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Paul Newman passed away just a couple of months ago. The Cinematheque tried for years to get the Cleveland native to come back home so we could properly honor him. This Saturday the Cinematheque will play two studio archive, 35mm prints of his most famous role, "Fast Eddie" Felson from the 1961 film, THE HUSTLER and in the sequel, THE COLOR OF MONEY, the Martin Scorsese 1986 helmed film co-starring Tom Cruise. Newman won his only acting Oscar in the sequel. It may be a small way to honor the great actor and philanthropist, but it is the best way, watching a great craftsman in his most memorable role.
Two Soviet films from our Another Soviet Cinema series play Thursday. THE RUSSIAN QUESTION from 1947, a Cold War classic and CARNIVAL NIGHT, a holiday favorite from 1956.
This weekend we'll show the Cleveland premiere ofBEAUTIFUL LOSERS, a fond look back at NYC's beloved Alleged Gallery and the outsider artists who affiliated themselves with this early 1990's skatepunk, graffiti, nerdy haven. POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD , the latest from cinema horror-schlock kingpin Lloyd Kaufman returns by popular demand! MAN ON WIRE, one of the most acclaimed movies of 2008 about French high-wire artist Phillippe Petit who danced on a wire between the World Trace Center complex in 1974 plays on Saturday & Sunday. See this inspiring and truly amazing movie.
The snow may be flying this weekend so join us for some great movies. Read below for details and showtimes:
Thursday, November 20, at 7:00 pm
Another Soviet Cinema
THE RUSSIAN QUESTION
USSR, 1947, Mikhail Romm
A Cold War classic, with music by Aram Khachaturian. An American journalist who has lived in the USSR and observed socialism in action is asked to write a book about his experiences for U.S. readers. His editor promises him enough money to buy a house, car, etc.—but only if he does a hatchet job on the Soviet system. Subtitles. 35mm. 91 min. www.seagullfilms.com http://thephoenix.com/Boston/Movies/66941-Kino-pravda/
Thursday, November 20, at 8:50 pm
Another Soviet Cinema
USSR, 1956, Eldar Ryazanov
Still a beloved holiday favorite in Russia, this delightful comedy chronicles how a big, cheerful New Year’s Eve celebration planned by the employees of the Economics Institute is threatened by the arrival of a severe new director, whose tastes in celebrating favor the reading of annual reports and Chekhov over singing and dancing. “A delicious send-up of bureaucracy.” –Richard Pena, Film Society of Lincoln Center. Subtitles. 35mm. 78 min. www.seagullfilms.com
Friday, November 21, at 7:30 pm &
Sunday, November 23, at 8:50 pm
USA, 2008, Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard
Skatepunk and graffitti artists immortalize the late 20th century underground NYC post-pop art movement in directors' Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard's new movie. The Alleged Gallery, a NYC below-the-Bowery gallery played host to all-that-was-geeky-and-became-cool from these DIY, young skatepunk artists like filmmaker Harmony Korine, artists Mike Mills, Ed Templeton, and others who helped change visual pop culture before it was scooped-up by Fifth Ave marketing firms. Film score by Money Mark. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 90 min. www.beautifullosers.com http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2944139545/
Friday, November 21, at 9:20 pm &
Sunday, November 23, at 6:45 pm
Back by Popular Demand!
POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD
USA, 2008, Lloyd Kaufman
A fried-chicken joint built on the site of a sacred Indian burial ground foments murder most fowl in the latest big-screen schlockfest from the irrepressible Troma, Inc. Though it wallows in gore, gross-out humor, and T&A, it’s also got a million laughs, pungent satire, a spirited cast, and full-fledged musical numbers. Did we mention the chicken zombies? A Troma masterpiece! No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 103 min. www.poultrygeistmovie.com http://www.azmovies.net/poultrygeist-night-of-the-chicken-dead.html http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-05-06/film/poultrygeist-night-of-the-chicken/
Saturday, November 22, at 5:10 pm &
Sunday, November 23, at 4:00 pm
MAN ON WIRE
Britain/USA, 2008, James Marsh
One of the most acclaimed movies of 2008! In August 1974, French high-wire artist Philippe Petit snuck into the World Trade Center complex, and with a group of friends planned and surreptitiously stretched a cable between WTC complex in a daring stunt (dubbed “the artistic crime of the century”). He danced on the wire some 1400' above ground as onlookers and police stood baffled. Score by Michael Nyman. 35mm. 90 min. www.manonwire.com http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2379284761/ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080804/REVIEWS/808070305/1023
Saturday, November 22, at 7:00 pm
Cleveland’s Own: Paul Newman
Studio Archive Print!
USA, 1961, Robert Rossen
“Fast Eddie” Felson was perhaps Paul Newman’s greatest role; Newman played him twice during his extraordinary career and the second time he won an Oscar. Tonight you can watch both performances back to back. In The Hustler “Fast Eddie” is a young pool shark willing to risk everything for a shot at beating the champ, Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). The bartender is boxer Jake LaMotta of Raging Bull fame. 35mm scope print from the Twentieth Century Fox studio archive; special thanks to Caitlin Robertson. 135 min. See next blurb. http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2475557145/ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20020623/REVIEWS08/206230301/1023 http://www.filmsite.org/hust.html
Saturday, November 22, at 9:35 pm
Cleveland’s Own: Paul Newman
THE COLOR OF MONEY
USA, 1986, Martin Scorsese
Paul Newman won his only acting Oscar (out of 10 nominations) in this sequel to The Hustler (see previous blurb) in which he reprised his role of “Fast Eddie” Felson. Now older and wiser and retired from competition, “Fast Eddie” discovers and decides to mentor a small-time pool hotshot (Tom Cruise) who reminds him of his younger self. 35mm color studio print from the Walt Disney Co.; special thanks to Mary Tallungan. 119 min. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/thecolorofmoneyrattanasio_a0ad63.htm
NO FILMS NOVEMBER 27 & 28 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
LE PLAISIR - 1952 Maz Ophuls unmissable 'scope masterpiece and a rare print (only three in the U.S.) tells three stories in this captivating spectacle and cinematic revival of the year!
MY FATHER MY LORD - Tribeca Film Festival's "Best Film" in 2007 this is a variation on the story of Abraham and Isaac se tin Jerusalem, "an astonishing debut feature,: according to Variety.
BOY A - Cleveland theatrical premiere of this Brit transgressive film about a 24-year-old just out of prison into a world he doesn't recognize or understand. "One of the most gripping, thought provoking dramas ever to ponder crime and punshment." Film Threat.
MEMBERSHIP PRICES REDUCED
Buy a membership before December 21 and save! Memberships are now only $20, down from $30. Senior (65 & oklder), and students are only $10, down from $15. Purchase at our box office only for the reduced rate. Also, member's single ticket prices are reduced until December 21, only 5 bucks a ticket. How's that for an economic stimulus package? Buy your holiday gifts here with single tickets or memberships.
THE SINGING REVOLUTION NOW ON DVD!
THE SINGING REVOLUTION, the powerful and remarkable documentary the Cinematheque screened earlier this year about how Estonians used song as a weapon to free themselves from Soviet occupation is now on DVD. Go to http://www.singingrevolution.com/cgi-local/item.cgi?si=19 to purchase this inspiring documentary today!
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