The 46th season of The Cinema, Inc. will feature an international array of cinematic masterpieces, chosen for their intellectual substance, aesthetic appeal, and ability to stimulate lively discussions. “Sunday Night at the Movies” will start at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11th with the nail-biting 2008 British documentary Man on Wire about Phillipe Petit tightrope-walking between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Altogether, the Raleigh, NC-based nonprofit film society will screen 12 feature films — and assorted short subjects, as time permits — for just $20. That’s only $1.67 per movie — which makes the 2011-12 season of The Cinema, Inc. the Triangle’s biggest entertainment bargain.
Founded in 1966, The Cinema, Inc. is the oldest continuously operating nonprofit film society in the Triangle — and probably the entire State of North Carolina. The group screens 12 movies annually — at 7 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month — at The Rialto Theatre, 1620 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27608 (near Five Points). Admission is by season ticket only.
In addition to Man on Wire (Sept. 11th), the 46th season of The Cinema, Inc. will include: Caché (Oct. 9th); Black Narcissus (Nov. 13th); The Gold Rush (Dec. 11th); Sabotage (Jan. 8th); The Blue Angel (Feb. 12th); Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (March 11th); My Architect (April 8th); Amélie (May 13th); The Bicycle Thief (June 10th); The Fallen Idol (July 8th); and The Draughtsman’s Contract (Aug. 12th. Click here to download this season’s brochure.
To join The Cinema, Inc., please fill in this online order form (http://www.cinema-inc.org/tickets.htm) and mail it and a check or money order (not cash) for $20 a ticket to:
The Cinema, Inc.
Post Office Box 20835
Raleigh, NC 27619
Details about this year’s film selections are listed below. To request a season-ticket brochure or ask for more information, telephone (919) 787-7611, e-mail email@example.com, or visit http://www.cinema-inc.org/.
THE CINEMA, INC.’S 2011-12 SEASON
September 11, 2011 – Man on Wire
U.S./U.K., 2008. Genre: Documentary/Crime, Color & B&W, Rated PG-13 (for some sexuality and nudity, and drug references), 94 Minutes. Directed by James Marsh. Starring Philippe Petit, Jean Francois Heckel, and Jean-Louis Blondeau.
In 1974 tightrope walker Phillipe Petit and his cohorts masterminded a crime of international renown when they realized Petit’s dream of performing a tightrope routine on a line strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. This engaging film details the planning and execution of the “artistic crime,” recalling a more innocent time and honoring the memory of the Twin Towers as they existed before September 11, 2001. This film won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Trailer: http://www.manonwire.com/. Official Website: http://www.manonwire.com/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1155592/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_on_Wire. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 100 percent FRESH, based on 146 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/man_on_wire/.
October 9, 2011 – Caché (Hidden)
Austria/Italy/Germany/France, 2005. Genre: Drama/Mystery/Thriller, Color, Rated R (for brief strong violence), Subtitled, 111 Minutes. Written and Directed by Michael Haneke. Starring Juliet Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, and Maurice Bénichou.
Michael Haneke’s Caché (Hidden) taps into our primordial fear that we are being watched. When bourgeois couple Georges and Anne (Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche) begin receiving anonymous videotapes of their house and phone calls from strangers asking for Georges, the two begin to question their safety, and their pasts. As the tension builds, Anne comes to believe that Georges is harboring a secret. Haneke directs with Hitchcock-like precision, and presents a mystery with enough camera tricks and tension to keep you thinking about it long after the infamous final shot has faded. Trailer: http://www.sonyclassics.com/cache/. Official Website: http://www.sonyclassics.com/cache/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387898/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caché_(film). Rotten Tomatoes (rated 88 percent FRESH, based on 130 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1153493-cache/.
November 13, 2011 – Black Narcissus
U.K., 1947. Genre: Drama, Color, Not Rated, 101 Minutes. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, David Farrar, Jean Simmons, and Sabu.
Anglican nuns attempt to establish a convent at the edge a sheer cliff in the Himalayas. Extreme conditions cause them to question their commitment to their task as they confront their demons in an extremely repressive atmosphere. Shangi-La run amok in a brilliant blaze of Technicolor, under the helm of director Michael Powell (The Red Shoes). Black Narcissus won the 1948 Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Trailers: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/68909/Black-Narcissus/videos.html. TCM Web Page: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/68909/Black-Narcissus/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039192/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Narcissus. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 100 percent FRESH, based on 23 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/black_narcissus/.
