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*** MONDAY October 7th, 2019 *** The Price of Everything *** DIRECTED BY Nathaniel Kahn*** INTERPRETED BY Jeff Koons, Paul Schimmel, and Larry Poons

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With unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, The Price of Everything dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a mirror up to our values and our times — where everything can be bought and sold.

After seeing Never Look Away, the film loosely based on Gerhard Richter’s life, we thought it might be interesting to see this film because it includes an interview with the mature artist. The Price of Everything was created by Nathaniel Kahn (Louis Kahn’s son, who did the splendid film My Architect, a run away favorite for most of our regulars).

 

 

 

*** MONDAY September 30th, 2019 *** The Marriage of Maria Braun *** DIRECTED BY Rainer Werner Fassbinder*** INTERPRETED BY Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny, and Gisela Uhlen

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This movie follows the life of a young German woman, married to a soldier in the waning days of WWII. Fassbinder has tried to show the gritty life after the end of WWII and the turmoil of the people trapped in its wake.

JJ and I thought it would be good to see this Fassbinder film after the two fabulous Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck pictures. All of them deal with WWII. -TS

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*** MONDAY September 23rd, 2019 *** The Lives of Others *** DIRECTED BY Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck *** INTERPRETED BY Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch

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-From the same director as Never Look Away 

Never Look Away was a big hit, a fan favorite, and followed by a fabulous discussion.

The Lives of Others was Von Donnersmarck’s first film and it received an academy award for best foreign film in 2006

We saw this film on February 6, 2012. It was well received then and we thought after the lively discussion last week that we should visit it once again.

 

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*** MONDAY September 16th, 2019 *** Never Look Away *** DIRECTED BY Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck *** INTERPRETED BY Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer

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Werk ohne Autor” or “Work Without Author”
Directed and written by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

BACKGROUND-
-the film is a work of fiction but the point of inspiration was an article by a famed German investigative Jurgen Schreiber about the German painter Gerhard Richter

– Ritcher did not want the movie character to bear his name and suggested to Donnersmarck that the film’s protagonist might have another profession
– Donnersmarck stated “Maybe the film is for everybody except him” after talking to Ritcher and his inability to watch the film based loosely on his life

REACTIONS-
– at the very first screening in the 75th Venice International Film Festival, Never Look Away received a 13 minute standing ovation and came in first place.
-“One of the finest films I have ever seen is Never Look Away- a materpiece” – William Friedkin, director of the Exorcist

GERHARD RICHTER

German visual artist
He’s created photo-paintings, abstract work, color chart paintings, scupltures, drawings, exhibitions, and even has done stained glass windows for the Cologne Cathedral.
From Reichenau, Lower Silesia (what is now Poland)

LIFE CONNECTIONS TO THE MOVIE-
-Ritcher’s aunt has been murdered by the Nazis because she developed schizophrenia
-Ritcher immortalized her in a painting titled Aunt Mariane
– the painting depicts the aunt holding Gerhard Richter as a baby
-Gerhard Ritcher’s father-in-law was a high-ranking SS doctor and fervent Nazi who personally performed over 900 forced sterilisations on women whom the Nazis considered “unfit” to reproduce.
-while he did not personally perform the operation on Ritcher’s aunt, he was the director of the hospital
-He did not find this information out until he was 70 but looking at his body of work, he must have known something on a subconscious level

ART-
-nearly all of Ritcher’s work demonstrates both illusionistic space that seems natural while also displaying the physcial activity and material of painting
-he considers himself a Surrealist
-he was always focusing on what his art could be used for
-Richter sold his 1986 Abstraktes Bild for $46.3 million in 2015 (before the film premiered)
-this was one of most well-known and largest paintings, as well as one of his favorites.
-more recently, his 1963 “Jet Fighter” blurred painting sold for $20.3 million just this year.

FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK

Film Director
From Colonge, West Germany
A part of the noble family Henckel Von Donnermarck (Slovakia)
Married to Christine Asschenfeldt

MOVIES-
The Lives of Others (2006)
The Tourist (2010)
Never Look Away (2018)

The Europe List (the largest survey on European culture) named The Lives of Others second on a list of the best films in European culture

CAREER-
– won a directing apprenticeship with Richard Attenborough on In Love and War
– studied at the University of Television and Film Munich (classmates with Wim Wenders, Roland Emmerich, and Maren Ade)
– The Lives of Others took him three years to write, direct, and complete
– Won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007 along with many other acalades
– The Tourist was nominated for three Golden Globes
– It featured Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp
– His third feature film Never Look Away was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and two Oscars
– This was the second time in history that a German language film by a German director was nominated for an Oscar in multiple categories

FUN FACTS-
– He is 6’9”
– Howard Davies named him as the artist he most admired
– The first film he ever saw was the German melodrama Variete

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*** MONDAY September 9th, 2019 *** As You Like It *** DIRECTED BY Kenneth Branagh *** INTERPRETED BY Takuya Shimada, Brian Blessed, Richard Clifford

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With a setting inspired by 19th Century Japan, director Kenneth Branagh adapts Shakespeare’s lightest and most delightful comedy ‘As You Like It,’ a celebration of the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Witty, playful and utterly magical, the story is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosalind and Orlando’s famous courtship is played out against a backdrop of political rivalry, banishment and exile in Forest of Arden.

