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MAY 20, 2014
UW CINEMATHEQUE ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2014
SCREENINGS AT CHAZEN MUSEUM AND MARQUEE THEATER AT
UNION SOUTH INCLUDE THE ORIGINAL GODZILLA, BREAKING
AWAY, & MADISON PREMIERE OF VON TRIER’S NYMPHOMANIAC
During Summer 2014, the UW Cinematheque will present a dazzlingly
diverse series of feature film screenings for serious movie lovers on original
35mm prints and DCP. Screenings this summer will take place at the Chazen
Museum of Art and the Marquee Theater at Union South. Screenings take
place every Thursday and Friday and some Saturdays beginning June 19 and
concluding August 9.
All Cinematheque screenings are free and open to the public. Please see
below for a complete listing of programs and series descriptions. The
Cinematheque’s website (http://cinema.wisc.edu) will go live with the
summer calendar at noon on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
Thursday programs screen at:
Chazen Museum of Art
750 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Friday and Saturday programs screen at
Marquee Theater at Union South
1308 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715
Admission free for all screenings, seating limited. No admission 15
minutes after scheduled start times.
Our website: http://cinema.wisc.edu
For photos, a separate email will be forthcoming from Ben Reiser inviting
you to a collaborative folder on Box.
For additional information, photos, and advance screener requests
Jim Healy, (608) 263-9643, email@example.com
Ben Reiser, (608) 262-3627, firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER CINEMATHEQUE AT THE CHAZEN
Presented in collaboration with the Chazen Museum of Art, this fun and
eclectic selection of summer movie treats is a cinephile’s dream come true!
A pre-code musical gem, classic comedy from W.C. Fields, an auteurist
Western masterpiece, French fantasy and sci-fi, and a fascinating Iranian
hybrid of fiction and documentary are just some of the programming
highlights. Join us in the Chazen’s auditorium every Thursday from June 19
to August 7.
UW CINEMATHEQUE AND WUD FILM COMMITTEE PRESENT SUMMER
MOVIES AT THE MARQUEE
The exciting lineup of summer programming on the big screen of the
Marquee Theater at Union South includes 35mm prints of all-time classics
and cult favorites, as well as new DCP restorations presented on the
Marquee’s newly-installed digital projection system! Plus, Marquee Premiere
Showcase selections include the only area theatrical screenings of Lars von
Trier’s complete Nymphomaniac saga and Richard Ayoade’s The Double.
THURS., 6/19, 7 p.m.
USA | 1988 | 35mm | 97 min.
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster
A homeless drifter (wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper) discovers a reason for the
ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor: a conspiracy by non-
human aliens who have infiltrated American society in the guise of wealthy
yuppies. With the help of special sunglasses that reveal the aliens’ true skull
faces and their subliminal messages (“marry and reproduce”; “submit to
authority”), our hero tries to stop the invasion. Carpenter’s deliriously
imaginative satire of Reaganomics and the “greed is good” era also has one
of the funniest (and longest) fight scenes in American cinema. Presented in
conjunction with “I Knew Him” Jim Dine Skulls: 1982-2000, in the Pleasant
T. Rowland Galleries at the Chazen Museum of Art, May 16-August 17.
FRI., 6/20, 7 p.m.
USA | 1975 | 35mm | 113 min.
Director: Michael Ritchie
Cast: Bruce Dern, Barbara Feldon, Michael Kidd
In one of his signature roles, legendary character actor Dern leads a
formidable ensemble cast as Big Bob Freelander, used car dealer and chief
judge in California’s annual Young American Miss pageant. One of the
funniest – and most underrated – comedies ever made, this lampoon of
beauty contests and small-town life is a classic piece of Americana from the
director of The Candidate and the original version of The Bad News Bears.
SAT., 6/21, 7 p.m.
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. 1
Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium | 2013 | DCP | 118 min.
Director: Lars von Trier
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf
SAT., 6/21, 9:30 p.m.
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. 2
Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium | 2013 | DCP | 123 min.
