Past TFF Cinematheque Programs

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Ciao Cinema

All SHOWS start at 6pm (5:30 for pre-SHOW reception) and are FREE TO ALL.

Monday, October 3, 2011

ROME, OPEN CITY (1945, 100 min.) – Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Roberto Rossellini’s Italian war drama is set during the 1944 Nazi occupation of Rome.  It is considered to be one of the landmark films of the 1940s and one of the most influential films of the Italian neorealist movement.  A work of extraordinary political bravery, Rossellini began the project in secret with members of the Italian resistance movement on his creative staff.  The film follows the brave individuals who lived in Rome and also dared to stand up to the Germans after they declared it an “open city.”


Monday, November 7, 2011

UMBERTO D (1952, 89 min.) – Vittorio De Sica’s (BICYCLE THIEVES) neorealist masterpiece was shot on location with nonprofessional actors.  It follows the elderly Umberto Domenico Ferrari (Carlo Battisti) as he struggles to survive in postwar Italy despite a rapidly dwindling state pension.  With his dog Flike as his only companion, he toils against the swift current of modernization and economic hardship, all while trying to meet the most basic of human needs – love, food and shelter.  A heartbreaking tale of a man struggling to maintain his dignity in a society that seems to have lost all vestiges of human kindness.




Monday, December 5, 2011

BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET (1958, 106 min.) – Mario Monicelli’s Oscar nominated comedy-heist film is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Italian cinema.  An all-star cast featuring Telluride Film Festival 2010 Tributee Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni,  Vittorio Gassman and Renato Salvatori is assembled to tell the story of a posse of small-time criminals who, despite their attempts to execute the perfect heist, bungle their robbery of a pawn shop in Rome.  Also notable for its jazzy soundtrack by composer Piero Umiliani which set the stage for a prevailing musical style in 1960’s-70’s European films.




Monday, January 2, 2012

LA DOLCE VITA (1960, 174 min.)– Considered to be one of the landmark achievements in world cinema, Federico Fellini’s Oscar winning film follows a journalist (Marcello Mastroianni) as he travels through Rome on a desperate search for love and happiness. “I prefer it as an allegory, a cautionary tale of a man without his center,” wrote Roger Ebert, “The movie is made with boundless energy.  Fellini stood here at the dividing point between the neorealism of his earlier films (like ‘La Strada’) and the carnival visuals of his extravagant later ones.” Co-starring Telluride Film Festival 2009 Tributee Anouk Aimee and Anita Ekberg. Winner of the  Palme d’Or at Cannes.



Monday, February 6, 2012

ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS (1960, 168 min.) – Luchino Visconti’s epic masterpiece follows the Parondis, a poor, rural family struggling to adjust to urban life after moving from their village in southern Italy to Milan.  The film is divided into five chapters revolving loosely around the five brothers and their hardships. Troubles arise when Simone (Renato Salvatori) falls in love with a prostitute, Nadia (Annie Girardot), who in turn falls in love with Simone’s saintly brother, Rocco (the exquisite Alain Delon).  Simone’s obsession with Nadia will lead him to a treacherous crime, dashing Rocco’s hopes of keeping the family together. “A fine Italian film to stand alongside the American classic, The Grapes of Wrath.” – New York Times.



Monday & Tuesday, March 5 & 6, 2012

(please note Part One plays Monday and Part Two on Tuesday)

BEST OF YOUTH (2003, Each part: 180 min.) – Marco Tullio Giordana’s Italian epic follows the lives of two brothers from the 1960’s until the 2000’s, documenting their journey from the prime of their adventurous youth through parenthood and retirement. Highlighting the interplay between the personal and the political, the film examines the way in which seemingly small events can impact the trajectory of a person’s life.  Roger Ebert wrote, “When the film was over, I had no particular desire to leave the theater, and would happily have stayed another three hours.” A surprise hit at the 2003 Telluride Film Festival.



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Screwball Comedies

Prepare for three of the funniest nights of your lives…

All SHOWS start at 6pm (5:30 for pre-SHOW reception) and are FREE TO ALL.

Monday, June 4, 2012

TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1932, 83 min):  “The most sophisticated of all American romantic comedies.” – Salon.com.  Generally considered to be director Ernst Lubitch’s masterpiece –  A romantic triangle and tale of deceit about two thieves Gaston (Herbert Marshall) and Lily (Miriam Hopkins) who join forces to con Madame Colet (Kay Francis), a gorgeous perfume company owner.  “They live in a movie world of exquisite costumes, flawless grooming, butlers, grand hotels in Venice, penthouses in Paris, cocktails, evening dress, wall safes, sweeping staircases, nightclubs, the opera and jewelry, a lot of jewelry,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times, “What is curious is how real they manage to seem, in the midst of the foppery.”

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MY MAN GODFREY (1936, 95 min):  Nominated for six Oscars, and “one of the treasures of 1930’s screwball comedy,” wrote Roger Ebert of director Gregory La Cava’s masterpiece, it “doesn’t merely use Lombard and Powell, it loves them.”  During a socialite scavenger hunt, Irene (Carole Lombard) wins a contest to see who can find a ‘forgotten man’ when she brings home the homeless man she found living at the city dump.  She takes a liking to the down-and-out Godfrey (William Powell) and hires him as the family butler, but Godfrey turns out to be far more than anyone originally expected.



