Friday, October 12, 2007

Special screenings galore in the Twin Cities!

I used to hate one night screenings when I worked second shift, but now that I have graduated from second-shift-hell, I love the idea of a film screening as an event. Over the next few weeks there are some offerings good enough to place in your calendar. Here they are in chronological order:

Satantango @ the Walker
Saturday, October 13, 1pm
If you missed it when it screened at the Oak Street earlier this year, you are getting an unprecedented second chance to see this epic seven-and-a-half hour film from auteur du jour Bela Tarr. In the amazing retrospective of Tarr's work hosted by the Walker, Satantango is simply the icing on the cake. The film event not to be missed.
Part of the Walker's
"Béla Tarr: Mysterious Harmonies."

L'Avventura @ the Oak Street
Sunday, October 14, 4:30 and 7pm
Monday, October 15, 7 and 9:30pm
Of the directors that died this year on July 30th, Antonioni is the one I am most likely to revisit, and L'Avventura would be first on the list. L'Avventura is an contemporary existential drama trapped in a mystery, and represents the quintessential Antonioni. I am really looking forward to seeing this again.
Part of the Oak Street's "Antonioni Tribute."

The Killing @ the Parkway
Monday, October 15, 8pm
The Parkway is hosting a five week Film Noir tribute, held every Monday at 8pm. It appropriately starts off with Kubrick's 1956 potboiler. Repertory theater is back in a big way. I am the Parkway's cheerleader - please support their efforts!
Part of the Parkway's "Film Noir Festival."

The Passenger @ the Oak Street
Wednesday, October 17, 7 and 9:15pm
Thursday, October 18, 7 and 9:15pm
The Passenger would be next on my list of Antonioni films to re-watch. If you missed it when it made the rounds in theaters two years ago, it is a priceless film on the big screen.
Part of the Oak Street's "Antonioni Tribute."

Don Quixote @ the Heights
Thursday, October 18, 7 and 9:15pm
Part of a collaboration between the Museum of Russian Art and the Heights Theater (a match made in heaven!), they kick off the Thursday series with a 1957 classic from
Grigori Kozintsev. There is a certain someone who runs a coffee shop in the Dinkydome who mentions this film every time I see him. He will be so excited that it is playing and that I will finally get around to seeing it!
Part of the Museum of Russian Art "Russian Film Series."

Blow-Up @ the Oak Street
Friday, October 19, 7:15 and 9:15
Saturday, October 20, 5:15,
7:15 and 9:15
Sunday, October 21, 5:15,
7:15 and 9:15
Blow-Up seems to be Antonioni's most well-known film, although I am not sure why. A little bit of Hitchcock, a little bit of the Yardbirds, and a little bit of London chic.
Part of the Oak Street's "Antonioni Tribute."

The Man From London @ the Walker
Saturday, October 20, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 21, 2pm
This is the local premier of Bela Tarr's newest film, which may or may not return for wider release. So see it now while you can.
Part of the Walker's "Béla Tarr: Mysterious Harmonies."

Kiss Me Deadly @ the Parkway
Monday, October 22, 8pm
Robert Aldrich directs Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer in this 1955 "blistering nihilistic noir." Another very cool choice for this series.
Part of the Parkway's "Film Noir Festival."

Zabriskie Point @ the Oak Street
Monday, October 22, 7 and 9pm
Tuesday, October 23, 7 and 9pm
Antonioni's trippy 1970 American made film may not be his best film, but worth watching again. Especially in my case, where my first viewing was a terrible VHS copy that just seemed silly as a drug induced teenager. I'm an adult now and it's a film, not a movie.
Part of the Oak Street's "Antonioni Tribute."

Night Watch @ the Heights
Thursday, October 25, 7 and 9:15pm
Gleefully spanning the genres of Russian film, the Museum of Russian Art offers up this 2004 big budget sci-fi thriller. Some people complain about the subtitles in this film, but I say, if you have to have words on the screen, why not make them artful?
Part of the Museum of Russian Art "Russian Film Series."

Gilda @ the Parkway
Monday, October 29, 8pm
Charles Vidor directs this 1946 classic starring Glen Ford and Rita Hayworth. My only connection to this film is the poster that Laura Harring's character gleaned her name from in Mulholland Drive. I always thought it would have been more appropriate for her to choose Gilda than Rita.
Part of the Parkway's "Film Noir Festival."

The Cranes Are Flying @ the Heights
Thursday, November 1, 7 and 9:15pm
I'm sort of drawing for straws on this film, which is a good thing. Come to find out this film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1958 and is "notable for the way its story of a young couple torn apart by war stresses the human suffering and waste, rather than the heroics struggle foisted on directors by the Stalinist dictates of Socialist Realism."
Part of the Museum of Russian Art "Russian Film Series."

Pickup on South Street @ the Parkway
Monday, November 5, 8pm
Sam Fuller shot this 1953 film noir in only 20 days. This film has gotten a fair amount of attention and the full Criterion treatment, but nothing beats seeing this on film.
Part of the Parkway's "Film Noir Festival."

The Return @ the Heights
Thursday, November 8, 7 and 9:15pm
Back to the present with this 2003 Russian film by
Andrei Zvyagintsev. The tension rises oh-so slowly in this calculated drama. This film played at MSPIFF but has not screened since.
Part of the Museum of Russian Art "Russian Film Series."

The Big Sleep @ the Parkway
Monday, November 12, 8pm
What a perfect film to finish this series with. Howard Hawks directs Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in this second-to-none film noir.
Part of the Parkway's "Film Noir Festival."

Have fun!

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