THE DEFENDERS "The Benefactor"
(First aired April 28,1962) An astonishing look at a pre-Roe v. Wade world, where a principled doctor tries to use his trial on charges of performing illegal abortions as a platform to change the law. The first great social justice episode of a classic socially conscious TV series, the likes of which have not been seen again!
OPEN SECRET (1948)
Directed by John Reinhardt. John Ireland stars as a man who discovers the "hate crime" underside of America. A riveting "B" picture that calls out ethnic prejudice—rescued from nearly 60 years in obscurity!
Directed by Edward Dmytyrk, 70th anniversary! One of the greatest of all "social justice noirs," featuring noir icons Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum and Gloria Grahame as they reside in a spooky, nocturnal world much different from the usual depiction of the "Land of the Free." Dmytryk and producer Adrian Scott received prison sentences almost contemporaneously with their Oscar nominations!
Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steven Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include “Twist and Shout”, “Hang On Sloopy” and “Piece of My Heart.” Berns helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. Featuring interviews with those who knew him best including: Ben E. King, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney.
BITTER RICE / RISO AMARO 7:00
Director Giuseppe De Santis blends Hollywood noir visual techniques with neo-realism, and creates a singular recipe for the intersection of criminal activity and sexual manipulation. Two thieving lovers separate, with the woman disappearing into the anonymity of the rural rice fields. The lusty life she encounters (embodied by the voluptuous earth-mother she befriends) proves fragile when her lover returns with criminal schemes that threaten the very fabric of the life she's discovered. BITTER RICE was a sensation in 1949, one of the linchpins in the development of foreign arthouse cinema in the United States. It made Silvana Mangano into a worldwide sex symbol, and launched the international career of Vittorio Gassman. Doris Dowling, best known to noir fans as the murdered wife of Alan Ladd in THE BLUE DAHLIA, was forced to leave America in order to land her most significant role. With: Vittorio Gassman, Silvana Mangano, Doris Dowling, Raf Vallone, Checci Rissone, Nico Pepe, Adriana Sivieri, Lia Corelli, Maria Grazia Francia, Dedi Ristori, Anna Maestri, Mariemma Bardi Maria Capuzzo, Isabella Zennaro, Carlo Mazzarella, Ermanno Randi
ITALY (1949, 108 min) Director: Giuseppe De Santis. Screenplay/Story: Carlo Lizzani, Gianni Puccini, Ivo Perrelli, Corrado Alvaro, Giuseppe De Santis. Dialogue: Franco Monicelli. Photography: Otello Martelli. Music: Goffredo Petrassi
SEAGULLS ARE DYING IN THE HARBOR / MEEUWEN STERVEN IN DE HAVEN 9:15
A trio of Belgian filmmakers combined to create this breathtaking work, the last gasp of existentialism in European noir—an anguished cry for the lost wholeness of mankind. A nameless man on the run (has he committed a murder?) dodges and drifts his way through the polyglot architecture of Antwerp, a city defaced by war but now made visually schizophrenic by the ungainly modernism intervening into a formerly Gothic cityscape. His valiant attempts to make human connections are chronicled as he desperately looks for a way to clear himself and find a path to a normal life. Julien Schoenaerts (sometimes called the "Brando of Belgium") is the anchor of this aching slice of experimental mid-century expressionism—a dark miracle of collaborative filmmaking. With: Julien Schoenaerts, Dora Van Der Groen, Alice De Graef, Jenny Deheyder, Gisele Peeters, Piet Frison, Tine Balder, Tone Brulin, Panchita Van De Perre, Marcel Phillippe
BELGIUM (1955, 94 min) Directors: Rik Kuypers, Ivo Michiels, Roland Verhavert. Screenplay: Rik Kuypers, Ivo Michiels, Roland Verhavert. Photography: Johan Blansjaar. Art Direction: E. G. Demeyst, Jaak Van Luyth. Music: Max Damasse, Jack Sels, Jos Van Der Smissen, Andrea Casares
CAIRO STATION / BAB EL HADID 7:30
