MID WEEK UPDATE (MAY 8 - 10)
Here we go again with our mid week picks of repertory cinema treats for the rest of the week. Check back Friday for our round up of what we'll be watching this weekend...
David Leans Masterpiece as it was meant to be seen!
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962 / 70mm Print Presentation)
Wed May 9th 1pm & 7:45pm
Hayden Orpheum, Sydney Australia
If you've never seen it in 70mm, we pity you. Lawrence of Arabia is so majestic in scope, thanks to such sumptuous location photography, that it actually needs to be seen as big as possible. The magnificent Hayden Orpheum in Sydney will screen a duo of sessions this Wednesday
SCREAM (1996 / DCP)
Wed May 9th 8pm
Plaza Theatre, Atlanta GA
* Prizes for the best Drew, Rose, Neve, Courtney, Dave + SCREAM lewks!
WUSSY returns with its monthly campy feature fantastico, with the 1996 classic Scream! Come as your favorite character from Wes Craven's very meta come back and revel in the film that spun the genre on its head and pushed a resurgence for mainstream slasher films.
The 219 Minute Cut!
HEAVEN’S GATE (1980 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 9th 7pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
Micheal Cimino's gargantuan western became legendary for the behind the scenes stories than the actual film itself. Off the back of his Best Picture and Director Oscar's for The Deer Hunter (1978), Cimino was given carte blanche to create his vision, resulting in the production going massively over budget and behind schedule by the end of the first week. Ciminio was notorious for detail and ordered a street set to be completely torn down and rebuilt to be six feet wider and ordering an entire irrigation system so the grass in a battle scene would be vivid green. All in, over 220 hours of footage was shot. It was panned by critics, but has since undergone massive reevaluation and appreciated as an epic masterpiece. This version is the restored 35mm Director's Cut. Stars Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, Jeff Bridges and John Hurt
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988 / 35mm Print)
Thurs May 10th 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
Con artist Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) is a longtime resident of a luxurious coastal resort, where he enjoys the fruits of his deceptions -- that is, until a competitor, Freddy Benson (Steve Martin), shows up. When the new guy's lowbrow tactics impinge on his own work, Jamieson resolves to get rid of him. Confident of his own duplicitous talents, Jamieson challenges Benson to a winner-takes-all competition: whoever swindles their latest mark first can stay, while the other must leave town. (Program notes by Prince Charles Cinema)
William Wyler’s sprawling epic
THE BIG COUNTRY (1957 / 35mm Print)
Thur May 10th 8:15pm
French Cinematheque, Paris France
James McKay arrives in the middle of the Midwest to marry Patricia, the daughter of a great landowner. A follower of non-violence, James is going to find himself involved in the bloody struggle between two rival clans coveting the same water point. Stars Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons and Charlton Heston.
A World Cinema Landmark
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 9th 7pm
ACMI, Melbourne Australia
Shot with an extraordinary documentary-like immediacy, Gillo Pontecorvo’s seismic tract retains all of its shocking power and political relevance more than 50 years after its initial release. In its depiction of the popular Algerian uprising against French colonizing forces, it fuses neo-realism with galvanizing revolutionary agit-prop via stunning handheld camerawork, meticulous staging of chaos, utterly convincing deployment of non-actors and Ennio Morricone’s dizzyingly propulsive score. (Program notes by ACMI)
Marx Brothers mayhem
HORSE FEATHERS (1932 / DCP)
Thurs May 10th 7pm
Syndicated, Brooklyn NY
“Whatever it is, I’m against it!” declares Groucho’s Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, new president of Huxley College – as speakeasy-recruited football ringers Chico and Harpo re-write the rulebook to help win The Big Game. (Program notes by Syndicated)
Kung Fu Theater Presents
MASKED AVENGERS (1981 / 35mm Print)
Tues May 8th 7:30pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR
Kung Fu Theater presents the only known 35mm print of this Shaw Brothers classic. Advance tickets are highly recommended! In MASKED AVENGERS, The Venom Mob is back! A gang of blood-drinking kung fu villains wear wicked devil masks and kill at will. A group of heroes set out to stop them, and are catapulted into non-stop kung fu mayhem when the gang takes up residence in a booby-trapped laden temple. The funkdafied kung fu showdown is guaranteed to melt your mind and drop your jaw to the floor. Directed by Chang Cheh. (Program Notes by Hollywood Theatre)
Jodorowsky in 35mm Double Feature
EL TOPO (1973 / 35mm Print) plus THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1970 / 35mm Print)
Thurs May 10th 7:30pm
Astor Theatre, Melbourne Australia
Lush 35mm Prints of Alejandro Jodorowsky's legendary and highly influential acid like dreamscapes in one mind bending double bill at Melbourne's art deco film palace institution.