Monday, July 2, 2012

THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937, 91 min):  Oscar-winner for Best Director, Leo McCarey’s film features Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as Jerry and Lucy Warriner, a high society couple whose marriage is on the rocks.  As they begin divorce proceedings, the couple undermines the other’s attempts to find new romance. “It took the crackbrained genius of Leo McCarey to completely transform the attractive romantic couple from not just good-looking people who traded funny quips, but good-looking people who traded funny quips and fell on their asses.” – Filmcritic.com 

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IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934, 105 min):  Frank Capra’s five time Academy Award winner is one of three films in history to capture a victory in each of the five major Oscar categories (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay), along with ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’ Featuring Clark Gable as Peter and Claudette Cobert as Ellie – the film follows an heiress and a newspaper reporter as they fall into an unlikely romance. “Gable and Colbert exhibit perfect chemistry, the screenplay turned out to have more substance than either initially expected, and the resulting production was magical.” – James Berardinelli, Reel Reviews.




Monday, August 6, 2012

BALL OF FIRE (1941, 111 min):  Directed by Howard Hawks with screenplay by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, this four-time Oscar nominated film features Barbara Stanwyk as Sugarpuss O’Shea, a burlesque dancer on the run from the law, and Gary Cooper as Professor Bertram Potts.   A professor of language, Potts meets the beautiful O’Shea because he wants to hear how real people talk, but finds himself falling for her.  As he attempts to help her avoid police and escape from the mob, he realizes that before meeting her “the only thing I could care for deeply…was a well-constructed sentence.”

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THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK (1944, 98 min):  Director Preston Sturges’ Oscar nominated film tells the tale of small-town girl, Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton), who wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband’s identity, after an all-night party with a group of soldiers headed overseas.  In regard to his film challenging the Hays Production Code of the era (at which he takes many jabs in the film), Sturges says in his memoir, “I wanted to show what happens to young girls who disregard their parents’ advice and who confuse patriotism with promiscuity. As I do not work in a church, I tried to adorn my sermon with laughter so that people would go to see the picture instead of staying away from it.”



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THE UNDEAD, A SERIES

All SHOWS start at 6pm (5:30 for pre-SHOW reception) and are FREE TO ALL.

Monday, November 5, 2012

NOSFERATU (1922, 94 min, Unrated):  Directed by F.W. Murnau and featuring Max Schrek, the film is based on Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale, Dracula, and has probably had the most profound effect on the horror genre than any other film.  Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times wrote, “It haunts us. It shows not that vampires can jump out of shadows, but that evil can grow there, nourished on death… ‘Nosferatu’ is more effective for being silent. It is commonplace to say that silent films are more `dreamlike,’ but what does that mean? In `Nosferatu,’ it means that the characters are confronted with alarming images and denied the freedom to talk them away. There is no repartee in nightmares. Human speech dissipates the shadows and makes a room seem normal. Those things that live only at night do not need to talk, for their victims are asleep, waiting.”

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DRACULA (1931, 71 min, Unrated): “I never drink…wine.”  Tod Browning’s masterpiece with Bela Lugosi as Dracula is one of the most famous horror movies ever made.  Filmed beautifully by the eminent cinematographer Karl Freund, this film turned the Count into a cinematic icon for years to come.  Lugosi’s life and persona became so intertwined with the role that he requested, upon his death, to be buried in his vampire cape. “Today, whenever anyone thinks of Dracula, they think of Lugosi, and it has been that way for 70 years,” wrote James Berardinelli for Reelviews, “His distinctive vocal inflections, the result of a thick Hungarian accent, have made him one of the most imitated men of the 20th century. What child has not, at one time or another, uttered the phrase, ‘I vant to suck your blood’?”



Monday, December 3, 2012

CAT PEOPLE (1942, 73 min, Unrated):  Produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur – Irena, a young Serbian woman, believes that she is the descendant of people who turn into cats when they are sexually aroused.  Based on Val Lewton’s short story, The Bagheeta, it was made as a B picture for only $135,000 and grossed $4 million to become RKO’s top money-maker for 1942 (in 1941, CITIZEN KANE made $500,000).  “CAT PEOPLE was constructed almost entirely out of fear.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

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HORROR OF DRACULA (1958, 82 min, Unrated):  Directed by Terence Fisher with Christopher Lee as Count Dracula.  “Dracula’s power lies in its bubbling sexual frission. Lee’s towering performance turns the Count into a seductive monster who sinks his fangs into the porcelain necks of his pretty co-stars as their bosoms pant with excited abandon… Meanwhile, Jack Asher’s lush cinematography transcends the production’s plywood sets. His colour film stock hammers home the horror: bright red blood dripping from Dracula’s white fangs; eyes flashing crimson with bloodshot menace. Now gorgeously restored to its former glory, this is a British horror movie to die for.” – Jamie Russell, BBC Movies

 



Monday, January 7, 2013

THE INNOCENTS (1961, 100 min, Unrated):  Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, director Jack Clayton’s haunting ghost story is based on the novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.  Screenplay co-written by Truman Capote.  While caring for two orphans in a secluded British mansion, a governess begins to suspect that ghosts from the house’s prior inhabitants are trying to possess the children’s souls. “Deborah Kerr is the sexually straitjacketed governess subject to either the ghastly duplicity of her dead-eyed charges or the threatening ghosts of the estate’s previous servants—or both—and it might be the most unforgettable performance by a British actress in its decade.”

– Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

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THE HAUNTING (1963, 112 min, Rated PG):  “Scandal, murder, insanity, suicide… the history of Hill House had everything I wanted. It was an evil house from the beginning… a house that was born bad.” – Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson) is paranormal expert who gathers an unlikely cast of characters at a haunted New England mansion in the hopes of stimulating and studying ghostly activities.  A British psychological horror film directed by Robert Wise and based on the Shirley Jackson novel The Haunting of Hill House.



Monday, February 4, 2013

BLACK SUNDAY (1960, 87 min, Unrated):  Mario Bava’s Italian horror masterpiece is about a vampire-witch killed by her own brother who and returns centuries later to devour her descendants.  The film was banned upon release due to the gruesome imagery, but despite initial censorship, went on to achieve international box office and critical success. “A supremely atmospheric horror film, Black Sunday was Mario Bava’s first and best directorial job, and the first of the 1960s cycle of Italian Gothic cinema… [The film] remains [Bava’s] greatest achievement, without a doubt one of the best horror films ever made.” Timothy Sullivan, The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968, 96 min, Unrated):  The famous cult classic about seven strangers who wind up trapped a rural farm house that is being attacked by zombies.  “If someone handed you $114,000 and said go to Pittsburgh and make the scariest movie you can in black-and-white with no sound effects or real actors, you probably couldn’t top George Romero’s ‘Night of the Living Dead.’ It’s the funniest but most real-looking horror film ever made…the jocular skepticism one brings to this 1968 masterpiece curdles into more terrifying feelings. A trip to the graveyard begets a 100-minute nightmare in which the dead come to life, attack the living, then eat their entrails.” – San Francisco Chronicle



Monday, March 4, 2013

NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979, 107 min, Rated PG):  Written and directed by Werner Herzog, this award-winning West German homage to the 1922 classic features the exquisite Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula.  “The most evocative series of images centered around the idea of the vampire that I have ever seen since F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times, “It is about the mood and style of vampirism, about the terrible seductive pity of it all.” 4 out of 4 STARS

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SUSPIRIA (1977, 98 min, Rated R):  Dario Argento’s Italian horror rollercoaster follows Suzy Banyon (Jessica Harper), a naïve American ballet student who attends the German Dance Academy Freiburg only to discover that it is governed by witches. Named as one of Wired Magazine’s Best 25 Horror Films of All Time. Suspiria is a very special film. For most Fantasy and/or Horror fans — and cineastes who enjoy or revel in the act of viewer-ship itself — Dario Argento’s 1977 occult masterpiece is the apotheosis of ‘pure cinema’: a film to be experienced almost entirely in terms of the immediate overwhelming impact it has on the senses, and which gains its subsequent meaning therefrom… when you raise your head at last, as though waking from some febrile dream, the only disappointment is that you will never be able to experience it for the first time again.” –horrorview.com



Monday, April 1, 2013

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008, 115 min, Rated R):  A stunning vampire, coming-of-age, love story from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson.  A not-to-be-missed instant classic.  “Let the Right One In is a ‘vampire movie,’ but not even remotely what we mean by that term. It is deadly grim. It takes vampires as seriously as the versions of ‘Nosferatu’ by Murnau and Herzog do, and that is very seriously indeed. It is also a painful portrayal of an urgent relationship between two 12-year-olds on the brink of adolescence…the young actors are powerful in draining roles. We care for them more than they care for themselves.”

– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times, 3 ½ out of 4 STARS.

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THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE (2001, 106 min):  Guillermo del Toro’s magnificent Spanish-Mexican gothic thriller, set during the Spanish Civil War, is about an orphanage for boys that is plagued by a haunting as well as the ever-present threat of war.  “A mournful and beautiful new ghost story by Guillermo del Toro,” wrote Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times, that “understands that most ghosts are sad, and are attempting not to frighten us but to urgently communicate something that must be known so that they can rest.”



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Werner Herzog Summer Series

All SHOWS start at 6pm (5:30 for pre-SHOW reception) and are FREE TO ALL.

Monday, June 3, 2013

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WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE (1980, 20 min). A documentary by Les Blank in which Werner Herzog promises to eat his own shoe if director Errol Morris ever completes the film GATES OF HEAVEN. With the help of chef Alice Waters, TFF 40th Anniversary special guest and longtime Festival friend, Herzog cooks his own shoe and eats it at the premiere of Morris’ film.

