How to Look: Japanese Cinema

Jul 27, 2014, 1pm
Whiteman Hall Film Program Coordinator Perry Allen explores the art of Japanese cinema through film excerpts and conversation. Films featured include, Ozu’s Late Spring, Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Godzilla, and Princess Mononoke. Runtime: 1hr Rating: N/A Cost: FREE

Ugetsu (1953)

Aug 3, 2014, 1pm
"Quite simply one of the greatest of filmmakers,” said Jean-Luc Godard of Kenji Mizoguci. And Ugetsu, a ghost story like no other, is surely the Japanese director’s supreme achievement. Derived from stories by Anikari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, this haunting tale of love and loss – with its exquisite blending of the otherworldly and the real, through its direct incorporation of noh and kabuki theatrical styles – is one of the most beautiful films ever made. Runtime: 100 minutes Rating: Unrated Tickets: $5 members | $10 non-members

Throne of Blood (1957)

Aug 17, 2014, 1pm
A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives a remarkable, animalistic performance, as does Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife. Throne of Blood fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience. Runtime: 2 ½ hours Rating: Unrated Cost: $5 Members | $10 Non-Members

CF Summer Film Festival: The Art of the Steal

Aug 20, 2014, 7pm
Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon).  Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood. Rated R. Runtime: 90 minutes The Contemporary Forum Summer Film Festival is generously sponsored by Lisa Sette Gallery. Price: Free

The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

Aug 24, 2014, 1pm
This haunting, kabuki-inflected version of a Japanese folk legend is set in a remote mountain village where food is scarce and tradition dictates that citizens who have reached their seventieth year must be carried to the summit of Mount Narayama and left there to die. Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, The Ballad of Narayama is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan’s cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita. Runtime: 2 ½ hours Rating: Unrated Cost: $5 Members | $10 Non-Members

National Theatre Live: Medea

Sep 7, 2014, 2pm
Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Cost: $15 Museum Members, students with ID; $18 general admission.  Tickets available here. Presented in High Definition and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Runtime: approx 2hrs30mins.... (View more)

CF Summer Film Festival: Jodorowsky’s Dune

Sep 17, 2014, 7pm
Filmmaker Frank Pavich explores one of cinema's great "what ifs" in this documentary detailing Alejandro Jodorowsky's aborted feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's celebrated sci-fi novel Dune. With the release of El Topo (1970) and its psychedelic follow-up The Holy Mountain (1973), Jodorowsky became not only a pioneer of psychedelic surrealism in film, but also the father of the "Midnight Movie." Following the success of those two films, the Chilean director began focusing all of his energies on translating Dune to the big screen. The film was to star Jodorowsky's own son, Brontis, along with a stunning cast that included Orson Welles, David Carradine, Mick Jagger, and Salvador Dali, with Pink Floyd providing the sco... (View more)

Manhattan Short Film Festival 2013

Oct 1, 2014, 7pm
An extraordinary global event will take place the week of September 26th to October 5th, 2014 when over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across seven continents gather in cinemas, galleries, universities, museums, and cafes for one purpose…to view and vote on short films in the 18th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.   The festival’s mission is to unite audiences across all seven continents of the globe for one week via the most compelling short films submitted each year. Every viewer at every screening in every venue gets to vote for their favorite short films with the winner being announced October 5th. Past winners have gone to be nominated for Oscars with 2 out of the last 3 Academy Award winning short films being a part of... (View more)

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