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Friday, July 6 Tuesday, July 10
A rare revival of two astonishing films by Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines
Fri, Sat and Sun:
Demon Lover Diary
Featured in last Halloweens Dark Wave Festival, this disturbing documentary exposes the terrors of no-budget Z-grade filmmaking. What starts as a simple horror film to be shot in Michigan soon disintegrates into a maelstrom of insurance scams, self-delusional directors and a gun-toting Ted Nugent. As filming progresses, personalities clash, threats are made and eventually the documentary filmmakers are running for their lives. A phenomenal portrait of independent filmmaking gone insane. American Movie meets Blair Witch twenty years before the fact! Directed by Joel DeMott. In Color. 16mm. 90 mins. 1980. Each Night at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00; SAT and SUN matinees at 2:00 and 4:00.
Mon & Tues:
Seventeen was banned from television for its brutally candid portrayal of a girls turbulent last year in high school. This incredible documentary explores the dark underside of small town lifeyoung lives struggling at school and at home: tumultuous classroom scenes, boozing parties, pot smoking, preparing for a neighborhood race war, an unexpected pregnancy, a fatal car accident and a hysterical romance are all shown in stark honesty. Directed by Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines. In Color. 16mm. 120 mins. 1987. MON and TUE at 7:00 and 9:30.
"Worth Seeing. DEMON LOVER DIARY is a self reflexive masterpiece!"
Wednesday & Thursday, July 11 & 12
Keep Up Your Right
Keep Up Your Right (Soigne ta droite) is a little known work of Jean-Luc Godards from the mid-1980s and is must-viewing for fans of the avant-garde filmmaker. Godard himself plays a film director from outer space who is given a mission to deliver his new film, "A Place on the Earth," from one European locale to another. One woman admires its shiny cans, and Godard comments that "The toughest thing in movies is carrying the cans." Given that it has taken fifteen years for Keep Up Your Right to arrive in the U.S., this may be less a joke than a prophecy. Like his other films from this period, it contains satire and physical slapstick as well as deep insight into the human condition. It also features the music of Rita Mitsouko. Also starring Jacques Villeret, Philippe Rouleau, Francois Perier, and Jane Birken. Written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. In Color. 35mm. 82 mins. 1986. FRANCE. In French, with English subtitles. WEST COAST PREMIERE! WED at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00; THURS at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00.
Friday, July 13 Thursday, July 19
Jean-Luc Godards Classic
When the revolutionary and controversial Jean Luc Godard directly faces contemporary reality, the result is Weekend, his fever pitch 1965 classic. Here, the supreme creations of the modern era are consistently portrayed in ruin, in flames, overturned or rendered immobile by marathon, bloody traffic jams. Yet Godard complicates his vision of bourgeoise society by alternating scenes of horror with passages of tender poetry, metaphor and endlessly exciting cinema imagery. The film abounds in Godardian themes: growing violence in "civilized" society; the supremacy of nature over society and a forced choice between revolution and materialism. There are, of course, his devilish tactics of allusiveness, his tendency to draw puns from titles and his flights into paradox and pastiche. A truly remarkable film, Weekend is brilliant, extraordinary cinema. "A great original workWeekend is Godards version of hell and it ranks with the visions of the greatest."Pauline Kael. "The film must be seen for its power, ambition, humor and scenes of really astonishing beauty. One of the most important films Godard has ever made; theres nothing like it at all!"Renata Adler, New York Times.Starring Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Jean-Pierre Leaud. Written and directed by Jean Luc Godard. In Color. 35mm. 103 mins. 1967. FRANCE. In French, with English subtitles. BRAND NEW PRINT! NIGHTLY at 7:00 and 9:15; SAT, SUN and WED matinees at 2:00 and 4:30.
Friday, July 20
Ian Brennan presents
Ladies and Gentlemen
This rare and almost never-before-seen documentary follows Leonard Cohen during his homecoming in the winter of 1964 when he returned as a successful poet to conduct a series of readings and tv appearances in Montreal. It serves not only as a window into the awkward historical transition from the Beatnik to the Hippie era, but also as a portrait of a nascent counter-cultural figure still grappling with the elements of a new identityhis first record would not be released for another four years. In Color. 44 mins. 1965.
Speed Racer: Welcome to the World of Vic Chesnutt
Permanently confined to a wheelchair by an auto accident at age 18, Vic Chesnutt was discovered by REMs Michael Stipe in Athens, GA and is beloved as one of Americas most literate songwriters, with songs rich in Southern gothic tradition. His list of admirers reads like a Whos Who of popular music: Madonna, Bob Mould, Pearl Jam, Nancy Griffith, and Fugazijust to name a few. Color & B/W. 30 mins. 1993. Both films show together FRI at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00.
Saturday, July 21
Graham Greenes classic suspense novel was turned into one of the 40s great noir films. In it, a pulp writer tries in vain to track down a shadowy, mysterious figure in post war Vienna. The film establishes an uncanny atmosphere (cinematographer Robert Krasker won an Oscar, and Anton Karas zither music score is top notch) which, once experienced, is not easily forgotten. Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard. Directed by Carol Reed. B&W. 35mm. 104 mins. 1949. Great Britain. SAT at 2:00, 6:00 and 10:10
Four French criminals embark on a breathlessly dangerous jewel heist only to find out there is little honor among thieves. Considered by many to be the ultimate caper film, it boasts one of the most truly memorable suspense sequences in all of modern cinema. Starring Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Magali Noel. Written and directed by Jules Dassin. Black & White. 35mm. 115 mins. 1954. In French, with English subtitles. SAT at 3:55 and 8:00
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