35mm Indie Classics
MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969 / 35mm Print) plus MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (1991 / 35mm)
Tues May 8th 7pm
Castro Theatre, San Francisco CA
Two much loved films produced in two eras of a surge in independent film making. Shot around a much seedier Times Square than today, an unexpected bond develops between two small-time hustlers living a marginal existence in the brutal grit and grime of New York City. Stars Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, and the first 'X' Rated film to win an Oscar for Best Picture. After intermission, River Phoenix is stellar as Mike, a narcoleptic street kid who heads to Idaho, then Italy, in search of his mother; Keanu Reeves is equally fine as Scott, a slumming rich kid in search of himself, who joins Mike in his quest. Gus Van Sant’s dreamily beautiful indie opus boldly reimagines Shakespeare’s Henry IV in the milieu of Portland, Oregon’s street hustlers, with William Richert’s scuzzy Falstaff a standout in a supporting cast that includes James Russo, Grace Zabriskie, Udo Kier, and Brian Wilson. (Program notes by Castro Theatre
A Different Picture: Women Filmmakers in the New Hollywood Era, 1967 - 1980
Screening through May 20th at BAM Cinematek, Brooklyn NY
BAMcinématek pays tribute to the true revolutionaries of the celebrated New Hollywood era: the trailblazing women filmmakers who defied historic inequity to bring their stories to the screen. Rare 16mm prints!
Showtimes this week;
All Women Are Equal (1972 / 16mm) plus THREE LIVES (1971 / 16mm)
Tues May 8th, 8:30pm
Soft Fiction (1979 / 16mm) + FREE, WHITE AND 21 (1980 / Digital)
Wed May 9th 7pm
Paul Schrader Double Feature in 35mm
AFFLICTION (1997 / 35mm) plus LIGHT SLEEPER (1992 / 35mm)
Director discussioni with Paul Schrader before the first feature
Wed May 9th 7:30pm
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA
A Paul Schrader Double Feature! In AFFLICTION, troubled New Hampshire sheriff Nick Nolte battles personal demons as he investigates a local shooting. In LIGHT SLEEPER, Willem Dafoe is an alienated drug courier in night-time Manhattan faced with intimations of his own mortality. Discussion before the first film with director Paul Schrader. (Program notes by American Cinematheque)
Hitchcock Matinee at MOMA
NOTORIOUS (1946 / 35mm Print)
Wed May 9th 1:30pm
MOMA, New York City
Cary Grant recruits a reluctant Ingrid Bergman to infiltrate a Nazi spy ring. Truffaut reveals he is a fan of Notorious: “I’m impatient to get to Notorious because it is truly my favorite Hitchcock picture; at any rate, it’s the one I prefer in the black-and-white group. In my opinion, Notorious is the very quintessence of Hitchcock.” Truffaut says of the genuine evil the spies exhibit, “…the villains are human and even vulnerable. They’re frightening and yet we sense that they, too, are afraid.” (Program notes by MOMA)
Start loving 'The Bomb'....
DR.STRANGELOVE (1974 / DCP)
Tues May 8th 9pm
Mayfair Theatre, Ontario Canada
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. Sounds like American foreign policy to us... Kubrick's ink black comedy still holds up well today with stellar performances from Peter Sellers and George C. Scott.
The essential biopic of the enigmatic NYC artist
BASQUIAT (1996 / 35mm Print)
Tues May 8th 7:15pm
Anthology Film Archives, New York City
A biopic of a major artistic figure of the NYC art scene of the 1980s, made by another major figure of that same moment, BASQUIAT was the directorial debut of painter Julian Schnabel (who would go on to make BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, and other films). An astute, perceptive, and cinematically inventive film that reveals a great deal both about the artist and his milieu, BASQUIAT is graced with an extraordinary performance from Jeffrey Wright, as well as memorable turns from a truly remarkable lineup of performers, including Gary Oldman, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Hopper, Courtney Love, Parker Posey, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Walken, and David Bowie, who uncannily channels Andy Warhol. (Program notes by Anthology Film Archives)