PG-13Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language
Every year in France, 92,000 people are placed under psychiatric care without their consent. Within 12 days of their confinement, each of these individuals is entitled to a hearing before a judge during which they can advocate for their release. For the first time ever, a filmmaker (veteran documentarian Raymond Depardon) has been given access to these closed-door sessions, and what his compassionate camera records is fascinating, heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious, always human. “Rarely has a filmmaker been able to document madness in such a direct way…Quietly riveting.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 87 min.
Three years in production, Trnka’s final feature is one of his grandest visions—a bewitching adaptation of Shakespeare’s dreamy romantic fantasy, narrated in English by Richard Burton and Alec McCowen. Color and scope. 72 min. Preceded at 5:00 by Trnka’s 20-min. slapstick sagebrush spoof Song of the Prairie (Arie prerie, 1949, no dialogue, DCP).
Kenji Mizoguchi’s exquisite, heartbreaking adaptation of a 17th-century puppet theatre play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (Japan’s Shakespeare) tells of two illicit lovers who flee their wrathful society, but later return to face the music. Masterfully photographed by Kazuo Miyagawa; one of the great director’s best films. Subtitles. DCP. 102 min.
In this stylish, inventive, and somewhat icky indie romance, a luckless NYC nobody loses his girlfriend, job, and apartment in quick succession. Moving upstate, he falls for a kooky young woman who shares his strange compulsion: pulling out and eating hair! “Promising and uncompromising…There's more than enough cinematic chutzpah on display here to confirm the Floridian writer-director as a name to watch.” –Hollywood Reporter. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 78 min.
This Oscar-winning classic ushered in a wave of food movies that hasn’t abated yet. (According to The NY Times, it’s also Pope Francis’ favorite film.) Stéphane Audran (who died in March) plays a 19th-century French exile who hides her past as a gourmet chef when she becomes housekeeper and cook for two elderly, unmarried sisters who head an ascetic, pious Protestant community in remote Denmark. From an Isak Dinesen story. Subtitles. 103 min
This horror-comedy and cult favorite, one of the earliest midnight movie hits, has been recently restored by none other than the Museum of Modern Art! Shot independently in NYC, it’s an often disgusting spectacle that follows once-conjoined twin brothers—one normal, one deformed—as they seek revenge on the doctors who separated them against their will. “[It’s] like Herschell Gordon Lewis directing Freaks on the set of Taxi Driver.” –American Genre Film Archive. Adults only! Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 91 min.
One of the most shocking of all First World War-era “revenge” silent films has been newly constituted from the two existing prints and restored with color tints and a new music score. The movie focuses on a working class American of German descent who is so persecuted by his fellow citizens during the war that he enlists and goes to sea to fight his former countrymen. With Wallace Beery. “The most outspoken of all the vengeance films.” –Kevin Brownlow. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 70 min.
Rfor Violence, some sexuality, nudity, and language.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic since its debut, Blade Runner returns in Ridley Scott's definitive Final Cut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects.
In a signature role as 21st-century detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants—and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul. This incredible version features the definitive Final Cut of Ridley Scott's legendary sci-fi classic.
A young L.A. dishwasher (Mark Wahlberg) becomes an adult movie superstar during the porn industry’s 1970s-1980s heyday in Paul Thomas Anderson’s entertaining, accomplished breakthrough film The stellar cast includes Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, and Burt Reynolds. Adults only! Scope. 155 min.
In this sunny new comedy from South Korea’s prolific Hong Sang-soo (On the Beach at Night Alone), Isabelle Huppert plays Claire, a French schoolteacher with a Polaroid camera. On her first visit to Cannes, Claire meets Manhee (Kim Min-hee), a South Korean film sales agent who has just been fired by her female boss of five years. Claire and Manhee team up and prowl around the seaside resort city, taking pictures and uncovering the circumstances that may have led to Manhee’s sudden dismissal. “This tale of chance encounters at a big film festival is easy on the eye and strewn with humorous gems.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 69 min.
PG-13Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
1973 African-American art-exploitation film that was remade by Spike Lee as Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. An archaeologisst turns into a vampire after he is stabbed with a ceremonial dagger from an ancient civilization.
This follow-up to From Caligari to Hitler traces the rise and fall of Nazi Germany through the cinema of the Third Reich: an explosion of lavish, escapist films celebrating a German utopia and subtly legitimizing a brutality that continues to haunt the modern world.
