Friday Feb 24 and Sunday Feb 26!
ANIMATED SHORTS (Running Time: 87 minutes) (good for kids 8 and up, except for the final film)
Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes
Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes
Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes
Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes
The Head Vanishes (additional film) – 9 minutes
Asteria (additional film) – 5 minutes
Once Upon a Line (additional film) – 7 minutes
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes
Important note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. We’ll have a warning card come up prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like.
LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Running Time: 134 minutes) (suitable for 15+)
Sing – dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes
Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes
Timecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes
Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes
La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes
Animated Shorts: Friday 2/24 at 4:00pm & 6:30pm, Sunday 2/26 at 2:00pm
Live Action Shorts: Friday 2/24 at 8:30pm, Sunday at 4pm
Wednesday March 1, 2017 @ 7:30pm
GASLIGHT – 35mm print
Ingrid Bergman won her first of three Oscars for this suspense thriller, crafted with surprising tautness by normally genteel "women's picture" director George Cukor. Bergman stars as Paula Alquist, a late 19th century English singer studying music in Italy. However, Paula abandons her studies because she's fallen in love with dapper, handsome Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer). The couple marries and returns to the U.K. and a home inherited by Paula from her aunt, herself a famous singer, who was mysteriously murdered in the house ten years before. Once they have moved in, Gregory, who is in reality a jewel thief and the murderer of Paula's aunt, launches a campaign of terror designed to drive his new bride insane. Though Paula is certain that she sees the house's gaslights dim every evening and that there are strange noises coming from the attic, Gregory convinces Paula that she's imagining things. Gregory's efforts to make Paula unstable are aided by an impertinent maid, Nancy (teenager Angela Lansbury in her feature film debut). Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard inspector, Brian Cameron (Joseph Cotten), becomes suspicious of Gregory and sympathetic to Paula's plight.
35mm Print courtesy Warner Bros. Classics/MGM Collection
Tuesday March 14, 2017 @ 7pm
Following a meltdown that leads to a suspension, professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos travels to her
grandparents' village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world. Between
baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined - against all
odds - to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, Zoe rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the
game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople.
Wednesday March 15, 2017 @ 7:30pm
A FACE IN THE CROWD – 35mm print
Andy Griffith makes a spectacular film debut as Lonesome Rhodes, a philosophical country-western singer discovered in a tanktown jail by television talent coordinator Patricia Neal and her assistant Walter Matthau. They decide that Rhodes is worthy of a TV guest spot, the result being that the gangly, aw-shucks entertainer becomes an overnight sensation. As he ascends to stardom, Rhodes attracts fans, sponsors and endorsements by the carload, and soon he is the most powerful and influential entertainer on the airwaves. Beloved by his audience, Rhodes reveals himself to his intimates as a scheming, power-hungry manipulator, with Machiavellian political aspirations. He uses everyone around him, coldly discarding anyone who might impede his climb to the top (one such victim is sexy baton-twirler Lee Remick, likewise making her film debut). Just when it seems that there's no stopping Rhodes' megalomania, his mentor and ex-lover Neal exposes this Idol of Millions as the rat that he is. She arranges to switch on the audio during the closing credits of Rhodes' TV program, allowing the whole nation to hear the grinning, waving Rhodes characterize them as suckers and stupid idiots. Instantly, Rhodes' popularity rating plummets to zero. As he drunkenly wanders around his penthouse apartment, still not fully comprehending what has happened to him, Rhodes is deserted by the very associates who, hours earlier, were willing to ask how high? when he yelled jump. Written by Budd Schulberg, Face in the Crowd was not a success, possibly because it hit so close to home with idol-worshipping TV fans. Its reputation has grown in the intervening years, not only because of its value as a film but because of the novelty of seeing the traditionally easygoing Andy Griffith as so vicious and manipulative a character as Lonesome Rhodes.
35mm print courtesy Warner Bros. Classics
Wednesday March 22, 2017 @ 7:30pm
DOWNFALL (Der Untergang) – 35mm print
In the dead of a November night in 1942, SS officers through the woods escort a group of young women to Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in Eastern Prussia. They are candidates for the post of personal secretary to the Fuehrer. Among them is 22-year-old Traudl Junge, a fresh-faced girl from Munich. Traudl is chosen for the job and she is overcome with joy at the thought of serving beside her Fuehrer. BERLIN, APRIL 20, 1945: Hitler has retreated to a bunker system under the German Chancellery. Traudl Junge is asleep in her room, deep beneath the ground. She is awakened by tremors from artillery fire. The enemy is getting closer. Charting the last 10 days of Hitler's life, from his 56th birthday on April 20th, 1945 to his suicide on April 30th, the film uses multiple characters to show the chaos of a country coming apart at the seams, from Hitler's henchman under the streets of Berlin, to the soldiers and civilians fighting and dying as the Soviet Army ravaged the city above. In German with English subtitles.
35mm print courtesy Park Circus
Wednesday March 29, 2017 @ 7:00pm
HOTEL TERMINUS: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie – 35mm print
This long (267 minutes!) and very thorough Marcel Ophüls documentary traces the life--both as Nazi official and fugitive from justice--of accused war criminal Klaus Barbie. Produced in Paris, the film for the most part, avoids the standard shots of Nazi atrocities in favor of a murder-mystery approach. Ophüls himself appears as a sort of detective, ferreting out information about Barbie from associates, officials and victims. The director has noted that he was deliberately patterning the film after the popular American TV series Columbo; he even wears a battered raincoat in some scenes. Hotel Terminus: The Life & Times of Klaus Barbie won a 1988 Academy Award for best documentary.
Print courtesy Park Circus
Wednesday April 5, 2017 @ 7:30pm
V FOR VENDETTA – 35mm print
Following world war, London is a police state occupied by a fascist government, and a vigilante known only as V (Hugo Weaving) uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressors of the world in which he now lives. When V saves a young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) from the secret police, he discovers an ally in his fight against England's oppressors.
35mm print courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures