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#146

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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DRIFTING CLOUDS

by Aki Kaurismäki
 

kanalSpecial guest curator and Kaurismäki expert, Ambrose Roach from Toronto and Worcester.

(1996) The great minimalist director's portrayal of a couple's struggle to survive in Helsinki. With humor and irony, it shows people who learn to live with life's inequities.

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#145

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 6:30 PM

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GLOOMY SUNDAY

by Rolf Schübel
 

kanalPresented by Bob Tremblay, Business Editor and Film Critic of The MetroWest Daily News

(1999) "Gloomy Sunday," the 1999 German-Hungarian melodrama set in a Budapest restaurant during World War II, played for 70-consecutive weeks at the West Newton Cinema, a run so impressive that one of the film's stars attended a screening. After seeing the movie you might understand its popularity even though it features Nazis and untimely deaths. The acting is top-drawer and the lead actress is stunningly beautiful. You do have to have a weakness for melodrama, though, or you'll likely be gloomy, too.

Budapest in the thirties. The restaurant owner Laszlo hires the pianist András to play in his restaurant. Both men fall in love with the beautiful waitress Ilona who inspires András to his only composition. His song of Gloomy Sunday is, at first, loved and then feared, for its melancholic melody triggers off a chain of suicides. The fragile balance of the erotic ménage à trois is sent off kilter when the German Hans goes and falls in love with Ilona as well.

PS: The 1933 song "Gloomy Sunday," composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress, is called the Hungarian Suicide Song. It was recorded in the US by Hal Kemp (1936) and Paul Robeson (1936) and, perhaps best known, by Billie Holiday in 1941. There is a recurring "urban legend" which claims that many people have committed suicide while listening to this song. Press reports in the 1930s associated at least nineteen suicides, both in Hungary and the United States, with "Gloomy Sunday," but most of the deaths supposedly linked to it are difficult to verify. The urban legend appears to be, for the most part, simply an embellishment of the high number of Hungarian suicides that occurred in the decade when the song was composed due to other factors such as famine and poverty, as well as the rise of Nazi Germany's influence in Europe. No studies have drawn a clear link between the song and suicide. In January 1968, some thirty-five years after writing the song, its composer did commit suicide.

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#144

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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SUNDAYS AND CYBELE

by Serge Bourguignon
 

kanal(1962) Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar and noms for Maurice Jarre's (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago) score and the screenplay based on a novel by Bernard Eschasseriaux, who collaborated on the screenplay.

After killing a child when his plane crashes in a Vietnamese village during the French Indochina War (later our Vietnam War), Pierre (Hardy Krüger) suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia. Returning to France, he lives like a vegetable until he meets a young girl who has been dumped by her father at a boarding school. Posing as her father, Pierre contrives to meet the girl every Sunday, to play with her and perhaps recover his memory. The innocent friendship is misread by nearly everyone, even people who know Pierre well.

A touching and profoundly moving classic of French art films by a filmmaker mostly known for his documentaries and shorts. In the year that Cannes Film Festival handed out awards to La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, L'avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni, and Kagi by Kon Ichikawa -- Serge Bourguignon's short 'Le Sourire' won the 1960 Palm d'Or for Best Short Film.

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#143

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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THE THIRD MAN

by Carol Reed
 

kanal(1949) English director Carol Reed brings Graham Greene's mystery/thriller to life in one of the greatest B&W films to play with light and dark. To create this international hit he brought in the talents of American Orson Welles and his oft co-star Joseph Cotton and mixed in the enigmatic Italian actress Alida Valli and staid English actor Trevor Howard.

An out-of-work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has led to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime's friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime.

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#142

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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BLUE COLLAR

by Paul Schrader
 

kanalPresented by entertainment attorney Joel Shames

(1978) From Paul Schrader comes his directoral debut. Already known for his successful screenplays for Pollack (The Yakuza), Scorcese (Taxi Driver), De Palma (Obsession) and John Flynn (Rolling Thunder), Schrader was ready to direct in his own disturbing vision of America in the Seventies.

Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel) and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night when they steal away from their wives to have some fun they get the idea to rob the local union's bureau safe. First they think it is a flop, because they get only 600 dollars out of it, but then Zeke realizes that they also have gotten some 'hot' material. They decide to blackmail their union. The best reason for that is the union itself. All three are provoked by the fact that the union claims to have lost 10,000 dollars by their robbery.

mmSPECIAL NOTE: Since we're screening on a Monday, the posse is planning to meet at Matt Murphy's at 5:00 PM for drinks and FREE OYSTERS. It's a short walk from the screening: Matt Murphy's is at 14 Harvard St in Brookline Village. They serve free oysters from 5-7 PM on Mondays. Try to get there before 6 PM when it starts filling up for dinner (or RSVP to David and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar and well worth the trip.

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#141

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7 PM

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PERSONAL SHOPPER

by Olivier Asssayas
 

kanal(2016) From the director of Clouds of Sils Maria and Irma Vep comes this challenging mind-twisting ghost story. A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message. And then the film changes and becomes more mysterious. It promises to be a lively discussion. With American actress Kristen Stewart.

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#140

Wednesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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BLOWOUT

by Brian De Palma
 

kanalPresented by Alan Spatrick

(1981) A multi-layered neo-noir masterpiece, or a tawdry exploitative exercise in mimicry? Or both?  This stylish Brian De Palma thriller plays off the theme of the unsuspecting witness who discovers a crime and is thereby put in grave danger, but with a novel twist. Jack Terry (John Travolta) is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust. With Nancy Allen and John Lithgow. This film, a showcase for DePalma's many cinematic influences, forms a triumvirate of mystery/thrillers with Antonioni's Blow Up and Coppola's The Conversation.

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#139

Friday, October 25, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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THE WITCH

by Robert Eggers
 

kanal(2015) A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 91% based on 274 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers." Metacritic reports a score of 83 out of 100, based on 46 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".

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#138

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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Umberto D.

by Vittorio De Sica
 

kanal(1952) Umberto Ferrari, aged government-pensioner, attends a street demonstration held by his fellow pensioners. The police dispense the crowd and Umberto returns to his cheap furnished room which he shares with his dog Flick. Umberto's lone friend is Maria, servant of the boarding house. She is a simple girl who is pregnant by one of two soldiers and neither will admit to being the father. When Umberto's landlady Antonia demands the rent owed her and threatens eviction if she is not paid, Umberto tries desperately to raise the money by selling his books and watch. He is too proud to beg in the streets and can not get a loan from any of his acquaintances. He contracts a sore throat, is admitted to a hospital and this puts a delay on his financial difficulty. Discharged, he finds that his dog is gone and, following a frantic search, locates him in the city dog pound. His room has been taken over by the landlady and the now-homeless Unberto determines to find a place for his beloved dog, and ...

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#137

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

by Kenneth Lonergran
 

kanal(2000) Adult siblings Sammy Prescott and Terry Prescott have had a special bond with each other since they were kids when their parents were tragically killed in a car accident. That bond is why single mom Sammy, who still lives in the family home in Scottsville, upstate New gYork with her eight year old son Rudy, is excited to hear that Terry, who she has not seen or heard from in a while, is coming home for a visit. That excitement is dampened slightly upon Terry's arrival, when she learns that he, broke, is only there to borrow money. As adults, Sammy, who works as a lending officer in the local bank, is seen as the responsible sibling, while unfocused Terry is seen as the irresponsible drifter. Regardless, Sammy welcomes what ends up being Terry's longer than planned visit if only so that he can help take care of Rudy, who has no adult male figure in his life. Rudy has never known his deadbeat biological father, with whom Sammy wants nothing to do. As Terry - acting as the supposed adult ...

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#136

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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REBECCA

by Alfred Hitchcock
 

kanal(1940) For his first American film, Hitchcock was hired by flamboyant producer David O. Selznick to adapt Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. It would be Hitch's only film to win an Oscar for Best Picture.

A shy ladies' companion (Joan Fontaine), staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer, meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier). She and Max fall in love, marry and return to Manderley, his large country estate in Cornwall. Max is still troubled by the death of his first wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year before. The second Mrs. de Winter clashes with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson), and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley.

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#135

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 6:30 PM

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SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER... AND SPRING

by Kim Ki-duk
 

kanal(2003) From South Korea, an internationally awarded film from Kim Ki-duk, one of the most important contemporary Asian film directors. Known for his idiosyncratic art-house cinematic works (Birdcage Inn, Samaritan Girl, and Pieta) this film contempates life from a Buddhist perspective, full of symbolism and considered one of the top 100 films of the new millenium. Peter Rainer of New York:"Kim exalts nature--life’s passage--without stooping to sentimentality. He sees the tooth and claw, and he sees the transcendence. Whether this is a Buddhist attribute, I cannot say, but the impression this movie leaves is profound: Here is an artist who sees things whole."

In the midst of the Korean wilderness, a Buddhist master patiently raises a young boy to grow up in wisdom and compassion, through experience and endless exercises. Once the pupil discovers his sexual lust, he seems lost to contemplative life and follows his first love, but soon fails to adapt to the modern world, gets in jail for a crime of passion and returns to the master in search of spiritual redemption and reconciliation with karma, at a high price of physical catharsis...

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#134

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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Three Strangers

by Jean Negulesco
 

kanalPresented by Andrew Moore

(1946) A woman (Geraldine Fitzgerald) enlists two men (Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet) to join her in a ritual in which three strangers make a common wish before an idol on the eve of the Chinese New Year. All are secretly in desperate straits.  One of the men has an Irish Sweepstakes ticket; the wish will be for it to win, with the winnings split between them.  The act seems harmless enough, but it changes their destinies in ways none of them could have foreseen.  This classically moody and tense film noir features a plot loaded with intrigue and innuendo; a complex, literate script by John Huston and Howard Koch; superbly atmospheric cinematography by the great Arthur Edeson; and outstanding performances by the entire cast.  It's probably the only movie in which Peter Lorre plays something like the romantic lead, and he does so with a poignancy and grace that was all his own. 


edesonP.S. from J-P: An important someone who has been forgotten in the annals of cinema is the Director of Photography Arthur Edeson who shot the film. He also directed the cinematography for Casablanca (1942), The Maltese Falcon (1941, Frankenstein (1931), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), The Thief of Baghdad (1924), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), and many more. Of the founding fathers of the American Society of Cinematographers, he is one of the few who moved from silent films to sound, working from 1914 to 1949.

mmSPECIAL NOTE: Since we're screening on a Monday, the posse is planning to meet at Matt Murphy's at 5:00 PM for drinks and FREE OYSTERS. It's a short walk from the screening: at 14 Harvard St in Brookline Village. They serve free oysters from 5-7 PM on Mondays. Try to get there before 6 PM when it starts filling up for dinner (or RSVP to David and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar and well worth the trip.

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#133

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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SOMETHING WILD

by Jonathan Demme
 

kanal(1986) The uneventful life of the businessman Charles Driggs suddenly changes when he meets the wild and sexy Lulu. When he accepts her offer to drive him back to his office, she instead takes him out of town and on a trip, leaving behind his old life. Posing as a married couple, Charles and "Audrey" (which turns out to be Lulu's real name) visit her mother and her high school reunion. At this reunion they meet Audrey's violent ex-husband Ray, who has just released from prison. When Ray makes it clear that he wants Audrey back, that is when the real trouble begins.

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#132

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN

by Alfonso Cuarón
 

kanal(2001) The film tells a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys who take a road trip with a woman in her late twenties. It stars Mexican actors Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal and Spanish actress Maribel Verdú, in the leading roles. The film is part of the road movie genre, set in 1999 against the backdrop of the political and economic realities of present-day Mexico, specifically at the end of the uninterrupted 71-year line of Mexican presidents from the Institutional Revolutionary Party and the rise of the opposition led by Vicente Fox.

The film is recognized for its explicit depiction of sex and drug use, which caused complications in the film's rating certificate in various countries. In Mexico, the film earned $2.2 million its first weekend in June 2001, making it the highest box office opening in Mexican cinema history. In 2003, the film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards as well as Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe Awards in 2002.

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#131

Tuesday, Sept 5, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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FURY

by Fritz Lang
 

kanal(1936) Based on the story "Mob Rule" by Norman Krasna. Joe Wilson and Katherine Grant are in love, but he doesn't have enough money for them to get married. So Katherine moves across the country to make money. But things go disastrously wrong for Joe when he stops in a small town and is mistaken for a wanted murderer. Through the course of the movie, Fritz Lang shows us how a decent and once civilized man can become a ruthless and bitter man.

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#130

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 5:00 PM

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Margaret

by Kenneth Lonnegran
 

kanalPresented by Eric Van.

(2011) From the director of "Manchester by the Sea" and "You Can Count On Me," Kenneth Lonnegran's "Margaret." was shot in 2005 and was contractually obliged to run 150 minutes but simply couldn’t. Martin Scorsese saw a 3-hour cut, declared it a masterpiece, and helped Lonnegran trim it to 165 minutes, but Fox Searchlight still balked. Lawsuits followed and were settled. Eventually a 150 minute cut was played in 14 theaters max (including the Brattle) in 2007, to mixed reviews—but the positive ones were ecstatic.

Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman's life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world. With Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo, Jean Reno, Allison Janney, Kieran Culkin, and Matt Damon.

