05.27.2003

Maddin, Godard, Marker, Eastwood @ Film Forum

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Date/Time: 27/05/2003 12:00 am


GUY MADDIN’S SENSUAL “DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY,” THROUGH MAY 27
“A WOMAN IS A WOMAN,” JEAN-LUC GODARD’S NEW WAVE MUSICAL HOMAGE, STARRING ANNA KARINA, JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO & JEAN-CLAUDE BRIALY, CONTINUES THIS WEEK THROUGH MAY 29, IN NEW 35mm PRINT IN GLORIOUS COLOR AND SCOPE!
“SPELLBOUND,” CHARMING, FUNNY, EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT LOOK AT TEEN SPELLERS,
MUST END TUESDAY, JUNE 3!
ADDED SHOWS: AN 11:15 AM SHOW HAS BEEN ADDED SATURDAY, MAY 24 & 31, AND SUNDAY MAY 25 & JUNE 1!
OPENING WEDNESDAY, MAY 28: “REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME” with “COLETTE” and “DU CÔTÉ DE LA CÔTE”
OPENING MAY 30: “THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY,” STARRING CLINT EASTWOOD, LEE VAN CLEEF, AND ELI WALLACH IN A BRAND NEW 35mm RESTORATION!
GUY MADDIN’S SENSUAL
THROUGH MAY 27
Showtimes are daily at 1:10, 3:00, 4:45, 6:30, 8:15 and 10:00.
Click here for more information, to read reviews, or to buy tickets online.
Film Forum is pleased to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of Guy Maddin’s rapturous DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY. Cult auteur Maddin (TALES FROM THE GIMLI HOSPITAL, CAREFUL) transforms the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s sensual version of Bram Stoker’s classic novel into a ravishing, erotically charged black-and-white-and-red silent movie bursting with Gothic opulence, melodramatic cliffhangers, dark humor and stylized camerawork. Mark Godden’s choreography is set to the music of Gustav Mahler.
In 1995, Maddin was the recipient of the Telluride Medal for Lifetime Achievement at the Telluride Film Festival. He is the youngest person ever to have been awarded this honor – which he shares with such luminaries as Clint Eastwood, Michael Powell and Andrei Tarkovsky. His 2000 short, THE HEART OF THE WORLD, won a special award from the National Society of Film Critics and was voted one of the ten best films of the year by J. Hoberman of the Village Voice and A.O. Scott of the New York Times. Maddin received a retrospective at the 2003 Rotterdam International Film Festival. DRACULA is his first feature in six years.
“A dizzying cinematic take… (A) phantasmagoric movie! Wildly and erotically exotic. Victorian sexuality and melodrama are brought together in a shadowy world of expressionistic images and an athletic, almost rabid, choreography. Maddin has discovered a new kind of cinema, the welding of silent-film technique, avant-garde imagery, and 21st century technology.”
– Bruce Diones, The New Yorker
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JEAN-LUC GODARD’S NEW WAVE MUSICAL HOMAGE,
STARRING ANNA KARINA, JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO & JEAN-CLAUDE BRIALY,
CONTINUES THIS WEEK THROUGH MAY 29 IN NEW 35mm PRINT IN GLORIOUS COLOR AND SCOPE!
Showtimes are daily at 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00 and 9:45.
Click here for more information, to read reviews, or to buy tickets online.
A WOMAN IS A WOMAN (1961), Jean-Luc Godard’s movie-mad tribute to American musicals, starring Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Claude Brialy, continues its two-week engagement through next Thursday, May 29 ONLY!
“I want to be in a musical with Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly… choreography by Bob Fauce (sic)!” declares Karina, and she almost gets her wish in this first color, Scope and mostly studio-shot film by then-husband Godard, the second of their 71/2 collaborations. Karina’s Angela, an afternoon stripper in the sleazy Zodiac Club, yearns for motherhood “just because,” but live-in boyfriend Brialy “isn’t ready yet,” though hanger-on Belmondo is more than happy to help out.
“Anna Karina – Godard’s muse, his girlfriend, then his wife, and arguably the best thing that ever happened to him or his art. For those who like to locate Godard’s vision of the world in the cold recesses of the cerebellum, Karina delivers the proof that he can be equally at home on the lips and the fingertips, and even in the heart… As she flutters her dark-rimmed eyes or puts a scandalized palm to her cheek, she could be a starlet from the era of early silents, testing the limits of a new medium. But she holds the camera’s attention without strain or scheming, and, in her beret, her white-fur collar, and her patriotic changes of stocking—now red, now blue – she effortlessly tugs us along with her racing moods. In her finest moment, we see her pause at the stove, toss a frying egg so that it sticks to the ceiling, leave the room to answer the phone, say ‘Just a second,’ return to the kitchen in time to catch the egg as it peels away and flops back into the pan, then dish it out and eat it while she picks up the receiver and resumes the conversation – with a man, incidentally, to whom she will very soon make love. Delicious.”
– Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
