Movie Screenings at The Cinefamily: Classics, Cult Films and More
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The last date listed for Movie Screenings at The Cinefamily was Thursday March 6, 2014 / 9:50pm (Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime).
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Featured review from Philip M.
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This was a fun and very unusual evening hosted by animation expert extraordinaire Jerry Beck. The first half of the show was adult oriented cartoons from the silent era to the present. At intermission everyone filed out to a patio behind the cinema (who knew?) and had cake and free beer! For the 2nd half the director showed up for a screening of perhaps the last existing print of "Down and Dirty Duck", aka "Cheap". This is really esoteric stuff and it was a pleasure to get to see it. The theater is filled with assorted types of chairs and sofas, along with some theater seats, and is comfortable and relaxed.
Quotes & Highlights
- Find out more about Cinefamily on <a target="_blank" href="http://cinefamily.org/blog/">its blog</a>, which includes highlights and videos from past events and Q&A sessions.
Feb. 21-27, 2014: Bad Timing -- A Sensual Obsession (archival 35mm print!)
After coaxing strong turns from pop-music personalities in Performance (Mick Jagger) and The Man Who Fell To Earth (David Bowie), Nic Roeg found his next leading man in the unlikely Art Garfunkel, who turns in one hell of an intense performance opposite Teresa Russell in Bad Timing: the notorious 1980 film. Elliptically skipping back and forth through time, we open with a catatonic Russell undergoing a mysterious operation while Garfunkel looks on and recalls their stormy relationship in the city of Vienna, beginning with a chance meeting at a party and soon degenerating into a series of psychologically violent games that treat sex and power interchangeably. Not sparing the mutual immolation of its leads for one moment, the film culminates in a searing final act that takes a Possession-like wrecking ball to the audience.
February 26, 2014 at 7:30pm: Oratorio for Prague & Martyrs of Love
A triple testament to the youthful, rebellious filmic spirit that swept Europe in the late ‘60s, through the lens of the Czechoslovak New Wave’s poetic and playful auteur Jan Nemec. Also screening at the top of the program is emec’s 1967 short Mother and Son. Martyrs of Love is one of Nemec’s most uninhibitedly joyous works — and the film that cemented his reputation as the kind of unrestrained nonconformist the Communist establishment considered the most dangerous to their ideology. Nearly without dialogue, this three-part, highly musical excursion into the dream-like unreality of love is an bottomless font of visual surprises.
February 28-March 6, 2014: Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime (New 35mm print!)
Claude Ridder is a man pushed to the edge, suicidal over the harsh breakup with the woman he loved — but he’s given the chance to maybe relive the good parts, thanks to a top-secret corporate experiment in time travel that hurtles Claude between random points across the previous decade. As the scientists quickly “lose” Claude to the time void, director Alain Resnais, in a bravura display of pointillistic storytelling, portrays our reluctant hero’s banality, carnality and emotionality across a startling array of moments that repeat, bend, fold into each other and provide melancholic counterpoint to his pseudo-current fate.
February 28, 2014 at 11:59pm: Surf II
Surf II is madness, mayhem, music and generally gross stupidity — all the things that make life and movies worthwhile. And the summary on the back of the original VHS box describes it best: “Menlo Schwartzer — the geekiest mad scientist of all — wants to rid the world of surfers by transforming them into garbage-ingesting zombie punks! But no way dude can he stop their most awesome party.” Featuring four-eyed ’80s icon Eddie Deezen, a young Eric Stoltz and the greatest split-screen gag this side of De Palma, plus a cast full of stoned surfers, hot babes and Reagan-era sorta-punks/new wavers. Oh yeah, and did we mention there’s no Surf I?
March 1, 2014 at 4:45pm: Three Women
The German-born Ernst Lubitsch was a genius at concocting sophisticated comedies of manners, plots of highly intertwining complexity, and deft undercurrents of emotional resonance — all of which amounted to what was commonly known around early Hollywood as “the Lubitsch Touch.” Among the great silents that Lubitsch touched is the saucy melodrama Three Women, starring May McAvoy (The Jazz Singer, Ben-Hur) as an eighteen-year-old in a dizzying, whirlwind triangle between her estranged socialite mother and her weasel-like suitor who, after getting a whiff of May’s trust fund, stays true to his cad nature by wooing the young dame. Three Women is a nimble, nuanced and surprising dose of Lubitsch’s movie magic.