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BURDEN OF DREAMS (1982, 95 min) – Also by Les Blank, documenting the chaotic production of Herzog’s FITZCARRALDO, shot in the jungles of South America with Klaus Kinski (6th Telluride Film Festival Tributee) and Claudia Cardinale (37th Telluride Film Festival Tributee). “Les Blank’s BURDEN OF DREAMS is one of the most remarkable documentaries ever made about the making of a movie,” wrote Roger Ebert. “There are at least two reasons for that. One is that the movie being made, Werner Herzog’s FITZCARRALDO, involved some of the most torturous and dangerous on-location shooting experiences in film history. The other is that the documentary is by Les Blank, himself a brilliant filmmaker, who is unafraid to ask difficult questions and portray Herzog, warts and all.”

 

 



Monday, July 1, 2013

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (West Germany, 1974)

PRECAUTIONS AGAINST FANATICS (1969, 12 min) – Herzog’s first color film – a short piece about horse trainers and track workers filmed at a racing track near Munich, Germany. Described on Herzog’s official website as an “elaborate on-camera practical joke.”

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THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER- EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL (1974, 109 min) – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, the Critic’s Prize and the Ecumenical Prize at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival, and also listed in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies Collection. Based on a true story, Herzog’s film follows the mysterious happenings of Kaspar Hauser who, with a cryptic note in hand and hardly able to speak or walk, appeared in Nuremberg in 1828 explaining that his entire life up until that moment was spent in a dungeon. The film features Bruno S. as Kaspar, a street performer who spent most of his own real life locked in mental institutions, though Herzog believes he was never really insane.

 

 



Monday, August 5, 2013

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LA SOUFRIÈRE (1977, 31 min) – A documentary short about a volcano that is supposed to erupt on the island of Guadeloupe and the people who have stayed behind. Herzog hears that one man has refused to leave despite warnings and evacuation, so he travels there to understand the man’s relationship with death.

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THE WHITE DIAMOND (2004, 87min) – Herzog’s documentary about the “Jungle Airship,” a daring and unique flying machine engineered by Dr. Graham Dorrington and designed to explore the rain forest canopy over the jungles of Guyana. “I direct you — nay, order you — to do whatever you must to see Herzog’s latest exploration,” wrote Andrew O’Hehir of Salon.com, “It’s an indescribable, haunting human story of airships, disasters and the mysteries of the Guyanese jungle…The White Diamond is an inexpressibly beautiful and moving film.”



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THEY CAME TO TELLURIDE:

WOMEN BEHIND THE LENS

An exploration of influential, international women filmmakers, all of whom have attended the Telluride Film Festival with their works.

All SHOWS start at 6pm (5:30 for pre-SHOW appetizer reception) and are FREE TO ALL. For more information contact Erika Gordon at erika@telluridefilmfestival.org

Monday, October 7, 2013

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FRIDA (Julie Taymor, U.S., 2002, 123 min., Rated R) – Winner of two Oscars and a Golden Globe, Salma Hayek shines as Frida Kahlo, the Mexican surrealist painter who channeled a life of pain into her artwork.  The film explores her tempestuous relationship with the internationally renowned artist, Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina) and her lifelong struggle with the ramifications of a debilitating injury. “Frida” explodes with color, music and sensuality.” –A.O. Scott, New York Times.



Monday, November 4, 2013

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DESERT HEARTS (Donna Deitch, U.S., 1985, 96 min., Rated R) – Proclaimed by the Guardian as one of the top ten most romantic films ever made.  Donna Deitch’s first feature film is a the story of a lesbian love affair between Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver), an uptight Columbia University professor going through a divorce, and Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau), a free spirit whom Vivian encounters on her trip to Reno. “Its love scene could not be more emotional.  A gentle story of someone being brought in from the cold.” – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune



Monday, December 2, 2013

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SALAAM BOMBAY! (Mira Nair, India, 1988, 113 min.) – Nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe (Best Foreign Language Film), and winner of the Audience Award and the Camera d’Or at Cannes, the film was shot on location in the streets of Bombay and features many non-actors.  Krishna (Shafiq Syed) is a young runaway who is kicked out of his home and abandoned by a traveling circus.  He makes his way to Bombay where he gets a job delivering tea and hopes to save enough money to return to his mother.  “Nair has been able to make a film that has the everyday, unforced reality of documentary, and yet the emotional power of great drama.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times



 Monday, January 6, 2014

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ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS (Lone Scherfig, Denmark, 2000, 112 minutes, Rated R) – One of the most profitable films in Scandinavian history, the format follows the strict Dogma 95 technique of handheld camera, natural lighting and other methods that give the film a realistic feel and “allow(s) more intimate glimpses of its characters than a more polished approach would have permitted,” wrote the New York Times.   Follows six lonely, thirty-something singles looking for love on a trip to Venice.  “The film has been written and directed by Lone Scherfig, who has a real affection for her characters, and likes to watch them discovering if happiness can be found in the absence of crucial social skills.”- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times



  Monday, February 3, 2014

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PERSEPOLIS (Marjane Satrapi, France/US, 2007, 96 min, Rated PG-13) – “It’s a mind blower,” wrote Peter Travers of Rolling Stone of this animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s bestselling autobiographical graphic novel.  Chronicling her experiences growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution, the film features the voice talents of Sean Penn, Gena Rowlands, Catherine Deneuve and Iggy Pop. Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe (Best Foreign Language Film).