Director: Lars von Trier
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Willem Dafoe
Easily one of the year’s most talked-about films, the latest opus from Danish
provoc-auteur von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark,
Melancholia) traces the erotic life of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac,
fearlessly portrayed by Gainsbourg. Boldly confrontational, wildly
compelling, and often surprisingly funny, Von Trier’s very explicit epic is a
true orgy of cinema. Because the original cut was halved for international
release, Volumes I and II will be screened consecutively. (MK)
THURS., 6/26, 7 p.m.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE)
France | 1946 | 35mm | 95 min. | French with English subtitles
Director: Jean Cocteau
Cast: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély
Noted playwright, artist, and filmmaker Cocteau brings his multi-talented
vision to the screen in this adaptation of the famed children’s fable. More
poetry in motion than child’s play, the film uses visual metaphors and
hypnotic music (by Georges Auric) to transport the audience along with
country maiden Belle (Josette Day), as she journeys from the comforts of
her home to the fantastic and mystifying castle of The Beast played by
Cocteau’s muse, Jean Marais. A newly struck 35mm print will be shown.
FRI., 6/27, 7 p.m.
DAYS OF HEAVEN
USA | 1978 | 35mm | 95 min.
Director: Terrence Malick
Cast: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard
Malick’s sophomore effort is one of the most acclaimed features of the
1970’s. Gere, Adams and Shepard play the members of a doomed love
triangle on a Texas wheat farm at the turn of the century, but the real star
of the show is the almost overwhelmingly beautiful cinematography by
Nestor Almendros (with help from Haskell Wexler). Malick’s gentle
storytelling style is greatly aided by his poetic and haunting narration,
memorably read by young actress Linda Manz.
SAT., 6/28, 7 p.m.
France | 1965 | DCP | 95 min. | French with English subtitles
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff
Godard's feverish, surreal and pulpy New Wave classic follows undercover
agent Lemmy Caution (American expat actor Constantine) as he attempts to
resist the Orwellian regime of supercomputer Alpha 60. Shot entirely on
location in Paris without the use of special effects, Godard and
cinematographer Raoul Coutard use their otherworldly imaginations to
create an unforgettable low-budget sci-fi noir future. Presented in a new DCP
restoration by Rialto Pictures, Alphaville stands as a bizarre, fantastic entry
in the canon of one of cinema's greatest auteurs. (AW)
THURS., 7/3, 7 p.m.
USA | 1979 | 35mm | 100 min.
Director: Peter Yates
Cast: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley
One of the best films of the 1970s centers around a quartet of young
working class friends living in the shadow of the University of Indiana in
Bloomington, the school that their stone cutter fathers help to build. The
story focuses on bicycle loving Dave (Christopher) as he trains for a race
against Italy’s Team Cinzano, considers going to college, and continually
frustrates his loving, xenophobe of a dad (a great performance by Paul
Dooley, who proclaims “I want American food. I want French Fries!”). The
conclusion takes place at Bloomington’s Little Indy 500 bike race, a
sequence as rousing as the final boxing match in Rocky. Steve Tesich’s
heartfelt screenplay won an Academy Award.
FRI., 7/4, 7p.m.
GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL (GOJIRA)
Japan | 1954 | DCP | 96 min. | Japanese with English subtitles
Director: Ishiro Honda
Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata
Lewtonesque atmospherics + toy boats in a bathtub = blissed out monster
movie heaven. Come join us on July 4
for a fireworks display to rival any
you’ll see in the night sky. The big guy’s got rhythm and Tokyo goes BOOM
in Ishiro Honda’s original and unrivaled blockbuster. Godzilla is a cautionary
tale for the nuclear age filled with heart, soul, wit and extremely effective if
low budget special effects. This newly restored original 1954 Japanese
version contains 40 minutes not seen in the bastardized American re-release
two years later. Godzilla: The Japanese Original is a model of economical
storytelling and disaster movie tropes for decades to come. (BR)
THURS., 7/10, 7 p.m.
MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE
USA | 1935 | 35mm | 65 min.
Director: Clyde Bruckman
Cast: W.C. Fields, Mary Brian, Grady Sutton
In this outrageous knee-slapper, the brilliant Fields plays the exasperated
“memory expert” Ambrose Wallfinger, who’s only appreciated by his sweet
adult daughter (Mary Brian). A partial remake of Fields’ 1927 silent, Running
Wild, the zany story begins when the henpecked Ambrose lies and tells his
boss that his mother-in-law has died so he can attend a wrestling match.
