ON THE SCREEN THIS WEEK (AUG 13 - 16)
**All program notes via respective theatres.
SCREENING ALL WEEK
25th Anniversary / New 4K Restoration
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993 / 4K DCP)
Daily at 1:15pm, 4:05pm & 7pm
IFC Center, New York City
Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed adaptation of Edith Wharton’s classic American novel, scores an exclusive 25th anniversary at IFC Center. Showing in a gorgeous 4K digital restoration created from scans of the original negative, with the audio remastered to filmmaker-approved 5.1, the director’s reimagining of Wharton’s tale of an unexpected passion among the upper crust of Gilded Age New York society has never looked or sounded better. In the upper echelons of 1870s New York, high-minded young lawyer Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is being groomed to wed the impeccably suitable May Welland (Winona Ryder, nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the role). But then her cousin Ellen (Michelle Pfeiffer) returns to town abruptly, having fled a “dissolute” European husband and trailing scandal in her wake. Dispatched to persuade Ellen to give up her intention to divorce, Archer finds himself falling deeply in love with her instead, throwing everything he’s ever known into jeopardy.
The first credited screenplay collaboration between Scorsese and Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York, Silence), THE AGE OF INNOCENCE was shot by the late Michael Ballhaus (also DP on Scorsese’s Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Departed and more, not to mention numerous films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and many, many others) and was cut by Scorsese’s longtime editor, Oscar-winner Thelma Schoonmaker. The cast also includes such notable actors as Geraldine Chaplin, Richard E. Grant, Robert Sean Leonard, Miriam Margolyes and Jonathan Pryce. Score by Elmer Bernstein.
New 4K Restoration
THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982 / DCP)
Mon & Tues 7pm, Wed 9pm, Thurs 9:15pm
Roxie Theatre, San Francisco CA
Armageddon has never been so darkly funny as in The Atomic Cafe. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. Taken together, these sources cheerily instruct the public on how to live in the Atomic Age, how to survive a nuclear attack (!) … and how to fight and win a nuclear war. As a U.S. Army training film advises, “Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man.” Returning to theaters in a sparkling 4K digital restoration created by IndieCollect, The Atomic Cafe is an absurdist blast from the past that would be downright laughable if it weren’t so eerily relevant to our fake news present.
JACQUES BECKER RETROSPECTIVE
Through Thurs Aug 16th
Film Forum, New York City
Assistant to Jean Renoir during his greatest years, Jacques Becker (1906-1960) perhaps outdid his mentor in versatility, from his Parisian “youth trilogy” (Antoine and Antoinette, Rendezvous in July, and Édouard and Caroline) to vintage French Noir and the toughest of prison films, effortlessly using long takes, bullet-quick cutting, exhilarating location shooting, slices of life, and inevitable melodrama – with a warmth and zest for people throughout.
For a complete schedule of what's showing this week head to Film Forum HERE
35mm Print Presentation!
GREEN SNAKE (1993 / 35mm Print)
Mon Aug 13th 7pm
Music Box Theatre, Chicago IL
Tsui Hark had moved from punk rock outsider to studio mogul when he made his revisionist wuxia masterpiece GREEN SNAKE, a film that married the surface appeal of a special effects-heavy martial arts blowout with a colorful, hyperactive style and subversive sense of humor reminiscent of Frank Tashlin. An update of the undying folk tale Madame White Snake, GREEN SNAKE features Hong Kong superstars Maggie Cheung and Joey Wong as a pair of sororal snake spirits hunted by a puritanical Buddhist monk after taking human form. Every overindulgent camera tilt and oversized snake prosthetic serve to push this ridiculous pulp concoction ever closer to the sublime.
Pinky Violence Special
TERRIFYING GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL (1973 / Digital)
Mon Aug 13th 7:30pm
Film Noir Cinema & Video, Brooklyn NY
A rare screening ofrom the sukeban subgenre of Toei's "Pinky violence" style of Pink film. Three new students at a super strict girls' school face off against the oppressive administration, a corrupt politician and a sadistic student discipline brigade.