Because of the 186 minute running time we are starting early (5 PM) and having a dinner break half way (to celebrate the end of our second year of salons).

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#129

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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CHUNKING EXPRESS

by Wong Kar-Wai
 

kanal(1994) (1994) Wong Kar-Wai's crowd pleaser from the director of In The Mood For Love, filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

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#128

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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MAD LOVE

by Karl Freund
 

kanal(1935) In Paris, the great surgeon Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) falls madly in love with stage actress Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake), and his ardor disturbs her quite a bit when he discovers to his horror that she is married to concert pianist Stephen Orlac (Colin Clive). Shortly thereafter, Stephen's hands are badly crushed in a train accident- beyond the power of standard medicine. Knowing that his hands are his life, Yvonne overcomes her fear and goes to Dr. Gogol, to beg him to help. Gogol decides to surgically graft the hands of executed murderer Rollo onto Stephen Orlac, the surgery is successful but has terrible side-effects...

PLUS: 10 PM screening of the original Planet of the Apes.

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#127

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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THE SEVENTH SEAL

by Ingmar Bergman
 

kanal(1957) A Knight and his squire are home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death appears to the knight and tells him it is his time. The knight challenges Death to a chess game for his life. The Knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused.

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#126

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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WHAT'S UP, DOC?

by Peter Bogdanovich
 

kanal(1972) Bogdanovich resurrrects the screwball comedy of Capra, Sturges, Wilder, and Hawks. Two musicologists arrive in San Francisco to compete for a research grant. One (Ryan O'Neal) seems a bit distracted. And THAT was before he meets HER (Barbara Streisand), a strange woman who seems to have devoted her life to confusing and embarassing him. At the same time another woman has her jewels stolen and a government whistle-blower arrives with his stolen top secret papers. Of course, everyone has arrived with identical overnight bags.

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#125

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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BODY AND SOUL

by Robert Rossen
 

kanal(1947) Charley Davis (John Garfield), against the wishes of his mother (Anne Revere), becomes a boxer. As he becomes more successful, the fighter becomes surrounded by shady characters, including an unethical promoter named Roberts (Lloyd Gough), who tempts the man with a number of vices. Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices. With Lili Palmer and William Conrad.

jwhOften considered the greatest boxing movie every made, it's influence can be seen in every boxing film that followed, including such classics as Champion (1949) and Raging Bull (1980). Gritty realism, harsh lighting and a cynical view of the sport became the standard for fight films after it. Film critic Dennis Schwartz: "Robert Rossen's Body and Soul becomes more than a boxing and film noir tale, as screenwriter Abraham Polonsky makes this into a socialist morality drama where the pursuit of money becomes the focus that derails the common man in his quest for success." And, of course, the cinematography by James Wong Howe set a standard for the fight film. Not content to park his camera ringside, he got into the ring on roller skates, holding a 16mm camera while an assistant pushed him into the action. Said Howe, "I wanted an effect where the boxer is knocked out and he looks up into a dazzle of lights; with a heavy, fixed camera, you'd never get that." Note Wong in the fight photo.

mmSPECIAL NOTE: Since we're screening on a Monday, the posse is planning to meet at Matt Murphy's at 5:00 PM for drinks and FREE OYSTERS. It's a short walk from the screening: at 14 Harvard St in Brookline Village. They serve free oysters from 5-7 PM on Mondays. Try to get there before 6 PM when it starts filling up for dinner (or RSVP to David and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar and well worth the trip.

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#124

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM

by Andrew Mudge
 

kanalPresented by director Andrew Mudge

(2013) Atang leaves the slums of the big city to bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Befriended by an orphan herd-boy and stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the people, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.

Filmmaker Andrew Mudge will be present for discussion. The Forgotten Kingdom is the first major feature film produced in Lesotho and in the Sesotho-language. After a nation-wide casting search in Lesotho, Lebohang Ntsane (Orphan Boy) was selected over seven-hundred boys. It was his first acting role and garnered an African Movies Academy Award (AMAA)® for his performance.

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#123

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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CITIZEN KANE

by Orson Welles
 

kanalWith a short video analysis by Donald Trump

(1941) OMG, this is President Donald Trump's supposedly favorite film? Fitting, of course! William Randolph Hearst, the media mogul on whom the story was partially based, hated it! He could see how it made fun of the ambitious rich and need-to-be powerful and pierces into their warped, egotistical psyches. Trump just sees how cool and smart he is. Disaster!

But it is a favorite of critics and film buffs. Oft considered one of the greatest films every produced in the US, Citizen Kane is, and will continue to be, the epitome of film art. Our screening is guaranteed to further illuminate the film and our nation leader.

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#122

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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Holiday

by George Cukor
 

kanal(1938) Adapted from Philip Barrie's play, Holiday was the perfect comedy for the masses during the Depression, skewering the elite 1% and havving a good time doing it. Free-thinking Johnny Case (Cary Grant) finds himself betrothed to a millionaire's daughter. When her family, with the exception of black-sheep Linda (Katherine Hepburn) and drunken Ned, want Johnny to settle down to big business, he rebels, wishing instead to spend the early years of his life on "holiday." With the help of his friends Nick and Susan Potter (Edward Everett Horton and Jean Dixon), he makes up his mind as to which is the better course, and the better mate.

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#121

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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YOJIMBO

by Akira Kurosawa
 

kanal(1961) Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (用心棒? Yōjinbō) is a jidaigeki film which tells of a nameless ronin, or samurai with no master (Toshirô Mifune), who enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon (Kamatari Fujiwara) and sake merchant Tokuemon (Takashi Shimura) to hire him as a personal bodyguard (a "yojimbo"}, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.

Kurosawa's man-with-no-name character and Mifune's iconic portrayal of him have influence film, literature and culture world-wide. Kurosawa's interpretation of the American Western re-invented and deepend the appreciation for the genre (though Yojimbo was loosely adapted from a hard-nosed detective story by Dashiell Hammett). Most obvious of the influence is the Italian remake by Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood; A Fistful of Dollars and the Django series.

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#120

Sunday, June 18 , 2017 - 6:30 PM

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THE LAST DETAIL

by Hal Ashby
 

kanal(1973) Two bawdy, tough looking Navy lifers - "Bad-Ass" Buddusky (Jack Nicholson), and "Mule" Mulhall (Otis Young) - are commissioned to escort a young pilferer named Meadows (Randy Quaid) to the brig in Portsmouth. Meadows is not much of a thief. Indeed, in his late teens, he is not much of a man at all. His great crime was to try to steal forty dollars from the admiral's wife's pet charity. For this, he's been sentenced to eight years behind bars. At first, Buddusky and Mulhall view the journey as a paid vacation, but their holiday spirits are quickly depressed by the prisoner, who looks prepared to break into tears at any moment. And he has the lowest self-image imaginable. Buddusky gets it into his head to give Meadows a good time and teach him a bit about getting on in the world. Lesson one: Don't take every card life deals you. Next, he teaches Meadows to drink, and, as a coup de grace, finds a nice young whore to instruct him in lovemaking. Mule, who worries aloud about his own position with military authority, seems pleased with Meadows's progress. However, when the trio reach Portsmouth, the game comes abruptly to an end as reality sets in.

Nicholson, Quaid, and screenwriter Robert Towne all recceived Academy Award nomination.

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#119

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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DEMOCRACY THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

by Kevin Bowe
 

kanalA Work-In_Progress Documentary Screening

(2017) A citizen embeds himself with the media covering the Presidential election. So begins the journey down the rabbit hole of our broken political information system: where shiny objects hypnotize, truthiness empowers and paranoia runs rampant.

This 40,000 foot story is told from the trenches of press conferences, voter experiences and the campaign trail, with insights from veteran CBS journalist Bob Schieffer and many others. Ultimately, this is a story about the immense challenges our Democracy faces in the digital age and the role “we the people” must play in renewing long-held national values in turbulent times.

Among the Boston academics (aside from Globe Editor Brian McGrory) in the film: Nicco Mele and Larry Lessig from Harvard; Carole Bell, Northeastern; Virginia Shapiro BU and Greg Payne of Emerson.

About the film maker:
Kevin Bowe of West Newbury is the Executive Producer of Story-Crafters, a video production company that specializes in examining broad social issues from the perspective of personal stories. Past projects have focused on readjustment issues impacting returning combat personnel and the the heroin epidemic that affects people throughout the United States. He has produced two short documentaries, "Bringing History Home" and "Honoring Ken" and produced a 50-part web series “Stories from the New Hampshire Primary.” Kevin released his first feature documentary, Democracy Through the Looking Glass: Media & Politics in the Post-truth Era in the Spring of 2017.

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#118

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

by Wong Kar-wai
 

kanalPresented by David Kleiler, Jr.

(2000) Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

In the Mood for Love (Chinese: 花樣年華) is a 2000 Hong Kong film directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung. The film's original Chinese title, meaning "the age of blossoms" or "the flowery years" – Chinese metaphor for the fleeting time of youth, beauty and love – derives from a song of the same name by Zhou Xuan from a 1946 film. The film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Palme d'Or and Leung was awarded Best Actor. It is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of the 2000s.

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#117

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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BLOWUP

by Michelangelo Antonioni
 

kanalDueling presenters Jean-Paul Ouellette and David Kleiler cross swords.

(1966) The quintessential sixties film, Blowup, or Blow-Up, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Swinging London is seen through the eyes of fashion photographer Thomas, played by David Hemmings, seeking to find a reality to ground himself in the unreal world of fashion and pop culture. He believes he has unwittingly captured a murder on film. It was Antonioni's first entirely English-language film. The film also stars Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Jane Birkin, Tsai Chin and Gillian Hills as well as sixties model Veruschka. The screenplay was by Antonioni and Tonino Guerra, with English dialogue by British playwright Edward Bond.

bumoitonThe plot was inspired by Julio Cortázar's short story, "Las babas del diablo" or "The Devil's Drool" (1959), translated also as "Blow Up" in Blow-up and Other Stories, and by the life of Swinging London photographer David Bailey. The film was scored by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. The music is diegetic, as Hancock noted: "It's only there when someone turns on the radio or puts on a record." Nominated for several awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Blowup won the Grand Prix.

The American release of the counterculture-era film with its explicit sexual content (by contemporary standards) by a major Hollywood studio was in direct defiance of the Production Code. Its subsequent outstanding critical and box office success proved to be one of the final events that led to the final abandonment of the code in 1968 in favour of the MPAA film rating system. In 2012, Blowup was ranked No. 144 in the Sight & Sound critics' poll of the world's greatest films.

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#116

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD

by Werner Herzog
 

kanal(1972) Aguirre, Wrath of God, is a 1972 West German epic film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Klaus Kinski stars in the title role. The soundtrack was composed and performed by West German progressive/Krautrock band Popol Vuh. The story follows the travels of Spanish soldier Lope de Aguirre, who cares only about riches, leads a group of conquistadores down the Orinoco and Amazon River in South America in search of the legendary city of gold, El Dorado. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction? Using a minimalist story and dialogue, the film creates a vision of madness and folly, counterpointed by the lush but unforgiving Amazonian jungle. Although based loosely on what is known of the historical figure of Aguirre, the film's storyline is, as Herzog acknowledged years after the film's release, a work of imagination.

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#115

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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SECONDS

by John Frankenheimer
 

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(1966) Seconds is an American sci-fi drama directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Rock Hudson (in what may be his finest performance). The screenplay by Lewis John Carlino is based on a novel by David Ely. The film was nominated for the Palm d'Or at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival and James Wong Howe's cinematography was nominated for an Academy Award. Seconds is a mystery dealing with the obsession with eternal youth and a mysterious organization which gives people a second chance in life. An unhappy middle-aged banker (John Randolph) agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity (Rock Hudson) - one that comes with its own price.

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#114

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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LEVIATHAN

by Andrey Zvyagintsev
 

kanalPresented by Eric Van.

(2014) On the outskirts of a small coastal town in the Barents Sea, where whales sometimes come to its bay, lives an ordinary family: Kolya (Aleksey Serebryakov), his wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and their teenage son Romka. The family is haunted by a local corrupted mayor (Roman Madyanov), who is trying to take away the land, a house and a small auto repair shop from Kolya. To save their homes Kolya calls his old Army friend in Moscow (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), who has now become an authoritative attorney. Together they decide to fight back and collect dirt on the mayor.

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#113

Sunday, May 6, 2017 - 6:30 PM

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THE LAST SEDUCTION

by John Dahl
 

kanalPresented by Bob Tremblay.

(1994) Bridget Gregory has a lot going for her: she's beautiful, she's intelligent, she's married to a doctor. But all of this isn't enough, as her husband Clay finds out. After she persuaded him to sell medicinal cocaine to some drugdealers, she takes off with the money, almost a million dollars, and goes undercover in a mid-American smalltown. Because Clay has to pay off a loan shark who'll otherwise damage him severely, he keeps sending detectives after her, trying to retrieve the money. When Bridget meets Mike Swale, a naive local who is blinded by her beauty and directness, she devises an elaborate, almost diabolical scheme to get rid of Clay once and for all.

