ON THE SCREEN THIS WEEK (AUG 7 - 9)
SCREENING ALL WEEK
Film Forum Reopens - All New Restorations!
THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982 / New 4K Restoration)
Ongoing Engagement with various session times
Film Forum, New York City
The indie hit that recalls the post-war hysteria about the bomb: a witty, scarifying collage of TV, educational, military, and movie footage from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. Gloriously restored in 4K by IndieCollect.
VELVET GOLDMINE (1998 / 35mm Print)
Tues Aug 7th 4:15pm
Film Society Lincoln Center, New York City
The birth of Oscar Wilde; the staged death of a flamboyant rock star modeled closely after David Bowie; the delirious inebriation of London at the height of the glam era: Haynes’s discourse on celebrity culture is as sprawling and multi-tracked as his previous film, Safe, had been clinically restrained. Much of Velvet Goldmine, the story of a journalist who tries to reconstruct the sordid life story of the failed glam rock star he’d idolized as a young man, was shot in London, and the move gave Haynes a chance to abandon the cloister-like suburbs of his earlier films for a much more colorful, Dionysian milieu. Haynes and cinematographer Maryse Alberti crafted one of the most visually thrilling music movies of the 1990s.
New 4K Restoration
THE LAST MOVIE (1971 / DCP)
Tues Aug 7th 12:00pm 2:30pm 4:30pm 9:30pm
Metrograph, New York City
Fresh off the success of Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper took his newfound bankability and made a million-dollar bonfire out of it, fucking off to South America to star in his fever-dream project as Kansas, a stuntman working on the set of a western shooting in backwater Peru, where the local peasants begin to absorb the action of the shoot into their ritual and folklore, and cinema melts into life itself. A radical, balls-to-the-wall career suicide like no other, with old kamikaze Sam Fuller in the action for good measure, and a film where behind-the-scenes anarchy infects in-front-of-the-camera action, resulting in something which still feels volatile and fresh and in danger of glorious collapse at any minute. This new digital restoration was scanned in 4K resolution from the original 35mm camera negative by Il Cinema Ritrovata. Also screens Wednesday
French Noir Classics Double
RIFIFI (1955 / DCP) + DIABOLIQUE (1955 / 35mm Print)
Tues Aug 7th 7pm
Paramount Theatre, Austin TX
In RIFIFI, a husband is abusive to both his wife and his mistress, leading the two women to plot his murder. However, after the deed is done, there’s just one problem: the body has disappeared. One of the very best psychological thrillers of all time. In Diabolique, Jean Servais completes his prison sentence for a heist gone wrong and immediately begins plotting, you guessed it, another heist. A worldwide smash hit, Rififi earned director Jules Dassin the Best Director prize at Cannes and set the standard for screen robberies for decades to come.
HEATHERS (1988 / DCP)
Tues Aug 7th 9pm
Mayfair Theatre, Ontario Canada
30th Anniversary and part of The Mayfair's Winona Ryder Film Festival throughout August. In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. This ink black dark comedy co-stars Christian Slater and Shannon Doherty. Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Best Motion Picture, Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Sundance nominee Grand Jury Prize.
ARMY OF SHADOWS aka L'armée des ombres (1969 / 35mm Print)
Wed Aug 8th 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK
This adaptation of the book by Joseph Kessel paints an understated, unglamorous portrait of the French Resistance during World World II. Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura) finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia and distrust.
FRIDA (2002 / DCP)
Wed Aug 8th 7:30pm
Hollywood Cinema, Portland OR
Julie Taymor’s biopic drama, FRIDA! Released in 2002, FRIDA is a dramatic retelling of artist Frida Kahlo’s private and professional life as an internationally renowned surrealist artist. Set on a global stage in the early 20th century, the movie chronicles Frida’s challenges with her health, sexuality, career, and fame. Frida must struggle to maintain her complex identity and individuality amongst a dysfunctional relationship with fellow artist, Diego Rivera. Starring Salma Hayek in an Academy Award-nominated performance as Frida.
Agnès Varda Retrospective
CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (1962 / DCP)
Wed Aug 8th 1:40pm & 6pm
Film House Cinema, Edinburgh Scotland
Agnès Varda's second feature skilfully captures Paris at the height of the '60s in this intriguing tale expertly presented in real time about a singer whose life is in turmoil as she awaits a test result from a biopsy. As Cléo readies herself to meet with her doctor she meets several friends and strangers, and grapples with her idea of her own mortality. A subtle, innovative character study which also succeeds brilliantly as a stylish, vivid, documentary-style portrait of a wondrously vibrant city.
STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997 / DCP)
Wed Aug 8th 7:30pm
Senator Theatre, Baltimore MD
"It's an ugly planet! A bug planet!". Catch Paul Verhoeven's razor sharp commentary on patriotism and military in this adaptation of the classic book which is all out bug gore and darkly comic as humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs, on a planet with no consequence to Earth, in a fight for survival.
30th Anniversary Special
MIRACLE MILE (1988 / DCP)
Thurs Aug 9th 7pm
Castro Theatre, San Francisco CA
The Castro Theatre is thrilled to host a 30th Anniversary screening of MIRACLE MILE, the apocalyptic thriller written and directed by Steve De Jarnatt, and starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham. Noir City’s Eddie Muller will be in discussion with the filmmaker following. “If you've never seen this film—you are in for a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. If you have seen it—DO NOT SPOIL IT FOR THE FIRST-TIMERS!!” – EM. Plus a rare screening of De Jarnatt’s 1972 short TARZANA, a love letter to the film noir genre—originally shot in 35mm B&W and starring Michael C. Gwynne (PAYDAY) as the Chandler-esque private detective. With Eddie Constantine (ALPHAVILLE), Timothy Carey (THE KILLING), Charles Knapp, (the Coroner in CHINATOWN), Kate Murtaugh (the Madam in FAREWELL, MY LOVELY), Edie Adams (from The Ernie Kovacs Show), Ann Dusenberry (CUTTER’S WAY), and Carel Struycken (the giant from Twin Peaks).
Thursday Aug 9th 7:30pm
A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975 / 35mm Print)
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood CA
Harlan Ellison Tribute! Robert Culp stars in an episode of TV’s “The Outer Limits” penned by the late sci-fi scribe. Followed by A BOY AND HIS DOG, starring Jason Robards and Don Johnson in an adaptation of Ellison’s short story about the survivors of a nuclear holocaust.
Thursday Aug 9th 7:30pm
3D Classic Double Feature!
THE MAZE (1953) + CEASE FIRE (1953)
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA
3-D Double Feature and New Restorations! In William Cameron Menzies’ eye-popping THE MAZE, Richard Carlson inherits a mysterious castle in the Scottish highlands. In the war documentary CEASE FIRE, real American soldiers re-enact a Korean War operation.
CON AIR (1997 / 35mm Print)
Thurs Aug 9th 7pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline MA
The greatest Michael Bay movie that Michael Bay had nothing to do with, Simon West’s (The Mechanic, The Expendables 2) directorial debut is proof that there is still a place for the amped up, overblown Hollywood blockbuster that hearkens back to Top Gun and Days of Thunder. With a cast absolutely overflowing with character-acting bravado, Con Air is an unstoppable thrill-ride of self-aware meta-irony, perfect one-liners, topless muscle men, and slo-mo fireballs that puts Nicolas Cage in charge of saving the day as John Malkovich, John Cusack, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, and Dave Chappelle all attempt to out-act each other.
**Program Notes by respective cinemas.