Cinema 21 Program Notes January 2012

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Program Notes January 2012


NOW PLAYING! ONE WEEK ONLY!

THE MAN NOBODY KNEW
In Search of My Father
CIA Spymaster William Colby

Premiere (2012, 104 min.)
Directed by Carl Colby
 Documentary

Starts Friday, January 20th THE MAN NOBODY KNEW Premiere (2011, 104 minutes) Subtitled In Search of My Father CIA Spymaster William Colby, Carl Colby's documentary concerns the man perhaps most famous for presiding over the programs that target specific figures in the Vietnam war zones for assassination or elimination. THE MAN NOBODY KNEW is Colby's own personal exploration into the life of this controversial former CIA Director. This consummate soldier-spy stood at the center of the Agency's most clandestine activities and operations. The film reveals the 'cover life' of this CIA operative, who followed orders and took on the dirtiest assignments until the Nixon Administration ordered him to 'stonewall' Congress about the CIA's past abuses, but he refused. This film reveals - for the first time - why he could not obey. The elder Colby was a career U.S. intelligence and special operations officer, who became Director of Central Intelligence during the years 1973-1976, and he had numerous operational responsibilities during Vietnam War. Colby wrote an autobiography called Honorable Men but his whole story only now appears in this film. In 1996, Colby was found dead in Chesapeake Bay several days after taking his canoe out for recreational boating, the cause of death determined as hypothermia and drowning. Nell Minow of Beliefnet writes that THE MAN NOBODY KNEW is a "riveting and important film," while J. R. Jones of the Chicago Reader calls it "fascinating." In his analysis, Tony Medley of the Tolucan Times concludes that the film is a "must-see for anyone interested in what happened from 1945-mid '70s, and why. With fascinating audio tapes from the Kennedy White House, it's a prologue for where we are today." Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times calls it a "remarkable feat of personalized biography," while Aaron Hillis of the Village Voice finds THE MAN NOBODY KNEW "respectful, loving, but never lionizing."

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Fri-Sat January 20-21

Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Live and In Person!

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NOW PLAYING! ENDS FEB. 16!

Pina in 3D

Premiere (2011, 106 Min.)
Directed by Wim Wenders
 Documentary/Musical

Begins Friday, January 27 Pina Premiere (2011, 100 minutes) Pina Bausch was the much beloved German dancer and choreographer who was a major influence on modern dance thanks to her choices in music, sound effects, props, and her encouragement of collaboration with the members of her troupe. The style is called Tanztheater, and filmmaker Wim Wenders was a student of it and a fan of Ms. Bausch. He intended to collaborate on a documentary about the dancer but her death in 2009 short-circuited that project. Instead, Wenders (The American Friend, Wings of Desire) proceeded by honoring Bausch's art form. What's more, he did it in 3-D (this makes the second German director after Werner Herzog to put the format to use in a documentary � his Cave of Forgotten Dreams played at the Cinema 21 last year). A.O. Scott wrote in the New York Times that the "power and intelligence of Bausch's approach � is communicated." Wenders's lovingly assembled film consists of four pieces from Bausch's repertory: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), Caf� Mueller (a caf� in the German town of Solingen, where Bausch grew up), Kontakthof, and Vollmond, and are mounted both in their stage versions and sometimes taken outdoors. Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly was especially taken with Wender's use of 3- D: "So this is what 3-D is capable of when used for art rather than the commerce of hiking ticket prices and repurposing cartoons!" For Melissa Anderson of the Village Voice, PINA "gives us the supreme pleasure of watching fascinating bodies of widely varying ages in motion, whether leaping, falling, catching, diving, grieving, or exulting." And Anthony Lane of the New Yorker adds, "The question is, 'What do you get from Pina that you could not get from watching the Tanztheater live?' Answer: More than you could possibly believe." Richard Corliss of Time concludes that PINA is "in every way, a moving experience." PINA has been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as best foreign film for 2011.

