ON THE SCREEN THIS WEEK (JUNE 18 - 21)

ON THE SCREEN THIS WEEK (JUNE 18 - 21)

ONGOING THIS WEEK

New Restoration
GANJA & HESS (1973 / DCP) NEW RESTORATION
Metrograph, New York City

Cut by timid distributors and inappropriately marketed as grindhouse blaxploitation, this eerie, sui generis work by utterly iconoclastic director Bill Gunn (Personal Problems) is, in its original form, nothing short of a masterpiece of ‘70s American cinema. Night of the Living Dead’s Duane Jones is an anthropologist living in aristocratic splendor in the Hudson Valley who finds himself lusting for blood after being stabbed by his unstable assistant (Gunn). What proceeds from this is a baroque, atmospheric rumination on the clash between African-American and Euro-American culture, animist and Christian influences, and homo–and hetero–desire. With Marlene Clark and Sam L. Waymon, who also composed the film’s haunting score. This version of Ganja & Hess, saved by scholar Pearl Bowser, represents the director’s cut of the film, restored by the Museum of Modern Art from a 35mm negative, with support from the Film Foundation. (Program notes by Metrograph)

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
The newly struck 70mm prints continue to wing their way around the globe playing sold out seasons, and introducing an entire new generation to an experience as Stanley Kubrick intended. Using original negative elements, 70mm aficionado Christopher Nolan has spearheaded the release ensuring the process of creating new prints was entirely photo chemical, forgoing any digital clean up, remastering or tweaking. Catch it this week at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre, The Astor Theatre and also Sun Theatre in Melbourne Australia, Picture House Cambridge UK and Coolidge Corner Theatre in Cambridge Massachusetts.

EL DORADO (1967 / DCP)
Mon June 18th & Wed June 20th 4:20pm, 
Thurs June 21st 7pm
AFI Silver, Silver Spring MD

Newly arrived in El Dorado, gunfighter John Wayne discovers his old friend Robert Mitchum is now the sheriff in town. Wayne has come to work for a cattle baron (Edward Asner), but sours on the job after he's asked to run a family off their land. Gravely wounded after a scrape with the clan, Wayne heads back to El Dorado to aid Mitchum, who, brokenhearted since being jilted by his showgirl lady friend, has become "a tin star with a drunk pinned on it." Great comedic chemistry between Wayne and Mitchum enlivens Howard Hawks' late-career capper, which borrows heavily from his still-recent RIO BRAVO (screenwriter Leigh Brackett jokingly called it "THE SON OF RIO BRAVO RIDES AGAIN"). (Program notes by AFI SIlver)

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LE SAMOURAÏ (1967 / DCP)
Tues June 19th through Thurs June 21st 9:20pm
AFI Silver, Silver Springs MD

"There is no greater solitude than that of the samurai unless it is that of the tiger in the jungle... Perhaps..." – Bushido, "Book of the Samurai." Perhaps the cultiest of Jean-Pierre Melville's films, LE SAMOURAÏ features Alain Delon giving a sphinxlike performance as Jef Costello, a quirkily obsessive hitman who is single-mindedly devoted to his profession. After his most recent job leaves behind some loose ends, which greatly displeases his employers, Jef attempts to puzzle out what went wrong and what his employers ultimately want. The influence of LE SAMOURAÏ can be found across dozens of later films, including explicit homages in films by John Woo, Walter Hill, Nicolas Winding Refn, Jim Jarmusch, Johnnie To and Pang Ho-Cheung. (Program notes by AFI Silver)

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952 / DCP)
Sat June 16th & Sun June 17th
11am, 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm* (*Sunday only)
Frida Cinema, Santa Ana CA

Filmed in astoundingly lush Technicolor, Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen directed what is arguably the greatest musical of the golden age of Hollywood. As talking pictures spell the end of the silent era, silent film star Don Lockwood (Kelly) attempt to turn a disastrous production of his studio’s first talkie into a musical, despite the lead actress having a voice like a dying cat. Full of humor, color and of course, that iconic scene of Kelly 'Singin' In The Rain'.

