RESTORATIONS, RETROSPECTIVES AND MORE - MIDWEEK ROUND UP (JULY 16 - 19)

RESTORATIONS, RETROSPECTIVES AND MORE - MIDWEEK ROUND UP (JULY 16 - 19)

SCREENING ALL WEEK
 

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25th Anniversary
IN THE SOUP (1992 / 4K DCP)
Mon July 16th -Thurs July 19th 9:55pm
IFC Center, New York City

Broke and desperate filmmaker Adolpho Rollo (Steve Buscemi) is a Manhattan wannabe in love with the mysterious woman next door, Angelica Peña (Jennifer Beals). He puts out an ad offering to sell his ‘fabulous’ movie script for $500, and gets a response from Joe (Seymour Cassel), who gives him a thousand and says he’ll raise the 250,000 to make the picture. The problem is, Joe is a semi-connected wiseguy with a hemophiliac brother Skippy (Will Patton) and a habit of committing oddball crimes. Adolpho has signed on for a wild ride with a guy who shows up in the middle of the night and drags him into risky criminal activity. But Joe’s also a sweetheart who terrorizes Adolpho’s thug landlords into submission and goes to see Adolpho’s mother in the middle of the night to make her feel happy. Best of all, Angelica comes into the picture, thanks mostly to Joe’s wild party personality. Adolpho should be happy, but his life has become totally unglued, and his movie dreams seem farther away than ever. Through the efforts of Factory 25 and Kickstarter backers, IndieCollect created a new 4K restoration in time for the film’s 25th Anniversary. (Program notes by IFC)

 

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AKIRA KUROSAWA AT FRIDA CINEMA

The Frida out in Santa Ana is currently in the middle of a special presentation of classics by Akira Kurosawa whose influence across cinema is massive and still felt today. This weekcatch two more including the film that inspired that George Lucas sci fi saga!

Mon July 16th & Tues July 17th 3:30pm, 6pm & 8:30pm
THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958 / DCP)

The Hidden Fortress stars the always-mesmerizing Toshiro Mifune as a soldier assigned the job of guarding his defeated clan’s princess (Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across a dangerous land. Joining them are a couple peasants, who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films, and left an even bigger mark on popular culture when it was a cited as a biginfluence on Lucas’ space opus. It also shows Kurosawa jumping from brutal violence to dark humor with ease, creating one of the legendary director’s more interesting formalist works. This 1958 adventure is best known in the west for heavily influencing Star Wars but must be seen on its own merits as a true classic.

Wed July 18th 3:30pm, 6pm & 8:30pm
YOJIMBO (1960 / DCP)

In 1961, Akira Kurosawa laid the groundwork for what would become the American Western with his Samurai film Yojimbo. The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in this visually stunning and darkly comic film that was eventually (loosely) remade into Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars and Walter Hill’s Last Man Standing. To get rid of corruption in a small town, a wily samurai named Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage.  This exhilarating, genre-twisting drama remains one of the most thoroughly entertaining films of all time. (Program notes by The Frida)

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New 4K Restoration
THE BEATLES: YELLOW SUBMARINE (1968 / DCP)
Mon July 16th - Wed July 18th 6pm & 8pm

Curently doing the rounds at cinemas across the states, catch this psychedelic marvel at San Fran's gorgeous Castro. It’s The Beatles to the rescue as our animated heroes team up with Young Fred and the Nowhere Man and journey across seven seas to free Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the militant Meanies, and restore music, color, and love to the world. A landmark in animation, with Heinz Edelmann’s inspired art direction conjuring up a non-stop parade of wildly different styles and techniques, Yellow Submarine was hand-restored in digital 4K, frame by frame—from the paper-doll residents of Pepperland, to the tinted photography of the soot-covered roofs and smokestacks Liverpool, the menagerie of fanciful characters in the Sea of Monsters, the kaleidoscopic color-splashed rotoscoping of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” the vertigo-inducing op-art of the Sea of Holes, and the triumphant euphony of the “It’s All Too Much” finale. An exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for all ages. (Program notes by Castro Theatre)


SCREENING MONDAY

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THE TIME TRAVELLERS (1964 / DCP)
Mon July 16th 8pm
Loft Cinema, Tuscon AZ

“Step through the Time Portal, beyond the crack in space and time, where the fantastic world of the future will freeze your blood with its weird horrors!” A group of scientists step through a time portal and are flung 107 years into the future, where they encounter atomic war, underground cities, weird mutants, fighting androids, space travel, love machines, groovy music, silly costumes, big hair and all the insanity that low-budget 1960’s sci-fi filmmaking has to offer! (Program notes by Loft Cinema)

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THE LION KING (1994 / DCP)
Mon July 16th 7pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline MA

