MONDAY NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 IN CELEBRATION OF CINEMATIKI’S 9TH ANNIVERSARY, WE PRESENT: WINGS OF DESIRE, DIRECTED BY Wim Wenders, Interpreted by Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin & Otto Sander

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This Monday will mark our 379th Film. One of our Favorites, this will be our second viewing of Wings Of Desire.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE VISIONARY DIRECTORS WHOSE 378 FILMS WE HAVE SO FAR SEEN, DISCUSSED, ANALYZED AND STUDIED: francois truffaut, david lean, orson welles, federico fellini, vittorio de sica, lina wertmuller, luis bunuel, marcel carne, robert altman, luis puenzo,roman polanski, jacques tati, bernardo bertolucci, akiro kurosawa, the coen brothers, charles chaplin, pedro almodovar, john huston, mike nichols, alain resnais, louis malle, agnes varda, jacques demy, igmar bergman, stanley kubrick, martin scorsese, billy wilder, elia kazan, george cukor, michelangelo antonioni, sidney lumet, alfred hitchcock, wim wenders, jean renoir, paolo sorrentino, peter greenaway, carlos saura, bela tarr, richard lester, roy andersson, roberto rosellini, warren beatty, jean-pierre jeunet, alexander sokurov, phillipe de broca, john schlesinger, eric rohmer, mihalis kakogiannis, karel reisz, william wyler, alejandro gonzalez inarritu, vincent minelli, wes anderson, anthony minghella, ridley scott, dino risi, elaine may, franco zefirelli, roger vadim, joao cesar monteiro, nani moretti, paul thomas anderson, claude lelouch, phillipe de broca, john cassavettes, BOB FOSSE, KEN RUSSELL, SAM MENDES, ZHANG YIMOU, CAROL REED, ERROL MORRIS, PATRICE lE cONTE, etcetera, etcetera,etcetera…

THIS COMING MONDAY WE’LL SHOW ONCE AGAIN ONE OF OUR FAVORITE; WIM WENDER’S “WINGS OF DESIRE”…

 AS USUAL THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL POT-LUCK FROM 5:45 pm AND AS IT HAPPENS TO ALSO BE *****j.j.’S BIRTHDAY*****, HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE CAKE AND BUBBLY…

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Monday November 6th, 2017**** “Vagabond,” Directed by Agnes Varda, interpreted by Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss

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Vagabond is one of Agnès Varda’s finest films. First released in 1985, its title in French is Sans Toit Ni Loi–Without Roof or Law or Homeless and Lawless. It is the story of Mona, a young homeless woman roaming the landscape of a French wine-growing region in deepest winter. Lined with a feminist sensibility, Vagabond is both naturalistic and formally remarkable. Filmed in a realistic, pseudo-documentary style, it is structurally ambitious and bleakly poetic. Varda, interestingly, dedicates her film to Natalie Sarraute, one of the key writers of the Nouveau Roman (New Novel), the French literary movement that challenged post-war narrative conventions. Vagabond also features a compelling central performance by Sandrine Bonnaire. The actress, unsurprisingly, won a César (French Oscar) for her courageous turn as Mona. The film itself won the Golden Lion at the 1985 Venice Film Festival.

Monday Octorber 30th, 2017**** “Le Bonheur,” Directed by Agnes Varda, interpreted by Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot and Olivier Drouot

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Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse (Claire Drouot), young husband and father François (Jean-Claude Drouot) finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker. One of Agnès Varda’s most provocative films, Le bonheur examines, with a deceptively cheery palette and the spirited strains of Mozart, the ideas of fidelity and happiness in a modern, self-centered world.

Monday Octorber 23rd, 2017**** La Pointe Courte, Directed by Agnes Varda, interpreted by Philippe Noiret & Silvia Monfort

In this film directed by Agnes Varda  A young man  interpreted by Philippe Noiret who is a native of the seaside village of La Pointe Courte in France is having a hard time understanding why his bored, Paris-born wife (Sylvia Montfort) of four years is unhappy with their marriage… Thus…

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Monday, October 16th, 2017***** ” Cleo From 5-7″, Directed by Agnès Varda, *** with Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller***

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Cinematiki Maui is proud to present Cléo from 5 to 7, Directed by Agnes Varda, released in 1962. This film is the story of a selfish pop singer Cléo (Corinne Marchand) has two hours to wait until the results of her biopsy come back. After an ominous tarot card reading, she visits her friends, all of whom fail to give her the emotional support she needs. Wandering around Paris, she finally finds comfort talking with a soldier in a park. On leave from the Algerian War, his troubles put hers in perspective. As they talk and walk, Cléo comes to terms with her selfishness, finding peace before the results come back.

