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Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theatre
between Melrose and Clinton 611 N. Fairfax St. Hollywood, CA 90036
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Dinner at Ginghas Cohen for Chinese afterward!
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Bring a cushion for your back or behind---old, famously uncomfortable seats
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194 reviews
144 stars
attended May 27 2010

The 1st movie, "What?" left you asking that very question?? The 2nd movie, "Alice In Wonderland" was such a parody, the audience was in hysteria throughout the movie. The seats are way too uncomfortable to sit through 2 movies. Other than that,...continued

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10 stars
attended May 19 2010

I went to a silent movie last night for the first time. The feature and the short films before it were funny, and it was nice to experience this old way of watching movies. I particularly enjoyed the expertise of the piano player while the movies...continued

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35 stars
attended Sep 04 2010

This is a great venue. The management is really on top of their game. The movie choices are eclectic and fun. We took our family to see Chaplin's 1942 release of The Gold Rush. Our entire family, ages 7 - 53, were mesmerized by Chaplin's art. ...continued

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September 9-17: Los Angeles Plays Itself
Nothing compares to the seismic, stimulating and lasting wave of brainfood that is Thom Andersen’s legendary 2003 essay film Los Angeles Plays Itself, comprised entirely of clips from films shot on location in our fair city. Over its three-hour running time, Andersen (a long-running faculty member of CalArts’ cinema studies program) zig-zags from classics to (then-)new releases, from forgotten obscurities to iconic list-toppers, from foreign viewpoints to local heroes — all tied together by the themes of how our city’s surroundings are portrayed as background, as character and as subject. Previously only the province of special anniversary screenings and bootleg downloads, Los Angeles Plays Itself comes to the Cinefamily screen in a brand-new HD remaster, ready to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Dir. Thom Andersen, 2003, DCP, 169 min.

September 12-13, 2014: Chantal Akerman’s One Day Pina Asked …
An encounter between two of the most remarkable female artists of the 20th century, One Day Pina Asked… is a look by Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles) at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her Wuppertal, Germany-based dance company. Capturing the company’s striking dances and elaborate stagings (a mixture of movement, monologue and narrative elements that drew upon explosive, often painful emotions) over a five-week European tour, Akerman takes us inside their process. The dancers describe the development of various dances, and the way that Bausch calls upon them to supply autobiographical details around which the performances were frequently built. Plus, short subject before the feature TBA!
Dir. Chantal Akerman, 1983, DigiBeta, 57 min

September 12-13, 2014: The Outside Man
One of the coolest films highlighted in_ Los Angeles Plays Itself,_ and a full meal of early-’70s L.A. flavor. Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a hit man dispatched from Paris to Los Angeles to assassinate the local mob boss, but his employers have set him up to take a hit from inside man Roy Scheider. He becomes an involuntary tourist, dependent on the kindness of strangers, notably Ann-Margret as the manager of a topless bar. Stripped of his passport and his rental car, he must make his way through a city that is portrayed without false glamour, and it seems that the filmmakers are discovering the city along with their protagonist.
Dir. Jacques Deray, 1973, 35mm, 104 min.

September 12-13, 2014: Future-Kill
An unholy alliance of Warriors-styled action thrills (this time through a post-nuke hellzone) and braindead frat house comedy (complete with a Belushi-esque fat guy), Future-Kill is undeniably weird outsider exploitation. When a group of sex-crazed college boys are challenged to venture into a downtown wasteland, they run head-first into Splatter and his mutant gang of anti-nuke protesters. Needless to say, their fun-filled joyride does not end well. One of the great video store classics, the Austin-lensed, ultra-low-budget Future-Kill reunites Texas Chainaw Massacre stars Edwin Neal and Marilyn Burns (RIP), features the first on-screen role for Cinefamily friend John Hawkes, and perhaps is most well-known for its iconic H.R. Giger (RIP again) poster art. It’s also filled to the brim with chaotic grime, gore effects, future fashion, real-life punk rockers, bad dude attitude and a surprisingly poetic anti-violence philosophy. You’ve never seen anything quite like it!
Dir. Ronald W. Moore, 1985, 35mm, 89 min.