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#112

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE

by Lasse Hallström
 

kanalPresented by Denise Widman

(1993) "What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates and Leonardo DiCaprio; cinematography by Sven Nykist. The film follows 24-year-old Gilbert (Depp), a grocery store clerk caring for his morbidly obese mother and mentally impaired younger brother in a sleepy Midwestern town. Peter Hedges wrote the screenplay, adapted from his 1991 novel of the same name. The film was well-received; young DiCaprio received his first Academy Award nomination for his role.

"Grape’s “gentle rueful style accommodates a vast amount of quirkiness in enchanting ways” (Janet Maslin).  The story is a character portrayal of a family stuck in what appears to be the banality of everyday life; yet, there are deep family complexities which are imbued with dedication and resolve. In addition, although filmed in the 1990s, perhaps there are comparisons to today’s political environment…" - D.W.

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#11x (Postponed for the Moment)

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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THE LANDLORD

by Hal Ashby
 

Due to ongoing building maintenance problems with an indefinte time for completion beyond our control, we are forced to postpone our screening of Hal Ashby's THE LANDLORD to a later date. Our next screening will be WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GILBERT GRAPE, presented by Denise Widman Tuesday, May 2.

We apologize for any inconvience, and we will miss having our salon/saloon this week.

See you next screening.

J-P and DK

 

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#111

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO

by Preston Sturges
 

kanalPresented by Marty and Becky Norman.

(1944) Having been discharged from the Marines for a hayfever condition before ever seeing action, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) delays the return to his hometown, feeling that he is a failure. While in a moment of melancholy, he meets up with a group of Marines who befriend him and encourage him to return home to his mother by fabricating a story that he was wounded in battle with honorable discharge. They make him wear a uniform complete with medals and is pushed by his new friends into accepting a Hero's welcome when he gets home where he is to be immortalized by a statue that he doesn't want, has songs written about his heroic battle stories, and ends up unwillingly running for mayor. Despite his best efforts to explain the truth, no one will listen.

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#110

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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VIRIDIANA

by Luis Buñuel
 

kanalPresented by David Kleiler.

'Tis the season to hear the Hallelujah Chorus and there's no more original way than the way it is used in Buñuel's masterpiece. Few film directors have worked with the sheer power and subversiveness that Spanish-born Luis Buñuel has. "Viridiana" is one of the best examples of the expatriated Spaniard's feelings towards religious faith and its virtues- or his strong denial of religion as a virtue.

(1961) Viridiana, a young novice about to take her final vows as a nun, accedes to a request from her widowed uncle to visit him. Moved purely by a sense of obligation, she does so. Her uncle is moved by her resemblance to his late wife and attempts to seduce Viridiana, and tragedy ensues. In the aftermath, Viridiana tries to assuage her guilt by creating a haven for the destitute folk who live around her uncle's estate. But from these good intentions, too, comes little good.

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#109

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:300 PM

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THE WAGES OF FEAR

by Henri-Georges Clouzot
 

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(1953) Le salaire de la peur (original title). In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Clouzot rarely gets the attention he deserves. He made not one, but two of the greatest thrillers of all time, 'Les Diaboliques' and 'The Wages Of Fear', both perfect examples of how to make genuinely suspenseful movies that build up an amazing amount of tension. Most so-called thrillers made in Hollywood these days are thrillers in name only and could learn a lesson or two from these movie classics. 'The Wages Of Fear' could even be described as an action movie, but it is a CHARACTER DRIVEN action movie, and that's what makes it so special.

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#108

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

by James Whale
 

kanalThe huge success of the 1931 Frankenstein spurred Universal to a sequel. But it would take four years to complete a satisfatory script for the project. Finally, in January 1935, the sequel went before the cameras, bringing together most of the talent from the first. Bride of Frankenstein was released to critical and popular acclaim, although it encountered difficulties with some state and national censorship boards. Since its release the film's reputation has grown, and it has been hailed as Whale's masterpiece.

(1935) Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein wants to get out of the evil experiment business, but when a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps his wife, Dr. Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new creature, a woman, to be the companion of the monster.

We will be showing the Universal centennial version with the brilliant, restored soundtrack (Bride was nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound Recording). And, of course, there is Boris Karloff returning as the Monster and Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein. Elsa Lanchester provides the stunning Bride and portrays Mary Shelley as well.

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#107

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 6:30 PM

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THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

by Peter Bogdanovich
 

kanalPresented by Chris Boucher & David Hudacek

(1971) In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane's steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It's the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey's heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house -- the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Then folks stop attending the second-run features at the ...

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#106

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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ATLANTIC CITY

by Louis Malle
 

kanalPresented by Alan Spatrick

(1980) Dreams. Becoming an Atlantic City croupier will help Sally (Susan Sarandon) realize her dream of going to Monte Carlo, a symbol of the glamorous life that has been evading her since escaping from Saskatchewan a decade ago. Lou (Burt Lancaster) dreams that he was a great mobster in the old days. Grace came to Atlantic City for a Betty Grable look-alike contest and stayed to become the wife of a mobster. A brief visit to Atlantic City by Sally's estranged husband will change the course of the lives of Sally and Lou.

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#105

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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RED RIVER

by Howard Hawks
 

kanalIn preparation for the screening of The Last Picture show on Monday, March 26th, we are showing this classic Western which is "the last picture show" of Bogdanovich's homage to film theaters.

(1948) Texas rancher Dunson (John Wayne) leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted adult son (Montgomery Clift).

Red River was filmed in 1946, copyrighted in 1947, but not released until September 30, 1948. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Film Editing (Christian Nyby) and Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (Borden Chase).

John Ford—who worked with Wayne on many films (such as Stagecoach, The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)—was so impressed with Wayne's performance that he is reported to have said, "I didn’t know the big son of a bitch could act!"

The film's ending differed from that of the original story. In Chase's original Saturday Evening Post story, Valance shoots Dunson dead in Abilene and Matt takes his body back to Texas to be buried on the ranch. Second unit director Arthur Rosson was given credit in the opening title crawl as co-director. He shot parts of the cattle drive and some action sequences.

Oddly, the pre-release version was 133 minutes and too long according to Hawks. The film was cut, with added narration by Brennan, and released at 127 minutes. This version was somehow lost. An attempt by the Criterion Collection to re-create the theatrical version is available.

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Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:30 PM


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SEDUCED AND ABANDONED

by Pietro Germi
 

kanal(1964) "Sedotta e Abbandonata", a.k.a. "Seduced and Abandoned", is a tragi-comic tale of honor and family in Sicily. The story shows the hypocritical and retrograde society in the 60's, with gossipers and people interested in keep up appearances despite the feelings of the next of kin.

Agnese, a 15-year-old Sicilian girl is seduced and impregnated by Peppino, her sister Matilde's fiancé. Soon Vincenzo, Agnese's father, discovers everything. He wants to force Peppino to marry the dishonored Agnese, but Peppino runs away and Vincenzo sends his son Antonio to kill him. At this point, Agnese goes to the police to try to stop events. They're all taken to court. But events can't be stopped, there's still time for a fake kidnapping. A happy end is still possible.

JPO: Fun fact. Much like the American Westerns, this film has a title ballad which tells the laments of the Ascalone family of the story.

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#103

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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TO SLEEP WITH ANGER

by Charles Burnett
 

kanalPresented by Kaj Wilson, film critic, programmer, and teacher.

In this day of quality films about black life (Fences, Hidden Figures, and Moonlight) it's important to remember the great ones which preceded them. A quarter century ago, Charles Burnett, best known for Killer of Sheep, produced To Sleep with Anger. Danny Glover gives “a performance for the ages” says The New Yorker's Richard Brody. The New York Times calls director Charles Burnett, a member of fhe late '60s group of black UCLA filmmakers known as the L.A. Rebellion, "the nation's least-known great filmmaker." It is a film to be rediscovered, revalued, and cherished.

(1990) Harry Mention (Danny Glover), an enigmatic drifter from the South, comes to visit an old acquaintance named Gideon, who now lives in South-Central Los Angeles. Harry's charming, down-home manner hides a malicious penchant for stirring up trouble, and he exerts a strange and powerful effect on the people around him.

P.S.: Harry Mention - Old Harry - noun. 1. Older Use. the devil; Satan. Originating sometime between 1730-40.

The Crossroads: In folk magic and mythology, crossroads may represent a location "between the worlds" and, as such, a site where supernatural spirits can be contacted and paranormal events can take place. Symbolically, it can mean a locality where two realms touch and therefore represents liminality, a place literally "neither here nor there", "betwixt and between". Some 20th-century blues songs, such as Sold It to the Devil by Black Spider Dumpling (John D. Twitty), may be about making a deal with the devil at the crossroads. Many modern listeners believe that the premier song about soul-selling at a crossroads is "Cross Road Blues" by Robert Johnson. However, the song's lyrics merely describe a man trying to hitchhike; the sense of foreboding has been interpreted as the singer's apprehension of finding himself, a young black man in the 1920s deep south, alone after dark and at the mercy of passing motorists. The idea of selling one's soul for instrumental skills predates the American South as several virtuoso classical musicians such as Paganini[citation needed] had stories told about selling their soul for music prowess (and that story may reference back to medieval troubadour doing something similar). The motif of selling one's soul for guitar power has become a staple of both rock and metal guitarists.

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#102

Tuesday, Febuary 28, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

by Tay Garnett
 

kanal(1946) James M. Cain's novel was successful and notorious upon publication in 1934. It is regarded as one of the more important crime novels of the 20th century. Fast-moving and brief, the mix of sexuality and violence was startling in its time and caused it to be banned in Boston. This 1946 film version was the third adaptation, but the first under the novel's original title and the first in English. Previously, the novel had been filmed as Le Dernier Tournant (The Last Turning) in France in 1939 and as Ossessione (Obsession) in Italy in 1943. The novel has been adapted to film seven times. The 1946 version is probably the best known and is regarded as an important film noir.

A married woman (Lana Turner) and a drifter (John Garfield) fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.

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#101

Sunday, Febuary 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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OSCAR'S NIGHT

by the A.M.P.A.S.
 

kanalThe awards ceremony is set to start at 8:30 PM EST. Obviously there is a lot of red carpet and punditry in the hours before. We're planning for 7 PM as officially opening the liiving room to anyone interested in joining us for the festivities, balloting, and gossiping.

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#100

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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DAY FOR NIGHT

by François Truffaut
 

kanal(1973) It is appropriate (since we started off with Sullivan's Travels) that our 100th screening is an equally important film about film, the Oscar winning "Day for Night".

This affectionate Altmanesque farce from François Truffaut about the joys and strife of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films. Truffaut himself appears as the harried director of a frivolous melodrama, the shooting of which is plagued by the whims of a neurotic actor (Jean-Pierre Léaud), an aging but still forceful Italian diva (Valentina Cortese), and a British ingenue haunted by personal scandal (Jacqueline Bisset). An irreverent paean to the prosaic craft of cinema as well as a delightful human comedy about the pitfalls of sex and romance, Day for Night is buoyed by robust performances and a sparkling score by the legendary Georges Delerue.

kanalNOTE: DUE TO THE SNOW LAST WEEK, THE FEW WHO MADE IT TO THE SCREENING DECIDED TO DELAY SHOWING "MARGARET" UNTIL MORE CAN ATTEND. WE WATCHED "THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER," THE LUBITSCH CLASSIC, INSTEAD. "MARGARET" WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED LATER.

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#99

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

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THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER

by Ernst Lubitsch
 

kanalNOTE: DUE TO THE SNOW, THE FEW WHO MADE IT TO THE SCREENING DECIDED TO DELAY SHOWING "MARGARET" UNTIL MORE CAN ATTEND. WE WATCHED "THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER," THE LUBITSCH CLASSIC, INSTEAD. "MARGARET" WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED LATER.

(1940) Two employees at a gift shop (Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart) can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

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#98

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS

by Paolo Taviani & Vittorio Taviani
 

kanal(1982) La notte di San Lorenzo, , the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumours that the Nazis plan to blow it up and that the Americans are about to arrive to liberate them.

Critic Pauline Kael in The New Yorker : " The Night of the Shooting Stars is so good it's thrilling. This new film encompasses a vision of the world. Comedy, tragedy, vaudeville, melodrama - they're all here, and inseparable...In its feeling and completeness, Shooting Stars may be close to the rank of Jean Renoir's bafflingly beautiful Grand Illusion...unreality doesn't seem divorced from experience (as it does with Fellini) - it's experience made more intense...For the Tavianis, as for Cecilia, the search for the American liberators is the time of their lives. For an American audience, the film stirs warm but tormenting memories of a time when we were beloved and were a hopeful people."

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#97

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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MONSIEUR VERDOUX

by Charles Chaplin
 

kanal(1947) Originally an Orson Welles directoral project, actor Charles Chaplin bought out Welles and threw his entire armory of talent across the production spectrum. And, as the poster stated: "Chaplin Changes, Can You?" James Agee called it the finest film of 1947 and Charles Chaplin's acting performance the greatest male performance he had ever seen in films. Abandoning his "little tramp," Chaplin moves into blacker comedy with this veiled tale of French Bluebeard Henri Landru. Chaplin said in his 1964 autobiography, "Monsieur Verdoux is the cleverest and most brilliant film I have yet made."