Master French filmmaker Bruno Dumont continues to confound expectations. The austere, unsparing director of such somber, quasi-religious parables as The Life of Jesus and Humanité turned to silly, sometimes stomach-churning slapstick in his last two works, Li’l Quinquin and Slack Bay. Now he has transformed the early life of one of France’s most beloved heroines and icons into a musical! Dumont imagines how a young, 15th-century peasant girl who saw religious visions and resented the France’s English occupiers became a freedom fighter. Named the second best film of 2017 by Cahiers du cinema magazine. Music by Igorrr. “With this heavy-metal musical, French writer-director Bruno Dumont marries the religious themes of his Hadewijch and Outside Satan with the absurd humor of his Li'l Quinquin and Slack Bay. The results are one of a kind and certainly not for everyone, but if you can get on its wavelength, you'll find much to appreciate: the natural settings are gorgeous, the conversations on faith are probing, and the music rocks.” –Chicago Reader. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 115 min.
Five essential animated shorts spanning Trnka’s 20-year film career illustrate his versatility and political courage. Program includes: Springman and the SS (Pérák a SS, 1946, co-directed by Jiří Brdečka, no dialogue), a biting anti-Nazi satire; the whimsical cutout animation Merry Circus (Veselý circus, 1951, no dialogue); the dystopian Space Age satire Cybernetic Grandma (Kybernetická babička, 1962, subtitles, DCP); the bawdy Boccaccio adaptation Archangel Gabriel and Mistress Goose (Archandĕl Gabriel a paní Husa, 1964, no dialogue, DCP); and Trnka’s final masterpiece The Hand (Ruka, 1965, no dialogue), a
Sometimes called the greatest Filipino film ever made, Lino Brocka’s breakthrough drama was revived in 2013 as a “Cannes Classic” and has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A provincial fisherman moves to Marcos-era Manila to find his girlfriend who has disappeared there. But he is unprepared for the harsh, squalid, sordid living conditions in the big city. In this movie, Brocka, who died in a 1991 car crash at age 51, added a social consciousness to the usual soapy ingredients of Filipino melodramas (sex, violence, sensationalism, and sentiment). The result was “devastating” (Time Out). Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 125 min.
The first two features directed by Barbet Schroeder (a producer and occasional actor associated with the French New Wave) were hippie-era dramas with original music by Pink Floyd. Part head trip and part travelogue, these color movies were shot by the great Néstor Almendros (Days of Heaven) and we show both of them tonight. In More, drug addiction poisons an idyllic summer sojourn on Ibiza for a recent German college graduate and his American girlfriend (Mimsy Farmer). Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 112 min.
A rarely shown outlier in Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography (since it’s not a thriller), this delightfully screwball romantic comedy stars Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery as a quarrelsome couple who discover that their three-year marriage isn’t legal. Will they make it right or just call the whole thing off? Not to be confused with the 2005 Brangelina movie, which is not a remake. “An underrated, endearing farce…Inspired performances and crackling dialogue.” –VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever. 95 min.
Two pioneering African American artists, writer Ishmael Reed and filmmaker Bill Gunn (Ganja & Hess; see 6/7 at 8:45), collaborated on this unique “experimental soap opera” that aspired to capture working-class African American life in NYC at the start of the 1980s. Funded by an NEA grant and shot on video for public television, the film ended up being broadcast only in New York and San Francisco in 1982, and faded into oblivion after that. Newly resurrected and restored, Personal Problems stars longtime radio commentator and self-described “culinary griot” Vertamae Grosvenor as a married nurse having a mid-life affair with a musician. Though the movie is raw, untidy, and shapeless, it’s also a unique cultural artifact that presents “a view of African Americans that’s messy, complicated, dramatic, and, most important, honest” (Village Voice ). Cleveland premiere. DCP. 165 min
In 2016 we showed 14 newly restored Laurel & Hardy short comedies and features, part of a major L&H library restoration project overseen by former film dealer Jeff Joseph. That work continues, and this week and next we screen the effort’s latest fruits: five more two- and three-reel comedies and arguably the duo’s funniest feature (see 6/3 at 4:15). The four shorts in this program, among the team’s very best, include: Clyde Bruckman’s The Battle of the Century (1927), a long, partly lost silent (now complete) with perhaps the screen’s greatest pie fight; James Parrott’s Brats (1930), in which Stan & Ollie play both adult fathers and their own children; Parrott’s Hog Wild (1930), in which the two try to install a rooftop antenna; and Parrott’s The Chimp (1932), in which Stan & Ollie take possession of a chimpanzee when a circus folds. DCP. Total 84 min.
Twentieth Century Fox’s three-part reboot of its popular Planet of the Apes series was not only hugely popular and profitable, but also constitutes one of the most acclaimed film series of this century. We show all three movies tonight and tomorrow. The first installment introduces us to Caesar, a chimpanzee raised by humans (and played in all three films by Andy Serkis in an amazing motion capture performance). Super intelligent because of an anti-Alzheimer’s drug being developed by his geneticist owner (James Franco), Caesar soon outgrows his status as a “pet,” and takes matters into his own furry hands. With Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Terry Notary. “I don’t know when it happened, but it happened. Somehow, while we were worrying about superheroes and star destroyers and hot rods and whether Captain America could beat up Superman or whatever, the Planet of the Apes movies became the most vital and resonant big-budget film series in the contemporary movie firmament. –Village Voice. 4K DCP. 110 min.