December 11, 2011 – The Gold Rush
U.S., 1942. Genre: Adventure/Comedy/Family, B&W Silent Film, Not Rated, 85 Minutes. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, and Georgia Hale.
The well-loved classic silent film stars Charlie Chaplin as “The Lone Prospector” and features the legendary Dance of the Dinner Rolls as Charlie manages to triumph over extreme elements, starvation, and unrequited love. This version appears with a voice-over narration added by Chaplin himself in a subsequent release. Trailer: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/5779/The-Gold-Rush/videos.html. TCM Web Page: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/5779/The-Gold-Rush/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015864/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gold_Rush. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 100 percent FRESH, based on 30 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-gold-rush/.
January 8, 2012 – Sabotage
U.K., 1936. Genre: Mystery/Thriller, B&W, Not Rated, 81 Minutes. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Oskar Homolka, John Loder, Sylvia Sidney, and Desmond Tester.
Based on the Joseph Conrad novel, The Secret Agent, this 1936 thriller is not to be confused with Hitchcock’s other 1936 film, Secret Agent, or his 1942 film, Saboteur. A man and his wife operate a small cinema in London. Unbeknownst to the wife and her teenaged brother, the husband is part of a gang of foreign saboteurs being hunted by Scotland Yard. Sabotage was produced in England and contains a sequence that Hitchcock later said that he regretted as too distasteful for the audience. Full Film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnh2nUK08wM. TCM Web Page: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/88832/Sabotage/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028212/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabotage_(film). Rotten Tomatoes (rated 100 percent FRESH, based on 7 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1018044-sabotage/.
February 12, 2012 – The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel)
Germany, 1930. Genre: Drama/Musical, B&W, Not Rated, 113 Minutes, Subtitled. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Starring Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings.
Concerned by his students’ fascination with a sultry night club singer, a professor (Emil Jannings) sets out to investigate, becomes seduced by the fascinating Lola (Marlena Dietrich), and causes his own eventual destruction. Featuring Dietrich’s iconic performance of “Falling in Love Again,” this is a prime example of German Expressionism at its best. Trailers: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/3724/The-Blue-Angel/videos.html. TCM Web Page: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/3724/The-Blue-Angel/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020697/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Angel. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 94 percent FRESH, based on 33 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1002681-blue_angel/.
March 11, 2012 – Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot)
France, 2009. Genre: Documentary, Color, Not Rated, Subtitled, 94 Minutes. Directed by Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea.
In 1964 French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear, Diabolique) embarked on his most ambitious film to date: L’Enfer (Inferno). After a frenetic 18 days of shooting, he suffered a heart attack, and the production was shut down. More than 40 years later, film archivist Serge Bromberg discovered 185 cans of footage and pre-production tests from L’Enfer and set out to tell the story of Clouzot’s unfinished masterwork. Combining interviews with surviving members of the cast and crew with clips of the actual film, Bromberg offers a glimpse into one of cinema’s legendary ill-fated productions. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF8q_7hGEYU. Official French Website: http://www.mk2.com/lenfer/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1433528/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri-Georges_Clouzot’s_Inferno. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 100 percent FRESH, based on 28 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lenfer-dhenrigeorges-clouzot/.
April 8, 2012 – My Architect: A Son’s Journey
U.S., 2003. Genre: Documentary/Biography, Color, Not Rated, 110 Minutes. Written and Directed by Nathaniel Kahn.
My Architect is filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn’s inquiry into the life and work of his father, renowned architect Louis Kahn. Through interviews with Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei, and his own mother and two half-sisters, the filmmaker tries to reconcile his father’s achievements with his profound personal failings. He also travels the globe to view his father’s legacy — the buildings he designed throughout the world. Trailer: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/283285/My-Architect/trailers. Official Website: http://www.myarchitectfilm.com/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373175/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Architect:_A_Son’s_Journey. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 93 percent FRESH, based on 90 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my-architect/.
May 13, 2012 – Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain)
France/Germany, 2001. Genre: Comedy/Fantasy/Romance, Color and B&W, Rated R (for sexual content), Subtitled, 121 Minutes. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Starring Audrey Tautou, Maurice Benichou, Lorella Cravotta, Mathieu Kassovitz, Serge Merlin, Isabelle Nanty, Dominique Pinon, and Rufus.
