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A Theater Near You

June 19, 2013 - July 6, 2013


As part of our ongoing series A Theater Near You, we present three digital restorations: the director’s cut of Volker Schlöndorff’s The Tin Drum (1979), Luis Buñuel’s archetypal Tristana (1970), and Marcel Carné’s revolutionary Port of Shadows (1938), which acts as an addendum to our recent French Cinema Classics series (when we accidentally received the wrong Marcel Carné print!). Also featured this summer are two sci-fi classics, Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), a dark study of capitalism with David Bowie in his first screen role; and Kaneto Shindo’s haunting and powerful masterpiece Kuroneko (1968). Finally, we are delighted to present Lech Majewski’s critically acclaimed The Mill and the Cross (2010), an innovative filmic interpretation of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting The Way to Calvary that should please film and art enthusiasts alike.

Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
7:00 p.m. The Tin Drum
Volker Schlöndorff (Germany/France, 1979). (Die Blechtrommel). Restored Director’s Cut! The rise of Nazism is seen through the diabolically knowing eyes of a child in Schlöndorff’s unforgettable fantasia of surreal imagery, striking eroticism, and unflinching satire, adapted from Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel. (163 mins)

Thursday, June 20, 2013
7:00 p.m. The Man Who Fell to Earth
Nicolas Roeg (U.K., 1976). An alien falls to earth in the form of the pale, sad, androgynous David Bowie, and attempts to return home in Roeg’s science fiction tour de force. “Time has done nothing to reduce its cool, confounding strangeness” (New Yorker). (140 mins)

Saturday, June 22, 2013
6:30 p.m. The Mill and the Cross
Lech Majewski (Poland/Sweden, 2010). (Mlyn i krzyz). Bruegel’s painting The Way to Calvary is brought to life in this wonderfully creative, technologically stunning interpretation “starring” Rutger Hauer, Michael York, and Charlotte Rampling. “An extraordinary example of both art-historical examination and CGI as a passport to unknown lands” (Village Voice). (92 mins)

Saturday, June 22, 2013
8:30 p.m. Tristana
Luis Buñuel (Spain/Italy/France, 1970). Digital Restoration! Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, and Franco Rey star in Buñuel’s tale of amour fou involving a virginal young orphan, a well-to-do older man, and a younger painter. “Nothing less than the quintessential Buñuel film of all time. . . . Extremely funny, bluntly fast-paced, and very, very beautiful in an almost casual, untidy way” (Vincent Canby). (95 mins)

Saturday, July 6, 2013
6:30 p.m. Port of Shadows
Marcel Carné (France, 1938). (Quai des brumes). Digital Restoration! Carné and Prévert’s melancholy poem of life and death in the lower depths of Le Havre. Starring Jean Gabin, Michèle Morgan, Michel Simon, and Pierre Brasseur. “A marvelously moody thriller. . . .Seldom has the seedy side of life seemed so utterly seductive” (Geoff Andrew, British Film Institute). (91 mins)

Saturday, July 6, 2013
8:30 p.m. Kuroneko
Kaneto Shindo (Japan, 1968). A Japanese folk tale is given a feminist, allegorical twist in this eerie Japanese New Wave classic. In the misty bamboo groves of twelfth-century Japan, the vengeful ghosts of a murdered mother and daughter lure samurai to their deaths. (99 mins)