Preceded by the animated short The Bandmaster (Dick Lundy, 1947, 7
Fri., 7/11, 7 p.m.
UK | 2013 | DCP | 93 min.
Director: Richard Ayoade
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Waskikowska, Sally Hawkins
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) gives a bravura dual performance in
this darkly comic mindbender, which seamlessly combines the existential
paranoia of Dostoevsky’s novella with the bureaucratic dystopia of Brazil.
Simon James is a nebbish nobody, hopelessly overlooked at home and at
work, until the abrupt arrival of James Simon, a suave ladykiller who
happens to be his perfect doppelganger. Witty, visually dazzling and
endlessly inventive, The Double is a marvel of sci-fi cinema. “Hilarious and
wickedly clever… special and singular filmmaking at its best” (Indiewire).
THURS., 7/17, 7 p.m.
CLOSE UP (NEMA-YE NAZDIK)
Iran | 1990 | 35mm | 98 min. | Farsi with English subtitles
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Cast: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankha
A sort-of variation on the play and film Six Degrees of Separation,
Kiarostami’s meta-movie tells of an ambitious young man who poses as
acclaimed Persian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. After the faux-director
convinces a gullible family that he wants to make a movie of their lives, the
truth is revealed and the impostor is put on trial. Seamlessly blending real-
life courtroom footage with dramatic recreations using the actual
participants, Kiarostami delivers his finest achievement – a one-of-a-kind
meditation on the meaning of celebrity – Iranian style. “The greatest
documentary on filmmaking I’ve ever seen” (Werner Herzog).
FRI., 7/18, 7 p.m.
USA | 1999 | 35mm | 107 min.
Director: Chris Smith
A frontrunner for Most Wisconsin Film Ever Made, this riotous documentary
about the making of a Z-grade horror flick has more quotable lines than
most scripted comedies. As Menomonee Falls auteur Mark Borchardt pours
his heart, soul, and very limited funds into his unlikely passion project, the
documentary becomes a funny, heartfelt valentine to outsized dreams and
the indefatigable indie spirit. 15 years after winning the Grand Jury Prize at
the Sundance Film Festival, American Movie remains endlessly rewatchable,
and should be required viewing for anyone who calls our state home. (MK)
THURS., 7/24, 7 p.m.
JE T’AIME JE T’AIME
France | 1968 | 35mm | 91 min. | French with English subtitles
Director: Alain Resnais
Cast: Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac
After a failed suicide attempt, a broken-hearted man (Rich) is recruited by
an anonymous corporation for some time travel experiments. Using a not-
so-perfect device, our hero is sent back a year to revisit one minute of his
life...but there are complications. This fascinating, elliptical and existential
work of science fiction is one of the finest achievements by French New
Wave co-founder Resnais (1922-2014). A new 35mm print, courtesy of
Bleeding Light Film Group and The Film Desk, will be screened. “With
Marker’s La Jetée and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, [Je T’aime Je T’aime] is
part of a holy trinity of meditations on the horrors of eternal life” (Raymond
FRI., 7/25, 7 p.m.
USA | 1996 | 35mm | 91 min.
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, James Caan
An expanded version of a 1994 short film, Anderson’s feature debut follows
two best friends (played by the real-life brothers Wilson) as they attempt to
escape the doldrums of suburbia for a life of crime on the road. Featuring
Caan as the “legendary” crime boss Mr. Henry, Bottle Rocket examines
dreams and romanticism with an off-beat, semi-surreal style matched
perfectly to Anderson’s idiosyncrasies. It proved to be a breakthrough for
both the director and the Wilson brothers. (AW)
FRI., 7/25, 9 p.m.
USA | 1998 | 35mm | 93 min.
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams
Schwartzman makes his debut as Max Fischer, a hyperactive underachiever
with huge aspirations who finds himself embroiled in a love triangle with an
elementary school teacher (Williams) and wealthy industrialist Herman
Blume (Murray, in a role that helped him reinvent his career). Driven by the
excellent performances of its three leads, a British Invasion heavy
soundtrack, and the deliberately designed universe of director Anderson,
Rushmore has widely been hailed as one of the greatest films of the 90s and
might stand as its director’s finest work to date. (AW)
THURS., 7/31, 7 p.m.
THE NAKED DAWN
USA | 1955 | 35mm | 82 min.