A Fall 2016 hit for stay-at-home FilmStruck subscribers, Youssef Chahine's tense, queasy tale of excessive love and patriarchal perfidy plays like gangbusters on the big screen in front of what we expect will be a rapt audience. Long-time Egyptian star Hend Rostom gives a dynamic performance as a women with too many irons in the fire. According to Malcolm's feminist foil Anastasia Lin, "The noir world rarely lays bare misogyny at such a level of incendiary hysteria." And that might just be an understatement! With: Farid Shawqi, Hend Rostom, Youssef Chahine, Hassan El Baroudi, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Naima Wasfi
EGYPT (1958, 77 min) Director: Youssef Chahine. Screenplay: Abdel Hai Adib. Dialogue: Mohamed Abu Youssef Photography: Alveise Orfanelli (as Alvise) Music: Fouad El Zahiri
THE ROAD TO HELL / CAMINO DEL INFIERNO 9:15
All hail to the Morelia Film Festival for their recent showcasing of Mexican film noir—another example of how a nation's filmmakers were galvanized into the creation of their finest work once they were exposed to the "noir virus." CAMINO DEL INFIERNO features steely-gazed Pedro Armendáriz and smiling Sphinx Leticia Palma (she of the controversially shortened career) as star-crossed lovers who try to overcome the rotten former lives that each bring to the deeply imperiled passion they find in one another. "There are many more Mexican noirs awaiting rediscovery," Malcolm notes, "but few of them will gut-punch you as much as this one will." With: Pedro Armendáriz, Leticia Palma, Wolf Ruvinskis, Ramón Gay, Arturo Soto Rangel, Manuel Calvo, Lupe Inclán
MEXICO (1951, 90 min) Director: Miguel Morayta. Screenplay: Miguel Morayt. From a story by Luis Spota Photography: Ignacio Torres. Music: Luis Hernandez Breton
CASH CALLS HELL / GOHIKI NO SHINSHI 7:15
Arguably the "last classic-era noir," CASH CALLS HELL wears its outrageous 60s mise-en-scene as a badge of honor while it sums up the doubled-down, doubled-back desperation in a world where it is easy to fall and virtually impossible to get back on one's feet after having done so. A framed ex-con (Tatsuya Nakadi, light years away from his role as the pacifist soldier in Kobayashi's THE HUMAN CONDITION) accepts a hit-man contract, only to find that he's in the middle of something far more sinister when his first target is gunned down before his eyes. Can he stop the rest of the killings? And can he protect the first victim's orphaned daughter? Or is he lost in a maze without a center? Join us on closing night, grit your teeth, and find out for yourself! With: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kaneko Iwasaki, Yukari Uehara, Chiyo Aoi, Ichiro Nakatani, Hisashi Igawa, Kuni Tanaka
JAPAN (1966, 92 min) Director: Hideo Gosha. Screenplay: Hideo Gosha, Yasuko Ono. Photography: Tadashi Sakai. Music: Masaru Sato
THE HOUSEMAID / HANYO 9:00
Ki-Young Kim shocked South Korea with his outrageous "melo-noir" that makes recent "spatter" variations on sexual scandal (think GONE GIRL) seem limp and labored by comparison. His unsparing depiction of dysfunctional family life is supercharged by the performance of Eun-Shim Lee as Myung-sook, the shameless housemaid who literally turns into a banshee once she sets her sights on the unsuspecting husband. (Eun-Shim Lee was so successful in conveying the extremity of her character that her acting career came to an end with this single performance.) THE HOUSEMAID is just as disturbing as PSYCHO, arguably more psychologically perverse—and is just as shocking today as it was when it was released. Don't miss it! With: Eun-Shim Lee, Jin Kyu Kim, Jeung-Nyeo Ju, Aeng-Ran Eom, Seon-Ae Ko, Ahn Sung-Ki, Yoo-Ri Lee
SOUTH KOREA (1960, 109 min) Director: Ki-Young Kim. Screenplay: Ki-Young Kim. Photography: Deok-Jin Kim. Music: Sang-Ji Han
Before he was a filmmaker, David Lynch was an art student, a painter. His film work grew out of painting, not cinephilia, and his first film, Six Men Getting Sick (1967) is in a very real sense, a "motion picture". Lynch’s early shorts are fascinating because they’re not indebted to conventional movies. They are explorations of shape and light, texture, form and sound, and they open up the first crack into the feverish anxieties, the abiding sense of dread and disgust that runs as a malevolent undercurrent throughout Lynch’s cinema.