In the heart of the Serengeti, experience the majestic coming-of-age tale acclaimed by audiences and critics alike! Featuring the most beloved characters of all time and Academy Award-winning music, this epic adventure follows the story of Simba, a feisty lion cub who "just can't wait to be king." (Program notes by The Coolidge)

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Rita Hayworth Centennial
THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947 / 35mm Print)
Mon July 16th 7:30pm & 9:30pm Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA

Celebrate the 100th birthday of one of cinema’s most iconic beauties, Rita Hayworth. THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI was made during the peak of her career with her then husband, Orson Welles, just as their marriage was collapsing. Nonetheless, it remains one of her most indelible features with Hayworth as a femme fatale who enchants Welles’ Michael O’Hara and draws him into a mirrored maze of cross firing plots and deceit. (Program notes by The Brattle).

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Q&A With Kathy Najimy
HOCUS POCUS (1993 / DCP)
Mon July 16th 7pm
Alamo Drafthouse, New York City

Join New York Comic Con to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Halloween classic, HOCUS POCUS. The event will feature a 30 minute Q&A with star Kathy Najimy, (Mary Sanderson,) as well as special giveaways prior to a full screening of the film. Also stars Bettle Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thora Birch. (Program notes by The Alamo)

SCREENING TUESDAY

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THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (1999 / DCP)
Tues July 17th 4:30pm & 9:30pm
BAM Cinematek, Brooklyn NY

Sofia Coppola’s 1970s-set dream vision of white teenage girlhood unfolds in a languorous haze as the boys who knew them attempt to the puzzle together the mystery of the lives—and deaths—of the five enigmatic Lisbon sisters. With sun-kissed, faded-Polaroid visuals and a spaced-out soundtrack by Air, Coppola evokes the bottomless melancholy of suburban adolescent alienation.

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EMPIRE RECORDS (1995 / 35mm Print)

Tues July 17th 7pm
Roxie Theatre, San Francisco CA

“Damn the Man! Save the Empire!” The misfits running an indie record shop band together to battle the corporate greed machine threatening to buy up the sonic sanctuary in this beloved Nineties cult classic. The director of Pump Up the Volume cranks it up another notch with this guilty pleasure featuring Liv Tyler, Anthony La Paglia, Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney and a never-better Renee Zellweger as the sexually risky Gina. Ladened with with a 90s alt-rock score featuring Gin Blossoms, the Cranberries, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cracker, Evan Dando & Better Than Ezra, the film harkens back to the era when punk collided with pop intersecting into grunge. Soon to be a Broadway musical, EMPIRE RECORDS will leave y’all yelping “Happy Rex Manning Day!” (Program notes by Roxie Theatre)

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LEON aka THE PROFESSIONAL (1994 / 35mm Print)
Tues July 17th 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is only 12 years old, but is already familiar with the dark side of life: her abusive father stores drugs for corrupt police officers, and her mother neglects her. Léon (Jean Reno), who lives down the hall, tends to his houseplants and works as a hired hitman for mobster Tony (Danny Aiello). When her family is murdered by crooked DEA agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman), Mathilda joins forces with a reluctant Léon to learn his deadly trade and avenge her family's deaths. A film that has rightfully become a cult hit, especially since the U.S and Euro cuts are so different. (Program notes by Prince Charles Cinema)

SCREENING WEDNESDAY

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DROP DEAD GORGEOUS (1999 / 35mm)
Wed July 19th 9:30pm
Music Box Theatre, Chicago IL

Written by Lona Williams and directed by Michael Patrick Jann, 1999’s DROP DEAD GORGEOUS follows Minnesotan teenage beauty queens vying for the title of American Teen Princess – and the killer intent on taking out the competition! Bringing together a jaw-droppingly talented cast including Kirstie Alley, Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney, Brittany Murphy, Denise Richards, Mindy Sterling, Nora Dunn, Mo Gaffney, and the film debut of Amy Adams, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS is an endlessly-quotable black comedy and a modern camp classic that proves if looks can kill, laughter is twice as deadly. (Program notes by Music Box)
 

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THE GODFATHER: PART II (1974 / DCP)
Wed July 18th 7pm
BAM Cinematek, Brooklyn NY

What does it mean to become white? Coppola’s epic immigrant’s tale charts the assimilation of a Sicilian-American family over the course of generations as godfather Vito (De Niro) builds a crime empire and, decades later, his ruthless son Michael (Pacino) struggles to legitimize it, a story that highlights the ways in which white identity is constructed as well as the complex ethnic divisions within whiteness itself. (Program notes by BAM)

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New Restoration
THE PIANO (1993 / DCP)
Wed July 18th 11:30am, 4:15pm & 5:55pm
Filmhouse, Scotland

