WEEKEND PICKS (MAY 3 - 5)
It's the weekend and repertory cinemas everywhere are beginning to ramp up the count of retrospectives and rarities, as well as tried and true classics. Click the links for tickets and more info, and hit our Theatres page to see what else might be playing near you!
THE SEASON OF BERGMAN Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood CA
One of the true giants of world cinema, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (July 14, 1918 - July 30, 2007) wrote and directed more than 60 films in his lauded career and is commonly cited as a major influence on celebrated filmmakers from Stanley Kubrick to Andrei Tarkovsky to Woody Allen. The son of a Lutheran minister, Bergman’s work in theater - and later film - reveals the enormous influence his austere upbringing had on his sensitive personality. From his initial films in the late 1940s (such as THIRST), he exhibited a keen awareness of the conflicts astir in the soul of the individual. As Bergman once wrote, he saw in film “a language that literally is spoken from soul to soul in expressions that, almost sensuously, escape the restrictive control of the intellect.” (Program notes, American Cinematheque)
Sessions this weekend;
THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957 / 35mm Print) plus THE MAGICIAN (1958 / 35mm Print)
Fri, May 4th 7:30pm
PERSONA (1966/ DCP) plus FROM THE LIFE OF MARIONETTES (1980 / DCP)
Sat, May 5th 7:30pm
WAITING WOMEN (1952 / 35mm Print) plus ALL THESE WOMEN (1964 / DCP)
Sun, May 6th 7:30pm
New Digital Transfer of Standard Version (scanned from 16mm elements)
Friday May 4th 7pm
Premiere Version (237 minutes) / 16mm Print
Sat May 5th 5pm
Standard Version (204 minutes) / 16mm Print
Sun May 6th 2pm
Warhol’s epic double-screen masterpiece, presented in a new digital film transfer, is a glimpse into the New York underground of the 1960s. During the summer of 1966, after shooting several films featuring his Superstars and friends, Warhol “got the idea to unify all the pieces of these people’s lives by stringing them together as if they lived in different rooms” of the Chelsea Hotel. The Chelsea Girls, one of Warhol’s most ambitious and commercially successful films, is a brilliant example of the artist’s signature technique of assembling complete reels of unedited film in various ways.
As well as the Friday screening, MOMA will present the 16mm version that will run in a similar fashion to it's original premiere, where projectionists were handed a stack of film reels and given simple screening guidelines.
Sunday will be the standard version in 16mm, shortened to 12 reels from the original 16. The presentation will be in 16mm also.
40th Anniversary Special
SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE - 3 HOUR CUT (1978 / DCP)
Never Before Shown in Australian Cinemas!
Sun May 6th 6pm
Hayden Orpheum, Sydney Australia
While today it's more and more common (almost maddeningly so) for movies to receive extended editions, the original version of what many consider the greatest of all super hero movies received an extended version, over 40 minutes, that fleshed out far more story than what ended up in the theatrical version. Originally released as a two night TV special, this version has been cleaned up and remastered for cinematic consumption. This will be the first time the complete version has been seen on a cinema screen in Australia.
Schrader x 4 Season / Paul Schrader In Person
An untamed and fiercely independent figure, unreconciled to and still undefeated by the forces of corporatized cinema, Paul Schrader has through his long career remained almost perversely loyal to his guiding preoccupation with the figure of a lonely man wrestling with his soul and with himself, driven towards a moral crucible. Branded by his early encounters with the films of Robert Bresson, about whom he wrote passionately as a critic, Schrader has through his career as director and screenwriter returned to what he calls the “man in a room,” subject of four of the finest films to bear his imprint. In Taxi Driver (1976) it’s Robert De Niro’s brooding Travis Bickle; in American Gigolo (1980) and The Walker (2007), paid male escorts played by Richard Gere and Woody Harrelson, respectively; in Light Sleeper (1992), Willem Dafoe’s insomniac high-end drug dealer (Program notes by Metrograph Cinema).Schrader himself will appear in person at most screenings.
LIGHT SLEEPER (1992 / 35mm Print)
Fri May 4th, 7pm (With Q&A)
TAXI DRIVER (1976 / DCP)
Fri May 4th 9:45pm (With intro)
Sat May 6:30pm (With Q&A, Sold out)
THE WALKER (2007 / 35mm Print)
Sat May 5th 9:30pm (With Intro)
AMERICAN GIGOLO (1980 / 35mm Print)
Sun May 6th 6:30pm
New Restoration of the New Queer Cinema landmark!