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Starts Feb 17 at Cinema 21

35th Portland International Film Festival

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Fri-Sat Feb 24&25

PIFF After Dark

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Three Nights: Sun-Tue Feb 26-27-28

Re:Generation

(2011, 75 min.)
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev
 Documentary/Music

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February 29 & March 1 Only!

Audience Appreciation 35mm Screenings!

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STARTS MARCH 2ND!

Crazy Horse

Premiere (2012, 134 Min.)
Directed by Frederick Wiseman
 Documentary

Coming in March CRAZY HORSE Premiere (2012, 134 Minutes) Directed by Frederick Wiseman Documentary The third leg of documentarian Frederick Wiseman's trilogy on French entertainment arts (after La Com�die-Fran�aise ou L'amour jou� and La Danse), CRAZY HORSE takes the viewer inside Paris's Crazy Horse cabaret, the notorious nude dance revue, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin. Over the years it has become a staple of Parisian nightlife for tourists, ranking alongside the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Wiseman's impeccable eye finds the Crazy Horse a uniquely French showcase, with an emphasis on elegance, perfectionism and a grueling schedule (two shows a night and three on Saturdays, seven days a week). The film shows us the rehearsals for and the unveiling of the brand new show � D�sir � created by the club's new choreographer Phillippe Decoufl�, and his conflicts with the owners. Internet reviewer Brian Orndorf calls CRAZY HORSE "an illuminating delight." Chris Cabin of Filmcritic.com concludes that CRAZY HORSE leaves the viewer "amazed at the abilities of the women, each one showing grace, physical exactitude, and timing that suggest a startling devotion to their art." A.O. Scott of the New York Times notes that "Wiseman's particular genius has always been to convey, through judicious editing and dogged filming, the tedium, busyness and quiet intensity of group labor." Finally, Ty Burr of the Boston Globe suggests that Wiseman's documentaries "are the movies to show to the aliens when they arrive."

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NOW PLAYING! ENDS MARCH 15

The Conquest

Premiere (2011, 105 min.)
Starring Denis Podalyds, Florence Pernel   Directed by Xavier Durringer
 Biography/Drama   Language: In French with subtitles in English

Coming Soon! THE CONQUEST Premiere (2011, 105 minutes) Starring Denis Podalyds, Florence Pernel Directed by Xavier Durringer Biography/Drama Language: In French with subtitles in English THE CONQUEST chronicles the volatile right-leaning Nicolas Sarkozy's startling rise to become President of France and the emotional and psychological stakes involving the conquest of power. On the day the diminutive Sarkozy conquered his ultimate ambition, his wife, who for 20 years had struggled to pull the man she loved from the shadow into the light, walked out on him for another man. Ty Burr of the Boston Globe describes THE CONQUEST as a "seriocomic portrait of naked ambition and a depiction of petty office politics on a national scale. It's a deadpan hoot!" Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times finds it to be a "smart, involving and strikingly adult drama about Sarkozy's rise to power." For Doris Toumarkine of the Film Journal International a "delicious satire " while of Melissa Anderson of Village Voice determines that the film is "aided by an excellent ensemble cast." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wishes that there was a "similar American treatment of our own scene" like THE CONQUEST.

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Ends Thursday

50 & Fabulous

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One Week: March 23 - 29

Noirville: A Week of Film Noir Greats!

THE KILLERS 1946, Universal, 103 min., dir. Robert Siodmak Two contract killers (noir heavies William Conrad and Charles McGraw) descend on a small town to kill unassuming gas station attendant Ole Andreson, a.k.a The Swede (Burt Lancaster in his big screen debut). Even though he's tipped off to the hit, Andreson makes no attempt to run and soon finds himself at the business end of the two hired guns. Assigned to find and pay the beneficiary of Andreson's life insurance policy, investigator Jim Reardon (Edmond O'Brien) is understandably perplexed as to why a man would allow himself to be killed and attempts to piece the story together. As Reardon relentlessly tracks down The Swede's associates, a tale of misplaced ambition, unmitigated treachery and cold- blooded murder slowly begins to unfold. Based on Ernest Hemingway's short story with a screenplay by an uncredited John Huston, THE KILLERS is existential noir at its bleakest. TH - Mar. 23rd 4:45pm, Mar. 25th 8:45pm