Jane Campion became the first woman director to win the Palme d’Or for this extraordinary, triumphant masterpiece about a mute woman’s rebellion in a newly colonised, Victorian-era New Zealand. Soundtracked by Michael Nyman’s evocative score, it won Oscars for Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin in career-defining roles and also Best Screenplay for Campion’s typically individualistic, female-centric script. Hunter - who played the piano pieces herself and tutored co-star Paquin on sign language - gives a majestic silent performance as Ada McGrath, the mute Scotswoman and talented pianist who arrives with her strong-willed young daughter Flora (Paquin) in the New Zealand wilderness. Screening from a new digital restoration. (Program notes by Filmhouse)

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STRANGER THAN PARADISE (1983 / 35mm Print)
Wed July 18th 6:30pm
ACMI, Melbourne Australia

Willie feels completely put out by Eva, his 16-year-old cousin from Budapest, arriving at his door for a 10-day visit. But for better or worse, she fits right in to his humdrum life seemingly confined to his shoebox apartment in the Lower East Side, although curiously filmed in New Jersey. Gradually, she wins him over by occasionally stealing cigarettes and TV dinners, and so a year later when Willie and his friend need to leave town, he seeks Eva out. Jim Jarmusch’s laconic comedy charts the curious friendship between three outsiders as they travel the industrial landscapes of New York, Cleveland and Florida. Produced by Sara Driver and featuring her in a cameo – one of the few roles in the film - Stranger than Paradise was their first collaboration to truly garner international acclaim. (Program notes by ACMI)

SCREENING THURSDAY

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Humphrey Bogart Double
IN A LONELY PLACE (1950 / New DCP Restotation) + DEADLINE USA (1952 / 35mm Print)
Thurs July 19th 7:30pm
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA

Humphrey Bogart Double Feature! Nicholas Ray's IN A LONELY PLACE stars Bogart as a screenwriter accused of murder. In DEADLINE U.S.A. he plays a crusading newspaper editor out to expose a gangster while juggling commercial needs with the public interest. Introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation. (Program notes by Aero Theatre)

GREASE (1978 / 35mm Print)
w/ Choreographer Patricia Birch in person!
Thurs July 19th 7pm
Metrograph, New York City

Hot off of Saturday Night Fever and super-celebrity, triple threat John Travolta paired with rising Australian pop star Olivia Newton-John in this fizzy, festive, high-energy screen adaptation of the wildly popular 1971 stage musical, a titanic hit and, retrospectively, a sort of last hurrah for the Hollywood musical. All the trappings of the fetishized 1950s are here, from poodle skirts to drag racing T-Birds, along with a juke box worth of classic, hummable tunes, including “Summer Nights,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and Academy Award winner “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” (Program notes by Metrograph)

TOYS (1992 / DCP)
Thursday July 19th 1:30pm
MOMA, New York City

When the Zevo Toy Company is left to the founder’s brother, a hawkish military general, the educational, imaginative toys the company is known for are replaced with tanks, guns, rockets, and other war toys. The founder’s thoughtful son Leslie (Robin Williams) must take action to preserve the company’s good name. A film that was maligned upon release, it has found a new audience through reevaluation as a truly unusual and artistic piece of commercial cinema. (Program notes by MOMA)

PRINCE OF THE CITY (1981)
Thursday July 19th 9:30pm
Roxy Cinema, New York City

Returning 8 years later to the genre he helped define with Serpico, Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City expands on the themes of his earlier film, probing deeper into the depths of police corruption. This time Lumet has Treat Williams as his lead, playing a privileged narcotics officer who, despite ruling the gritty New York streets with his on-the-graft cronies, is drawn into an undercover investigation to expose a conspiracy in which fellow cops smuggle drugs through their informants, and soon finds there is no one in the department he can trust. Once again Lumet proves himself a master with true-story crime material, giving Williams a meaty role worthy of his leading man skills and drawing uniformly strong, lived-in performances out of a sprawling cast loaded with top –shelf character actors such as Jerry Orbach, Bob Balaban and Matthew Laurence. The perfect companion piece to Serpico and the work of a visionary director at the top of his game. (Program notes by Roxy Cinema).

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923 / Digital)
w/ Live Score by Reel Orchestrette
Thurs July 19th 8pm
Film Noir Cinema and Video, Brooklyn NY

In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen. Stars Lon Chaney, the iconic star of Phantom of the Opera.

WEEKEND ROUND UP (JULY 20 - 22)

WEEKEND ROUND UP (JULY 20 - 22)

RED WHITE & BLUE: CLASSICS FOR JULY 4TH

RED WHITE & BLUE: CLASSICS FOR JULY 4TH