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Wednesday, November 23 7:00

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Vittorio De Sica, 1970, 94m

During the late 1930s the Finzi-Contini family leads an idyllic life. An aristocratic family, they are one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in Ferrara, Italy. There are constant parties and games of tennis on their beautiful grounds. The daughter of the family, Micol, shamelessly carries out her intrigues surrounded by her many friends and admirers. When the war breaks out, the family thinks they are safe in the confines of their Garden of Eden and continue their happy lifestyle. But they are Jewish, and despite their Aryan looks and wealthy status, the war closes in on them. In Italian with English subtitles. 35mm

Friday, November 25 6:00, 9:00

The World

Jia Zhang-ke, 2004 143m

Jia's fourth film and his first state-sponsored production, The World is a rich, enveloping film that continues the director's exploration of life after ‘capitalism' and out of the provinces. Jia follows the young, bored employees of The World, a real-life Beijing theme park that replicates all the wonders of the world: the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, even the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The employees and patrons get the chance to “see the world without ever leaving Beijing.” Come for The World's lavish musical numbers and animated segments―stay for the biting commentary on globalization! In Mandarin and Shanxi, with English subtitles. 35mm

Monday, November 28 7:00

Star Wars: Episode IV–A New Hope

George Lucas, 1977 121m

The sci-fi classic that reinvented the genre. This film, famous for its special effects and small budget, introduced Jedi, Lightsabers, Wookies, and most importantly, Droids. This film focuses on the adventures two droids. the neurotic jabber-mouth, C3PO, and his cool and capable counterpart, R2D2. Here they have their most substantial roles. Though they appear in every single Star Wars movie, they unfortunately are sidelined into incidental and comic relief roles. In this film the fate of the Rebel Alliance and that distant galaxy rests on the steely shoulders of the children of technology, and they show what they are made of. 35mm

Tuesday, November 29 7:00

I Want to Live!

Robert Wise, 1957 120m

This unusual hybrid of a noir, a women's picture, and a social protest drama still stands as a powerful indictment of the American criminal justice system. It tells the true story of Barbara Graham, a prostitute and petty thief who was falsely convicted of murder and sent to the gas chamber. Susan Hayward won an Oscar for her larger-than-life portrayal of an earthy, tough-as-nails party girl in the fight of her life. Director Wise clearly benefited from his long apprenticeship with Orson Welles, and the film is enhanced by its grittily realistic detail and superb jazz score. During the last hour, the tension builds to an almost unbearable level, and the ending still has the power to shatter. 35mm

Wednesday, November 30 7:00 Gone with the Wind Victor Flemming, 1939 222mは,さすがにもう一度見る気力はないっしょ。"If you have never seen this film, then frankly you should give a damn! GO!!"なんて書いてあるけど,一度はちゃんと見たし。

Thursday, December 1 7:00


Jean-Luc Godard, 1967 105m

The only way to end a survey of the early Godard films is Weekend, the auteur's distinctive vision of the Apocalypse. Godard delivers the End of Days, bourgeois-style―endless traffic jams that descend into arson, rape, cannibalism, and the like. Needless to say, these obstacles obstruct the path to an inheritance for the central “characters,” Corrine (Mireille Danc) and Roland (Jean Yanne). Be prepared for one of the most incendiary films ever made, filled with heresies of political doctrine and narrative comprehension. 35mm

Thursday, December 1 9:30

Unknown Pleasures

Jia Zhang-ke, 2002 112m

The first Jia film to have any distribution in the US (and not very much, at that), Unknown Pleasures is another independent feature (shot on digital video) following disaffected youth from the provinces. Beautifully shot, this is a more commercially oriented film than Jia's previous films, markedly influenced by Wong. Nevertheless, the story of unemployed drifters who only experience China's enormous shifts through television broadcasts still has the near ethnographic flavor of Jia's previous films. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 35mm

Friday, December 2 7:00, 9:00, 11:00

March of the Penguins

Luc Jacquet, 2005 85min

Each winter thousands of penguins march (single file) from all over Antarctica to one location to mate and raise their young. Wildlife filmmaker Jacquet spent over a year documenting this amazing journey. The landscape is severe and stunning, as are the lengths the penguins go just to reproduce. Jacquet focuses on the penguins' extreme devotion and determination (they must make the grueling trek over and over to get food), making a touching portrait of what must be one of the strangest and most beautiful rituals on the planet. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. 35mm

Saturday, December 3 6:30, 9:00, 11:30

The Brothers Grimm

Terry Gilliam, 2005 118m

Directed by Terry Gilliam (the only American-born member of Monty Python), The Brothers Grimm tells the fictional back-story of the German fairytale writers: Jacob (Heath Ledger) and Wilhelm (Matt Damon) Grimm. First con artists scouring the villages performing fake exorcisms and magic spells, the brothers later find themselves responsible for lifting a true curse in an effort to save several young girls who have been mysteriously abducted in the woods. Interweaving such stories as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Rapunzel,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Snow White,” The Brothers Grimm proves itself a darkly amusing film with refreshing creativity and surprisingly funny performances. 35mm

以上。これでquarter passの元を取る...

ソスソスソスeソスソス hatsuru : 2005年11月22日 13:54