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#96

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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THE WHITE RIBBON

by Michael Haneke
 

kanal(2009) Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (literally, "The White Ribbon, a German Children's Story") darkly depicts society and family in a northern German village just before World War I and, according to Haneke, "is about the roots of evil. Whether it’s religious or political terrorism, it’s the same thing." Strange events happen in the small village, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

The film premiered at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in May 2009 where it won the Palme d'Or, followed by positive reviews and several other major awards, including the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film also received two nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2009: Best Foreign Language Film (representing Germany) and Best Cinematography (Christian Berger).

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#95

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT

by Raoul Walsh
 

kanal(1940) One of Warner Brothers most popular films of the early 40s, They Drive by Night is a taut, exciting – if dual-plotted - trucker drama showcasing the star quartet of George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart. Based on the novel “Long Haul” by A.I. Bezzerides and scripted for the screen by Jerry Wald and Richard Macauley, the Raoul Walsh-directed film features Raft and Bogart as wildcat truck drivers Joe and Paul Fabrini. Battling crooked bosses and the hazards of the road as they race to deliver produce to wholesalers and outrun their creditors, the men live by Joe’s credo “We’re tougher than any truck ever come off any assembly line.”

Joe (Raft) is unmarried and determined to keep up this grueling pace so that he can eventually make enough cash to “be his own man”. Paul (Bogart), on the other hand, has a lonely wife, Pearl (Gale Page), waiting at home, and it is she who continually urges Paul to give up the danger and uncertainty of the trucking game and settle down. While Paul shares Pearl’s wishes, his loyalty to Joe and his ongoing belief that they can beat the wildcat racket, will not allow him to walk out on his brother. And then there's the shrewish, married Lana (Ida Lupino), who has designs on Joe.When Joe rebuffs her advances when they are alone in her husband’s office, Lana turns on him with venom.

mmSPECIAL NOTE: Since we're screening on a Monday, the posse is planning to meet at Matt Murphy's at 5:00 PM for drinks and FREE OYSTERS. It's a short walk from the screening: at 14 Harvard St in Brookline Village. They serve free oysters from 5-7 PM on Mondays. Try to get there before 6 PM when it starts filling up for dinner (or RSVP to David and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar and well worth the trip.

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#94

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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ALL THAT JAZZ

by Bob Fosse
 

kanal(1979) Director/choreographer Bob Fosse envisions his own life story in a Fellini-esque fantasy. His persona, Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), choreographing and picking dancers for his current show whilst editing his feature film about a stand-up comedian (echoes of Lenny), is starting to come apart. Without the chemical substances, he wouldn't be able to keep up with his girlfriend, his ex-wife, and his special dancing daughter. These women attempt to bring him back from the brink, but he chain-smokes, uses drugs, sleeps with his dancers and overworks himself into open-heart surgery. Scenes from his past life start to encroach on the present and he becomes increasingly aware of his mortality.

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#93

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 7:30 PM

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THE WILD CHILD

by François Truffaut
 

kanal(1970) In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him. While based on the journals of Jean Itard, Wild Child also plays upon Truffaut's own childhood and his feelings about youth and social development (as shown in his 400 Blows, Small Change, and the Antoine Doinel films). A personal project of Truffaut's, here he writes, directs, and stars.

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#92

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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SHADOW OF A DOUBT

by Alfred Hitchcock
 

kanal(1943) Alfred Hitchcock and Thornton Wilder take "Our Town" in a dark and sinister direction with Shadow of a Doubt. Perhaps the most American film that Hitchcock had made up to that time, the project began when the head of David Selznick's story department, Margaret McDonell, told Hitchcock that her husband Gordon had an interesting idea for a novel that she thought would make a good movie. His idea, called "Uncle Charlie," was based on the true story of Earle Leonard Nelson, a mass murderer of the 1920s known as the Merry Widow Murderer. Teenager Charlotte 'Charlie' Newton (Teresa Wright) is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled 'namesake' uncle Charlie Oakley (Joseph Cotton). But as young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows, Charlie begins to fear for her own life.

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#91

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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THE WOMEN

by George Cukor
 

kanal(1939) From the Golden Year of Hollywood, The Women captures the female of the species at it goes jungle red in tooth and claw in this brilliant screen adaptation of Claire Boothe Luce's famous Brnoadway play--a wickedly funny portrait of 1930s society women whose lives revolve around beauty treatments, luncheons, fashion shows, and each other's men. Socialite Mary Haines is the envy of her set: rich, beautiful, and happily married... but when her husband steps out on her with a gold-digging perfume counter sales clerk, Mary's so-called friends dish enough dirt to make divorce inevitable whether Mary wants it or not.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about THE WOMEN is the way in which director Cukor ties the behavior of its characters to their social status. Possessed of absolute leisure and considerable wealth, their energies are inevitably directed into competition for the ultimate status symbol: a successful man. Cukor allows us to sympathize with Mary (Shearer) and laugh at Sylvia (Russell), but he also requires us to pity them--and indirectly encourages grudging admiration for the devious Crystal (Crawford) and the savvy Miriam (Goddard), characters who are considerably more self-reliant. Consequently, not only does THE WOMEN paint a poisonously funny portrait of women as a sex, it takes a hatchet to the society that has shaped their characters as well.

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The script is wickedly, mercilessly funny, fast paced, razor sharp and filled with such memorable invectives: "He says he'd like to do Sylvia's nails right down to the wrist with a buzz-saw;" "Why that old gasoline truck, she's sixty if she's a minute;" "Gimme a bromide--and put some gin in it!"

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Imagine Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Marjorie Main, Ruth Hussey, and Hedda Hopper all in the same movie! Anita Loos and Jane Murfin sharpen the barbs (and lessen the sexuality per Code rules) from Clare Booth Luce's Broadway success and George Cukor directs to keep the fur flying. (133 minutes)

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#90

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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THE LOBSTER

by Yorgos Lanthimos
 

kanal(2015) A dark, very dark, comedy/satire on the need for relationships and to be in one yourself. Set in the near future of a dystopian society where it is a crime to be alone. David (Colin Farrell) finds himself divorced and taken a way to a spa where he has 45 days to find a partner or be turned in to an animal of his choice. Both provocative and distrurbing, The Lobster has been called "disgusting and pointless" or a "brilliant piece of visionary filmmaking." It will certainly precipitate an energetic post-film discussion.

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#89

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley
 

kanalPresented by Jean-Paul Ouellette

(1938) One of the most popular adventure films of all time, The Adventures of Robin Hood not only remains a cherished memory for many audiences but a major influence for other filmmakers. One has only to look at the original three entries of the Star Wars series to see its continuing impact: the freedom-fighting outlaws pitted against a powerful and corrupt monarchy, the daredevil antics, a dash of wry sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek humor, and the antagonism-turned-to-love relationship at its heart. These were all part of the phenomenally successful Warner Brothers formula for what turned out to be the studio's most expensive picture at that time and one of its biggest hits, a blockbuster before the word was even in common use and in magnificent three-strip Technicolor.

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The Best Loved Bandit Of All Time!
Only the rainbow can duplicate its brilliance!
Excitement...Danger...Suspense...as this classic adventure story sweeps across the screen!

Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn), defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. With his band of Merry Men, he robs from the rich, gives to the poor and still has time to woo the lovely Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland), foil the cruel Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone), and keep the nefarious Prince John (Claude Rains) off the throne.

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With Patric Knowles (Will Scarlett), Eugene Pallette (Friar Tuck), Alan Hale (Little John), Melville Cooper (High Sheriff of Nottingham), Una O'Connor (Bess the maiden), Herbert Mundin (Much the miller), and Ian Hunter (King Richard the Lion-Heart)

Nominated for Best Picture and winner of Original Score, Art Direction, and Editing.

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#88

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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THE PRESTIGE

by Christopher Nolan
 

kanalPresented by Eric M. Van.

(2006) In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier [Hugh Jackman], his beloved wife Julia McCullough [Piper Perabo] and Alfred Borden [Christian Bale] are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage.

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When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to outdo or expose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. With Michael Caine, David Bowie, and Scarlett Johanssen.

______Pertinent Notes from Eric M. Van______

Screenplay by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, from the 1995 World Fantasy Award-winning novel by Christopher Priest. In turn of the century London, the rivalry between two stage magicians escalates into obsession.

Nolan’s fifth feature is the second in a thematic trilogy about the nature of human narratives and film, following Memento. The metaphor of story as magic trick goes back to Priest’s novel: our desire to know is intense, but we also want to be fooled. Within the film story, that tension is explored at multiple levels, from the personal to the scientific.

By contemporary reviews, The Prestige was perhaps the 100th best film of its year, but it quickly found a place in the IMDB Top 250 and has, remarkably, risen steadily over the years, now ranking 49th all-time. The difference is largely a simple one: the IMDB voters have seen it more than once. No movie I know of changes more on its second viewing or reveals more of itself subsequently. (After it’s over, we’ll re-show three snippets totaling 1:50 to give you a taste).

But it’s also true that the surface is so alluring that almost every contemporary reviewer dismissed the possibility of thematic depth. Of course it’s there on a first viewing, if you’re watching closely.

If you go to https://www.quora.com/Are-Christopher-Nolan-films-really-deep-and-complex-or-does-he-dazzle-his-audiences-into-believing-theyve-witnessed-something-profoundly-meaningful, by this evening (or Monday at the latest) you should find a very long answer by me, explaining the nature of story, plot twists, ambiguity, and Nolan’s status as an important auteur. I hope that anyone who is interested in the way stories work will find it insightful and illuminating.

 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE

by Ernst Lubitsch
 

kanal(1942) In occupied Poland during WWII, a troupe of ham stage actors (led by Joseph Tura and his wife Maria) match wits with the Nazis. A spy has information which would be very damaging to the Polish resistance and they must prevent it's being delivered to the Germans. (99 minutes)

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#86

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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TALK TO HER

by Pedro Almodóvar
 

kanal(2002) After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. (112 minutes)

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A note from Eric M. Van after the screening of Talk To Her.

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David opined that Talk to Her was one of the ten best films of the Saloon, so I had to see where I stood with that …
* = only seen at the Saloon

1. Memento
2. Upstream Color
3. The Rules of the Game
4. Gattaca (only one that is substantially higher than it would be on a “best” list)
5. Ikiru
6. Talk to Her
7. Pather Panchali
8. The Apartment
9. Trouble in Paradise
10. L’Atalante
11. Red Desert *
12. Poetry
13. The King of Comedy
14. Safe *
15. Ace in the Hole
16. A Serious Man
17. Peeping Tom
18. Caché
19. Children of Men
20. Naked *

Ikiru, A Serious Man, Peeping Tom, and Caché all jumped way up on my second / Saloon viewing.

Eric M. Van

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#85

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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SUSPIRIA

by Dario Argento
 

kanalPresented in association with Diabolique Magazine

(1977) Italian director Dario Argento's classic giallo horror stars Jessica Harper as an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany but soon realizes that the academy is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of murders.

It is the first of the trilogy Argento refers to as "The Three Mothers", followed in 1980 by Inferno and in 2007 by The Mother of Tears. Suspiria has become one of Argento's most successful feature films, receiving critical acclaim for its visual and stylistic flair, use of vibrant colors, and its soundtrack. It was nominated for two Saturn Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Bennett in 1978 and Best DVD Classic Film Release in 2002. It has since become a cult classic.

Suspiria may not be funny but it's loads of fun. A popcorn night!

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#84

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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BLACKMAIL

by Alfred Hitchcock
 

kanal(1929) Alice White is the daughter of a shopkeeper in 1920's London. Her boyfriend, Frank Webber is a Scotland Yard detective who seems more interested in police work than in her. Frank takes Alice out one night, but she has secretly arranged to meet another man. Later that night Alice agrees to go back to his flat to see his studio. The man has other ideas and as he tries to rape Alice, she defends herself and kills him with a bread knife. When the body is discovered, Frank is assigned to the case, he quickly determines that Alice is the killer, but so has someone else and blackmail is threatened.

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#83

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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THE KILLERS

by Robert Siodmak
 

kanal(1946) Two professional killers invade a small town and kill a gas station attendant, "the Swede," who's expecting them. Insurance investigator Reardon pursues the case against the orders of his boss, who considers it trivial. Weaving together threads of the Swede's life, Reardon uncovers a complex tale of treachery and crime, all linked with gorgeous, mysterious Kitty Collins.

avaAdapted from Ernest Hemingway's ground-breaking Nick Adams short story published in 1927. At 33 years old, this was Burt Lancaster's first movie role and shot him to instant stardom. (note how the focus changes from Ava's entrance to Burt's face and back to Ava with the use of the simple shadow. Ah, Film Noir!)

dinerThe first 20 minutes of the film, showing the arrival of the two contract killers and a murder, is a close adaptation of Hemingway's short story. The character of Nick Adams is the kid in the diner. He is a roman a clef for author Hemingway. This story was developed to show the moment when Nick Adams sees a man, in the form of Ole Andreson, resign himself to fate and decides to do the opposite and venture out into the world. "Though he didn’t always write about criminals and gangsters, Ernest Hemingway is considered by many to be a founding father of the hardboiled genre when weighing all the tales he wrote with gritty subject matter and down-on-their-luck protagonists." [David Cranmer]

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#82

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION

by Elio Petri
 

kanal(1970) A gripping psychological thriller (and Oscar winner for Foreign Film), a chief of detectives (Gian Maria Volante), homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. By the director of The Tenth Victim and the Working Class Goes to Heaven. Memorable score by Enio Morricone.