EDWARD II (1991 / DCP)
From May 4th - May 10th
IFC Center, New York City
In this new digital restoration of the iconic New Queer Cinema classic, Derek Jarman offers a postmodern take on Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama. Pleasure-seeking King Edward II sets the stage for a palace revolt by taking as a lover the ambitious Piers Gaveston – who uses his favor in bed to wield political influence – sending the pair from the throne to a terminal torture dungeon. This landmark of gay cinema features an incredible performance from Jarman muse and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) as Edward’s spurned Queen Isabella and a rare film appearance by singer Annie Lennox. (Program notes by IFC Center)
Slaughterhouse Movie Club presents
THE LOST BOYS (1987 / 35mm Print)
Fri May 4th 8pm
Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA
Plenty of 80s eye candy (not least of which is that muscular beach going sax player) in the form of Keifer Sutherland and Jason Patric pepper this vampire cult favorite. Directed by Joel Schumacher (who directed plenty of great films aside from those cringe-worthy Batman sequels), Lost Boys finds a single mom (wonderful Dianne Wiest) bringing her two sons (Patric and Corey Haim) to a small town that's infested with vampires who look more like a leather hair metal band. Also starring Corey Feldman and Alex Winter (Bill & Ted), it's a gloriously goofy slice of 80s movie making and thoroughly entertaining. Great to see in 35mm due to the Widescreen photography used.
Audrey Hepburn Birthday Weekend
ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953 / DCP)
Sat, May 5th & Sun, May 6th 2pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR
What can one say about one of the most charming films ever made? Celebrate what would have been Audrey's birthday weekend with her gorgeous black and white romp through Rome as a Princess, bored of her stuffy scheduled life, seeking adventure through the sights of Rome with a dashing journalist (Gregory Peck).
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA ( 1986 / 70mm Print)
Sat May 5th, 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
Rare 70mm print of Kurt Russell's muscular All-American trucker who gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. Bombastic action comedy that fuses comic book sized magic under the keen Directorial eye of legendary John Carpenter
Middle Earth All Nighter!
LORD OF THE RINGS: EXTENDED EDITION TRILOGY MARATHON
Sun May 6th 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
Bring a cushion for your butt, as you'll be taking the full journey through Middle Earth in the extended versions of Peter Jackson's engrossing adaptation of Tolkein's fantasy books. Fans often prefer these versions, which were given the cinematic remaster treatment for the big screen, as they flesh out plenty of back story and encompass entire sequences cut for running time upon original release. So much so that they accompany most people's movie collections over the original theatrical versions. It's worth noting that the evil Harvey Weinstein was gunning for Tarantino to direct a streamlined 2-3 hour movie condensing all three books into one film. True story...
50th Anniversary Special
ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968 / DCP)
Sat May 5th 7:30pm
Astor Theatre, Melbourne Australia
One of the greatest horror films ever made, that cleverly doesn't actually feature any gore or horror effects, relying more-so on a creeping fear, disorientation and dread as young Rosemary (Mia Farrow who sported the now iconic haircut that herself and Vidal Sassoon came up with) moves in to a New York City apartment with her husband. They find themselves surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences that seem not to bother her husband. When the Rosemary becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. Also stars John Cassavetes and Directed by Roman Polanski.
Milos Foreman Tribute at The Castro
HAIR (1979 / DCP) plus AMADEUS: DIRECTOR'S CUT (1984 / DCP)
Sun May 6th 4:45pm
Castro Theatre, San Francisco CA
We lost Milos Foreman recently but the man who helmed a prolific lineup of films will be honored this weekend at the magnificent Castro Theatre with a Double Feature. First up is HAIR where the landmark off-Broadway musical that made headlines in the '60s for its controversial themes and on-stage nudity, gets the big-screen reworking by director Miloš Forman. A young draftee (John Savage) from Oklahoma meets up with a fun-loving band of hippies (led by a highly charismatic Treat Williams) in Central Park and falls in love with a beautiful socialite (Beverly D'Angelo). Among the memorable songs are "Aquarius," "Hair," "Easy to Be Hard," and "Good Morning Starshine." After intermission is the lavish adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s Broadway smash witha fictionalized retelling of the final days of Antonio Salieri, a composer who writhed in his jealously of the boorish but brilliant Mozart. Audaciously casting relative unknowns F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce in the leads, the film won 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Abraham for Best Actor. (Program notes by The Castro)
Family Favorites matinee at The Roxy
E.T The Extra-Terrestrial (1982 / DCP)
Sun May 6th 2pm
Roxy Cinema, New York City
Want to prove to your kids that the films you grew up on were better 'back in the day'? Take them to this special matinee screening of Spielberg's E.T which stood as the highest grossing film of all time for over a decade.
