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#228

Tuesday, October 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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THE LONG GOODBYE

by Robert Altman
 

kanalPresented by Jean-Paul Ouellette

Raymond Chandler wrote this story at the end of the noir period (1953) and Robert Altman, appropriately, twenty years later in 1973, gave it the modern neo-noir treatment, actually starting the neo-noir film genre. This was a film both David and I love. And it's the prelude to the many neo-noir films which would follow it.

(1973) In the middle of the night, private eye Philip Marloe drives his friend Terry Lennox to the Mexican border. When Marlowe returns home police are waiting for him and learns that Terry's wife Sylvia has been killed. He's arrested as an accessory but released after a few days and is told the case is closed since Terry Lennox has seemingly committed suicide in Mexico. Marlowe is visited by mobster Marty Augustine who wants to know what happened to the $350,000 Lennox was supposed to deliver for him. Meanwhile, Marlowe is hired by Eileen Wade to find her husband Roger who has a habit of disappearing when he wants to dry out but she can't find him in any any of his usual haunts. He finds him at Dr. Veringer's clinic and brings him. It soon becomes obvious to Marlowe that Terry's death, the Wades and Augustine are all somehow interconnected. Figuring out just what those connections are however will be anything but easy.

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#227

Tuesday, October 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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LOCAL HERO

by Bill Forsyth
 

kanalPresented by Kaj Wilson

A trip to Scotland for the delightful comedy from director Bill Forsyth (Gregory's Girl, Comfort and Joy, Housekeeping). In his Chicago Sun-Times review, Roger Ebert gave the film his highest four stars, calling it "a small film to treasure. ... Some of the payoffs in this film are sly and subtle, and others generate big laughs. Forsyth's big scenes are his little ones, including a heartfelt, whisky-soaked talk between the American and the innkeeper, and a scene where the visitors walk on the beach and talk about the meaning of life."

(1983) An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. With Peter Riegert (Animal House), Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry, Atlantic City), Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Denis Lawson (Star Wars), and Jenny Seagrove (The Guardian, A Woman of Substance). Music by Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits).

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#226

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

at Eric Van's

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The Fall

by Tarsem Singh
 

kanalPresented by Eric Van

“How is it that I was unaware of this film?”—David Kleiler, smitten and a bit stunned

(2006) In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured silent movie stuntman (Lee Pace) begins to tell a fellow patient, a 7-year old Romanian girl with a broken arm (Catinca Untaru), a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

Everyone agrees that The Fall is one of the most visually stunning movies of all time; Singh shot it over four years in 28 exotic locations around the world, all scouted during his work directing TV commercials. Half the critics who saw it thought that it was trying to be The Princess Bride and failing, and it was declared Rotten at Rotten Tomatoes. It tanked at the box office, ranking just 196th on the year with $2.7M (adjusted for inflation). But audiences understood that the story was about the storyteller, his audience, their relationship, and the nature of storytelling and its power to change lives. They gave it a sky-high User Rating at IMDB. Sony Pictures picked up the disc rights. The Fall now has over 100,000 votes at IMDB, and its 7.9 rating puts it 14th all-time (minimum 60K votes) among non-animated fantasy films, just behind Groundhog Day and The Wizard of Oz. Critics have begun to regard it as a classic.

(Those who have seen the film should check out https://www.tor.com/2018/06/01/ten-years-later-theres-still-nothing-like-tarsem-singhs-the-fall/, and those who do see it should come back to this e-mail and read it!)

Eric’s living room is smaller than J.P.’s. If you are planning to attend, please e-mail him at emvan@post.harvard.edu to save your seat!

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#22X CANCELLATION

Wednesday, October 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

cancelled due to illness and the World's Series

the film LOCAL HERO will be shown in two weeks

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#225

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 7:00 PM

at J-Ps Washington Street venue

[Eric Van's screening has been delay until early November due to tech problems.]

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NINOTCHKA

by Ernst Lubitsch
 

kanalPresented by Jean-Paul Ouellette

I've been itching to open my bluray of this Lubitsch classic. Garbo laughs! We've seen many great actresses finding their comedic sides: Barbara Stanwyck in "Ball of Fire," Irene Dunne in "Theodora Goes Wild." and Katherine Hepburn in "Bringing Up Baby." But glowering drama queen Greta Garbo? Only Ernst Lubitsch with a script by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, and Walter Reisch could bring out Garbo's hidden charm.

