Political Films at Cinematheque
THE 3 ROOMS OF MELANCHOLIA, showing Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 9:10 pm, is a three-part portrait of people (mostly women and children) living in the midst of war. This new Finnish film's three segments deal with (1) a regimented Russian military academy for pre-adolescent cadets from broken, dysfunctional homes; (2) the bombed-out Chechen city of Grozny; and (3) an orphanage for abused, abandoned Chechen children. Pat Aufderheide in In These Times has called the movie "a masterpiece...A profound meditation on the cost of war." Tickets $8.
THE CONFORMIST, showing Friday, January 27 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 pm, is Bernardo Bertolucci's classic dissection of fascist behavior in pre-WWII Italy. Jean-Louis Trintignant stars in this powerful drama, seen here in a gorgeous new 35mm print with English subtitles.
EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF, showing Saturday, January 28 at 7:40 pm, is Jean-Luc Godard's seminal 1980 meditation on sex, capitalism, and the cinema. Isabelle Huppert and Nathalie Baye star in this subtitled film. Tickets $8.
THE RULES OF THE GAME, showing Monday, January 30 at 7:00 pm, is Jean Renoir's celebrated portrait of pre-WWII French society. This classic movie, often voted the second best movie of all time (behind CITIZEN KANE), will be introduced by Tom Bishop of Case. He will also lead a post-film discussion. Tickets $10.
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