An irresistible toast to life, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie follows the title character (Audrey Tautou) as she literally changes the lives of those around her. When Amélie meets and falls in love with a shy adult-store worker, she realizes that, in helping to change other peoples’ lives, she is disregarding her own. Propelled by Yann Tiersen’s exhilarating musical score, Bruno Delbonnel’s vivid cinematography, and Tautou’s irresistible charm, Amélie ranks as one of the cinema’s finest odes to life and love, and a refreshing homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj0CK_jgNns. Official German Website: http://www.die-fabelhafte-welt-der-amelie.de/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211915/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amélie. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 90 percent FRESH, based on 141 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/amelie/.
June 10, 2012 – The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette)
Italy, 1948. Genre: Crime/Drama, B&W, Not Rated, Subtitled, 90 Minutes. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Starring Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, and Lianella Carell.
A definitive work of Italian Neo-Realism, The Bicycle Thief tells the story of Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorana), an unemployed man in post-War Rome who finds a job pasting up posters – work requiring a bicycle. When the bicycle is stolen, Antonio and his young son, Bruno (Enzo Staiola), embark on a desperate search across the city. An indelible portrait of the bond between Antonio and Bruno, The Bicycle Thief won a special Academy Award as “most outstanding foreign film,” seven years before that category existed. In the words of Arthur Miller, “It is as though the soul of man had been filmed.” Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3jnzXX9mXs. TCM Web Page: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/68597/The-Bicycle-Thief/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040522/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_Thief. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 96 percent FRESH, based on 47 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bicycle_thief/.
July 8, 2012 – The Fallen Idol
U.K., 1948. Genre: Drama/Mystery/Thriller, B&W, Not Rated, 92 Minutes. Directed by Carol Reed. Starring Ralph Richardson, , Bobby Henrey, Michèle Morgan, and Sonia Dresdel.
Eight-year-old Phil (Bobby Henrey) idolizes Baines (Ralph Richardson), the butler to his ambassador father. As the unwitting witness to Baines’ tea-room tryst with an embassy staffer, Phil becomes the solemn bearer of a secret. But when an idyllic afternoon at the zoo is followed by a nighttime tragedy, and those soft-spoken police arrive to ask all those polite questions, Phil enters a world of lies that unintentionally implicate his idol in murder. Author/screenwriter Graham Greene’s personal favorite of his film adaptations (from his story, “The Basement Room”), The Fallen Idol was Greene’s first collaboration with Carol Reed (followed by The Third Man), and ranks with the director’s best work. Trailers: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/74489/The-Fallen-Idol/videos.html. TCM Web Page: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/74489/The-Fallen-Idol/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040338/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fallen_Idol_(film). Rotten Tomatoes (rated 100 percent FRESH, based on 26 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fallen_idol/.
August 12, 2012 – The Draughtman’s Contract
U.K., 1982. Genre: Drama/Mystery, Color, Rated R, 103 Minutes. Written and Directed by Peter Greenaway. Starring Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Anne-Louise Lambert, and Hugh Fraser.
Set in 17th-century England, this erotically charged film features an aristocratic wife (Janet Suzman) who commissions a young draughtsman (Anthony Higgins) to sketch her husband’s property. As the draughtsman becomes entangled in the devious scheming in the idyllic estate, details emerge in his drawings that may reveal a murder. A feast of intricate wordplay, extravagant costumes and opulent photography, The Draughtman’s Contract weaves a mystery around the maxim “draw what you see, not what you know.” Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92-LPtzRfTQ. TCM Web Page: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/73608/Draughtsman-s-Contract-The/. Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083851/. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draughtsman’s_Contract. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 100 percent FRESH, based on 17 reviews): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/draughtsmans_contract/. Other Websites: http://petergreenaway.org.uk/draughtsman.htm and http://www.bfi.org.uk/greenaway/material.php?theme=2&title=draughtsman.
DISCLAIMER: The Cinema, Inc. has chosen these 12 motion picture classics for its 46th season. Whenever possible, Cinema books a widescreen 35mm print, and Cinema makes every effort to locate good-quality prints of each film. Very rarely, a poor-quality print, destruction of the only existing print, copyright negotiations, or withdrawal of the film from the market due to video release may force The Cinema, Inc. to substitute a film of similar content and quality.
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