(1939) Only the royal suite at the grandest hotel in Paris has a safe large enough for the jewels of the Grand Duchess Swana. So the three Russians who have come to sell the jewels settle into the suite until a higher ranking official is dispatched to find out what is delaying the sale. She is Ninotchka, a no nonsense woman who fascinates Count Leon who had been the faithful retainer (gigolo) of the Grand Duchess. The Grand Duchess will give up all claim to the jewels if Ninotchka will fly away from the count. But can one count on a count?

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#224

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

after oysters and drinks at Matt Murphy's

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I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE

by Jacques Tourneur
 

kanalPresented by Martin and Becki Norman

Yay! Val Lewton, Zombies (pre-George Romero), and a trip to the Caribbean! Bone up on your zombie and Voodoo trivia!

(1943) I Walked with a Zombie is producer Val Lewton's second horror film for RKO Pictures. Directed by Jacques Tourneur, and starring Tom Conway (The Falcon, George Sander's brother), James Ellison, and Frances Dee. It follows a nurse who travels to care for the ailing wife of a sugar plantation owner in the Caribbean, where she encounters supernatural phenomena such as voodoo and the walking dead. The screenplay is based on an article of the same name by Inez Wallace, and also partly reinterprets the narrative of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

whp* SPECIAL 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 J-P and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar, well worth the trip.

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#223

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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PRIVILEGE

by Peter Watkins
 

kanalThe 50-year-old British film with a chilling warning for today: Peter Watkins’ Privilege. Pop, power, populism and propaganda… Ahead of its time, Peter Watkins’ futuristic satire Privilege predicted a time when mass media and pop culture would be subverted to the needs of those in power. Already famous for his terrifying docudramas "Culloden" and "The War Game" (which oddly won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature, though it wasn't), Watkins took on the Sixties with is own subversive touch.

(1967) Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in Britain loves him. His handlers begin to use his popularity for projects like increasing the consumption of apples after a bumper crop as an aid to farmers. The handlers decide that Steven should support God and Country next. This leads to... Well, come and find out. The film stars Paul Jones (lead singer of Manfred Mann) and the original supermodel Jean Shrimpton.

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For those who like to do a bit of discovery ahead of time, I recommend watching Watkin's first two films: Culloden (1964, 69 minutes, YouTube) and The War Game (1966, 48 minutes, BFI Excerpt), both financed by the BBC and both controversial. The War Game never aired, banned for 20 years from BBC. I also recommend the short film that Peter Watkins watched over and over in prep for making "Privilege," the short documentary about Paul Anka called "Lonely Boy (1963, 25 min)," which is available on YouTube HERE.

Oh, and a bit of Watkins/Beatles trivia; Citing their 1969 Bed-in efforts and Peace Concert, an interviewer asked John Lennon and Yoko Ono, "Is there any one particular incident that got you started in this peace campaign?" John answered, "...the thing that really struck it off was a letter we got from a guy called Peter Watkins who made a film called The War Game. It was a very long letter stating just what's happening – how the media is really controlled, how it's all run, and everything else that people really know deep down. He said 'People in your position have a responsibility to use the media for world peace.' And we sat on the letter for about three weeks thinking 'Well, we're doing our best. All you need is love, man.' That letter just sort of sparked it all off. It was like getting your induction papers for peace!"

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#222

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

at Eric Van's

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HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

by Alain Resnais
 

kanalWow, we haven't done an Alair Resnais film yet! Renais' 1959 French Left Bank romantic drama film, with a screenplay by Marguerite Duras, is the documentation of an intensely personal conversation between a French-Japanese couple about memory and forgetfulness. It was a major catalyst for the Left Bank Cinema, making use of miniature flashbacks to create a nonlinear storyline. This, his first feature, won him international acclaim, the Fipresci International Critics' Prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, and an Academy Award nomination for Duras's screenplay.

(1959) A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. Starring Emmanuelle Riva (Amour, Three Colors: Blue) and Eiji Okada (Woman in the Dunes, The Ugly American)

Hiroshima mon amour has been described as "The Birth of a Nation of the French New Wave" by American critic Leonard Maltin. New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard described the film's inventiveness as "Faulkner plus Stravinsky" and celebrated its originality, calling it "the first film without any cinematic references". Filmmaker Eric Rohmer said, "I think that in a few years, in ten, twenty, or thirty years, we will know whether Hiroshima mon amour was the most important film since the war, the first modern film of sound cinema".