THE MALTESE FALCON 1941, Warner Bros., 100 min., dir. John Huston For being the film's "hero," Sam Spade (suavely played by Humphrey Bogart) is not a particularly nice guy - in fact, he's downright unsavory. Selfish, arrogant, wild, and unpredictable, he's nonetheless THE prototypical hard-boiled detective; the original, the very mold. While weaving through murky, labyrinthine channels in pursuit of the black bird, Sam struggles to stay one step ahead of the various ruthless parties interested in "the stuff that dreams are made of." The cast includes the deceptively appealing Mary Astor, the deliciously repugnant Sydney Greenstreet, and the unparalleled yet oft-imitated Peter Lorre. Based on Dashielle Hammet's novel and filmed on the alluring, foggy streets of San Francisco, John Huston's assured directorial debut marks the first of several legendary collaborations with Bogart. IB - Mar. 23rd 7pm, Mar. 29th 7pm

THE BIG SLEEP 1946, Warner Bros., 114 min., dir. Howard Hawks Humphrey Bogart stars as shamus Philip Marlowe, a self-professed collector of blondes and bottles, and one of the two textbook detectives in noir lore (the other being Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon). In the course of this rather convoluted yet gratifying plot, penned by William Faulkner and playfully directed by the great Howard Hawks, Philip is charged with settling all accounts involving the Sternwood sisters, Carmen and Vivian, "both pretty, and both pretty wild." Carmen (the sultry Martha Vickers), whose main style is Sex Appeal, is unconcerned with anything that doesn�t involve having a good time. Vivian (noir siren Lauren Bacall), smart and well intentioned, tries to clean up after her chaotic sister but can't help getting into trouble herself. And both sisters are trying to keep things under wraps. Hidden cameras, hidden guns, and hidden motives help to make THE BIG SLEEP the most seductive of the many Bogart/Bacall pairings. P.S. It also features the sexiest rainy afternoon bookstore interlude in film history! IB - Mar. 23rd 8:55pm, Mar. 24th 8:45pm

SCARLET STREET 1945, Universal, 101 min., dir. Fritz Lang Edward G Robinson, the most gifted of noir character actors, is brilliantly cast against type as the mild- mannered cashier/wannabe painter, Christopher Cross, who is seduced by the casual charm and easy looks of woman-of-the-night, Kitty March, into a deepening hole of deceit, theft, and murder. In the pantheon of great noir leading ladies, there is a special spot reserved exclusively for Joan Bennett's portrayal of the likable yet sexually manipulative spider-woman. This remake of Jean Renoir's 1931 film La Chienne certainly ranks as one of Fritz Lang's supreme achievements, a director with no shortage of masterworks to his credit (Metropolis, M, The Woman in the Window, etc.). The desolation and despair in the closing shots of the film bestow upon SCARLET STREET the well-earned title of The Gloomiest of All Noirs. IB - Mar. 24th 1pm, Mar. 28th 4:45pm

KISS ME DEADLY 1955, United Artists, 106 min., dir. Robert Aldrich "What's in it for me?" is the prevailing motto for Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker), private detective, or "bedroom dick" as he's referred to. Selfish, self-centered, and cocky, Mike thinks he knows all the angles, but when he nearly runs over the frightened and barefoot Christina (Cloris Leachman in her first film) one treacherous night, Mike careens headfirst into a dark, bewildering search for the elusive Great Whatsit. Mike soon discovers he is in way over his head, but on the trip down he encounters frustratingly sarcastic lawmen, sexually inviting molls, and a very threatening pair of pants that happens to be attached to the voice of the apocalypse. This robust mixture of high art and gutter pulp was scripted by A.I. Bezzerides from Mickey Spillane's classic novel, which, incidentally, bears no resemblance except the title. IB - Mar. 24th 3pm, Mar. 27th 8:45pm

