Winter Film Series 2010
The Winter Film Series begins 2010 with new prints of enduring art house classics, three of which also won Best Foreign Film Oscars. Where are the Fellinis and Kurosawas of today? Just asking. All are don’t miss global cinema landmarks. March brings two more Get Rich Quick! classics: the theme is too tempting to stop, now.
During museum construction, the Winter Film Series remains temporarily relocated at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary, NC, every other Thursday evening, at an earlier time, 7:30. All Winter films will be introduced by NCMA Film Curator Laura Boyes, unless noted. Yummy concessions (coffee drinks, cookies, candy, sodas, beer and wine, and the best popcorn) loads of free parking, the same NCMA admission price ($5.00/$3.50 members) comfy seats, a superb sound system, and the Galaxy’s giant screen--enabling maximum subtitle legibility—make this a win-win. Please join us for Museum on the Move.
Amarcord (I Remember) (1973) Written and directed by Federico Fellini. Magali Noel, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia (124 min). Italian with English subtitles. Rated R. Introduced by Nick Meglin, author and former editor of Mad Magazine.
Fellini’s late career masterpiece is a kaleidoscopic, dreamlike memory of one childhood year in the Italian seaside town of Rimini. The shadow of fascism hovers over life’s simplest, but most pungent pleasures. Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar, "Amarcord is as full of tales as Scherherazade…a film of exhilarating beauty” (NY Times).
Lola Montés (1955) Written and directed by Max Ophuls. Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, Oskar Werner. (110 min) French with English subtitles. Rated PG
The Most Scandalous Woman in the World, mistress of kings and commoners (French sexpot Carol) reflects on her life from the vortex of a circus ring. The rejection of his scandalous, opulent, vibrantly colorful Cinemascope masterpiece, "the greatest film of all time" according to the Village Voice's Andrew Sarris, hastened the director's death. Film notes for Lola Montés.
Rashomon (1950) Written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Takashi Shimura (88 min). Japanese with English subtitles. Rated PG-13
In a medieval Japanese forest, there is a rape and a murder. Four witnesses tell four divergent tales. What really happened? Rashomon stormed world cinema as the first widely seen Japanese film, winning the Best Foreign Film Oscar, and becoming endlessly influential. “The genius of "Rashomon" is that all of the flashbacks are both true and false” (Roger Ebert). Film notes.
Z (1969) Directed by Costa-Gavras. Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintigant, Irene Papas (127 min). French with English subtitles. Rated PG
A brilliant political thriller, swift as a bullet, investigates the real-life assassination of a liberal politician, which triggered the overthrow of Greek democracy. The second half has been described as the first political music video. Z, restored for its 40th anniversary, won the Best Foreign Film Oscar, "Bold, jagged and modern as its one letter title" (Slate Magazine). Film Notes
Get Rich Quick!: The Sequel
The Italian Job (1969) Directed by Peter Collinson, Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill (99 min).
The 1960s were the heyday of the caper film, as well as the peak of cool Britannia. A breathless chase marshalling an army of mini Coopers teams dishy Cockney Caine with jolly old Coward for $4 million worth of mischief in scenic Torino, Italy, in this British comedy classic. Film Notes for The Italian Job
The Professionals (1966) Written and directed by Richard Brooks. Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale (117 min). PG-13
Stunning movie star charisma, epic 1960s cool, and magnificent landscape combine when a laconic soldier of fortune (Marvin) enlists the help of a flamboyant explosives expert (Lancaster) to rescue a kidnapped bride (va va voomy Cardinale). The action never flags in one of the last old school Westerns (and a personal favorite). Film notes for The Professonials.