The six films in this program span from 1967 to 1974, plus a one-minute film from 1996 (Premonitions Following An Evil Dead):
SIX MEN GETTING SICK - 4 min
THE ALPHABET - 4 min
THE GRANDMOTHER - 34 min
THE AMPUTEE (V. 1) - 5 min
THE AMPUTEE (V. 2) - 4 min
PREMONITIONS FOLLOWING AN EVIL DEED - 1 min
"For me, it was like sitting for about 45 minutes in the electric chair! It was a shock…" Jack Nance on watching The Grandmother for the first time.
David Lynch: The Art Life looks at Lynch’s art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As he says, “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas, and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them. Even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.” We’re invited in and given private views from Lynch’s compound and painting studio in the hills high above Hollywood, as he tells personal stories that unfold like scenes from his films. Strange characters come into focus only to fade again into the past, all leaving an indelible mark.
United States/Denmark • 2016 • 93 minutes • Color • DCP.
What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.
RRated R for language, some drug use and violence.
The new restoration! A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
A 35mm double-feature of Bret Easton Ellis' satires, $15 for one or both!
7:00pm AMERICAN PSYCHO (35mm)
Those that disavowed Bret Easton Ellis' novel 'American Psycho' in the late-'80s clearly couldn't see the insidious skewering of Reagan-era capitalism, machismo, and of the New York restaurant scene that was nestled within. Director Mary Harron made everyone sit up and realize just what a remarkable and disturbing satire it was, featuring one of Christian Bale's most iconic and unforgettable roles as Patrick Bateman.
9:00pm THE RULES OF ATTRACTION (35mm)
One of the best films you've never seen. Foolishly marketed as a teen comedy upon its release in 2002, moviegoers were shocked and horrified by the nightmarish, brilliant satire that reached screens. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, written and directed by PULP FICTION screenwriter Roger Avary, THE RULES OF ATTRACTION punctures the jugular of the American college experience, with James Van Der Beek playing Patrick Bateman's younger brother Sean, embroiled in a fatal love triangle at Camden college.
It's "CHEERLEADiNG CHAOS" as MiDNiGHTS FOR MANiACS brings you this all-35mm double bill!
7:00pm - BRiNG IT ON (2000) - 17th Anniversary 35mm screening!
Teen heartthrobs Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union go head to head in this politically-charged, racially-explosive, queer-positive, teen-angst, cheerleading-competition film!
9:00pm - REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS (1976) - 40th Anniversary 35mm screening!
This unstoppably hilarious T&A cheerleading-competition classic not only sports some of the weirdest and wackiest sequences in the history of 1970s exploitation cinema, it will sincerely stun you at how realistic and even revolutionary it deals with many of its high school dilemmas.
MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS presents a
"David Lynch's Influences for TWiN PEAKS" Double Bill
6:45pm - PEYTON PLACE (1957) - 60th Anniversary restored DCP screening!
This 1957 adaptation of Grace Metalious' controversial novel is perhaps the biggest influence on David Lynch's TWiN PEAKS. A subversive soap-opera that was surprisingly nominated for nine Oscars, unmasked the moral hypocrisy of a small fictional American mill town in the years surrounding World War II.
9:45pm - BLUE VELVET (1986) - 30th Anniversary 35mm screening!
David Lynch made his surreal mark in Hollywood with this unofficial prequel to TWiN PEAKS. College student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) comes back home to uncover the disturbing undertow in his small American town. Setting the stage for everything TWiN PEAKS, this 1980s throwback to the 1950s is more than essential viewing as we prepare for the return of the greatest TV show to ever air on network television.
New DCP restoration! 40th anniversary!
David Lynch once described his stunning debut feature simply as “a dream of dark and troubling things,” but the unclassifiable ERASERHEAD is so much more: an expressionistic headtrip, a Grand Guignol nightmare, a pitch-black comedy of manners, and even a deeply personal allegory about the (post-) nuclear family. Amidst a monochromatic wasteland teeming with smoke and shadows, Jack Nance’s wire-haired wage slave Henry struggles to navigate the horrors of mutant offspring, sinister hallucinations and, most terrifying of all, his new in-laws. Playing midnights for month after month in the late 1970s, David Lynch's surreal classic ERASERHEAD was a Roxie fixture. We're proud to present it in glorious, black and white 35mm - although perhaps not quite as late as we used to.