SCREENING MONDAY

Immersive Screening Event
BONNIE & CLYDE (1967 / DCP)
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

Monday June 18th 8:30pm

UCL History’s AHRC-funded Remembering 1960s British Cinema-going project presents an immersive 1960s cinema-going experience with a screening of Bonnie & Clyde (1967). A stylish but controversial mix of romance, crime and violence (advertised as “They’re young. They’re in love. They kill people!”), this landmark film starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and influenced both sixties fashion and music. Return for an evening to the atmosphere of the Sixties, with friendly cinema staff (manager, ushers and usherettes) to welcome you warmly and show you to your seat. Plus a full programme including 1968 newsreel, advertisements and cartoons, and  the chance to buy boiled sweets and shake-in-the-bag crisps before the feature.

This event was created using findings from UCL’s Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going of the 1960s project, which – also financed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council – collected memories from almost 1000 people who went to cinemas in the 1960s, a crucial decade in the history both of cinema and Britain generally. UCL historians and a group of young actors have worked together on these recollections to develop an immersive cinema event that recreates the experience of cinema-going in the 1960s. (Program notes by Prince Charles Cinema)

Sergio Leone’s Immense Cinematic Achievement
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968 / DCP)
Mon June 18th, 7pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline MA

For us, it's a toss up between The Good, The Bad & The Ugly as Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western master stroke, but Once Upon A Time is arguably the more striking visually. A film that must be seen on the big screen, the use of space and composition on the vast widescreen frame is achingly meticulous, and set a course to influence generations of film makers. A mysterious stranger (Charles Bronson) with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow (Claudia Cardinale from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. Peter Fonda is cast brilliantly against type as the villain.

KING BOXER aka FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH (1972 / Digital)
Mon June 18th 9pm
Film Noir Cinema & Video / Brooklyn NY

Arguably one the most influential kung fu movie of all time, Edgar Wright used it as inspiration for Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Quentin Tarantino cites it as one of his all-time favorites. Notable as the first kung fu movie to get a wide release in the West, this martial arts classic sees Chi-hao (Lo Lieh), as a humble martial artist whose master promises he can marry his daughter if he wins an upcoming tournament. Villanous Master Meng of the rival school hires a kill squad to ensure his own son wins the tournament by slaughtering every single one of his opponents. Fight chereographer Lau Kar-wing (grandmaster Lau Kar-leung’s brother), who would go on to choreograph many influential Hong Kong cinema classics including Jackie Chan’s Armour of God, Ringo Lam’s Full Contact, and Tsui Hark’s Once Upon a Time in China.

CUJO (1983 / DCP)
Mon June 18th 7:45pm
Phenomena, Barcelona Spain

The man vs beast cult classic! After the bite of a bat, Cujo, a gigantic San Bernardo dog, contracts rabies. His behavior is increasingly aggressive and leads him to attack Donna, a woman who has broken the car. Surrounded by the violent animal, Donna and her young son must lock themselves in the car waiting for help to arrive. (Program notes by Phenomena)

40 Years of the Michael Jackson / Diana Ross Musical!
THE WIZ (1978 / 35mm Print)
Mon June 18th 7:30pm
Paramount Theater, Austin TX

Directed by Sidney Lumet and starring  Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor, The Wiz is an extraordinary reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz” that showcases a remarkable all-African-American cast and several songs that deserve a more exalted place in our shared pop culture history. If you only know “Ease on Down the Road,” here’s your chance to find out what you’ve been missing. (Program notes by Paramount Theater)

SCREENING TUESDAY

New Restoration / NYC Premiere
A PAGE OF MADNESS (1926 / DCP)
Tues June 19th 7pm
Film Society Lincoln Center, New York City

The Alloy Orchestra returns to the Film Society with an original, live musical accompaniment to Teinosuke Kinugasa’s masterpiece of avant-garde cinema. A Page of Madness remains one of the most famous Japanese films from the silent era, and one of the most completely visual: Kinugasa notably eschewed intertitle cards to convey his ambiguous, hallucinatory tale of a man who takes a job at an asylum to care for his suicidal inmate wife. Using a combination of nonlinear storytelling, fast cutting, perspective manipulation, and melodramatic acting, A Page of Madness is a rich, mystifying evocation of the world as viewed by the mentally ill. The Alloy’s spellbinding score—performed using found objects, homemade instruments, and electronic synthesizers—makes this cinematic event even more unmissable. New York premiere of a new digital restoration! (Program notes by Film Society Lincoln Center)