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#221

SPECIAL EVENT, Wednesday, September 18

David Kleiler & The Coolidge Corner Theater Tribute

kanalAt the Coolidge Corner Theater, Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA

Memorial Service for David Kleiler: 5 PM

and

Saving of the Coolidge: 30th Anniversary Celebration, and looking forward: 7 PM

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SPECIAL EVENT, Saturday, September 14

A Salon/Saloon Documentary WIP screening

kanalTHE SALON/SALOON DOCUMENTARY - David Kleiler, Jr. will present a work-in-progress showing of a portion of his documentary on his father at the Newburyport Screening Room on Saturday, September 14 (3:30-5 PM)

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#220

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:30 PM

at Eric Van's

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THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
 

kanal(1991) The Double Life of Véronique is a French-Polish-Norwegian drama directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski (Dekalog, The Three Colors Trilogy) and starring Irène Jacob. The film explores the themes of identity, love, and human intuition through the characters of Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. The two women do not know each other, and yet they share a mysterious and emotional bond that transcends language and geography.

The Double Life of Véronique is notable for Sławomir Idziak's innovative cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner's operatic score. It won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, and the Best Actress Award for Irène Jacob.

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#219

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 7:00 PM

with Oysters at Matt Murphy's* from 5-7 PM

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ISHTAR

by Elaine May
 

kanalPresented by Alan Spatrick

Many films, which audiences would enjoy, have been poisoned by malicious Hollywood gossip and bad PR. This was the case for Elaine May's "Ishtar." So without any expectations or rumor, let's enjoy a comedy from a very funny woman writer/director. Remember, the cast, crew, and preview audience believed in this film.

(1987) Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.

whp* SPECIAL 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 J-P and we'll hold a seat for you). A great little bar, well worth the trip.

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#218

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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Late Autumn

by Yasujirô Ozu
 

kanalYasujirô Ozu is one of Japan's mose prized filmmakers. Tokyo Story, Early Spring, and Early Summer are three of his most famous films which have a strong sense of family life. The fourth in that list is Late Autumn. While the first two have been seen extensively and concern Japan's emergence from WWII, 1960's Late Autumn is about a family facing the modernism that Japan itself was adapting after the US occupation ended. It is a modern film about modern concerns, yet still is entrenched in traditional values and ideas. I chose this one over Late Spring (which everyone should see - and we've already screened Tokyo Story) because it is more relevant to international culture than the earlier films. Sadly Ozu would pass away at age 60 soon afterwards. Many have called Late Autumn a reworking of Late Spring, despite that they are each based on a different novelist's work. But they do both star Setsuko Hara and Chishû Ryû from Late Spring. Expect an interesting conversation...

(1960) A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.

JPO: I highly recommend you watch this video on the way Ozu uses the camera to help tell his stories. Yasujirō Ozu - The Depth of Simplicity | CRISWELL | Cinema Cartography. You will notice how often they refer to Late Autumn as cinematic style. Also, watching the film, notice the strength of the Yuriko character played by the great Mariko Okada. Here some refered to her as the "Bridget Bardot of Japan" though she is also one of the most prestigious actress in Japanese film history. But here she represents everything which is untraditionally Japanese and modern. She breaks every stereotype of her gender and class. Her character and the addition of a gentle comic strain to temper the tragedy of the story are unique and make us all wish Ozu has lived to produce films beyond the formative 1960's.

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#217

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 7:00 PM

at Eric Van's (info below)

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Hard Boiled

by John Woo
 

kanal(1992) Hard Boiled is John Woo's last Hong Kong film before his transition to Hollywood. After making films that glamorized gangsters such as A Better Tomorrow and The Killer (and receiving criticism for doing so), Woo wanted to make a Dirty Harry styled film to glamorize the police. Reception from western critics was much more positive than those in Hong Kong; many critics and film scholars have come to proclaim its action scenes as among the best ever filmed. It stars Chow Yun-fat as Inspector "Tequila" Yuen, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as Alan an undercover cop, and Anthony Wong as Johnny Wong, a leader of the criminal triads.

Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where ace detective Tequila Yuen loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly.