25th Anniversary of the landmark sci-fi adventure
JURASSIC PARK (1993 / 35mm)
Sun May 6th 12pm
Music Box Theatre, Chicago IL
Micheal Crichton's intricate, and frankly downright violently dark, novel of playing God with science was retooled as more accessible adventure film, notably changing the persona of several characters. On top of being a superbly crafted sci-fi action film, Jurassic Park was the line in the sand for computer animated visual effects, that were actually used more sparingly than one might remember. Seamlessly integrated into photographed sequences, it is still almost 30 years later far more convincing than much of the CGI overload put onto movie screens today. It's well worth checking out the making of this film also, as the Dinosaurs almost ended up being stop motion animation, with models and test sequences completed before CGI tests stunned Spielberg and co.
Disney’s original trip into the absurd
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951 / DCP)
Sat May 5th 10:30am
ACMI, Melbourne Australia
Let's face it, Alice in Wonderland is not unlike being on acid with talking playing cards, a disembodied smiling cat, a giant smoking caterpillar and snacks that make you shrink or grow. Made during Disney's golden age of animation, it's vividly colorful and masterfully designed. Gorgeous on the big screen!
Rare print of the brilliant ‘anti-sequel’.
GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990 / 35mm Print)
Fri May 4th & Sat May 5th Midnight
IFC Center, New York City
In the rush to produce a sequel to the original meg-hit, Director Joe Dante flatly refused until he relented on the provision he was given complete creative control. His wish granted, Dante deliberately set about creating, what he called, "one of the more unconventional studio pictures, ever". Gizmo, the toy like star of the original, is almost relegated to a supporting role, as a horde of nasty and varied Gremlins take control of a major cable news station in New York City, headed by an egocentric CEO. The sequel parodies several films including Rambo, Wizard of Oz and Phantom of The Opera and even the original (evil Gremlins attack critic Leonard Maltin in the middle of a bad review of the original), plus meta animation sequences involving studio icons Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. It's utterly insane and a sequel that has undergone much critical reevaluation since its release.
Robert Altman’s country musical extravaganza
NASHVILLE (1975 / DCP)
Sat May 5th 1pm
Quad Cinema, New York City
Altman enlisted Alan Rudolph and Tommy Thompson to be assistant directors on his most ambitious tapestry yet, as he mined Joan Tewkesbury’s script for compassion and tartness. America’s country music capital preps a political rally while private dramas reach their own crescendos. Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress (both Ronee Blakely and Lily Tomlin); Keith Carradine’s “I’m Easy” won the Oscar for Best Original Song. (Program notes by Quad Cinema)
New 4K Restoration
COLD WATER aka L’eau Froide (1994 / DCP)
Fri May 4th - Sun May 5th various showtimes
Roxie Theater, San Francisco CA
Never before released in the U.S., this 1994 breakthrough featured by Olivier Assayas stars 18-year-old Virginie Ledoyen in a heartbreaking immersion into the emotional turmoil of adolescence, renowned for it’s vivid rock score & one of the most notorious party sequences ever committed to film. (Program notes by Roxie Thater)
Super dose of Patriotism
TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE (2004 / DCP)
Sat May 5th 11:30pm
Syndicated, Brooklyn NY
Made during the U.S led invasion of Iraq, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone took the marionette style puppetry and design of Thunderbirds and created a scathing action parody of U.S foreign policy and patriotism.
Country Brunchin’ series: Live mariachi pre-show
DESPERADO (1995 / DCP)
Sat May 5th 11:15am
Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn NY
The second in Robert Rodriguez’s Mexico Trilogy, DESPERADO follows the wandering gunslinger/heart-stealer El Mariachi as he travels from one dusty town to the next carrying his signature guitar case loaded down with weaponry. After being wounded in a bloody bar gunfight, El Mariachi teams up with a local woman to hunt down the drug lord who killed his lover and to snuff out the cartel that’s terrorizing her town. (Program notes by Nitehawk Cinema)
Brunch Movie in 35mm
THE ODD COUPLE (1968 / 35mm Print)
Sun May 6th 11:30am
Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn NY
“Following the collapse of his marriage, TV newswriter Felix Ungar decides to commit suicide in a cheap hotel room near Times Square. He fails at even this, however, and dejectedly makes his way to the weekly poker game being held at the Riverside Drive apartment of his best friend, Oscar Madison, a divorced sportswriter. Felix accepts an invitation to share the 8-room apartment, but his hypochondria and his compulsion for order and cleanliness drive the slovenly Oscar to distraction, and the two men are soon quarreling.” – American Film Institute