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


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


The Cinematiki will be dark this coming Monday November 5th, 2018. We are preparing to celebrate our 10th Anniversary on Monday November 12th, 2018 with a special show of one of our favorite films of the 420 (four hundred and twenty) we have shown and discussed so far… Scorpio time for the Cinematiki and  some of its members…Looking forward to our next ten years…


*** MONDAY October 29th, 2018 *** The Manchurian Candidate *** DIRECTED BY John Frankenheimer, STARRING Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh



Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and, together with fellow soldier Allen Melvin (James Edwards), races to uncover a terrible plot.


*** MONDAY October 22th, 2018 *** One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest *** DIRECTED BY Miloš Forman, STARRING Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher and Will Sampson


When Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward’s patients.

*** 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…


*** MONDAY October 8th, 2018 *** Army of Shadows *** DIRECTED BY Jean-Pierre Melville, STARRING Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse and Jean-Pierre Cassel


WARNING : This is not a war film…

“Jean-Pierre Melville, perhaps the least known French film director of his generation  is steadily moving into the ranks of the greatest directors… He was not much honored in his lifetime. We now know from his gangster film “Bob le Flambeur” (1955) that he was an early father of the New Wave — before Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Louis Malle…
He used actual locations, dolly shots with a camera mounted on a bicycle, unknown actors and unrehearsed street scenes…
In “Le Samourai” (1967), at a time when movie hit men were larger than life, he reduced the existence of a professional assassin (Alain Delon) to ritual, solitude, simplicity and understatement.
And in “Le Cercle Rouge” (1970), he showed police and gangsters who know how a man must win the respect of those few others who understand the code.
His films, with their precision of image and movement, are startlingly beautiful…
With “Army of shadows”we have the Cinematiki premiere of perhaps his greatest film…”  

“Melville, who was himself a member of the Resistance, is not interested in making an action film. Action releases tension and makes it external. His film is about the war within the minds of Resistance members, who must live with constant fear, persist in the face of futility, accept the deaths of their comrades and expect no reward, except the knowledge that they are doing the right thing. Because many die under false names, their sacrifices are never known.” – Roger Ebert

Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 French Resistance Masterpiece is “The Best Film og 2006!” – New York Times



*** MONDAY October 1st, 2018 *** Le Samouraï *** DIRECTED BY Jean-Pierre Melville, STARRING Alain Delon, François Périer and Nathalie Delon


Melville creates a world that rewards you looking at the details.

“An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean-Pierre-Melville, Le Samouraï is a razor sharp cocktail of 1940 American Gangster Cinema and 1960 French pop culture – with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.”

                                                                                              – Criterion Collection


*** MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 *** YOYO *** DIRECTED BY Pierre Étaix, STARRING Pierre Étaix, Claudine Auger and Martine de Breteuil


Yo Yo is a 1965 French comedy film by Pierre Étaix. The story follows the son of a millionaire from the 1920s to the 1960s. After losing his fortune in the stock-exchange crash, he teams up with an equestrienne and becomes a circus clown.

This elaborately conceived and brilliantly mounted comedy is Pierre Etaix’s most beloved movie, as well as his personal favorite. Beginning as a clever homage to silent film, complete with intertitles, Yoyo blossoms into a poignant family saga (in which Etaix plays both a father and his grown son) and a celebration of the circus Etaix adored. Chock-full of nimble sight gags and ingenious sound effects, Yoyo is very sweet, a little bit melancholy, and wholly imaginative.

Pierre Étaix co-directed one of Jacques Tati’s great hits, “Mon Oncle” and many folks think his style is very close to Tati’s–which it is.