Gorgeous New Restoration
THE LEOPARD (1963 / DCP)
Mon Aug 13th 3:30pm & 7:30pm
Film Society Lincoln Center, New York City
Luchino Visconti reached new heights of epic grandeur with his sweeping, Palme d’Or-winning account of political upheaval and generational sea change in Risorgimento-era Italy. A bewhiskered Burt Lancaster is the leonine patriarch of a ruling class Bourbon family in the last gasps of its dominance as Garibaldi and his redshirts upend social order and a new spirit ascends—embodied by beautiful people Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale. With fastidious attention to period detail, Visconti evokes a gilded world fading into oblivion, his camera gliding over baroque palazzos, magnificent banquets, and ornate ceremonies. It all culminates in a majestic, dusk-to-dawn ball sequence that is as poignant as it is breathtaking. Restored in association with Cineteca di Bologna, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Twentieth Century Fox, and CSC-Cineteca Nazionale. Restoration funding by Gucci and The Film Foundation.
CLIFFHANGER (1993 / DCP)
Mon Aug 13th 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
Outdoor thriller in which a former mountain rescuer is pitted against a group of criminals who have lost their $100 million stash during a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains. After being persuaded to help rescue a group of stranded hikers, he discovers that they are in fact a gang of violent robbers who need help to locate their missing loot. Stallone is at his macho best while John Lithgow drips pure evil.
**NEON MARQUEE PICK OF THE WEEK!**
FALLING DOWN (1993 / 35mm Print)
Tues Aug 14th 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
The Celluloid Sorceress’ retrospective of Joel Schumacher comes to The Prince Charles Cinema with the dark fable commonly hailed as the director’s greatest masterpiece. Michael Douglas is D-FENS, a white collar, white male suburban defense worker trapped in gridlock on his way to work on the Los Angeles freeway. Brought to breaking point by the accumulation of daily frustrations and antagonisms he snaps, abandoning his car and embarking on a mosaic journey “home”. Encountering the full diversity of the ever expanding City of Angels, D-FENS also acquires an arsenal of weaponry as retiring police detective Robert Duvall follows the trail he leaves behind.
The Los Angeles riots of 1992 lasted nearly a week. Warner Bros., like everyone else, pulled their productions filming in the city back within the confines of the studio lot. FALLING DOWN finished its shoot at Burbank and was released in 1993 to very mixed reviews, controversy and protests. To some it was a reactionary response to events from a liberal Hollywood set. Others understood it as a gripping dark comedy meditating on socio-economic tensions and the balance of American privilege. For those on the West Coast the film was a little too close to home and its prescience resonates in today’s political climate. Schumacher, the writer of Sparkle, Car Wash, The Wiz and D.C. Cab challenges a mainstream audience to examine its unconscious biases through a bravura performance by Michael Douglas. With superb cinematography and an exciting sound design, FALLING DOWN is funny, thrilling, provocative and stands as one of the finest “Lost in L.A.” movies of all time. Introduced by Rebecca Nicole Williams at 8:55pm with a selection of vintage 35mm trailers before the feature.
Terror Tuesday at The Alamo
SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS (1988 / 35mm Print)
Tues Aug 14th 9:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse, Brooklyn NY
Angela is back! For the first time! And she brought a mega-party with her. Five years after the deranged events at Camp Arawak, death-dealer Angela (Pamela “sister of Bruce” Springsteen) is disguised as a counselor at Camp Rolling Hills. But old habits die hard, including the URGE TO KILL!! SLEEPAWAY CAMP is one of the finest and most subversive horror movies ever made. SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS is juvenile, ridiculous, and oozing with perverted sleaze involving outhouses, chainsaws, and fake Freddy Krueger gloves. And that’s exactly why we love it. Towing the line between high camp and evil brutality, this movie is a celebration of late-80s excess. It’s also a celebration of a pair of campers named The Shit Sisters. (Joseph A. Ziemba)
THE LADY VANISHES (1938 / DCP) + DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954 / 35mm Print)
Tues Aug 14th 7pm
Paramount Theatre, Austin TX
Lady Vanishes is a classic of Hitchcock’s “British period” stars Margaret Lockwood as a rich young tourist who discovers that the old lady she was sharing a train car with has vanished under mysterious circumstances. You won’t see the twists and turns coming in this mesmerizing thriller!