Directed by David Lynch. 88m. USA. DCP.
FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY – A road comedy starring Alex Karpofsky, Wyatt Russell, Melanie Lynskey and Meredith Hagner with David Cross and Michael Ian Black. A successful singer-songwriter hatches a plan to help his friend's struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour.
Living in the sixth dimension can be tough, but we hope you'll join the Roxie and Richard Elfman live and in person for our screening of FORBIDDEN ZONE!
With a bafflingly great cast - including Herve Villechaize, Susan Tyrell, FREEWAY director Matthew Bright and the entire Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo - including a Satanic turn by Richard's brother, Danny Elfman, who you may have heard of - FORBIDDEN ZONE features errant animations, absurdist comedy, and some of the catchiest songs you've ever heard.
Don't miss this one time only screening with director in attendance!
The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignance, beauty, humor, and spirituality. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
HORiZONS : Waynak (Where are you?) is a 6-episode documentary film that lets you discover social entrepreneurs in the Near East and Europe, currently developing short, middle and long term solutions to impact the Refugees ‘Crisis’. 45min. Presented by Zoinia
In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, 17-year-old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by the disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.
On a snowy night in February 1972, legendary jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans. Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity. Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview. Helen’s revealing audio “testimony" acts as a refrain throughout the film, which draws together a wealth of archival photographs and footage, interviews with friends and bandmates and incredible jazz music to tell the ill-fated pair’s story. Part true-crime tale, part love story, and an all-out musical treat, I CALLED HIM MORGAN is a chronicle of the dramatic destinies of two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. Featuring cinematography by Oscar-nominated DP Bradford Young (SELMA, ARRIVAL).
IN THE NAME OF THE LAW / IN NOME DELLA LEGGE 2:00
Pietro Germi is the forgotten master of Italy's neo-realist movement, pushing into the hinterlands to portray the roiling collision of old ways and new ideas as they engaged in hand-to-hand combat for the soul of a smoldering nation. Here, the "old ways" come to the fore, as Massimo Girotti tries to take on the rural Sicilian Mafia and bring an end to the corrupt conspiracy of silence enforced by the region's largest land baron (an impressively astringent performance by noted French character actor Charles Vanel). It's a war of nerves…Italian style. With: Massimo Girotti, Jone Salinas, Camillo Mastrocinque, Charles Vanel, Saro Urzi, Turi Pandolfini, Umberto Spadaro, Saro Arcidiacono, Ignazio Balsamo, Nada De Santis
ITALY (1949, 101 min) Director: Pietro Germi Screenplay: Federico Fellini, Mario Monicelli, Tullio Pinelli, Giuseppe Mangione, Pietro Germi. From a story by Giuseppe Mangione. Adapted from the novel by Giuseppe Guido Loschiavo. Photography: Leonida Barboni. Music: Carlo Rustichelli
MADNESS RULES / MATTO REGIERTF 4:00
Leopold Lindtberg, fresh off his epic war drama THE LAST CHANCE (1945), takes a ninety-degree turn with this chewy murder mystery set in a mental hospital. "Those steeped in noir will think of GREEN FOR DANGER," suggests Anastasia Lin, "but our detective has fewer foibles and the suspects are a good bit more interestingly idiosyncratic—especially since so many of them seem more than a bit touched in the head!" So many suspects, so much conflicting testimony, so many mixed motives—it's a good thing that the indomitable police inspector (a marvelously gruff Heinrich Gretler) is so good at not suffering fools! Featuring a winningly winsome performance from future European star Elisabeth Muller (just 20 at the time) as the love-conflicted nurse. With: Heinrich Gretler, Heinz Woester, Friedrich Braun, Elisabeth Müller, Otto Brefin, Gottlieb Buchi, Zarli Carigiet, Irene Naef
SWITZERLAND (1947, 113 min) Director: Leopold Lindtberg. Screenplay: Leopold Lindtberg, Alfred Neumann. From the novel by Friedrich Glauser. Photography: Emil Berna. Music: Robert Blum
"One night, I sat down, the ideas came in, and it was a most beautiful experience.” – David Lynch, 2001
In David Lynch's maniacal, notorious thriller, amnesia-suffering Rita (Laura Harring), who barely escapes murder on winding, hilly Mulholland Drive, makes her way down to Hollywood, where she sneaks into the apartment of bright-eyed aspiring actress Betty (Naomi Watts). When the two women encounter each other and try to piece together what happened to Rita, their descent into the freshly warped and hypnotically nightmarish Lynchian rabbit hole ensues. A lethal blue box, an unlucky director named Adam Kesher and a neon-glowing nightclub called Silencio are only the tip of the iceberg in this kinkily off-kilter neo-noir.