Monday, March 3, 2014

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THE PIANO (Jane Campion, France/Australia, 1993, 121 min., Rated R) – Winner of three Oscars including Best Actress (Holly Hunter), Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin) and Best Screenplay (Jane Campion). Set in the mid-19th century on the west coast of New Zealand, a mute pianist and her daughter find themselves in an unfamiliar new world as music opens the doors to love, sensuality, and ultimately to expression. “[An] evocative, powerful, extraordinarily beautiful film from the Australian director Jane Campion.” – Washington Post



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Summer Series

Many Tales: Multiple Story Lines in Cinema

All SHOWS – always on the first Monday of the month: 6pm (5:30pm for pre-SHOW reception)

For more information contact Erika Gordon at erika@telluridefilmfestival.org

Monday, June 2, 2014

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NASHVILLE (1975, 159 minutes, Rated R), Robert Altman’s Oscar-winning film takes place over five days in Nashville, during the countdown to a presidential primary.  “It is a tender poem to the wounded and the sad,” wrote Roger Ebert who gave the film four out of four stars, “Because Altman himself effortlessly swims in a sea of friends and associates, he finds it easy to make movies that do the same thing, and what’s amazing is not how many characters there are in ‘Nashville’ (more than 25 significant speaking roles) but how many major characters. To get into this movie at all is to be given scenes of weight and depth, so that your character makes an impression. And there are not just many characters but many themes.”  Featuring many acting greats including Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Keith Carradine, Shelly Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin…and a long and talented list of others.



Monday, July 7, 2014

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SLACKER (1991, 97 minutes, Rated R), Richard Linklater’s debut, award-winning feature gives a window into the culture of Austin, Texas twentysomethings over the course of a 24-hour period.  “The film is a collection of short, unconnected glimpses into the dropout subculture, touching base with a variety of musicians, students, street people and general eccentrics,” wrote Vincent Canby of the New York Times, “Linklater’s eye for nuance and gift for dialogue are superb, and the portrait he paints is so uncannily accurate that the term ‘slacker’ was almost immediately co-opted as a media buzzword.”



Monday, August 4, 2014

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I’M NOT THERE (2007, 135 minutes, Rated R) – Todd Haynes Golden Globe winning film premiered at the 34th Telluride Film Festival.  Bob Dylan gave Haynes the rights to his music to weave through this masterful portrayal of the poet-musician’s life. Hiring six actors to channel Dylan at different times throughout his career, “Todd Haynes is a mischievous visionary who puts the music and the myth of Bob Dylan before us in I’m Not There and dares us not to revel in the troubadour’s poetic, contentious, ever-changing essence.  It’s a feast for the eyes, the ears, and the Dylanologist scratching around our minds and hearts…an unmissable movie event,” wrote Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.  With a stunning cast including Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Kris Kristofferson and Julianne Moore.



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Antipodes:

Films of Australia and New Zealand

The 2014-15 fall/winter series showcases six films – three each from Australia and New Zealand. These selections highlight the growth and rich range of genres and cinematic styles that have emerged from Down Under.

The series begins in the seventies – a period of revival in New Zealand filmmaking and the establishment of the Australian New Wave – and ends with recent additions to an ever developing and fascinating co-national filmography.

All SHOWS begin at 6pm, 5:30 for pre-SHOW reception. Free food, drink and lively discussions are moderated by a Telluride Film Festival Ringmaster.

For more information contact Erika Gordon at erika@telluridefilmfestival.org

Monday, October 6, 2014

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SLEEPING DOGS (New Zealand, 1977, 107 minutes, Unrated) – Roger Donaldson’s directorial debut was the first film from New Zealand to have its opening in the U.S. It is the story of Smith (Sam Neill), who lives in the near future economic collapse of New Zealand. When he discovers that his wife has been cheating, he moves out on his own, only to confront political chaos in New Zealand where people are being murdered for speaking out against the government. Roger Ebert wrote, “A very well made and acted movie about a time in the near future when New Zealand goes into a state of martial law, and underground groups form to fight against the dictatorship.”



Monday, November 3, 2014

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PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (Australia, 1975, 115 minutes, Rated PG) – Peter Weir’s haunting mystery takes place in 1900’s Australia at boarding school for girls. The girls set out on a Valentine’s Day Picnic to the countryside with their uptight headmistress (Rachel Roberts). During the outing, four of them are drawn to explore a mysterious rock formation nearby, and three never return. What really happened? “One of the most hauntingly beautiful mysteries ever created on film. – San Francisco Chronicle



Monday, December 1, 2014

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AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE (New Zealand, 1990, 158 minutes, Rated R) – Jane Campion tells the tale of New Zealand poet Janet Frame, painting a picture of the authoress’ turbulent life. The biographical film begins with childhood, and follows her through her difficult upbringing and her misdiagnosis as a schizophrenic. Committed to a mental institution, Frame is subjected to years of unnecessary shock treatments, but is rescued through her writing. Roger Ebert wrote, “An Angel at my Table is told with a clarity and simplicity that is quietly but completely absorbing. Yes, it is visually beautiful, and, yes, it is well-acted, but it doesn’t call attention to its qualities. It tells its story calmly and with great attention to human detail and, watching it, I found myself drawn in with a rare intensity.”