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER 1955, United Artists, 93 min., dir. Charles Laughton The only film directed by English stage and screen actor Charles Laughton, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, is an undisputed noir masterpiece. Laughton and celebrated cinematographer Stanley Cortez, influenced by German expressionism, created an unforgettable visual style: bizarre camera angles, distorted perspectives, and rich chiaroscuro compositions, to tell the disturbing story of the Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum, in perhaps his most memorable role), a sexually repressed con man who preys on an emotionally unstable widow (Shelley Winters at her manic best) and her two small children. When Powell discovers that the children know the whereabouts of a small fortune left behind by their father, he begins an unrelenting crusade of terror to get them to talk. Silent film darling Lilian Gish came out of semi-retirement to co-star as Mitchum's unlikely foil, Rachel Cooper. TH - Mar. 24th 5pm, Mar. 26th 7pm

OUT OF THE PAST 1947, RKO, 97 min., dir. Jacques Tourneur Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum) used to be a detective, but after an intoxicating mix of business and pleasure get him a lump on the head and a hole where his heart used to be, he hides away in a small town, content to run the local gas station and fade into the countryside. But Bailey's past catches up quick: a chance encounter with a mob gunsel threatens to destroy his idyllic bliss and draw him back into an intricate web of corruption, blackmail, and murder. Director Jacques Tourneur worked with famed cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca to create the suffocatingly fatalist tone that pumps through the black heart of OUT OF THE PAST. With outstanding supporting performances by Kirk Douglas, Jane Greer and Rhonda Fleming, this quintessential noir thriller is a must see. TH - Mar. 24th 7pm, Mar. 29th 4:45pm

NIGHTMARE ALLEY 1947, 20th Century Fox, 110 min., dir. Edmund Goulding In a story where fate, irony, and human folly intermingle so completely, it is not surprising that gypsy curses make a very natural transition to the realm of noir. That said, NIGHTMARE ALLEY marks the only real entrance into the promising subgenre we will dub "Carni-Noir." Tyrone Power is marvelous as Stan Carlisle, an aspiring mentalist working as a barker for a travelling circus. When he is introduced to The Code, it seems that the path to wealth and fame is paved with the malleable dreams of suckers and dupes. But sometimes those who prey upon the superstitions of "chumps" are themselves subject to supernatural powers beyond their comprehension. In a few key scenes, you can hear the faint sounds of laughter in the distance. Is it the Geek from the carnival? Is it the gods? Is it Stan's guilty conscience? Whatever it is, the more Stan tries to avoid it, the faster it will unforgivingly punish him. This film is so good and yet so underappreciated, it's the only one we're showing thrice! IB - Mar. 24th 10:45pm, Mar. 25th 3pm, Mar. 27 4:45pm

TOUCH OF EVIL 1958, Universal, 111 min., dir. Orson Welles Detective Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) always gets his man - even if he has to break a few rules to see justice done. When a Mexican car bomb explodes just north of the US/Mexican border, killing the driver and escalating tensions among the criminal underground, Quinlan's gut instinct leads him to a perfect suspect. The case is all but closed when Quinlan is accused of planting evidence for a frame-up. Enter Miguel Vargas (Charleton Heston), a Mexican drug enforcement officer who cuts short his honeymoon to investigate Quinlan's questionable methods while attempting to keep his new bride (Janet Leigh) out of the inevitable crossfire. Vargas soon suspects that Quinlan may be capable of anything to close a case, even murder. Written and directed by Orson Welles, with cameos by Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Mercedes McCambridge and an extraordinarily haunting score by Henry Mancini, TOUCH OF EVIL is film noir at its best. TH - Mar. 25th 5pm, Mar. 28th 7pm

