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*** MONDAY November 12th, 2018 *** Babette’s Feast *** DIRECTED BY Gabriel Axel, STARRING Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel

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From the 420 films that we have seen over the last 10 years @ the CINEMATIKI we have chosen “Babette’s Feast” to celebrate our 10th. anniversary…

Among the many films that center on food at the end of the twentieth century, Babette’s Feast (Babettes Gaestebud) stands out for its reach and for the subtlety of its sensuality. For this film depicts far more than food and foodways; it shows more than the sensuality of food in our lives. Paradoxically, this Danish film tells an exemplary tale of French cuisine. Its portrayal of a French cook far from France evokes the French culinary landscape even more than the Danish countryside where it is set.

The fable of French cuisine turns out to be a culinary tale for all times and places, for all those cooks who transform eating into dining, and for all those diners who come away from the table transformed.

The immediacy achieved by the moving narrative raises Babette’s Feast to iconic status well above the short story by Isak Dinesen from which it is drawn.

Pope Francis’ favorite movie is “Babette’s Feast.” He’s mentioned it numerous times throughout the years of his papacy, and even referred to it in the 2016 papal document Amoris Laetitia: “We can think of the lovely scene in the film Babette’s Feast, when the generous cook receives a grateful hug and praise: ‘Ah, how you will delight the angels!’ “

Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary with a sumptuous, sensual pot luck feast!

Tom & JJ

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*** MONDAY October 15th, 2018 *** Le Cercle Rouge *** DIRECTED BY Jean-Pierre Melville, STARRING Alain Delon, Yves Montand. Bourvil and Gian Maria Volontè

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What do we get when we put Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Gian Maria Volonte and Bourvil in a film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville ?

We get them silently gliding down streets of a wet Paris winter…

Some are cops and some are robbers…

they wear trench coats and fedoras…

to smoke for them is as natural as breathing…

they use guns, lies, clout, greed and nerve with the skill of a magician who no longer even thinks about the cards…

they share a code of honor which is not about what side of the law they are on, but about how a man must behave to win the respect of those few others who understand the code…

The film’s title means “The Red Circle” and refers to the film’s epigraph which translates as ->>>>>>Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, drew a circle with a piece of red chalk and said: “When men, even unknowingly, are to meet one day, whatever may befall each, whatever the diverging paths, on the said day, they will inevitably come together in the red circle.”

Melville made up the quote…

 

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Monday November 27, 2017 ***** “THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL” Directed by LUIS BUNUEL ***** interpreted by Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook…

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This is one of Luis Bunuel seminal films from his Mexican period …

“The Exterminating Angel” (1962) is a macabre comedy, a mordant view of human nature that suggests we harbor savage instincts and unspeakable secrets. Take a group of prosperous dinner guests and pen them up long enough, he suggests, and they’ll turn on one another like rats in an overpopulation study.

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…

MONDAY JANUARY 2, 2017 *** THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL *** directed by WES ANDERSON *** with RALPH FIENNES, EDWARD NORTON, HARVEY KEITEL, WILLIAM DAFOE, MATHIEW ALMARIC, JEFF GOLDBLUM, BILL MURRAY, JUDE LAW and a bunch of other great actors…

Monday November 14, 2016 ***SPECIAL EVENT *** “DAY FOR NIGHT” directed by FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT *** interpreted by JACQUELINE BISSET, JEAN-PIERRE LEAUD, CATERINA VALENTE AND JEAN-PIERRE AUMONT

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Come to howl at the full moon and help us celebrate the Cinematiki’s 8th Anniversary and J.J.’s birth day

We are presenting “Day for Night” by Francois Truffaut . A film about films and the people that populates the world of cinema … It is one of two Truffaut films featured on Time magazine’s list of the 100 Best Films of the Century, along with The 400 Blows.. It has also been called “the most beloved film ever made about filmmaking.”

it was the first film that we showed at the Cinematiki eight years ago… since then we’ve seen and discussed over 350 films…

we are still curious and learning…

we also like to party…don’t you ???

Drinks and Food Pot luck

from 5:45 PM

 

**************** LAST MINUTE CHANGE *************** We will show the French version of “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS” titled ***”MARGUERITE” *** MONDAY, OCTOBER 10th, 2016 *** We will still get the Stephen Frears version with Meryl Streep when it becomes available.

margueriteParis, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, lover of the music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she’s not a good singer. Both her friends and her husband have kept her fantasy. The problem begins when she decides to perform in front of a real audience.  

 

Monday June 20TH, 2016 ***** ” THE ENGLISH PATIENT” ***** directed by ANTHONY MINGHELLA starring RALPH FIENNES, JULIETTE BINOCHE, WILLEM DAFOE

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The sweeping expanses of the Sahara are the setting for a passionate love affair in this adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel. Michael Ondaatje will be speaking on Saturday, June 25th at the MACC presented by The Merwin Conservancy as part of The Green Room Series.

A badly burned man, Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), is tended to by a nurse, Hana (Juliette Binoche), in an Italian monastery near the end of World War II. His past is revealed through flashbacks involving a married Englishwoman (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his work mapping the African landscape. Hana learns to heal her own scars as she helps the dying man.

Monday MAY 23RD, 2016 ***** ” THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN ” ***** directed by KAREL REISZ, starring MERYL STREEP, JEREMY IRONS, HILTON MCRAE

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman is a 1969 postmodern historical fiction novel by John Fowles. It was his third published novel, after The Collector (1963) and The Magus (1965). The novel explores the fraught relationship of gentleman and amateur naturalist Charles Smithson and Sarah Woodruff, the former governess and independent woman with whom he falls in love. The novel builds on Fowles’ authority in Victorian literature, both following and critiquing many of the conventions of period novels.[1]Following popular success, the novel created a larger legacy: the novel has had numerous responses by academics and other writers, such as A.S. Byatt, and through adaptation as film and dramatic play. In 1981, the novel was adapted as a film of the same name with script by the playwright Harold Pinter, directed by Karel Reisz and starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. The film received considerable critical acclaim and awards, including several BAFTAs and Golden Globes. The novel was also adapted and produced as a British play in 2006.

A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who’s engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes her leave him after a short, but passionate affair. Anna and Mike, who play the characters of Sarah and Charles, go, during the shooting of the film, through a relationship that runs parallel to that of their characters.

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Monday MAY 9TH, 2016 ***** ” MAX ” directed by MENNO MEYJES interpreted by JOHN CUSACK, NOAH TAYLOR, MOLLY PARKER

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Who would have thought that a dysfunctional, deranged, down-and-out homeless person in pre-First World War Vienna become, 20 years later, Chancellor of Germany?  This peculiar and intriguing film simply named “Max” argues that he succeeded because he had such a burning need to be recognized (sounds familiar ?)–and also, of course, because of luck= good for him, bad for us.

If Hitler had won fame as an artist, the century’s history might have been different.

“Max” imagines a fictional scenario in which the young Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor) is befriended by a one-armed Jewish art dealer named Max Rothman (John Cusack) in Munich in the years following World War I.