Though shot on 3-D cameras, DIAL M FOR MURDER was ultimately released in most theaters in 2-D due to the public’s loss of interest in the technology. Of course, Hitchcock only ever needed two dimensions to thrill us, and he proves that point again here with a cracking yarn about a man who discovers his wife’s affair and cooks up a plan to have her murdered.
Winona Ryder Festival
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990 / DCP)
Tues Aug 14th 9pm
Mayfair Theatre, Ontario Canada
In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor’s greatest creation – Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward’s hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. He lives alone, until a kind lady discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. Could very well be the ultimate Tim Burton cinematic fantasy.
Only Known 35mm Print!
FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS (1982 / 35mm Print)
Tues Aug 14th 7:30pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR
Two warring clans challenge each other to a tournament, employing a wide array of martial arts weaponry. The losing clan seeks revenge by hiring the legendary Five Element Ninjas to kill their rivals. The Five Elements consist of GOLD ninjas who wear blinding attire, WOOD ninjas who hide inside trees, FIRE ninjas who cloak themselves with smoke bombs, WATER ninjas who drown their foes, and EARTH ninjas who dwell underground. They quickly annihilate everyone in mind-boggling fashion and prove to be unstoppable. When they turn on their employers, it's up to some young warriors to learn the art of the ninja in order to destroy them. Packed from beginning to end with kung fu excitement, this movie is guaranteed to leave your jaw on the floor. Directed by Chang Cheh, starring the Venom Mob, and presented in Shaw Scope.
COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (2001 / DCP)
Wed Aug 15th 9:30pm
Music Box Theatre, Chicago IL
The anime favorite on the big screen! What should have been an easy bounty turns into biological war after a terrorist gets ahold of a deadly virus. Drawn in by the pretty price on the mastermind's head, Spike and the Bebop crew are ready to collect a much-needed reward. Unfortunately, the gang's about to find themselves in more trouble than money when the terrorist threatens to unleash the virus on Halloween—effectively killing everyone on Mars. With little time and leads that seem more dreamy than helpful, they'll have to use their own bag of tricks to stop a dangerous plot.
Rare 70mm Presentation!
THE WILD BUNCH (1969 / 70mm Print)
Wed Aug 15th 7pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Austin TX
Screening from the 1996 Director's Cut 70mm reprint. William Holden leads a band of aging robbers through the hard world of the Old West as they try to outrun the bounty hunter (the legendary Robert Ryan) who is hot on their trail. The balletic violence and weary fatalism that Peckinpah brings to his vision of the American West is underscored by some of sweatiest, dirtiest, bloodiest performances from some of the the toughest, ugliest actors of all time. Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates shoot, screw, drink, and ride horses all while imbuing the film’s harsh, empty world with a sense of real poetry.
This is a film about the mantle of violence passing from old professionals, who live by a code, to even more chaotic and deadly future generations. And what is the code these old men live by? Stand by your friends and against the world, take what you can get, and don’t kill civilians...unless they get in the way.
HIGHLANDER (1986 / 4K DCP)
Wed Aug 15th 2:30pm
Filmhouse, Scotland UK
Highlander is a true cult favourite packed with quotable lines, stylish sword-fighting moments and memorable songs from Queen. Its interweaving storyline flits around from 1980s New York to World War II, but it has its dramatic origins in the 16th century Scottish Highlands where Connor MacLeod (Christophe Lambert) first discovers he is not like other men... Befriended and trained by the charismatic Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery), he finds out he is part of a group of immortals who must do battle until there is only one left alive...
David Lynch Festival
DUNE (1984 / DCP)
Wed Aug 15th 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Frida Cinema, Santa Ana CA
As their month-long retrospective of the films of David Lynch continues, The Frida Cinema invites you to take a mind-blowing journey to the world of Arrakis in Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of the epic Frank Herbert saga Dune.