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS 1957, United Artists, 96 min., dir. Alexander MacKendrick Tony Curtis turned his back on his good looks and his teen heart-throb status in his portrayal of Sidney Falco, a smarmy, two-faced, do-anything-for-a-buck press agent. As J.J. Hunsecker, Burt Lancaster gives the performance of a lifetime as an ego-fueled, power-hungry newspaper columnist... and he knows it. To break off his sister's engagement to a proud, upstanding (and therefore threatening) jazz musician, J.J. persuades Sidney to concoct the dirtiest and most underhanded schemes his wormy, ingenious mind can engineer. Featuring endlessly quotable dialogue ("The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river.") from a sharp and cunning script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, deft direction by Englishman Alexander MacKendrick, virtuoso camerawork by James Wong Howe, and an insanely good soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein and The Chico Hamilton Quintet, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS is the quintessential New York at 2am movie. IB - Mar. 25th 7pm, Mar. 26th 4:45pm

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE 1950, MGM, 112 min., dir. John Huston Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider spent seven long years behind bars planning the perfect heist. Once on the outside, all he needs to put his plan into action is a little start-up capital to hire a professional crew. Angling for a piece of the action, a local bookie puts Doc in cahoots with a crooked lawyer willing to bankroll the job, and the necessary cadre of criminals: a professional safe-cracker, a getaway driver, and musclebound thug Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden). If they pull it off, the score is veritable fortune in diamonds - but no job ever goes exactly as planned - and when the criminals start to conspire against each other, no one will escape unscathed. A gritty, realistic take on the criminal underworld, director John Huston created what is arguably the crowning achievement of crime film in the fifties. TH - Mar. 26th 8:45pm, Mar. 29th 9pm

THE KILLING 1956, United Artists, 84 min., dir. Stanley Kubrick Fresh from the slammer, small-time crook Johnny Clay (played by the inimitable Sterling Hayden) has a big-time plan to pull off the perfect heist: a daring daylight robbery of a racetrack. The take is two million strong, enough to set Johnny and his cronies up for the rest of their lives, and, the plan is nearly foolproof - no one has to get hurt. But, when cuckolded husband George Peatty (portrayed by noir favorite Elisha Cook) lets the details slip to his duplicitous wife (Marie Windsor), no amount of planning can account for the avarice, betrayal, and murderous twists that ensue. Based on Lionel White's hard- boiled novel Clean Break and scripted by crime novelist Jim Thompson, Stanley Kubrick's film remains an uncompromising film noir classic. TH - Mar. 27th 7pm, Mar. 28th 9pm

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ENDS THURSDAY!!

The Raid: Redemption

Premiere (2011, 101 min.)
Starring Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy   Directed by Gareth Evans
 Action/Martial Arts   Language: In Indonesian with subtitles in English

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Sunday April 15 Only

Fair Game: 2012 Courageous Voice Breakfast preview screening

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Saturday, April 21

The Greater Good

 Documentary

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ENDS THURSDAY!

The Deep Blue Sea

Premiere (2012, 98 Min.)
Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Ann Mitchell   Directed by Terence Davies
 Drama/Romance

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Sunday April 29

The Healthcare Movie

 Documentary

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ENDS TODAY!

Headhunters

Premiere (2011, 98 min.)
Directed by Morten Tyldum
 Action/Crime/Thriller   Language: In Norwegian and Danish with subtitles in English

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NOW PLAYING!

First Position

Premiere (2011, 90 Min.)
Directed by Bess Kargman
 Documentary

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NOW PLAYING! ENDS THURSDAY

Monsieur Lazhar

Premiere (2011, 94 Min.)
Directed by Philippe Falardeau
 Comedy/Drama   Language: In French with subtitles in English

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One Night Only: June 14

Writing Myself

Directed by Brian Lindstrom
 Documentary

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Starts June 15!