This complex film is a cinematic gem thanks to its multifarious tropes – at times absurd black comedy, at times vitriolic political satire, at times psychological study into sexual fetishism and power. Of course, all of these themes intermingle so effortlessly that you can't help but be taken aback by the richness of Petri's byzantine vision. The left-leaning director here depicts the autocratic terror that overtook Italy in the late 60s, an overture to the tense, decade-long period known as the "years of lead" in Italian politics – a time of fascist repression and a struggle between the equally-as-extreme left and right of center parties.

Kafka's The Trial: "Whatever he may seem to us, he is yet a servant of the Law; that is, he belongs to the Law and as such is set beyond human judgment."

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#81

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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NEAR DARK

by Kathryn Bigelow
 

kanal(1987) A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter.

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#80

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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Nothing Sacred

by William A. Wellman
 

kanal(1937) Brookline’s own William Wellman (WingsThe Public EnemyA Star is Born)  directs this scathing screwball comedy that targets greed, hype and hypocrisy in the news media. Nothing Sacred (1937, 77 minutes) is also notable for being the first screwball comedy to be screened in color, for its script by Ben Hecht (with uncredited writing by Budd Schulberg, Ring Lardner, Jr., Dorothy Parker, and Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman), and for Carole Lombard’s remarkable comedic talent.  

PLUS, post-discussion, a bonus film: 



kanalStranger on the Third Floor (1940, 64 minutes), by Boris Ingster, is recognized as the first film noir, although atypical, and features a swirling, experimental German Expressionist style, interior monologue, and dream imagery.  In the film’s ‘no-way-out’ narrative, a news reporter who is instrumental in a murder conviction finds himself being charged with the murder of a neighbor. Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook, Jr., deliver riveting performances, as usual.

 

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#79

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

by Billy Wilder
 

kanal (1957) Freely adapted from the short story and play by Agatha Christie, Witness for the Prosecution is a courtroom drama with elements of Film Noir set in the Old Bailey in London. The film deals with a British barrister, recovering from a heart attack, who must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after shocking surprise. Billy Wilder, at his cynical best, directs a stellar cast of Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Henry Daniell, and Una O'Connor, all clearly having fun making this film.

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#78

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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Woman in the Dunes

by Hiroshi Teshigahara
 

kanal(1964) From the novel (and screenplay) by Kōbō Abe, this is a unique and surreal thriller. An entomologist (Eiji Okada) seeks lodging for the night in the dunes, and is led by the villagers to the bottom of a sandpit where he finds a widow (Kyoko Kishida) living in a shack. Next morning he discovers he can no longer climb out. He is expected to remain there and to live with the woman, who needs a man's help.

The film was nominated for a Foreign Film Oscar in 1965 and won the jury award at Cannes. For the film, Teshigahara was nominated for a Best Director Oscar in 1966.

“Are you digging sand to live or living to dig sand?"

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#77

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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American Graffiti

by George Lucas
 

kanal(1973) George Lucas's ground-breaking coming of age comedy American Graffiti. Considered a film that changed society as we know it. Car culture, lost since the early sixties, suddenly blossomed again as did a yearning for the supposedly better times of the early sixties. Where were you in '62?

It's the proverbial end of the summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It's the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, are scheduled to leave town to head to college back East. Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. Curt's beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words "I love you" to him. Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave girlfriend, head cheerleader and Curt's sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening "negotiating" the state of their relationship. Meanwhile...

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#76

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 7 PM

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Memento

by Christopher Nolan
 

kanalPresented by Eric Van

(2000 festivals; 2001 U.S.).  A man unable to create new memories hunts for his wife’s killer. The film that established Christopher Nolan as an auteur capable of bringing formidable intelligence to commercial cinema is both a unique thriller and (less obviously) the first of a thematic trilogy exploring the nature of meaning in film narrative.

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#75

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7 PM

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The Grand Illusion

by Jean Renoir
 

kanal(1937) Jean Renoir, son of the great French painter, brought his own artistry to the screen. This film reveals the social changes the modern world was going through as a result of the first World War. Along with the already screened The Rules of the Game, The Grand Illusion is often cited among the greatest films ever made.

During the first World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.

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#74

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 7 PM

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THE HITCH-HIKER

by Ida Lupino
 

kanalTwo friends on a fishing trip pick up a stranded motorist who turns out to be a psychotic escaped convict. This sociopath has already murdered other good Samaritans in his efforts to evade authorities. He sadistically taunts and threatens the two men and perversely delights in telling them that he has them both marked for death sometime before the end of the trip. His destination is a ferryboat in Baja, California, which he hopes will help him get to the mainland. The hostages hope to stay alive long enough to escape or be rescued by Mexican authorities.

mmSPECIAL NOTE: Since we're screening on a Monday, the posse is planning to meet at Matt Murphy's at 5:30-6:30 PM for drinks and FREE oysters. It's a short walk from the screening, at 14 Harvard St in Brookline Village. They serve free oysters from 5-7 PM on Mondays. Try to get there before 6 PM when it starts filling up for dinner (or RSVP to David and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar and well worth the trip.

 

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#73

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 7 PM

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THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER

by Peter Greenaway
 

kanalThe wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism.

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#72

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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PATHER PANCHALI

by Satyajit Ray
 

kanal(1955) The story of a young boy, Apu, and life in his small Indian village. His parents are quite poor - his father Harihar, a writer and poet, gave away the family's fruit orchard to settle his brother's debts. His sister Durga and an old aunt also still lives with them. His mother Sarbojaya bears the brunt of the family's situation. She scrapes by and sells her personal possessions to put food on the table and has to bear the taunts of her neighbors as Durga is always stealing fruit from their orchard. Things get worse when Harihar disappears for five months and Durga falls ill. Even after Harihar returns, the family is left with few alternatives.

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#71

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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THE KING OF COMEDY

by Martin Scorsese
 

kanal(1982) Rupert Pupkin is obsessed with becoming a comedy great. However, when he confronts his idol, talk show host Jerry Langford, with a plea to perform on the Jerry's show, he is only given the run-around. He does not give up, however, but persists in stalking Jerry until he gets what he wants. Eventually he must team up with his psychotic Langford-obsessed friend Masha to kidnap the talk show host in hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine.

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#70

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK

by John Sturges
 

kanal(1955) From the time John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) steps off the train in Black Rock, he feels a chill from the local residents. The town is only a speck on the map and few if any strangers ever come to the place. Macreedy himself is tight-lipped about the purpose of his trip and he finds that the hotel refuses him a room, the local garage refuses to rent him a car and the sheriff is a useless drunkard. It's apparent that the locals have something to hide but when he finally tells them that he is there to speak to a Japanese-American farmer named Kamoko, he touches a nerve so sensitive that he will spend the next 24 hours fighting for his life.

A gripping thriller with a cast that includes Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Walter Brennan, and Anne Francis: and it's only 81 minutes long. Directed by John Sturges (The Great Escape & The Magnificent Seven).

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#69

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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BABY FACE

by Alfred E. Green
 

kanalPresented by Jean-Paul Ouellette

(1933) Lily Powers (Baby Face) sleeps her way from basement speakeasy bartender, literally floor by floor, to the top floor of a New York office building. Bank sub-manager Jimmy McCoy finds her a job in the bank only to be cast aside as she hooks up with the bank's president. When he complains of not seeing her she says: "I'm working so hard I have to go to bed early every night."

"This is a good contrast to Trouble in Paradise. While many pre-Code films centered on the sexual and criminal foibles of elite gentlemen and ladies, Baby Face is a Warner's social drama. It touches on subjects deeper than the Hays Code fear of sex and crime. Child labor, child prostitution, racism, abuse of women, and a glass ceiling are central to the story." - J-P

"On the bright side, this 1933 pre-Code has a truly remarkable aspect... Watch how actress/singer Theresa Harris, an outspoken believer that her race deserved a better chance to play realistic roles, gets a chance to shine as Chico.

"While it shows a desire by the filmmakers to not allow racism to hurt the realism of the story and let a black woman play a real black woman of the time, it also shows the desire by Hollywood to cater to the under-served and economically un-exploited black American audience.

"This is almost a revolutionary for its day and might have continued to combine multi-racial artists in the same film and disparate audiences together in the same theater, but this was derailed by the enforcement of the Code."

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NOTE: I look forward to someone who can explain the inclusion of Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy in the story: [Adolf Cragg, a cobbler, is Lily's mentor.]

Cragg: You're a coward. I mean it! You let life defeat you. You don't fight back.

Lily Powers: What chance has a woman got?

Cragg: More chance than man. A woman, young, beautiful, like you, can get anything she wants in the world. Because you have Power over men! But you must use men! Not let them use you. You must be a master! Not a slave. Look, here, Nietzsche says, "All life, no matter how we idealize it, is nothing more nor less than exploitation." That's what I'm telling you! Exploit yourself! Go to some big city where you will find opportunities. Use men! Be strong! Defiant! Use men! To get the things you want.

Lily Powers: [contemplative pause] Yeah. [puffs a cigarette]

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NOTE: A fun fact and something which needs to be noted before seeing the film is that a small role in the film is filled by an unknown (at the time) actor who would eventually gain star fame. While probably not really noticed at the time, today it is almost a shock that John Wayne, looking very young and modern in comparision to the rest of the male cast, is not the star of the movie. Remember that, at this time, mustachioed George Brent had the more romantic star look. But Wayne's non-cowboy starrer "His Private Secretary" was released the same month as "Baby Face." "Baby Face" had a budget of $187,000. Wayne's rom-com had only $9,600 [$2,500 in cash - the rest was deferred].

 

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NOTE: The story for this film comes from a treatment by Mark Canfield, a ghost name of Darryl F. Zanuck, then Warner's head of production. This same year, aware the Warner Brothers would never make him a partner, Zanuck [age 31] split to create his own competing company: Twentieth Century Films

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#68

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - TBD PM

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MARWENCOL

by Jeff Malmberg
 

kanalPresented by Alice Stone

(2010) After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

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#67

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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CHILDREN OF MEN

by Alfonso Cuarón
 

kanal(2006) The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth.

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#66

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1932)

by Ernst Lubitsch

kanalPresented by Kaj Wilson.

A gentleman thief (Herbert Marshall) and a lady pickpocket (Miriam Hopkins) join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner (Kay Francis). Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme.

This movie was popular both with audiences and with critics, but was made in 1932 before the enforcement of the production code. The movie was not approved for re-issue in 1935 when the Production Code was being rigorously enforced, was withdrawn from circulation, and was not seen again until 1968.

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#65

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL

by Luis Buñuel

kanal(1962) A biting examination of the not-so-discrete charms of the bourgeoisie. After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the unlocked room... and over the next few days (weeks ?) all the elaborate pretenses and facades that they've built up by virtue of their position in society collapse completely as they become reduced to living like animals... Some make love, some die, but, no matter what, their world is shattered. With Silvia Pinal (Viridiana) [seen above center].

Exterminating Angel is one of the influences for the new musical by Stephen Sondeheim has currently in development.


xta_1J-P here. Watching the film and having a Catholic upbringing, I seem to see something which may not have been noted before. In the sitting room with the diners are three closets with religious paintings on each. This is a home confessional, something rich Caltholics often set up in their homes, to invite the local priest to hear their confessions in the privacy of their home instead of in church (see the typical confessional to the right - center box for the priest and on each side a parishioner confessional).

The film has a home confessional as seen in these two shots.

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If this is so, this family hasn't used it for religious purposes in a long time and turned them into storage closets. During the film the left door is where the parishioners defecate their sins, the central priest's door holds a dead man (god is dead?) seemingly upside down with his hand (the hand of god) falling out, and the right confessional is where the young lovers consumate their premarital sex and commit suicide. A bleak religious vision.

xa-abbP.S.: An early working title of the film was "The Castaways of Providence Street." Buñuel took the final title "El ángel exterminador" from a friend, José Bergamín, who was writing a play with that title but never finished it. Buñuel asked for the rights to the title, but Bergamín said there was no trouble, because it was taken from the Bible, the Book of Revelation. In the Hebrew bible, the exterminating angel is the Passover "Angel of Death," a destroying angel commonly described as the deliverer of the tenth plague in the Book of Exodus, killing all first born children of Egypt. In later Judaism, this angel is Abaddon, also called Apollyon, (re the name: "The Latin Vulgate and the Douay Rheims Bible have additional notes (not present in the Greek text), 'in Latin Exterminans', exterminans being the Latin word for 'destroyer'."

 

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#64

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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THEY WON'T FORGET

by Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)

kanalPresented by Nat Green.

(1937) A politically ambitious district attorney (Claude Rains), unscrupulous tabloid journalists, and regional prejudice combine to charge a teacher (Edward Norris) with the murder of his student (16 year old Lana Turner).

"In itself, They Won’t Forget is a compelling, no-punches-pulled social justice film, a genre for which Warner Brothers was deservedly famous. But when one examines the true incident on which it is based, the social and historical context, and the studio decisions which led to the fictional structure of the film--- a different, less appreciative assessment emerges. Both aspects—the film and the egregious self-censorship that taints the experience— warrant discussion.