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*** MONDAY September 2nd, 2019 *** Ran *** DIRECTED BY Akira Kurosawa *** INTERPRETED BY Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu

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At the age of seventy, after years of consolidating his empire, the Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons. Taro (Akira Terao), the eldest, will rule. Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu), his second son, and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu) will take command of the Second and Third Castles but are expected to obey and support their elder brother. Saburo defies the pledge of obedience and is banished.

“Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran” is inspired by “King Lear,” but may be as much about Kurosawa’s life as Shakespeare’s play. Seeing it again in a fine new 35mm print, I realized the action doesn’t center on the old man, but has a fearful energy of its own, through which he wanders. Kurosawa has not told the story of a great man whose sin of pride drives him mad, but the story of a man who has waged war all his life, hopes to impose peace in his old age and unleashes even greater turmoil. There are parallels not only with kings but also with filmmakers, who like royalty must enforce their vision in a world seething with jealousy, finance, intrigue, vanity and greed.”   ~ Roger Ebert

 

*** MONDAY August 26th, 2019 *** Richard III *** DIRECTED BY Laurence Olivier *** INTERPRETED BY Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir CedricHardwicke, Sir R. Richardson, Laurence Naismith, Claire Bloom and Stanley Baker

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Richard III = William Shakespeare’s powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir..

King Edward IV of England (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) has been placed on the throne with the help of his brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Sir Laurence Olivier)…

After Edward’s coronation in the Great Hall, attended by  his brothers George and Richard watching, he leaves with his wife and sons…

Richard contemplates the throne advancing towards the audience and then addressing them, delivering a speech that outlines his physical deformities, including a hunched back and a withered arm…

He  plans to frame his brother, George, Duke of Clarence (Sir John Gielgud), for conspiring to kill the King, and to have George sent to the Tower of London, by claiming George will murder Edward’s heirs…

Eventually Richard raises an army to defend his throne and the House of York against the House of Lancaster, led by Henry Tudor (Stanley Baker), the Earl of Richmond and later Henry VII of England, at Bosworth Field…

Olivier cast only British actors and that cast included four knights; Olivier, Richardson, Gielgud and Hardwicke  who were all listed as “Sir….” in the film credits.

*** MONDAY August 19th, 2019 *** Much Ado About Nothing *** DIRECTED BY Kenneth Branagh *** INTERPRETED BY Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves

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Based on William Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado About Nothing was adapted for the screen by Kenneth Branagh, who directs and stars in the film. Known as one of the most successful Shakepeare films, the story line encompasses the tough task that Hero, (Kate Beckinsale) and her fiancé Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), embark upon to create a matchmaking scheme between two people who disbelieve in love and each other. As the scheme takes place, meddling Don John has a plot of his own; which is to ruin Hero and Claudio’s wedding.

 

 

Cinematiki Maui Will Launch Its 11th Season on Monday August 12, 2019 *** HAMLET *** DIRECTED BY Franco Zeffirelli *** INTERPRETED BY Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates

Cinematiki Maui will launch in a new format ” 6:35 @ 635 “


This refers to the time in which we’ll start; 6:35 PM and the address where it happens; 635 east kuiaha in haiku…
Please join us for the films without food or drink…
The films will be shown @ 7 PM…
The main objective of this cycle is to view films as a study group and we’ll be programming films on a specific subject…
Starting on Monday august 12, 2019 “Shakespeare on Film” will be the subject…
8/12/19: Hamlet, directed by Franco Zefirelli with Mel Gibson
8/19/19: Much ado about nothing, directed by Kenneth Branagh with Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Michael Keaton…
8/26/19: Richard III directed by Lawrence Olivier with Lawrence Olivier and every top Shakespearean actor at the time…
9/2/19 : Ran directed by Akiro Kurosawa with a cast of thousands…
Before each film there will be a short introduction…
After each film there will a discussion conducted by Tom and JJ…
Parking directions will be posted…

Hamlet

HAMLET (MEL GIBSON), DIRECTED BY FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI, 1990. THE BEST OF THE MANY HAMLET FILMS.

Shakespeare’s tragedy about the young prince of Denmark who is plagued by indecision when he vows to avenge his father’s murder. Filmed on location around the UK, including Stonehaven in Scotland, the film boasts an impressive ensemble cast.