Notes: Fascinating discussion of the difference between men and women when viewing an action movie. The stress being on body count versus hero's journey,

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#216

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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FIVE EASY PIECES

by Bob Rafelson
 

kanal(1970) Once a promising young musician from an affluent family, a middle-aged man’s life has sunk into obscurity – spending his days as a blue-collar oil rig worker and nights in between sleazy bars and cheap motel rooms. Well received upon release and with a deserved cult status ever since. Slowly-building drama that ultimately poses many questions about modern-day existence, the role of the artist and the dynamics of family. Great significance is also given to a classical piano soundtrack – of five easy pieces by Chopin, Bach and Mozart. The smooth direction is overshadowed only by the outstanding performance of Jack Nicholson. With Karen Black, Lois Smith, Susan Anspach, and Ralph Waite.

Bob Rafelson is regarded as one of the founders of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s. Best-known for The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), and co-creating The Monkees (1966-1968). He was also an uncredited producer on Easy Rider (1969) and The Last Picture Show (1971).

NOTES: Wow, the B. Traven existential thing came up. And the link between Five Easy Pieces and Antonioni's The Passenger... Think about it: In Five Easy Pieces, the main character ends the story by giving up his wallet, with every piece of identification he owns and leaves his signature jacket (he's worn throughout the film) in the gas station bathroom after studying who he is or isn't in the mirror. He walks out without any identification or identity and takes a ride off to parts unknown. Five years later, Antonioni would hire Nicholson to continue that journey of identity-less man in The Passenger.

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#215

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

at the Eric Van venue

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UNDER THE SKIN

by Jonathan Glazer
 

kanal(2013) An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a young woman who combs the roads and streets of Scotland in search of the human prey she came to plunder. She seduces her isolated and forsaken male victims into an otherworldly dimension where they are stripped and consumed. However, existence in all its complexity begin to change the alien visitor. She begins to discover herself as human with tragic and terrifying consequences. With Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay.

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#214

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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The Man from Laramie

by Anthony Mann
 

kanalPresented by Kaj Wilson.

In Hollywood from 1939, Anthony Mann began as an assistant director at Paramount. Promoted to director, he began by turning out low-budget thrillers and films noir for studios like Republic, Eagle-Lion (formerly PRC) and RKO (1945-46). He was at MGM from 1949-51, but eventually made his breakthrough at Universal with a series of uncompromisingly tough, psychological Westerns starring James Stewart. These films featured a recurrent theme of revenge, obsession and rage. And, thus, here is one of his best.

Mysterious Will Lockhart delivers supplies to storekeeper Barbara Waggoman at Coronado, an isolated town in Apache country. Before long, he's tangled with Dave Waggoman, vicious son of autocratic rancher Alec and cousin of sweet Barbara. But he sticks around town, his presence a catalyst for changes in people's lives, searching for someone he doesn't know... who's been selling rifles to the Apaches. Starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, and Donald Crisp .

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#213

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 7:30 PM

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

by F.W. Murnau
 

kanalOften considered one the finest films ever made, Sunrise: A Son of Two Humans is an allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

German Expressionist director F.W. Murnau came to the United States to Fox Film Corporation on the fame of Nosferatu and Faust. He brought with him is screenwriter Carl Mayer and German short story "An Excursion to Tilsit" by Hermann Sudermann. "Sunrise" was the first Fox Movietone sound-on-film picture, putting the musical track of the film directly on the film for theatrical presentation. It won the the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Picture at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929, essentially tying with "Wings," which took Outstanding Picture, as well as winning best actress and best cinematography.

Sadly, Murnau would only make three more pictures before dying in a car accident at age 42 in 1931.

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#212

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

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Laura

by Otto Preminger
 

kanalDue both to a couple of people who couldn't make it Tuesday and the difficulty in procuring a good copy of Sunrise, we are switching the films. So Tuesday is Laura. Ah, film noir. Laura is "a psychologically complex portrait of obsession, Laura is also a deliciously well-crafted murder mystery."

(1944) Detective Mark McPherson investigates the killing of Laura, found dead on her apartment floor before the movie starts. McPherson builds a mental picture of the dead girl from the suspects whom he interviews. He is helped by the striking painting of the late lamented Laura hanging on her apartment wall. But who would have wanted to kill a girl with whom every man she met seemed to fall in love? To make matters worse, McPherson finds himself falling under her spell too. Then one night, halfway through his investigations, something seriously bizarre happens to make him re-think the whole case.