Monday, January 5, 2015

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THE CASTLE (Australia, 1997, 85 minutes, Rated R) – Rob Stitch’s breakout film is about Darryl Kerrigan (Michael Caton), a working-class tow-truck driver and father of four. He is extremely devoted to his family, and his pride and joy is his home – his castle. When the government demands that Kerrigan sell his house for an airport expansion, he battles them all the way up to the Supreme Court. “Rob Sitch’s tale of blue-collar heroes with hearts of gold became one of Australia’s most widely quoted comedies and catapulted Darryl Kerrigan straight into the pool room of cinematic legends,” wrote The Guardian, “Beyond gags about pools tables, behavioral patterns and material possessions, The Castle reminds us of the value of small gestures, assuming the best in people, picking your fights and being fiercely loyal to those you love.”



Monday, February 2, 2015

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BOY (New Zealand, 2010, 87 minutes, Unrated) –Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Fesetival. Directed by Taiki Waititi, “The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand ‘Thriller’ is changing kids’ lives…BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson. Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson…(his) other hero, his father Alamein, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality he’s ‘in the can for robbery.’ When Alamein returns home after 7 years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.” – Boythefilm.com. “A crowd pleasing film! A cross between The 400 Blows and Slumdog Millionaire.” – Hollywood Reporter



Monday, March 2, 2015

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ANIMAL KINGDOM (Australia, 2010, 113 minutes, Rated R) – Nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, David Michôd’s film exposes the dark underbelly of Melbourne. Pope Cody is an armed robber on the run. His friend and accomplice, ‘Baz’ Brown, wants out of the business. Craig Cody, Pope’s brother, is trading illegal substances, and the youngest Cody brother, Darren, stumbles naively through the criminal world of the city. Enter Joshua ‘J’ Cody, the brothers’ nephew, who believes that he can participate in the corruption, but quickly learns that the life is far more dangerous than he bargained for. “Animal Kingdom is an art house crime saga that will put your heart in your mouth,” wrote Kenneth Turan of the LA Times, “(It’s) a moody, brooding, modern-day film noir that marks the impressive debut of an Australian writer-director who knows how to make a film that is, in his own words, ‘dark and violent yet beautiful and poetic at the same time.’”



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Grand Adventures

The 2015 summer series showcases three films about hitting the road (or sea, as it were). These selections highlight Wilkinson Public Library’s adult summer learning program, “Choose Your Own Adventure,” which focuses on the idea of experiential learning and pushing personal frontiers.

TFF and WPL have combined forces to help folks step out of their comfort zones. And, there are amazing “experiential” prizes for those willing to take risks! There are multiple ways to get involved in the summer program at the library, including attending Cinematheque, or other fantastic WPL programs.

All SHOWS begin at 6pm, 5:30 for pre-SHOW reception. Free food, drink and lively discussions are moderated by a TFF Ringmaster. For more information contact erika@telluridefilmfestival.org.



Monday, June 1, 2015

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THELMA AND LOUISE (1991, 106 minutes, Rated R) – Ridley Scott’s adventure crime drama features the stunning duo of Geena Davis (Thelma) and Susan Sarandon (Louise).  The film received six Academy Award nominations and won one for Best Original Screenplay.  Both Sarandon and Davis were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.  Two friends set out for a two-day vacation from their monotonous lives and end up embroiled in a whirlwind of adventure, romance and run-ins with the law.  One of the most iconic final scenes in the history of filmmaking.  Also with Harvey Keitel and Brad Pitt.



Monday, July 6, 2015

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ALL IS LOST (2013, 115 minutes, Rated PG-13) – J.C. Chandor’s epic tale of survival had its North American premiere at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival.  Deep in the Indian Ocean (“1700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits”), a man (Robert Redford) says, “I’m sorry. I know that means little at this point, but I am. I tried. I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right, but I wasn’t.” He declares, “All is lost.”  Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called the film, “a bold, gripping thriller,” while The Independent’s Geoffrey McNab said the film was “utterly compelling viewing.” Alan Scherstuhl of The Village Voice wrote that the film is “a genuine nail-biter, scrupulously made and fully involving, elemental in its simplicity.” After the world premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Redford received a standing ovation.



Monday, August 3, 2015

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PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (1985, 91 minutes, Rated PG) – Tim Burton’s classic!  “Everything about Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, from its toy-box colors to its superb, hyper-animated Danny Elfman score to the butch-waxed hairdo and wooden-puppet walk of its star and mastermind is pure pleasure,” wrote Salon.com’s Stephanie Zacharek.  Variety Magazine compared Paul Reubens’ performance to Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton. Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) has his bike stolen and journeys across the country to find it.  He encounters bizarre travellers and strange happenings along the way, and he never loses his sense of humor.  The film is pure joy.  It is about the fun of having fun and it rides off of the genius of Tim Burton as well as the limitless energy that Reubens brings to the character of Pee Wee.  The film topped Roger Ebert’s list of Guilty Pleasures in 1987.



