Friday, September 19, 2014

Film of the Week: The Conformist

The Ritz theaters do not show repertory films all that regularly, but the plus side when they do, there are multiple screenings for the week. That gives plenty of opportunity to go see The Conformist (1970) this week. It's one of Berolucci's most famous films and justifiably so: it's a work which achieves a remarkable balance of the modernist currents of 1960s art cinema with a literary-thematic storytelling centered around Italian war and postwar history. And, if anything, seeing it on a big screen is an opportunity to enjoy cinematographer Vittorio Storaro's work.

The Conformist
Ritz Bourse
Friday, September  19 - Thursday, September 25
showtimes: 1:20 4:05 7:00 9:30

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Screening Roundup Week of Sept 20

Showing this week
Saturday, September 20 – Friday, September 26

The International House
Sat Sept 20 7:00pm Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder) 1950. 110 min. DCP.
Mon Sept 22 7:00pm Filmmaker Visit: Xiaolu Guo - UFO In Her Eyes (Xiaolu Gou) 2011. 110 min. digi-beta.  Q and A with filmmaker
Fri Sept 26 7:00pm Holy Ghost People (Peter Adair). 1967. 56 min. 16mm./ Aquarian Rushes (Jud Yalkut) 1969. 47 min. 16mm.

Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia Film Society)
Wed Sept 24 7:00pm Inland Empire (David Lynch), with director. 2006. 179m.

Ritz Bourse Theater
every day through Sept 25, multiple showings The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci) 1970. 111m. DCP.
Fri Sept 26 midnight Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks) 1974. 106m.

Ambler Theater
Wed Sept 24 7:30pm Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini) 1945. 103m. DCP.
Fri Sept 26 11:00pm Akira (Katsuhiro Ohtomo) 1988. 124m. DCP.

County Theater
Wed Sept 24 7:30pm The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock) 1934. 75m. DCP.

Colonial Theatre
Sun Sept 21 2:00pm Girl Shy (Fred C. Newmeyer /Harold Lloyd) 1924. 87m. live organ accompaniment

Cinemark University City Penn
Sun Sept 21 2:00pm Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick) 1964. 93m. DCP


Fabric Workshop and Museum
Question Bridge: Black Males
transmedia video installation [exhibition description]
ongoing: September 13, 2014–November 9, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Film of the Week: Rare Markopoulos screening

Next Wednesday, The International House will be screening Gregory Markopoulos's Illiac Passion. Those familiar with Markopolous will know how rare screenings of his work are. A key figure in the postwar American avant-garde, he removed his films form circulation during his lifetime. Since then, his partner Robert Beavers has been giving limited screenings.  So we're getting a chance of seeing 16mm prints that for a long time were not screened in the US.

On one hand, Markopolous's style is not the most immediately accessible. He has a fondness for rigorous formal montage, cutting as often as every second in regular repetitions. And while his films involve narratives of sorts, they are highly oblique and mythological. (Illiac Passion retells the story of Prometheus.) On the other hand, he had a lush hand with color, equal to Kenneth Anger's. 

The Illiac Passion
International House
Wednesday 9/17
7:00 pm

dir. Gregory Markopoulos, US, 1967, 16mm, 92 min.
Introduced by Robert Beavers and Mark Webber 
Co-presented with Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Screening Roundup Week of Sept 13

Showing this week
Saturday, September 13 – Friday, September 19

Sat Sept 13 2:00pm Fly Away Home (Carroll Ballard) 1996. 107m. 35mm.
Sat Sept 13 7:00pm City Lights (Charlie Chaplin) 1931. 86m. 35mm.
Wed Sept 17 7:00pm The Illiac Passion (Gregory Markopoulos) 1967. 92m. 16mm.
Fri Sept 19 8:00pm Aliens (James Cameron) 1986. 137m. 35mm / Critters (Stephen Herek) 1986. 82m. 35mm.

Tues Sept 16 7:30pm Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII (LeAnn Erickson) 2010. 57m.

Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia Film Society)
Wed Sept 17 7:00pm Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch), with director. 1992. 135m.

Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Tues Sept 16 7:00pm  Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodovar)1988. 90m.
Wed Sept 17 7:00pm Mulholland Drive (David Lynch) 2001. 147m.

Ambler Theater
Thurs Sept 4 The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock) 1934. 75m. DCP.

Ritz 5 Theater
Fri Sept 19 midnight Rocky Horror Picture Show

Colonial Theatre
Sun Sept 14 2:00pm Three Days of the Condor (Sydney Pollack) 1975. 117m. DCP.

Cinemark University City Penn
Sun Sept 14 2:00pm The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis) 1963. 107m. DCP


Fabric Workshop and Museum
Question Bridge: Black Males
transmedia video installation [exhibition description]
ongoing: September 13, 2014–November 9, 2014

Three One Nine Gallery (319 N. 11th Street)
Time Lens: Bioscope (Michael Kuetemeyer) part of New Sight exhibition

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Screening Roundup Week of Sept 6

Showing this week
Saturday, September 6 – Friday, September 12

Tues Sept 9 7:00pm Lordville (Rea Tajiri) 2014. 67m.
Wed Sept 10 7:00pm L’eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni) 1962. 126m. 16mm / La Ciudad de los Signos (Samuel Alarcón) 2009. 63m. DCP.
Fri Sept 12 7:00pm White Elephant (Pablo Trapero) 2012. 105m. DCP.

