Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sept revivals: the rest of the month

Hey all. Mike here with a short list for the next week. 3 films in all, with 2 repeats. Here we go:

THE 400 BLOWS with ANTOINE AND COLETTE- Film Forum- Sat Sept 29-Mon Oct 1 and Wed Oct 3 at 4:20, 7 and 9:30- Francois Truffaut's classic 1959 film; his first feature-length picture, and one of those first credited for launching New Wave cinema successfully, gets a longer than usual run at the Forum, in a restored 35mm print. Semi-autobiographical we follow Truffaut's most famous character, neglected Antoine Doinel, during his time as petty criminal and in reform school. We learn to sympathize with him, while noting every fault and every mistake that does more damage to his life than it should. Francois's mother was NOT happy with the final result/implications. Of course this includes the classic final 2 minutes, and one of the most memorable final freeze shots in movie history, no hyperbole on my part. Oscar nominated for Original Screenplay. But not for Foreign Film. Black Orpheus was chosen to be France's representative. It won the category, but it's borderline unwatchable as far as I'm concerned.

Despite the implications of the ending (SPOILER ALERT! THE FILM IS ALMOST 50 YEARS OLD. IF YOU LIVE IN A MOVIE BUFF CAVE, THAT'S NOT MY PROBLEM.), Truffaut would bring back the Antoine Doinel character for several sequels. His life gets better in comparison to the first film, but happier? Weeeeeellll . . . . . Anyway, the fist sequel, ANTOINE AND COLETTE from 1962, will be screened after The 400 Blows. Here, Antoine has an adult job, but a girlfriend who may love him as much as he loves her, or maybe not.

Let's see who's interested in this one.

FITZCARRALDO- Sat Sept 29- Mon Oct 1, and Wed Oct 3 at 6:10 and 9:20- IFC Film Center- Playing at the same time as The 400 Blows is the Kinski-Herzog film (in a new 35mm print). Surprise, surprise. The one week only run did well enough to get a second week. This news will either inspire you to want to catch this film before it goes, or it will make you want to stick your head into a bear trap, and pray for sweet sweet death. Both reactions are understandable.

STAR TREK 2: THE WRATH OF KHAN- Sat Sept 29 at Midnight- Landmark Sunshine Cinema- I know it's been done before, but I can't go without mentioning this one. I enjoy it too much and after 25 years, it still works. Don't want to hear from the haters, time is on my side with this one; besides most of the haters haven't even seen it. For those who haven't seen it, or haven't seen in in a long time, or have never seen it on the big screen and can stay up way past midnight, come on, go for it.

Let me know if there's interest. The first October list will come out in a few days, but it will have only one film on it. One I've talked about and waited quite a while for. Later all.

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