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Technicolor Explored

All screenings take place in the Wilkinson Public Library Program Room. 6pm – first Monday of the month. Snacks included, FREE TO ALL.

For more information, please contact erika@telluridefilmfestival.org.

Who could forget Dorothy’s unforgettable transition from the lackluster sepia of her Kansas home to the stunning color of the fantastical Oz, quite literally over the rainbow. Rich and heavily saturated, Technicolor became a tool to emphasize imaginative story lines and sets – to transition the vividness of our imaginations to celluloid.

To achieve the lush color, light was filtered through a double beam splitter in cameras, a process of refining and blocking colors that when combined and superimposed resulted in an enhanced visual spectrum and a film experience like no other.

Melodrama, adventure, the animated forest animals of our childhoods and the surrealism of a housewife’s psyche burst to life in this explosive richness. Experience the visual magic on the big screen with a selection of colorful classics!



Monday, October 5, 2015

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• THE THIEF OF BAGDAD – Michael Powell, Alexander Korda, Ludwig Berger, Tim Whela, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies, (1940, 106 minutes, Rated G).

“This 1940 movie is one of the great entertainments. It lifts up the heart,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times.

Three-time Oscar-winner and visually groundbreaking take on “1001 Arabian Nights,” THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (also the precursor to Disney’s ALADDIN) follows the young thief Abu (Sabu), and the youthful king Ahmad (John Justin). They must escape the evil Jaffar’s (Conrad Veidt) palace dungeon. On their journey, Ahmad, living like a beggar, falls in love with the Princess (June Duprez) who has already been betrothed to Jaffar. The battle for love takes the audience into mystical realms where we meet the towering genie (Rex Ingram), the devious Halima (Mary Morris), and where we encounter wonderful magic including a wondrous magic carpet ride. Variety hailed the film as “a colorful, lavish and eye-appealing spectacle.”



Monday, November 2, 2015

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• MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION – Douglas Sirk (1954, 108 minutes, Unrated).

“Moving, human drama which packs emotional impact.” – Variety

 In this Academy Award-nominated cinematic version of Lloyd C. Douglas’ novel, Rock Hudson is a reckless playboy who is indirectly responsible for the death of a kindly doctor through an accident with a speedboat. The doctor’s widow, Jane Wyman, will not accept apologies for her husband’s death. However, when she is blinded (again due to an inadvertent mistake by Hudson), he makes the bold, philanthropic decision to help her anonymously through a lifetime of service.

“Every step depends on stifled emotions and closely guarded secrets, resulting in a buildup of operatic passion that endows everyday gestures and inflections with grandeur and nobility.” – New Yorker



Monday, December 7, 2015

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• BAMBI – David Hand, James Algar, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Graham Heid (1942, 70 minutes, Rated G).

“The glow and texture of the Disney brush reach new heights.” – Variety

The three-time Oscar-nominated Disney masterpiece is based on the book “Bambi, A Life in the Woods” by Austrian Author Felix Salten.  This animated tale made the American Film Institute’s top ten list for American genre classics and was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
“For the first time, Disney has done his backgrounds in oils instead of watercolors.  The result is striking.” – TIME Magazine



Monday, January 4, 2016

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• JULIET OF THE SPIRITS – Frederico Fellini (1965, 137 minutes, Unrated).

“It’s never less than dazzling to look at.” –Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
Two-time Academy Award-nominated.

“At once an eye-popping display of bravura and a work of compassionate insight.” – Los Angeles Times

This two-time Academy Award-nominated masterpiece from writer-director Federico Fellini uses brilliant color and astonishing imagery in this exploration of a woman’s psychological awakening. Giulietta built her existence around her husband, but when she realizes that he has been cheating, she must rediscover the strength to reclaim her independence.

“Fellini went deliriously and brilliantly bananas with the color to create a rollicking through-the-looking-glass series of tableaus evoking a woman’s troubled psyche.” – New York Times



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Hope Springs Eternal…

All screenings take place in the Wilkinson Public Library Program Room. 6pm – first Monday of the month. Snacks included, FREE TO ALL.

For more information, please contact erika@telluridefilmfestival.org.

For many, spring represents a rebirth, awakening, and an opportunity for reflection. With each new bud and blossom sprouts a new life and new chances. How appropriate then to welcome this hopeful season with four films that explore the journeys, however big or small, dramatic or subtle, that ultimately lead to personal growth. Join us as the winds of change breeze through small-time docks and into the soul of a downtrodden contender, to actress Myrtle Gordon and her big stage, to a Swedish commune struggling with identity. These winds also help direct a puttering VW bus across the country to a children’s beauty pageant. Nothing will ever be the same, and in that we rejoice.



Monday, February 22, 2016

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 • ON THE WATERFRONT (1954, 108 minutes, Unrated).

“I coulda been a contendah…” – Marlon Brando

Eight-time Oscar winner including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, this classic story of mob informants is based on true stories and filmed on location in and around the docks of New York and New Jersey. Washed-up boxer Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) has witnessed a murder, and he is willing to keep his mouth shut until he meets the dead dockworker’s sister, Edie (Eva Marie Saint). Of Brando’s performance, director Elia Kazan has said, “If there is a better performance by a man in the history of film in America, I don’t know what it is.”