GURU THE MAD MONK (1970 / 35mm Print)
Tues June 19th 7:30pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR

Death his religion, blood his lust! The king of creativity on a shoestring budget director Andy Milligan strikes again in this ultra low budget horror gem. Milligan not only wrote, directed, edited, and photographed but also made the costumes in this period piece set in the middle ages. Do not miss the parked Moped in the background of a shot! Neil Flanagan gives a memorable performance as Father Guru; see him sustain a conversation with himself due to his "split personality". Plus special 35mm pre-show: A ten minute reel of raw production footage from an unknown 1970's exploitation film. Blood is spilled at a sunny swimming pool setting, in this strange spool of film unearthed from the Repressed Archive. (Program notes by Hollywood Theatre)

Rare Bowie / Julien Temple Classic Screening
ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (1986 / 35mm Print)
Tues June 19th 6:45pm
Alamo Drafthouse, New York City

A 35mm screening of a film so infamous it caused a studio to go bankrupt! Set in 1950s London, ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS is the story of two teenagers in love who find themselves pulled apart as they struggle for success - Colin, aspiring to be a photographer, and Suzette, headed for fashion model stardom. In the hands of famed music video director Julien Temple, the results are flamboyent and colorful, with the show of course stolen by David Bowie as an ad executive who lures Colin to the dark side. Other pop star cameos abound, including Sade and Ray Davies. (Program notes by Alamo Drafthouse)

The Infamous Pink Violence Genre...
FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: JAILHOUSE 41 (1972 / DCP)
Tues June 19th 7:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Chandler, Chandler AZ

Pinky Violence was a subgenre of sexed-out, ultra-violent exploitation movies that ruled Japan for over a decade. And Meiko Kaji was the reigning warlord of Pink. In JAILHOUSE 41, the second installment of the infamous “Female Prisoner Scorpion” series, Nami Matsushima (Kaji) continues her quest for dark vengeance and becomes an unlikely symbol of female resistance in a male-dominated world. Filled with black hats, switchblades, and revengeful stinkface, this violent, hallucinogenic dream-blast solidified Kaji as a timeless icon of inspirational cool. (Program notes by Alamo Drafthouse)

SCREENING WEDNESDAY

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JENNIFER’S BODY (2009 / Digital)
Wed June 20th 9:20pm
Syndicated, Brooklyn NY

When a demon takes possession of her, high-school hottie Jennifer (Megan Fox) turns a hungry eye on guys who never stood a chance with her before. While evil Jennifer satisfies her appetite for human flesh with the school's male population, her nerdy friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), learns what's happening and vows to put an end to the carnage.
 

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955 / 35mm Print)
Wed June 20th 1:30pm
MOMA, New York City

A superb film noir, that oozes menace, that feels like it belongs in another era for all it's ink black story telling. Robert Mitchum is a calculating religious fanatic who marries a gullible widow (Shelley Winters). Her young children hold the secret to the location of $10,000 stolen and hidden by their father, who confides in Harry Powell (Mitchum), that his children know where the money is. Mitchum cuts an intimidating figure, complete with 'love, hate' tattoos across his fingers. 

Screening + Director in Person
IN THE BEDROOM (2001/ 35mm Print)
Wed June 20th 7pm
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA

In celebration of the republishing of the short works of the acclaimed author Andre Dubus by David R. Godine, the Brattle is excited to screen this Academy Award nominated adaptation of his story “Killings.” Like many works of literary fiction, IN THE BEDROOM is difficult to encapsulate but it is a quietly devastating film about grief, violence, murder, and the emotional impact of loss. (Program notes by Brattle Theatre)

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Spectacular in 70mm
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962 / 70mm Print)
Wed June 20th 8pm
Phenomena, Barcelona Spain

Not much more to say that hasn't been said before, other than to reiterate that David Lean's sweeping vistas and scope must be experiences on the big screen, and in the 70mm format it was intended. Our fellow film buffs in Spain get the chance this week to see it at Barcelona's fantastic Phenomena film house.

