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CALENDAR OF EVENTS April 2009 3   8 p.m. Friday VISITING FILM ARTIST Charlie Ahearn presents his indie film Wild Style (US 1983, 82 min.) about a NYC graffiti artist during the early days of hip hop, featuring now pioneer artists including Fab Five Freddy, Grandmaster Flash, Grand Wizard Theodore, Busy Bee, Cold Crush, and Rock Steady Crew. Preceded by Ahearn's Bongo Barbershop (US 2005, 10 min.). Regular Dryden admission: $7 general/$5 students and members. 4   8 p.m. Saturday FILM VISITING ARTIST Dan Perri will appear in person to present a selection of his clips and discuss his movie career, as part of the program, "Scroll on! The Title Designs of Dan Perri." His credit sequences include Star Wars, Taxi Drive, The Exorcist, 3 Women, Nashville, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, All the President's Men, Raging Bull, Nightmare on Elm Street, Days of Heaven, Raising Arizona, and The Aviator. Regular Dryden admission: $7 general/$5 students and members. 5   3 to 4 p.m. Sunday MUSICALE Join us on select Sundays when music fills George Eastman's home. On this Sunday, enjoy music performed by Hochstein Honors Flute Choir. Included with admission 7   8 p.m. Tuesday FILM VISITING ARTIST Film critic Michael Sragow discusses the career of director Victor Fleming, and introduces the Fleming film Lord Jim (US 1925, 75 min.). The first screen adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel is one of Fleming's finest silent film accomplishments. Sragow, film critic for The Baltimore Sun and contributor to The New Yorker, will also sign copies of his new biography, Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master. Live piano by Philip C. Carli. Regular Dryden admission: $7 general/$5 students and members. 16   6 to 7 p.m. Thursday PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE British artist Andy Lock, whose work is on view at Eastman House through April 26, gives background on his "Orchard Park" series of interior images and the unconventional processes used to create them. This lecture, titled "Utopia's Ghosts," is part of the "Wish You Were Here" travel photography lecture series, which brings world-renowned photographers and photographic experts to the Dryden Theatre to discuss their work. Included with museum admission. 18/19   7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday FILM EVENT The Dryden Theatre will screen Gone With the Wind (US 1939, 222 min.), as part of the Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master film series. Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh star in the epic story of Southern belle Scarlet O'Hara's attempt to survive the Civil War. With its stellar cast, sweeping score, and astonishing Technicolor photography, this film should be experienced on the big screen. Regular Dryden admission: $7 general/$5 students and members. 19   3 to 4 p.m. Sunday MUSICALE Join us on select Sundays when music fills George Eastman's home. On this Sunday, enjoy music performed by Brandywine Trio. Included with admission. 20-24   Monday-Friday PHOTO FUN WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS! Young photographers (ages 8-12) can spend spring break taking pictures, using photo-editing tools, and creating masterpieces. Each day brings different hands-on activities around the Museum, darkroom, and computer lab. Advance registration and payment required; space is limited: call (585) 271- 3361 ext. 232 or visit www.eastmanhouse.org 21/22   2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL A family-friendly film (title to be announced) will be screened twice in the Dryden Theatre, as part of an annul event held in conjunction with the Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children's (RAEYC) Month of Young Child, which features screenings throughout the city. Special admission price: $2 per person/ $8 family maximum. Visit www.eastmanhouse.org for film information. 26   3 to 4 p.m. Sunday MUSICALE Join us on select Sunday's when music fills George Eastman's home. On this Sunday, Gordon Porth will play piano and Candace Keach will play the flute. Included with museum admission. 30   6 to 7 p.m. Thursday PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE Photographer John Divola will present the illustrated lecture "The Horizon and Things in the Way," a look at his work over the past 35 years. He gained public recognition in the 1970s with his exhibit Zuma and has gone on to produce influential black-and-white photographs. This lecture is part of the "Wish You Were Here" travel photography lecture series, which brings world-renowned photographers and photographic experts to the Dryden Theatre to discuss their work. Included with museum admission.


CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS April 2009 Photographs by Andy Lock -- Thru April 26, 2009 (Entrance Gallery) TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945 -- Thru May 31, 2009 (Brackett Clark & South Galleries) Lincoln Portrait: Conservation of a National Treasure -- Thru May 31, 2009 (Potter Peristyle) What We're Collecting Now: Constructed Pieces -- Ongoing (New Acquisitions Gallery) The Photograph Collection: An Introduction -- Ongoing Where Do Cameras Come From? -- Ongoing (Second floor of house) Machines of Memory: Cameras from the Technology Collection -- Ongoing (Mees Gallery) The Remarkable George Eastman -- Ongoing (Second floor of house)


CALENDAR OF FILM EVENTS April 2009 Please note: Sunday films are screened at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted Films listed begin at 8 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre, except for Sunday evening films, which begin at 7 p.m., and those otherwise noted. "Take-10" discount tickets (10 admissions for $55/$40 members and students) are available at the box office and the Eastman House Store. The film program is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. HUMAN SPIRIT: EXAMINED LIFE In addition to other new foreign and independent movies making their first local screenings in the Dryden in April, our ongoing Human Spirit series will present the Rochester Premiere of Examined Life (April 11). Films for Human Spirit have been selected in hopes that they will stimulate thought, discussion, passion, and action. Each selection explores the potential of adding meaning to one's life through contributions, in all manner of ways, to the lives of others. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies nine of today's most influential thinkers and philosophers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas. Peter Singer's thoughts on the ethics of consumption are amplified against the backdrop of Fifth Avenue's posh boutiques. Slavoj Zizek questions current beliefs about the environment while sifting through a garbage dump. Michael Hardt ponders the nature of revolution while surrounded by symbols of wealth and leisure. Judith Butler and a friend stroll through San Francisco's Mission District questioning our culture's fixation on individualism. And while driving through Manhattan, Cornel West-perhaps America's best-known public intellectual-compares philosophy to jazz and blues, reminding us how intense and invigorating a life of the mind can be. Offering privileged moments with great thinkers from fields ranging from moral philosophy to cultural theory, Examined Life reveals philosophy's power to transform the way we see the world around us and imagine our place in it. VICTOR FLEMING: AN AMIERCAN MOVIE MASTER Our tribute to director Victor Fleming's nearly 50-film career contains stellar literary adaptations like Lord Jim (April 7), Tortilla Flat (April 14), and Treasure Island (April 5); juicy leading-lady roles in Joan of Arc (April 28), Red Dust (and Bombshell (April 26 double feature); action-romance-fantasy in A Guy named Joe (April 21); masterpieces Gone With the Wind (April 18 & 29), and a special screening of The Wizard of Oz with orchestra, in conjunction with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Eastman Theatre (May 3). THE RETURN OF THE SICILIAN CLAN AND HEIST FILM CLASSICS Jewel heist drama The Sicilian Clan (1969) stars three heavy weights of French tough-guy cinema: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, and Lino Ventura, and features one of Ennio Morricone's best music scores. The Sicilian Clan screens April 10 & 12 in a brand new 35mm pint of its English language version. Looted from our archives are four more '60s and '70s heist films: the original Ocean's Eleven (April 2); Jules Dassin's Topkapi (April 9); Steven McQueen in the first version of The Thomas Crown Affair (April 16) and Walter Matthau as Charely Varrick (April 30). APRIL 2009 FILMS: 1 WED | 8 p.m. | Youssef Chahine CAIRO STATION (1957, 90 min., Arabic/subtitles) Egypt's quintessential director Chahine realized his masterpiece with a neo-realist portrayal of the Cairo train station. A melodramatic love triangle between disabled newspaper vendor, lemonade seller, and porter, Cairo Station reflects a social awakening sweeping Eygpt in the wake of nationalization of the Suez Canal. Preceded by CAIRO AS SEEN BY CHAHINE (1991, 24 min.) 2 THURS | 8 p.m. | Heist Film Classics OCEANS ELEVEN (Lewis Milestone, US 1960, 127min) In the smartest, smuggest, and slickest of the Rat Pack movies, Frank, Dino, Sammy et al. star as a group of ex-Army buddies who conspire to rob five Las Vegas casinos on New Year's Eve. Along the way, the boys get to belt out a few tunes, do some gamblin' and lovin', and basically be themselves in their glorious, booze-soaked, swingin' prime. 