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***MONDAY December 9th, 2019 *** TIME CHANGE DUE TO LENGTH OF MOVIE ***The Irishman*** DIRECTED BY: Martin Scorsese*** INTERPRETED BY Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci

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We have been waiting for this film to come out and we are VERY excited to show it!

The director of the movie is Martin Scorsese, returning to the rich soil that he has tilled and sown before, in “Mean Streets” (1973), “Goodfellas” (1990), “Casino” (1995), “The Departed” (2006), and the opening episode of “Boardwalk Empire,” in 2010. The new film is adapted by Steven Zaillian from a book by Charles Brandt, partly based on conversations with the real Frank Sheeran, who died in 2003, and titled “I Heard You Paint Houses.”

“Patient, composed, and cool to the point of froideur, Martin Scorsese’s latest film, speculating on the fate of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), slows the passage of time.” -The New Yorker

***MONDAY December 2nd, 2019 *** Pain and Glory*** DIRECTED BY: Pedro Almodovar*** INTERPRETED BY Antonio Banderas, Asier Etkeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano, and the special collaboration of Penelope Cruz

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Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.

“Gathering his obsessions together like old friends, Pedro Almodóvar has made one of his richest and most sombre films yet.” from The New Yorker

***MONDAY November 25th, 2019 *** Sidewalls*** DIRECTED BY: Gustavo Taretto*** INTERPRETED BY Pilar López de Ayala, Inés Efron, and Carla Peterson

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Martín and Mariana are slightly damaged people who live in buildings just opposite one another. While they often don’t notice each other, separation might be the very thing that brings them together.

“Smart, wordy and sweetly sympathetic to lives lived online, ‘Sidewalls’ coasts on Martín and Mariana’s twin voice-overs, alternate musings on themselves and their city.” -Jeannette Catsoulis from the New York Times

***MONDAY November 18th, 2019 *** The Secret in Their Eyes*** DIRECTED BY: Juan José Campanella *** INTERPRETED BY Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Guillermo Francella

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We are showing this film again. It won best foreign language film in 2009.

It is an absolutely impeccable, great film. Superb cinematography, the film basically explores what “passion” is to the human being.

Don’t miss this!

Tom & JJ

 

WE ARE BACK! *** MONDAY November 11th, 2019 *** Celebrating our 11th Anniversary & JJ’s Birthday! *** “Zama” DIRECTED BY: Lucrecia Martel *** The first in a series of Argentine films.

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Based on the 1956 novel by Antonio di Benedetto.

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the king that will grant him a transfer from the town, in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate, and he must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to submissively accept every task entrusted to him by successive governors, who come and go as he stays behind.

“Argentinian drama about an 18th-century invader going mad is intoxicating, spellbinding – and one of the best movies of the year” -Rolling Stone Magazine

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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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