Margot Kidder Tribute
SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT (1981 / DCP)
Wed June 20th 12pm, 2:30pm, 5:15pm & 7:30pm
Frida Cinema, Santa Ana CA
Also screens Thursday

To many a Superman fan, Margot Kidder will always be our Lois Lane. Whip smart, independent, sassy and not one to take lip from her male co-workers at the Daily Planet, Kidder brought a modern, believable take to the love of the Man of Steel's life. To pay tribute to the recently deceased actress, Austin's Paramount will present the original Richard Donner cut of the Superman 2. Like high profile Director swaps that seem to be more frequent today (Ant Man, Solo: A Star Wars Story), Richard Donner was let go from the project ion 1977 after a signifiant portion of the film was shot. The Theatrical version, completed by Richard Lester, still used 30% of Donner's footage but is a vastly different film. The Donner cut was completed by editor Michael Thau, using the original shooting script, to bring the film as close as possible to the original Director's intention, making for a fascinating alternative version.

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70th Anniversary / Stunning Restoration
THE RED SHOES (1948 / DCP)
Wed June 20th 7:30pm
Paramount Theater, Austin TX

Of all the beautiful gifts Technicolor has given us, few can compare to this gorgeous story of a talented ballerina torn between a perfectionist impresario and a brilliant composer. Every frame is drenched with rich, deep colors, carrying us through the tragic arc of this cinematic interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale. (Program notes by Paramount Theater)

35mm Presentation
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000 / 35mm Print)
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

Wed June 20th 8:45pm

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior (Chow Yun-Fat) gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover (Michelle Yeoh) to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level. Graceful, luscious color and choreography, plus remarkable performances fron the distinguished cast, it is a film that redefined the martial arts genre and spawned many a copycat film. (Contains program notes by Prince Charles Cinema)

SCREENING THURSDAY

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ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION (1984 / 35mm Print)
Plus Live Shows post movie
Thurs June 21st 8pm
Texas Theatre, Dallas TX

Its The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension in 80’s-funzoid-sci-fi-Jeff-Goldblum-approved 35mm!** Time Magzine raved of this cult classic "The very oddest good movie in many a full moon," Buckaroo Banzai combines "humor, imagination, a little oriental mysticism and a passel of sharp performances into very chic sci-fi". Starring Peter Weller (Robocop), John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum and Robert Ito. Most recently you may have spotted Buckaroo's costume being work by hero Wade in Spielberg's Ready Player One. (**Program notes by Texas Theatre)

Visconti Retrospective Encore Screenings
DEATH IN VENICE (1971 / DCP)
Thurs June 21st 4:15pm
Film Society Lincoln Center, New York City

Opening with the otherworldly image of a steamship emerging ghostlike from inky blackness and closing with one of the most transcendent denouements in all of cinema, Visconti’s exquisite adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella is a piercing meditation on mortality, sexuality, beauty, and the longing for youth. In a career-capping performance of tragic vulnerability, Dirk Bogarde plays gravely ill composer Aschenbach, who, while on a rest cure in Venice, is spellbound by an angelic teenage boy (Björn Andrésen)—an infatuation that escalates as pestilence consumes the city. Visconti’s painterly compositions enter the realm of the sublime thanks to the tension-swelling, never-resolving strains of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Restored by Cineteca di Bologna, Istituto Luce Cinecittà. (Program notes by Film Society Lincoln Center)

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FANTASTIC PLANET (1973 / DCP)
Thurs June 21st 10pm
Plaza Theatre, Atlanta GA

This animated tale follows the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their much larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who rule the planet of Ygam. While the Draags have long kept Oms as illiterate pets, this hierarchy shifts after an Om boy becomes educated, thanks to a young female Draag. This leads to an Om rebellion, which weakens the Draag control over their race. Will the Oms and the Draags find a way to coexist? Or will they destroy each other? (Program notes by Plaza Theater) 

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Brian De Palma Retrospective
CARRIE (1976 / DCP)
Thursday June 21st 7pm
French Cinematheque, Paris France

Based on Stephen King's novel and expertly Directed by Brian De Palma. Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is an awkward teenager dominated by a tyrannical mother, who suffers merciless taunting by her classmates at school. A strange supernatural power springs forth however, resulting in one the single most iconic scenes in film history that remains to this day a blisteringly executed sequence of sheer bombastic revenge. The influence of this film cannot be underestimated.

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