3 FRI | 8 p.m. | Charlie Ahearn in Person! WILD STYLE (Charlie Ahearn, US 1983, 82 min.) Elusive graffitist Zoro (legendary artist Lee Quinones) has the South Bronx and the whole NYC subway system for his canvas, but fame threatens to blow his cover. Indie filmmaker Charlie Ahearn captured the very early days of hip hop in near-documentary style, casting real DJs, MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers, and rappers. Director Ahearn will talk about his landmark movie in a post-screening discussion. Preceded by BONGO BARBERSHOP (Charlie Ahearn, US, 2005, 10 min.) 4 SAT | 8 p.m. | Special Event | Dan Perri in Person! SCROLL ON! The Title Designs of Dan Perri (Program running time 80 min., 35mm/digtal projection) Dan Perri's credit sequences are like preludes to an orchestral movement- they set the tone, establish a mood, and give the audience goose bumps. Perri is a graphic designer at heart, with a flair for movement, tempo, and typography; his "credits" include such films as Star Wars, Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, 3 Women, Nashville, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Nightmare on Elm Street. Perri will present a selection of his clips and discuss his movie career. No take-10 tickets or passes. 5 SUN | 7 p.m. | Victor Fleming TREASURE ISLAND (Victor Fleming, US 1934, 105 min.) In the first sound adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's oft-told tale, Wallace Beery stars as the legendary peg-leg pirate Long John Silver. Jackie cooper, Beery's co-star from The Champ and The Bowery, plays young Jim Hawkins, who gets caught up in Silver's plans to re-capture the buried treasure of Captain Flint. 6 MON | 1:30 p.m. | Senior Citizen Matinee (free to those over 60) THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIAN ARE COMING (Norman Jewison, US 1966, 126 min.) 6 MON | 8 p.m. | Special Presentation New Scores, Renewed Visions (Program running time: 80 min.) This program showcases the results of a new collaborative project between the Eastman School of Music and George Eastman House. Six Eastman School of Music students were asked to write new scores for an electric selection of films from the George Eastman House collections and works by local filmmaker Stephanie Maxwell. Using a small chamber ensemble, they will present their results life, for the first time, in the Dryden Theatre. For a complete list of titles, visit www.dryden.eastmanhouse.org. 7 TUES | 8 p.m. | Victor Fleming | Micheal Sragow in Person! New 35mm Print! LORD JIM (Victor Fleming, US 1925, 75 min.) A disgraced sailor (Percy Marmont) finds a home amongst the natives in an Indonesian archipelago, until his past comes back to haunt him. The first screen adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel is one of Fleming's finest silent film accomplishments. Michael Sragow, film critic for The Baltimore Sun and contributor to The New Yorker, will discuss Flemings life and career and sign copies of his new biography, Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master. Live piano by Philip C. Carli. 8 WED | 8 p.m. | Youssef Chahine THE LAND (AL-ARD, Youssef Chahine, Egypt 1969, 130 min., Arabic/subtitles) Adapting a widely read Arab novel by Abderrahmane Cherkaoui, Chahine spins a powerful proletarian musical epic about greedy landowners, the farmhands who till their soil, and the culpability and stubbornness of both in the obstruction of progress in the impoverished Nile Delta of the 1930's. The Land recently topped a critics' poll of the best Egyptian films of all time. 9 THURS | 8 p.m. | Heist Film Classes TOPKAPI (Jules Dassin, US 1964, 119 min.) The director Rififi brings us a lighthearted caper that transports us to the exotic land of Turkey. An international group of thieves, organized by the suave Maximilian Schell, attempts to steal the sultan's desirable jeweled dagger from the Topkapi museum. 