“Under Elia Kazan’s direction, Marlon Brando puts on a spectacular show, giving us a fascinating, multi-faceted performance as the uneducated dock walloper and former pug, who is basically a softie with a special affection for his rooftop covey of pigeons.” – Variety



Monday, March 7, 2016

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• OPENING NIGHT (1977, 144 minutes, PG-13).

John Cassavetes’ OPENING NIGHT features Gena Rowlands (Mrs. Cassavetes) as Broadway actress Myrtle Gordon. She has plans to star in a play written by her old friend Sarah Goode (Joan Blondell), when a series of catastrophes threaten to implode not only the production, but Myrtle’s very foundation. Supporting Gena Rowlands are New York/Hollywood greats including Ben Gazzara, Zohra Lampert, Paul Stewart, James Karen and others.

“Gena Rowlands plays the role at perfect pitch: She is able to suggest, even in the midst of seemingly ordinary moments, the controlled panic of a person who needs a drink, right here, right now,” wrote Roger Ebert, “I love (Cassavetes’) films with the kind of personal urgency that you feel toward a beloved friend who is destroying himself.”

“Cassavetes’ then-wife Gena Rowlands delivers a tour-de-force as a celebrated actress growing old disgracefully.” – BBC



Monday, April 4, 2016

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TOGETHER (2000, 106 minutes, Rated R).

“A sly, satirical Swedish film.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

From Director Lukas Moodysson comes a lithe Swedish comedy about Elisabeth, a woman fleeing her abusive husband in the mid-1970s. With her two children, she moves into her brother Goran’s commune in a large house in suburban Stockholm. The commune, called “Together,” is filled with a cast of characters who at first resist accepting Elisabeth, but then welcome her and her children as part of their family. Elisabeth begins a personal transformation, influenced by the liberal attitudes towards sex, drugs and politics of the commune. But will it last?

“An almost perfect light comedy: funny, original, touchingly tender, with superbly managed modulations of tone between laughs and tears.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian



Monday, May 2, 2016

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• LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (2006, 101 minutes, Rated R).

You just won’t see a better acted, and better cast, movie than ‘Little Miss Sunshine.’” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Two-time Oscar-winner from directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, this story follows the irresistible seven-year old Olive (Abigail Breslin), who resolves that she will enter the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ pageant. To help her realize her dreams, her dysfunctional family embarks on a wild, interstate road trip…culminating with one of the finest, most endearing cinematic scenes of all time. With Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell and Toni Collette.

“We get something wonderful: a scrappy human comedy that takes an honest path to laughs and is twice as funny and touching for it.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone



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Music and Film

All screenings take place in the Wilkinson Public Library Program Room. 6pm – first Monday of the month. Snacks included, FREE TO ALL.

For more information, please contact erika@telluridefilmfestival.org.

Music and film are two mediums that have been inextricably intertwined for almost a century. Whether we are conscious of it or not, a soundtrack provides the underlying emotion for the visual feast our eyes absorb from the screen. Inside our brains, the pictorial and the auditory combine to lift our experience into, what the famous film composer Bernard Herrmann described as “the realm of poetry.” What better way to explore this joyous phenomenon than to explore the lives and inner workings of the music makers themselves?



Monday, October 10, 2016

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 • WOODSTOCK (1970, 184 minutes, Rated R), dir. Michael Wadleigh
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, WOODSTOCK is a chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival near Bethel, New York. Entertainment Weekly hailed the film as “the benchmark of concert movies and one of the most entertaining documentaries ever made.” Featuring Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joan Baez, The Who, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and a host of others.


Monday, November 7, 2016

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• AMADEUS (1984, 160 minutes, Rated R), dir. Milos Forman

Winner of eight Oscars including Best Picture (Saul Zaentz), Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham) and Best Director (Milos Forman), AMADEUS is a semi-biopic tribute to the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. And his stunning music is the backbone of this cinematic treasure, set in Vienna Austria during the latter half of the 18th century. Roger Ebert gave the film four out of four stars and it made his list of “Great Movies.”



Monday, December 5, 2016

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• THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1985 82 minutes, Rated R), dir. Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner’s directorial debut was called “one of the funniest movies ever made” by Roger Ebert. Reiner went on to make cinematic greats such as THE PRINCESS BRIDE, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, MISERY and a host of others. Written, scored and featuring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer speaking in fake British accents throughout, the film follows the heavy metal band Spinal Tap on their 1982 U.S. promotional tour for their new album “Smell the Glove.”



Monday, January 2, 2017

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• BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (1999), dir. Wim Wenders

A documentary on the masterful Ry Cooder’s performance with an ensemble of legendary Cuban musicians to record an album called the Buena Vista Social Club. The film helped the musicians, many of whom were already very old, gain notoriety in a worldwide audience. A documentary that mixes music with impressionistic glimpses of urban life in contemporary Cuba,” wrote The New York Times. “Filmed in Amsterdam and New York, the concert scenes find the stage awash in such intense joy, camaraderie and nationalist pride that you become convinced that making music is a key to longevity and spiritual well-being.”





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