WE DECIDED TO CANCEL THE CINEMATIKI SHOWING OF OUR PROGRAMMED FILM “LORO” …HOPEFULLY WE ALL BE PATIENT AND KEEP OUR GOOD HEALTH , SPIRITS AND HUMOR AND GET BACK TO OUR WEEKLY MONDAY GATHERINGS IN A WEEK OR TWO…HMMmm…YES , RIGHT ON THE IDUS OF MARCH OF THIS ALREADY MEMORABLE YEAR 20-20…
BE WELL, BREATHE AND KEEP IN TOUCH…
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Seduction, glamour, corruption, drugs and raucous poolside parties: the life and times of scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi have long-demanded a screen depiction, and who else to deliver it than Paolo Sorrentino, the Academy Award-winning director of The Great Beauty and The Young Pope, who returns to cinema in spectacular fashion with this dazzling, topical and no-holds-barred look at life in Italy under the glistening eye of modern Europe’s most infamous politician. With LORO, Sorrentino gradually unpeels the complex personality and motivations of the billionaire former Prime Minister – played with unmistakable panache by Toni Servillo – during a tumultuous period in his career, as his marriage to second wife Veronica Lario (Elena Sofia Ricci) fractures; all the while skilfully threading together stories of a wide variety of characters from multiple levels of society and their attempts to either ingratiate or distance themselves from him… Boldly and controversially speculating on what may or may not have taken place behind closed doors, LORO (which translates as ‘Them’) offers a timely commentary on the excesses and follies of the power-hungry.
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Everyone (except John) enjoyed the first half of our film, ” The Best of Youth” last Monday. March 9th we will present the 2nd half of this amazing 6 hour film that was made for Italian Television.
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Best of Youth, recommended by Leonard Koren, my friend the writer (Wabi-sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers) told me he cried through much the film. He talked about values we have lost. As cultural workers (creators,) we think what we make has value, beneficial for the human spirit. This film reminded him of these values.
The Best of Youth is a family saga set in Italy from 1966 through 2003. It chronicles the life of an Italian family, the Caratis, but focuses primarily on two brothers, Matteo (Alessio Boni) and Nicola (Luigi Lo Cascio), documenting their journey from the prime of their wild youth in the mid-1960s counterculture, to parenthood and retirement in the early 2000s. The film aims to show the interaction of the personal and the political, the ways in which small events may become turning points in the important choices made by individuals.
“Every review of “The Best of Youth” begins with the information that it is six hours long. No good movie is too long, just as no bad movie is short enough. I dropped outside of time and was carried along by the narrative flow; when the film was over, I had no particular desire to leave the theater, and would happily have stayed another three hours. The two-hour limit on most films makes them essentially short stories. “The Best of Youth” is a novel.
The film is ambitious. It wants no less than to follow two brothers and the people in their lives from 1963 to 2000, following them from Rome to Norway to Turin to Florence to Palermo and back to Rome again. The lives intersect with the politics and history of Italy during the period: the hippies, the ruinous flood in Florence, the Red Brigades, kidnappings, hard times and layoffs at Fiat, and finally a certain peace for some of the characters and for their nation.”
– Rodger Ebert
The film is six hours so we will show two hour segments on three consecutive Mondays.
Spanning several centuries and even more languages, “The Red Violin” is an artfully composed, intriguingly rendered tale about a particularly soulful musical instrument and its profound effect on the lives of those who cross its predestined path.
Resurfacing in an Austrian monastery circa 1792, the red violin falls into the hands of 6-year-old orphan Kasper Weiss (Christoph Koncz), a child prodigy with a weak heart. It later becomes the passed-around property of nomadic gypsies, ultimately finding its way to England in 1893, where it captures the attention of the roguish Frederick Pope (Jason Flemyng), a Byronic musician with a Mick Jagger swagger whose steamy affair with romance novelist Victoria Byrd (Greta Scacchi) will come to a torrid end.
Ukrainian-born “bad boy of ballet” Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later – at the height of his success – he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. Steven Cantor’s Dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the U.K., Russia, and eventually the U.S., where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him in Hana, on the island of Maui in Hawaii dancing to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” Yet beyond celebrating the raw talent and wild ambition of Polunin, whose sights are now set on Hollywood, Dancer considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity.
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From the Gunter Grass Novel
1980 won Oscar for Best Foreign Film & Palme d’Or at Cannes.
After JoJo Rabbit , this was the logical next film to see.
The Tin Drum is, in fact, almost everything anybody could ask a film to be. It is strikingly original and continuously surprising. Charles Champlin – Los Angeles Time
The story it tells is so outsized, bizarre, funny, and eccentric, the movie compels attention. Vincent Canby – New York Times
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Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend — Adolf Hitler — Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.
92nd Academy Awards Nominations: Best Picture, Best Production Design, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Costume Design.
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Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.
Can anything topple “1917,” the new best-picture front-runner? I suspect that this formerly wide-open race is now a contest between the World War I film and Bong Joon Ho’s contemporary thriller, “Parasite,” which is vying to become the first foreign-language film to win the best-picture Oscar.
“Parasite” pulled off a separate victory by taking the top drama prize from the American Cinema Editors on Friday, another first for a foreign film. Its cast also won the top prize Sunday night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where a nomination in the best-ensemble category eluded “1917.” – New York Times