"This rarely seen film is finely directed without melodramatic overreach by Mervyn LeRoy (Little Caesar, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, The Bad Seed) and searingly written by a future victim of the Hollywood blacklist, Robert Rossen (The Roaring Twenties, A Walk in the Sun, Body and Soul, All the King’s Men, The Hustler) and Aben Kandel.

"And a great movie tidbit: They Won’t Forget marks the debut of 16 year-old Julia Jean (Lana) Turner, who one day skipped typing class, was spotted having a coke at the Top Hat Malt Shop in Hollywood, and was signed to a contract by none other than actor/comedian/talent agent Zeppo Marx. Her brief appearance in the film resulted in her famous epithet: “The Sweater Girl.” She claimed that she always hated the label." - Nat Green


edesonP.S. from J-P: An important someone who has been forgotten in the annals of cinema is the Director of Photography Arthur Edeson who shot the film. He also directed the cinematography for Casablanca (1942), The Maltese Falcon (1941, Frankenstein (1931), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), The Thief of Baghdad (1924), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), and many more. Of the founding fathers of the American Society of Cinematographers, he is one of the few who moved from silent films to sound, working from 1914 to 1949.

 

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#63

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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MURDER MY SWEET

by Edward Dmytryk

kanal(1944) Starring Dick Powell and Claire Trevor. This adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel 'Farewell, My Lovely', renamed for the American market to prevent filmgoers mistaking it for a musical (for which Powell was already famous) has private eye Philip Marlowe hired by Moose Malloy, a petty crook just out of prison after a seven year stretch, to look for his former girlfriend, Velma, who has not been seen for the last six years. The case is tougher than Marlowe expected as his initially promising enquiries lead to a complex web of deceit involving bribery, perjury and theft, and where no one's motivation is obvious, least of all Marlowe's.

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#62

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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CACHE

by Michael Haneke

kanal(2006) A middle-class, middle-aged couple (Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche) is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. The attempts to solve the mystery only lead to more complex and darker revelations. (French with English subtitles.)

A truly disturbing meta-movie. It's Michael Haneke, need we say more?

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#61

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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THE 39 STEPS

by Alfred Hitchcock

kanal(1935) A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. Classic "wrong man" spy thriller from Hitch starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. This sets the stage for Hitchcock films to come.

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#60

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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TWENTIETH CENTURY

by Howard Hawks

kanal(1934) A flamboyant Broadway impresario (John Barrymore) who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, (Carol Lombard) to return and resurrect his failing career.

 

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#59

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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THE MAGICIAN

by Ingmar Bergman

kanalWhen 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports of a variety of supernatural disturbances at Vogler's prior performances abroad, the leading townspeople (including the police chief and medical examiner) request that their troupe provide them a sample of their act, before allowing them public audiences. The scientific-minded disbelievers try to expose them as charlatans, but Vogler and his crew prove too clever for them.


The film is beautifully shot by Gunnar Fischer with striking compositions. And, if nothing else, it is Max von Sydow's face which is most striking. Then again, the original title is "The Face."

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Gertrud Fridh as Ottilia Egerman in repose.

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#58

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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GATTACA

by Andrew Niccol

kanalPresented by Dan Kimmel and Eric Van

“A good science fiction story should be able to predict not just the automobile but the traffic jam.” – Frederik Pohl

Wired once ranked Gattaca as the 3rd greatest science fiction film of all time, after 2001:  a Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. While portraying an all-too likely future is not actually sf’s main calling, no film has better examined the consequences of a specific scientific development—in this case, genetic engineering. As with Philip K. Dick, the substantive content doesn’t get it in the way of a thrilling and emotionally resonant story; the ratio of “show” to “tell” is very high. -- EV

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

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#57

Monday, May 30, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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MILLER'S CROSSING

by the Coen Brothers

mcTom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.

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#56

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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RIO BRAVO

by Howard Hawks

kanal(1959). A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.

"Rio Bravo" is considered to be John Wayne and Howard Hawks' reply to High Noon (1952) because neither Wayne or Hawks thought a real lawman would want or need to ask for help in handling a problem like Cooper's character did in that film. Ironically, Gary Cooper, lawman star of High Noon, had been a visitor to the set since he was filming The Hanging Tree (1959) nearby.

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#55

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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IKIRU

by Akira Kurosawa

kanalThe story of a dying petty bureaucrat in 1950's Japan, Ikiru ['to live'] (1952) is as uncompromisingly honest and beautiful a film as has ever been made on the subject of life. Kurosawa elevates a story that could have been simple melodrama to the level of masterwork with a genuine love of his characters, and with an incredible technical direction. The film's structure accentuates and deepens its many, many lessons on life, and the performances, including a heartbreakingly earnest turn by Shimura are all flawless.

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#54

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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THE TERMINATOR

by James Cameron

kanalPresented by Jean-Paul Ouellette, second unit action director on the film.

As J-P celebrates his one year annivesary of returning to Brookline, he will present the film, talk about the making, the stunts, and theories involved along with some back stage stories.

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#53

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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3 WOMEN

by Robert Altman

kanalPresented by Ken Bader and Lisa Mullins

Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant, Millie when she becomes Millie's room-mate. Millie is a lonely outcast who desperately tries to win attention with constant up-beat chatter. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. After two emotional crises, the three women steal and trade personalities until they settle into a new family unit that seems to give each woman what she was searching for.

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#52

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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WHITE HEAT

by Raoul Walsh

kanalA psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn. "I made it, Ma! Top of the World!" James Cagney hadn't played a gangster for over nine years when Walsh offered him this project. Cagney expanded the character, making him more psychotic and basing him, he said, on his memories of his own alcoholic father's ranting.

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#51

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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BRINGING UP BABY

by Howard Hawks

kanalWhen people say "screwball comedy" it's hard not to think of this film first. While singular actors like Lucille Ball were the great "screwballs" when amongst normal people, Hawks wanted the story where everyone was a screwball. The film's teaser says it perfectly: While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard "Baby."


bub2The scene where Susan's dress is ripped was inspired by a real incident. Cary Grant was at the Roxy Theater one night and his pants' zipper was down when it caught on the back of a woman's dress. Grant impulsively followed her. When he told this story to Howard Hawks, Hawks loved it and put it into the film. Considering this is 1938, four years into the Production Code, it's amazing a woman in her underpants is allowed on screen.

 

Cary Grant was already adept at comedy and Hawks gave him two touchstones to work with: "Act like Harold Lloyd" (that's why the glasses) and to contemplate a man imitating a whinnying horse when extreme nervousness was needed in a scene.

On the other hand, Kate Hepburn was new to madcap comedy. She had gotten the role through her then boyfriend, the film's producer Howard Hughes. Howard Hawks had some difficulty getting Hepburn to stop overacting during the early stages of production. "The great trouble is people trying to be funny," Hawks observed. "If they don't try to be funny, then they are funny. I couldn't do any good with her, so I went over to an actor who walterwas a comic for the Ziegfeld Follies and everything, Walter Catlett, and said, "Walter, have you been watching Miss Hepburn?" He said, 'Yeah.' "Do you know what she's doing?" 'Yeah.' And I said, "Will you tell her?" He said, 'No.' "Well," I said, "supposing she asks you to tell her?" 'Well then, I'l have to tell her.' So I went over to Kate, and I said, 'We're not getting along too well on this thing. I'm not getting through to you, but there's a man here who I think could. Do you want to talk to him?' She came back from talking with him and said, 'Howard, hire that guy and keep him around here for several weeks, because I need him.' And from that time on, she knew how to play comedy better, which is just to read lines." Hepburn also asked Hawks to give Catlett a role in the film so she could call on him for further help. Hawks cast him as the town constable. I think you'll recognize him from countless character roles over the years, his bulbous nose, eye-rolling mugs, and cross-eyed looks.

The film was released in February of 1938. Hepburn and Grant quickly followed this up with two magnificent comedies: Holiday (released in June, 1938) and The Philadelphia Story (released December 1940).

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#50

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS

by Gillo Pontecorvo

kanalA film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it.

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#49

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED

by Wolf Rilla

kanalIn conjunction with Diabolique Magazine

In the English village of Midwich, the blond-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers. Starring George Sanders and Barbara Shelley. From the novel by John Wyndham (who also wrote The Day of the Triffids) and a screenplay by Sterling Silliphant, Wolf Rilla, and Ronald Kinnoch.


diabDiabolique Magazine has the podcast with Steve Head, David Kleiler, and Jean-Paul Ouellette discussing the film (which we saw together at the salon). The podcast is on-line or can be downloaded HERE

 

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#48

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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RULES OF THE GAME

by Jean Renoir

kanalPresented by Kaj Wilson.

Often called Jean Renoir's masterpiece, often ranked in the top ten films of all time, the Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu) is a must see, must know, for every cinephile.

Aviator André Jurieux has just completed a record-setting flight, but when he is greeted by an admiring crowd, all he can say to them is how miserable he is that the woman he loves did not come to meet him. He is in love with Christine, the wife of aristocrat Robert de la Cheyniest. Robert himself is involved in an affair with Geneviève de Marras, but he is trying to break it off. Meanwhile, André seeks help from his old friend Octave, who gets André an invitation to the country home where Robert and Christine are hosting a large hunting party. As the guests arrive for the party, their cordial greetings hide their real feelings, along with their secrets - and even some of the servants are involved in tangled relationships.


The Rules of the Game (1939) was the most expensive French film up to that time, with its original budget of 2.5 million francs increased to over five million. When directing the film, Renoir and cinematographer Jean Bachelet made use of deep-focus cinematography (three years before Citizen Kane) and long shots during which the camera is constantly moving, both sophisticated cinematic techniques in 1939.

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#47

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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THEODORA GOES WILD

by Richard Boleslawski

kanalPresented by Jean-Paul Ouellette.

Male-shy Theodora lets her hair down for a Broadway binge that sets a new high in tall laughs! Irene Dunne at her glorious best!

The small-town prudes of Lynnfield are up in arms over 'The Sinner,' a sexy best-seller. They little suspect that author 'Caroline Adams' is really Theodora Lynn, scion of the town's leading family. Michael Grant, devil-may-care book jacket illustrator, penetrates Theodora's incognito and sets out to 'free her' from Lynnfield against her will. But Michael has a secret too, and gets a taste of his own medicine.


Irene Dunne may be best remembered for the tear-jerked I Remember Mama (1948). But, in 1936 (due to her comic skits in Show Boat (1936)) she was "persuaded" to star in a comedy, up to that time a medium for which she had small affection. However, Theodora Goes Wild (1936) was an instant hit, almost as popular as the more famous It Happened One Night (1934) from two years before. From this she earned her second Academy Award nomination. Later, in 1937, she was teamed with Cary Grant in The Awful Truth (1937). This helped her garner a third Academy Award nomination. She starred again with Grant later in My Favorite Wife (1940) and Penny Serenade (1941).

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#46

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 6:00 PM (with special event)

TheDead

THE DEAD

by John Huston

kanalPresented by David Kleiler

A vast, merry, and uncommon tale of love.

John Huston's last film is a labor of love at several levels: an adaptation of perhaps one of the greatest pieces of English-language literature by one of Huston's favorite authors, James Joyce; a love letter to the land of his ancestors and the country where his children grew up; and the chance to work with his screenwriter son Tony and his actress daughter Anjelica. The film is delicate and unhurried, detailing an early January dinner at the house of two spinster musician sisters and their niece in turn-of-the-century Ireland, attended by friends and family. Among the visiting attendees are the sisters' nephew Gabriel Conroy and his wife Gretta. The evening's reminiscences bring up melancholy memories for Gretta concerning her first, long-lost love when she was a girl in rural Galway. Her recounting of this tragic love to Gabriel brings him to an epiphany: he learns the difference between mere existence and living. The all-Irish cast and careful period detail give the piece richness...

SPECIAL EVENT - SHORT PLAY READING AT 6:00 PM

spevAt 6 PM, prior to the screening of John Huston's film The Dead, Debbie Wiess will present a reading of her new one act play about James Joyce called "Of Time and Memory." The approximately thirty minute, two character play was written for the James Joyce Symposium taking place in London mid-June, during which it will be presented.  In the play Joyce has a conversation with fellow literary icon Marcel Proust kicking back over some Guinness. The authors had the chance to meet at a dinner party at the Majestic Hotel in Paris, May 1922, when they were two of five special guests which also included no less than Diaghilev, Stravinsky and Picasso!  The play will begin promptly at 6 pm, allowing time to discuss both the film and play at the end of the evening. If anyone would like to take on a role and perhaps rehearse just a bit with the author to prep in advance (no acting experience is needed) that would be great (contact through David or email to J-P), otherwise we will cast from those attending that night.  Feedback is welcome to aid the writing process. 

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#45

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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Work in Progress Screening

THE HANJI BOX

by Nora Jacobson

kanalAttend a test screening of a new narrative film by Nora Jacobson with the director in attendance. There will be a Q&A afterwards since Nora is seeking reaction on the current cut of the film.

A recently divorced woman is downsizing. Her adopted Korean daughter is helping her pack. When a treasured Korean cultural item is broken, the woman travels to New York's Koreatown to see if she can get it fixed. An adventure awaits her.