10 FRI | 8 p.m. | Heist Film Classics | New 35MM Print! THE SICILIAN CLAN (LE CLAN DES SICILIENS, Henri Verneuil, France 1969, 120 min.) A criminally under-seen caper classic with one of Ennio Morricone's best scores, The Sicilian Clan is the only motion picture to feature the three heavyweights of French tough-guy-cinema- Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, and Lino Venturea. Gabin stars as a Sicilian hood orchestrating an elaborate jewel heist while stalked two steps behind by his nemesis (Ventura). Between the two, Delon is a young, cop-killing drifter that escapes from jail and inadvertently places the fatalistic elements of thievery and illicit sex in play. 11 SAT | 7 p.m. | Human Spirit Series | Rochester Premiere EXAMINED LIFE (Astra Taylor, Canada, 88 min.) Filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies nine of today's most influential thinkers and philosophers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas. Judith butler and a friend stroll through San Francisco's Mission District questioning our culture's fixation on individualism. And while driving through Manhattan, Cornel West compares philosophy to jazz and blues, reminding us how intense and invigorating a life of the mind can be. Offering privileged moments with great thinkers from fields ranging from moral philosophy to cultural theory, Examined life reveals philosophy's power to transform the way we see the world around us and imagine our place in it. 12 SUN | 7 p.m. | Human Spirit Series | Rochester Premiere EXAMINED LIFE (Astra Taylor, Canada, 88 min.) See April 11. 12 SUN | 7 p.m. | Heist Film Classics | New 35mm Pint! THE SICILIAN CLAN See April 10. 13 MON | 1:30 p.m. | Senior Citizen Matinee (free to those over the age of 60) BEN-HUR, PART I (William Wyler, US 1959, 135 min.) 14 TUES | 8 p.m. | Victor Fleming | Members' Movie Night TORTILLA FLAT (Victor Fleming, US 1942, 105 min.) Community and friendship are tested when poor but content fisherman Danny (John Garfield) inherits two small houses and his friend, the charismatic loafer Pilon (Spencer Tracy) decides to move in. Vying for their affection is the beautiful cannery worker Sweets Ramirez (Hedy Lamarr). This adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel proved Fleming and his cast a rare opportunity to create particularly atmospheric and believable characters with the material. Members admitted free. 15 WED | 8 p.m. | Youssef Chahine ALEXANDRIA...WHY? (ISKANDERIJA...LIH?, Youssef Chahine, Egypt 1978, 133 min., Arabic/subtitles) Chronicling the filmmaker's youth in Cairo during and after WWII, this is the first of an autobiographical trilogy. High school student Yehia (Mohsen Mohiedine) has directorial ambitions and dreams of fame and fortune in Hollywood. Exploring national history from a personal perspective mixed with Hollywood musicals and political activism, the film is a bright, bustling mosaic of a country embroiled in conflict and struggling with its identity. 16 THURS | 1:30 p.m. | Heist Film Classics THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (Norman Jewison, us 1968, 102 min.) Steven McQueen is master thief Thomas Crown, who handily pulls off the perfect heist, only to meet his match in insurance investigator Vickie Anderson (Faye Dunaway). The ultra-stylish trappings, including Michel Legran's score (featuring "The Windmills of Your Mind") and multi-screen sequence designed by Pablo Ferro, make this a memorable piece of '60's pop culture. 17 FRI | 8 p.m. | Rochester Premiere KATYN (Andrzej Wajda, Poland 2007, 11 min., Polish/Russian/German//subtitles) The atrocities in Poland's Katyn Forest, where over 15,00 Polish war prisoners were executed and buried in secret by the Soviets in 1940, provides the emotional center of this deeply moving new drama. Focusing on four families who have lost loved ones; the movie offers a fascinating and unusually compassionate study of Poland's complicated position during WWII. At age 81, Poland's premiere director Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Marble), has crafted a masterpiece. 