“The best film of the decade” – Los Angeles Film Critics Society
Directed by David Lynch. 2001, 147 min, USA. 35mm print.
In 1981, acclaimed film director Louis Malle, actor/playwright Wallace Shawn and theater director Andre Gregory came together to make one of the most sublime, entertaining and thought-provoking films in the history of cinema - MY DINNER WITH ANDRE. Two years later, comedian turned wrestler Andy Kaufman, former worldwide heavyweight champion Fred Blassie and directors Johnny Legend and Linda Lautrec gave ANDRE nothing short of a body slam, releasing the remarkable but ridiculous situationist spoof MY BREAKFAST WITH BLASSIE.
On May 30th, we pit the films against each other, with ANDRE's effortlessly elegant direction and philosophical intricacies going head-to-head with BLASSIE's caustic, over-the-top satire of celebrity culture, masculinity and personal hygiene. MY DINNER WITH ANDRE will be shown in its beautiful 35mm restoration, MY BREAKFAST WITH BLASSIE will be showed from analog video, with director Johnny Legend in the house.
Don't miss this remarkable pairing, $15 for one or both films.
ODD MAN OUT 7:00
James Mason took a giant step into international stardom as Johnny McQueen, just-released IRA leader who has a harrowing "dark night of the soul" after a heist goes wrong and he is severely wounded. Carol Reed eschews any cheap Christ-like comparisons for Johnny, opting for his own simmering exploration of Jean-Paul Sartre's famous dictum that "Hell…is other people." Sublime, grotesque, and above all darkly gleaming in the desolate glory of its nocturnal photography, courtesy of the great Robert Krasker (THE THIRD MAN, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, SENSO). With: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, William Hartnell, F. J. McCormick, Fay Compton, Denis O'Dea, Robert Beatty, Dan O'herlihy, Katheen Ryan
UK (1947, 116min) Director: Carol Reed. Screenplay: F. L. Green, R. C. Sherriff. From the novel by F. L. Green. Photography: Robert Krasker. Music: William Allwyn
THE NOOSE / PETLA 9:15
Think THE LOST WEEKEND on steroids. Kuba Kowalski (a haunted Gustaw Holoubek) is as much a victim of his blown-out society than he is a self-loathing poseur, however—and displaced rage is what fuels despair and desolation here, as opposed to THE LOST WEEKEND's weak-kneed Don Burnham (Ray Milland). In the words of Anastasia Lin: "A devastatingly choreographed pas-de-deux of psychological strangulation"—and we watch as the metaphorical noose tightens around Kuba as he dives deeper and deeper into hallucinatory intoxication. Director Has follows Carol Reed in depicting a world that all too often closes ranks on those it is ostensibly claiming to support. With: Gustaw Holoubek, Aleksandra Slaska, Teresa Szmigielowna, Tadeusz Fijewski, Stansislaw Milski, Wladyslaw Dwoyno, Igor Przengrodzki
POLAND (1958, 96 min) Director: Wojchiech Has. Screenplay: Marek Hiasko. From a story by Wojchiech Has & Marek Hiasko. Photography: Mieczyslaw Jahoda. Music: Tadeusz Baird
Afghanistan's submission in the foreign-language film Oscar category
Two young Afghans, Fereshteh and Nabi, are in love, but Fereshteh has to follow her parents and leave Afghanistan to find refuge in Iran. Nabi decides to illegally cross the border, find Fereshteh and take her through Turkey towards Europe and a better life. Set nearly entirely in the Iranian capital of Tehran, Parting is a compact but vivid illustration of migrant lives in limbo.