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#44

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY

by Peter Ho-sun Chan

kanalJun arrives in Hong Kong from mainland China, hoping to be able to earn enough money to marry his girlfriend back home. He meets the streetwise Qiao and they become friends. As friendship turns into love, problems develop, and although they seem meant for each other they somehow keep missing out.

Finally, for us, a romance! And another notch in Maggie Cheung's long list of varied acting accomplishments. One of the greatest living actresses, she has won Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards (5 times), the Golden Horse Film Festival (5 times), and the Cannes Film Festival. You will know her from In The Mood For Love (romance), Clean (drama), Hero (action), Police Story (comedy), and Irma Vep (herself). The film itself swept the Hong Kong Film Awards of 1997, winning nine of its eleven nominations.

There is also a historical context here as the story spans a number of decades. It begins in the time when the idea of excaping backward China for glamorous British Hong Kong was a real dream. But, as 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China approached, the dream changes and fortunes are won and lost as the inhabitants look ever onward to keep their dreams alive.

The film was very well received in Hong Kong and Taiwan, winning best picture, director, and actress for the Hong Kong Film Awards, among other wins. Maggie Cheung's performance also won general acclaim. The movie was voted #11 of the Greatest Chinese Films of all time by the Chinese Movie Database and #28 of the 100 Greatest Chinese Films by the Hong Kong Film Awards. It is also listed in the 100 Greatest Chinese Films of the 20th Century by Asia Weekly Magazine. In 2011, the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival listed Comrades: Almost a Love Story at number 16 in their list of "100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films". The majority of the voters originated from Taiwan, and included film scholars, festival programmers, film directors, actors and producers.

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#43

Friday, March 25, 2016 - TBD PM

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A SERIOUS MAN

by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

kanalPresented by Alan Spatrick.

In the Midwest, in the mid twentieth century, a middle class physicist faces tests of his faith in faith and science.  This semi-autobiographical and darkly comic parable by the Coen brothers explores the nature of truth, reality, and the Jefferson Airplane.

Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.

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#42

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE

by Chan-wook Park

kanalAll she wanted was a peaceful life...they didn't give it

After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks vengeance on the man truly responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, she gets closer and closer to her goal.

Our second film, after "Poetry," from South Korea. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is the final installment to Park's Vengeance Trilogy, (following Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Old Boy (2003)). Lady Vengeance (2005) has the relatively low-key style of "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" with the jet-black humor of "Oldboy," while adding welcome moments of poignancy and sentiment. The film is nowhere near as violent as its predecessors, although a good deal of mayhem takes place offscreen. A fascinating unraveling of a psychological mystery.

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#41

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE

by Peter Yates

kanalIt's a grubby, violent, dangerous world. But it's the only world they know. And they're the only friends Eddie has.

After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time.

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#40

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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MY MAN GODFREY

by Gregory La Cava

godfreyPresented by Dan Kimmel.

As for "My Man Godfrey," you can describe it as a classic screwball comedy set against the Great Depression as a madcap heiress (Carole Lombard) discovers a forgotten man (her real life ex-husband William Powell) for a charity scavenger hunt and ends up hiring him as the family butler.

Daniel M. Kimmel is past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics and founding co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. His reviews appeared in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for 25 years and can now be found at Northshoremovies.net. He writes on classic science fiction films for Space and Time magazine and has appeared in Cinefantastique, Clarkesworld, the Internet Review of Science Fiction and Strange Horizons. He was nominated for a Hugo Award for Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other observations about science fiction movies. His latest book is his first novel, Shh! It’s a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender’s Guide. He has taught film and media courses at Suffolk University, Emerson College and Boston University.

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#39

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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KANAL

by Andrzej Wajda

kanalThe second part of Polish director Wajda's war trilogy "Kanal" (1957) is a harrowing account of the 1944 Warsaw uprising, focusing on a resistance unit hunted through the city's sewer system by the vengeful Nazis. It's a dark, despairing vision that established Wajda as an international talent. It was made only 12 years after the historic incident and many of the crew, including writer Jerzy Stefan Stawinski and Wajda himself, had been part of the resistance. Stawinski has said that every character in the film was based on one or more people he knew involved in the incident.


An important fact which the film avoids is that the Polish Resistance wanted to retake the city before the impending arrival of the Red Army. When it became clear the Resistance would have no chance, Stalin stopped the Red Army advance and waited until the city had fallen and the Resistance crushed before liberating Warsaw from the Nazis. Although the exact number of casualties remains unknown, it is estimated that about 16,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and about 6,000 badly wounded. In addition, between 150,000 and 200,000 Polish civilians died, mostly from mass executions. The film was released just after the death of Stalin and the fall of the Stalinist regime in Poland. The film was basically uncensored. This has to do with Polish pride in their history and Russia's relief they were not mentioned. Amusingly, lead actress Teresa Izewska was paid the equivalent of $12 a month on the film. Polish authorities bought her one dress and one pair of shoes to represent them at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Palm d'Or and won the Special Jury Award (shared with Bergman's The Seventh Seal).

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#38

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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NAKED

by Mike Leigh

nakedPresented by Ed Slattery. Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life. David Thewlis' breakout performance won him best actor at Cannes and from the London and National Society of Film Critics. "classic."

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#37

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 7:00 PM

AN OSCAR VIEWING PARTY

presented by Jean-Paul Ouellette and David Kleiler with host Chris Rock

spevCome enjoy the gala celebration as Hollywood pats itself on the back.

Red Carpet Start: 7 pm Eastern - Ceremony Start: 8:30 pm Eastern.

Pot Luck dinner and drinks. Jean-Paul will be setting out the makings for burritos including beef, chicken, and a veggie version. Wine, beer, soft drinks, salads, dips & chips, all kinds of sweets always accepted.

Voter ballots are attached, can be downloaded from the website HERE or you can fill them out when you arrive. Note, we're voting on both who the Academy will pick and who we think is best. [think $2 throw into the pot]


#36

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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BELLE DE JOUR

by Luis Buñuel

belleAdapted from the novel by Joseph Kessel (Litvak's Flight Into Darkness (1935) and Melville's The Army of Shadows (1969)). Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve) cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre (Jean Sorel). When her lovestruck friend Henri (Michel Piccoli) mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais (Genevieve Page), Séverine begins to spend her midweek afternoons working there under the name Belle de Jour. "I can't help myself," she says at one point. "I am lost." It is Buñuel's most successful and most famous surrealistic "classic."

Nat Green suggests the review HERE

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#35

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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L'ATALANTE

by Jean-Vigo

Presented by Kaj Wilson.

lat"One of the most cherished films among cinephiles, L'Atalante was the sole feature film made by director Jean Vigo, who died at age 29 . . . just as the work premiered. Under Vigo's sensitive direction, the simple story of a young woman's stormy initiation into married life on a river barge is told with a mixture of naturalism and surrealist fantasy that infuses everyday life with startlingly magical moments.  (Harvard Film Archive, 2007)

An early french sound masterpiece. Jean Dasté stars as Jean, the captain of a river barge who lives with his new wife Juliette (Dita Parlo) on the barge, along with first mate Père Jules (Michel Simon) and the cabin boy (Louis Lefebvre). It has been hailed by many critics as one of the greatest films of all time. It is one of the films with a 100% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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#34

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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IN A LONELY PLACE

by Nicholas Ray

ialpA potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts...

Nat Green has recommended a terrific critique of the film by J. Hoberman of the Village Voice which can be found HERE

mmSPECIAL NOTE: Since we're screening on a Monday, the posse is planning to meet at Matt Murphy's at 5:00 PM for drinks and FREE oysters. It's a short walk from the screening at 14 Harvard St in Brookline Village. They serve free oysters from 5-7 PM on Mondays. Try to get there before 6 PM when it starts filling up for dinner (or RSVP to David and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar and well worth the trip.


lonelysongThe title and lyrics to the the Smithereens' 1986 song "In a Lonely Place" were inspired by and adapted from the film. In particular, the lines "I was born the day I met you/Lived a while when you loved me/Died a little when we broke apart" is a paraphrase of a key passage in the movie. In addition, the line "Yesterday it would have mattered/Now today it doesn't mean a thing" is a paraphrase of the last line in the movie. It's a lovely song which you can hear HERE on YouTube. The backing voice is Suzanne Vega.

 

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#33

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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ACE IN THE HOLE

by Billy Wilder

aithPart two of the bad journalism screenings. Kirk Douglas and Jan Sterling. Douglas as an out of work journalist who will do anything for the big story.

Snakes are a telling element in the story. As is an apple.

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#32

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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NIGHTCRAWLER

by Dan Gilroy

ncPart one of David's bad journlism screenings [in light of the wonderful Oscar nominated Spotlight]. [2013] When Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.

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#31

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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STRANGERS ON A TRAIN

by Alfred Hitchcock

soat[1951] A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement. With Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, and Robert Walker as one of the most evil villains to ever grace the screen. Note, this is a tribute to source novelist Patricia Highsmith whose "Carol" is also in the air today.

 

mmSPECIAL NOTE: Since we're screening on a Monday, the posse is planning to meet at Matt Murphy's at 5:00 PM for drinks and FREE oysters. It's a short walk from the screening at 14 Harvard St in Brookline Village. They serve free oysters from 5-7 PM on Mondays. Try to get there before 6 PM when it starts filling up for dinner (or RSVP to David and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar and well worth the trip.

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#30

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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MURMUR OF THE HEART

by Louis Malle

mothAcademy Award nominated "Le souffle au coeur" (1971) is an exhuberant coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s: he gets drunk, he smokes, he has sex, he is smothered by his mother, he is ignored by his father, a priest makes a pass at him, he gets rheumatoid fever, etc. This is a very happy and oddly innocent tale. Jazz music by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, along with books by Bataille, Proust and Camus, feature prominently in the film. Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider.

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#29

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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THE BABADOOK

by Jennifer Kent

tbbdkA single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Starring Essie Davis of the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

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#28

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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POETRY

by Lee Chang-dong

Presented by Eric Van.

poetryPoetry (Hangul: 시; hanja: 詩; RR: Si) is a 2010 South Korean drama film written and directed by Lee Chang-dong. It tells the story of a suburban woman in her 60s who begins to develop an interest in poetry while struggling with Alzheimer's disease and her irresponsible grandson. Yoon Jeong-hee stars in the leading role, which was her first role in a film since 1994. The film was selected for the main competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award. Other accolades include the Grand Bell Awards for Best Picture and Best Actress, the Blue Dragon Film Awards for Best Actress, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress.

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#27

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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THE TENANT

by Roman Polanski

ttenwith Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, and Shelley Winters. A creepy psychological thriller. The first film Polanski made in exile from the United States. Presented in connection with Diabolique Magazine.

 


diabDiabolique Magazine has the podcast with Steve Head, David Kleiler, and Jean-Paul Ouellette discussing the film (which we saw together at the salon). The podcast is on-line or can be downloaded HERE

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#26

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 7:30 PM

SAFE

by Todd Haynes

safeA brilliant performance by Julianne Moore as a woman suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity. From the acclaimed director of "Carol" and "Far From Heaven". Haynes won the 2015 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Director and nominee for the Golden Globes (still awaiting Oscar nominee announcement).

 

mmSPECIAL NOTE: Since we're screening on a Monday, the posse is planning to meet at Matt Murphy's at 5:00 PM for drinks and FREE oysters. It's a short walk from the screening at 14 Harvard St in Brookline Village. They serve free oysters from 5-7 PM on Mondays. Try to get there before 6 PM when it starts filling up for dinner (or RSVP to David and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar and well worth the trip.

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#25

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 7:00 PM

BALL OF FIRE

by Howard Hawks
ballballballThe divine Barbara Stanwyck and Coop re-team for this wonderful comedy classic. The two stars previously paired up in Meet John Doe earlier that year for Frank Capra. As good as that film was, I like Ball Of Fire even more. The story casts Coop as Bertram Potts a young professor who along with seven elder professors are compiling an encyclopedia. Potts is researching American slang. Their financial backer, Miss Totten pressures them to hurry up and finish. So Bertram hits the streets to do some solo research and meets saucy nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea (Stanwyck). O'Shea is at first reluctant to help Potts until  she needs a place to hide out from the police who are looking to question her about her boyfriend, mob boss Joe Lilac (played by Dana Andrews).


When Billy Wilder wrote the story for this film in Germany, he envisioned the professors as being the seven dwarfs of the Snow White fairy tale. For the production, each of the professors knew and incorporated their character's alter dwarf ego.

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#24

Monday, December 21, 2015 - 7:30 PM

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MIRACLE IN MILAN

by Vittorio De Sica

miracleA fantasy tale of Totò who, found in a cabbage patch, is adopted by Lolotta, a wise and kind old woman. When Lolotta dies he moves to an orphanage. At eighteen Totò (Francesco Golisano) leaves the orphanage and ends up in a shantytown squatter colony on the outskirts of Milan.