ULTRASONIC

(2012, 90 Min.)
Directed by Rohit Colin Rao
 Drama/Thriller

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Two nights: June 21 & June 22

War of the Worlds The True Story

Directed by Timothy Hines
 Science Fiction/Horror

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NOW PLAYING! ENDS THURSDAY

In the Family

Premiere (2012, 169 Min.)
Directed by Patrick Wang
 Drama

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ENDS THURSDAY

Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Premiere (2012, 97 min.)
Directed by Lea Pool
 Documentary

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ENDS THURSDAY

True Wolf

Premiere (2012, 76 min..)
Directed by Rob Whitehair
 Documentary

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ENDS THURSDAY

Elles

(2012, 99 Min.)
Starring Juliette Binoche, Joanna Kulig, Anais Demoustier  

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ENDS THURSDAY!

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Premiere (2011, 72 min.)
Directed by Marie Losier
 Documentary/Music

Coming Soon! THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE Premiere (2011, 72 Minutes) Directed by Marie Losier Documentary/Music Genesis P-Orridge has been one of the most innovative and influential figures in music and fine art for the last 30 years. Celebrated by critics and art historians as a progenitor of "industrial music," his innovations have transformed the character of rock and electronic music while his prodigious efforts to expand the boundaries of live performance have radically altered the way people experience sound in a concert setting. THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE is a love story, a portrait of two lives that illustrate the transformative powers of both love and art. In warm and intimate images captured handheld, director Marie Losier crafts a labyrinthine mise-en-scene of interviews, home movies, and performance footage. Sukhdev Sandhu of the Daily Telegraph praises the films "extraordinary subject." Richard Brody of the New Yorker asserts that "Losier's film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art." THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE was an official selection of the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.

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ENDS THURSDAY!

The Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary

(1937, 114 min.)
Directed by Jean Renoir

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Saturday, July 7

The Best of God

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ENDS THURSDAY!

Beasts of the Southern Wild

(2012, 91 Min.)
Directed by Benh Zeitlin
 Drama

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THIS WEEKEND ONLY! Fri-Sat July 20-21

Master Pancake Theater vs. Twilight

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END THURDAY!

The Imposter

Directed by Bart Layton
 Documentary

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MUST END THUR., SEPT. 20

Sleepwalk with Me

Directed by Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish

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STARTS FRIDAY, SEPT. 21!

Compliance

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One Showing Only: Sat Sep 22

Opus Diaboli

(2012, 90 Min.)
 Documentary/Music

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SEPT. 28-OCT. 6

The 16th Annual Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

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LAST SHOWINGS ON 10/29-30

Bill W.

(, 104 min.)
Directed by Dan Carracino and Kevin Hanlon
 Documentary

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ENDS THUIRSDAY

Wuthering Heights

(2011, 129 min.)
Directed by Andrea Arnold
 Drama/Romance

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NOW PLAYING ENDS THURSDAY!

Wake in Fright

(, 114 Min.)
Directed by Ted Kotcheff
 Drama/Trhiller

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Three Days: October 26 - 28

Portland Humanist Film Festival 2012

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October 31 Halloween - Free Showings!

Dead Alive

Directed by Peter Jackson

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One Night Only: November 1

Legend of Aahhh's

Directed by Greg Stump

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NOW PLAYING THRU NOV. 7!

The Master of Suspense: The First Annual Hitchcock Festival

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NOW PLAYING!

Hump! 2012

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Mon November 12 Only

American Meat

Directed by Graham Meriwether
 Documentary

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Tue November 13 Only

Blue Velvet

Starring Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper   Directed by David Lynch

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One Night Only: Wed, Nov 14!