Critic Robin Wood once called this sublime Japanese drama “the greatest movie I have ever seen.” Set in 11th-century Japan, Kenji Mizoguchi’s masterpiece focuses on an aristocratic family that is divided, exiled, and sold into slavery. They struggle to reunite over many years. This deeply moving saga boasts epic sweep and great formal beauty, and advocates persuasively for empathy, justice, and mercy. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 124 min
Thirteen years in the making, this magnum opus by longtime California collage artist Lewis Klahr is an emotionally fraught, 12-part, stop-motion dreamscape that poetically fuses images and pop culture ephemera from the 1960s with Greek mythology. “Offers a dizzying display of largely found images and sounds—culled from old comics, ads, magazine layouts, songs and noises—that together form a kind of cinematic archaeology of the American unconscious…One of the finest cinematic achievements of the year and a terrific introduction to Mr. Klahr’s work.” –NY Times. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 90 min.
Ingmar Bergman’s wise and witty love roundelay, set in and around a Swedish country house at the turn of the last century, focuses on four men and four women who pair off in various combinations during one sensual midsummer weekend. This magnificent valentine to lovers, fools, and dreamers was the basis for Stephen Sondheim’s musical A Little Night Music. With Gunnar Björnstrand, Eva Dahlbeck, and Harriet Andersson. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 108 min.
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy play henpecked husbands who sneak away to attend their fraternal lodge’s annual convention in Chicago. This hilarious comedy—often cited as the duo’s best feature—is a subversive spoof of men’s fraternal organizations. Fellow screen comedian Charlie Chase is hilarious as an obnoxious conventioneer fond of practical jokes. “Sons of the Desert” was adopted as the name of the international L&H Appreciation Society, still active. Preceded at 4:15 by Lewis R. Foster’s Berth Marks (1930), an early sound film in which Stan & Ollie have a series of misadventures on a passenger train with a sleeping car. Cleveland revival premiere. Both DCP. Total 85 min.
In Ingmar Bergman’s “breakthrough” film (Pauline Kael), a Stockholm ballerina scarred by tragedy thinks back on an idyllic summer love affair. “This evocation of past happiness is one of Bergman’s most moving films.” –Dictionary of Films. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 96 min.
Originally distributed in America as a Swedish sex film (it even played drive-ins and was seized by the LAPD vice squad), this early Ingmar Bergman drama chronicles a summertime love affair that turns sour when the season and setting change. 20-year-old Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many Bergman roles, plays the wild, impulsive girl whose unfettered sexuality leaves tragedy in its wake. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 96 min.
The Joker (an indelibly creepy Heath Ledger, who won the Oscar) wreaks havoc throughout Gotham City, and a no-nonsense Batman (Christian Bale) does damage control, in one of the best—and darkest—comic book movies ever made. Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Gary Oldman co-star in this modern action classic, shown here on real film, as director Christopher Nolan prefers. Scope. 152 min.
“The greatest spaghetti western ever made,” according to Repo Man director Alex Cox, was never released in America until March of this year. (However, in 2012 we presented one screening of an English-dubbed version of it in a 35mm print from Europe.) Klaus Kinski (Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo) plays a vicious bounty hunter who locks horns with a mute gunslinger (Jean-Louis Trintignant of L’Amour and The Conformist) in the snowy mountains of Utah during the Great Blizzard of 1899. Music by Ennio Morricone, of course. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtiles. DCP. 105 min.
Despite winning the top prize at the 1988 Venice Film Festival and four Italian “Oscars” (including best film and best director), this major work from the director of Il Posto and The Tree of Wooden Clogs was never distributed in the U.S. until now. Based on a novella by Joseph Roth, the movie stars Rutger Hauer as a drunken, homeless exile in Paris who is given 200 francs by an elderly stranger who asks only that he repay the money to a local church when he can afford to do so. The gift reverses the tramp’s fortunes, but his new material comforts distract him from meeting his financial obligation. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 127 min.
Barbet Schroeder’s second collaboration with Pink Floyd and ace cinematographer Néstor Almendros (see previous blurb) stars his future wife, Bulle Ogier. She plays a French woman who ventures into the remote wilds of New Guinea in search of a mysterious hidden valley and the plumage of a rare exotic bird. Along the way she makes contact with other hippie seekers and a tribe of “uncivilized” natives. “Succulent.” –Time Out Film Guide. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 106 min.
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, THE WORK follows 3 men during 4 days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.
PG-13For sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements, and some disturbing images
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.