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#211

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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The Lady Eve

by Preston Sturges
 

kanalA fitting choice by popular vote that we return with a light comedy. Happily, it is by the same filmmaker who we originally began with: the great Preston Sturges, considered by many the first Hollywood indpendent hyphenate filmmaker. And starring one of the greats actresses of the days of the silver screen: Barbara Stanwyck.

(1941) Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, the rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike (Henry Fonda) meets con-artist Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck) on a ship. They fall in love, but a misunderstanding causes them to split on bad terms. To get back at him, Jean disguises herself as an English lady, and comes back to tease and torment him.

I look foward to gathering together again, have a lively discussion, plan future screenings. Based on people preferences, I foresee showing "Sunrise" by F.W. Murnau on June 25 and "Laura" by Otto Preminger on July 9. Eric Van will present ideas for his smaller screenings in alternate weeks. See you Tuesday.

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It is with great regret that I have to tell you that

David Allen Kleiler, our friend,

has passed away.

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DAVID ALLEN KLEILER

 
 

Sadly, early Monday morning, April 15, 2019, David passed away peacefully after a short battle with numerous adverse reactions to his cancer therapy. Throughout, he was convinced he would be back and he would prevail. We will miss him immensely for his kindness, friendship, and dedication to his life-long love of sharing the wonders of cinema with everyone he ever came in contact with: from the cabdriver to the cineaste.

Today, Tuesday, the marquee of the Coolidge Corner Theater will be changed in tribute to him at 6 P.M., if you wish to attend.

There will a wake on Tuesday, April 23 from 6-9 P.M. at the Bell-O'dea Funeral Home at 376 Washington St, Brookline, MA.

The funeral mass will be held Wednesday, April 24, at 11 A.M. at at St. Cecelia's Church at 18 Belvidere St, Boston, MA 02115.

Another memorial event is also being planned for the near future.

WBUR Obituary: HERE

ArtsFuse Obituary: HERE

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#210

Wednesday, March 27 2019 - 7:30 PM

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THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT

by Alexander Mackendrick
 

kanal(1951) One of the most popular films of its year and considered one the best British science fiction films of all time, The Man in the White Suit was also nominated for a screenplay Academy Award (the first ever sci-fi film nominated). Of course, it stars Alec Guiness and plummy-voiced Joan Greenwood (meow). A fitting tale of how technology can ruin the lives of both the common man and the greed of big business--an always timely conversation...

Sidney Stratton, a humble inventor, develops a fabric which never gets dirty or wears out. This would seem to be a boon for mankind, but the established garment manufacturers don't see it that way; they try to suppress it.

This is a black humor film at its best, which should spark lively conversation both about the filmmaking and the intellectual concepts the screenplay touches upon. And the film soundtrack & score are unique in all of filmmaking.

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#209

Monday, March 3, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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LOS OLVIDADOS

by Luis Buñuel
 

kanalPresented by Joel Shames and David Shames.

 

Los Olvidados (pronounced [los olbiˈðaðos], Spanish for "The Forgotten Ones"), known in the U.S. as The Young and the Damned, is a 1950 Mexican film directed by Luis Buñuel.

Óscar Dancigers, the producer, asked Buñuel to direct this film after the success of the 1949 film El Gran Calavera. Buñuel already had a script ready titled ¡Mi huerfanito jefe! about a boy who sells lottery tickets. However, Dancigers had in mind a more realistic and serious depiction of children in poverty in Mexico City.

After conducting some research, Jesús Camacho and Buñuel came up with a script that Dancigers was pleased with. The film can be seen in the tradition of social realism, although it also contains elements of surrealism present in much of Buñuel's work.

Los Olvidados was widely criticized upon its initial release, but earned the Best Director award at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival. It is now considered a masterpiece of Latin American cinema.

whpSPECIAL 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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#208

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7:30 PM

MATINEE

by Joe Dante
 

kanalSteven Head wants to screen Dante's comic cult masterpieve about a William Castle-type independent filmmaker, with the home front in the Cuban Missile Crisis as a backdrop. The film stars John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub, Robert Picardo, and Kellie Martin.