"The rich vein of sly, compassionate humor that Charlie Chaplin and René Clair used to mine with unparalleled genius when they were turning out their best satiric films, has been tapped by Vittorio De Sica in his Miracle in Milan. And although this uncommon vein of fancy is away from De Sica's previous line, the great director has brought up from his digging a liberal return of purest gold." - Bosley Crowther, film critic for The New York Times

"The sharp satire on the oil-greedy industrialist is handled in a broader, perhaps exaggerated manner, and pic is liberally sprinkled with intelligent humor, much of it ironic. Performances by pros and tyros alike are flawless." - Variety magazine

mmSPECIAL NOTE: Since we're screening on a Monday, the posse is planning to meet at Matt Murphy's at 5:00 PM for drinks and FREE oysters. It's a short walk from the screening at 14 Harvard St in Brookline Village. They serve free oysters from 5-7 PM on Mondays. Try to get there before 6 PM when it starts filling up for dinner (or RSVP to David and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar and well worth the trip.


J-P: Okay, tell me this isn't obvious that the character of the awkward homeless Edvige isn't based on Popeye's lovely Olive Oyl

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Oh, and, of course, her little charge has some of the elements of Swee'Pea from the Popeye cartoons as well, especially when he's flying through the air as she obliviouly sweeps the floor.

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#23

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 7:30 PM

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THE JOURNEY OF THE NENETS

 

spevPresented by co-producer Bill Gasparini.
"The name of the 47-minute film is The Journey of the Nenets.  It tells the dramatic story of a people who live completely out on the vast Siberian tundra on one of the last intact nomadic journeys in the world.  They travel close to 2000 miles in an annual cycle, herding thousands of deer while carrying all of their provisions on wooden sleds, everything from the teepee-like deerskin tents or 'chooms', deerskin clothing, tools and eating utensils.  They pass near settled villages only several times a year, including one where their children attend a boarding school.  But most of the time they live completely alone out in a vast wilderness which to our eyes seems an endless expanse of white in a brutal climate where the temperatures can plummet to 40 degrees below zero.  But to them this is all very normal, and they find it hard to understand how we mostly live inside, 'cut off from nature'.  Many find it hard to believe people can live in this manner in the 21st century, but they do."

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#22

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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MARNIE

by Alfred Hitchcock
marniePresented by David Kleiler, Nat Green, and Jean-Paul Ouellette..
A dabbler in psychoanalysis (Sean Connery) falls in love with a frigid, equestrian kleptomaniac (Tippi Hedren). The third of Hitchcock's entrapment trilogy. "Hitchcock's color-coded psychological thriller, aka, ‘A Girl’s Best Friend is Her Mother'.” Nat Green. Guaranteed to provoke discussion!

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#21

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 8:00 PM

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NOTHING BUT A MAN

by Michael Roemer
Presented by Dima Ballin of Diabolique Magazine.
nbamHere's an American neo-realist masterwork that captures the temper of black consciousness in the south just prior to the mass upheavals of the era. Long before Scorsese made "Mean Streets" and "Raging Bull," Michael Roemer had made this great film. No other film dramatizes so profoundly the plight of a man whose basic human pride will not be compromised under any circumstances.
Starring Ivan Dixon and Abbie Lincoln.

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#20

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

by John Ford
mwslvAn all-time favorite of John Ford western (or anti-western), starring Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and Lee Marvin. It is a great American story told by Stewart’s character, Ransom Stoddard, who is now a U.S. Senator. He comes back to his old home to go to the funeral of a friend, Tom Doniphon (played by Wayne). Stoddard made his reputation as “the man who shot Liberty Valance” a local outlaw (played by Marvin). The legend is not all how it seems, though… "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

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#19

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK

by Preston Sturges
momcFrom the director of Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve, and Christmas in July. Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton), a small-town girl with a soft spot for American soldiers, wakes up the morning after a wild farewell party for the troops to find that she married someone she can't remember--and she's pregnant. Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken), the 4-F local boy who's been in love with Trudy for years, tries to help her find a way out of her predicament. A truly screwball comedy that it's miraculous that it got made at all.

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#18

Tuesday, November 18, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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THE BAD SLEEP WELL

by Akira Kurosawa
bsw[Presented by Bill Marx, Editor-in-Chief, The Arts Fuse, artsfuse.org]
I am interested in screening 1960's The Bad Sleep Well because it has been decades since I last saw, and mightily enjoyed, Akira Kurosawa's modernized update of Hamlet. The epic film touches on two of my favorite subjects -- William Shakespeare and rampant corporate corruption (as a metaphor for spiritual and psychological blight).

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#17

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 7:30 PM

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WENDY AND LUCY

by Kelly Reichardt
[Presented by Sarah Pearlstein]
wnlA woman's life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job. When her car breaks down, and her dog is taken to the pound, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart. Our first salon presenting of a film by a woman, about a woman. Even the dog is a woman.

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#16

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 7 PM

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THE PASSENGER

by Michelangelo Antonioni

passengerThe Passenger is the tale of a frustrated war correspondent (Jack Nicholson), unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead gun runner. "The third of Antonioni's three picture deal with MGM, continues his exploration of Aliention and identity. A metaphysical thriller which has only increased in critical and audience appreciation."


loaJ-P: Note the similarity with the desert shot from "Lawrence of Arabia" with the camel rider slowly approaching in the distance. Both are long slow shots, but one introduced a major character (Omar Shariff) who will help him, a shot which helped him become a star, while the other shows the futility of the main character's goal. Oddly both films are about a man who wishes to become something he isn't, succeeding, but being destroyed by circumstances outside his understanding or control.

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#15

Sunday, November 1, 6:30 PM

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THE APARTMENT

by Billy Wilder
theaptThe Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film that was produced and directed by Billy Wilder, and which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some Like It Hot and, like its predecessor, a commercial and critical success, grossing $25 million at the box office. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, and won five, including Best Picture.

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#14

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON

by Bryan Forbes

soawaSéance on a Wet Afternoon is an award winning 1964 British film directed by Bryan Forbes, based on the novel by Mark McShane, in which an unstable medium convinces her husband to kidnap a child so she can help the police solve the crime and achieve renown for her abilities. The film stars Richard Attenborough (who was also the film's co-producer), Kim Stanley, and Patrick Magee. "For Halloween and a few of us who have a renewed interest in seances. A chilling and eerie melodrama." - David Kleiler

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#13

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 7:30 PM

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UPSTREAM COLOR

by Shane Carruth
[Presented by Eric Van]
upstrclrUpstream Color (2013, 96 min.) may well be the most challenging science fiction text ever filmed. Yet it is so intensively and immersively cinematic that it was adored by cinephile critics who admitted they felt no need to fully parse its mysteries. It is one of presenter Eric Van’s three favorite films. [More below.]

A NOTE ON "UPSTREAM COLOR" FROM ERIC VAN

Eric Van says: I think it’s true that no recent film has made more end-of-the-year top 10 lists (151) while playing on fewer screens (43 at its peak) than Upstream Color.

Just who were those 151 critics? (Those who know me well would have been disappointed if I hadn’t cooked up something like the following!)

They were not science fiction fans. While critics who named UC as among the year’s best were 30% more likely to also name Her than critics who did not, they were 25% less likely to name Gravity, 32% less likely to name Pacific Rim, and 76% less likely to name The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  In contrast, they were more than twice as likely (106%) to name The Act of Killing and 54% more likely to name To the Wonder. Other films from the year’s consensus top 50 list* that they named disproportionately included Computer Chess, Leviathan (the doc), Museum Hours, Bastards, Frances Ha, and Stoker. Meanwhile, the list of films they were much less likely to name is dominated by a certain type of quality film I am too polite to characterize. While they were 18% of the critics, they were collectively responsible for less than 5% of the mentions of Saving Mr. Banks, Philomena, Prisoners, Dallas Buyers Club, The Way Way Back, and The Place Beyond the Pines.

*I’m the data-wrangling assistant for the invaluable www.criticstop10.com.

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#12

Wednesday, October 20, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER

by François Truffaut

stpp"Charlie Kohler" is a piano player in a bar, hiding from his past. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brothers, Chico Saroyan, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is chased by two gangsters. Truffaut made his second film Shoot the Pianist the complete opposite of his first picture, The 400 Blows. The chaotic structure, content (violence, nudity, etc.), the humor, and the insightful look at a French Everyman confused and overwhelmed many audiences when the film was released in 1960. But what about now, in light of more recent gangster hybrids such as Reservoir Dogs and Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels? Might it not be a forgotten ground-breaker? We are revisiting this New Wave gem, now with hindsight of the breadth and depth of Truffaut's talent.

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#11

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 7:30 PM

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MULHOLLAND DRIVE

by David Lynch

mdrAn aspiring actress named Betty Elms (Watts), newly arrived in Los Angeles, California, who meets and befriends an amnesic woman (Harring) hiding in an apartment that belongs to Elms's aunt.

 


diabDiabolique Magazine has the podcast with Steve Head, David Kleiler, and Jean-Paul Ouellette discussing the film (which we saw together at the salon). The podcast is on-line or can be downloaded HERE

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#10

Wednesday, October 6, 2015 - 7:30 PM

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I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING

by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

iknowPlucky Englishwoman Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) travels to the remote islands of the Scottish Hebrides in order to marry a wealthy industrialist. Trapped by inclement weather on the Isle of Mull and unable to continue to her destination, Joan finds herself charmed by the straightforward, no-nonsense islanders around her, and becomes increasingly attracted to naval officer Torquil MacNeil (Roger Livesey), who holds a secret that may change her life forever.

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#9

Wednesay, September 30, 2015 - x PM

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RED DESERT

by Michelangelo Antonioni
reddWritten by Antonioni and Tonino Guerra, the film is about a woman trying to survive in the modern world of cultural neurosis and existential doubt. Red Desert, Antonioni's first color film, is renowned for stunningly colored industrial landscapes which express the unease, alienation, and vivid perceptions of the main character. The working title was Celeste e verde (Sky blue and green).[1] Il deserto rosso was awarded the Golden Lion at the 25th Venice Film Festival in 1964. This was the last in a series of four films he made with Vitti between 1959 and 1964, preceded by L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and L'Eclisse (1962).

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#8

Friday, September 25th, 2015 - 7:30 PM

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MEAN STREETS

by Martin Scorsese
msMean Streets is a 1973 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. It was released by Warner Bros. on October 2, 1973. De Niro won the National Society of Film Critics award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as John "Johnny Boy" Civello. In 1997, Mean Streets was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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#7

Tuesday, September, 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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HIGH AND LOW

by Akira Kurosawa
HnLThe Washington Post wrote of the film: "High and Low is, in a way, the companion piece to Throne of Blood—it's Macbeth, if Macbeth had married better. The movie shares the rigors of Shakespeare's construction, the symbolic and historical sweep, the pacing that makes the story expand organically in the mind.'

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#6

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 10:00 AM

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SPECIAL EVENT - SCREENPLAY READING

"Of Grace and Violence" by Jose Gonsalves
spevPresented by Devra Sari Zabot

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#5

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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PEEPING TOM

by Michael Powell
Presented by Nat Green

peepA Michael Powell film (british, 1960) that one critic at its opening condemned as "the nastiest film I have ever seen" while others called it "disgusting" and "beastly." "Peeping Tom" (french title, "Voyeur") is now widely recognized as a major treatment of the relationships among the movie audience, the filmmaker and the film character.

Up until this point, Powell and his former colleague Emeric Pressburger had been lauded for some of the finest films ever made, including "The Thief of Bagdad," "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," "I Know Where I'm Going," "Black Narcissus," and "The Red Shoes." "Peeping Tom" was an unexpected shock, to say the least. Powell's earlier, highly favorable reputation plummeted after "Peeping Tom," only to be resurrected, along with "Peeping Tom," decades later, thanks in large part to the efforts of Martin Scorsese and his film editor --- and the woman Powell would marry --- Thelma Schoonmaker.

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#4

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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La Strada

by Federico Fellini
lsLa Strada (The Road) is a 1954 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini from his own screenplay co-written with Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano. The film portrays a brutish strongman (Anthony Quinn) and the naïve young woman (Giulietta Masina) whom he buys from her mother and takes with him on the road; encounters with his rival the Fool (Richard Basehart) end with their destruction. Fellini has called La Strada "a complete catalogue of my entire mythological world, a dangerous representation of my identity that was undertaken with no precedent whatsoever."

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#3

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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THE HONEYMOON KILLERS

by Leonard Kastle
[Presented by Diabolique Magazine]
hmkAn obese, embittered nurse (Shirley Stoler) doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend (Tony Lo Bianco) romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs, which rapidly spiral into a killing spree. Based on the real life story. Fun Factoid: Originally to be directed by Martin Scorsese, but he was replaced after a week of shooting due to creative differences by Donald Volkman who was subsequently replaced by writer Leonard Kastle. Scorsese was fired because he was filming every scene in master shots and not shooting close-ups or other coverage, making the film impossible to edit. According to Kastle's interview with the Criterion collection, the ultimate moment that caused Scorsese's firing was trying to get close-up on a coffee-cup lit perfectly for the intended tone.

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#2

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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GUMMO

by Harmony Korine

[Presented by Marinah Janello]

gummoLonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives.

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#1

Tuesday, August 17, 2015, 7:30 PM

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SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS

by Preston Sturges

sulliThe perfect film to start off the new series. Sullivan's Travels is a profound reminder of the power and purpose of the art of film.

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