Winner of Special Jury Prize at the 21st Busan International Film Festival
The dangers engendered by Islamic State and the Taliban are omnipresent. In countries menaced by these groups people seek a better life by migrating, despite the fact that many lose their lives en route. My brother, Jamshid, and I have tried to portray their difficult passage.
Written and directed by Navid Mahmoudi. Edited and Produced by Jamshid Mahmoudi. Starring Reza Ahmadi and Fereshteh Hosseini. 78 min. 2016. Iran/Afghanistan. In Persian and Dari with English subtitles. DCP.
On the second Saturday of each month, the Roxie presents an assortment of great classic cartoons (in both black & white and full color) for Saturday-morning slackers of all ages.
May: Cartoons Come Home
This month, we’ve got ‘toons that know there’s no place like home. From hilarious houseguests to fixing up the homestead, this collection of black and white and full color classics invite you to pull up chair and make yourself at home.
Some of the cartoons we’ll be screening:
Bugs Bunny - “The Wabbit Who Came to Supper” (Warner Brothers)
Betty Boop - “Grampy’s House” (Fleischer)
“What Price Fleadom” (MGM)
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit - “The Plumber” (Lantz)
“Wizard of Oz”(Eshbaugh)
Porky Pig - “Porky’s Pooch” (Warner Brothers)
“Somewhere in Dreamland” (Fleischer)
“Self Made Mongrel” (Famous)
Betty Boop - “House Cleaning Blues” (Fleischer)
“House of Tomorrow” (MGM)
Kids under 12 years old are FREE! Kids 12 and over: just $8.00. FREE OR DISCOUNTED FOR MEMBERS
A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe (SIGHTSEERS), PREVENGE follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood. PREVENGE marks the directorial debut from Lowe, who is a true triple threat, writing, directing, and acting in the film during her own real-life pregnancy.
In a nameless city deluged by continuous rain, three rabbits live with a fearful mystery.
David Lynch's surreal 9-episode, 50-minute “sitcom” (in Lynch’s own words) follows the disjointed conversation of three humanoid rabbits presented loosely in the form of a generic situation comedy. Rabbits features three humanoid rabbits, played by Mulholland Drive cast members Scott Coffey, Laura Elena Harring and Naomi Watts.
David Lynch, 2002, 50 min, USA, in English, Digital.
INDUSTRIAL SYMPHONY NO. 1
A performance art collaboration between David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr.), ‘Industrial Symphony no. 1’ came about when the Brooklyn Academy of Music asked Lynch and his music collaborator to stage two performances of something interesting for the season premiere of its annual Next Wave Festival. With only two weeks’ prep time, they threw together an elaborately designed and choreographed concert for his ingénue of choice, Twin Peaks songstress, Julee Cruise. As always, the collaboration between Lynch and Badalamenti yields a disturbing, fascinating, and comic combination of image and music. The story begins with Nicolas Cage (the Heartbreaker) telling Laura Dern (the Heartbroken Woman), WILD AT HEART style, "I gotta go, baby". Heartbroken, Dern reacts like Lula might, then dreams that she's floating above a landscape (as Julee Cruise) littered with dwarfs, men on stilts, abandon cars crawling with naked women, and grotesque monsters, while singing songs about love. The 50-minute show featured a number of songs from Cruise’s album “Into the Night,” all of which had lyrics written by Lynch and music by Badalamenti, plus a few original pieces. The music has a very clear ‘Twin Peaks’ vibe. Most of the instrumentals were taken directly from Badalamenti’s score for that series.
David Lynch, 1990, 50 min, USA, Digital.
RADIO DREAMS, winner of the 45th Rotterdam International Film Festival’s Tiger Award, is the newest feature film from Iranian-British director Babak Jalali (FRONTIER BLUES). RADIO DREAMS creates the strange yet very real world of PARS-FM - a Farsi-language radio station broadcasting from the heart of San Francisco. The story unfolds over a single day as the station’s program manager, Hamid - a brilliant, misunderstood Iranian writer (played by the “Iranian Bob Dylan” Mohsen Namjoo) - prepares for a triumphant broadcast - a live performance pairing Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan’s first rock band. Meanwhile, Hamid must juggle a dysfunctional mix of on-air talent, station managers, and performers while fending off the owner’s plans to wrest control of the station. RADIO DREAMS brings to life the sometimes bizarre experience of immigrants pursuing dreams in the U.S.A perfect mixture of honesty, art, and socio-political topicality served up as an ingenious, offbeat transmission.