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CHARMING, FUNNY, EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT LOOK AT TEEN SPELLERS,
MUST END TUESDAY, JUNE 3!
ADDED SHOWS: AN 11:15 AM SHOW HAS BEEN ADDED SATURDAY, MAY 24 & 31,
AND SUNDAY MAY 25 & JUNE 1!
Showtimes are daily at 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00, plus Saturday & Sunday, May 24 & 25 at 11:15 am.
Click here for more information, to read reviews, or to buy tickets online.
Film Forum is pleased to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of a surprisingly funny, moving, delightful new independent documentary, SPELLBOUND. Eight teenagers pack their dictionaries and hit the road for Washington, DC to compete in the annual National Spelling Bee. A very funny and moving slice of anachronistic Americana is updated by filmmakers Jeff Blitz and Sean Welch who find out just what kind of kid would obsess over the spelling of cephalalgia, tergiversate, or logorrhea. We meet them at home, hunched over endless study lists, hovered over (or ignored) by parents who range from Angela’s non-English speaking Mexican-born farm couple to Emily’s well-heeled New Haven professionals, to three separate families of Indian descent.
SPELLBOUND is a movie in love with people, their idiosyncrasies, their remarkable tenacity, their love of language, learning and the American dream. A prize-winner at more than a dozen U.S. festivals (South By Southwest, Los Angeles, Texas, San Francisco, Woodstock, Portland, Hawaii, et alia.), SPELLBOUND was an Oscar nominee for best documentary this year. For additional information: www.spellboundmovie.com.
“Jeff Blitz’s shrewd narrative sense and nimble editing (offer) enough drama, humor and unfiltered nail-biting suspense to put all the thrill-mongering screenwriters in Hollywood to shame. I can’t think of (a movie) I had rather see again, even if I already know the ending. Almost unbearably exciting. Excruciating and hilarious.”
– A.O. Scott, New York Times
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OPENING WEDNESDAY, MAY 28:
Showtimes are daily at 1:00, 3:00, 6:10, 8:10, 10:10.
Click here for more information, to read reviews, or to buy tickets online.
Film Forum is pleased to present the theatrical premiere of a program of three French films featuring REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME, a new movie by Chris Marker and Yannick Bellon, plus two rarely seen glimpses of France from the 1950s: Yannick Bellon’s COLETTE, a visit with the legendary author (joined by Jean Cocteau) in her Paris apartment on the Palais Royal, and Agnès Varda’s DU CÔTÉ DE LA CÔTE, a charming meditation on the many faces of the French Riviera, all impossibly romantic.
All three draw upon the pivotal role of France’s artistic legacy, a visual and literary repository for our dreams and desires. The program harkens back to another thematic show of French shorts premiered at Film Forum in 1979 by Karen Cooper, which also included Bellon’s COLETTE.
For REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME, master filmmaker Chris Marker (LA JETÉE, A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT, SANS SOLEIL), is joined by Yannick Bellon, daughter of photographer Denise Bellon (1902-1999), whose images from the period 1935-1955 are the backbone of this rumination on the photographer’s life as well as the beginning of the modern age, the history of Surrealism, the atrocities of World War II, Marker’s love of cats, Paris, women and much more.
“Throughout the Thirties and Forties, Bellon photographed Paris streets and World’s Fair exhibits, made portraits of Breton and other surrealists, and chronicled the childhood of her two adorable daughters… A lovingly opaque tribute to Bellon, a virtual rummage sale with Marker’s ability to see impending doom in nearly every image in the photographer’s archive — to conjure connections between Bellon’s subjects and the currents of feeling and thought that would carry the world into war… The mode is discursive, descriptive, quick-witted, dense. The tone is at once tender and stoic.”
– Michael Almereyda, Film Comment (May/June 2003)
“A small masterpiece of montage… Pure, marvelous Marker.”
– James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario
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OPENING MAY 30:
STARRING CLINT EASTWOOD, LEE VAN CLEEF, AND ELI WALLACH
IN A BRAND NEW 35mm RESTORATION!
Showtimes are daily at 1:20, 4:40 and 8:00
Click here for more information, to read reviews, or to buy tickets online.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1967), Sergio Leone’s groundbreaking epic Western starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, will be presented theatrically for the first time ever in its complete, English-language version in a special two-week engagement at Film Forum from Friday, May 30 through Thursday, June 12. This restoration features several extended scenes and two sequences never before seen by American audiences, as well as a remastered soundtrack.
“A voluptuous expressionist Western masterwork!”
– Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

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