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#207

Sunday, Febuary 24, 2019 - 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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#206

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 7:30 PM

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BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

by Benh Zeitlin
 

kanal(2012) Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

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#205

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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GOSFORD PARK

by Robert Altman
 

kanalWho would have thought that it was American director Robert Altman who spawned the idea for Downton Abbey. "Gosford Park" is a sample of Altman's continuing creative genius, here at age 75, weaving an amazing ensemble cast into a fascinating mystery tale of scandal, romance, and murder.

(2001) Set in the 1930s, the story takes place in an old-fashioned English country house where a weekend shooting party is underway. The story centers on the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. Getting on in years, William has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on, secrets are revealed, and it seems everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it?

The cast includes Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Watson, Michael Gambon, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, and Kelly Macdonald. Nine years later, first-time screenwriter Julian Fellowes (who won the screenwriting Oscar for this) would go on to rework Altman's concept into his own "Downton Abbey."

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#204

Monday, December 31, 2018 - 7:30 PM

FUN FOR NEW YEARS EVE !!!

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DAZED AND CONFUSED

by Richard Linklater
 

kanalPresented by Alan Spatrick & Kaj Wilson

(1993) Richard Linklater‘s third feature film gazes at endings and beginnings and so much more. It’s the last day of school and the first night of summer for a wild mix of 1970s high school characters. Linklater, who also wrote the film, created a host of memorable characters who connect and disconnect over a rambling 24 hours.

This wonderful ensemble piece helped launch the acting careers of Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, and Milla Jovovich.  One of the greatest, if not the greatest, American high school films, it also boasts a killer soundtrack. Linklater's film speaks to his generation, as Nicholas Ray, John Hughes, Francis Ford Coppola and others had spoken to theirs.

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#203

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 6:30 PM

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AMÉLIE

by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
 

kanal(2001) Amélie is a story about a girl named Amélie whose childhood was suppressed by her Father's mistaken concerns of a heart defect. With these concerns Amélie gets hardly any real life contact with other people. This leads Amélie to resort to her own fantastical world and dreams of love and beauty. She later on becomes a young woman and moves to the central part of Paris as a waitress. After finding a lost treasure belonging to the former occupant of her apartment, she decides to return it to him. After seeing his reaction and his new found perspective - she decides to devote her life to the people around her. Such as, her father who is obsessed with his garden-gnome, a failed writer, a hypochondriac, a man who stalks his ex girlfriends, the "ghost", a suppressed young soul, the love of her life and a man whose bones are as brittle as glass. But after consuming herself with these escapades - she finds out that she is disregarding her own life and damaging her quest for love. Amélie then ...

5 Academy Award (USA) nominations

14 Cesar Award (France) nominations - 4 wins including Best Film

9 BAFTA (UK) nominations - 2 wins

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#202

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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THE HORSE'S MOUTH

by Ronald Neame
 

kanal(1958) In Ronald Neame's film of Joyce Cary's classic novel, Alec Guinness transforms himself into one of the cinema's most indelible comic figures: the lovably scruffy painter Gulley Jimson. As the ill-behaved Jimson searches for a perfect canvas, he determines to let nothing come between himself and the realization of his exalted vision. A preceptive examination of the struggle of artistic creation, The Horse's Mouth is also Neame's comic masterpiece.

 

 

whpSPECIAL 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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#201

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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THE VIRGIN SPRING

by Ingmar Bergman
 

kanalThe Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan) is Bergman's 1960 rape and revenge film set in medieval Sweden. The story is from a 13th-century Swedish ballad, "Töres döttrar i Wänge" ("Töre's daughters in Vänge"). Bergman was considering an opera before deciding on a film version. Given criticism of the historical accuracy of his 1957 film The Seventh Seal, he also invited novelist Ulla Isaksson to write the screenplay. Isaksson and Bergman explore a number of themes, questioning morals, vengeance, and religious beliefs.

(1960) Set in beautiful 14th century Sweden, it is the sombre, powerful fable of wealthy land-owning parents whose virginal daughter is brutally raped and murdered by goat herders after her half sister has invoked a pagan curse. By a bizarre twist of fate, the murderers ask for food and shelter from the dead girl's parents, who, discovering the truth about their erstwhile lodgers, exact a chilling revenge.

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SCREENINGS 201 - Current

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - Current

 

SCREENINGS 101 - 200 HERE --- February 26, 2017 - November 2, 2018

SCREENINGS 001 - 100 HERE --- August 17, 2015- February 21, 2017


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