In the 11th millennium, Galactic Emperor Shaddam IV (José Ferrer) sends Duke Atreides (Jürgen Prochnow), along with his wife Jessica (Francesca Annis) and son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan), to the desert planet Arrakis where “Melange,” a drug essential for interstellar travel, is produced. Unknown to the Atreides family, the Emperor has formed an alliance with the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (a scene-chewing Kenneth McMillan), and a cruel trap has been set. Having survived the violent sabotage, Paul vows to have his revenge, recruiting the Fremen – the peaceful natives of Arrakis – to wage an epic war against the Duke and Baron, and free the universe from tyranny.
Lynch’s take on Herbert’s expansive Dune series of novels was met with tepid reaction in 1984, however the years have been kind to Lynch’s strange, brooding, and heady vision, and the film has amassed quite a cult following. While other science-fiction at the time was churned out for mass consumption, Lynch’s niche film is a bit of an anti-Star Wars: dark, complex, and unapologetically stylish. An incredible score by rock band Toto and composer Brian Eno, and a fantastic supporting cast with turns by Patrick Stewart, Sean Young, Max von Sydow, Linda Hunt, and Sting, round out this beautiful odyssey.
THE LAST MOVIE (1971 / 4K DCP)
Thu, Aug 16th 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood CA
New 4K Restoration! Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywood Era, Dennis Hopper’s self-reflexive drama follows a movie crew making a Western in a remote Peruvian village. Hopper stars as a stuntman who stays behind after production wraps, when local inhabitants take over the abandoned set and stage a ritualistic re-enactment of the film.
THE STUNT MAN
Thurs Aug 16th 7:30pm
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA
Steve Railsback plays an escaped convict who stumbles onto a film set and accidentally kills a stunt man; Peter O’Toole is the enigmatic, god-like director who offers to hide him from the police if he will replace the stunt man and help finish the film. Discussion following with actor Steve Railsback and director Richard Rush.
FOOTLOOSE (1984 / 35mm Print)
Thurs Aug 16th 7pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline MA
Featuring a pre-show musical performance by students of Brookline Music School! Kevin Bacon immediately became a household name after his first lead performance as Ren, a big city kid who finds himself in a small town where dancing and Rock 'N' Roll have been outlawed. But with a soundtrack featuring Kenny Loggins's Oscar-nominated and Billboard topping singles "Footloose" and "I'm Free, in addition to some seriously toe-tapping music from Bonnie Tyler, Sammy Hagar, and Moving Pictures, Footloose is the 80s classic that can only end with an all-out dance party.
ALL ABOUT EVE (1950 / 35mm Print) + SHOWGIRLS (1996 / 35mm Print)
Thurs Aug 16th 6pm
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA
Paul Verhoeven referred to his 1995 Las Vegas odyssey, SHOWGIRLS, as “All About Evil,” a nod to Joseph L. Mankewicz’s ALL ABOUT EVE, the 1950 melodrama about the rivalry between an aging Broadway star and an adoring, ambitious young fan who inserts herself into the older woman’s life. One film won an Oscar for Best Picture, the other a Razzie for Worst, but they make for a fabulous double bill: twin visions of backstage intrigue filled with diabolically self-interested characters, bitchy putdowns, and a bracing wisdom about the commodification of female identity. Like ALL ABOUT EVE, SHOWGIRLS plays out as an acid, cautionary satire of an entertainment industry where celebrity is fleeting and trust is hard to come by, examining a similar story from an inverted angle. Here, the usurping Eve is the heroine in the form of Elizabeth Berkely’s Nomi Malone, while Gina Gershon channels Bette Davis’s imperious diva-isms as the Strip’s reigning version of Margo Channing. The classic and the anti-classic together perfectly. Fasten your seat-belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night. Adam Nayman, film critic and author of It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirls, will introduce both films and sign copies of his book following ALL ABOUT EVE.