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Series programmed by: Gwen Deglise.

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Thursday, May 1 – 7:30 PM SOLD OUT

Sneak Preview!

IRON MAN, 2008, Paramount, 125 min. Dir. Jon Favreau. Robert Downey Jr. stars as Tony Stark, a dissolute industrialist who builds a heavily weaponized suit of armor and becomes a super-hero after a near-death incident, in this big-budget Marvel Comics adaptation. With Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow. Discussion following with director Jon Favreau. Proceeds go to Aero Building Fund Donation: $20 at the theatre only. http://ironmanmovie.marvel.com/

 

 

Friday, May 2 – 7:30 PM

George Eastman House New Restorations!

BORN TO BE BAD, 1950, Warner Bros. 94 min. Dir. Nicholas Ray. Joan Fontaine looks sweet and innocent on the surface, but after she steals millionaire Zachary Scott away from another woman, she continues an illicit affair with novelist Robert Ryan. Things just get more complicated from there in this energetic, daring and slightly nasty little melodrama. One of Nicholas Ray's best early films, and certainly his most audacious up until JOHNNY GUITAR. With Mel Ferrer.

Plus prior to the feature, short "How to Vote" (1936, 10 min.) Dir. Felix Feist. A whimsical exercise with Robert Benchley, famed humorist of the ’30s & ’40s who made a series of droll and satirical shorts about middle class American life. GEH gratefully acknowledges The Film Foundation and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for providing preservation funding. Patrick Loughney, Curator of the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department will introduce the screening.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042275/

 

 

Wednesday, May 21 – 7:30 PM

All New Film Aesthetics Seminar!

CONNECTING THE DOTS: WHAT INSPIRES AN ARTIST? (120 min)

Presented with support from ELMA

What inspires the visual and narrative construction of a Scorsese, Yimou, Lynch, Miyazaki, Coen or Dardenne Brothers film? European film movements of the 1920s to the 1990s have often been cited as focal points to understanding the work of our reigning masters of cinema. Whether it is through Italian Neo-Realism, French Poetic Realism, French New Wave, ’70s New German Cinema or Dogma 95, this seminar, led by film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris, will help you to understand the founding principles of each revolutionary European film movement and how important each is to the design of cinema today.

Whether it is Surrealism and German Expressionism of the 20s, French Poetic Realism of the 30s, Italian Neo Realism of the 40s, the French New Wave and the Italian Renaissance Cinema of the 50s and 60s, the New German Cinema of the 70s or even Dogma 95 Cinema of the late 90s, European Film Movements have often been sighted as focal points to understanding and appreciating the work of our reigning, contemporary masters of cinema.

For most of us, it is easy to find the surrealist impulses in a David Lynch film. That is easy.

But did you know that the masterworks of Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Paul Thomas Anderson, David Cronenberg, Mike Leigh (to say nothing of Hitchcock, Sayajit Ray, John Cassavetes, and Akira Kurosawa), owe a heavy debt of gratitude to French Poetic Realists, the Italian Masters of the 60s, and the New German Cinema artists of the 70s? What exactly can be said about the current American Independent scene with out acknowledging its ties to Dogma 95 and Neo Realism?

In this artistically empowering seminar, film aesthetics consultant Thomas Ethan Harris will define what film movements are, how and why they come to exist and why certain film movements continue to inspire film artists today.

Close attention will be place on the tenants that define each European Film Movement before boldly demonstrating on how these traditions have been so uniquely and creatively embraced and integrated into the work of so many of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers.

Film clips will be used to inspire an open dialogue with the audience.

So join us as we "connect the dots" to discover what exactly inspires a film artist!

Great works of art don’t just happen! They are born from creative inspiration!

Our WHAT INSPIRES AN ARTIST seminar is another offering to move emerging filmmakers to think more deeply and more creatively about the construction of their images and the necessity of creating a more intricate, complex and personally realized cinema. Moving beyond the most basic forms of cinematic language is essential to having the film career you want. Learning how to effectively embrace and understand the functionality of the primary "visualizing components" of great cinematic construction (the close-up, the long take, mise-en scene, color schemes, film editing styles, sound design, production design…) is critical to establishing yourself in the U.S.’s crowded film arena.

To make great cinema is to know what came before…and transcend it!

We hope that you will join us!

Special Ticket Prices: $20 General Admission; $15 Student/Senior; $12 AC Members.

 

 

 

Thursday, May 22 – 7:30 PM

Kevin Thomas’ Favorites:

Restored and Uncut: HEAVEN’S GATE, 1980, Sony Repertory, 219 min. Director Michael Cimino’s sprawling, epic anti-Western was one of the most hotly debated films of its time, a blockbuster whose budget had spiraled out of control, nearly bankrupting United Artists and hastening the embattled company’s sale to MGM. When it was released, many critics reacted to the hoopla and negative hype instead of the actual content of the film. Today, though still controversial, the film has undergone significant re-appraisal and its considerable virtues are now widely recognized. Many consider it a masterpiece, especially in its uncut form, the version Cimino had originally intended for release. Kris Kristofferson is a sheriff caught in the middle of mounting tensions between affluent landowners and newly arrived homesteaders in 1890s Wyoming. Complicating matters is a burgeoning love triangle between Kristofferson, his paramour, Ella (Isabelle Huppert), and hired gun Christopher Walken. Film Critic Kevin Thomas will introduce the screening.