Recorded over six years, Raising Bertie delivers an authentic and tender portrait of the lives of three young boys as they face a precarious coming of age within Bertie County, a rural African-American community in North Carolina.
This raw and starkly poetic vérité documentary weaves the young men’s stories together as the boys navigate school, unemployment, violence, first love, fatherhood, and estrangement from family members and mentors, all while trying to define their identities.
Intimate access depicts an honest portrayal of the boys' perspectives and an in-depth look at issues facing rural America's youth and what happens in the everyday lives of young people caught in the complex interplay of generational poverty, economic isolation and educational inequity. Raising Bertie is an experience that asks us to see this world through their eyes and incites recognition and empathetic understanding of lives and communities too often ignored.
After her congregation-pleasing stint in a convent, soul singer Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) is now the toast of Las Vegas. But when her holy sisters start to experience problems at their new school in California, alter-ego Sister Mary dusts off her habit to strike the fear of God into the unruly students. Returning Mother Superior Maggie Smith is nun the wiser in this high-spirited sequel to the 1992 comedy.
STRANGE ENCOUNTER / ESTRANHO ENCONTRO 2:00
B-noir meets arthouse in future Cinema Novo stalwart Khouri's directing debut. Tone, atmosphere, and arty camerawork sustain a coiling story about two pairs of mismatched lovers who wind up in a perilous situation when the younger partners in each relationship meet by chance. Not quite so ready to nihilistically reject the possibility of love (as would be the case only a few years later), Khouri demonstrates a cheeky visual flair, and coaxes a remarkable performance from Russian expatriate actress Lola Brah—one that hints at the escalating romantic disillusion that will dominate his work in the 60s and beyond. With: Mario Sergio, Andrea Bayard, Lola Brah, Luigi Picchi, Sergio Hingst
BRAZIL (1958, 87 min) Director: Walter Hugo Khouri. Screenplay: Walter Hugo Khouri. Photography: Rudolf Icsey. Music: Gabriel Migliori
Don Malcolm's verdict: "truly, madly, deeply one-of-a kind!" Karel Holger (think Peter Lorre with leading man looks) takes us into the horror of a world careening toward a feeding frenzy of totalitarian mania in KRAKATIT, the Otakar Vavra adaptation of Karel Capek's prophetic 1921 novel. Those familiar with Orson Welles' take on Franz Kafka's THE TRIAL will sense that the great American expatriate was more than a bit familiar with this film, where suppressed hysteria, sexual treachery, and the deadly pursuit of krakatit (a substance similar to what we now call WMDs) reveal a world teetering on the brink of madness. Mercurial, globe-trotting Czech beauty Florence Marly shines as the seductive, mysterious Princess Wilhelmina, whose flawless face threatens to launch a thousand holocausts. With: Karel Hoger, Florence Marly, Eduard Linkers, Jiri Plachy, Natasa Tanska, Frantisek Smolik, Miroslav Homola, Vlasta Fabianova
CZECHOSLOVAKIA (1948, 110 min) Director: Otakar Vavra. Screenplay: Jaroslav Vavra, Otakar Vavra. From the novel by Karel Capek. Photography: Vaclav Hanus. Music: Jiri Srnka
Mila was the adult film industry's hottest star when she decided to call it quits and start a new life. A dangerous men's rights group, known as The Sword, has been terrorizing the streets of San Francisco. The Sword is on mission to eliminate immoral women and Mila has become their next target.
After surviving a brutal attack, Mila puts a group of badass babes together and seeks her revenge!
MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS and Spoke Art present:
THE FiFTH ELEMENT
Directed by Luc Besson
This immensely opulent mind bending, science fiction extravaganza has polarized audiences for 20 years. Luc Besson's "space opera" not only showcases memorable performances by Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker and Milla Jovovich but exhibits stunning costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier and sets designed by "Moebius" and Mézières (who worked with Luc Besson on his upcoming Valérian.). Celebrate a new DCP restoration. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes.