Pink 'n Porn

Cinema 21 proudly presents ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT: PINK �N� PORN FOR $1.99!!! Wednesday, November 14th Only! LOVE ROBOTS (1966, 72 mins., directed by Koji Wakamatsu) - 7PM This is the only known 35mm print of LOVE ROBOTS by the undisputed master of the Pink Genre, Koji Wakamatsu. To summarize, a sinister and mysterious doctor kidnaps women and trains them to seduce and kill wealthy businessmen, supposedly under a drug-induced hypnosis (they're "robots" -- get it?). But the majority of the film is spent focused on half-naked young women writhing around on the floor. Due to the utterly nonsensical and preposterous "plot", this film is to be appreciated for more aesthetic reasons, i.e. the dubbing is hilarious, the final fight scene is laugh-out-loud amazing, and the lesbian love scene is downright ludicrous. And there are half-naked young ladies writhing around on the floor!!! However, this film also features innovative black and white scope photography in ways that only the Japanese could deliver in the mid-60s; very stylized and new-wave inspired. Imagine, if you dare, a campy erotic version of ALPHAVILLE. We can honestly say this is the only place on earth to see this lost and forgotten gem. PLUS! MS. MAGNIFICENT aka SUPERWOMAN (1979, 83 mins., directed by Joe Sherman) - 8:30PM Remember the fun and funny, naive and wholesome days of porn? The good old fashioned heydays of Boogie Nights porn? The "let's put on in a show in the barn (hold the livestock)!" days of porn? Well, we're bringing sexy back... with a giant "S". Jesie St. James stars as a super strong woman from outer space who flies around her major metropolitan city saving strangers in peril. And oh yeah, she also has a paralyzing allergy to a curious green rock not of this earth. Sound familiar? MS. MAGNIFICENT was originally titled Superwoman, complete with a big "S" emblazoned on the heroine's costume and cape. Predictably, that didn't go over well with DC Comics, and after losing their case in court, the distributors of Superwoman were forced to make drastic changes to the film. But instead of spending money to strike new prints, the producers took the existing film prints and simply chopped off the beginning and end credits to remove the title and character names. Furthermore, every mention of Superwoman was scratched off of the soundtrack and a black marker was applied to every "S" in the film... frame-by- frame, By Hand! The result is a very unconscious and primitive form of animation with a shape-shifting black blob undulating over "Ms. Magnificent's" robust bust. In a weird way, all of these "touch ups" make the experience of watching MS. MAGNIFICENT much more endearing because aspects of it are literally hand-made. This film was, in essence, censored, but not for its explicit sexual content. What's more, everyone is REAL (or super-real?) in this camp-tacular sex-travaganza. This bizarre and highly entertaining blend of sci-fi, comedy, and porn is summed up perfectly by the film's tagline, "She does two things extremely well... one of them is flying!"

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ENDS THURSDAY!

The Loneliest Planet

(2011, 113 min)
Directed by Julia Loktev
 Thriller

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ENDS THURSDAY

Seven Psychopaths

(2012, 110 min.)
Starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, and Woody Harrelson   Directed by Martin McDonagh (director of "In Bruges")
 Comedy/Crime

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ENDS THURSDAY!

"YOU'LL TAKE IT AND LIKE IT!"
3 BOGART CLASSICS IN 35MM

Starring Humphrey Bogart  

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NOW PLAYING! ENDS THURSDAY!

A Bit Of The Old Ultra-Kubrick: Four Definitive Films by Stanley Kubrick

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ONE WEEK: DEC. 14-20

Lawrence of Arabia

(1962, 216 min.)
Starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn   Directed by David Lean

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THREE DAYS: FRI-SUN, DEC. 21-23

Django (1966)

(1966, 87 Min.)
Starring Franco Nero   Directed by Sergio Corbucci
 "Spaghetti" Western   Language: In Italian with subtitles in English

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Next Screening Coming Soon!

The Room

Directed by Tommy Wiseau

The cult film of the century, THE ROOM is the auteur labor of Tommy Wiseau, who wrote, directed, and stars in this tale of a Johnny, a successful banker who is perhaps too trusting of his bride to be, Lisa (Juliette Danielle). Complications ensue when Johnny's best friend, Lisa mother, and some newcomers get involved with the couple. The Dim Post says that THE ROOM "lived up to the hype," while Film Fiend found it "deliriously entertaining." Picture Show Pundits asserts that "to watch THE ROOM is truly a life-altering experience." Possibly the best worst movie ever made. Come join the interactive fun!

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