Monday, October 9th, 2017 ***** “The Great Beauty ” ***** “LA GRANDE BELLEZZA” ***** directed by Paolo SORRENTINO ***** with TONY SERVILLO *****

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Queridos CINEMATIKEROS… this film is a swooning love letter to Roman decadence…La Grande Bellezza is  Paolo Sorrentino’s greatest film yet AND  we want to share it with you…Cinematiki Maui has shown many of the The Oscar Winners for best foreign film. however we have missed quite a few…Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty is one of them… We have already enjoyed several of his other films  like : IL DIVO, YOUTH, etcetera

Like some of us have done before elsewhere,  journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty…nothing to do with Federico Fellini’s ” La dolce vita” and yet…fast forward to this modern Rome influenced by…

 

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MONDAY OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 ***** PADRE PADRONE ***** directed by PAOLO AND VITTORIO TAVIANI TAVIANI BROTHERS *****

Few films, even the greatest ones, are life-changing. It’s just something critics say. But Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan, showing Italy in tatters in the second world war, really did alter the paths taken by two Italian brothers: 17-year-old Paolo Taviani and his 15-year-old brother Vittorio, who saw it in 1946. They made a pledge after leaving the cinema: if they were not shooting films within a decade, they would buy a gun and shoot themselves. Thirty years later, and fully established as directors, they made their masterpiece, Padre Padrone. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1977, as well as the international critics’ prize – the first picture to scoop both awards at the festival. The jury president that year was the man who had inspired them: Roberto Rossellini.

Padre Padrone, which was made for Italian television, is based on the autobiography by the linguist Gavino Ledda. It details his upbringing in Sardinia at the hands of his father, a brutal peasant farmer, and opens with the real Gavino whittling away at a branch with his knife. The camera pans right to a man approaching a door. It is Omero Antonutti, the actor who will play Gavino’s father. He is about to enter a classroom, from which he will drag his illiterate six-year-old son (Fabrizio Forte) before forcing him to work in the wind-beaten mountains. Gavino hands his screen parent the stick he has been fashioning: “My father was carrying this,” he says. It’s a masterful, Brechtian moment; the baton is passed from reality to cinema.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2017*****”SCENT OF A WOMAN”*****directed by MARTIN BREST*****interpreted by AL PACINO, CHRIS O’DONELL, PHILLIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

last week we saw the original italian film from 1974, directed by Dino Risi and interpreted by Vittorio Gassman…let’s see what Hollywood, Martin Brest and Pacino did in the 90’s with this…?? politically incorrect character ???…

SEPT 18 MONDAY “PROFUMO DI DONNA” {Scent of a Woman 1974 Italy} – directed by Dino Risi and starring Vittorio Gassman, Agostina Belli and Alessandro Momo

 

Profumo di donna …This is the original Italian film directed by Dino Risi and interpreted by Vittorio Gassman that begat the remake by Hollywood some 20 years later… Cinematiki is proud to  give all of us the opportunity to see it and compare it the following week with the one interpreted by Al Pacino … When young army cadet Ciccio (Alessandro Momo) is assigned to spend seven days in the service of a wounded army captain, he little suspects what’s in store. Blinded by an explosion, Fausto Consolo (Vittorio Gassman) is nevertheless a pompous, prideful and lecherous aristocrat who needs Ciccio to keep him out of trouble. As they travel across Italy by train, Fausto variously ruffles feathers and chases women until they reach Naples, where he plans to …

 

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11th “The Mill and the Cross” Director – Lech Majewski, Screenplay – Lech Majewski, Starring – Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling

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Here is a film before which words fall silent. “The Mill & the Cross” contains little dialogue, and that simple enough. It enters into the world of a painting, and the man who painted it. If you see no more than the opening shots, you will never forget them. It opens on a famous painting, and within the painting, a few figures move and walk. We will meet some of those people in more detail.

The painting is “The Way to Calvary” (1564), by the Flemish master Pieter Bruegel the Elder. We might easily miss the figure of Christ among the 500 in the vast landscape. Others are going about their everyday lives. That’s a reminder of Bruegel’s famous painting “Landscape With the Fall of Icarus,” about which Auden wrote of a passing ship “that must have seen something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky, had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.” Extraordinary events take place surrounded by ordinary ones.     Roger Ebert