September 15, 2014: Groundhog Day
Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for the late Harold Ramis’ masterpiece of existential comedy Greg sez: “It asks all the big questions: How would you live if you only had one day? Could you ever toast to world peace with a straight face? Would you want to end it all? What does Andie Macdowell look like in a stripey ‘90s vest? This is the reverse of Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, which poses “What if you were never here?” Groundhog Day asserts here don’t need you, till you can bring something to the world. Bill Murray is genius as Phil, in his best role till Rushmore. Brash, surly, smart, selfish, morbid and terrifically snarky, he drives this picture. See it on the big screen, where you can groove on all the delightfully dense small-town characters. Warning: you may feel your heart warmed, even if you are in show business."
Dir. Harold Ramis, 1993, 35mm, 101 min.

September 18, 2014: Housebound
If exemplary plot twists send shivers down your spine, then expect full-body ASMR tremors while watching Gerard Johnstone’s Kiwi spectacular Housebound. Troubled-to-the-core Kylie is put on house arrest in her childhood home for a botched robbery attempt, forced to cohabitate with her gabby mother and decidedly-silent stepfather. But old habits truly hard as Kylie’s disdain for everything deepens, and the spirits living in the walls surface. This tension lends to satisfyingly fresh genre moments (who hasn’t shuddered at the thought of Teddy Ruxpin speaking out of turn?), and opportunities for Johnstone to fool the audience again and again, without ever detracting from the potency of a female-driven scary movie that doesn’t pander to the Sexy-Victim archetype.
Dir. Gerard Johnstone, 2014, DCP, 109 min.

September 18, 2014: Morning of the Earth
Come celebrate the first-ever U.S. soundtrack release from the 1972 surf classic Morning of the Earth, with our friends at Anthology Recordings! Filmed by Australian helmer Alby Falzon, this fantasy of surfers living in unspoiled lands and playing in nature’s ocean is awash with powerful Aussie folk/rock by the likes of Tamam Shud, John J. Francis, Brian Cadd and G. Wayne Thomas. Presented without narration, title cards or identification of the surfers involved, Morning of the Earth is a powerful ecological statement, and one of the grooviest sporting artefacts of its era. Copies of Anthology Recordings’ reissue LP will be available at the screening — plus, DJ Frosty (dublab) will be here to spin tunes before and after the show!
Dir. Albert Falzon, 1971, 16mm, 79 min. (Archival print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia)

September 19-24, 2014: Space Station 76
The cosmos can be a strange place for the lonely-hearted, the existentially bedeviled and the sexually frustrated, as the quiet genius of Space Station 76 explores with giddy poise. Director Jack Plotnick (previously seen on the Cinefamily screen as the star of Quentin Dupieux’s absurdist farce Wrong) blends the makings of a retro-futuristic sci-fi spoof with the serio-comic emotion of a classic Frank Perry or Bob Rafelson “New Hollywood” gem — and in the process, this ensemble romp (featuring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Matt Bomer) contains a bevy of genuinely touching moments. Plus, workplace angst hasn’t felt this right in ages, with Wilson in particular delivering an incredibly fine-tuned, low-key comedic turn as the Will Ferrell-esque, mustachioed captain of our dysfunctional deep-space outpost. Awash with killer tunes from the likes of Todd Rundgren and Neil Sedaka, Space Station 76 easily goes where no other soapy space opera has gone before.
Dir. Jack Plotnick, 2014, DCP, 93 min.

September 25-27, 2014: Fishing Without Nets
The subject of Somali pirates still strikes fear in the hearts of us Westerners, for it’s all a landscape that’s totally different than anything we could possibly know about. Shot in East Africa using first-time Somali actors, Fishing Without Nets ls the mesmerizing, sobering story of the region’s bandits from the Somali point-of-view. In Somalia, principled, young husband and father Abdi turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone is his only connection to all he truly values. Here (in Sundance 2014′s winner for the Directing Award, U.S. Dramatic), debut feature filmmaker Cutter Hodierne combines the epic cinematic vision of a glorious action thriller with the intimate, textured qualities of an arthouse film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and gut-wrenching struggles.
Dir. Cutter Hodierne, 2014, DCP, 109 min.