|David Lean Series starts at 7 pm tonight!
David Lean's IN WHICH WE SERVE is the first of ten Lean films that the Cinematheque will show between now and March 1. This 1942 feature, co-directed by Noel Coward (who also wrote and stars in it, and composed the music), is a stirring WWII drama that employs flashbacks to profile the officers and sailors on a crippled British destroyer. It stars John Mills, Celia Johnson, Kay Walsh, and Richard Attenborough, and is one of the most moving of all wartime dramas. IN WHICH WE SERVE will be shown in a new, fully-restored 35mm film print from the British Film Institute in London.
Between 6 pm and 7 pm, we will serve complimentary tea and biscuits (cookies & scones), so arrive early. Tickets (at the door) are only $8, Cinematheque members $6.
|Why should you see THE HUMAN CONDITION, which opens this weekend?
Masaki Kobayashi's three-part, ten-hour Japanese epic THE HUMAN CONDITION (1959-61) opens this weekend. You can see the three movies over three Thursday nights (1/8, 1/15, 1/22), all in one day (1/10 at 10 am, 3 pm, and 7:30 pm, with a 60-90 min. break between films), or in any combination that works for you.
Why should you devote 10 hours of your life to this marathon movie about a pacifist's progress during WWII? Here are a few reasons:
(1) In his book "The Story of Cinema," David Shipman called THE HUMAN CONDITION "the finest achievement yet made by the cinema."
(2) It is one of the major works by a master Japanese filmmaker who also directed the epic ghost story KWAIDAN and two of the best samurai movies ever made, HARAKIRI and SAMURAI REBELLION.
(3) It stars Tatsuya Nakadai, a legendary Japanese movie star who worked often with Akira Kurosawa, most notably in KAGEMUSHA and RAN.
(4) It will be shown in a new 35mm film print. It's also in widescreen cinemascope, so would be greatly diminished on TV.
(5) It's cold outside, and our theatre is warm.
For details, go to www.cia.edu/cinematheque
Mon., Jan. 5, at 7:00 pm
IN WHICH WE SERVE
Thu., Jan. 8, at 7:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 10, at 10:00 am
THE HUMAN CONDITION, PART I: NO GREATER LOVE
Fri., Jan. 9, at 7:30 pm
Fri., Jan. 9, at 9:15 pm
Sat., Jan. 10, at 3:00 pm
(also Thu., Jan. 15, 7:00 pm)
THE HUMAN CONDITION, PART II: ROAD TO ETERNITY
Sat., Jan. 10, at 7:30 pm
(also Thu., Jan. 22, 7:00 pm)
THE HUMAN CONDITION, PART III: A SOLDIER'S PRAYER
Sun., Jan. 11, at 4:00 pm
Sun., Jan. 11, at 6:30 pm