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Cast: Arthur Kennedy, Betta St. John, Roy Engel
This wonderful, spare western, filmed in color, is one of the few major studio
efforts by the prolific, expressive, and eclectic European émigré director
Ulmer. A romantic triangle develops when an outlaw (Kennedy) convinces a
poor and reluctant homesteader couple to be his accomplices in a series of
robberies. “Francois Truffaut later cited this picture as the inspiration for
Jules and Jim—you can see what he means, but just barely” (Dave Kehr,
FRI., 8/1, 7 p.m.
FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!
USA | 1965 | 35mm | 83 min.
Director: Russ Meyer
Cast: Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams
Iconic, outlandish, and over-the-top, Russ Meyer’s turbo-charged magnum
opus follows a trio of bodacious supervixens who prowl the California desert,
taking chopsocky revenge on the men who leer at them. This hugely
influential vision of buxom go-go dancers, badass sports cars, and crisp
black-and-white cinematography has become a central totem of retro
culture. It’s also a terrific piece of cinema – just take it from trash
connoisseur John Waters, who declared Faster Pussycat “beyond a doubt,
the best movie ever made. It is possibly better than any film that will be
made in the future.” (MK)
SAT, 8/2, 7 p.m.
Soviet Union, Italy | 1983 | 35mm | 125 min. | Russian and Italian with
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast: Oleg Yankovsky, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano
In one of Tarkovsky’s most enigmatic and beautifully-composed films, world-
weary Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov (Yankovsky) travels to Italy with
translator Eugenia (Giordano) to study the life of an 18
composer. Haunted by memories of his family back home, Andrei becomes
increasingly unmoored after an encounter with a local madman (Ingmar
Bergman regular Josephson), who purportedly locked away his wife and
children for seven years in fear of the forthcoming apocalypse. Tarkovsky
evokes his protagonist’s psychic and spiritual malaise through a series of
extraordinary long takes, crafting a visual symphony of flooding ruins, fog-
shrouded vistas, and echoing corridors bathed in fading afternoon light. A
new 35mm print, originally scheduled to play in January, will be shown. (MC)
THURS., 8/7, 7 p.m.
GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933
USA | 1933 | 35mm | 96 min.
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Cast: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers
Capitalizing on the success of the elaborate escapism of 42
marvelous Warner Bros. pre-code musical goes even further with three
grandiose Busby Berkeley production numbers (including We’re in the Money
sung by Rogers). The story revolves around songwriter Powell, who must
raise $15,000 for his show, a plot device that sets up three separate love
stories (between Blondell and Warren William, Guy Kibbee and Aline
MacMahon, and Powell and his frequent on-screen dance partner Ruby
Keeler). One of the greatest entertainments in all Depression-era cinema,
don’t miss your chance to see it on the big screen. Print courtesy of Library
FRI., 8/8, 7 p.m.
THIS IS SPINAL TAP
USA | 1984 | DCP | 82 min.
Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer
30 years after its first release, this classic rockumentary/mockumentary is
still a film that will have you alternately banging your head or doubling over
with laughter. For his feature film debut, director Reiner and his clever cast
co-wrote this skewering of everything that is sacred in the world of Heavy
Metal music: bulging spandex, sexist (or sexy?) lyrics, and even choking on
vomit. It’s simply “one of the funniest movies ever made” (Roger Ebert).
SAT., 8/9, 7 p.m.
KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS
UK | 1949 | DCP | 104 min.
Director: Robert Hamer
Cast: Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson
The tale of a dethroned duke (Price) who sets out to reclaim his title by
murdering the members of the family who had disowned his mother, Kind
Hearts and Coronets also features Guinness giving a tour de force
performance as eight members of the D’Ascoyne family. Uproariously funny,
brilliantly fast and appropriately dark, the film stands as one of Guinness’s
finest achievements and among the greatest comedies from Britain’s Ealing
Studios. This new restoration, courtesy of Rialto Pictures, will also provide
you an opportunity to see the film that served as the inspiration for the new
hit Broadway musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. (AW)
Unless otherwise noted, program descriptions by Jim Healy. Additional
writing by Mike King (MK), Ben Reiser (BR), Austin Wellens (AW) and
Matthew Connolly (MC)
See you at the Movies!
Jim Healy, Director of Programming