18 SAT | 8 p.m. & 19 SUN | 2 p.m. | Victor Fleming GONE WITH THE WIND (Victor Fleming, US 1939, 222 min.) Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh star in the epic story of Southern belle Scarlet O'Hara's attempt to survive the Civil War. With its stellar cast, sweeping score, and astonishing Technicolor photography, this film should be experienced on the big screen. 19 SUN | 7p.m. | Rochester Premiere KATYNN See April 17. 20 MON | 1:30 p.m. | Senior Citizen Matinee (free to those over the age of 60) BEN-HUR, PART II (William Wyler, US 1959, 77 min.) 21 TUES | 7 p.m. | Victor Fleming A GUY NAMED JOE (Victor Fleming, US 1943, 120 MIN., 16mm) The final collaboration between Victor Fleming and his frequent leading man Spencer Tracy is the tae of a dead bomber pilot (Tracy) coming back as a guardian angel to protect other pilots, including his former girlfriend (Irene Dunne) and the young upstart (Van Johnson) who's trying to romance her. It was remade and updated in 1989 by Stephen Spielberg as Always. 22 WED | 8 p.m. | Youssef Chahine AN EGYPTIAN STORY (HADDUTA MISRIJA, Youssef Chahine, Egypt, 1982, 115 min., Arabic/subtitles) Part confessions, part pageant, An Egyptian Story finds Chahine putting his filmmaking alter ego Yehia (Nouri El-Sherif) on trial for crimes against his youthful idealism. This provocative Fellini-esque tapestry meditates on Chahine's involvement with Egyptian politics and reimagines the shooting of several of the director's films, including Cairo Station. 23 THURS-25 SAT | 51st Rochester International Film Festival Free Admission; donation accepted. For complete program listening and show times, visit www.rochesterfilmfest.org 26 SUN | Victor Fleming/Jean Harlow Double Feature! 7 p.m. | RED DUST (Victor Fleming, US 1932, 83 min., 16mm) 8:30 p.m. | BOMBSHELL (Victor Fleming, US 1933, 96 min., 16mm) The original blonde bombshell, Jean Harlow, stars in a pair of classic pre-code MGM vehicles for director Victor Fleming that take advantage of her limitless sex appeal. Sparks fly in Red Dust when an American rubber plantation over in Indochina (Clark Gable) meets a floozy (Harlow) fleeing from Saigon. In Bombshell, Harlow parodies herself (and Clara Bow) as Lola Burns, a screen star whose autonomy diminished with every nude scene retake demanded by her producers. Two films for one admission price. 27 MON | 1:30 p.m. | Senior Citizen Matinee (free to those over the age of 60) TITANIC (Jean Negulesco, US, 1953, 98 min.) 28 TUES | 8 p.m. | Victor Fleming JOAN OF ARC (Victor Fleming, US 1948, 145 min.) Director Fleming's final film features Ingrid Bergman in one of her most memorable performances as the divinely inspired Maid of Orleans. The gorgeous costumes and Technicolor cinematography, both of which won Oscars, are displayed in this beautifully restored print of the complete uncut version from the UCLA Film & Television Archives. 29 WED | 5 p.m. | Youssef Chahine ALEXANDRIA AGAIN AND FOREVER (ISKANDERIJA, KAMAN QUE KAMA, Youssef Cahine, France/Egypt 1990, 100 min., Arabic/subtitles) In the final installment of his critically acclaimed trilogy, director Chahine stars for the first time as his cinematic alter-ego Yehia, who becomes obsessively infatuated with the male star of his latest production amidst the general strike of 1987. Exploring issues of politics while paying homage to the Hollywood musical, Chahine weaves together a deeply autobiographical study of art, obsession, and the power of aesthetic inspiration. 30 THURS | 8 p.m. | Heist Film Classics CHARLEY VARRICK (Don Siegel, US 1973, 111 min.) In a sleepy Southwestern town, a group of bandits led by the laconic Charly Varrick (Walter Matthau) rob a small bank. The unexpectedly large sum they steal actually belongs to the mob, and the send out a vicious hit man (Joe Don Baker) to take back the money and eliminate the thieves. Its up to Charley, who's more clever than he seems, to turn the tables on his pursuers. Director Siegel followed up a number of Clint Eastwood vehicles (Dirty Harry, The Beguiled) with what is perhaps his finest thriller-action movie. Attn. Media: A sample of high-res Dryden stills are online at https://secure.eastmanhouse.org/pressroom/DrydenTheatre/

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