Fri Sept 12 midnight Videodrome (David Cronenberg) 1983. 84m. 35mm.

Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia Film Society)
Wed Sept 10 7:00pm Lost Highway (David Lynch), with director. 1997. 135m. 35mm.

Sat Sept 6 3:00pm Muslim Voices of Philadelphia program. video

Ritz Theater (Bourse)
every day multiple showings Summer's Tale (Eric Rohmer) 1996. 113m. DCP.

Sun Sept 7 2:00pm Seven Days in May (John Frankenheimer) 1964. 118m. 35mm.

Cinemark University City Penn
Sun Sept 7 2:00pm Scarface (Brian De Palma) 1983. 170m. DCP.


Three One Nine Gallery (319 N. 11th Street)
New Sight exhibition
artwork from Dot Vile, Katie Dillon Low, EJ Herczyk, Michael Kuetemeyer, Joseph Opshinsky, Daniel Petraitis, Gerri Spilka, Sabina Tichindelaneau, and Joan Wadleigh Curran
opening Friday Sept 5

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Screening Schedule Week of August 30

What’s showing this week? 
Saturday, August 30 – Friday, September 5

Martin Scorcese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema  [series]
Sat Aug 30 2:00pm Blind Chance (Krzysztof Kieslowski) 1987 122m. DCP.
Sat Aug 30 5:00pm The Constant Factor (Krzysztof Zanussi) 1980. 90m. DCP.
Sat Aug 30 8:00pm  A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieslowski) 1987. 85m. DCP.

Wed Sept 3 7:00pm  Sabrina 1954. 113m.
Thurs Sept 4 7:00pm Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton) 1955. 93m.

Wed Sept 3 7:00pm Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton) 1955. 93m.

Fri Sept 5 midnight Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis) 1985. 116m.

Sun Aug 31 2:00pm The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell) 1943. 163m. DCP.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

UCLA Festival of Preservation

A lot of film events going on this spring in Philadelphia. Perhaps most exciting to me is a series of classic Hollywood films playing at the International House from the "UCLA Festival of Preservation." It's a chance to see hard-to-find Hollywood films on the big screen. Bonus is the strong representation from Paramount, a studio that's often slow to release its back archive on DVD.

The series starts tomorrow. Film descriptions are available at the links.

Wednesday 4/2   7:00 pm
dir. Victor Fleming, US, 1926, 35mm, b/w, silent, 75 min.
Silent Sinclair Lewis adaptation

Thursday 4/3    7:00 pm
dir. Joseph H. Lewis, US, 1950, 35mm, b/w, 86 min.
Freudian-infused B-noir masterpiece.

Friday 4/4     
7:00 pm
Double Door
dir. Charles Vidor, US, 1934, 35mm, b/w, 75 min. 
Based-on-a-true-story dynastic melodrama
dir. Victor Halperin, US, 1933, 35mm, b/w, 65 min.
Forgotten 30s horror film

Wednesday 4/9   7:00 pm
dir. F. Harmon Weight, US, 1928, 35mm, b/w & tinted, silent, 65 min.
Silent romantic melodrama set in Africa
Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Marsh and Kate Porter

Thursday 4/10    7:00 pm
dir. Arthur Ripley, US, 1946, 35mm, b/w, 86 min.
Noir based on Cornell Woolrich novel

Thursday 4/17    7:00 pm
dir. Edward Sutherland, US, 1933, b/w, 35mm, b/w, 68 min.
early sound comedy starring W.C Fields, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Peggy Hopkins Joyce
combined with:
Busy Bodies
dir. Lloyd French, US, 1933, 35mm, b/w, 19 min.
Laurel and Hardy short

Friday 4/18     
7:00 pm
dir. Robert Altman, US, 1969, 35mm, 112 min.
early, pre-fame Altman feature

Saturday 4/5     2
:00 pm
dir. Marion Gering, US, 1934, 35mm, b/w, 74 min.
Paramount comedy with Sylvia Sidney and Cary Grant

(image credit DVD Beaver)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Michael Snow at PMA

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is having a film series of Michael Snow's work, starting tonight:

The Films of Michael Snow: Program A
Wavelength (1966–67); Standard Time (1967–68, with Joyce Wieland); and One Second in Montreal (1969)
By exploring individual cinematic techniques, such as camera zooms and pans, these films reveal Michael Snow’s interest in how films affect our perception of time and space.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, February 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Films of Michael Snow: Program B
See You Later (Au Revoir) (1990); and To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror (1991)
Michael Snow appears in two films produced in 1990s, both of which are concerned with breaking down basic ideas we hold about cinema, such as the physical properties of celluloid and Hollywood’s narrative drive, to push film towards greater abstraction.

