The Cinema, Inc.’s Special $12 “Half-Season Ticket” Includes “Henri-Georges Clouzot’s ‘Inferno'”

The Cinema, Inc. will screen "Henri-Georges Clouzot's 'Inferno'" at 7 p.m. on March 11th
The Cinema, Inc. will screen "Henri-Georges Clouzot's 'Inferno'" at 7 p.m. on March 11th
The Cinema, Inc. will screen "Henri-Georges Clouzot's 'Inferno'" at 7 p.m. on March 11th
The Cinema, Inc. will screen “Henri-Georges Clouzot’s ‘Inferno'” at 7 p.m. on March 11th

On Sunday, March 11th, The Cinema, Inc. will screen Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno one time only — at 7 p.m. — at The Rialto Theatre, near Five Points, in Raleigh, NC. Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno is an acclaimed 2010 documentary, which Rotten Tomatoes rates this film 100 percent FRESH, based on 28 reviews: Click here to view a trailer created for the film’s screening at the 2009 New York Film Festival: Here’s a red-band (R-rated) trailer (in French, with brief nudity):

Admission to this screening is by season ticket only. But the $12 prorated Cinema, Inc. half-season ticket is the Triangle’s biggest entertainment bargain. It admits the buyer to all six films remaining in the 46th season of the Raleigh-based nonprofit film society, beginning on Sunday, March 11th, with Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno and ending on Aug. 12, 2012 with the eyebrow-raising erotic 17th-century mystery The Draughtsman’s Contract.

The Cinema, Inc. will screen all six films — at a bargain cost of just $2.00 per movie (three cents less than the average movie ticket price in 1975) — at 7 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month — at The Rialto Theatre, 1620 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27608.

The remaining films in the 2011-12 edition of “Sunday Night at the Movies” include an international array of cinematic masterpieces, chosen for their intellectual substance, aesthetic appeal, and ability to stimulate lively discussions. In addition to Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (March 11th) and The Draughtsman’s Contract (Aug. 12th), the other four films in the The Cinema, Inc.’s 46th season are: My Architect (April 8th); Amélie (May 13th); The Bicycle Thief (June 10th); and The Fallen Idol (July 8th).

Buy $12 half-season tickets at the door. To sign up for the final six films The Cinema, Inc.’s 2011-12 season, click to download the four-page season-ticket brochure, print out the ticket order form on page 3,
fill it in, and bring it and $12 in cash or a check or money order for $12 made out to The Cinema, Inc. Be at the door of The Rialto Theatre no later than 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, March 11th.

Details about this year’s film selections are listed below. For more information, telephone (919) 787-7611, e-mail, or visit

The Final Six Films of Cinema, Inc.’s 2011-12 Season

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: Official French Website: Internet Movie Database: Wikipedia:’s_Inferno. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 100 percent FRESH, based on 28 reviews):

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: Official Website: Internet Movie Database: Wikipedia:’s_Journey. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 93 percent FRESH, based on 90 reviews):


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: Official German Website: Internet Movie Database: Wikipedia:élie. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 90 percent FRESH, based on 141 reviews):


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: TCM Web Page: Internet Movie Database: Wikipedia: Rotten Tomatoes (rated 96 percent FRESH, based on 47 reviews):


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: TCM Web Page:
. Internet Movie Database:
. Wikipedia: Rotten Tomatoes (rated 100 percent FRESH, based on 26


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: TCM Web Page: Internet Movie Database:
. Wikipedia:’s_Contract. Rotten Tomatoes (rated 100 percent FRESH, based on 17 reviews): Other Websites: and


DISCLAIMER: The Cinema, Inc. has chosen these six motion picture classics for the final six screenings of 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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Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).