The first film of 2013 in The Cinema, Inc.’s “Sunday Night at the Movies” series is the 2010 backwoods nail-biter, Winter’s Bone, which the Raleigh, NC-based nonprofit film society will screen Winter’s Bone one time only, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 13th, at The Rialto Theatre, 1620 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27608 (near Five Points). Admission is by season ticket only, but prorated season tickets for Winter’s Bone and the seven other films in The Cinema, Inc.’s 2012-13 season may be purchased for just $16.
That’s $16 for eight movies.
Cinema, Inc. subscribers will enjoy the Triangle’s biggest entertainment bargain: an international array of cinematic masterpieces, chosen for their intellectual substance, aesthetic appeal, and ability to stimulate lively discussions, for the bargain-basement price of just $2 per film.
Besides Winter’s Bone (Jan. 13th), the seven remaining films of The Cinema, Inc.’s 47th season include The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Feb. 10th); M (March 10th); Throne of Blood (April 14th); Bachelor Mother (May 12th); Wings of Desire (June 9th); Avalon (July 14th); and The African Queen (Aug. 11th).
To join The Cinema, Inc., please bring cash or a check or money order (not cash) for $16 per ticket to the door of The Rialto Theatre between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 13th. For more information, telephone (919) 787-7611, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.cinema-inc.org/.
Details about this year’s film selections are listed below. Click here to view a 2012-13 season-ticket brochure.
The Eight Cinema, Inc. Films
January 13, 2013 –Winter’s Bone
USA, 2010, Color, Rated R, 100 Minutes.
Directed by Debra Granik. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes.
Her family home in danger of being repossessed after her meth-cooking dad skips bail and disappears, Ozark teen Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks the local code of conduct by confronting her kin about their conspiracy of silence. If she fails to track down her father, Ree, her younger siblings, and their disabled mother will soon be homeless. A thriller as bleak as its hardscrabble landscape, Winter’s Bone earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (Lawrence) and Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes).
February 10, 2013 –The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
France/Italy/Spain, 1972, Color, Rated PG, 102 Minutes, Subtitled.
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Starring Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur.
Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Luis Buñuel’s surrealist comedy skewers social conventions through the conceit of a dinner party that cannot be consummated. Interweaving flashbacks and dreams-within-dreams, Buñuel interrogates the absurdities of bourgeois ceremony and hypocrisy as two well-heeled couples and their friends are vexed by such obstructions as botched scheduling, sexual desire, a theater audience, an untimely funeral, and armed revolutionaries. Their inability to eat increasingly suggests a manifestation of their innermost fears, but the film resists such straightforward interpretations.
March 10, 2013 –M
Germany, 1931, B&W, Not Rated, 99 Minutes. Subtitled.
Directed by Fritz Lang. Starring Peter Lorre.
Inspired by the Dusseldorf child murders, Fritz Lang’s classic early talkie was a profound influence on Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles (among others) and a touchstone for 1940s American film noir. In 1931 Berlin police are rounding up the city’s criminals in their search for a child murderer. With the heat threatening their livelihood, underworld leaders decide to take matters into their own hands. Though filmed in Weimar Germany, the technically dazzling M solidified Lang’s reputation with American audiences and made an international star out of Peter Lorre.
April 14, 2013 –Throne of Blood
Japan, 1961, B&W, Not Rated, 110 Minutes. Subtitled.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Starring Toshirô Mifune, Akira Kubo, Isuzu Yamada.
Kurosawa does Macbeth in medieval Japan. After a military victory, Lords Washizu (Toshirô Mifune) and Miki (Akira Kubo) wander lost in the Cobweb Forest, where they meet a mysterious old woman who predicts great things for Washizu and greater things for Miki’s descendants. Washizu and Miki are soon promoted by the Emperor. Goaded by his wife, the ambitious Lady Washizu (Isuzu Yamada), Lord Washizu plots to make more of the prophecy come true, even if it means killing the Emperor.
May 12, 2013 –Bachelor Mother
USA, 1939, B&W, Not Rated, 82 Minutes.
Directed by Garson Kanin. Starring Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn, Frank Albertson, E.E. Clive.
In one of her great comic roles, Ginger Rogers plays Polly Parish, a salesgirl in a large department store. Single and without a steady beau, the unassuming Polly discovers a foundling and assumes care of the child. Polly’s co-workers raise their eyebrows at her new ward, believing the baby is actually hers. The store’s owner, J.B. Merlin (Charles Coburn), is likewise taken aback and dispatches his son, David (David Niven), to lead Polly back to the straight-and-narrow.
June 9, 2013 –Wings of Desire
France/Germany, 1987, Color and B&W, Not Rated, 128 Minutes. Subtitled.
Directed by Wim Wenders. Starring Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander, Solveig Dommartin, Peter Falk.
In Wim Wenders’ lyrical romantic fantasy, Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander) are angels passing unseen through West Berlin, listening to people’s thoughts and studying their lives. Though able to make their presence felt in small ways, angels are ultimately observers, unable to interact with people or to experience the joys and suffering of being alive. But when Damiel falls in love with circus acrobat Marion (Solveig Dommartin), he wishes to leave his celestial existence and become human. Wings of Desire features memorable cameos by Peter Falk (as himself) and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.
July 14, 2013 –Avalon
USA, 1990, Color, Rated PG, 126 Minutes.
Directed by Barry Levinson. Starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lou Jacobi, Leo L. Fuchs, Joan Plowright, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins.
A moving family saga, Avalon is a fitting capstone to Barry Levinson’s Baltimore Trilogy. In 1914 Sam Krichinsky (Armin Mueller-Stahl) emigrates to Baltimore to join his three brothers. Sam’s son, Jules (Aidan Quinn), spurns his father’s life as a laborer and becomes a salesman, eventually opening Baltimore’s first TV store. Mueller-Stahl is a superb embodiment of the immigrant generation, capturing the melancholy of the diaspora of the family from city to suburbs after WWII.
August 11, 2013 –The African Queen
UK/USA, 1951, Color, Not Rated, 105 Minutes.
Directed by John Huston. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn.
Gin-soaked and unshaven, Humphrey Bogart plays a river rat who trades cargo on the Congo River during WWI. When Katherine Hepburn’s prim middle-class missionary comes into play, the two of them are thrown into a race for their lives, floating down the Congo to escape the German officers who had held them as prisoners of war. One of Hollywood’s crown jewels, The African Queen received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay, with Bogart winning the Oscar.
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DISCLAIMER: Although The Cinema, Inc. has located a distributor for, and confirmed the availability of, all of its 2012-13 film selections, a film may become unavailable due to a poor-quality print, copyright negotiations, or withdrawal from the market by the distributor. In this case, The Cinema, Inc. will substitute a film of similar content and quality.