisted coming-of-age saga set in Edinburgh. After his mother dies, a disturbed young Scot takes to spying on a pretty hotel maid (Sophia Myles) who resembles his late mum. This second film from the director of Young Adam has a 75% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 95 min. www.misterfoe.com  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/12/DDRK12Q7JK.DTL  http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3199336729/  

Saturday, November 15, at 9:30 pm and
Sunday, November 16, at 7:00 pm

Britain/USA, 2007, Julian Schnabel
In December 2006, at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, Lou Reed performed his nihilisitic 1973 concept album Berlin live for the first time ever. Reed was backed up by assorted instrumentalists, a gospel choir, and actress Emmanuelle Seigner (Mrs. Roman Polanski), who mimed the drug-addicted German prostitute and mother who is the album’s main character. The production had sets designed by artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), who also filmed the five performances and assembled them into this moody concert film and “cinematic trance” (Village Voice). “An essential document of a noteworthy event.” –The Onion A.V. Club. Cleveland theatrical premiere. 35mm. 85 min. www.berlinthefilm.com  http://movies.nytimes.com/2008/07/18/movies/18berl.html  

Next week:

THE RUSSIAN QUESTION - Cold war classic from 1947, part of our Soviet film series.
CARNIVAL NIGHT - From 1956 and part of our Soviet film series, this movie is still a beloved holiday favorite in Russia.
BEAUTIFUL LOSERS - Artists from the ashes of the Lower East Side in NYC and the Alleged Gallery (Harmony Korine, Mike Mills, Ed Templeton, et al.) take a look back at the graffiti, skatepunk, and subcultures that inhabited their space.
POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD - Back by popular demand, Lloyd Kaufman's latest gross-out laugh fest.
MAN ON WIRE - The most inspiring movie I saw last summer!  French high-wire artist Philippe Petit stretched a cable between the World Trade Center towers and danced on it for almost an hour dubbed "the artistic crime of the century."  A must see!
Two Films starring Paul Newman!  Studio Archive Prints!  THE HUSTLER & THE COLOR OF MONEY.  Saturday, Nov. 22!
THE HUSTLER is Newman's most famous role as he plays Fast Eddie Felson.  The print from 1961 is a Twentieth Century Fox studio archive print.  Jake LaMotta is the bartender.  THE COLOR OF MONEY is the film that Newman won his only acting Oscar in the sequel to THE HUSTLER.  Tom Cruise stars as the apprentice to Fast Eddie.  35mm color studio print from Walt Disney Company!
We've slashed our prices until December 21.  Memberships are down from $30 to $20, seniors (65 & older) and students with current ID are only $10 down from $15!  Current member ticket prices are down by a dollar to only $5 a show!  Get your membership today at the box office only, no mail in memberships will be accepted at the lower price.  Buy that perfect holiday gift and save money!  Call (216) 421-7450 for more information

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