RUN LOLA RUN
Directed by Tom Tykwer
Come celebrate this pulse-pounding, existential gem which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. German auteur Tom Tykwer's third feature turned out to be one of the most defining of the 1990s. Led by the performance of a lifetime by Franka Potente, this contemporary classic not only twists-and-turns through such cinematic masterpieces as Vertigo (1958) and Rashomon (1950), it has paved a contemplative road that very few films since have rarely achieved. Original 35mm Print. Rated R. 80 minutes.
On Wednesday, March 9th, 2011, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, The Spectacle Theater screened Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining forwards and backwards simultaneously, superimposed. This experiment in projection was inspired by the analysis of The Shining by MSTRMND, and one line in particular: "The Shining is a film meant to be watched both forwards and backwards".
Independent Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi is trying to make a television show. He persuades BRIC TV, a Brooklyn non-profit Arts organization, to finance a television show whose premise is that every episode will be about the making of the previous episode. In the process of creating the show, everything can—and does—go wrong. The cast, a who’s who of Brooklyn’s independent filmmaking community, includes Alex Karpovsky, Eleonore Hendricks, Dustin Defa, and Onur Tukel.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Caveh Zahedi
The film is a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Titicut Follies documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists.
"To the Ends of the Earth" follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.
The people we meet are uniquely positioned to watch this global crossroads unfold. For example, the mayor of an Inuit village in Canada’s high Arctic who is concerned that seismic testing for oil in the ocean is blowing up the eardrums of the animals that the Inuit hunt to survive. Or the environmental lawyer who goes on a journey to areas that produce energy for the tar sands of Alberta — he learns of the massive inputs of energy that have to be put into this resource — and the reasons why the second largest oil project in the world is economically unsustainable. Or the river conservationist in Utah who fights to protect the Colorado River from oil shale projects that would disturb its headwaters.
A headstrong young woman who is married to a land baron develops feelings for her son's tutor, creating a complex web of unrequited love.
A haunting thriller set in an isolated castle in 1950s Tuscany, Voice From the Stone tells the story of Verena, a determined young nurse who is hired to help the mute young heir within. But the more she observes him, the more Verena becomes convinced he has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the villa's stone walls, one that seems to be rapidly entwining with her own.
Accompanied by a frenetic original soundtrack by the great Ornette Coleman, insane asylum inmates escape their confinement and hole up in a deserted Belgian farmhouse, where they cook large quantities of eggs and condemn one of their own in an impromptu court. The actors don’t have much need for words when they can dance around, light things on fire, and drip hot wax on each other instead. Ornette Coleman and the other members of his trio – David Izenzon and Charles Moffett – recorded their score for WHO’S CRAZY? in one go while the film was projected for them, and the result feels like a bizarre silent film with the greatest possible accompaniment. The soundtrack also features a young Marianne Faithfull singing what are probably her most experimental riffs – written for her especially by Ornette – as she asks, “Is God man? Is man God?” in an original track titled “Sadness.”
WHO’S CRAZY? was long thought to be lost by jazz-on-film scholars and the Library of Congress. In early 2015, the only surviving copy of the film, a 35mm print struck for the film’s debut at Cannes in 1966, was salvaged from director Thomas White’s garage after sitting on a shelf there for decades. Ornette’s soundtrack exists as a hard-to-find LP, but audiences have never before had the opportunity to see what Ornette saw when he composed it. The cast consists of actors from New York’s experimental theater troupe, the Living Theatre, who also performed in Shirley Clarke’s THE CONNECTION; and speaking of connections, Clarke would later direct the fantastic ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (1984). The 35mm print of WHO’S CRAZY? was repaired by John Klacsmann, archivist at Anthology Film Archives.
Shinichi ''Sonny'' Chiba is a martial arts ''manimal'' in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk.
Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is WOLFGUY, the only survivor of a clan of werewolves who relies on his feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve mysterious crimes. One night, a bizarre and bloody death in the Tokyo streets plunges him into a far-reaching conspiracy populated by crooked politicians, naked white women, bit-players like Hideo Murota, a phantom tiger, and -- best of all -- a shadowy organization.