Friday, February 7, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Films of Michael Snow: Program C
Reverberlin (2006) 
Incorporating concert footage of the free improvisational ensemble CCMC (Paul Dutton, John Oswald, Michael Snow), Reverberlin weaves together images and sounds from performances that have taken place across the globe.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Films works screened on 16mm at the Van Pelt Auditorium. (free tickets required, presumably in addition to admission). This film program is guest-curated by filmmaker and writer J. Louise Makary.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wicker Man

It's worth highlighting when a restoration makes a week-long run. For some reason, it feels like a rarity in Philly. Next week, the Ritz Bourse is showing 1973 cult horror film The Wicker Man, recently restored. It's an atmospheric film, worth seeing on the big screen.

Photo thanks to this review

Monday, October 28, 2013

New Middle East Cinema series

Screening at the International House this week: New Middle East Cinema series.

October 29-30 & November 1-2, 2013

Free admission

Tuesday, October 29 
Life in Stills | Israel, Tamar Tal (2011)
presented by Nili Gold

Tuesday, October 29 

Water | The Israeli-Palestinian Project (2012)
presented by Iris Drechler

Wednesday, October 30 

The Man and the Clock | Palestine, Gazi Abu Baker (2010)
presented by Ibrahim Miari

Wednesday, October 30 

The Repentant | Algeria, Merzak Allouache (2012)

Friday, November 1 
Azis Ayse | Turkey, Elfe Uluc (2012)
presented by Mehmet Darakcıoglu

Friday, November 1 
Facing Mirrors | Iran, Negar Azarbayjani (2011)
presented by Blake Atwood

Saturday, November 2 

Horses of God | Morocco, Nabil Ayouch (2012)

presented by Mahyar Entezari

Saturday, November 2 

Rags and Tatters | Egypt, Ahmad Abdalla (2013)

presented by Ibrahim Miari

Sponsored by the Cinema Studies Program, the Jewish Studies Program, the Middle East Center, and the Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Department at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and International House of Philadelphia.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

This Week at International House

This week is a busy one at the International House, so I thought I'd highlight the upcoming screenings.

Wed. 10/9 7pm
This is Not a Film 
dir. Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Iran, 2011, 35mm, Persian with English subtitles, 75 min.

Thurs. 10/10
Mekong Hotel
dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/UK, 2012, HD, Thai with English subtitles, 61 min.

Fri. 10/11
Our Nixon
dir. Penny Lane, US, 2013, HD, 84 min.

Sat. 10/12
The Illusionist
dir. Sylvain Chomet, France, 2010, 35mm, English, 80 mins.

Sun. 10/13
dir. Götz Spielmann, Austria, 2008, 35mm, German with English subtitles, 122 min.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Albanian cinema at I-House

I have never seen any Albanian cinema, and as a national cinema, it's definitely not on the radar of most cinephiles. All the more reason the International House's series of "uncovered" European cinemas is exciting to me. Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 5, 7pm, they will be screening Nëntori i dytë (The 2nd November, dir. Viktor Gjika, Albania, 1982, 84m), a classic historical drama.

Albanian cinema scholar Bruce Williams will be present to introduce the film and lead a Q&A afterward.
Poster image courtesy Albanian Cinema Project

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Milcho Manchevski in person

A mini Macedonian film festival will take place next Saturday on Temple's campus. Admission is free.

two films directed by Milcho Manchevski: 

Before the Rain (1994) 

and Mothers (2011) 

Milcho Manchevski is a Macedonian director, writer, photographer, and an artist. He is well known for directing feature films such as Dust, Shadows, Mothers, and the Oscar nominated Before the Rain.

The director will be present and for a Q&A session after each film.

the Reel Cinema, 
basement in Temple's Student Center
13th and Montgomery

cosponsored by Temple Slavic Association and Film and Media Arts department

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Vertigo at Rave

I've just discovered that Cinemark, the new owners of Rave Cinema in University City, has been running a classics series, culminating in this week's selection of Hitchcock's Vertigo, in digital projection.

Sunday, Sept. 29 (today), 2pm
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2pm and 7pm

Hopefully they'll continue the series in the future.

Friday, September 27, 2013

22nd Philadelphia Film Fest

The schedule for the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival is now available online. The Festival runs from October 17-27, and tickets go on sale October 1.

This year's program follows up on the festival's previous strengths as a best-of-festivals fest. It's a great chance to see films, particular world cinema films and smaller local productions, that otherwise might not get a Philadelphia theatrical release. I personally wish there would be more adventuresome repertory screenings and more international documentary selections, but I will hardly lack for films to see.

So far, these screenings are on my radar to attend:

Burning Bush, a Czech historical that's part of a trend of televisual art films
A Touch of Sin, Jia Zhang-Ke's latest work, a continuation of his thematic exploration of the cultural changes coming to contemporary China
In Bloom, a Georgian coming-of-age drama that's gotten good play on the European film festival circuit
Let the Fire Burn - as someone who did not live in Philadelphia in the 1980s, I could stand to see a good documentary about the MOVE saga, and this one sounds promising
La Maison de la Radio - Nicolas Philibert made the amazing observational documentary Etre et Avoir, but his other films have not always found wide distribution in the US